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E.S. I was there right before it was going to change ownership and I think that's why my friend opted to go to Adamcin's at the time. Sounds like a real nice place for you and Echo.

3day, that's great your brother is home for a while. Sounds like a nice visit.

Shiloh, your wedding sounds like a dream. We will need lots and lots of pics afterwards! I think the reason Beau started declining is my farrier sort of gave up. The last two times he came out, the shoe jobs just weren't as good and he wasn't moving the toe back far enough. The heels were causing him to step more toe first in the back and the frogs started prolapsing, especially on the left side. That's when I started noticing the difference, as well as when I rode him. And I started asking him for a lot more. The NB shoer moved the toe back and the break over point back and the heels back and that is really helping him. She did say though, that his feet were all nicely balanced.

Tomorrow is my last day! Yahoo!!! Then off for summer.

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And no, things do not start falling into place once you have a location!

Shiloh, your wedding sounds wonderful!!! Love the image of a mansion and rose garden. We're also doing a small one - 100 people or fewer. It seems like plenty to me, but everybody keeps calling it "an intimate number of guests" when that's the number I give. OK.

So I have so much more to do. I don't know how cut out for this I am. I'm not one to do a lot of planning for anything, really. More of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda person. I don't think that planning style works for weddings though, lol.

3Day - Holy COW! Lots of cool stuff going on for you [Jump]

Tracy - Sounds like the apartment's coming together. Can't feel like you're fully moved in until the internet connection is up and running! Good luck with the chiro on Mon.

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ES, that's the same kind of comment I hear too. Apparently anything under 100 people is "tiny". I actually read an article where the couple had 800 guests at their wedding. The college my sister attended had that many people in the entire school!

You can do things in a fly by the seat of your pants kind of thing, but you will have to handle a wedding planner. I chose not to. I am really trying to stick to a budget. That's another thing, decide what you ideally want to spend and double it. And do not try to save money on the photographer. A good one will probably run $1500 to $3000 depending on the area. For a basic package. But the pictures will last a lifetime. A so-so photographer is no better than handing a camera to your daughter and telling her to just snap away. And a bad one will sometimes lose all your images, or vanish before you ever get a copy of them.

Also, the destination wedding thing is fun if you want to keep it small. Not everyone will show up! That's why I am doing it in KY, to keep it small. And because my grandpa has bone cancer and cannot travel.

I will be sure to post some pictures!

The trailer is finally done enough to haul horses with, just in time for my clinic. Now I need to get in one last short ride, and pack all my stuff. I don't have to leave here till 1 or so, so I will have time in the morning to bathe the mareness, and I will braid her when I get there. Her mane is so horrible right now I cannot just leave it how it is.

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Wow, Eventer! Sounds like a great clinic! Hope you get in. I'll bet the stanley cup is fun to watch. Why aren't you with them? :-) Enjoy the wine and chocolate! I can't speak for the alcohol, but I do know the European chocolate makes American chocolate taste like wax! The first time I bit into a chocolate bar that came straight from Europe... oh yum!!! Have fun with your brother and Grandma's 80th birthday!

Shiloh, Yeh for getting the wedding all planned! How long did you work on it? It really sounds like a fabulous time! Where in Kentucky would you like to go for the HM? Horse related? Is your fiance into the horses at all?

ESD, Just for the record, I had my wedding all planned in about 40 days! We decided on the date on Labor day 2005, and we got married on Oct. 15th. I do not recommend cutting the planning THAT short... Because of the short notice, we didn't have a photographer, which I really kind of regret (granted, we have LOTS of beautiful pictures from the guests). I was lucky to get a caterer and a florist. The forist was my husband's aunt- she runs a flower shop in town. I was lucky to find a dress in my size at the wedding boutique in a near by town- I didn't have to wait for a long order/shipment. The alter-ist lady was able to get the dress altered within two days. We lucked out on finding a nice place for the reception, although truthfully a plain ol' potluck dinner in the fellowship hall at church would had been enough. We opted out of the bar/drinks, limo, band/entertainment, and custom invitations. I bought two packs of special wedding invitations at WallyWorld and printed them out myself... It only cost about $100 for the ink, stationary and postage. I would say, all together, Chad and I were brought together in marriage for under $3000. And, the best part is, the marriage is better than the wedding! Have fun with your wedding!

