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Hi! I am a 52 yr old mother of three grown sons. My two older sons live in NC and one is still living with me in upstate ny. I have two horses, Stitches, a 7 yr old ranch horse from Mexico, and Munchkins, a 5 yr old Paso Fino that i love to ride. So smooth! I do mostly trail riding but would someday love to show my Paso. I would also love to horse camp on the state trails if i could ever get a trailer! My husband does not like horses or riding but he is a carpenter and so its handy for additions to the barn and fence mending. I have a nice home and 8 acres and i board one horse for a friend. My horses are my kids now and they are spoiled rotten! I also have two black cats and PomPom, a part terrier and pomeranian.

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To all the new HC addicts. You'll love it here. I'm glad so many came out and introduced themselves. I love looking at the pics of everyones horses, and dogs, and cats, and Harem's (Ahem, Grouchy Grizzly) [Razz]

Ratz I'd love to see a picture of your 'Stang. I'm in the process of restoring a 1989 Mustang LX. The deeper I get into it, the more I find it needs. [big Grin] Love the car, and love the work I'm doing though. Not that I'm doing it alone. Hubby is helping to. [smile]

Judith We camp at the state camps a lot. We go to Brookfield and to Otter Creek. I hope you get a trailer someday so you can experience it. It is a blast.

Babesmom Someday we will meet. I feel it in my bones. [big Grin] I'm procrastinating again, I'll probably answer your e-mail tomorrow. I'm heading to bed. [smile]

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Hi my name is Kristen. I live in Alabama. I'm 19 and single, except for my horses, I like to think of it as being "taken"!! I live in the sticks, to get to work i have to drive 55 minutes. [Mad] anyways, I have 4 horses. Sundance who is 25 years old and was my babysitter, wouldn't even get into a slow gallop no matter how hard I tried.

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and this thing didn't let me finish, anyways before my computer decided it wanted you to see what I was writing before i was finished... [Mad] stupid computer [bang Head]

Bay my old pony that is now my 6yo sister, she's 19 also, we grew up together and she's the meanest thing ever living I swear!!! But she did teach me to ride!

Trigger my TB/QH/Arabian, what a mix, what was that man thinking. he's 9 and is still green broke. stubburn as all get up and can't walk in a straight line!! [ROTFL] pretty funny.

and finally I saved the best for last. My baby Harley he's a 8 yo QH gelding, blood bay, and is practically my child!!! i do PNHS with him and love every bit of it! you can look at my website in my signature below and see a pic of him. he's short but has a lot of heart.

glad to meet everyone and take care

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Hi all! I'm Samantha and i am 16. I normally dont post on this board, i just read the posts. I own 3 horses and 1 pony. they are.... Ribbon 17 y/o MFT/QH mare, Don 16 y/o QH, Lacey 10 y/o MFT/QH/? mare, and Dumpling 30ish Shetland mare. Sadly i havent seen them for almost 3 months because of some problems between my dad and i. currently am working on getting them away from my dad to my stepdads farm. I love to trail ride and i seldom show. its not as fun as trail. [Wink]

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Hi everyone! I am fairly new here and I love this site! I am Laurie from South Dakota. I work in finance at a center for the developementally disabled. My husband farms/ranches. We own 1000 plus acres and have approx 200 black angus. We currently own 17 quarter horses as follows:

Nikki-My riding horse-8 yr old AQHA bay mare

Guy-My hubby's riding hors-8 yr old AQHA bay gelding

Buddy-Nikki's baby from last yr-1 yr old gray stud

Ole-6 yr old AQHA bay gelding

Lacey-2 yr old AQHA gray mare

Shadow-12 yr old grade black mare

Penney-12 yr old grade chestnut mare

Lady-5 yr old grade palamino mare

Badger-3 yr old AQHA red roan stud

Digger-1 yr old AQHA palamino stud

Pumpkin-6 yr old AQHA gray brood mare & 2005 foal

Copper-6 yr old AQHA sorrell brood mare & 2005 foal

Flossy-14 yr old AQHA black mare & 2005 foal

Dude-My recently orphaned foal-2 mos old-AQHA bay stud colt

We also have one male border collie pup named Jake. My husband and I are in our early 50's, love horses, love to trail ride and camp with our horses. We both have been married before and have six children between us. All are grown except his youngest, which is 16.

