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In Topic: Central Il Trail Riders Chat

09 October 2013 - 08:42 AM

Double - I'm sure Banjo would love to help another young rider.  He's always been such a good boy.  Take it Sugar has claimed Junior for herself and Banjo's kinda the 3rd wheel now?  How will Sugar be by herself if you leave her at home when you go trail riding?  That was my only big concern when we sold Rocket is that 1 horse would be left home for the whole weekend if we went camping since we were down to 3 and always take 2 with us.  They were all ok with it since we've done the separation pastures plenty to get them less buddy bound, but I still kinda felt bad for the one left home to not have a friend.


Connie - I hear ya on the wood.  We get most of ours from a local pallet place now.  It's the outside slabs anywhere from 3-8 inches thick and 8-18 feet long.  They load the slabs on the trailer for a nominal fee and all that really has to be done when we get it home is cut it to fireplace or woodburner length and stack it.  We've got a friend who is supposed to come out sometime this month to land a bunch of dead trees the horses picked out that they didn't like.  He said he'd do it for just the wood.  Took down our round pen so the trees won't land on it.  Kinda weird to not see it up after 9+ years.


Heading to TX next week for work.  Not planning on camping this weekend, but would like to possibly ride somewhere on Saturday.  We went to Wolf Creek last Sunday and had a good couple hour ride.  They have really cleaned up the trails over there where it's enjoyable to ride again instead of having to duck and dodge tree limbs every couple seconds.

In Topic: Central Il Trail Riders Chat

27 September 2013 - 01:35 PM

Hopefully the banamine helps.  I've heard of wind puffs, but never actually known a horse that had them.  Hope you are still able to go camping!!


Thinking about meeting some friends to ride at Litchfield on Sunday.  They said they are planning on it and my husband is working for his company picnic, so I may trailer over that way.  Taking off next Thursday & Friday to use up vacation time.  Not sure what I'll end up doing?  lol

In Topic: Central Il Trail Riders Chat

17 September 2013 - 08:39 AM

Oh the joys of pasture clean up.  We did that on Sunday afternoon.  I knew there was "a limb" that had fallen that needed to be picked up so took the Ranger out there to clean it up and take the sticks to the burn pile.  A couple hours later... we now have a pretty large burn pile in one location and our bonfire area has a large stack of logs.  I had forgotten we had a couple downed trees in the back corner that had been cut up and just needed hauled out and sure didn't realize we had that many sticks down around the edges.  The pasture is now stick free for now.


Had a good time at Wolf Creek.  Can't believe how empty it was!!  Friday night only 2 other campers and Saturday night it was just 1 other one along with a few day riders each day.  The park has been busy cleaning up the trails.  LOTS of limbs cut, they appeared to have taken a road grader or something like that through the bad areas and leveled the footing back out that was all pocked up from the horses going through when it was muddy.  One of the trails we had to get off and walk on last time was now easy to maneuver without even ducking.  They still had some of the limbs across the path in areas that needed to be cleaned up, but definitely an improvement from the last time we were there.  The other plus was the lake is finally low enough to be able to get around on some fo the trails that were under water most of the summer. 

In Topic: Central Il Trail Riders Chat

12 September 2013 - 08:46 AM

Ugh on the cockleburs!!  We've been very fortunate in that we don't have any that grow in the drylot and the grass field we mow frequently enough to keep them at bay.  I remember giving up with my first horse and just chopping off her tail since we were heading into winter.  Her's was so full it was like a ball bat.


Have fun at the horse and car shows.  Sounds like a full weekend!!


Decided we are going to camp at Wolf Creek this weekend.  It's one of our friend's birthdays and he decided instead of having a party at his house he's going to join us at the campground.  Who knows how many others will follow.  The guys were making arrangements last night.  I'm really hoping that with the lake being lower now we can get around the beachside trails now.  Last time we went a few were still under water.

In Topic: Central Il Trail Riders Chat

10 September 2013 - 11:47 AM

Connie - I've been seeing a lot of posts about the ground bees being worse than usual at Shawnee this year.  We've only encountered them twice out riding, once at Litchfield a few years ago and last year at Ramsey.  Both times we were the lead horses so managed to get away without any stings, but others in the group weren't so lucky.  You just kick the horse into high gear and run down the trail to try and get away.  At Shawnee we've normally only gone out with 5-10 people.  I've heard the larger groups going out are more likely to stir them up.


Decided to take Friday off work so we can go camping this weekend and enjoy the cooler temps.  Not sure where we are going yet, just know I already have the trailer hooked up and will start working on it probably tonight to start getting ready since it's been almost 2 months since we last camped!!! 


Trailer is hooked up already cause we had a worry Jewels may have been preggo.  I've only owned her 10 months.  Her teats have a clearish yellow liquid coming out and she chunked up kinda quickly.  Talked to the previous owner last week and he said she had been pastured with the other mares and a yearling stud colt, but he swore the colt couldn't have done anything (ugh idiot).  Took her to the vet yesterday and he said no baby (thank the lord!!).  Guessing it's the hay that had more clover in it triggered her hormones to make her body fool us.  I'm just relieved we don't have to modify our pasture to accommodate a new addition for the winter.