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post #2071 of 2076 Old 01-16-2020, 03:57 PM
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Wow, what a fantastic sky!

And that has to be one of the most inspirational stories I heard in a long time, thank you for sharing. Besides the excellent example for what you can keep doing as you get older, that is such a great approach to horses!

Hooey indeed, @knightrider ! I'm going to have to start using that word!

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post #2072 of 2076 Old 01-17-2020, 10:37 AM
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Just catching up on your journal @bsms . Seeing the saguaros was one of the highlights of 2019 for my husband and I. Such a special place.
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post #2073 of 2076 Old 01-24-2020, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Not as spectacular as last week's, but still a nice backdrop to cleaning the horse corral this evening:


Did nearly 4 miles jogging today. Was too pooped to ride Bandit as well. Rode Bandit yesterday after a week of high winds or rain. He was kind of...bouncy. Not rebellious, just a LOT of energy he needed to burn off! The absolute maximum dimensions of my "arena" are only 125' x 80 feet, and more realistically, 100 x 70. To stay inside without danger from the rails, maybe 90 x 50-60 feet. So basically just a continuous turn at any speed, and we hit a gallop a few times.

Briefly tried the "Grandpa" stirrup setting. As nice as it feels on a relaxed horse, it felt dangerous on a very energetic horse. So went right back to the Poppa Bear setting and kind of "surfed" Bandit instead of riding him. The longer setting just didn't allow my feet to support me when things were more aggressive. But Bandit NEEDED some hard moving to get the boogers out of his brain. After 45 minutes, he was relaxing. And sweating on what was still a winter day for us. I would SOOOOOO love to have an arena or level area at least 300 feet long!

That was a big problem for Mia, I think. She didn't get as "I'm taking over" as Bandit will get, but she still needed, really needed, to MOVE. Unhappily, I couldn't give her that.

And with my oldest daughter's divorce and various issues it entails, we're looking at staying here for another 3-5 years. Life isn't always about what we want, is it!


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post #2074 of 2076 Old 01-25-2020, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the corral and feeding time. Brought my phone with me. Cleaned to "Seven Spanish Angels". Notice the horses seem uninterested in the sunset:




My wife went to our roof to take a picture:


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post #2075 of 2076 Old 01-25-2020, 11:30 PM
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Thanks BSMS I really like that song! Nice sunsets. And yeah, life often gets in the way.
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post #2076 of 2076 Old 01-27-2020, 05:32 PM
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Yeah, I think we look at the sky more often than horses do, but I remember one time when Sunsmart had just finished his food after a late ride, and the full moon was coming up like a lantern in the twilight, and he went over to the gate to the Common and stood there looking at the moon with a really focused, but relaxed, facial expression. He ended up resting a hind leg and still looking at the moon, and I went over to stand next to him to look at the moon with him.
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