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Hi! I’m Sally. I’m 43, and I live with my husband & 2 children (son, 15 & daughter, 11) in NE Pennsylvania. I’ve loved horses my whole life, but never dreamed I’d own one. My son took riding lessons when he was around 10 years old, and I decided to take some lessons too. I never felt really confident to do more than walk along or trail ride unless I rode one of the smoother trotters! It didn’t take long to get my husband and daughter hooked too (my son would rather play his electric guitar now!). When the lady was selling everything in order to move away, we were able to buy our favorite two horses. Scootin is a 14-yr old retired Standardbred, and he’s my baby. Pebbles is my husband’s mare. The vet guesses she’s about 14 too, and we think she has some Thoroughbred in her. We wouldn’t have been able to afford to board these guys, but most of our 4 acres is wooded. We worked last summer and fall to clear part of the woods out for a little paddock for them. It’s between ¼ and ½ acre. We left some of the big trees, but we pulled everything else out (include tons of rocks). Now we ride around the outside of the paddock and on a little trail we put in through the rest of the woods. It’s not perfect—we’re always dreaming of greener pastures! It’s all we can do for now, though, and the horses are happy and healthy. We seem to learn something new every day, and we’re having loads of fun! [big Grin] Bye!

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I'm 37 years old (how did that happen?) have a grade mare (my old 4-H horse) 29, a morgan mare (hunter, competitive trail) 21, her morgan daughter, (green and giving me fits) 6, and a POA pony (green, only 12.2) 7. We have 4 boarder horses, too. I have 2 9yo DS who ride and show, and a 4 yo DS who will be learning soon. Took both the older two DS on a trail ride a few weeks ago. They have gone before, but always just me and one kid. I got brave and took the green 6 yo (the one from my other posts that balks, spins, etc. etc.), one took the pony, the other took the 21 yo (Mom to the green 6 yo). It was not without mishaps, but everybody stayed on (barely!) and most importantly the kids thought it was a grand adventure and want to do it again.

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I am an 18 year old from Texas. I have a 4 year old lineback dun grade(thoroughbred cross??) gelding named Ranger and a 21 year old chestnut with flaxen mane and tail purebred Arabian named Gumby (registered as Massad Ibn Sahhar,I do not have the papers). On the weekends I trail ride, sometimes I run barrels and poles on Ranger. I need to get a picture of both of my horses together since I just bought Gumby 2 weeks ago.

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Okay, I'm outta the loop! Grouchy when did you sell the apps? [Eek!]

Hi, all. I'm Megs. I'm 24 and just got married in April. I've been riding since I was an itty bitty thing and still don't care what discipline I ride as long as I'm on a horse. Currently trail riding is my passion, but I'm itching for some jumping or barrel racing too.

I own a 5 yr old Appendix QH named Gonna Get Gone. I can't say that five times fast, so I just call him Cody. We also adopted a 4 mo old puppy from the Humane Society....not sure what breed she is, but we love her!

Right at this moment I live in Eastern, WA but we're moving to the Boise, ID area by mid August. Anyone wanna help me pack??? [big Grin]

Cody

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Say...Nikki's mama...if I put a cabin up on your "back 40" you would never know it huh? [Wink] LOL 1000 acres?! so jealous! I'd settle for 5 right now. (minimum we can have for livestock)

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Good morning all,

My name is Matt and I'm a horse enthusiast from just south of Athens, Ohio. I have 2 QH, 1 Paint horse (he's my horse), and one grade plug mare that's seen it all and has the t-shirt to prove it (she's retired now, and very happy).

I married into the horse business, was scared to death of the blamed things from childhood because of a particularly mean-spirited horse that picked me up by my arm with its teeth when I was 12. Now that I've been married almost 10 years, I am the family's horse business. The plug mare was my wife's childhood horse, and the horse that taught me to love horses. We live outside a tiny little village called Shade with our niece, our dogs, and our mousers.

A little about my horse experience - I've been riding 11 years, training my own for about 2. I'll admit that I struggle with confidence, sometimes it seems like either I forget everything I know, or my horse forgets everything he knows from time to time, but we always end on a good note and things are always better the next day for the both of us. He's 4 - still a baby, but has lots of things under his hat that he can be pretty proud of. 9th ride we were sorting and driving dairy cows for my neighbor. He is as sure-footed as any horse I've ever ridden, and can take me through anything, even in the dark, safer than I can walk it in the daylight. He trusts me enough to do pretty well whatever I ask of him, either in-hand or under saddle, and the guy who started him is my hero. My goal is competing in ranch versatility with him, he loves to move cattle, and loves having a job to do, even if it's dragging a log just for fun. I've completely changed my life schedule to make more time for riding him because he deserves that kind of commitment from me.

