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Re: Everyone is home

Post by fiffur on Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:07 pm

I have a feeling it will work out...they'll find room.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:50 pm

I hope so. I start my vacation tomorrow, so I can work on planning. I have a few days before the madness starts.

Kina and Envoy are MUDDY. They found a really good rolling spot. I need to get out there and start brushing.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:27 pm

Oh......horses of a different color!
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:07 pm

Fortunately, they dried, and mud removal wasn't too horrible. I was filthy, but they looked better. Kina had mud balls in her front feet. Shoes make for some fantastic mud (and snow) balls.

Today's ride with Envoy was nice. He was pretty spooky since the hunters and dogs are out. He jumped at a lot of unseen things. But, I tried to keep him busy, so he relaxed enough to do some good therapy work. We got some good, forward walking. I also longed him left and right. His left hind still seems to bother him when he starts to canter. I'm sure he could warm up into it, but with the slippery areas in the pasture, that will have to wait until we get somewhere with good footing. I don't want him to slip and slide into another injury.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:15 pm


Happy to hear that you had a nice ride. The slick spots sound scary to me though.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:14 pm

The good thing is that you can see where the slick spots are. They have less grass stubble than the not-slick spots. Since I know where they are, I adjust where I ride. But, I'm just not taking a chance with Envoy's legs. Better safe than sorry. He can keep fitness with just walking if need be, and spring will be a better time to work on more interesting things.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:21 pm


That's good that you can see them and you can accomplish a lot at the walk.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:26 pm

Very glad you can see the slick spots.....can't do that here on the pavement.
Definitely better safe than sorry, for both your sakes. If he gets injured, you could fall off during whatever accident does it to him.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:23 am

It absolutely POURED on Christmas Eve. We have standing water all over the place. The riding pasture looks dry, but the ground is squishy everywhere. Amazing and sad... No riding for a while, and it's supposed to rain again tomorrow. Sad

The horses have enjoyed rolling in some mud, and are now happily munching in the sun spots. I hope they soak up as much sun as they can. Looks like a gloomy couple of days coming up. Winter... Does it ever end?
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Post by ARNIgal on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:52 am

I wish! Can they get a better grip on the roads?
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Post by fiffur on Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:33 pm

We had rain and fog!  Strange winter so far......above average today, well below average tomorrow....I'm ready for spring already!
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:30 pm


Same here.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:08 pm

Amen!!!

Arni, they can get a better grip on the roads. I need to ride with buddies because neither Envoy nor Kina wants to go alone. We don't do any real work out there because we keep an ear out for traffic, but we can at least get some time in.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:37 am

Ugh... More rain. The horses were going to spend yesterday inside, but they decided that they would be bad in their stalls. They wanted OUT. So, I put their sheets on and out they went. It poured rain, but they didn't care. It's still cloudy and threatening rain, but they're out again. I had to put them in the pasture that was going to rest for a few months. We have flooding and mud in the back of the two other pastures. Maybe those will be the resting pastures.
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:38 am


UGH! Is right. Cold and somewhat dreary here.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:38 pm

Hope you dry out soon Becky or the ponies will need to use water wings when they go out! Shocked
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:15 pm

I think they're in the dry(ish) pasture for a while. I go to the boarding school farm on Saturday to celebrate the new year. We'll figure out what the winter holds.

I hope spring brings some good things to the 2 pastures. Since we removed the trees and cleaned out the ditches, it looks like a war zone back there. But, we did all that work in November, so no grass and lots of rain mean that the mud is terrible. I hope the grass takes hold. If not, we have plenty of piled-up dirt to fill in the muddy spots, and we can seed in the spring. GULP
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:04 pm


I hope so. Reseeding shouldn't be too bad.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:48 pm

Envoy and I had a nice New Year's ride today. It was very windy, and a couple times we almost took off. But, since Kina was in the pasture with us, we were all happy just to walk around the moist ground. No super slick spots as long as we stuck to the walk.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:15 pm

Glad your weather was somewhat decent considering the time of year.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:48 pm

Looks like the weather's heading down the tubes now. Clouding up, and rain's on the way. It will be warm and wet for the weekend, and then COLD. Sigh... No riding again for a while.

I was supposed to meet with my friend who runs boarding school. She emailed today to say she's down with flu. We will reschedule. No reason to chance getting sick too. I'm supposed to go back to work on Monday. I don't want to be on my a** with that mess. Sigh...
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Post by fiffur on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:36 pm

This years flu is a really bad one....we have people in the hospital with it and several have died. Good to stay away from it if you can.

Your weather is kinda like ours only warmer. We've had snow already, it's 30 out there as I type this, now getting freezing fog, to be followed with sleet and more snow and "plunging temps". We'll be lucky to get above 8 this coming week for actual temps. One day this week the high temp is predicted to be 0. The weatherman is talking -14 for our low on Wednesday night. That is actual temp, not windchill. Shocked
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:45 pm


WE had sunshine and somewhat warmer tips here.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:54 pm

Ugh! BRR!

I will be taking the horses to boarding school, but I'm going to wait at least until next week to make plans. I want my friend to be back up to snuff. Nothing like fever/aches/pains to make someone not want to deal with anyone. Best to let her drink her tea with honey and stay in bed for a while.

I am getting a cold, but no flu. I don't have a fever. Just stuffy/runny nose and a sore throat. I had the flu vaccine, so I'm not so worried about it. If I get it at all, it'll probably not be as bad as it could be. I also have the benefit of generally great health. Tonight, it's decongestant and lots of sleep. I hope I'll be on my feet for Monday's back to work day. (YUCK!)
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:08 pm


That's a great idea. I understand how she feels. Just burrow under those covers and stay there.
Lot's of sleep and and liquids is the ticket. That reminds BC you know your health better than I. Still it sounds like allgeries rather than a cold. Still be careful.
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