Skip to comments.FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 12
Posted on 08/07/2007 7:33:14 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
This is a horse chat thread where we share ideas, ask for input from other horsemen, and talk about our riding and horse-keeping. We have a lot of different kinds of riders and horses, and a lot to share, usually about our horses, sometimes about our dogs, gardens and other stuff we do. :~)
I have a ping list for horse threads that are of interest, and MissTargets will ping everyone most mornings. Let MissTargets and/or me know if you would like to be on the ping list.
So... like the previous threads, this is intended as fun place to come and share stories, pictures, questions and chit-chat, unguided and unmoderated and that we come together here as friends.
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New folk and occasional posters, jump right in and introduce yourselves, tell us about your horses, and post pictures if you've got them!
Wow, that sounds like fun! I've always loved to watch mounted drill teams work. Pictures will absolutely be required!
Your weather sounds really bad. Not as bad as Hair's, but really bad. Ours has just been wet. We're supposed to get another 5 inches tonight. After 3 years of drought I guess it's trying to catch up all in one month! ;o)
Wow, sounds like a really messed-up situation! To me it sounds like the woman just really wanted to shoot that horse to spite her nephew and the cop felt he and his family were threatened and defended himself. I would have hated to have been put in the same situation. I don’t even know how to shoot, but I imagine if I’d been in his shoes and had a gun in my possession I would have at least tried to do the same thing, but I would have probably been the one who ended up dead. She just picked the wrong person to pull a gun on.
A big mess. I don’t blame the cop but I can kind of understand her anger too. How many horse people have threatened to kill a horse before? How many actually do? It doesn’t say but it wouldn’t surprise me if her gun was even loaded.
Here's the office side. During the day they will be slid open to uncover the door, but at night I can pull them across the door.
Here is a picture with the slats open so you can see the park across the street.
Those look good there! I like! I like! :~)
How are your fires today?
I believe they have all been put out. It’s just too cold today to go check what it all looks like out back. Not been above freezing all day:( Even snowed a bit this morning altho nothing stuck.
They really look good. And I sure do like the view you have of the park. I could people watch most of the day :)
We all love sitting in here watching people too:) During the day you can’t see in from the sidewalk, so people passing don’t know if there are people in here or not. It’s really funny to watch people go by watching their own reflections, and adjusting their hair or clothes:) Lot’s of people watch themselves, but are trying to hide the fact they are watching themselves:)
One of my favorite things to do at airports and malls and places like that. People are really interesting.
Those are REALLY nice! I love the view too. I think you’re going to really love living down there.
I didn’t know y’all were having fires! Since I can’t login from work anymore I’m just totally losing track of everybody and I just hate it. None of them are close to your house I hope.
There’s nothing special going on in my life. Just cold weather and frozen hoses. We haven’t been riding much at all since the first of the year. It’s always too cold and/or wet on the weekends. I’m still working with my designer on the final tweaks to my house plan, so hopefully we’ll get started when it dries up and warms up a little later on this spring.
Well, I gotta head to work. This just sucks. I check back in later...
Hey Duchess!! Didn’t see you down there at the bottom of the page. Good to hear from you again.
Hey Frog, I’ve been wondering where you were:)
Thanks:), I love being down here at night. Tonight will be my 4th night. I’ve slept so much better, it’s so nice not having to go clear out to the house at night. Tomorrow the TV guy will be here to connect my satellite so I’ll really be set:)But you know, I haven’t missed watching it that much.
The fire came right to the back of my property, but the firemen kept it there, altho there wasn’t that much that would have burned. I had it mowed down pretty good.
Our weather has been crazy here too....freezing one day, and hot the next, today we are close to 70, Mon it was cold. But we have been staying pretty dry. Next Mon they are predicting ice pellets.
Sounds exciting about your new house!
This will be the bedroom, the walls do not go clear to the ceiling since there are no windows. I wanted some light coming in. There are no studs at the end of this second wall because I am putting in pocket doors to save space.
Hey cool! So can you picture how it’s gonna be yet? Before it’s too late to change it LOL :) Good idea on leaving the walls a little short, good privacy, better air and light.