I'm very excited that in just over 2 weeks, I'll be riding in a clinic with Richard Winters in Verona, Kentucky, and I'm saving up to ride with Chris Cox the next time he comes to town. He's going to be here this August, but I can't save up the required cash in time for that. I've met some of the world's best horsemen, and I think my friend who started my horse is one of them. After meeting Chris Cox when he came to Athens last year, and after he extended so much courtesy and good will to my good friend, I am convinced that he is the greatest horseman alive. He is extremely humble, and everything he does is out of love for and respect for the horse. There are many other clinicians of whom I am a fan, but by my estimation, Chris Cox walks on water - not because of what he's done for horses, or me personally, but for what he did for my good friend.

I hope to get a feel for folks here and look forward to corresponding.

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Can't believe this post is almost 4 years old, time to update. I'm PD, I live about 30 north-east of EauClaire WI. I have two quarter gelding, 12& 23, & one special mare that is 27. I've owned her 17 years, she would give heart out to please me. I"m married almost 39 years, two daughters 30 & 33, 6 grandkids from 3-15, none of them have the fever for horses that I have. My wife is a nonhorselover, but supports my hobby. I'm 62 years young, or 26 if I turn my age around backward. PD

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Can't believe this post is almost 4 years old, time to update. I'm PD, I live about 30 north-east of EauClaire WI. I have two quarter gelding, 12& 23, & one special mare that is 27. I've owned her 17 years, she would give heart out to please me. I"m married almost 39 years, two daughters 30 & 33, 6 grandkids from 3-15, none of them have the fever for horses that I have. My wife is a nonhorselover, but supports my hobby. I'm 62 years young, or 26 if I turn my age around backward. PD

Yeah, this made me realize how fast time flies! PD, I was going to do the age/number/flip until I realized it'd make me 75!!

I no longer have the dun mare Abby. Now riding shorter horses without as much git'up and go!

2005? Have I been on HC THAT long??? Gee........how many "Exes" have come and gone??

Oh yeah........Jerry........Arlington, Tx. 5 dogs, 2 horses, no kids, still single but in a relationship.

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Welcome to the boards Matt!! [smiley Wavey]

I'm Ellen. Just turned 33 the beginning of this month. My husband and I live on a little over 6 acres near Shelbyville, IL. We have 4 horses - two 8 yr old morab geldings, a 5 yr old paint gelding and a 5 yr old paint mare, 2 chocolate labs and two cats. My husband has an 18 yr old daughter from his first marriage.

I got my first horse for christmas when I was 5, but we always had farm/work horses. Got out of horses through high school & college other than just riding friend's horses or at the local stables. When we bought our new place that was my "thank you" for helping to remodel the house.

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After meeting Chris Cox when he came to Athens last year, and after he extended so much courtesy and good will to my good friend, I am convinced that he is the greatest horseman alive. He is extremely humble, and everything he does is out of love for and respect for the horse. There are many other clinicians of whom I am a fan, but by my estimation, Chris Cox walks on water - not because of what he's done for horses, or me personally, but for what he did for my good friend.

I hope to get a feel for folks here and look forward to corresponding.

Hi Matt and welcome to HC.

I have never met Chris Cox but have some very good friends that were out his way on business. They decided to drive out to his facility. They were greeted warmly and shown around. My good friend has a picture of herself standing and talking with Chris. He signed the picture and has it framed where it sits in her office. I think that it's nice that they were welcomed in such a way.

My name is Debbie and I'm from Central NY. I am married to a wonderful husband and have two lovely children (17 & 12). We own two Quarter Horses, Max and Cotton. I love to trail ride and have recently tested the waters with barrel racing. Not sure I like that though. It pains me to run my 28 second (I know, working on reducing that time, lol) and then sit on my horse until the next run. I'd rather me on the trail moving. I have in the past team penned which was a blast but never got back to the arena to participate.

At any rate, enjoy your stay.

Deb

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I am Frank. 50 something with wife/ 3 children (yours and mine no ours) and 8 grandchildren, dog, and cat. I live in northern Illinois-moved from Southern IL last fall. I have one horse at this time. Will have two if I can find the resources to support my habit. Snow is a 10 or 11 year old white maybe Appy maybe whatever grade gelding who has been my riding partner for the last 4 years.

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OMG, this is like a blast from the past.

