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post #3911 of 4333 Old 09-19-2018, 09:31 AM
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That's excellent, @george the mule ! And those wheel thingies were very psychedelic.

@tinyliny and @Change , that's so interesting about your earthquake experiences! As a kid in Italy I remember one; we were in the house and things began to shake. Italy has had some serious earthquakes, and that one had been very destructive to the town in its epicentre - far away. But I remember the glasses rattling on the table. Here in Western Australia, there isn't the geology for serious destructive earthquakes, unlike Japan, NZ, California etc, so it doesn't do much damage and they are few and far between, and knowing that you don't worry about it. Funny thing though, the earth here is always rattling when the horses go racing around the back of the house! And not to be able to tell the difference, that was amusing.

@tinyliny , I'd been meaning to tell you I love the new avatar photo you put up - great combination of patterns, colours, hat - you look like the person who'd paint those paintings! And Happy Birthday!

@boots , enjoy your vacation!

@Woodhaven , hello! Enjoying your riding?

@knightrider , great story about Ping and Pong!

...I have a bit of catching up to do here, busy time; and may take a while. Glad @Rod has a decent prognosis! Hello @Cordillera Cowboy !
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post #3912 of 4333 Old 09-19-2018, 09:32 AM
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@george the mule - That looks great! Very happy for you and the horse.
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post #3913 of 4333 Old 09-19-2018, 02:27 PM
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We live on a fault line that has serious earthquakes every couple of hundred years. the last BIG one was in mid/latee 1700's. So, we are due.

We had a 6. something quake here back in 2001, and my house came through without a crack. But, it depends on what sort of ground your house is built on.
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post #3914 of 4333 Old 09-19-2018, 11:02 PM
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I was working for a military transportation contractor several years ago, during the earthquake/tremor that damaged the Washington Monument. We were in a field training area in Northern Virginia. Those of us driving trucks on the dirt roads felt nothing. The folks standing on the ground got rather spooked.
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post #3915 of 4333 Old 09-20-2018, 06:46 PM
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SueC hello to you too, I have gotten out for a couple of good rides, it's still warm but the deer flies have disappeared so I can get back to the area woods again, must do this more before hunting season starts. I rode out myself as Sis was busy but really enjoyed the trails again. I admit I haven't been riding as much as I should, just not motivated the same as I am not showing the mare this year.
How is the foot coming along, making good progress I hope.

George Oily's foot looks a lot better than it did. thank goodness for that, hope you get in some nice rides again.

Sis has been riding the girl's pony and is thinking of taking her to the local Dressage show this Sunday. She wants to get her some off home experience before the girls start riding in these shows. They are a great place to start out showing and very young people friendly and supportive. Sis is not exactly in the young people category but will still get the support of the club.
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post #3916 of 4333 Old 09-21-2018, 12:41 PM
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Hey, day before yesterday (Wed) I actually rode for the first time in 3 weeks. The girls had regularly rode Snickers this summer getting ready for the fair but had slacked off since then and I had not ridden at all since I had been traveling back and forth from Salt Lake (200 miles) for treatment. He had gotten fat and lazy- I had to let out the cinch two holes. He did good though and it sure felt good to be astride a cayuse again.

