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FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 12

Posted on 08/07/2007 7:33:14 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog

The FreeRepublic Saddle Club - (very out of date) Who's Who *pics*

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.

Previous threads:

The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - thread ONE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - Thread TWO!
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - Thread THREE!
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FOUR
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FIVE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread SIX
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread SEVEN
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread EIGHT
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread NINE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread TEN
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 11

New folk and occasional posters, jump right in and introduce yourselves, tell us about your horses, and post pictures if you've got them!


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To: HairOfTheDog

I’m tempted not to. It’s like choosing between the Devil and the deep blue sea.


5,451 posted on 02/05/2008 1:03:39 PM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

Heh... well, I don’t think the choices are that dismal, just not sure it’s worth going to town for today. :~)

I’m really rather bored with politics.


5,452 posted on 02/05/2008 2:07:47 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Checking to see if the new keyboard works.

Becky


5,453 posted on 02/05/2008 2:07:50 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

I think so! Looks like it’s typing in the right language!


5,454 posted on 02/05/2008 2:09:01 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Yeah, look at that, I hooked it up all by myself. The new one is not remote, so I wasn’t sure if I was plugging it in at the right spot:)

Becky


5,455 posted on 02/05/2008 2:10:34 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: FrogInABlender

Wow Frog, that sounds like a lot of fun:)

Actually, I down graded my Dish package to just the basic’s. Larry and I planned on doing that forever, just one of those things he never got around too. Last week my remote for Dish went on the blink (everythings going on the blink around here all at the same time, I guess it’s a test to see if I can handle all this stuff myself), so I had to call to get a new one sent, and while I had them on the line I went ahead and changed my package. RFDTV is not included in the package I have now. I didn’t watch it all that much anyway, but I’ll be sorry to miss seeing you if you get on.

Becky


5,456 posted on 02/05/2008 2:15:38 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

Well, glad that’s settled. :~)

Welcome back!


5,457 posted on 02/05/2008 2:18:41 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

It’s good to be back:)

It’s very cold, rainy and dismal around here. Probably going to watch a few more episodes of Lost, then I’m going to Jenny’s for supper tonight.

Becky


5,458 posted on 02/05/2008 2:20:12 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

It’s the same here.... we actually have a high wind advisory this afternoon... and I’m trying to not be too nervous.


5,459 posted on 02/05/2008 2:24:41 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Well, I hope the wind doesn’t get so bad you have to sit in the truck in the store parking lot.

You know, I know you don’t like Sawyer all that much, but I think he’s pretty entertaining...He is currently going around trying to get votes to keep from being banished from the group, and just told Claire her baby “wasn’t as wrinkly as he was a few weeks ago”...LOL...at least he is sincere in his comments:)

Becky


5,460 posted on 02/05/2008 3:00:14 PM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

Only one gust so far that got me nervous... and I was joined by a big black dog who climbed into my lap to try to comfort me... or himself... one of the two.

It’s quieter at the moment.

Yeah - lots of women like Sawyer... I think that’s the only reason he’s still alive.


5,461 posted on 02/05/2008 3:08:07 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
...Actually, I down graded my Dish package to just the basics...RFDTV is not included in the package I have now. I didn’t watch it all that much anyway...

Yeah, that's the package I have too. It used to be included, along with about 19 other channels, but they took them off some time back. I didn't watch it enough to justify going up to the next higher package, but you can add individual channels for a dollar each (I think). So it was worth an extra dollar a month to me to have it.

5,462 posted on 02/05/2008 5:20:56 PM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: HairOfTheDog

They’re predicting tornadoes around here sometime between 10pm and midnight so it’s going to be a nervous night for me too.

It’s calm outside right now, but it’s also nearly 70 degrees and VERY humid, which ain’t normal for night time in February, even around here.


5,463 posted on 02/05/2008 5:24:58 PM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

Yikes. Well, batter down your hatches, I’ll stop being a nervous nellie about a little wind.


5,464 posted on 02/05/2008 5:32:50 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: FrogInABlender

I read they have had tornado activity north of you... I hope it doesn’t come anywhere near! Check in when you can so we don’t worry.


