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  1. Stopped in & Nobody was home.

    Prayers for your wife, PD.
  2. What classes would YOU have in a horse show?

    It would be hard to get large animal vets for judging, but I do know some retired ones that might enjoy it. Around here, the major horses events are the jackpot barrel races. Not my sort of thing. I saw too many lame barrel horses when I rode with our vet. If the bill was more than $150, they just sent them to auction and found another cheap CL horse. Most of the horses were ONLY ridden at barrel races: No conditioning. Most horse sale ads around here discourage the use of the horse for barrels to chase those buyers away.
  3. Stopped in & Nobody was home.

    But, all this will end soon. We do get freezes here in the northern part of the state. <evil grin>
  4. Stopped in & Nobody was home.

    I've lived with deep snow. I prefer that to bugs, but I moved south for love. No regrets. I was terrorized by a palmetto bug in the garage today. He was really scary. My husband and son were worried when they heard me shriek. Then, I got the eye roll from my beloved. I told him the bug had a knife. And scary tattoos. He didn't believe me. I stepped on it and it left a big wet spot. I wondered if I should set up cones and a "wet floor" sign...
  5. I thought this would be a fun topic. Regardless of breed, it seems like all horse shows are just trend events and have very little to do with the longevity and usability of horses. I would love to have a fun open show and make up classes designed to compare horses based on everything BUT whatever is trendy. I want a place where average people can haul their good using horse. Also, breeders can show off their broodies. Trainers can show off their work, vets can judge based more on conformation than breed (while explaining why they picked the horses to educate people), and farriers can educate a little by judging feet. Here are my choices for classes: 1) I love the idea behind ranch classes, so those would be fun. No need for cattle, though. It's cheaper to just demonstrate roping on dummies. Horsemanship type pattern and horses should ground tie as well as handle gates with ease. 2) How about a broodmare class for mares who have had two or more foals? They need to be presented at halter and compared to the standard of their breed, PLUS, overall conformation based on soundness and longevity (I'd want vets as judges). 3) Trail/obstacle courses are awesome. Nothing too crazy, but flags, mailbox, slicker, stuff like that. 4) Fun classes for kids, like bareback and egg and spoon races. 5) Arena manners class to demonstrate how well-behaved your horse and how well you know the rules of sharing an arena with other riders. 6) Campaigner class for 20 or older. Show off your old husband/kid/trail/therapy horse. I'd love to see the horses that are still sound and usable in their old age. Make them perk up in the arena and have their time to shine. 7) Farrier's class. Show off your horse's great feet. Judged by a couple of local farriers. 8) Freestyle trainer's class. This would be a fun way for local trainers to show off their horses. Each one has a certain amount of time to demonstrate how well trained their horses are. Kind of like a mini Extreme Mustang event. Extra points based on how green the horses is. -No papers necessary. Just bring your groomed horse (no clipping, hoof polish, banding etc...necessary). Just clean and groomed. Old horses with Cushings need only to be clipped only if it makes them more comfortable. Would you guys have fun at such a show? What classes would you have if you held a fun show?
  6. Stopped in & Nobody was home.

    We're doing a traditional Thanksgiving, as far as the fixings go, but we haven't been raising turkeys lately, so no turkey tomorrow. Home raised chicken and beef are on the menu. Also, some homegrown sweet potatoes. Everything else came from the store. Rode my 27 year old Morgan mare yesterday. Finally finding the time for her. She is a bit spunky after a summer off (we don't ride much in the summer, but this one was especially busy). Libby was a bit barn sour, so we doubled back several times until she was ready to walk home on a loose rein. She forgot that I don't allow that. She was lots of fun though. The most exciting part of the ride was when she walked through a huge spider web and had this eight-legged hitchhiker on her right ear. He looked like a ghastly oversized earring. Made her tilt her head slightly to compensate for the uneven weight. I flicked him off and heard a thud when he hit the grass. Yeah, we grow them BIG here. I should have collected him for roasting tomorrow (6 extra drumsticks!!). Libby just moved right on down the trail while I dealt with the massive beast. A lesser horse would have lost it. Not my brave old girl. That's why her ancestors were war horses.
  7. Cue the music please!?

    Goats. Being. Tied. For some reason punk rock seems appropriate. At least for the goats. We have a goat. I think she would want Dead Milkmen if some crazy girl was tackling her and grabbing her legs.
  8. And meet Solo!

    Even if you can't lunge or work your horse because of the slippery ground, you can do so much ground work. I have a yearling donkey I'm training and she will be ground work only for several years still. I take young animals for walks on the trails. I think it helps a lot. Is that an option for you?
  9. That would probably be a 'no'. you don't have any trouble understanding different UK accents, lol! It must be the Scottish words thrown in. I suppose it would be like a British tourist trying to understand our Cajun or deep Southern accents. I hope you recover quickly. No fun being sick, especially when you have cute things to play with.
  10. Why I *extremely dislike* Boxers

    Well, as long as we're here, I can see why someone with that screen name might want to defend her favorite breed. ;) I think, deep down, if it came to a choice between the OP's in-laws and the dogs, I think she might have picked the dogs.... I wonder if the annoying dogs are still alive? Dogs do tend to reflect their owners. Some people just ruin perfectly good dogs. Other people make very poor decisions about where they buy their dogs. If you buy a puppy through an online broker or pet store, it came from a puppy mill. So, the dogs are annoying, but the owners are ultimately responsible.
  11. HI there. You always have gorgeous pictures of your horses. Thanks. On another note, do people from the UK have trouble with certain regional accents? I don't watch much on tv, but I was trying out 'Shetland' and that accent is difficult. I usually don't have too much trouble with British shows. I was wondering if it was known to be a more difficult accent?
  12. Really! You need to see this!

    Can't wait to fly again...
  13. new legislation íntroduced in germany

    It must be a rough road for parents of children where the sex cannot be determined. It doesn't matter during the early years, but waiting until puberty to figure out how your child sees the world is rough. This is where communities come in. If your family is part of a tight knit community (small town, neighborhood, church etc...) a child is more accepted and supported. It's rough when it's just your family on their own. All this legislation looks great on paper, but being part of a community is really the best environment and you can't legislate that. How many people will draw their lines in the sand about what they will and won't 'accept' until one of the neighbors is different. Sometimes a natural change of heart happens. And that is beautiful. It all comes down to empathy, respect, and kindness. Human dignity at it's best.
  14. Educational Toys, Tv For Baby

    In Australia? Not sure. You probably can buy German toys. Our favorite ones are made by Haba. Really, what you want are safe toys. All toys are good for motor development. Try not to be sold up on gadgets. Stay away from toddler "computers". Little ones don't need screen time. They usually get too much as it is. That covers little ones. If you're friends kids are older, creative toys are great. Playmobil sets are a lot of fun. Lots of toys for kids to build are out there for the 8-10 year olds. Those are great. Doesn't matter if they are boys or girls. Best thing to do is check the age level on the packages.
  15. All Opinnions Needed... Christian Issues

    I didn't even check, but, oh yes, a resurrected thread. Which seems appropriate considering the topic at hand... Well, it was fun anyway. I do teach catechism at our parish, so the topic got me going. I was really just Roman around looking for a good topic. I must be a Catholiholic. Which is different than a Cataholic (crazy cat lady club). I'll work on that. Yes, resurrected threads become ripe for punning.