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        04-06-2013, 09:57 PM
    DH and I had a horse-filled day today.

    Started out at the fairgrounds for the local 4H's used tack sale, which I had no idea was the huge deal it was. There was a line out the door and around the corner waiting to be let in!! They actually had one of the leaders climb onto a chair and lecture us all about how we were expected to behave like adults and anybody pushing or cutting the line would be asked to leave.. apparently people were knocked down and hurt in the past in the stampede to get to the deals.

    We were looking for saddle pads and stirrup leathers, so did not think we were in danger of being trampled (people RAN in and started grabbing up blankets like lunatics though). We found a bonanza of stuff, one item of which I am still cackling with glee over: we got a Toklat coolback pad, with inserts, in excellent condition for FIFTEEN DOLLARS. In the end, we went home with 3 saddle pads (the toklat and 2 roma brand), 3 sets of stirrups leathers (2 of which were brand new, in the package, wintecs), a set of half chaps for the DH, 2 rope halters, a hay bag, a lead rope, and a fly mask all for about $70. That toklat pad alone is worth over 200 new!!

    After the shopping extravaganza, we got the kids out for a good workout before our vacation. Spring has finally sprung here and the weather was perfect for riding: about 50, sunny, and no wind (I can't think of the last time we had no wind).

    We rode just under 25 miles, with an elevation gain of about 3400 feet and an average pace of 6.8mph. The horses felt great. DH is really enjoying the new saddle and Sultan seems to appreciate it too!

    I think this is where flowerpots go when they die:

    2013 mileage
    03/03/13 dream 21.76 miles 6.4 mph 175.05 total miles
    03/05/13 dream 10.67 miles 6.2 mph 185.72 total miles
    03/09/13 dream 11.03 miles 5.6 mph 196.75 total miles
    03/11/13 george 4.74 miles 3.6 mph 201.49 total miles
    03/23/13 dream 51.41 miles 10.9 mph 252.90 total miles
    04/06/13 dream 24.61 miles 6.8 mph 277.51 total miles
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        04-06-2013, 11:59 PM
    Green Broke
    Woooo hooooo!!! What a haul that was!!! That could be why there is a stampede!!!

    The local Cowboy Church is having a tack sale next Saturday and I may try and go. I have a wedding cake to go down to the beach in the late afternoon so if it is ready I will go. Don't want to be stampeded though.

    Sounds like the weather was lovely. Hoping for that tomorrow. How is George doing? Hope he is improving!
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        04-07-2013, 01:25 AM
    Green Broke
    That tack sale sounds like a lot of fun Dawn! We used to have some tack auctions here and they were lots of fun...except I kept coming home with stuff I didn't need!

    I had a horse filled day too, but not so fun.

    It started with a call from the man my horses live with "your horses are in the pasture, BUT there is a loose horse out here and they are pawing at the fence"

    Long story short, the horse is a totally untrained 3 yr old stud, not even halter broke!!! He has NO respect for people at all, and nearly ran me over many times.

    It took me and the owner nearly 2 hours to trap him in another neighbor's pen after he ran through a barbed wire fence and was trying to breed the poor gelding that lives there.

    I was so mad at this guy! He obviously doesn't have a clue about horses and had absolutely no idea how to handle a horse, esp. A young one. He feeds him Purina Strategy and doesn't ever handle the colt.

    Unfortunately the pen was not very sturdy, so I couldn't work him to the point of haltering, but I did get a little respect going!! The horse did figure out it was in his best interest to face me & pay attention to me.

    Luckily he knew someone with a trailer and we were able to load him up mustang style for the ride across the road. I looked over that way and an hour later the horse trailer was still backed up agaist the barn and the neighbor gelding has been calling all afternoon.

    Anyway, my horses were wore out from all the excitement, so no ride today. Darnit.
        04-07-2013, 09:42 AM
    Green Broke
    We rode the Lula land trust connector 3 trail on Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia yesterday, our first trip to this area. The trail is a lateral, not a loop so 9 miles in and nine miles back out.

    We parked the trailer at the northern terminus off of Nickajack road. The entrance to the parking area is a steep gravel road and a difficult pull, 4 wheel drive recommended. For anyone wanting to ride this trail, I'd recommend parking at the southern trail head off Ascalon road which has a much larger parking area an no step climb.