Yeah, I’ve made some changes from the original plan...one my desk is going to stay where it’s at, which will be at the end of the kitchen.
I wondered if the short walls would be weird or something...but I think they will be OK. The bathroom and rest of the stuff behind walls will have full walls to the ceiling so it’s going to be a bit closed in and stuffy, maybe the short walls will help that.
I don’t really care, I love being down here even the way it is. I’ve got a long table with a toaster oven, microwave, fry pan, and camp stove, and am making it fine. Of course I can’t take a bath, but right now I go home every day to feed Rock, and clean up then. But even if I didn’t do that, there are ways to wash without a bath:), hope that doesn’t sound to gross:), but I’m a lot happier down here than at the house.
Well, of course it sounds like Rocky is really in your way... any hope of a plan for him? Can a pen for him be built down at your kids so you’re not needing to make that trip, or ???
Oh, I don’t mind running out to the house every day to feed him. It’s just nice not having to stay there at night.
If I would sell the house before Rocky, he would have to go to the kids, but since they would have set all the panels up at their house by then he could stay in that pen. It’s just easier not having to worry about moving him if we don’t have too...after all Dot, his daughter is there.
I heard at church today that an ice storm, possibly worse then last years is on it’s way here for Mon. and Tues.....I’m hoping it’s just the weathermen over reacting again.
Oh geeze... I hope too that it’s just over-reaction.
And of course, I still wish I had room and a reason to take Rocky :) He’s cool, and I hope you find someone soon who also thinks so.
Wow, that’s exciting! I’ll bet you can’t wait!
I sure hope they’re wrong about the ice storm too. I just heard about it on the news this evening. But at least if you do get some ice there won’t be as much dead wood to bring down. Hopefully if it managed to stay up through the last one it’ll be strong enough to make it through again.
Hi Beaker. I was just thinking about you last night. Hope all is well in your world.
I finally got finished with my house plans and got a set of blueprints so I hope to be starting it this Spring too. That'll probably further cut back on my riding time, but it'll be worth it to finally have my own place and barn and all the horses under one roof.
Beaker, how's it going with TheFellow and the job?
Duchess, how's Bob and all your horses? You getting a lot of snow this winter? We haven't gotten ANY and I've been disappointed.
Becky, how's your new apartment coming? I'll bet there's quite a bit more done by now. You need to post us some more pictures.
Hair, I know you stay busy over at Baywind. I haven't been on there in quite a while so I don't know what's going on with you and your bunch either. I hope you and Bruce and all the horses, cats and dogs are staying warm and dry.
Here's a few pics of some of our recent rides...
Me and Bob...
Me and Grace...
Thought this one was really funny...
Me and Whirl. Not the best picture of her, but she's really coming along. She's barefoot in the rear with boots on the front or I wouldn't have had her up there for fear of slipping. I'd never done anything like that before but had seen it done, so I just asked her to get up there on the spur of the moment, jut to see if she'd do it, and she went like she'd she'd done it all her life. It kinda shocked me! She's absolutely fearless and has more heart than just about any of the others. She'll give you everything she has and then some, so you have to watch out for her or she'll over-do. And to think that the trainer said she didn't have any guts! Harumph!
I'll try to do a little better about checking in over here. I miss y'all!
It’s great to hear from you. In the second picture, is that ice???? And the next to the last looks like an old house foundation or an old wall. Whirl looks great too.
Can you describe your house plans? I’m glad you are going to be able to start on it.
Bob is okay, has a compression fracture of the spine but fortunately my son and my niece and nephew are making sure stalls are cleaned, feed moved, etc. so that helps a lot.
Still trying to sell horses :) down to eight but hoping to find homes for six of them. Belle, the chocolate lab tested mild hip dysplasia so we had her spayed and gave her to my son for a pet. We took a queensland rescue that he’d gotten and Bob is working with him. So - still six dogs.
Not much snow here at all, we seem to be in a pretty severe drought. Lots of wind but the storms all hang up right before the Sierras.