5,465 posted on 02/05/2008 7:09:37 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Well, we are fine now, but we had a tornado come through just south and east of us. According to the reports it went just about right over my riding buddy Shirley’s house. I hope he’s ok because they’ve been reporting extensive damage in that area and some fatalities. I’m going to try to call him later. I don’t want to wake him up if they’re ok because we all had a rather sleepless night.

The weather radio went off about 3am with the warning so I got up and turned on the TV and was able to see that the worst was going to miss us before we lost the satellite signal due to the heavy rain. That’s the worst thing about satellite TV, sometimes when you need it the worst it’s not there. But it didn’t stay off for long so I sat up and watched it to see where else it was going to hit. I finally turned it off around 4 and went back to bed, but of course the alarm clock went off at 5, so my butt’s gonna be dragging at work today. All the schools in the county are closed because of downed power lines and trees. It’s still dark so I can’t really see anything outside yet but I’ll bet it’s pretty bad out there in places. I sure hope Shirley is ok.


5,466 posted on 02/06/2008 3:52:35 AM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

I was just scanning for news to check on you and hadn’t been able to find any - they’re all talking about the election. I too hope Shirley is OK. Let us know what it looks like when it gets light. Sorry for your scary night.


5,467 posted on 02/06/2008 5:26:18 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: FrogInABlender
RFDTV was at Smoke Rise Ranch in Southeastern Ohio last fall. This is the very nice place we went to a few years ago, when I posted the picture of my daughter cattle sorting. I dont have RFDTV either, but would have enjoyed watching the episode. Maybe it has not aired yet and you can watch the show.

That really doesn't sound like too bad a price, if everything is included. I really hope you get to go. They had over 130 riders at the ride in Ohio.

5,468 posted on 02/06/2008 7:08:15 AM PST by MissTargets
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To: estrogen
how is life in NE Ohio?

Same ole gloomy place. The temps have been rather warm (40-50's) with quite a few thunderstorms. Lots and lots of rain with flooding. Very strange for this time of year.

Have you found some riding buddies?

5,469 posted on 02/06/2008 7:17:10 AM PST by MissTargets
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To: FrogInABlender

Oh my Frog, sorry to hear about your night.

We have a dusting of snow this morning here, and cold and windy.

Becky


5,470 posted on 02/06/2008 7:19:06 AM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: HairOfTheDog; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
I talked to Shirley on my way in to work and he's without power but is fine. He said that the tornado went about a half a mile west of his house and that there is not much left standing over there. He didn't go in to work today because at the time he didn't know if he had any damage or not, but once daylight broke he saw that everything was ok at his place. But he went out driving around in the community to see if anybody needed help and was just floored by what he saw. I also talked to Kari and she's fine too. The storm went east of her, but she said her husband heard it go over.

The news was just beginning to show some reports when I had to head in to work so I haven't seen any of it, but here's some links to a local news station that has some video and photo galleries of the storm damage. I can't look at them here at work so I've got no idea what they may be showing...

4 killed in Ala. as storms damage homes, down trees

Feb. 6 Storm Damage Photo Gallery

5,471 posted on 02/06/2008 7:34:46 AM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

They’re showing extensive damage on TV now. Bad scene.

Glad you and yours are alright. Are you sure your place where the horses are is OK too?


5,472 posted on 02/06/2008 7:36:48 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
That first link I posted didn't have all the other video links on it that I thought it did, so here's another one...

Deaths reported in Lawrence and Jackson counties

Lawrence County is where I live. Shirley lives just south of the town of Moulton, and the Forest where we ride is south of there too. I'll bet our trails are really in a mess.

5,473 posted on 02/06/2008 7:41:10 AM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: HairOfTheDog

Yeah, I went by to check on the horses this morning. They were all fine, aside from being wet and muddy. The barn is farther west than my house and the storms came up from the south and east of me so I was pretty sure that they were before I even went.

