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Karen, nice collection started there...Cremellos are a beautiful color and are becoming more popular all the time. I am partial l to Appys.

Marie, sounds like a typical horse mom to me kind of day. Good that you have the pedometer with you I think it might encourage you to walk more. Me...I cheat I take a golf cart and whirl around the grounds when I am at a horse show. Way to much walking for me these days. I am looking forward to hearing more about your horse mom days.

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We spent the weekend at a school show and I was definitely a barn mom at that. This coming weekend is a FULL 2.5 day 4-H event and back to being a barn mom I go. I get a lot of walking in at these events, and lifting and....I used my cell phone pedometer to see how much walking I did! Then Monday our daughter and I fitted her new replacement driving harness to the newly restored cart (had an accident) and she and her POA were back to driving AGAIN! That was so good to see and again, I was a barn mom/helper. I do like to ride with our daughter when we are not at events like this. Yeah, for spring weather and trail riding.
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Karen, sorry it took so long to get back to you, my broadband quit working yesterday! We bought a cremello Paint Stallion in 2007, one of the top bred cremellos in the country (In my, and many other's opinions) and started crossing him on our Point Earning mares! His name is Final Review, by Impressive Review (PHBA World Champion) by Pretty Impressive by Impressive. Final Review's dam is Sunnys Dutchess, 41 halter points, sire was Sunny Dee Bar APHA Champion, by Sonny Dee Bar, AQHA leading sire. Final Review (Casper) is HYPP N/N, and as gentle and easygoing as they come. Our mares are by Super Rarity, APHA Champion, and One More Encore, APHA superior Halter. I have been breeding horses for years, really love the Palominos every year! I have fillies for sale on Dreamhorse.com and also have an ad for Casper (stallion ad) What are your horses' bloodlines?

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10/15/10 8:16 A

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hey---I raise Palominos too!!! Have 7 palys and 2 cremellos.
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Karen, So do I! You would love our stallion's foals! They are born with great dispositions and lots of brains! Very calm from day one, even when tied up at their first horse show, with all the commotion! They don't even blink an eye. Yet for all that, they are very flashy (all Palominos) and catch everyone's eye! Have 2 of his yearlings and 2 weanlings ready to go to new homes! emoticon

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10/14/10 6:38 P

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I have one daughter that is just like me..........lives to ride/work with horses. We try and make sure all of our horses are kid-broke. I have one mare that took a lot of years to get her there, and her daughter is going to take a long time to mature, mentally..............so I quit breeding that line. Like the ones with brains and good dispositions!!

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10/14/10 3:40 P

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Reading this thread reminded me I'm supposed to be finding a new riding school for my girls, age 10 and 12. They were just starting to jump when they/we became disatisfied with the level of attention at the last school.

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My youngest daughter began riding when she was 4. We would go trail riding with friends, and the man had an old, smaller horse that was well into his 20's, and she rode that horse when we went out riding. He was really good with her, and I never had to worry about her riding him. She rode him for a good many years, then, I bought an old QH gelding from some people who had bought him from us in the first place, and she rode him. She and her sister did great in 4-H with him! He was a sweet old horse. Chris

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10/7/10 8:31 A

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I have one daughter now in college (1 major is Equine)and DD17 also rides with me. We have a farm, so our barn is right outside my door.

DD17 is playing softball, trying to get into college, so horses have been a little less priority for her this year.

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Hi! I am also a barn mom but I also ride when out with my daughter. She is 15 now and cars and boys are starting to take priority with her! I'm really trying to keep her interested in showing and spending time with her horses. Why oh why do they have to grow up!!! I'm thinking of adopting a young rescue horse for her to have a "project" to keep her busy and away from boys this summer! We have one rescue horse now but he's an old fellow that just wants to stay retired! I purchased an amazing horse for myself this fall and after a few days with Belle my heart belongs to her!!!

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I hope to be a barn mom - my twin sons are only 3 and a half. At what age did others start their kids with horses? My rule of thumb has been that they have to be old enough to understand safety rules or instructions...maybe 5? Any tips on how to start them out?

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Very cute!




