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post #1781 of 2105 Old 05-07-2019, 08:43 AM
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That is terrible luck! Also, that is how I dismount as well, and my foot was hurting last year for a while... hmmm. Husband blamed it on Cash jumping onto it, but it had been hurting before that. I blamed it on your fractured foot! Lol
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Oh no! Glad it's not a bad injury, but still...it's too soon. There should be a grace period or something.

I'm trying to teach myself not to get off horses like that either. You can step in a hole so easily, thinking it's solid ground.
My knee I injured awhile back is holding up to hard running and riding, but still it aches at strange times.
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post #1783 of 2105 Old 05-07-2019, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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I'm glad your knee is nearly back to normal, @gottatrot . And it's a good wake-up call to realise that it would be better to get off a horse very gently instead of leaping off it like one of those toy frogs with springs in them... without having gotten an acute fracture out of it, which could also have happened...

Maybe we all need to act more our age. By which I mean, not actually immortal and unbreakable.

@Knave , bwahahaha! You blamed your foot pain of my fractures, and I blame my fractures on an album called Disintegration! It's such fun to be aggressively irrational sometimes, when you're normally governed by rationality...
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post #1784 of 2105 Old 05-07-2019, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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On a rather more sombre note, in the 1990s we had a horse who got a hairline fracture kicking in the trailer (we didn't know obviously) and then her kicking leg (she favoured kicking with the nearside hind leg) shattered under her in the home turn of a race. With hairline fractures, this can happen under load. Thick, soft rubber mats highly recommended if you have a kicker in the trailer...
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Thatís too bad @SueC . I havenít had a trailer kicker as of yet. I did have a horse who kicked other horses in the trailer. Runt was terrible for it, dragging a shoe through the leg of the paint horse once. She always trailered in back after without issue. She was a nasty thing to other horses. It made me laugh, but not anyone else and not me in the trailer situation.

A funny thing to offset your sad story. Once I had a goat. Bertha was her name, and my parents bought her for me to practice goat tying. The guy sold her cheap because she was gay. No joke. Probably she had some sort of hormone imbalance. She had all the features of a billy goat and became a great big thing.

Sad for the poor goat I tried to tie in competition, who I threw completely over my head and slammed into the ground. I felt absolutely guilty, but it was a muscle memory thing. I digress.

Bertha was loose to do whatever. She had a bad habit of running at the horses and butting them off of their feed. One day Runt had enough and kicked her all the way across the corral. Dad laughed, either it will kill Bertha or teach her a lesson. It did neither.
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Do goats have freemartins, I wonder, @Knave ?

Funny! And I'm sitting here thinking, goat tying??? First I ever heard of it. Loving all this cultural exchange. Must think of something weird and Aussie. Ah yes - of course - Vegemite!

We had a goat called Hilda in the late 1980s, a Saanen with horns on who used to get in the horse paddocks and push horses off their hay if you didn't tie her on her grazing chain. One day Hilda tried it with the big chestnut French mare who's Sunsmart's great-grandmother. She pinned her ears right back, picked up Hilda by the scruff of her neck, lifted her own great long neck like a crane, and dangled a bleating Hilda in mid-air, just holding her there. I'll never forget the grim look on that mare's face. My mother ran screaming into the paddock, "Let her go!" She did, without lowering her neck first. The goat high-tailed out of there and never tried to push the big chestnut mare off her hay again.

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Lol! Runt often did the same type of thing. She made me laugh with her bad attitude.

Goat tying is a competition where a goat is on a stake and you run down (on a horse of course), jump off and tie it down. Come to find out the goats are really small. Bertha was big, like a milk bred buck.

I never did get very into goat tying. I used the paint one year, and he had never seen a goat at that time. I jumped off and the paint almost came back over the top of me! Lol. The guy judging started to laugh (he knew me).

I didnít go to many high school rodeos, and that was mostly the only place one could goat tie. When I did go I was competitive in the barrels and poles on Runt, but was mainly there to team rope. I donít think I ever entered the goat tying there or even the break away. It is an expensive thing to do that high school rodeoing.

My husband did it and went to college to rodeo. He wanted to let the girls, but I think my oldest isnít very interested and if my youngest wants to Iíd rather take her somewhere she could win money instead of just spending it.
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TOWN THURSDAY

Brett usually has a day off on Thursday, but a colleague was sick today, so he went to cover the morning for them. I took the opportunity to go into town with him, do a little early morning shopping, and return home to un-rug the horses after the frosty night - it was nice and sunny by the time I was home, and the horses lined up for my attention before rolling in the big sand patch. I meant to plant all my greenhouse peas out today, but had a big bucket of tomatoes to harvest all over the garden, so ended up doing only one tray out of three, but I'm making tomato soup this evening (and there's more for the freezer). It was lovely to be in the garden in the autumn sun, with some jigs playing through the open window - even the donkeys lined up to listen.

I had only an hour before turning around and going back to town for a haircut, and then a lunch date. I have an ultra-cool hairdresser called Dee. She is excellent at making me look civilised, has interesting stories to tell, and laughs when I say we're all only three meals and a haircut away from savagery. Because we're going into winter now, I had my hair shaped up at the back, off my neck. Over the summer I have it long at the back to protect me from sunburn.

After that, I collected my lovely husband for our lunch date at the Turkish bakery in York Street. We love this place, unpretentious, excellent, and run by actual Turkish people! They make outstanding kebabs - we both had steak kebabs served in crispy flatbread, with salad, egg, cheese, and sauces of our choice. Leaves even the best hamburger completely for dead. While waiting, we held hands on the table and gazed into each other's eyes like honeymooners, which is amusing, because we've been married over 11 years. There was some evidence of being long-time married in the irreverence and the teasing going on as well. We just love going on little dates like this, and should do it more... Coffee and hot chocolate to go with baklava rounded out the meal nicely.

Next, we headed for the beach. Because of my stress fracture I can't walk fast or a long way at the moment, so we brought the dog's ball slinger and had a great time just ambling up and down the beach a bit, watching the dog chase the waves, playing ball with her when she'd finished with the waves, and just taking in the picture-postcard scene. The weather was completely glorious - cool and sunny, with a light breeze - and the colours down at Mistaken Island were amazing - hundreds of shades of blue in the sea, set against snow-white sand, orange and grey rocks, hundreds of shades of green in the vegetation, and a cerulean sky. The islands further out looked gorgeous too. It's such an acutely beautiful place. We didn't take a camera, so I'll post a few good pictures off the web today.







It's really worth clicking on the last photo to enlarge, and see all the amazing colours!

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What a nice day! I love eating out. We donít do it often, and it makes me feel like Iím on some sort of vacation or something.

I love the pictures! I canít believe all the seashells.
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Every time we go do something like that, we say, "We really should make this a weekly thing, to have a kebab at the Turkish place or coffee at Dylan's, and then do a nice walk on that wonderful coastline." We'll have to work on it - the scenery is so gorgeous and we should get out more...

I really do wish there were 100 hours in a day. I could sleep for 40 hours and then have 60 hours in which to do lots of things...

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