Nice to meet you all. Hi PD and Deb. [smiley Wavey]

Going trailriding tomorrow with Deb. The weather is supposed to be in the high 60's. Yipppeee!!!

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Welcome to the board, Matt.

My name is Elaine and I am a '56 model. My husband, David, and I have been married for going on 35 yrs. We have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren with one on the way. We live on a farm in SW MO. We have 3 quarter horses and 4 dogs. We love to camp and trail ride and are planning a trip to CO this July.

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WOW how time flies!! I need to do an update also. Still have the now 28 yr. leop app, he's still doing great. Him and hubby did the fun shows last yr and pulled in some nice ribbons so hoping for another good yr from him. I have a 17 yr. palamino QH gelding which is a fantastic trail horse, and hubby's trail horse is a 14 yr. QH gelding who's grandpa is Reminic. He's a cutting/reining who came from Amerilo, TX, definately not a horse for the fun shows, but a pretty good trail horse. We have 2 daughters, Amanda is 29 with a 14 mo. old son and expecting a girl in a couple mo. so yes we are VERY proud and happy grandparents, and Courtney is 25 and her boyfriend has a 8 yr. old daughter which we love very much like a granddaughter. We have 1 dog, 1 barn cat, and an Africian Grey parrot named Pete. We are soooo ready for it to quit raining so we can start trail riding but unfortunately it's looking like it did last year which is not good. So glad someone brought this post back up. Love to hear from more of you's.

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Thanks for the warm welcome! Trail-Rider, how well does this African Gray parrot talk? My uncle had one that would wake us up in the middle of the night when we would visit. It had everyone's voice DOWN PAT, including the barking dogs and the "Today" show theme. NOT KIDDING.

I guess I should consider myself lucky - I've been riding since February. Even though the weather isn't the greatest here at that time, my horse needs to learn to deal with bad footing, and he's doing a fantastic job of it. He doesn't get worried or upset about it, I just make sure I sit deep in the seat with my heels down, and I stay on when things get really slick. There's been several times this year we've done an unexpected reining slide with ALL 4 FEET, and he just kinda skates it out. Ground's pretty firm now, but for awhile, it was like walking on a wet sponge.

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Guess I could do the update thing too, although except for fewer dogs and a couple of different horses, very little has changed from "05". If I do the age flip flop thing I come up as 07 which my family, siblingsall as I'm a lifelong bachelor and expect my children to be the same, thinks would be appropriate as my mental age anymore is probably around that 7 number.

Old retired Montana State Game Warden and animal depredation specialist, I"ve handled more grizzly bears than most people would ever see in a lifetime which is where the "Grouchy Grizzly" name comes from.

Have three horses, Weed, a 7 yeaar old, Weaver Ranch bred quarter horse with lameness problems. 17 year old Cloudee, Missouri Foxtrotter mare who is exceptional at working cows, and Hobby, 17 year old trained cutting horse from the old Hobby horse cutting lines. Had him worn down to a nubbin yesterday trying to keep an old bunch quitting cow and the 43 calves that decided to go with her, from leaving the herd. We got it done but was really glad I also had Coudee there to switch to when the rest of the riders returned and we moved the bunch the last 5 miles.

Golden retrievers and photography are my hobbies and riding for around 8 different ranches in the area.

Enjoy posting pictures to HC and hopefully will continue to do so for a few years more.

Real name, address and other info is on the sidebar of the posts.

Hobby and I at what we do best. Being with the cows, whether moving, sorting, cutting, branding or whatever.

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Miss ya, BC

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Like I am not loud enough as it is! Hi! I am mentally 17, physically over 40. My horse is the equine Dennis the Menace. He likes to climb: hills, posts, trailers, whatever he can..

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I actually like to climb too, but mostly hills..

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Then we have Wyat, Tom's 15 y/o AQH. He's a very relaxed kind of guy but works hard to keep up with the midget...

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Oh, and then there is Ice.. my old 21 y/o Arab. He is my soul mate. Unfortunately he's a bit disabled but he still has heart.

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And we'll be adding Vievo to our family officially this August.. he was just a kid when we got him now he's a beautiful big draft boy!

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And we can't forget our dear little pup. She goes on most trail adventures with us. She helps to stop the mountain bikers before they come down the hill too fast or around the corner too fast....

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There you go! The most that has changed for us.. is the growth of Vievo! Gotta say, I've made some friends on this board.

