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post #11 of 38 Old 03-13-2010, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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The stupid thing is I will probably saddle up tomorrow and head out again. I am an addict and I can't help it. If I have a day off, even a nice evening I have HAVE to head out.
In a barn of 25 boarders many a week I was the only one leaving the barn. At times I would throw my saddle over his heavy winter blanket and head out in a blizzard just to be out.
I know it is nuts but again I am an addict and I will do anything for a fix.
I have never had a spooky horse, one that wouldn't just head out into anything.
As for trees falling?? I have had to wait in places for the sway of the tree to go the other way and then quickly pass by. I have been nearly hit once but have been close when a few trees fell to storms.
I can only think of one other time in the last year that weather kept me from riding and that was only because I had ridden him 6 days in a row and I thought he could use the break.
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post #12 of 38 Old 03-14-2010, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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I did the vacuuming, the toilets and then I couldn't stand it. I dress and headed out. It turned out a nice day, rainy yes but little wind. We ran roads, the footing was excellent but you have to deal with cars spraying water, doesn't seem to be a problem.
All and all a nice ride and it appeases my addiction
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I don't know that I would take a horse out in that weather, but I like it myself. Getting out in a good storm with wind & rain (or better yet, blowing snow) is when I really feel alive.

Of course, I would enjoy it a lot more if there were some way to Scotch-guard a border collie. Having to bring home a wet, muddy, and smelly dog sort of takes some of the anticipation out of things.
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I don't know that I would take a horse out in that weather, but I like it myself. Getting out in a good storm with wind & rain (or better yet, blowing snow) is when I really feel alive.

Of course, I would enjoy it a lot more if there were some way to Scotch-guard a border collie. Having to bring home a wet, muddy, and smelly dog sort of takes some of the anticipation out of things.
I ran a sled team for many many years and loved heading out in a storm with those guys. When all the roads were choked full and no cars I felt like a king running down the main streets with my guys.

Last summer the skys were black and you could hear the storm coming. I saddled up and went a few miles and then the heavens opened and it poured. I went about 50 feet into the bush, backed him up against the biggest tree I could find and then just sat there on his back with a big assie coat covering me and the saddle. I thought about hobbling him if he moved but he stayed put hard against the tree, head down and rain running off the both of us. Yes the lightening was heavy but I played the odds. After about 10 minutes the sun came out, the ground steamed and we had a great run. I too love weather, and not the hot kind.

Again my guy is fearless and any weather is all right with him.
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I love riding in snow, but thunderstorms in Kansas can be quite dangerous. I've seen hail as big as grapefruit, lightening stikes hitting friends and the aftermath of too many tornadoes. I stay inside


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I love riding in snow, but thunderstorms in Kansas can be quite dangerous. I've seen hail as big as grapefruit, lightening stikes hitting friends and the aftermath of too many tornadoes. I stay inside
Hurricanes do not exist around me so they are not a concern. No hail to speak of either. Just heavy rain and what can water really do to you. I am waterproof as is Rio.

I don't blame you for being cautious in Kansas.,. Dorthy got blown away

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I love riding in snow, but thunderstorms in Kansas can be quite dangerous. I've seen hail as big as grapefruit, lightening stikes hitting friends and the aftermath of too many tornadoes. I stay inside
One advantage of living in the mountains rather than the plains: there's almost always something higher for the lightning to hit. Not many tornados either, and the hail rarely gets bigger than pea-sized.
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You are a true horseman, RiosDad! More than a bit crazy, as ell! Rio must be completely bomb-proof! I could not imagine Sunny going out in conditions half that bad (He tends to stand in his house, just sticking his rump out topotty in inclement weather!) My sister has Arabs that are really spooky when the wind comes up. We had the farrier out one particularly windy day, and the one mare was standing with al 4 legs spread out, looking ready to flee at the slightest cause...she was so wired, the farrier decided to come back on a day that wasn't so...er, exciting!
But, yes, I do understand the addiction part. I am miserable waiting for the muck to abate just a little bit, to start working the pones a get them ready fo riding season! The weather the past day or two here has been idyllic...sun, warm breeze, ahhhh....spring time! Actually have some windows and the front door open today!

It's the little things that drive me wild...
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You have to really watch those turkeys, they can eat the hoof right off a horse!

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We have hundreds of wild turkey around. Flocks graze with the horses all the time. They only bother him when they explode out of the bushes right beside him and then he only stomps a foot and looks.
I have never owned a spooky horse, never and I only ride arabs. I also never ride mares, will not own one and I only buy stallions but cut them right away. I am bold and my horses seem to pick up on this so wind, rain or driving snow doesn't bother them. I mainly ride alone but twice a week I take 2 ladies with me. I try to take only one at a time but agian I much prefer to run alone. The ladies slow me down too much and I have to compromise.
I also love long runs on the side of the highways but on rainy days the horse gets alot of splash which I don't like.
Anyway Rio/Shadow/Strider/Echo/Titan/etc etc have all been brave spookless horses from my past
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