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@knightrider : I agree with @egrogan - it's time to get the local news involved and make a HUGE fuss. that situation is NOT ok and law enforcement should not blow you off.


Last Friday, I started with Link. The whole story is in my journal.
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Next up was Phin and Kestrel.
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Monday, I started with Link.
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Next, I hopped on George bareback to walk Kestrel.
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2021 mileage
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1/15link8.54 miles1312 ft climb4.4 mph26F102.32 total miles
1/15phin5.04 miles617 ft climb4.3 mph27F107.36 total miles
1/18link3.05 miles312 ft climb3.2 mph26F110.41 total miles
1/18george4.23 miles486 ft climb4.7 mph28F114.64 total miles
 

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Went out today for the first time for 2021. Rode only 6 miles (9.7 km), rather then the planned 7-8 (11-13 km) due to the trail being blocked. But it felt great. Here's Chance munching on some alfalfa pellets and whole oats before hitting the trail. He eats; I don't. View attachment 1108142 View attachment 1108143
I like how one of your boots is a different color. I have some mismatched boots too, LOL.
 

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gonna ride my babies today! it is 3:44 in the morning im in the us. But im going to see if i can get some pictures today! i have some some people that are coming to ride. hadn't had anyone ride with me in a while im so excited and then later toning we are gonna have a bon fire!!!
 

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I got some saddle time this week. The whole story is in my journal.

Tuesday, I started with Phin:
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Next, I took Link to the ring:
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Thursday, I got Link out:
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Next, it was Phin's turn:
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2021 mileage
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phin8.78 miles1394 ft climb4.8 mph24F123.42 total miles
link2.5 miles125 ft climb3.5 mph26F125.92 total miles
link4.74 miles837 ft climb3.0 mph25F130.66 total miles
phin8.03 miles1444 ft climb4.1 mph28F138.69 total miles
 

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Got a short ride in today.....4 miles.....the DW went with me today.....and she doesn't ride much anymore with her bad back....so even though it was a short cold ride, it was great to see her in the saddle again.
 

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I rode for about 20 minutes yesterday; very short as the snow is quite deep and difficult to move around in. But the roads were not as treacherous as they've been, so we took a short walk from one field to the next. The deep, deep snow is actually a bit of a workout even if you don't go very far!
We made a big loop, ending where we started.

I love breaking tracks through fresh snow! It's so deep we didn't even see any deer or coyote tracks.

Total 2021 miles: 6.1
 

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A bit more saddle time recently. The whole story is in my journal.

Friday, momma nature was again in a bad mood, with chilly temperatures and a gusty wind. I decided it was a good day for ring work.
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Then, I hopped on George bareback to walk Kestrel:
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Yesterday, I started with Link:
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Next was Phin (and Kestrel):
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2021 mileage
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1/22link2.54 miles92 ft climb3.3 mph24F141.23 total miles
1/22phin4.07 miles122 ft climb4.2 mph26F145.30 total miles
1/22george2.8 miles305 ft climb4.6 mph26F148.10 total miles
1/25link5.42 miles830 ft climb3.4 mph21F153.52 total miles
1/25phin8.22 miles1434 ft climb4.6 mph25F161.74 total miles
 

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I seem to have lost the forum lately. I have been riding when I have time. I ride the trails on our property which usually comes to about a 3 mile ride. My total so far is 25.8 miles. I am calling this my starting place. Hopefully the forum will work better. I'll try to find a couple of pictures.

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Rode around the property yesterday - in the SNOW! LOL. Promise was so good, she didn't seem to mind it, also we saw some snowblowers that were pretty noisy - she didn't care at all. It was super windy, but...I just rode in my bareback pad! :) I was too lazy to tack up LOL.

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The pretty river in the distance! :)

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Momma nature has not been kind here lately, though I have gotten a bit of saddle time. The whole story is in my journal.

Saturday, I started with Link:
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Next was Phin:
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Yesterday, I took Link out for a mosey in the fresh snow (2' worth!):
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Then it was Phin's turn:
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2021 mileage
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1/30link4.03 miles390 ft climb3.1 mph12F165.77 total miles
1/30phin4.28 miles525 ft climb4.0 mph15F170.05 total miles
2/2link1.97 miles226 ft climb2.9 mph19F172.02 total miles
2/2phin2.24 miles256 ft climb3.7 mph16F174.26 total miles
 

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I am unfortunately sidelined for a while. I took a bad fall. I was not on a horse. I was in the barn. Go figure. My left knee is pretty much out of commission for a while. I have strained the tendons on the back of it. Ouch. I am better. I can walk with a knee brace and a cane; I ditched the crutches. I will have to live vicariously through all of you for a while.
 

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Wow, beautiful. I don’t think the National park where I ride is just for bikes or horses or walkers. Over the years the locals have figured out who goes on what days. The motorbikes are normally Thursday and Friday, horses are Saturday and Sunday, hikers go all week because it’s easy for them to step off the trail and the bikers are mid week. I believe there 4-5 groups of horse riders who are regulars and there are a few groups of motorbikes we also see often. I haven’t ridden my own dirtbike out there because I have to get it road registered first but I reckon it would be lovely
 

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Actually, the Dog Dazer worked quite well for the two pit bulls who were biting at my horses. I have the same success as @trailhorserider. Unfortunately, I apparently created a problem when I tried it on the Anatolian Shepherds. As several people told me on Horse Forum, if you respond to a very large aggressive dog with more aggression, it makes them more aggressive. And that's exactly what happened. With only one example, of course I don't know if the Dazer had anything to do with the dogs becoming more aggressive. I also was denied the entrance to my favorite trails around that time and started riding a quarter mile further down the road where I could access those lovely trails again. That quarter mile included the Anatolians, so I started riding there about 3 times a week rather than 3 times a year. That might have contributed to the problem. I guess I'll never know.

But I am passing this on to other riders who must ride past extremely large aggressive dogs. The Anatolians were not super aggressive at first, but if you google "Anatolian shepherds", it will say they can be quite aggressive. Drop bits of hotdog instead of pressing your Dazer button.

I have called the sheriff's department every single day, and they are now not returning my calls. The last time I talked to a human voice, she said, "Just don't ride past that house." I have 6 fun places to ride, away from traffic, through beautiful shady trees, and land owner's permission . . . if I could only get past those dogs.

PS: @trailhorserider, I have found that after about 18 months, the dogs need another Dazer lesson. They stop being so wary after awhile. But one more Dazer session does the trick after that.
I had a new neighbor a few years ago who couldn't walk his dog because of loose dogs owned by another neighbor about two blocks away. He called Animal Control with no results. I called and backed him up, saying those dogs used to go after me when I was driving my pony there. That got them moving and they told the owner she would have to build a fence. She complained that she couldn't afford a fence. She built a fence.
 

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Went out today for the first time for 2021. Rode only 6 miles (9.7 km), rather then the planned 7-8 (11-13 km) due to the trail being blocked. But it felt great. Here's Chance munching on some alfalfa pellets and whole oats before hitting the trail. He eats; I don't. View attachment 1108142 View attachment 1108143
He certainly looks well fed. I miss PA. I lived in Chester County in the 80's, but moved back to Florida in 93. Chester County has really built up, so I would have trouble just getting out to some fields now. Our Village of Embreeville is just the same except the lawyer that bought my house turned it into a big, lovely mansion on the Brandywine. The rest of the area is full of Mc Mansions where I would ride alone most of the time.
 
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