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post #1101 of 1366 Old 09-15-2018, 01:28 PM
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Today my pre-teens showed up to ride. What a marvelous time we had! I miss my older teens who are off to jobs and college (have 2 left), but starting over with new kids is always fun. It's such a kick to see the kids grow and become real riders. I decided to ride Windy, my daughter's young mare because, reading about @Hondo 's troubles with laminitis has scared me very much. Windy is too fat. If anybody leaves anything lying in the pasture, she rips it up, so I am thinking a grazing muzzle will probably last 2 hours. And rub holes in her face because we have to really be careful about saddles and bridles rubbing her. So, the solution is to ride her more (I hope), which I am doing. Lucky me. This morning we practiced running walk for a good long bunch of riding and she just glided along. I'm so pleased.

She hardly would do any running walk when we first started training her. Her dam trotted until she was 6, and then she sort of suddenly began to give us a glorious running walk. I kept telling my daughter, "Don't worry about Windy's gait until she is older than 6 because it will probably just come to her." Windy turned 6 in August. She's been doing running walk this past year, but it is getting more and more consistent. And when she's good, she's REALLY good!

I am such a Paso Fino fan, but man, those walking horses are really fun too.
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post #1102 of 1366 Old 09-15-2018, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne View Post
Thanks for taking us to Big South Fork!! I always wanted to go there!
Big South Fork is an amazing place. I hope to get back there in the future and see more of the trails. The Forest Service woman who spoke briefly at one briefing said they have over 200 miles of horse trails!

Originally Posted by Zexious View Post
wanted to reiterate how lovely those grays are. You've got such a wonderful palette of horses that you ride
I am so very lucky to be able to ride so many amazing horses. If it wasn't for Lani and Kathy, I wouldn't have ridden any competition miles this season at all!

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post #1103 of 1366 Old 09-15-2018, 08:54 PM
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phantomhorse13. One of your pictures shows a lead line attached to your horse. Who or what is at the other end of the lead line and what's the purpose?
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post #1104 of 1366 Old 09-15-2018, 09:00 PM
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I had a chance to go out for the second time in 4 days. Kicking butt! The horse and deer flies are still active and the spider webs are still everywhere. But the woods are full of mushrooms in all kinds of pretty shades of red, yellow and brown. I rode solo, 10.5 miles. Maybe I can reach 300 before the month is out.
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post #1105 of 1366 Old 09-16-2018, 10:43 AM
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@charrorider - We're getting lots of mushrooms here, too. All that rain, you know?
Here's hoping the bugs die down a bit!

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post #1106 of 1366 Old 09-17-2018, 10:05 AM
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Got another solo ride in on Tillie. It was hot (90F) and the mosquitoes were out in force. But we rode 6 miles and she was awesome! Trying to get pics to load with no success. Riding this weekend with a friend.
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post #1107 of 1366 Old 09-17-2018, 10:18 AM
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@carshon , heat, humidity and mosquitoes in full force describe my ride yesterday as well!
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post #1108 of 1366 Old 09-17-2018, 10:52 AM
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That's one flying insect I'm not seeing many of, mosquitoes. Not many gnats, either. They are probably getting caught in all the spider webs. lol.
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post #1109 of 1366 Old 09-17-2018, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by charrorider View Post
phantomhorse13. One of your pictures shows a lead line attached to your horse. Who or what is at the other end of the lead line and what's the purpose?
Lani and Brimstone were at the other end of the line. That was Musubi's first distance ride and he is only green broke (and honestly, green broke is a pretty generous description), so that line was my "emergency brake." Luckily it wasn't needed, so after a few miles Mu and I were set loose. While we did get some good-natured teasing about it, I am a firm believer in better safe than sorry.

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post #1110 of 1366 Old 09-17-2018, 09:22 PM
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Discovered Lake Texoma, on the Oklahoma side, has the most marvelous thing!


Full electric hook ups, horse pens at each station, water at every station! Lots of really cool trails with challenging terrain and lots to look at!

I don't think we got any pictures that weekend, we were too busy riding, but it was like... 110 here that weekend. It was a dry heat... for us... fortunately, but still miserable. We took the horses for swims in the lake - Had Superman and Sarge there for back up ponies in case the kids came out or if Gina or Trigger decided to act super dumb (Trigger DID that second day, so I rode Sarge instead). Had a blast letting them play in the water and graze by the lake.

Stayed three days.

About three weeks ago, B, who helps me with our horses, snagged me up... we loaded up Sarge, Gina, Trigs, Superman, and four of us went riding on a 3000 acre place about 15 miles from here with some VERY punchy kids... think lots of youngsters that are young enough to pretend to be the Tombstone Revenge Posse on mules, a TWH, and a bunch of quarter horses.