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My 5 year old told his instructor that he was pretty sure he was a *really* good rider 'cause he has his own groom... ME! I'll be glad when he's old enough to clean stalls, so I can get my revenge for that remark!! emoticon

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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that you had to give up your horses! I know that there are alot of folks that are in that situation, unfortunately. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of advice, as I'm not in your situation. I know if I had to give up my horses, I'd still want to ride, so I'd probably find creative ways to do that. Like volunteering at a stable or helping neighbors with their horses, or something like that. Good luck, and hang in there!
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We'll I am now exclusively a barn mom. With the economy being what it is I had to give up my horse emoticon and DH's horse -- don't even get me started on how depressed he is not riding. So only the daughter gets to ride.

I think I enjoy watching her ride more than riding myself though so that is some consolation. For my husband though, I think it reminds him of what he is missing. Any advise from others in horse withdrawal?





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Amen, sister! Barn Moms rock! emoticon

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MY FRIEND!!! Barn Mom's forever - emoticon I think it is a title that we all can wear proudly.

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Well it's about time you got around to this thread, Debbie! Welcome to the Barn Moms! I'm a 4H leader, too! Betsy and Marcie have been MIA for a while, but hopefully they'll check back in here and let us know how they're doing.

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Hey ya'll! I too am a barn mom. Both boys are grown but I sure do miss all the activity! I find myself still helping young 4-H in our area! It is just in the blood I can't help it... Welcome to the team - they are the best group of support I have been around.

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Welcome, VIKINGWIFE1! I don't know what happened to my fellow barn moms, but I'm still here! I, too, am a 4H Mom - but my kids are older now so I'm not quite as involved as I was. I've been an equine leader for 10 years, and my oldest daughter started 4H at 10 and went to State five years in a row. She did everything, including Driving/Harness, and Greenhorse. In fact, you can check out my page and see her with our horses and ribbons. So I can totally relate to living at the barn and arenas! This is a great thread to meet with people who've "been there, done that"! Glad you found us!
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I am a complete barn mom!! My 13 yr old daughter does 4H (mostly western, but starting english this year) She is starting green horse with our coming 2 yr old filly, and she likes western gaming as well. I feel like i live at the barn, and the show arenas. Oh well, she loves it, and it keeps her out of trouble :)

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Oh where, oh where, have my BARN MOM's Gone..oh where, oh where can they be?

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Thanks, Marcie. Yeah, I too have a compression fracture on L5 and the herniated disk is between L4/L5 (lower back). Thanks to a fall in October. But hopefully I am on the way to mending now. It feels great to not have constant stabbing pain from my back down my left leg to my foot! So the shot definitely helped that. Now I just have to do the PT to strengthen and hopefully will heal over time and be able to move on with my life!
I'll hopefully get ahold of DD tonight or tomorrow and see if she has any other pressing needs right now other than for baby BOGO. She's calling him "Ranger" (how boring!), but I will always call him BOGO.
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oh Kathleen, I am so sorry that you have the diskie thing. I hope the shot helps. It must hurt like crazy. I compression fractured 2 when I was younger. I still get really bad straining in my back at times. Like when I have to do the dishes (other than the machine).
There is a tack swap in april so I will see what I can get there too for the little fella.

March is coming in like a lion around here. So it will go out like a lamb.....I hope. its almost here !!!

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Hi Marcie,
I'll have to check w/DD to see if she has specific needs other than for foal. I appreciate you looking!
I am so ready for spring - we had a nice day yesterday and a glimpse of spring was in the air and it was wonderful! I had my epidural steroid injection (in my spine) last Friday (2/27) for herniated disk and shooting pain down my leg. It went well, and I don't have the shooting pain anymore, so should be able to start PT. No riding for a little while, but I'm thinking the Doc will let me ride by April/May timeframe. I'm so looking forward to it, and the sunny warm weather. I need to work hard to get back in health and be ready!

How is everyone else wintering?

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3/1/09 12:27 A

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Hi, checking in my vast inventory I am finding little for foals. Or what about mom ? Or the rider ? Let me know

Marcie

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I'm here! Wow - sounds like you found a great truck w/low miles! I'm confident you'll get your running done and get that over with, and then no more worries about finding a truck, eh?

