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post #6921 of 8030 Old 10-24-2017, 10:43 AM
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Very hot and windy here today - and so far the shed has not dripped any more tar. It's supposed to get up over 100 today, so if no more drips, I will try covering the roof from the inside to help get rid of the smell. Which is down to no more that a whiff.

So no riding, and even to hot to bathe the horse. But this typical for this time of year, I have googles and do my outside work in the short space between dark and sunrise or sunset.
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post #6922 of 8030 Old 10-24-2017, 11:24 AM
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Supposed to hit 96F today, here on the central coast.

The companion pony, Dusty, was not well yesterday. Walked around listlessly with his nose near the ground. Refused his breakfast until I put it on the ground, as if it was too painful to raise his neck to withers level. He seemed somewhat better in the evening. His 'other owner' (it is a nebulous arrangement) is going to meet me this morning to see how he is and decide if we will get the vet out.

The horses have their winter coats so the heat will be hard on them today. If I can, I will take them down to the creek.

More cabinet painting today, and the real estate lawyer will be calling to discuss the first draft of the purchase agreement of the Massachusetts house. We need to interview local realtors and find someone to represent the California house. Still unsure about the order and timing of the move. My husband wants to push to get our present house prepped and on the market and get out of here, but that makes me panicky.

I am not going to move my California horse to Massachusetts in January no matter what, so if we move before spring I will leave her in my friend's 30 acre pasture with the horses she grew up with, and fetch her later. I haven't even decided whether to ship her (with a big reputable shipper it will be almost $3000, and I'm not shipping her with anyone else), or haul her myself, which would be a grand adventure but I have so many adventures ahead of me I'm not sure if I can take it on.

One day at a time, one task at a time, or they'll find me curled up in a dark closet somewhere with my eyes squinched shut.

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post #6923 of 8030 Old 10-24-2017, 08:21 PM
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@waresbear : that pup is super cute. too much hay sounds like a good problem to have!

@Avna : glad that things with Cricket Hill (love that name!) are moving forward - the place is like a fairy tale.

@whisperbaby22 : leaking tar?? what on earth did they use to roof the shed with?!

@lsdrider : yay to the night ride going so well.. maybe next season you can work up to your first 75 or 100!

@knightrider : I am glad your encounter with the fan and the truck did end any differently - very scary when traffic doesn't slow down around horses.

@bsms : glad to hear Bandit is on the mend. you must be having saddle withdrawl.

@boots : a new horse and maybe a new place to house it - very exciting!


This past weekend was my last competition of the season with Phin. I also got to ride Fluffy for the first time since winter! The whole story is in my journal.

















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post #6924 of 8030 Old 10-24-2017, 08:50 PM
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Gorgeous horses and location, @phantomhorse13 ! I was hoping to ride today, but winds were 20 gusts to 40, and the same expected tomorrow. Maybe that is divine guidance that Bandit needs an extra couple of days off. He's moving nicely now, but my saddle & I are an extra 200 lbs on an 800 lb horse.

I've got a hunch he'll have some "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" when I finally mount up!

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post #6925 of 8030 Old 10-25-2017, 07:58 PM
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@lsdrider : yay to the night ride going so well.. maybe next season you can work up to your first 75 or 100!

Yes, that is the goal! (50's first, lol)

At the last endurance ride they did an evening LD. It was mostly after dark. The trail was marked with glow sticks and scotch-lite tape . Would have like to have done it but Fancy wasn't quiiiiiite ready for back to back LD's.

Nice pics in your post BTW!
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post #6926 of 8030 Old 10-25-2017, 09:03 PM
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At the last endurance ride they did an evening LD. It was mostly after dark. The trail was marked with glow sticks and scotch-lite tape .
Oh what a fun idea! We don't have any like that around here - the only night-ending ride that isn't a longer distance is the Moonlight in Vermont 50, which starts mid-afternoon so finishes in the dark. I think its a great idea to offer an evening LD as so many people worry about riding in the dark.
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post #6927 of 8030 Old 10-25-2017, 10:22 PM
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Took less than a day to find new digs for both my daughter's and my horses. Accidentally found a woman who wants to see horses in her pasture again. Fences are great. Heated, automatic waterers. Hay is in the shed. And there is room for the horses in a run-in shed.

Super inexpensive so I can take my time finding a place to buy. I guess since I've been up here for 8 years, I'm kind of putting down roots. The rental market is good so I'll be able to add the one we've been living in to the string.

