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post #6511 of 8019 Old 07-10-2017, 07:59 AM
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Son's cold from Wed was pneumonia by Friday. He ended up in the ER and received 3 courses of IV antibiotics. They seem to be doing the job. He's not 100% yet, but he's a lot better than he was. It was too hot and muggy with an aside of remnant mud for riding this weekend, so the horses got to impersonate lawn mowers in the back yard while I trimmed hedges and battled the wisteria. I think I won against the hedges; after 10 years, though, I'm pretty sure there's no winning against wisteria!

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post #6512 of 8019 Old 07-10-2017, 01:12 PM
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Woo hoo! I'm happy. I rode Acicate solo for an hour and a half this morning. The first 20 minutes were not very fun. He did a bunch of rearing and jumping around. He's very high powered. Don't think I am a brave rider. I'm really not brave at all. I put up with his mess because I feel he was made for me. I really love him and think he is going to be a great horse for me one day. The last hour of the ride was much better. I even got him to ride past our gate for 10 more minutes before turning around and heading home.

Here is a story of loyalty to a horse: my friend of very long standing in PA lost her Arab/Saddlebred after 30 years and bought the horse of her dreams, a gorgeous Morgan. After a while, he did so many underhanded tricks with her, that she lost her courage and hated riding him. He'd be riding along beautifully and then suddenly bolt and be unstoppable, even into traffic. I'd be afraid of him too! I often begged her to sell him and buy something she enjoyed riding. She got so she dreaded every ride. But she always said he was fated to be hers, and it was her fate and responsibility to overcome her fear and help him be the horse he could be.

She got involved with a Parelli club and did Parelli games with him every week, also started getting riding lessons. Between the lessons and the Parelli games, she got her confidence back. It's been about 16 years now, but she feels totally confident on him and can ride him anywhere. I am so happy for her, and proud of her for knowing what she needed to do and doing it!
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post #6513 of 8019 Old 07-10-2017, 03:44 PM
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@boots : How often do you have a horse who washes out of polo training? That seems like a sport you would have to have a horse with a pretty assertive, but not very reactive personality for. I try to imagine swinging a mallet on Phin at a lope and just cannot see it ending well!

@Change : I hope you son is doing much better now - pneumonia is nothing to mess around with.

@knightrider : Glad you are getting saddle time, but I do wish Aci would give you a break and settle down already! Having to ride out his antics doesn't sound like much fun to me.


This weekend, I wasted perfectly good riding weather to have a blasted yard sale, along with Gina and Misty. We are still trying to rehome a lot of stuff from my MIL and Gina's mom (who both passed in December). You can't see inside the barn, but it is also full of tables of stuff!!



I found a gorgeous groundcover plant to finish off the last ring in my round garden (which we all lovingly call the lump). They only had 3 left, so I will keep an eye out for more next season. After the joy of the yard sale, digging holes was almost fun!




Today, I got back on George!! He finished his doxy a couple days ago and the ground has dried up enough I could ride the fields without leaving hoofprints. Because he is barefoot, I wanted to stay as much in the fields as possible. The nice footing, however, meant we would be fair game for all the bugs!

I tried to stick to the field roads I knew had been mowed, but that wasn't possible all the time.



The grass and weeds in this part of the "trail" was actually as tall as George!! I dumped a ton of grass seed out of my shoes when I got home.



I love seeing the crops progress. Keith was cutting the wheat in one field already! This field is soybeans.



George was just as full of shiitake as I expected him to be after 6 weeks off work.. but while he did get reprimanded for some yeehaw bucking, I was very happy to see him feeling so good!


After finishing with George, it was time to torture Mia with the dreaded b-a-t-h. My parents are dog sitting for us this weekend, so I wanted her to be as non-itchy as possible (poor girl has allergies).





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post #6514 of 8019 Old 07-10-2017, 07:53 PM
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@phantomhorse13 . Not often. Once they are chosen to get trained they usually do well at some level. My own came from from a high goal farm, but didn't have the speed for 20-26 goal. Not on his best day. Still, he's great for low to medium goal. And he is a dandy ranch horse. You can doctor cattle off him and he'll sort nicely.

Several of my friends give their polo horses time off and let cowboys ride them for a week or two. Good for their brains.
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post #6515 of 8019 Old 07-10-2017, 11:14 PM
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lol Yep I definitely belong here. Went from riding 16.2 hand horses in my 20's and mounting from the ground to riding a 14.2 hand mare that I need a block for . . . my old my what DID happen lol. And yes, the ground is MUCH harder then I remember it being back in my twenties.