I had planned to ride again yesterday, but as I was catching horses a neighbor called and said he found one of my calves (I had kept a couple of calves for the girls to practice the cow horse thing with). While I was in the hospital the girls stayed home and did chores since we didn't want them to miss any more school. The calf crawled out sometime while we were gone. I spent part of two days looking for it but thought since it was branded it would turn up sooner or later. And it did. It was hiding in the neighbor's corn field and they hit it with the corn chopper, cutting off it's right rear leg about 8 inches above the hoof. When I got there a few minutes later with the trailer he was one mad steer. He was chasing the farmer and the chopper driver around. One of the local ranch kids was driving by and thought it looked like too much fun so he stopped to help. I roped the calf and the four of us drug it into the trailer by hand and I sped off to the butcher. Within an hour it was hanging in the cooler so I hope it didn't suffer too much. It was only about 800 pounds so the steaks and roasts will be small but they should be nice and tender.
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post #3917 of 4333 Old 09-21-2018, 02:59 PM
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Only 800 pounds, mad as a hatter, and you roped it onto a trailer?
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post #3918 of 4333 Old 09-21-2018, 04:37 PM
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Yeah, things got a little "western" for a minute or two. I backed the trailer up to about 15 feet from the steer and the ranch kid ran in front of it and it chased him right up to the back of the trailer. The kid jumped up on the fender of the trailer and the steer stood 5 feet away shaking his head at him. I jumped out of the truck with my rope, shook out a loop and peeked around the corner of the trailer. When it saw me it came my way and I threw the rope and ran around the back of the trailer and jumped up on the other fender. I hadn't thrown a very good loop, the rope was hanging between his ears, not around his neck. (I seldom rope cattle that are coming straight towards me). The steer stopped a few feet away from me for a second and I flipped the rope and "fished" the rope over his head. When I jerked the slack the calf backed up, fighting the rope. With a handicap of only three legs he fell down. The ranch kid jumped on his neck, holding him down while I took the rope off his neck and put it on both front feet. I then put a horse halter on his head and with two of us on the halter lead and two on the rope we pulled him in the trailer. It took about 5 big heaves for us to get him in. We slammed the trailer gate shut and once there was slack in the rope, he jumped up looking for someone to "eat". I left the halter on until I got to the butcher.
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post #3919 of 4333 Old 09-21-2018, 07:22 PM
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I hadn't thrown a very good loop, the rope was hanging between his ears, not around his neck. (I seldom rope cattle that are coming straight towards me).

I like how practical all this was. Nobody had to have a committee meeting about it! Just go do what needs doing.

In Australia, at least in our part of it, there isn't any roping, so this would have been handled with a clean headshot, bleeding the animal, winching it onto transport and then hanging it in a coolroom somewhere after getting rid of the unwanted bits. This is because we have a stupid regulation that says only abattoirs are allowed to kill beef for human consumption, so any kills outside of that are not allowed to be sold as meat, they're strictly for the private consumption of the animal's owners only, though the owners may share with friends (but not for money). And abattoirs aren't allowed to kill injured animals. Ho hum.

...of course, people do barter in the real world, so there are ways of getting around that, but honestly, Australia has some unbelievably insane regulations. In Europe, all meat killed and cut up by a qualified butcher was eligible for general sale, when I lived there. And, I could legally go down the road with a milk pail and buy milk straight from the dairy farm - not here, oh no, it's illegal for farmers to sell it straight to the public. And you can't sell surplus jam made from your harvest in your own kitchen - oh no, you must hire a commercial kitchen for mega$$$$$ to make jam for sale, which makes it pointless because it eats the profit margin, which is how they like it to cut out competition for the corporations from the common people. (Of course, they do let you make jam in your own kitchen for school fetes and charity, which just emphasises the point!) Here in Australia, there is so much interference against ordinary people doing stuff that's been done for centuries - it's all being transferred to corporations, grrr.

My DH was wondering if the meat would be tender after that rodeo, but presumably you're going to hang it a nice long time. I once had some venison that was from a similar situation, nothing wrong with it, nice and tender.

Bon appétit! Do you ever make beef jerky?

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post #3920 of 4333 Old 09-22-2018, 04:34 AM
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glad everyone is safe after storms and earthquakes. and getting some riding time it. my month has been a bit busy. I had one week of riding everyday and practically nothing since.

I have tried a houseshare near work but it hasn't worked out. so off to another house share next weekend. renting takes half my paycheck.. and its not a big paycheck... but staying with my daughter was making her grumpy and a distance that petrol/gas was using about a third of my pay anyway.

hey ho. tighten belt further.

I've also had major car trouble... and after a week of using a friends car I've got a loan to buy a cheap runaround. I might have it a month or two.. if I like it I'll sell my older dependable car, if I don't then I'll sell the runaround. my dependable car is a 17 yr old Vauxhall Vectra, the runaround is a 13 yr old Vaxhall Corsa. I need two cars on the go like I need a hole in the head.

i am fed up with the speed and the greed of the world around me but i have not found nor can i offer a cure
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