It looks like your new barn is nice. I remember how the barns/stables looked down south in the desert! It is totally different than up here in the Midwest and East Coast! I can see how it would be a NECESSITY to have misters in the runins for the animals! It can get down right DANGEROUSLY hot in those parts.

Boocoo, it's SUMMER!!! I guess by now you're packing for your trip to Arizona! Have a safe trip! I would LOVE to go to the beach... It's been a while since I've seen the beach... I must say, the coast along the ocean is my favorite place to be; I love the sounds of the waves, the seagulls, the salty wind, the sand, the boats... My favorite beach was VA Beach just east of Norfolk, VA. We used to go there for the weekends- there was nothing better than strolling down the shoreline at night, sitting in the lifeguard stands and staring off into space... roller blading down the boardwalk all the way from one end to the other and back.... buying a huge ice cream cone from Dairy Queen and watching an outdoor concert... drinking a maragrita and eating tasty Snow Crab legs at an outdoor resturant right on the beach... Oh memories. :mecry:

Ah, now I forgot what else I was going to write... my mind is on VA Beach... Love that place.

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Quick post before we watch a movie...

Just got back from dinner with Randy and Sarah and Sarah has her dog over (shes staying the night) and we are all outside letting the dogs pee and all and all of a sudden Toby (our male german shorthair) starts growling and barking and attacking something under the patio chair.

We look and its a effin huge snake. So we get him and Hope into the kennel and Sarahs dog in the house and the snake is all coiled up behind the chair. I go online to see if its a cotton mouth or not because I cant really tell. Its like a reddish color with bands but its really dusty looking.

Apparently it could either be a Florida Banded Water Snake or a Cottonmouth. I tried and tried to tell what it was but I couldnt say 100% it wasnt a cottonmouth, so we had to kill it with a shovel.

Of course after its dead we can get close and see, unfortunately, it was a watersnake, totally harmless. I feel bad but its better safe than sorry, esp with the horses and dogs and cats and the fact that its SO flooded here and there are so many frogs that the snakes are out in full force.

So that was our excitement for the evening.

I went out last night to our country club with the girls from work and the hygienist's friend since the hygienist is moving back to North Dakota. Had a few drinks (IE 3 baileys and like... 5 swallows of a very strong long island) and realized that Im a total lightweight because I like never drink and I hadnt eaten since like 2 pm.

Learned some line dances, rode the mechanical bull, hung out, etc. Left around 1 and got home, and to bed around 215. Got up to feed at 8 and when I came back in, I saw I left my keys in the door when I unlocked it. AWESOME. I had a buzz but I was also carrying my purse and other things AND both dogs when I came in so my hands were full.

Sarah and I are getting up in the AM and going over to Jills to ride at her place since my farm is flooded. Then Im having a lesson (FINALLY) on Sunday. Its been like.... 2 months? I think.

Anyways, going to go watch TAKEN (heard it was awesome btw) and go to bed.

Have a good Fri night everyone.

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Hey KTM, That must had been a shocker when you saw that snake under the chair! I would had flipped! Have a great time at your lesson!

CSA, turn out was always a huge deal for me. IN fact, the first thing I consider when looking at a boarding stables is the turnout and management program- stall size/condition, turnout routine, pasture size/condition, fencing, feed room, etc. The rest are all just luxeries- areana/indoor/lights, hot water, wash rack, tack room, trainers, etc. Good luck with making the decision!

Beck, A Robert Dover symposium sounds like a great time! That would be major overload for my little brain! Have fun!

Shiloh, yey for getting the trailer ready for the horses! Have fun at the clinic! I would be a nervous reck too, lol! But, hopefully those butterflies will fly away when it's time to ride. Espons salts.... :-) Maybe take an extra dose!

I'm in Lincoln spending time with Mom. We're having a good time, although I think Mom is still having sciatica pain that is slowing her down. Today we went to the pool and Target. Tomorrow I will take mom to the mall so that she can shop for her vacation to the Greek Isles (spelling?- Mom's computer doesn't have spell check on her Explorer browers). I hope she doesn't have the sciatica when they leave for the vacation...

Chad said that he rode Jaggar a little bit today. Lol, he rode in my 16.5 saddle... Wow. Oh well. He said it was fine. I hope he can ride tomorrow again. He says that Jaggar is 150% a different horse from the last time Chad rode Jaggar (last summer)!