Don't know if you heard back from your email to DD? She had wrist surgery last week on the 19th and is in a cast. I reminded her to check her emails, but she was a bit groggy from the pain meds still so dunno if she did or not. She knows you're out there, tho! I also told her I need new baby pics! I'm sure BOGO is growing fast.

Take care and good luck with the truck today!
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Hi you !!!! I was out trying to buy a truck. I have been looking and looking for one but they are either too old, too beat up or too expensive. So I found one, finally !!!!
A little ole man has a 1999 ford f 250 4x4 that he is selling me. Its in good condition and its only got 42k mile on it. I just have to pay for it, thats the tricky part. I have to beat feet to the credit union in one part of town, then go to the next credit union where he will be, pay off the truck, get him to sign the pink, then go and get the truck.
All at lunch and beat feet back to work.

Can she do it ? I dunno, I will try

:)

Where are you? I still have to get in the garage and root for auntie marcie presents.

see you soon

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Where is everyone? It's getting lonely around here!

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Thanks, Marcie! You rock!

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http://www.savethehorses.org/html/contact.
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http://www.peoplehelpinghorses.org/conta
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jim@ajhorserescue.org

these are some of the rescue places I found just right off, if you contact them and see what they can do for you.

I am sure they know someone....if someone is rescuing one in your area or going to another place....they may do something

it was a rescue horse and you were unaware that there was a bogo inside



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check back with the rescue people to see if they will help out.

Also, you might want to check with a few other places that may help out.........I will check a few also.



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Marcie - She would LOVE if you wanted to send him presents! She is already worrying about money and has nothing for a foal at all. I'll let her know and maybe she will want to contact you herself. She lives in Florida right now, but her husband's squadron is being moved to New Mexico (Canon Air Force Base) in April. She wants to take Izzy and the baby with her, but is trying to figure out how she can afford it. She doesn't have a truck/trailer, and would have to have them shipped. So if you all have any ideas, let me know!



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I think that BoGo is absolutly brilliant !!! He is very cute. Either BoGo or Bonus boy......or any number of names that mean, free or extra
But I can hear BOGO being announced over the arena loudspeaker.

Does your daughter use fly sheets ? I have one (well 12) that would fit a growing boy......I bought a "lot" off ebay and they were all like 49-51 ......live and learn.........I dont know what else I have but I dont mind being a absent aunt. I am sure your daughter would not mind if I sent him presents ? would she ?

I would adopt from afar !!!!! or a sponsor !!!!

Let me know

Marcie !!!!!

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Thanks, Yes he is adorable, and DD is very excited and still in shock. He doesn't have a name yet, but I texted her yesterday with the suggestion of calling him "BOGO" - ya know, Buy One Get One, since he was a surprise! Ha!

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OMG - what a cutie pie! Your daughter will be tickled pink after she recovers from the shock. So great that her barn owner knew what to do.

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BIG news, ladies! My DD out in Florida called me Monday morning in a panic. It seems the rescue horse she adopted is pregnant and due to deliver any day. The ferrier noticed her bags were filling and said that usually means any day. So of course, Ashley panicked. We've never bred/foaled, so she has no idea about it, and she doesn't have extra money if something goes wrong for a vet. Luckily, the stable owner where she boards has foaled before and calmed Ashley down. Izzy - her horse - was neglected and very underweight when Ashley got her, and she's been building her back up over the past 6 months. She's only 3.5 years old, small, and when I saw her in January, I would never have guessed she could be pregnant. She just looked like she was starting to round out finally.
So I got a call at 6:30 this morning, and Izzy had delivered her baby sometime in the night, and Ashley missed it. But the baby is healthy and nursing, Mom is okay, and neither of them have minded having humans in their stall with them or handling them. They gave the baby his shots, and the stable owner helped with all the necessary activities after the birth. So...phew! I've put the two pics she sent me this morning on my sparkpage. Check out the new baby (no name yet!).


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Hi Betsy - welcome back! Glad to hear you are all wintering well and obviously keeping busy!

For those of you who have never been out to Oregon/Washington, you should Google "Columbia River Gorge" and look at the images. I live at the mouth of the Gorge, and have a view of Mt. Hood off my back deck. And our county (Clark County) has one of the highest per capita horse populations in the US. Beautiful and breath taking scenery. A trail ride along the gorge is an event.