Yeah, that’s ice in that picture. It had warmed up a good bit by the time the picture was made. That was the week that it got down into the teens. I’ll bet it really looked cool when it was completely frozen. The stone work in the other picture is an old chimney, all that’s left of an old house place out in the Forest.
I hate to hear about Bob’s fracture but I’m glad to hear that he’s doing ok and is letting the kids help him with the horses. Hopefully you’ll find good homes for the rest of the horses. It’s hard to do these days. People just don’t have any extra money right now.
Our drought seems to have broken. We’ve gotten a decent amount of rain throughout the Fall and Winter. It was actually raining pretty hard as I wrote this, and I was going to say that I was surprised that my satellite internet still had a connection, but wouldn’t you know it, right about that time it didn’t anymore, so I had to wait to send this until after I got home from work, then it went out again. So here I am on a Saturday morning trying one more time. I Jinxed myself I guess. ;o)
It was about 70* here on Thursday but they’re giving a pretty good chance of some snow on Sunday. You just never know about the weather around here. I kinda hope we get some snow. It’s been several years since we’ve had any and if we don’t get some by the end of February we’re pretty much done with weather cold enough to have any after that.
Well, I’m fixing to go to town and have a little breakfast with my husband and FIL. It’s not fit weather to do anything outside.
Great pictures, but it looks awfully cold:)
We have some drywall up down here now, but we’ve kind of moved back to working on the house. Last week we prepped it for painting, and tomorrow we are going to paint it...we’ve been waiting on the weather to cooperate.
Today I’m taking a friend of mines daughter ot OK City to take her baby to a doc. He was born with club feet and has to have new casts put on every week. No one wants her going by herself, but everyone works, so I’m going to run her up there today. I think it will be interesting to watch them cast this baby’s legs. This will be his third set. He will have 5 sets altogether, then braces for 3 years.
When I get back tonight, I have to go to the bowling alley to pick up my new ball!!!:), try it out, then the kids and I bowl on a league tonight. So today is going to be very busy.
Good to hear from you and see your pictures.
Good to hear from you :) I think the salt mines are where they found mummies - really pretty cool. I loved touring the castles when I was in Europe, have fun.
Well, I’m a day late reading your post, so I’m assuming you’ve got all the painting done by now. The trip to OK City sounds interesting. Poor little guy. I’ll bet he’s not a happy camper in those casts and doesn’t understand why they’re doing this to him.
We’ve had some gorgeous weather the last couple of days and I hope you have too. Temps near the 70’s and sunny really give me cabin fever when I’m sitting in an office all day. We did have a pretty good snow last Sunday though and some of us went riding in it. I’ve got pics but I’ll have to post them later. Gotta get ready to head to work now.
Glad to hear that the job is holding out. They’re good to have, even if they suck. Hope TheFellow gets one soon too. The trip to Poland sounds great. I’ll bet it’ll be interesting. Meeting TheFutureInLaws should be fun too. I’m sure y’all will get along just fine. The Castle trip sounds great. What I wouldn’t give to see one of those! You’ve GOT to post some pics when you get back!
On Thursday, I took a trip to Virginia and bought an 11 yo Peruvian Paso gelding. I was not going to buy another horse, but with this ecomony, I could not sell my trailer. Also, since I took that fall off of Jody last year, I had been wary of riding again.
My friend Judy had found an 19 yo gelding in Pa that we went to look at. He had not been ridden in a year and once I got on him, I was sold on the breed. Those people decided to keep the horse after their son had a fit about selling him. After that, I started searching for another one.
Here is a couple of videos of him.
Hes got a bit of a roman nose, but I guess that is common on the breed.
It’s so good to hear from you. Congratulations on the new horse :)
Update here - we have sold Slick, he is becoming a hunter and is much loved. Sonny has a cancer and will need to be on meds for the rest of his life so he’s not for sale any longer. Just three left to sell, Friday, CJ and Lace.
Bob had severe kidney stones and infection again and had an operation two weeks ago - he’s getting better and has lost ten pounds, intends to lose ten more.
Still working at the library, still hoping to retire here in the near future.
Neat, a parrot(or Macaw). Talk much? What do you call him/her?
Hi Janis...like Becky said, what kind of dog?
