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post #1 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody else dealing with all the rain in Australia?

HOW are you staying sane?? I have 5 horses to ride, 3 of which have managed to shed weight like you wouldn't believe in the wet (so guess who feeds 3 times a day in the pouring rain?) and with only muddy paddocks with surface water everywhere and no floor in the float (which the rain rotted out) I am going INSANE!

I've already cleaned every piece of gear I can find and am at a complete and total loss at how to amuse myself for so far the next week and a half at least if you believe the forecasters.

So, how are you dealing with it and what are you doing to keep yourself busy and sane?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 05:47 AM
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Move over to WA??
haha we are having no rain, so hot over here, took Buzz swimming the other day
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 05:59 AM
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Our town is flooded(Gympie), there is nothing to do at all.. Im just glad my horses have a high and safe paddock.

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 06:13 AM
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hope it does stop soon though, maybe... I have nothing
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 06:42 AM
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Haha, I'm not dealing with it at all. I'm going absolutely nuts, so I'm taking off to Brissie for a few days just to get out of this house! We've been trapped here on and off since Christmas Eve (I'm never living between two creeks again!). Our paddock is knee deep water (which has thankfully dried out where the arena and feeding area is).

Does anyone else have mould covering all their saddlery? I clean my stuff twice a week throughout the competition season so I thought it was safe, but when I opened the tack shed, my work bridles and work saddle had mould everywhere! It's taken me days to clean it all off and it seems to want to keep coming back. A few friends in Rockhampton have the same problem.

I'm amusing myself by sorting the tackroom (saddlecloths all piled according to colour haha), playing board games, making the horse areas look more professional, building myself a full dressage arena, riding/lunging three horses, sorting all my old dressage tests, cleaning trophies, making four ribbon rugs, planning all my competition entries for this year, and hanging on HF heaps and heaps! I hope you find something to do! =] And good luck to everyone with the flooding!

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 07:03 AM
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At this point I would be thankful that you can still go out and feed and such. There have been confirmed deaths in the Toowoomba region.

I am very thankful to be in W.A. at the moment and my thoughts are with the families who are still missing loved ones.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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We're about 1ft of water away from having to evacuate 3 of our horses from a friend's paddock and get the to the local showgrounds and about 2 1/2ft of water away from getting cut off from that paddock so we're watching the rain very closely, especially since we just received a flash flooding warning very similar to the one that hit Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley yesterday.

Hopefully everyone stays safe, I know my other 3 are alright cause their paddock is on a hill and despite about 1ft of water running through the whole thing they won't go under.

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-11-2011, 05:55 AM
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I've moved all of my saddles either home or in to my agistment owners house (I'm sure they'll love me for that...)
I have been going nuts. I got a new saddle over a month ago and have ridden in it for half an hour.
Horses will probably have to be moved from the current paddocks to something a little higher and I'm flooded in 4 suburbs away
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-13-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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We got three of ours out of agistment just as the bridge went over, there were people standing in the middle of the bridge in our way taking photos as we were trying to tow the horses out! Ours spent two nights at the Caboolture showgrounds in a nice dry stable before we got them back home again.
All of my recently cleaned gear is moldy again so I've got a mammoth task to do again now the suns finally out
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-14-2011, 03:19 AM
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We're lucky not to have floods (high town that is used to a lot of rain - we have a few road closures but that is normal for us) but the mud is driving me insane. I haven't worked my horse in a while because no where is dry enough :(
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