I try to run by there every morning on my way in anyways, because even though my BIL usually feeds Tennessee for me and shuts the barn gate so that the others can’t stand in there and eat hay all day long, he’s been working some weird shifts here lately and hasn’t been coming and going at his usual hours so I check, just to make sure that he’s not working over or something. And sure enough, he hadn’t made it home yet this morning so I went ahead and fed and shut the barn so he wouldn’t have to and could just go to bed. I’m sure he’s wore out.


5,474 posted on 02/06/2008 8:13:42 AM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

Good. Glad to hear they’re OK.

Isn’t it really unusual for you to have these kinds of storms this time of year?


5,475 posted on 02/06/2008 8:17:18 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Yeah, but I don’t think there’s a month in the year that there isn’t a documented tornado in the area at some point. So there’s really NO time when you can just completely forget about the weather. It definitely pays to have a weather radio and keep the batteries in it charged. That’s what woke us up last night. Some people in the path of the storm said the same thing and that they had literally minutes to grab up the essentials and get in the storm shelter before their house got blown away.

We don’t even have a shelter anywhere close. My in-laws who live a couple of miles away have a basement and sometimes if it looks bad enough we’ll take the cats and drive down there, but that’s only if you have enough warning. Most of the time I just sit tight and hope it goes around. So far I’ve been lucky. TheNewHouse (to be built when pigs fly) will definitely have a basement or a shelter of some sort.

5,476 posted on 02/06/2008 8:53:32 AM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender; HairOfTheDog

Glad to hear you are okay - news reports of the storms and tornados are awful. This was my first stop this morning to see who all had checked in and reported okay.


5,477 posted on 02/06/2008 8:53:57 AM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: FrogInABlender
TheNewHouse (to be built when pigs fly) will definitely have a basement or a shelter of some sort.

The more I think about it, the more I think a Hobbit Hole makes a whole lot of sense :~]

5,478 posted on 02/06/2008 8:56:51 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

So did you get your hay in yesterday?

I needed to put out a roll for the mares over at my FIL’s place on Sunday, but the tractor was over at my BIL’s and it rained all day when I didn’t think it was supposed to. We didn’t want to take a chance on driving the tractor on the road in bad weather and run the risk of having somebody run over us so I just had to load up a couple of square bales in big plastic garbage bags and put them in the back of the Jeep and bring them over to make do until we could get the tractor over there. My MIL has never had to feed them hay before, but she did and they did fine. Turned out that it cleared up enough by Monday afternoon that Pop was able to drive the tractor on over and put a roll out for them in the barn so they’re happy as clams again. Feeding rolled hay is handy because of the price, but it’s a pain sometimes if you don’t have the tractor around to handle them. Now I’ve got to get the tractor BACK over to my BIL’s place by THIS weekend because the OTHER horses will be out of hay by then. You’d think they’d be polite enough to at least get on the same schedule wouldn’t you! ;o)


5,479 posted on 02/06/2008 11:49:28 AM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

It was too wet to get hay in the truck, so honey had to stop and get a couple bales to get by with, that we could fit in the Ranger.


5,480 posted on 02/06/2008 11:51:51 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Do you have any of those hay bale bags like BladeRider and I had when we went out to Becky’s? Those are pretty handy when you just need to carry a bale or two and don’t want to have a hay mess all over the place. It keeps them dry too unless it’s just pouring down.


5,481 posted on 02/06/2008 12:06:54 PM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

No we don’t. I have just tarped it, but those would be better. And nice if you want to carry a bale in the tack room of the horse trailer!


5,482 posted on 02/06/2008 12:51:49 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

I like the one BladeRider had better than mine. Hers had handles, mine just had loops and I had to run a lead rope through them to make my own handles. Mine came from National Bridle and I think it cost around $25. I think she said she got hers from Country Supply (Horse.com) for $19.99. I’ve been thinking about ordering another one the next time I order from them.


5,483 posted on 02/06/2008 1:12:09 PM PST by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender
I've been out dinking around with the halter bridle combo I bought... and have some questions!