We did some serious brush popping, went down some 20 ft ravine banks to the creek, almost had to swim the horses across in some places, and back UP the banks on the opposite sides. The punchy kids were concerned when I unloaded Trigs (Think kids, both boy and girl, ranging from ages 10 to 19) and they leaned in and quietly, worriedly, asked B "Can she can keep up?".

Trigger and I shocked them. That little paint pony can get it on. We went through some muddy spots where it was just over his knees... and while the bigger heavier horses had to really put effort into it, Trigger has a very... pistony?... trot and we took that muddy quick sandy portion of the creek at a trot. He just clipped right on through.

They have very nice feed truck roads complete with low water bridges - I let Trigger off his chain and we joined the Revenge Posse a few times. Just letting him trot and gallop and slow lope helped us get along so much better. He likes to play a little with his friends, so we did that.

Last weekend at the rodeo, those same kids were talking me up to my husband and his best friend from HS... another very punchy guy and good friends the the kids' dads. They were crazy surprised at Trigger and I. :P

I was proud to have impressed them with 'that little paint horse' as they kept calling him.

And then!

Friday morning, I bought my first horse trailer. A steel 3 horse slant with LQ. I hitched up to the F250, loaded the generator, gas cans, YETI cooler, horse tack, changes of clothes and boots and spurs... and Trigger, me, and Gina rolled out alone at 3 pm that afternoon. We met a friend and her daughter, and a friend of theirs (She has the most adorable little 'show class' Welsh mare, and they're perfectly proportioned for each other) at the Caddo National Grasslands near Bonham, and we spent the weekend camping with horses. We had the place to ourselves, Friend, her daughter, and I were the only ones that camped, her friend just came out for the day... a few other equestrians came out and rode but left.

We had a loose horse incident... while we were gone Saturday morning on our first ride, Gina panicked and broke loose from her hi-line. The lead rope came apart at a knot (We use cowboy rope halters w/leads) and she tried to track us.

It was like losing your kid at the mall! The SECOND I saw she was gone, just the change in my voice caused Trigger to deteriorate emotionally. Friend noticed and was shocked at how intuitive he is. She said just the slightest bit of tension in my body, the faintest trace of worry and it was like a switch got flipped. Bless his horsey heart.

Anyway - I called and called for her. A couple of ladies who were parked at the entrance of the park and had been on seperate trails from us asked if I'd had a loose horse... then said, oh yeah, we rode past her about 30 minutes in... (Stared at them... and you didn't think to pony her out? She's obviously friendly but lost!) But at least I knew where to start looking.

I loosened Trig's saddle up, tied him to a hitching post near the trailhead... he was calling for her too, and I'd hoped if I was going the wrong direction, she'd hear him and be waiting on me when I doubled back...and I set off walking on foot up the trail they had seen her on... still calling her up like we were at home (Wooooo Gina! Woooo Gina!) And about the time I was going to give up, go back, get Trigger and friends and us all ride out in a search party - she came trotting up along a trail connection, head up, eyes wide, ears forward, soaked with worry sweat.

MOOOMMMMMMM! I GOT LOST AND I WAS SO SCARED! I tried tracking you guys but I lost you! OH I'm so glad you found me! I was looking everywhere and those ladies didn't even HELP me!

Bless her... she's a good girl. Just didn't like being left alone in a strange place.

Husband and son came down that evening but went home that night. Son rode her for the evening ride... regretted wearing cargo shorts (Chaffed! OMG MOM THIS HURTS! I will never do this again! You were right!) I rode Gina the next day. Trigger, for all his screwball, highly emotional personality, doesn't panic when left alone and tied. (By then my friend's fiance was there and he kept an eye on Trigger. Read that as... napped nearby, fell asleep talking to him)

All in all, it was a great weekend.

It's also been great to reconnect with this friend of mine. It's because of her I started riding back in 6th grade. We spent many hours on her pony and a borrowed, hard headed, rough old ranch horse, poking around creek bottoms and the woods and pastures. Then we hit middle school and started to grow apart, then by H.S. we were living in two different worlds it seemed. Now we're meeting once or twice a month at various horse-friendly camp grounds and events... and that's why I had to have a rig I could sleep in. Can't keep hauling two rigs everywhere (Stock trailer and F-250, 5th Wheel and 2nd Gen Dodge 12V diesel).

Sorry so long winded. It's been a lot of fun though, and we've enjoyed this time reconnecting and rebonding with our equine buddies as the common thread between us... once again.

Pictures below. Friend was the photog, so not a lot of her unless she was taking sneaky selfies, which she then sent to me.
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