    The trail is well maintained and not what I'd consider a difficult trail, except for a couple of water crossings where step down boxes have been built on each side of the creek. The boxes aren't the problem, but the step down out the box and into the creek is higher than necessary, and the creeks full of very large rocks. I've crossed a lot of water over the past couple of years, but this one worried me as it appeared to be a very good place for a horse to break a leg. There's a bridge built across the creek but a sign that says no horses allowed......hummm...go figure....I'll take the fifth on the bridge.....

    Spring time is just arriving and the area is still without foliage, pretty naked...just a few red-bud trees starting to bloom and a twinge of green from leaves just starting to form.

    So, 9 miles in and 9 miles out, total of 18 miles, Total time of 6 hours 21 minutes......4 hours 33 minutes moving time, 1 hour and 47 minutes stopped with a moving average of 4 mph....and an overall average of 2.9 mph.

    Here's the track log:
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        04-07-2013, 09:46 AM
    Green Broke
    Here's the elevation profile.....as it's a lateral, the middle of the graph is the turn around point and it's really a mirror as it includes both directions. It would have been nice if Rhonda Lynn and her husband could have joined us, but this was an after thought and not really planned much in advance.
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        04-07-2013, 10:25 PM
    I went to ride at 1099 again. Camera was dead so there are no pictures. Trails were really muddy in several spots. I could feel Oreo's but sliding sideways several times. I think I touched at least half the trees out there as Oreo was trying to walk to the side of the trail and dragging me through the trees. It was a good day. I am guessing at 5.0 miles, forgot to reset GPS mileage at the start so it recorded 4.0 and I am guessing we were about a mile down the trail. That makes 48.9 miles for the year.
        04-08-2013, 01:06 AM
    Green Broke
    Sounds like fun Gunslinger! This was my weekend off *hint hint* oh well.

    How did you get the maps with your route???
        04-08-2013, 02:01 AM
    Green Broke
    Went riding today - I think we rode 5.4 miles - I haven't uploaded the data yet. Saw a bunch of alligators today but no hogs. The park set traps and caught I believe 30 hogs which is nice but probably just a fraction of them. Woods had standing water so we rode the levee. Biscuit was just a doll today - I faked him out. I went down to the pasture on the feed Gator. He will always come in from the pasture for me IF I don't have the Brenderup - he is a pretty smart boy! He trotted beside the Gator all the way to the barn and I put him in the trailer. What a sweetie - he has really shed out very gold this year. Every year he is more golden than the year before.

    We have a new riding buddy that is riding my cousin's former pasture puff and doing a great job. I asked her if she would ride Biscuit while I am off for surgery and she said yes. Woot. I don't want him sitting in the pasture getting sassy!! Hopefully I can ride twice next weekend and that is it for 2 to 3 months. I am going to miss riding so much!!!
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        04-08-2013, 09:14 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
    Sounds like fun Gunslinger! This was my weekend off *hint hint* oh well.

    How did you get the maps with your route???
    Now AnitaAnne, you're a hard woman to make a date with......really, we were going to ride in the Cohutta's but changed our plans to accommodate another couple some time around 9 oclock friday night. We're going to do an Iron Mountain ride in a couple of weeks so put that on your calender....maybe Rhonda Lynn and her husband will join us? We had a great ride with them at Sylco Creek, and really enjoyed riding with them.

    The maps....okay....I download the track log from my garmin and open it in mapsource. Inside mapsource I've downloaded and installed the SE US topo maps. I use the windows 7 snipping tool to cut, and then save the file as a jpg which I then upload to the site.

    You can download mapsource and topo maps from all over the world free at: http://gpsfiledepot.com/

    If your garmin accepts maps, you can also upload the topos to the device....so my gps has the topo maps on it as well.
        04-09-2013, 12:27 AM
    6 miles yesterday at Usery park, including a few lovely climbs up and around. Had an awesome lesson today, with a relaxed, willing horse. I had a friend check on cupcake after I left the barn to make sure he wasn't ill, as he was so mellow and easy this morning. He tried to eat her cell phone--Yep, just fine.

    73.4 miles total.
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