I will drive back home on Sunday. This week I hope to get Jaggar out to Sutherland's riding areana (about a 45 minute haul from our farm) to have a lesson with that dressage lady... She won't come out to our farm because she insists that dressage must be done in an areana with good footing. She doesn't agree with our grass footing... Oh well.

Have a great weekend you guys!

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I have been a lazy bum today and really need to get something done. I hope the rain lets up eventually so I can ride. I have a show next weekend then the weekend after that. The I am going to watch a Robert Dover symposium the next weekend. Then more shows in July and scribing for my trainer at a show she is judging in July. Lots of fun horse stuff!!

Let me know how that turns out, I wanted to go but I'm slightly booked that weekend. Are you going to CDT in July?

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I will probably go to CDT one day (of that end of July/August show). I can't remember what day I decided on though:-)

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Sarah and I hauled over to Jills this morning for a ride. It was very humid but a nice breeze kept it bearable.

Layla warmed up great, really stretching down and REALLY springy. Cantered long and low as well. Then I picked her up and did some sitting trot. At first she was like barely moving and then she was like Oh ok! And kicked it into high gear. She did great. Really worked on me sitting centered and getting her to properly bend to the left. We did a few 10m circles both ways and she really stepped under which was nice. The canter was very good as well.

We only rode for like 30 mins though because its so hot and we are having a lesson tomorrow. Just as soon as we got loaded up and left Jills neighborhood, the skies opened up. When I got home it wasnt raining but about 20 mins later I saw lightening and heard thunder so they are inside right now eating hay.

I also was able to talk to my mom. Shes in Juno Alaska right now on the cruise ship. She was getting ready to take a ride up the mountain to go on this zip line at like 50mph and then repel down the side of the cliff and walk on a rope bridge. Then tonight they are going whale watching and tomorrow is the heliocopter ride over the glaciers and then they get to mush a dog sled back to the boat. SO JEALOUS.

Last night while eating dinner they looked over and saw a hump back whale next to the boat and then later when they were walking to the casino, they saw like 4 orcas breeching out of the water. Can you imagine?!

Heres a pic she took on her cell she just sent to me.

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Supposed to have a lesson tomorrow. Trainer wants me to ride at 1245!!! OMG it will be so insanely hot. No way am I doing it. I called and asked to be earlier so shes trying to see what she can do. If she cant do it earlier, myself and Sarah wont be able to lesson, so she will miss out on $100. So hopefully she can move it around. Last year we were always screwed into the WORST times, either super early when its cold or in the middle of the day when its hot. I was always accomidating for others schedules so now its my turn. lol

Anyways, going to go wash some clothes and make some lunch.

Sylves, hope your mom is feeling better. Maybe she needs to go to the chiro before her trip? Going to the Greek Isles sounds wonderful. Glad to hear Jagger is doing better.

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That is an awesome picture Shantel! I love it:-)

I will catch up more later...off to wash the dogs. My internet keeps going down and DH is working on it right now; so hopefully it will be fixed by tonight.

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Sylves, my mum is from England and one of my best friends is from Germany, so I have grown up on English and German Chocolate. German Milka and English Cadbury's. I like Cadbury Crunchie bars the best. You can get them at World Market.We also like Cadbury Buttons and Nestle' Smarties. Also Roundtree Pastels, which are a fruity gel type candy. Yum, yum, yum. You are right, there is no comparison to english chocolate. Yep, getting ready to head out on Mon. a.m. The DH and I went to the store and got food/feed for everybody. Horse, dogs, cats, lizard and the dh while the son and I are gone. Poor guy, he will be all alone all week taking care of all the animals. We were going to go trail riding this a.m. but my friend couldn't go and we decided I just have to much to do. We'll go when we get back. My son has a friend over playing video games and then pizza and we have to take him home later. Tomorrow is wash truck, vacuum it out and change the oil and pack up and get ready to head out early on Mon. a.m. I can post from my Mom's house though. Let us know how your lesson goes. Will be interesting to see how Jag does on the good footing!!!

