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Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:58 pm



Laughing That must have been a sight to behold.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:41 am

I can imagine that sight...........glad the sheet is working for Envoy.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:06 am

I had to put all three sheets out on the fence this afternoon. It was hot, and the ponies got all sweaty under the sheets. They probably should have stayed in under the fans, but it is supposed to rain and thunder tonight. I don't want to get out of bed when that starts up.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:59 am

Casper is scary smart. He knows that today is "new pasture" day. Envoy and Kina walked out to the back pasture, which is right out the back door of the barn. Casper turned around and casually walked to the big pasture, which is next in the rotation. He wasn't trying to be bad, but he just was NOT going to the already-used pasture. It was kind of funny. When I opened the gate between the 2 pastures, Envoy ran and leapt over the puddle. Kina trotted. They checked the exit gate to the road just to be sure there was no way to go for a runabout in the neighborhood. Fortunately, that was closed. Smile Silly, silly ponies!
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Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:25 pm

Casper seems to have memorized the schedule for pasture rotation and which one is today's place to be! Smarter than the average horse....maybe he's the horsie equivalent to Einstein?

Of course, nothing will stop furkids from trying their hand at mischief when they're in the mood for it. Except a closed gate. LOL
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:06 pm

Today's ride with Kina was very good. I'm finally learning to regulate speed/tempo with seat/core and not reins. You'd think it would be easy, but I'm not a talented rider. We had our session between thunderstorms. It was horribly muggy, but not as hot as before the rain. I think tomorrow we're supposed to be cooler, but the humidity is here.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:31 pm



Hard isn't it. I had an instructor that would make us ride on a lounge
line, no reins, no irons. Very educational.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:59 pm

I remember doing that as a kid. I was much more flexible and much less afraid of falling. Smile But, I am trying to ride without irons, and hold onto my "ohsh*t" strap to keep from balancing on the horses' mouths. My goal before the next lesson is to be able to scissor my legs at sitting trot while still regulating with half halts.

Today, though, Envoy and I spent our ride running away from giant mosquitoes. I don't know where they came from, but they're huge. I can feel them land on me, and they hurt when they bite. They seemed to just show up yesterday. I'd be happy if they left just as quickly.
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:23 pm

Yup. The mosquitoes are awful. They are big enough to ride. I think it's going to be time to ride after dark. I don't know if they will be better, but at least I won't see them as well.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:58 pm

Shocked Those are what we call prehistoric pteradactyl skeeters! They can literally carry you off to feed to the kids.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:22 pm

I'm so itchy it's driving me nuts. I'm sure the horses are itchy too. I've been putting their fly sheets on at night to keep the nasties away. Cooler, drier weather is coming tomorrow, so maybe we'll get a break.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:04 pm

The weather is downright fall-like. It's in the 60s now, and might fall to about 60 overnight. The mosquitoes are still around, but the horses will go out for the night. I'll put their fly sheets and neck covers on just to keep them from getting sucked dry. The cool weather discourages the flies, so daytime isn't as bad.
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Post by fiffur on Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:10 pm

It got down to 51 last night here, and 48 the night before. Definitely feels like late Sept rather than mid-Aug.

Did the 'kids' get frisky in the cooler weather?
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:38 pm



Good grief, and I thought I was blessed with the low 70's.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:45 pm

They loved the morning chill. Envoy went trotting out, and Casper was running circles around Kina. Kina always plays it cool, but she did her fair share of her beautiful trot.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:19 am

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Good grief, and I thought I was blessed with the low 70's.
Low 70's is what our highs have been the past few days. But that is over now......58 this morning going up to 80 something. Then in 60's at night and the 90's during the day next week for highs just in time for school.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:47 pm

One last day of beautiful weather. I didn't have to go to work today, so when I woke up at a reasonable hour, the sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the temperature was perfect. I had woken up early to bring in the horses to keep them out of the dawn swarms. They were sleeping happily while I drank my coffee on the porch. When I was done, I tacked up Kina and had a very nice ride with only a few mosquitoes. She really is an incredible horse.

Now, the clouds are rolling in and the humidity is rising. It's supposed to rain most of the weekend, and get warmer after that. It's been a lovely peek at autumn. Smile
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Post by Suzzzz on Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:07 pm

I'm so happy for your beautiful day!
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:32 pm

Today wasn't rainy (yet). It's cloudy and windy and not too hot. But, it was a great day for a nice ride with Envoy. He was a bit jumpy at something in the corner. A horse-eating squirrel? Who knows. But, he got over it quickly and even said hi to the guy riding his bike past the pasture. His right front shoe is a little loose. Good thing the farrier comes on Wednesday.
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Post by Suzzzz on Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:09 pm

I suspect horse-eating frogs, myself. Why, the other day I left my local grocery store and hadn't cleared the parking lot before I noticed a small spotted frog perched on my wiper blade, staring straight in at me through the windshield of my car. After my initial "gahhh!" I stopped the car, got out, gently snatched him up (I think he peed on me! affraid ) and ran over to the grassy area to let him go behind some bushes. It's all this rain.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:43 pm


I 'd love some frogs here to keep the bug population down.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:43 pm

We have loads of frogs and toads since we're a swampy area. I've never had one perched on my windshield though. Unfortunately, the bugs seem to be winning the battle. grrr

Don't worry, Suzzzz. Frog pee in the event of doing a good turn for the froggy is a badge of honor. Wink
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:48 pm



You don't get warts from it and you really did the poor soul a kind turn.
Antonio sends ((((HEADBONKS))) to you and Weezer.
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Post by BobCat on Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:50 am

Pee aside, it was a good deed, Suzzzz!
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Post by Suzzzz on Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:03 pm

Thank you for your kind words (and headbonks), my friends! Indeed, I've survived worse than a little frog pee, haven't I? Wink so let's consider this an anointing! Razz 
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