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Well once again I am catching up!!!!!!

Silver linings Herbs ARE FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!! I have used several different mixtures for different horses and I love them. They work - They are cost effective - They are all natural - They are easy to use and if I had the $$ I would become a dealer. I have been using them off and on for 7-8 years.

We have been having some unusually warm weather for late January and February but I am not going to get used to it. March and April are our snowiest months here in Colorado's Front Range. I wouldn't mind spring getting here soon - I am just not sure I am ready for the mud.

Horses are all wintering well. CJ is working regularly with McKenna. Waylen and I are working has much as the weather allows. Jezebel and I have been doing some more intensive ground work with the break in the weather. And Kobe is getting ridden regularly by a friend of mine who has time and no horse. So he is getting his Arab head back in the game!!

Still teaching lessons on the weekends as well as instructing at Westernaires. Somehow I got conned into instructing a 3rd team. I am not sure how it happened but I am having fun.

I have nver been to Seattle or Washington state for that matter but it sounds very pretty. I have to admit I have seen a bunch of the US and I love Dolorao the best.

I hope all of you are doing well. It sounds like we are all going to be ready for a successful and fun show season.

Blessings..........

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I am in santa rosa, ca. about 1 hour from SF. close enough for a visit, not too close for nuclear fall out .............its nice here and its just starting to rain. We usually have wide spread flooding just bearly controled. The first year I moved here it rained for 21 days straight. My brother was a sheriff in the river area (russian river). he used to go out and run the river and save all the people that get flooded out, year after year after year

We are technically the gateway to the wine country although this year it may be the whine country because of lack of water. However, ........
I get to lunge the kids horse today....so happy and then I sneak him an apple because lord knows if I am seen giving him anything I am blamed for making him a cookie hound. (and that is bad why ? ) anyway, back to work for me, see you later



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BTW - Pike's Market is alot of fun. Space Needle is neat, too. (My daughter used to call it the Space Noodle). If you ever get to come out to Seattle area, you should let me know. I am only about 3 hours from there. Where are you, I forget?

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We have McChord AFB near Tacoma, WA. Ft. Lewis (Army) also. I'm hoping that SIL and DD can eventually get assigned to McChord and move back home. That would be a prayer answered!

I don't do super hot, but I LOVE warm/sunny! Give me anything between 70 and 85 and I'm a happy camper! Spring here means the weather starts to warm, and although we will still have lots of rain/showers probably through May, there is hope in the air for sunny/warm and the occasional beautiful day that is a blessing from nowhere and you can go out in shirt sleeves and ride. Those are the days that I long for during the dark and dreary part of winter. I am not a native here (born and raised in Nebraska), so the fall/winter/spring months of non-stop rain really drag me down. I struggle through it every year by looking forward to the glorious 4 months of fabulous out of the year. Then I get my energy back, an more active, and feel great. The rest of the time, I struggle with mild seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a sort of depression brought on by lack of sunlight, and that's when I lay on the couch and eat. I'm trying really hard this year to at least not gain any weight through the winter. That would be a huge accomplishment, since I gain 15 to 20 lbs. every winter without fail, due to carb cravings and SAD. Then I take it off when the weather breaks, but not always all of it. So I want to be ahead of the game this year, and be able to drop another 25 - 30 lbs. this summer.

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I am sort of ready for spring but really, I need to lose about 30 lbs before summer because I do not do hot. I get mad easy and I have a short fuse when I am hot. Not like I am going to kill any one but I think it !!!! hahahahahaahhahahaha

Is there a base in washington ? I have a sales manager that works from her home she is on camano (camino) Island. Did I tell you I also have family on Widby (spelling again ? ) My sister in law ( I got custody of her in the divorce) and my niece ......I want to come to Wa to go to pikes market.....but time to do that and allllllllllllllllll

So what do you do in the spring ?

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Hey Marcie - welcome back! My SIL is active duty Air Force, and daughter is in Air Force reserves. We're getting rain here, too. I also have a Jack Russell terrier (love your nickname, terrorist!), named Charlie. And two Bassett Hounds, Annabelle and Oliver. The bassetts stay outdoors. The jack is in and out. We get lots of rain here in the Pacific Northwest, so my life got alot easier when we got rid of all our carpet and put in hardwood flooring last year. SO much easier upkeep.