Great picture Shantel. My parents did that land train ride from Alaska somewhere in a glass train, to the coast. Then a cruise down to Vancouver. They loved it. That's one cruise I would like to do. Funny about the snake. We get lots of snakes here and of course we had a lot in Tucson. We just re-locate them. I think snakes are really cool and they eat mice. The only time we killed them is if they were rattle snakes in our yard for fear the kid, dogs or horses would get bit. Even then sometimes we would put them in a trash can, put it in the back of the truck and drive them out in the desert and let them go. I did kill one once. It was under my truck and my son almost stepped on him. We didn't know he was there! Son was only 8 years old at the time.

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My clinic was awesome! I had a bad ride last night (pony kept wanting to take off, just generally being naughty), but she was awesome for my clinic. I got there early to let her get used to the new place, and aside from a foal in a neighboring pasture she was just lovely. And I really enjoyed riding for Charlotte Trentelman. She asked me what I wanted to work on, and I told her that our work to the right had gotten pretty yucky and I would like some help with that. So she watched me ride for a bit and pointed out how I love to cross my hands over the withers, and that I need to ride her a bit more. She said she usually has to get after people for over-riding, but that I do the opposite at times.

She had me doing renvers and then switch the bend to SI, and then come off the long side into medium trot. Then we worked on a walking exercise where you turn up the centerline, SI right, change bend to renvers right, keep the bend but pivot to a SI left, then switch the bend to renvers left. She said once we got it down at the walk, to try it at the trot. We also did a trot exercise where we made a diamond, SI off the long side to the centerline, then keep the bend and HP back to the wall. We didn't make it back to the rail at the same point we left the rail, but it's something to work on.

So I left feeling like I have a lot of things I can work on, and feeling good about my ride. She liked my mare and said that if I can get her brain to work with me, we could do PSG. And then I told her that she is 17! She didn't really believe me, she said she would have guessed maybe 8 or 9.

If anyone else ever has the chance to ride with her, I highly recommend it. I got more out of that ride than I had hoped for.

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shiloh, Charolette judges for our GMO often and I really enjoy riding in front of her. She is tough but fair. Glad you had such a productive clinic. Any pics?

Boo, that sounds like a lot of fun. And we only killed this snake because we thought it was a cottonmouth and vipers put off a game smell, and with the dogs (german shorthairs who hunt), they will find them and try to kill them and I dont want to risk them getting bitten. I was sad when we found out it was harmless. BUT today on the way out of my girlfriends neighborhood, there were 2 HUGE turkey buzzards in the road and they were trying to kill a HUGE cottonmouth (after much studying last night I was able to tell what it was just by looking from the truck). They are out in the numbers with all the rain we are having because the frogs are everywhere. We do have a 4' indigo snake that eats other snakes, frogs, and mice but I havent seen it this spring yet.

It started raining at 11:30am and hasnt stopped yet. It comes in bands and is either a light steady rain or pouring. The horses had enough of the stalls though and opted to go out but I think the worst of it has passed. Of course we are TOTALLY flooded - AGAIN. UGH.

Having a lesson at 9 tomorrow but no one to take pics... boo!

Oh heres a pic of my haircut from Thursday night @ the club with the girls

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Shiloh, that is awesome you had a good clinic. Any pictures? Sounds like you she gave you some really good homework! Very cool!

Shantel, I hear ya on the snakes. You have to do what you have to do. I hated killing that rattler that one time, but hubby wasn't home and I wasn't about to re-locate him without hubby's help. So I had to kill him and then bury him really deep so the dogs wouldn't dig him up! I love that picture of you girl, you are stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry you are getting flooded again, I so know that is like.

Took the sons friend home. Very nice young man and almost as tall as my son! My son is now 6'1" at the age of 14!!! They had a big time together and they both love to read.

Beau is officially on vacation! :happy0203: He will have at least a week off now and when I get home next weekend I will longe him that week and then the following week after my family leaves, I will be back to riding and have a couple of trail rides and lessons planned. Beau always comes back better after a week off now and then!

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KTM-I hope yhe rain xlacks off for your lesson tomorrow. Have fun. The cruise your mom is on sounds awesome.I love your hair cut.

Boocoo-Have fun on your trip.

Sholoh-The clinic sounds like it was really good. So does Layla do the I want to look at the foal thing. Cheese just likes looking at foals like she wants one. She is a great mother but I don't think her confirmation is good enough to breed ger.

Beck-IU hope your internet gets fixed.

Sylves-Yeah turnout is kind of the thing that has me really thinking it over. It is nice and safe but the lack there of with a horse like Cheese does not always make a happy horse.