He is a macaw, and named Tango. He talks a little, Hello, love ya, Tango, not much, but at least I know he is teachable:)
We have been taking the little boys to playdays and leadlining them on Dot. She is a nice horse.
I was glad to get the house sold. The buyer came 3 days after I put a for sale by owner up. We had done a lot of work on the house, painted inside and out, top to bottom, new carpet, and flooring in the kitchen and baths, new hardware in the kitchen. It looked really nice.
Sorry about Bob and and hope he recovers soon. Too bad about Sonny, will he be comfortable on meds?
How about Tuffy and the girl who bought him and how are they doing? So much to catch up on.
This is Alison's first year in 4-H and she is excited about fair. She has been doing alot of showing at the local fairgrounds and the AQHA shows. She is showing PJ for 4-H and the bay gelding Amy bought, for the QH ones.
Retiring is a very good thing!!
Thats great you could sell it, without having to pay a Realtor.
My SIL's Mother, two sisters and brother-in-law are up here from Florida for a visit. The wanted to tour Amish Country and the shops and stores while they were here. Yesterday, they went to the horse show and we had a cook out last night. Today, Alison is showing for State Fair qualification and they are there and going to leave this afternoon. I am going over in a little bit.
It is good to stay in touch. I often thought of how everyone was doing.
I am so glad you got the house sold!! What a load off your mind that must be.
That is one colorful addition to the family :) What’s his/her name? And how did your apartment turn out, is it finished yet?
Bob is getting better, just more slowly this time. I think part of it was depression and feeling sorry for himself (which I totally understand) but he’s starting to look forward to riding again. We’ve had rain here almost every day since the third week of May so that didn’t help. I’m beginning to think the poles have begun to shift - we are having the strangest weather.
Janelle and Tuffy are doing great. She has been roping off him, herding cows, and of course, playing with balls and tarps. He thinks everything is fun. He’s being bred to a couple of mares this year to see what he throws and she does plan on showing him in July at an ApHC show.
Sonny has a carcinoma on his sheath that has been removed and then burned off. He’s fine and it’s not bothering him at all, just will need daily meds to help control the return and checkups to remove it if it does come back.
Take care :)
I’m looking forward to pictures of Alison at shows through the summer. Now all she needs is a good app for the ApHC shows :)
As we get down on the number of horses, retirement gets closer. Finances right now just won’t work if I retire. I’m hoping things will fall together this summer and we’ll find homes for the rest and sell the land we have. The economy is really bad in Nevada but it looks like it might start picking up in the near future. Hay prices are down to half what they were last year which really improves the horse market. And California is tanking, which improves the real estate market.
I watched the videos of your new horse, he’s nice looking and a really nice mover. I keep hoping that if I retire, I can do some riding, maybe Indy or Farah. If I keep it at a walk I should be okay - at least that’s my theory :)
Yeah, it is nice to hear from you guys. So sad the thread kind of fizzled out. Maybe we just needed a break to gather up some new stories to tell:)
MT, so did you ride the new horse this weekend, or to busy with relatives?
Duchess, well, it is always something with horses, isn’t it:) Sounds like Tuffy is going to be a good horse. Have you ever grown to like him better? Isn’t he the one you weren’t that fond of?
It is a load off my mind to get rid of the house. We haven’t done much else with my apartment other then the wall to get my bed behind. Now that the house is sold I’m going to try to hire some of the work done. Charlie is so busy now that if I wait on him it will be winter, and besides, I hate having him have to do so much for me when he has his own family home to work on.
I’m sending Harley to be boarded at a place that sells good quality horses. The lady believes she can get him sold in 30 days, I’m crossing my fingers. He’ll stay there for a month so she can ride him so she knows what she is selling. If she doesn’t sell him he’ll go back to Kristy’s but the lady will still try to sell him. Kristy is doing great with him running barrels, we just don’t have much contacts or time to go thru the selling process.
Jenny has decided to keep Rocky. He moved down to her place about 3 weeks ago. I think he thinks he has died and went to heaven. They have much better pasture and no rocks to tip toe around:). I’m glad, I really didn’t want to sell him to someone I didn’t know. We’ve had him sooooo long, and Jenny pretty much grew up on him. She just worried about keeping a stud there, but we put up good fence with an alley way between him and any other horses he could nose with. It’s working just fine.