I've never been big on settling down, but this place is pretty good.

I still haven't met my daughter's horse. I'll get pictures when we get them moved in a week or so.
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post #6928 of 8030 Old 10-26-2017, 02:40 PM
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Rode Bandit for 30-40 minutes today. There was still a little pus at his sore. He was kind of tense going thru the neighborhood to get to the desert, but that is normal Bandit. Once in the desert, it took him about 5 minutes to relax. It took me 15. Oh well. Kind of sad when the horse has to calm the spooky rider! But my time with Mia seems to have left me a bit gun-shy. So to speak.

Bandit seems to favor his leg a little, so we mostly stayed on trail and kept it short. My daughter rode Trooper. That was Trooper's first time out in over a month...but Trooper was Trooper. I'd swear you could leave him in a corral for 3 years and he'd ride the same the next day.

I plan on keeping Bandit on a light riding schedule for a while. He showed NO interest in going faster than a walk, so his leg is probably still sore. He gave me a good faith effort, though. He's honest and he tries. Good horse.

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post #6929 of 8030 Old 10-28-2017, 09:55 AM
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Dusty the Pony turned out to have a sore neck. He has shallow lacerations on both sides. Hard to figure out because his mane is so heavy. We roached his mane and treated his wounds and gave him bute. He is much better. The mystery is what happened to him. It looks like he got caught in something and twisted his neck and scraped himself getting out of it. Can't find where that could have happened, but he's the type who is always pushing the edges. He will open gates, and crawl on his knees under fences, so he must have found something I overlooked.

Moving house has shifted into another phase. Escrow starts Monday. The inspections are done. My brother-in-law has offered to help drive our stuff across the country, and my rancher friend has offered to help haul Brooke in the spring. A girlfriend of mine has offered to come stay in the Cricket Hill house with me this winter while my husband finishes prepping the emptied CA house. I have accumulated a long list of things to give away. Six boxes of fabrics left last week, the chickens go to my sister tomorrow. Road bike, teak patio table, furniture, boxes of books, barbecue .... it seems endless, the things we are not taking. My roots are being dug up and I feel as if I don't exactly live anywhere anymore. Daughter is coming home for Christmas to say goodbye to the house she grew up in. Then it will be time to start really packing.

My husband is clearing out his workshop, forty years of tools and materials, the guy who fixes everything from laptops to roofs. He told me, "this is where I store all my solutions". It isn't an easy thing to do. Of course some is coming with us, but only the bare bones.

It will be not just a change of climate and location but the new house itself will make our lives very different. We have never had a good place for guests, ever. There are already plans for three different groups big enough to fill the house to overflowing next year (I think it will eventually be furnished to accommodate two couples and three single people upstairs, where we do not plan to live ourselves). I'm not very gregarious, but I think it will be very important to us to have friends in the house, especially at first.

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post #6930 of 8030 Old 10-28-2017, 10:38 AM
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..... Moving house has shifted into another phase. Escrow starts Monday. The inspections are done. My brother-in-law has offered to help drive our stuff across the country, and my rancher friend has offered to help haul Brooke in the spring. A girlfriend of mine has offered to come stay in the Cricket Hill house with me this winter while my husband finishes prepping the emptied CA house. I have accumulated a long list of things to give away. Six boxes of fabrics left last week, the chickens go to my sister tomorrow. Road bike, teak patio table, furniture, boxes of books, barbecue .... it seems endless, the things we are not taking. My roots are being dug up and I feel as if I don't exactly live anywhere anymore. Daughter is coming home for Christmas to say goodbye to the house she grew up in. Then it will be time to start really packing.

My husband is clearing out his workshop, forty years of tools and materials, the guy who fixes everything from laptops to roofs. He told me, "this is where I store all my solutions". It isn't an easy thing to do. Of course some is coming with us, but only the bare bones.

It will be not just a change of climate and location but the new house itself will make our lives very different. We have never had a good place for guests, ever. There are already plans for three different groups big enough to fill the house to overflowing next year (I think it will eventually be furnished to accommodate two couples and three single people upstairs, where we do not plan to live ourselves). I'm not very gregarious, but I think it will be very important to us to have friends in the house, especially at first.
We went through some similar things moving from a house to an apartment, then overseas to Asia. In my head, I knew we had to get rid of half a lifetime of accumulated stuff. I was surprised at how unexpectedly attached I was to some of it.

I like your plan of having separate floors of the new house for yourselves and your guests.
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