Halter Bridle combo... fitting and bitting

5,484 posted on 02/06/2008 1:48:08 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

My older daughter uses one of those — I’ve watched her but it looks too complicated (for me..) but your horse looks wonderful in it. :-)


5,485 posted on 02/06/2008 4:28:41 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (If MY people who are called by MY name -- the ball's in our court, folks.)
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To: HairOfTheDog; ecurbh; CindyDawg; AnAmericanMother; Endeavor; cjshapi; 3catsanadog; Grammy; ...
Good Evening Ladies.

Frog, I'm glad that you made it through the tornadoes OK. I was thinking about you.

Hair, I took a look at the pictures on the horse forum, and that bridle looks really nice on Bay.

Sorry I haven't been on much. Work has kept me busy... I'm there at least 10 hours a day. I'm feeling the burnout and stress and that in turn is aggravating some health issues that I have. Blech. I've been trying to combat it by going to bed early to get some extra sleep, and it seems to help somewhat. I was looking forward to getting to the barn this weekend, but we're supposed to get hammered with snow.
5,486 posted on 02/06/2008 6:30:49 PM PST by Beaker
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To: Beaker

Hope your snow isn’t too much of a hammering.

We have a high wind advisory for tonight... getting a little prepared but trying not to be nervous till I need to be.


5,487 posted on 02/06/2008 6:33:06 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch; Beaker
— I’ve watched her but it looks too complicated (for me..) but your horse looks wonderful in it. :-)

It may be too complicated for me! We'll see :~)

Thanks. :~D

5,488 posted on 02/06/2008 6:35:15 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Hang in there. :-)


5,489 posted on 02/06/2008 6:35:43 PM PST by Beaker
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To: estrogen
Your place is gorgeous!!! What a beautiful set up and the barn is lovely!! Nice shade for the pasture areas.......an equine paradise!! I love the looks of your Cape Cod - have always loved the style!

We have a buyer for our house here in IL - whoo-hoo!! Will be heading south (just in time, 8-12 inches today in Chicago-blecchhh)in mid-late March.

Estrogen, you said your "new house/new barn" workload has let up a bit, well I'm here to tell you I'm picking up where you left off - hahaha - any pointers????

5,490 posted on 02/06/2008 6:52:59 PM PST by soozla ("It is God's job to judge the terrorists....it is our job to arrange the meeting" - U.S. Marines)
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To: HairOfTheDog

You’ll be ok. I’ll be up late if you want company though.


5,491 posted on 02/06/2008 7:27:02 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: FrogInABlender

Glad you are ok. Have you seen those plastic shelters. They look like a big septic tank but there is a place for 2 or more (depending on how much you want to spend) You just dig a hole.


5,492 posted on 02/06/2008 7:30:25 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

Thanks. Still fairly quiet.... :~)


5,493 posted on 02/06/2008 7:31:46 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: estrogen

How pretty


5,494 posted on 02/06/2008 7:34:14 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: All

Well, I had my first major fall off a horse in a long time today. And I can tell that I’m not 35 anymore ... But I got right back on, which is a major improvement for me.


5,495 posted on 02/06/2008 7:49:50 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (If MY people who are called by MY name -- the ball's in our court, folks.)
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To: Beaker

Good evening. I’m sorry to hear you’re dealing with so much stress at work - it sounded like a great job to begin with. Hope things work out there - also hope you don’t get a major snow storm.


5,496 posted on 02/06/2008 8:01:29 PM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Bummer but I’m glad you were able to get back on. And that you aren’t hurt.


5,497 posted on 02/06/2008 8:04:06 PM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: CindyDawg

Good to see you on here. I found out I can’t write in a candidate on our election system. I can only vote none of the above :) so NONEOF THEABOVE is my new choice.


5,498 posted on 02/06/2008 8:06:04 PM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Duchess47

Sure you can if it’s paper.


5,499 posted on 02/06/2008 8:57:08 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: HairOfTheDog

Good Morning! I replied to your halter bridle question over on the Horse.com forum.


5,500 posted on 02/07/2008 6:46:15 AM PST by FrogInABlender
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