Don't know about ya'll, but I am ready for spring to come! I'm done with winter!

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aloha ladies !! Long time no talk.....so.......sorry about the school horse, I hope they find him a nice place to laz in the sun..........and I hope the weather is nice for you. We have had some rain.....praise Allah......praise God and praise the weatherman. But it doesn mean wet dogs on the carpet. I have a jack russell terrorist who is easy enough to carry to her bed with wet feet. But the ridgeback is another story, she is a two towell dog. (number of towels to get the dog dry enough) and that is every time they go out. But we need the rain.

I hope all is going well...........what kind of military is your sil in ? If its the navy, they will be back soon enough :)

Take care ladies, have to go and make beds

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Hi all! My oldest DD called today from FL, and she is taking a couple of her horses in training to shows this weekend, and I am feeling so left out. I was always the show mom, and now her Hubby is taking that role, and I am jealous! I wish the military would move them back home to Washington state, so we could be close again. I'm really depressed about missing out on their lives and my grandson, especially after just getting back from a visit in January. Now I see how much I've missed, and will continue to miss...

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I know - how fun would that be! It's funny, people who don't spend time with horses don't realize how affectionate they can be, and how lonely. I'd love to see a place where they could get lots of love and equine companionship!

On the up side, it is supposed to be really warm tomorrow here (50-ish) so HOORAY, no freezing cold girlies! Yahoo. Have a lovely weekend!

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Congrats on your weight loss! Sad to hear about your DD's schooling pony. It's hard to see a loyal companion aging and getting on poorly, and hope she can just have sunshine and good grazing in her last months/years. If I had lots of money, I would love nothing more than to have an "old horses home" where they could live out their golden years in harmony and happiness.

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Hi!! So glad to hear back from folks. Funnily enough, this week both DDs did GREAT at their lesson - cavalettis, jumping, cantering - the whole deal. Hooray. Now, if I could just get those darn hand warmers warmed up BEFORE we went outside.
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We did have a great time in the barn this week - lots of silliness. But, sadly, the horse my older DD uses, who's 27, is really having a tough time wintering over. I think this is likely her last year as a school pony. They are doing everything they can, feeding lots of sweet feed and beet pulp, two coats on, etc., but she won't go in the barn (she hates it), and so she's losing way too fast. With this economy, it is getting difficult to find folks who want to take on a companion horse. -sigh-

Go moms!!! BTW, lost a total of 8 pounds from my last dr's appointment now. Hooray!!

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Hi ya !!! Sorry I went MIA.......Lets see, first, the little ones. Showing is hard but once they get a few down they will be fine. Just keep going and tell them "just have fun and dont worry about anything else" If they dont "win" ask them if they had fun. usualy that helps. As for the jumper. Go back to poles and then caveletti's. Its a loss of faith, faith that they can do it, and faith that their horse will not stop. What happened ? did she get thrown off because the horse stopped or because she took something wrong ? Little ones can be "left behind" when jumping.....DD does it all the time but her horse saves her.

Silver lining, it sounds pretty good and I am ordering the Liver suppliment today. Its #37 on the silverlining website and it seems to the the one suppliment that is repeated over and over. So I will start with that one.

How is everything else ?


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Marcie - where did you go? I'm still waiting to hear about silver lining herbs...
Where is everyone? Out riding or at shows I hope!

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Welcome, LOUISARINK! We are a fun group. I have two DD's, my eldest is now married and a mom, living clear across the country from me. She was the horse enthusiast and show person. My youngest is 17 and she is not into horses so much, too intimidated by them. So I am actually a "recovering" show Mom. I've been a 4H leader for 8 years, been to so many county and state fairs with the horses I can't remember, and too many shows to count. I do miss it, tho. I have a horse of my own and trail ride all the time. I don't show much myself, just a pleasure rider (it's my therapy!).