Off to work and than to the narn to ride. Have a good night everyone.

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Omg. The rain has stopped! About time!

And finally was able to ride as I've been busy with work and with the brother being home!

Of course Scotch was a handful. But he's been in for a couple of days to the rain that we got. I guess we received about 2inches of rain. Ick!

And I just booked my first vacation. Meaning not with family and going away for a week plus. So a few of my girlfriends (that's right the boyfriends/husbands are staying HOME) and I just booked a house in the Outer Banks for a week! This should be fun!

And hello Calculus! Just received an email from the professor...and this class sounds fun. She is calling it "Calculus with Cookies" She enjoys baking and brings in baked goods all the time. Oh yay! This will make it much more enjoyable. haha.

Tomorrow we are off to a Beerfest and I start another housesitting gig. :) Have a good weekend all!

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KTM, you party animal! I can remember going to those kinds of bars with the girls during college. I even rode the mechanical bull once- it was just like riding a horse over a continous grid... , until the guy started making the bull spin around; that was when I nearly threw up and fell off! It was fun! I love the hair cut! You're a brave one; I'm too scared-y cat to cut mine that short, lol! If it can't go in a pony tail, forget it! But, you wear it very well!

Eventer, yuck, that's too much rain. I can remember having to leave my horse in his stall when the rain persisted long periods; he would go nuts being pinned up. That's a good thing that you have a good indoor to work Scotch in almost all kinds of weather! The beach house sounds like a blast- seriously! I have never done anything like that, and I went to college just a couple hours away from the outer banks! Man! I didn't live it up enough because I was so tied up in my long distance relationship with my boyfriend- I wanted to be with him for any spare time that I had! That's awesome that you're going to get away and just have a good time with the girls! It sounds like so much fun!

Shiloh, So glad to hear the clinic went well- better than expected! I suppose the trailer pulled well, too? Your mare doesn't look her age- you've kept her up beautifully! All of those lateral movements you were doing would have me so darn confused! All I can handle are the shoulder in and leg yeild, and mayber a turn on the forehand... :-)

Boocoo, that sounds like a nice day. Sorry you didn't get to do your trail ride today. Do you change your own oil on your vehicles? I would assume so since you used to drive semi's. You're quite the woman! My college roommate also did her own oil changes; she said that it is very easy, and she can't believe that people pay $30+ at places like Jiffy to change the oil, and potentially mess something up with your vehicle. Speaking of which, my father had his brand new car have its first oil change at a Jiffy Lube in Tulsa, OK, and the kid didn't tighten the cap to the oil... Thankfully Chad noticed the burning smell, checked underneith the car and solved the problem. My dad could had blown the engine had the oil emptied out! Once I brought my car in for a service, and the guy didn't use all of the bolts to secure one tire (rotating tires), and the tire nearly came off as I was driving 60mph on the high way.... I suppose, it's better if you can do all of it yourself!

My mom is doing better, but today she sorta took it easy because yesterday she over did it. I'm trying to help out as much as possible, and thankfully she is getting better at just sitting back and letting others wait on her.

I spoke with Chad tonight- he says he didn't get to ride today because it was yucky and rainy all day; plus he seems to have a sinus infection of some sort. He said that the ride yesterday sorta left him wanting more.... :-) Jaggar has that effect on people! We have a friend up at South Dakota State University (Chad's alamauter- sp?) who knows of a very rich guy in SD who breeds QH's and TB's and gives the horses to the college. The friend says that there are SEVERAL nice TBs that she would consider suitable for Chad! Chances are, we could get another TB for under $1000 (but of course, I could adopt one right off the track for less, I'm sure). Both Chad and I have our hearts set on TBs- the coolest horses!

I'm not sure when we'll get to arrange for that lesson at Sutherand. It will take some planning because Shannon needs a babysitter and we will need to borrow the truck (and trailer if the other trailer isn't repaired). Plus, I'll need Chad to drive, and we'll have to take Jade along as I will not risk leaving her home alone; she'd go nuts! It will take a huge effort to get Jaggar and me out to the arena, but I do think it will be well worth it!

Good night guys!

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Just got back from my lesson. It was really good. Layla was tighter today than yesterday so we worked on getting her to let go and stretch her whole body. Esp to the left. She tried really hard and at the end we were w/t/c with her back totally elastic and stretched out and the canter was like riding a wave. It was great and not too hot surprisingly.

