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post #9731 of 13236 Old 01-20-2018, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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YAY! It worked! LOL
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R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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post #9732 of 13236 Old 01-20-2018, 11:59 AM
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Good luck finding a new place @Fimargue ! About mud...that's something every place has to deal with unless you live in an arid climate. We live on very hilly terrain and this is the best I've ever dealt with as far as mud but there are still areas that get muddy when we get lots of rain.
Thank you, lovely! I know, I'm used to having fair amount of mud, no problem, but here it's just so extreme. Believe me that I really mean it when I say there is a lot of mud. I was so not expecting it to be this bad.
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post #9733 of 13236 Old 01-20-2018, 02:43 PM
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My mom put me behind the wheel of her GTO as soon as my feet could reach the pedals. I think I was 12. She took me out into the desert and made me practice starting from a stop - without spinning the back tires. Once I got that down, we drove around on the dirt roads. I was 14 when we dared the roads, and no, I didn't even have my permit yet. I drove on the freeway the day I turned 15 1/2, on the way home from the DMV, a learner's permit in my proud little hands. Needless to say, I was a darned good driver by the time I turned 16 and got my license.

I did the same with my boys, although they started on tractors between 7 and 9 years old before moving into cars and trucks. They all took drivers ed through school, but that was just so my insurance rates didn't skyrocket. The oldest boy got his license in CA at 16. The two younger lived in KS - where you can get your permit at 14 1/2. They both got their licenses at 16 as well.

My oldest granddaughter lives in TX - and I paid for her private driver's training, since they don't offer it in school. It was $500!! But she completed the course and was able to get her license at 16 1/2. The granddaughter that now lives with me didn't keep her grades up while living in TX, so she wasn't allowed to get her permit. When she moved here, at 17, I took her to the DMV to get her permit and then enrolled her in the school's summer driving program. We had a pit more driving to do, but she'll get her license by the time she turns 18.

And now, my confession:

I did as planned today and ignored chores - and got BOTH horses ridden.

I took Tango out first and he did remarkably well considering he hadn't been ridden since October. He didn't like a stack of round bales, though. That was worth a pretty good spook. He was also very leery of a stack of firewood and a lone cotton plant still covered with white tufts - silly horse!

Cally was next and after a slight argument about actually leaving home, she was, as usual, very forward and jogged more than she walked. I swear that horse barely knows how to walk! We did pretty much the same loop as I did with Tango, minus the silly horse spooks. We even got a few nice canters in, too.

So - my back is complaining a bit (ain't age a wonderful thing?), but I'm happy. I rode my ponies!

Courage is taking just one more step...
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post #9734 of 13236 Old 01-20-2018, 05:51 PM
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Oh gosh I haven't been on in a while O.O

So, Ikora got hind shoes on. I realised she'd outgrown her saddle so now it's for sale... no interest of course because nobody's spending money on anything. I'm riding my high withered thoroughbred bareback...

And... now for the confession... despite having owned her for over two years now, I only JUST realised how much Ikora reminds me of my first thoroughbred, Sugar. These two photos are 10 years apart, of horses born 20 years apart. Sugar wasn't my first horse, not by a long shot (I've been in horses all my life). But she's the horse that first introduced me to the wonderful world of thoroughbreds. My favourite breed, still, 10 years on.

I also confess that I think my position has gotten overall worse... but I feel like I'm a more effective rider now. I was good at looking pretty on a horse back then, but I had no clue whatsoever how to do anything other than plonk around.
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post #9735 of 13236 Old 01-20-2018, 09:52 PM
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So my car got hit tonight. Parked in front of the house. Some people walking by saw it. The people that hit it took off. The car they described was a neighbor. So now the police are out looking for him. Ugh. Car is totalled. Just what I needed.
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post #9736 of 13236 Old 01-20-2018, 10:19 PM
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Oh, @TimWhit91 - I am so sorry about your car. I hope the find the creep so his insurance can get you into a rental car and get your car fixed! And I hope they arrest him for hit and run, too!