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Hi, My name is Kathy .I am a fifty something empty nester who has gotten back into horse and trail riding after raising 2 children and having back surgery 9years ago.It is wonderful to find out after surgery that I can ride again.I have 2 horses Gus/Gray and white paint 12 years old grade stock. We are a pretty good team. My other horse is Dixie a Walker Cross I traded my BLM Mustang for last year. She is 17 now and has had a mostly boodmare carreer and now is my back up trail horse. I had only owned her 3 weeks and had to take her on a week ride to the Big Southfork in Tenn. She did wonderful.I'm glad I traded for her . Four years ago I bought Gus . Then the following year a Ponderosa 2 horse gooseneck trailer/with heat and air and my F250 Ford 4X4. My husband doesn't want anything to do with horseback riding or horse camping so I soon realised if I was ever going to get to enjoy this hobby I had to suck it up and learn to pull my own trailer and go on and do it. I found some really good people to ride with and my husband is very supportive of me enjoying my new hobbie.Owning horse and riding is something I thought was in my past and I feel so blessed to have it in my life once again.

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Loved reading all the introductions! Nice to personalize everyones 'handles'! My turn! I'm a soon to be (cough, sputter, moan) 60 year old woman whose name is Shirley. Interests are anything with horses, camping, trail rides, sewing, art. Married horseback in the NE sandhills almost 37 yrs ago. My daughter(33) followed suit and married horseback in IA 5 yrs ago. She has had 3 prca queen titles in her days. My son(29) is still single but 'taken', marine veteran(Iraq) caught up in the job loss recession at present. We all use to horse show (4H & open, a few QH shows) about any event including hubby's favorite - calf roping (tie down ). Daughter and I are still involved in horses, but find it more profitable to judge shows or certain classes (my favorite is Trail Class). I'm a beautician, med aide, but work at the hospital in housekeeping to keep up with life's expenses, & a substitute volunteer trail wrangler at a near by state park. At present I just own one 15h QH sorrel 2 yr old filly that is about to start some serious training. I may have to adopt a tall legged trainer/rider for her or teach her bow/laydown or something just to get on her!!!! Thanks all of you for sharing pictures and your trail rides. Always bring a smile and interest from southeast Nebraska. Happy Trails to all of you!

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Here goes (in case anyone gives a hoot):

I'm a half-century old geezer who is absolutely horse crazy; alway have been. I am very thankful that my daughter is horse crazy too.

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I love to trail ride, camp and pack with my horses and my daughter and our friends and their horses:

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I enjoy riding in parades:

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and so does my daughter:

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We have two of the best horses in the world! A Tenneesse Walking Horse and a Paint--both mares. And two great trail dogs too, both heelers.

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I have a degree in art, have shown in galleries and museums, and now teach art. Although I've painted and drawn all along, I like to make assemblage art, which is probably more "avante garde" than the average person's taste. This is something that I've done that my mother would call "real art":

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Also, I have been very involved with saving trails and access to public lands specifically for equestrians. I am one of the very few people who goes to the meetings with government officials, writes the letters, maps trails, does trail maintenance, and anything else I can so that all of you can continue to enjoy trail riding. I focus on southern California and the Sierra, but you can bet there are people like me in your area who fight just as hard--and believe me, it's an every day, ongoing challenge because there are lots of people who don't want us on the trails.

After all these years of advocating for areas all around me, I am now fighting to save an access trail from my road that leads to the Angeles National Forest The parks and rec. representative for the county does not want it because keeping this trail would eliminate two or three of the hundred plus tract houses from the planning map, thus reducing the potential income for the group of out of town attorneys who want to be the first developers to turn our rural hamlet into a paved and cemented suburb!

All the places I used to ride when I was a kid in San Diego are covered over and lost to suburbs. It breaks my heart to see it gone every time I visit my folks there. I moved to a place way off the beaten track, and because it's so nice here, people from town want to move in and become citybillies, but they don't want dusty cars or horse poop on the road, so right away they pave everything and put up walls, and then it looks just like the grim graffiti covered crap they left behind. Makes no sense.

Keep a sharp eye out, folks. Check your county's regional planning website for planning maps, because by the time you see any notices about developments, it's too late to change it.

Okay, sorry! I'll get off my soapbox.

I've enjoyed reading about everyone's adventures, and seeing all the wonderful photos. It would be great to meet up for a ride sometime. Say, when I win the Lotto, I'll host a ride for everyone on the trail riding forum! Until then, happy trails and keep on posting...

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