It just started lightly raining while unhooking the trailer and it felt SO good - icey cold rain drops. But I need to go take a shower because WHEW I stink!

Gunna go to the feed store today and pick up oats, T/A cubes, flax, and a few other things. Then I gotta wash clothes and straighten up and get ready for the work week - bleh.

Hope everyone is having a good Sunday.

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Okay; I seem to have internet for now. However, the phone is out again. Our service for both never seems to work right!

KTM-Glad you had a nice lesson before the rain! You can keep all that yucky flooding there! Your feed store is open on Sundays?

Shiloh-Glad you had fun at the clinic. Did you get any pictures? My wedding was just under 100 people as well. We got married in an outdoor rose garden and our "reception" was an afternoon tea at a tea cottage with finger sandwiches, etc. I kept my costs very low. Then we went to Disney World for our honeymoon.

Boocoo-Have a safe trip and have fun with your family!!

ES-Glad you are enjoying the new barn and your lessons. How many horses are boarded there?

Sylves-I think that rain is heading my way for tomorrow evening and Tues...then nice low temps all week.

3Day-A vacation? What is that??? :-)

I have been busy as usual. I got my official acceptance into my vet tech program...some people get wait listed 2 years, so that was a relief. I have a class starting in a few weeks, then get into the fun stuff in September. DH is home this week and I have a show next weekend. It is only about 20 minutes away and my rides are in the mornings both days, and not too early. I have 2 lessons scheduled this week...I will haul Beckham over to practice tests in another arena. His feet have grown like crazy and he is carrying more toe then usual behind, so the farrier is going to come fix him this week as well. I love my farrier.

I gave Beckham the day off yesterday and took my mom's little bay horse out on the trails for the first time. He did okay...there was tons of stuff going on with the neighbors baling hay, etc. Ahhh, going to try to enjoy a few hours where I have no where to be...that doesn't happen to me very often:-)

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Sylves, I do not change my oil or tires, although I do know how, but I won't admit it. Those are things best left to the men!! Yucky jobs. My dh does our vehicles. He is a very handy kind of guy. He is going to wash, vacuum and change oil in my truck today for me, so we can head out in the a.m. I have been busy going through my clothes and donated a bunch of stuff last night. Today I am doing our sons, then pack for our trip. Glad Chad enjoyed riding Jag and your Mom is doing better. How much longer will you be there? Is it a very long drive? I have a good friendin Lincoln.

Beckham, congrats on Vet. tech school!! That is awesome.

Beau is actually gaining weight. He doesn't look fat, but he has put on some pounds. I have not been riding him as hard as usual with my back and his feet problems. And now he has a week off. Oh well, I know it's good for him and we will start back up longing next week and then riding the following week.

Heading out early tomorrow a.m.

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Beck, we have one feed store that is open 9-3pm on Sundays. I actually decided not to go to that one because they dont carry Diamond dog food (dogs are out) so I took a nap and then went to Tractor Supply. Plus I really like the alfalfa pellets that they carry and I can get all the dog and bird stuff there as well. I really like their rolled oats but omg $15 a BAG! I can get them for $12 and those $3 add up quickly. Good luck at your show and WTG on the vet tech program. How exciting!

Boo, I agree with you on the vehicle maintainence. I know *how* to do all that stuff but I let my hubby do it. Have a great time on your trip!

Just unloaded 400lbs of oats, alfalfa pellets, dog food, and bird seed. WHEW. And it wont quit RAINING!!! OMG.. it is SO flooded and humid and the mosquitos.. omg the mosquitos.. I am so over it.

Gotta go feed the animals and finish up my clothes and then ugh work tomorrow. BLEH.

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Most of the pictures seem to be from the beginning of my ride, so there aren't a ton of good ones. Not that walk work makes for exciting pictures :)

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Nice pics!! She looks really great! And nice turnout as well.

Rex is turning 2 on the 13th, and I was talking to his breeder and she asked how big he was and I didnt know so I measured him again and I cant believe it but hes the same height but just BIGGER. Hes really getting wide and filled out and isnt so lanky and skinny. So hes still 16h at the wither and 16.1 at the butt. Here are some crappy pics... its night so I had to put him in the middle cross ties and the only way to get a photo was from inside the tack room so they arent great.