For your DD that is freaked out about jumping - the more time passes from the fall, the harder it will be to get over it. The fear continues to build into some insurmountable thing. The sooner she can get back in the saddle, so to speak, the better. Maybe start with some very small confidence builders and go back to basics from the ground up. Let her take it at her own pace. If you work with a trainer, that might help, too. I know my DD would listen to a trainer better than her Mom any day! Go figure... Same with getting her showing. Find a small beginner show that she can get into without a lot of pressure. I know 4H programs are great for the more timid kids, because they offer a lot of opportunity to attend free clinics with judges who will give tips and feedback, in a relaxed informal setting. Lots of group rides and mock-shows, as well as play days and fundraising shows. Great confidence builder for the kids, and they learn sportsmanship and leadership skills. Older kids mentor the younger ones, which works well because they will listen to them.
I had always hoped my youngest would be interested in horses, but she never has. And I don't push her, because it wouldn't do any good. She would just dig her heels in more, and be more averse to it. So I ride by myself now, and long for the day when my oldest DD can move back (her hubby is in military) to our area and we can start the grandkids on 4H. Til then, I'm living vicariously through the Barn Moms!
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Hi All - so excited to see that there is a group of Barn Moms! I have two DD's who have been riding a couple years. My older one (nine) is so amazing on horseback, but she's terrified of showing! I don't know how to convince her that she'll be FINE. The younger one, eight years old, is not as naturally gifted, but she's a real fighter, and she does great in the show ring because she's so determined. Any thoughts? Also, the older one got tossed off about 9 months ago going over a 2' jump, and she's now completed freaked about jumping. Any thoughts about how to help her over that hump? Waiting it out does not seem to have much effect!
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Again, I'm so happy to find this group! Have a great day!!

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Good idea. I'll try that this weekend.
We had snow here today, but it's not much. Cold tho! Kinda tough after being in Florida last week and riding in 70 degree weather! That was the life!

I have never heard of silver lining herbs - teach me!
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yeah I think that is the answer. If he will come in maybe you can let him run around on the weekend during the day. But then bring him in at night or dusk which ever you do.

Today is beautiful but we will pay for it in the long run. I am going to put a sign on my lawn this summer when we cant water our lawns. Its going to say
" My lawn dies so your golf course can be green"

Have you ever used silver lining herbs for your horses ?




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Hey Marcie! Thanks for the SparkGoodie! Yeah, I don't like barbed wire because it just tears them up. We've taken him out of the large pasture and put him in a turnout. He does fine with that and doesn't get out, but then we get to feeling sorry for him and put him back in with the other horses, and then he gets out again time after time. I guess "solitary confinement" might be his lot in life until I can get all the repairs done and the fence is crackling hot.

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Hi, glad to have you back, Ms Betsy is a busy girl. I am glad that you got to ride in florida, must have been a change from winter weather. As to the escape artist. I dont think barbed wire is the answer. He will try to get through it and then you have a vet bill. You might want to close him in and not give him the freedom of roaming around. Unless he can get through wood ??? I dont know how big of an area he is in or how close the trees are but he sounds like he has to have some of his freedom taken away unless under watchful eye.

Hope that helps,

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Hello, Ladies! I am back from my vacation to Florida! It was a great time, visiting DD and her hubby and my 15 mo. old grandson who is walking now! What a cutie, and so happy all the time. I got to see her barn where she boards, and meet her horse and others she is training and go to some of her lessons with her. She trains horses and gives lessons in her off time, just graduated as an LPN while I was there, and is working at a hospital.

We went for a 5 hour ride last Friday. I rode one of the schooling horses at the barn, but it is a dressage horse, and is used to alot of leg. Boy, my legs sure felt it the next few days. Inner thighs were tighter than a drum!

While I was gone, we had a huge windstorm at home and DH called to tell me that half the metal barn roof had blown loose and was folded back like a book. Just great...luckily no injuries. AND, I have an escape artist. One of the horses has become adept at finding deadspots in the electric fence, and he proceeds to walk through it and tear it down, and get out. He's driving us nuts, getting out several times/week. And with all the snow and wind we've had this fall/winter, we have had trees down over the fence and had to repair fence in several spots. We'll have to run all new fencing to keep him in, but with the weather we're having, how long will that last? DH wants to put up barbed wire and be done with it, and I keep telling him no. What do you girls think?