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post #6516 of 8019 Old 07-11-2017, 08:21 AM
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And yes, the ground is MUCH harder then I remember it being back in my twenties.
It couldn't be that we are getting old. It must be climate change.......

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post #6517 of 8019 Old 07-11-2017, 10:21 AM
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@phantomhorse13 - glad to hear you're back to riding George, and that he's full of spunk! Poor Mia! She looks so forlorn! LOL!

@knightrider - I can't wait to meet Aci! He sounds like a character. I hope he gets over his rearing and silliness soon, since he rides so well once settled. You sound really happy with him.

@boots - polo sounds like fun!

@Moore Norma - hi, and welcome. I can attest to the ground being MUCH harder after hitting it a few weeks ago. I've decided I don't want to get bucked off again.

@Celeste - Okay. I can blame it on climate change!

Son will be getting continued antibiotics during his dialysis treatments until all traces of his pneumonia are gone. Gotta love having a long term relationship with a doctor who understands his hatred of hospitals! Granddaughter must have caught the same bug - she's down with a sore throat, burning sinuses, ear aches and headache. Oh - and body aches. Joy. And my sinuses are burning a little. I doubt things will go further with me - knock on wood - since I rarely get sick, but it does give me an idea of what they're going through.

The heat and humidity are awful, and even the horses are doing their best to hide from it! Tango has visible sweat stains. I'll probably go out later and hose them off.

Not much else going on here.

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post #6518 of 8019 Old 07-12-2017, 01:11 AM
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lol Celeste yes, that is it lol.

Thank you everyone for the welcomes :)

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post #6519 of 8019 Old 07-12-2017, 08:34 PM
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@Change . I am so happy your son is improving:)

There's a fly spray called "EcoVet that is getting rave reviews. It's all natural and everyone claims it stinks to high heaven --- one person likened it to burning crayons, lollol

It's not cheap ---- around $26 for an 18 oz bottle or $140.00 for a gallon.

It works on the premise of the smell confusing flies and mosquitoes to the point they don't land on the horse and allegedly some die. Reviews are varied, depending on fly and skeeter population.

My big issue is those black horse flies and I'm starting to see some with white stripes on them --- what's that about? Anyway, I think I'm going to order a bottle to see how it works.

@knightrider , a long time friend bought a younger (under ten) Paso Fino a few years back when she though her Spotted Walker might not be rideable. Rio-the-Paso is a little (13.3) firecracker, lol

She has ridden and re schooled horses her entire life. She is now 68 and wondering why she "bought the little booger", lollo

He is broke to ride and drive.

He doesn't rear or buck but she has a time with him, lollol. He's a pip with the their farrier and she works with him all the time. He's one of those horses that stands good for her to work on his hooves but does a lot of fidgeting when the farrier shows up.

His latest incident was that he somehow managed to buck up and get his leg over the stall door. He was walking around when she got to the barn but it didn't take much to match up the cut on the leg to the stall door --- something she's trying to figure out how his short self managed that.

Her other Paso was with her 20+ years and was a dollface, calm and well mannered. She lost him to Cushings.

Anyway, Pasos in general seem to be on hyper side and maybe these younger ones were bred hotter yet?

Phantom, . Are those Tiger Lilies? I had planted some where Sultan is laid to rest but only two of them took root. If I want anything planted, DH has to do the planting because I kill Chia Pets:icon_rolle

FWIW, I used to feed my Rott and Lab/Sharpei "Dinovite". It got rid of their skin allergies and stopped the Rotts digestive issues. Not cheap but it works.

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Heat/humidity is awful:(. I've been turning the horses out a lot earlier because they are back in the barn by 10:30 or 11:00 to stand in front of their barrel fans. The fans are pushing hot air but it's better than no air, or scorching sun and flies. I am almost worthless in this heat; it took me three hours this morning to wash both horses legs, brush them, wipe their faces and butts, put their fly masks on, then clean their stalls ------ three hours to do stuff for two horses ---- I took a lot of breaks in front of those barrel fans----------

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post #6520 of 8019 Old 07-13-2017, 07:01 PM
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I have some work on an outfit that is new to me. Took a picture of the drive in to send to a family member who gives me a bad time for driving a pick up, instead of a small car, when I'm not pulling a trailer. The dirt at this place has a lot of bentonite in it, making it really slick when I gets wet.

But the road in is worth it. I think the draw in the bottom photo is one of the prettiest in our state! And the people are as nice as the place is pretty.

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