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post #321 of 2156 Old 01-30-2013, 02:18 PM
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Today it was 58 degrees outside.. in January. I couldn't stand to not ride, despite the 30mph sustained wind (later found out its gusting to 50mph ).

Everything is either mud or under water or both, so I figured going out bareback would work my legs even just walking. What I didn't plan on was Dream acting like a stereotypical ayrab, jigging and prancing and in general being a idiot. I brought one of the dogs along for the first time, thinking we would be going for a peaceful stroll and I could work on "heel" from horseback. Instead Dream's antics scared the crap out of Mia (notice how far away she was staying!).

Thank goodness she eventually settled down, as I was not going to reward her bad behavior by returning home.. but I was rather worried we would be out there for hours (and I knew the monsoonal rain was coming). I guess she was just reminding me she could be an idiot all the time and I thought be thankful this kind of display is rare! And she was kind enough to not dump me off into the mud (which she could have easily done.. been a long time since I have ridden bareback much).


2013 mileage
01/11/13 george 7.06 miles 5.7 mph 28.89 total miles
01/12/13 dream 4.83 miles 4.1 mph 33.72 total miles
01/19/13 dream 2.34 miles 3.1 mph 36.06 total miles
01/21/13 george 5.27 miles 4.3 mph 41.33 total miles
01/30/13 dream 2.03 miles 3.9 mph 43.36 total miles

There is no joy equal to that found on the back of a horse.

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post #322 of 2156 Old 01-30-2013, 09:40 PM
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Well there sure was no riding to be done today. I worked, but most of the work day was spent keeping my students calm as we sat in the hall listening to tornado sirens. It never touched down near us, but it was all around us. I did lecture and labs in between sirens. Not that I cared that much about work, I just couldn't let those kids get out and drive home. It was too dangerous out on the highway.
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post #323 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 01:56 AM
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On Monday my sister came over and we took the big boys out. Thunder has been acting somewhat tired lately, so I decided to cut back and ride him a bit less. Instead I rode my 18 yr old Appendix QH, Wings, and my sister saddled up Duke, a 14 y/o 17h Hanoverian. Duke is technically my horse as well, but a friend of mine is very attached to him and comes out and rides him 2-3 times a week.

Riding Wings is sooooo much different than Thunder! I tend to prefer smaller horses and (to me) Wings is a giant at 16.2 hands. I can mount him from the ground, albeit if I stand on the uphill side of a slope! Wings has spent the past few months as a pasture puff but despite the fact that he is out of shape he has amazing natural endurance and will keep going when all the other horses tire.

We explored a trail I discovered a week or so ago and found it led to a huge network of fields and farmland. We made our way to a paved road on the far side and then veered off on a gravel rd. It eventually dead ended at a bridge that had obviously been out of commission for some time. The creek had very high, steep banks and there was no crossing it, so we decided at that point to turn back.

Along the way we stopped to check out an abandoned house (and barnyard). I dismounted and went into the barn and checked out the house as well. The barn was quite cool, while the house was creepy. It had some gang related graffiti inside...definitely not somewhere I'd want to be on a dark night!:)

All in all we had a great ride, and rode about 9.97 miles. We got "lost" at one point so ended up going a little farther than expected.

(^Me and Wings!)

Yesterday, I rode as well. I took Thunder out but took it easy on him and didn't go far.

Today we had severe thunderstorm warnings and a tornado watch all afternoon. However it was 72 degrees so I couldn't NOT ride! It was somewhat windy and dark clouds scudded overhead, but the rain held off and we had a nice ride. Wings was slow-footing it on the way out but as soon as we turned back he picked up the pace (which is good as it was getting dark). I was glad we were able to get out and take advantage of the warmer temps...after today it is supposed to get cold again.

2013 Total Miles
Thunder: 27.91 miles
Wings: 14.37 miles
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post #324 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 07:47 AM
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Cool ride Prairiewindlady, but Jeez! That house You are bolder than I to venture inside...

Very nice horses! Wings does look huge and beautiful.
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post #325 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Dawn, sounds like that was a nice change of pace to have some warmer weather!!!

Celeste, glad y'all were all ok and not touch downs near you.

PrarieWindLady - woo hoo....sounds like a fun ride!!! Nice pictures too!
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post #326 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 12:28 PM
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I'd much rather have cold weather in winter because it avoids flooding. We lost all four of the lower grass paddocks to the water and mud. It took me forty minutes to figure out how to turn out 30 horses in five dry lot paddocks without any one getting fussy or hurt. I did manage to get another five-ish miles in ponying the horses to their new turn outs to avoid 'over stressing' my knee. And now I get to go work an 16 hour shift. Winters in new england are super fun.
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post #327 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 02:52 PM
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Hmm. Well my pasture is on a gentle slope so I get the nice weather + no flooding!

And yes AnitaAnne....it was creepy! My sister and I will frequently stop to check out abandoned buildings on our rides but this was definitely one of the spookier ones we've seen! We didn't stick around long, lol.
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post #328 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 10:19 PM
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Well, I got in one last ride for the month! Two actually, I rode both horses this afternoon. It was 30 degrees this morning but got up to 50 in the afternoon, so I waited until it was warmer. I wish I had ridden earlier though, cause Chivas was in good spirits and eager to GO. Unfortunately I rode him second, and it was getting late, darnit.

I think I figured out what has been wrong with Drambuie, he is hitting his front fetlocks with his rear hooves, so that is why he does better with the boots on. He still isn't going quite right yet still, but doing better. He got up to 9.8 mph trot, and I am sure he can trot much faster, but then I couldn't get him moving good after a slight bit of cantering. He did have a spook today for the first time, but it was managable and no big deal.

Drambuie's average speed is slower than Chivas's since he fell in the hole. Drambuie was averaging at least 5 mph, but now it is closer to 3 mph. I really hope he gets better soon.

Chivas - 21.1 miles
Drambuie - 14.6 miles
Total - 35.7 miles

If I can ride this much every month, I will more than meet my tiny 250 mile goal
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post #329 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 10:41 PM
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Well, I am glad you guys are having a great time out in the nice weather. I have been stuck either inside, or only doing ground work for the past month. Today, I got Smokey out and after saddling him up, I just lead him around the farm for about an hour, then I had him trotting over some logs while lunging him. He was very sweaty when he was done, so that's good. :) got that good energy out of him.

There is a lady coming out tomorrow to take a look at him as an endurance horse. :) I really hope she takes him. Knowing that he will be used and loved make me happy. :)

Smokey also had a huge tangle in his tail where he had decided to rub his butt against the side of the barn, so after smothering it in conditioner, I was finally able to brush it out and braid it so maybe it will look halfway decent when the lady comes to take a look at him tomorrow.

I don't have any pictures from today, just because it was cold and I didn't want to get my camera outside in the almost 10 degree wind. But, here are some pictures from a couple days ago. :) He is such a pretty boy.




Ignore the toilets in the background, we're really not that redneck, I promise!! (We were cleaning out the hay loft, and for some reason there were some broken up toilets in the back corner. So, yeah...)


Oh, and here are the last three baby pygmy goats that I had born last year, waiting to be adopted :) All three are at their new homes. But how cute are they!? VERY! :)

January (41).jpg

The two girls got to hang out inside for a few days because it got so cold. Nice and toasty :)


I know they are goats and not horses, but I thought you might be able to appreciate the cuteness. :)
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post #330 of 2156 Old 01-31-2013, 10:48 PM
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I really want a pigmy goat now, that wasjustnasty putting teasing pictures up.

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along with our dogs Patch and Bear.
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