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Well, its nice to see you ms. busy person. Seems like you have had quite the vacation (from here ? ) and were doing well in the real world.

I have to see a picture of Waylen in his blanket. That is too funny.

CJ sounds like he has a good girl to work with. It is nice of you to trailer them. I am looking for a truck and a trailer now. Any ideas of what kind to get or what not to get ? I am not buying new....just whatever is out there.

I hope your DH appreciates the time you put into him to get him healthy. What do you make for dinner ?

I always run out of ideas. However I have made a new salsa that tomatoes come in a can and I will never go back to pace or anything of the like. However, there is one note to self. 14 oz can of tomatoes does not fit in mini cuisenart when pulse is pushed.

I hope your day is wonderful !!!!

See you again soon

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I don't have a new team - I have just been overwhlemed by life. It is a crime when they actually expect me to WORK at work. emoticon

Life is going ok in my world. All the horses are good.

CJ - well is he of course perfect! He has a new girl leasing him for westernaires. And I love her. Actually so does CJ!! So I am really quite happy with the arrangement, The famiy does not have a vehicle hefty enough to haul my trailer so I haul for them, which is ok. I have to be at Westernaires anyway. But he is healthy and fuzzy and fat and spolied and a Mama's boy.

Kobe - is still as Arab as ever. He is such a laphorse. And such a Diva. But I love him anyway. I have mostly been doing ground work and playing with him over the winter. We get a lot of wind here in Colorado (the week after Christams we had hurricane force winds steadily for about 3 days)and he gets soooooooooo skitzy in the wind that I don't want to ride him in less than fairly perfect weather conditions.

Waylen - the old man is doing very well. Not coughing - no wheezing. I had meds just in case but I haven't given him any med or supplement for at least 3 moths. He has gained about 200 lbs since he retired from Westerniares. He is working as a lesson horse one day per week and I use him to trail ride every 2-3 weeks, weather permitting. I am spending a lot of time just grooming him and playing with him. And he is totally convinced that his blanket makes him look gay.

Jezebel - Head Queen Mare of the Wrold. She is fine. Doing ground work and trust games and playing.. Lots of desensitizing. I have taken to calling her Cow because she is a very very very easy keeper and she is so fluffy and fuzzy, she just looks fat. Although I know when I groom her that she is wintering well but not nearly as fat as she appears. SHe is a beautiful horse and training will get serious come late spring. My DD wants to try her in a couple limited distance endurance events this summer.

Family seemes to be doing well.

My dh and I are working out at my company gym 3 days per week.

I have put him on a nutrition plan which will get him on the road to less weight and better health.

Sincew the holidays we are all eating better and more restrained.

My DD (PINUPGIRLJESS) is really starting to Spark.

She is getting my fat butt out of bed a couple morning per week so we can do Turbo Jam (Geez Shaleen (SP?) is awfully perky)

Oldest grandchild turns 5 on Wednesday.

All the kids went to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo last night. Westerniares performs at the rodeo and know all the kids definitely want to be in Westernaires.

Blessings to you all - I will be here way more often now!

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I am busy doing nothing
Isnt it just a crime
I would like to be unhappy but,
I really dont have the time

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Hi, I am glad there is some dry spells but I hope they dont stay long, we need the water out here. Our little loaner pony Mito is on a truck going on a boat to Hawaii. Yesterday he was turned out and he pulled a shoe. They called me, I called the owner, I called the shoer, then called the barn. When it was all done I talked to the shoer then talked to the horse owner........wheeewwwwww

I have been reading about the price of Hay. What idiots, why plant for bio fuel when there is no way that enough land can be planted to make the fuel we would need ? And what happens to the land when the corn is harvested ???? dust bowl !!!!!
The more I hear about what people do the more I trust my grandfather saying " slow and steady wins the race".

meanwhile, I hope you are doing well and things are settling for you Kathleen, or are you gone now ?
Betsey.............where are you girl ?

I am looking to buy a truck, I need a 3/4 ton....I dont have all the money in the world but my daughters ride disappeared this show season and I dont want to pay others to drive the heffer (horse)when I need the truck anyway.

Any Ideas ?



