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post #1751 of 2040 Old 01-01-2019, 10:05 PM
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I like it!

It was cold here today too. I was determined to ride though, and a piece of blue sky met us as we went out. Cash was funny. He’s sure he needs his oats in these temperatures. I led him to tighten up and then he was a bit stretched out when I went to step on back at the pan of oats. I said to him to look at me, I was getting on and he’d better pay attention and not fall down.

Well, like any good two-year-old he listened just right and laid down when I put pressure into the stirrup. He wasn’t cinched tight either, he just struggles with thinking on too many things at once. Lol. I laughed, and husband was over throwing a tantrum on his horse about it. I guess I’d better not lead him back to the pan again.

What a silly beast he is. Then I let him find joy as he kicked the snow into his face when we trotted along. He likes to try and catch it on his tongue (again, like every other two-year-old). He thought he might enjoy making a snow angel after a bit, but I had to tell him no more laying down. Lol. He had fun. I appreciated the moment of sunshine.
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post #1752 of 2040 Old 01-02-2019, 02:53 AM
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, @Knave !
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post #1753 of 2040 Old 01-02-2019, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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If you feed kids lots of cough mixture, they have a better chance of sitting quietly in church. ...
When our two oldest kids were young, and we traveled back and forth between the US & England...cough syrup! Dimetapp & plenty of it. Too long an airplane flight to put up with screaming kids. Or fidgeting ones for the entire flight. Not sure it would work during a Kid's Christmas Pageant though:

"Oh look, the shepherds fell asleep in the manger with Baby Jesus!"

"Yeah? Well at least they didn't choke Baby Jesus and then pull on his head and feet fighting over him!"

In a small church, though, everyone gets to take turns watching the kids during 'children's church', so everyone knows the kids. The ones who are harder to handle, well, everyone knows. Everyone has tried. So mothers get some sympathy instead of condemnation.

Last night was supposed to be severe clear & cold. Instead, it was solid overcast and we got another 4 inches of snow. I decided I needed a cup of coffee before putting on my clothes - no birthday suits this time of year around here, @SueC - and trying to feed the horses. I looked out. Trooper and Cowboy seemed to be asleep. Bandit, of course, immediately noticed the light in the house. "Bob, coming to feed us? Or SPACE ALIENS?"

Bandit being Bandit, he watched intently, waiting to find out. Yesterday, after I got them their morning pellets to try to warm them up, Bandit became concerned about - something? - to the north. After a cold, wet night, he abandoned his food and spent at least 30 minutes staring intently to the north. The other horses may have eaten some of his pellets before he decided it was safe enough to eat. Oh well. I cannot control that.

But a horse who abandons his favorite food on a cold morning after a cold & wet night to stare for 30-40 minutes, watching, for...space aliens?...is obviously by nature a more alert, more cautious, more concerned horse than what most people seem to experience. He isn't cautious because I don't act confident enough, or because I'm not the Bold Leader! And BTW, horses have no respect for Bold Leaders! To a horse, Bold Leader = Stupid Fool! And to a horse like Bandit? It might be possible to whip him past something if you can ride out the fight, but that will NOT make Bandit respect you!

Like the kids in church, or in one's family, you have to deal with each kid based on who THEY are. You cannot expect them all to conform to MIGHTY PARENT. Like @Knave , you can accept a horse for who the horse is and give him chances to learn & grow. Or you can insist on unquestioning obedience. Someone who rides Bandit can either fight him a lot, or get used to a horse who keeps an open nose, open ears and open eyes, staying alert to potential threats. That is who he is. 24/7/365. Including when cold, wet & hungry. If you accept it, he will show you things in the natural world that we humans often miss. If you don't, you can never experience unity with Bandit.

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post #1754 of 2040 Old 01-02-2019, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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At least the dogs are enjoying it!





PS: Just looked out. Bandit and Trooper are playing Bitey Face. Then Trooper will spin and kick at Bandit with his heels, and then Bandit rears up high and strikes out with his front feet, and then they go back to Bitey Face. So I guess they are not suffering TOO much!

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post #1755 of 2040 Old 02-18-2019, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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OK, it is hard to tell...but my youngest daughter DID finish boot camp without being thrown out. Just got a text message (she wasn't allowed to touch her phone during boot camp) that she has landed in California...no time to come home and visit Trooper:


Family & Friends may have overdone the picture taking thing during the few days we could visit:


Her uniform does NOT fit well and the issued BCGs (Birth Control Glasses) kept sliding off her nose. I think she can, as of today, go back to wearing her normal glasses. My wife asked her how she handled pressure at boot camp. "Well," she said, "I crumple like a sheet of paper but recover quick..."

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post #1756 of 2040 Old 02-18-2019, 07:44 PM
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BCGs!

They don't look that bad. (Say we, who now have reading glasses!)

But that's so funny. Like the German term "Liebestöter" (love killers) for some of the old-fashioned bloomer-type underpants. Although I think that epithet could be similarly applied to Y-fronts. Or budgie smugglers!

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post #1757 of 2040 Old 02-23-2019, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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We had 7" of snow yesterday, measured with a ruler. That's the most we've had in the 14 years we've lived here. Only about 3" left this morning. It will be gone by this evening - supposed to hit 48 degrees and sunny today. But the wife & dogs put the arena to use this morning:




Happily, this was a rare time where it started snowing without rain first. The horses had no objection to dry snow. They acted quite comfortable all day. Much better than when we get rain in the evening and it then freezes over night. The corrals will be mud pits today & tomorrow. Supposed to hit 71 degrees on Tuesday. By then, riding conditions ought to be good.

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post #1758 of 2040 Old 02-24-2019, 07:22 AM
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Great pics! Wow, that's a lot of snow!
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post #1759 of 2040 Old 02-24-2019, 01:38 PM
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71.. please ride some for me!

(No idea when the ice will clear as we keep getting 33 and rain, then plummeting temps, so I am having major withdrawal.)
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71.. please ride some for me!

(No idea when the ice will clear as we keep getting 33 and rain, then plummeting temps, so I am having major withdrawal.)
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