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This is just a fun llittle thread I decided to post. I want to know how you get ready for spring and summer riding :D Feel free to include some spring cleaning, sanitizing, organizing etc.
 

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I have to shoe all my horses, get a couple of saddles repaired, bring in my yearlings and try and remind my saddle hrses that they are still broke to ride.
 

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Remind my horse that she doesnt like to play in the mud!!!:lol::lol::shock:
 

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I forgot to mention that I have to transfer the mud and hair off my horses and onto my clothes.
 

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Kevin: yea, our farrier is coming thursday to get our horses all good and shoed and trimmed, I'm excited! I'm also, cleaning our tack like crazy and trying to condition the hell out of them since they sat in the barn all winter and have become very dry, stiff, and brittle. If you know of a better way to do this other than clean and condition, please let me know, as this is pretty darn time consuming lol. And I'm also working on trying to remind our three idiots that they know how to act whilst being rode haha. They're not actually as bad as I have expected.
Jillyann: I know exactly what you mean haha!
 

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Kevin: Oooopss, I forgot about that also! haha. It really helps if you have anything silk to wear as the hair can't get caught in it like it can other fabrics (I learned that from when I used to groom dogs)
 

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I think I would rather be covered in hair than get caught grooming my horses while wearing silk.
 

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Yea, can't say I blame you there dude lol. I would wear silk, except I got rid of all my silk grooming coats.
 

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I forgot to mention that I have to transfer the mud and hair off my horses and onto my clothes.
*sigh* it's begun here already. Denny is turned out without a blanket into a sand ring. He rolls in said sand ring, and absolutely coats every last hair with sandy mud. Couple that with shedding... *shudders* it's a task just to get him clean enough to throw a surcingle on. He's looked like Pigpen for the past week.
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My poor nose, trying to filter clean air out of the dust. Let's just say that my kleenexes don't fare well..
 

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Haha, don't you just love those black boogers that you blow out of your nose! lol, I swear, I spend about 10 minutes of my shower time, digging in there and trying to make sure that there is no more black crap in my nose. Thats why it's good to breath through your nose, because it traps way more debris that breathing straight into your lungs.
 

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I agree with the transferring every last bit of mud, manure, and hair from my horses to myself. I've also started in on the manure piles around the paddock. Don't understand why they HAVE to poo in front of the tie stalls and then lay in it...

Then there's reminding Soda that he CAN be ridden away from Flame and isn't in danger of dying if we're more than 1 block away. I have to clean his saddle/bridle, get him bit fitted and find a new one, and clean the old bridles/saddles. Good thing the man-creature is out of town for three weeks.

Oh I forgot my yearly foray into into boot skating with manure speed bumps. To be quickly followed by the fine sport of wading through slippery mud/manure/ice about 6" deep while attempting to find a dry spot to put hay. That reminds me I need to build some feeders.
 

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*sigh* it's begun here already. Denny is turned out without a blanket into a sand ring. He rolls in said sand ring, and absolutely coats every last hair with sandy mud. Couple that with shedding... *shudders* it's a task just to get him clean enough to throw a surcingle on. He's looked like Pigpen for the past week.
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My poor nose, trying to filter clean air out of the dust. Let's just say that my kleenexes don't fare well.. [/quote]

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I just love getting ready for spring and summer, seriously! Of course there are somethings I may be, being a little sarcastic about, like seeding the pastures, and picking up the poop out of our arenas, but as far as organizing the shelves and cleaning them, I love it! I also love grooming our 'idiots' lol, they just lean into the curry comb because it feels so good to them haha. Oh, and I can't forget about our equicizer lol, he needs a good grooming too ( not really though ) :)
 

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Hey! When did you come out to the house and snap a picture of Walka!

Have to agree with all that's been posted. Spring comes with great anticipation of the riding season ahead and a good dash of dread to get through MUD SEASON! LOL!
 

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Forgot to add, listening to Don B___ch about all the hair and "horse smell" . Deep sigh. . . I think it's a great smell. Silly non horsey husbands!
 

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Walkamile: Tell me about it! I don't know why some people think the smell of a barn stinks...how can it? lol I love the smell of it. Honestly, I would rather smell that then some of the perfumes/cologne that some people wear .
 

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LOL! I'm with you PGC, it smells so earthy and clean to me! Just gotta love the raised eyebrow from Don when I get into the truck with my muck boots though! :lol:
 

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haha yea, my fiance' always complains on how I smell like the horses. Except he calls them POS horses! I'm like dude, just because they don't like you doesn't make them POS's.
 

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As soon as some more of the snow melts I have to make the trip around the pasture to check on the fences and see what kind of damage old man winter did. It usually takes me a couple days or so to get all the repairs done before the horses can be turned out. Then I get to re-seed 2 of the smaller pastures.. Then I have 2 goals to have done by summer.. I want an obstacle course built and to transform a 24 X24 building into a real nice horse barn with 2 stalls and a tack room.. I sure hope I have some time to ride.. I am sure I will make the time.
 

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Snazzydandy: Trust me, you will have time to ride. You have all spring and summer darlin'! lol. I hate reseeding the pastures!
 
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