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post #9737 of 13236 Old 01-20-2018, 11:46 PM
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@Phantomrose - Good point!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, yourself! Get lots of riding in

@tim White91 - I'm so sorry to hear about your car, that's such a huge bummer. I've definitely been there (both having my car hit while it was parked and I wasn't present, and having my car totaled... admittedly, they were different times), and it's no fun. Hopefully you can get something really awesome to replace it with (even though it's a huge headache either way). Keep your chin up!

@blue eyed pony - Unless you're showing (and sometimes not even then xD), I think effectiveness is the goal :') I've always been a stickler for my equitation, but I know lots of people who aren't.

@Change - Riding > chores every time ;)

@JCnGrace - Wishing you a fabulous weekend, friend! (8

I confess that I got a lot of work done today, but not much else. Boyfriend has been working a lot--supposedly he's taking tomorrow off, and I'm really looking forward to the company!
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post #9738 of 13236 Old 01-21-2018, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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YAY for @Change getting to ride not just one but both horses!


Dad always put us in his old, drive to work car and then we'd drive laps around the garden. Other than the first couple of times to make sure we knew what to do he didn't even ride with us. Don't know how old I was but I remember even with the seat all the way forward I'd still have to scoot to the edge of the seat and had to look out the windshield through one of the open spaces in the steering wheel. Driving laps didn't teach me to park though and I still suck at parallel parking and try to avoid it all costs.

@blue eyed pony I'm guessing the bottom picture was the one taken 10 years ago only because the picture looks older. You on the other hand haven't aged a bit! Plonking along helps us learn how to stay on a horse so nothing wrong with that.

@TimWhit91 , what rotten luck about your car. The only good thing about that news was that neither you nor your son was in it at the time. I hope they find the person that did it and that they have insurance but I'm wondering if they didn't stop because they don't.


Thank you @Zexious and so far so good! Finally ventured out to get mom's birthday present and found her a simple CD player but they didn't have any audio books so I may have to get them online which I hate to do in case she doesn't like her present and wants to return it. I might try a different Walmart because ours doesn't have a very big book section even for regular books.


I hope you get to spend some quality time with your BF tomorrow, well later today now.


Speaking of mud @Fimargue , it finally got warm enough here today to melt the snow and now it's raining so I'll definitely be wading through the stuff for the next little while. The mini's lot gets the worse because there's no grass.




I confess that while I was at Walmart I restocked my cookie dough supply. I got chocolate chip/walnut, chocolate chip/peanut butter, peanut butter, and turtles. The only good thing about this is a package of those doesn't make near as many cookies as a homemade batch and I can toss them in the freezer and forget about them until I really get a craving for cookies.
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Thanks guys. Good news, we did find the person, because 1. The witnesses were amazing and copied the license plate number and 2. It was my freaking neighbor. Cops were here all night, she said she didn't know she hit me. With the damage to my car...there is NO way she didn't know. But she is a single mom too...so when the cop asked me if I wanted him to arrest her for hit and run or just give her a citation for unsafe backing...I went with the 2nd option. She did have insurance, but my car is so old...they won't give me enough to replace the thing. Thank god tax season is almost here. And yes, I am so glad I am safe and my son is safe. I'm sad about the car, I love the old piece of crap. But my greatest treasure is safe in his bed right now.
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post #9740 of 13236 Old 01-21-2018, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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I thought of the other thing I wanted to say. I saw my worst nightmare tonight while watching Dr. Pol. A horse that had kicked through the metal siding on the barn. I had to doctor a friend's weanling filly one time when she sliced off half of her hoof from doing the same thing and it has left a lasting impression on me. NASTY mess and got to stinking something awful. I dreaded taking that bandage off every day that I had to do it - he was an over the road truck driver and his missus didn't like the horses all that much but she swallowed her fear every day and helped me any way she could. The filly's hoof eventually grew back although he sold her after she healed so I don't know if she was sound to ride when she got old enough to be under saddle and the update on the 21 year old mare on the show showed that she was healing ok but still favoring it pretty bad. They said if the injury would have been any bigger or along the back of the leg instead of the front they would have recommended putting the mare down. So if any of you have metal barns PLEASE make sure the inside is covered with wood and they don't have access to the outside of it.

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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