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Begging for a carrot

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Nice pics Shiloh. I really like your mare. She looks like she is really working and focusing in the pictures. That arena looks really nice as well. Looks a lot like mine at home.

Krazy, Rex is going to be a good size boy, eh?

I think I'm ready to head out in the a.m. Really hoping to make it all the way tomorrow night. Don't know though, if it gets too long a trip, we'll stop and get a hotel room in New Mexico.

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I hope so!!! Im not so concerned about height as bone and body size. I fit Ben decently who is 15.2 on a good day but over 1200lbs. Of course after watching Rex spring and gallop around the yard, Ive decided I need to lose a bit of weight and get into an intense workout program to ride him. Hes going to be smooth but its going to take a LOT to stay with him as his body just rolls along when hes moving!

Have a safe trip!

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Thanks! She really does have an excellent work ethic, once she gets over being asked to do something she finds difficult. If its hard for her though, she usually starts flinging her head back and forth. So we do lots of repetition, but break things up with lots of stretchy trot, or a bit of jumping, or anything else she has decided she's really good at.

Shantel, Rex is adorable! He's going to be a big bot. My 3-yo is only about 15.2h. And I do love your new haircut too.

Boocoo, have fun on your trip!

And Sylves, my trailer pulled wonderfully. My FIL loaned us his weight-distributing hitch, which I'm sure helped a ton. My dad has never hauled a horse before, but he had no issues at all with it.

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Shiloh-Lovely pics. I see you use a boucher bit(I think I spelled that right). How does your mare like it compared to other snaffles? I have been toying with the idea with getting Cheese one.Cheese usually does very well in a short shanked western curb. So I am thinking the little bit of curb action of the boucher may be the ticket to a little less of a fight.

Sylves-I hope your mom is feeling better.At least Chad can ride Jag while you are gone.

Boocoo-Enjoy your trip.

KYM-Rex is looking good. He is going to be a big boy. I love the begging for a carrot pic.

Beck-Sounds like a busy week ahead. Have fun at your lessons and good luck at the show.

Never made it to ride. I ended up with terrible PMS. I get terrible cramps, naseous, and terrible mood swings. It usually only last one day, So I chose not to ride if possible. It usually ends with me being frustrated and willing to sell the mare. On the plus side my trainer called and I have a lesson today. My trainer and SO could use some jingles. They have hit a rough patch with the chemo/radiation treatment.

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Shiloh-Lovely pics. I see you use a boucher bit(I think I spelled that right). How does your mare like it compared to other snaffles? I have been toying with the idea with getting Cheese one.Cheese usually does very well in a short shanked western curb. So I am thinking the little bit of curb action of the boucher may be the ticket to a little less of a fight.

The Boucher bit has no curb action. Hence why it is a legal USEF snaffle.

Krazy- I feel you, I hope that Sincere isn't visited by the size fairy.

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ditto TC, no curb action. If you have a chance to ride in one, or watch someone ride in one, you will see that the cheek pieces of the bridle gap away from the face when the reins are held taught. However, I think that curb action myth is perpetuated by people with fussy horses who go well in a baucher as well as anything with curb action. The baucher is very stable in the mouth, and the sides have a bit of a push on the cheek which helps give that clear message of "move your head this way" just like a full cheek with keepers. There is no rattling of metal and no chance for the bit to slip thru the mouth. Sometimes in a very fussy horse it works very well.

It actually is almost identical in effect to a full cheek with keepers, its just that I personally dislike full cheek bits. They can catch on stuff easily, and I don't like the way they look. Too much metal sticking out.

What seems to be working right now with my mare, who gets very heavy in the bit at times, is to occasionally ride in a double or my elevator (which I use for jumping). It helps her to stop fighting the bit so much. I would normally NOT do that, but this mare has some very bad history that is just not easy to overcome. She's been beaten with a whip to the point where I am the only person who can even hold one around her, and she's obviously had her face yanked on at some point too. She's very touchy about her mouth while at the same time choosing to really hang on the bit when she gets frustrated or lazy. She has no issues letting me hold her up, and using more leg to help push her to carry herself can sometimes backfire. She is just a very very difficult ride. I'm constantly walking the line between not asking in a way to frustrate her, and asking her to do what she finds hard. But I love the challenge, and it makes me a better rider.

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