I am so glad you aren’t going to sell Rocky - he’s a one in a million. He’s always been well behaved about fences hasn’t he? He should do well at Jenny’s.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you all find a great home for Harley.
I’m pretty much convinced that Tuffy is a good horse and an exceptional stud. He and I never bonded at all but he adores Bob and will do anything that Janelle asks of him. And behaves like a gentleman all the time. Janelle sent me a video of him playing with his ball yesterday, I’ve put the link here.
Spent most of yesterday weeding my garden. It’s doing well, just slow because it has been cool and rainy here for so long.
Have a good day, I’m off to work.
Wow, sorry about all the rain. Is that unusual for you guys? It has been very nice here. Not much rain at all. Our fair is in a couple weeks and it will rain then, for sure.
What all you have in your garden? Tomatoes, peppers, corn, cukes, carrots and green beans here in my little garden.
Alison and I rode yesterday for a bit after she came back from the horse show. We went back in the woods. Other then where the 4-wheelers go, its pretty grown up. Today, I took the tractor, mowed and both of us did some clipping. Having branches slapping the horse and I in the face, dont cut it. :) We were going to go for a ride, but her other grandparents came back from vacation and she went over there. Hopefully, after the fair and these shows, we can do some camping and riding.
Kids are leaving tomorrow for a 5 day QH show. They are taking my trailer. Its about an hour or so drive. They will have different judges everyday, so its really 5 shows. Beats hauling all over the country.
I still have the ping list, but only posted to the people who would contribute. I know, I didnt check FreeRepublic much when the saddle club thread fizzled. Maybe some more will see that we are active again.
I asked her to take a video of Tuffy playing with his tarp for me. He runs around the arena with it in his teeth and it’s flying behind him like a flag or a cape. She tries to make even work fun for him, and he ends up giving 100% on it all.
We are having record rain here, as much rain in the past month as we usually get in a year. And staying about 20 degrees cooler than normal. We’re finally supposed to get up in the 90’s by the end of the week. It rained again today.
I’ve got corn, beans, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, onions and irish potatoes planted. Also, some carrots, okra, collard greens, radishes and lettuce. I’m hoping to fill the freezers this summer. We also got a couple of pigs that will go in the freezer come fall and plan on buying half a beef. I’m trying very hard to cut down on what I buy that isn’t organic, isn’t from Mexico, etc. That gets pretty expensive in the stores.
I hope you don’t get rain for the fair. The paper here today had an article saying “they” whoever that may be, believe we’ve got an El Nino year coming. If it’s not that, I’ll vote for a coming ice age.
We are having rain today. Alison and Amy are at the show and getting wet. Alison showed in Showmanship this morning and got 9th out of 9. Chaser would not stand still for her in the rain.
I probably wont go to the show until Friday, unless the farrier on grounds can shoe Seco for me. He was a little ouchy on the rocks. Plus, his feet are pretty long. The other horses were done last week, so they will not be any one coming here for awhile.
Poor Alison, that probably didn’t make her real happy. Tell her from me, that’s better than getting the gate. I’ve seen shows where the judge wouldn’t even place last a misbehaving horse.
I don’t believe I have ever been able to say this, but it rained here today too. We had a double rainbow over the valley as I drove home and no weeding tonight, rain and wind. This has got to be a record for us, I’ll have to research it.
Hope you can get Seco some shoes at the show, good luck.
Wow, this thread really fizzled out. Becky, you doing ok? Duchess, how is your husband?
My latest is that George the Pony got real sick with Cushings and I had him euthanized. I gave Bud away to a guy that wanted a companion horse so he’s now living down in College Station. My best friend took Winnie the palomino to Kentucky to live with her. If and when she gets tired of taking care of her, she’ll bring her back. The only horse I have left is the little flashy black and white paint. I’m going to concentrate on her and possibly send her to a trainer. I still have the donkey and miniature horses and lots of dogs.
Anybody have any new stories to tell?
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