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Good Morning, Ladies! I am totally and completely challenged right now. I am leaving Wednesday for Florida to visit DD, DSIL (dear son-in-law), and my 15 mo. old granson - and I CAN'T WAIT! It's killing me. I spent yesterday doing laundry and packing, and getting stuff ready for DH and youngest DD to carry on without me for 11 days. I couldn't sleep last night and tossed and turned. Am I pathetic or what?
It's finally supposed to stop raining today and be dry for the next 7 days or so. My pasture is a total mudhole, so it's about time for a dry spell. I hate wind, but some steady wind would be good to help dry things out too. No thrush or hoof problems yet this year - yay! That's a common problem out here with the constant wet conditions we have.

Well, I suppose I should try to get my mind on work so that the day will fly by! Take care everyone!
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Well Garret sounds like a wonderful horse. A friend has a hannovarian and he is very mellow. Although she is trying to event him and he took off with her the other day. Not running like a mad man just running.....he ran until he wanted to stop. then he stopped. The rider was a 16 yr old girl almost 6 feet tall, he just would not stop. I cant imagine seeing him just run off. He is just a big cribber as far as I can see but who knows.

I dont own a horse, I just pay for the kids. I want to ride, I started taking english lessons but was not thrilled with the leather bandaid I had to sit on. I think I like the safety and comfort of a western saddle.
The horse she is riding from washington is going to hawaii on the 13th. Faster than we anticipated, so we will have to take pictures. I will put one up when I have it. Cute pony



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He is half TB and half Hanoverian - so you'd think he'd be hot, but he's really a mellow fellow. He gets frisky & wants to move out when it's chilly out, but he's generally very steady. When he "spooks", he plants his feet and puts his head up until he's sure whatever it is won't bite him. He's never taken off with either of us. My DD is not the only kid who's been on him either - before I bought him, the farm owners had their grandkids on him a lot & they're only a few years older than my DD, and he was good with them too.

He sometimes acts silly because he just needs more training & doesn't "get" what was expected of him, but he's just not a crazy young horse. He's also had some excellent training, and I have our trainer work with him a couple of short sessions a week to make sure that he learns properly from someone with more experience than I have. I rode a ton in HS, but have been out of practice for 20+ years...

Before I met Garrett, I was certain that our first horse would be 10 or older... and probably would have been if I hadn't gotten to know how steady he was over several months before I had the opportunity to buy him.

I think DD would love to have a pony of her own - but she loves to ride Garrett, too, and doesn't seem to be intimidated by his size. It will be at least a 3-4 years before I consider getting a second horse, but we probably will someday - sharing is nice, but sometimes you BOTH want to ride emoticon

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Hello ladies!
Yes, Marcie - I think trees and hills too with trail rides, because that's what I'm used to out here in WA state. But DD is planning on a "trail" ride around the outskirts of Eglin Air Force Base, so I imagine it's flat and open, not so much "trail". I'm sure it will be fun tho. Am so looking forward to the visit!

I wish Betsy would come back and tell us how her new team is going. I'm sure she's busy!

My eldest daughter was 12 when we bought her a horse, and we bought a 3 y/o gelding, Leopard Appaloosa, who had never been ridden. He was like Varmint's horse sounds. He has been an awesome horse since day one. We got him Sept. of 2000, and she went to County Fair and qualified for State/went to State the next August 2001.

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Kathleen, when I think trail ride I think trees and bushes and up hill.....florida, I think swamp and gators or beach....which ever it is, have fun with family and friends.

I think Betsy is busy with the new group she has but COME BACK BETSY !!!!

Varmint, a 4 year old kid on a 3 year old horse ? Wow, thats gutsy. What kind of horse ? The youngsters we have here would run and not stop for nothing without an expirenced rider.

If you have a 4 year old on a 3 year old horse you best save your money because it sounds like your DD will become a great competetor in short order. I only wished I had a mom like that. I wanted a horse when I was little..............never got one. Never had lessons.

but enough boo hoo ing. The show season is starting up and we are going to be getting ready for schooling shows soon. Cant wait.........oh wait, yes I can wait :)

take care yea all

see ya around the barn !!

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Not sure if I qualify as a barn mom yet since I'm still learning so much about having a horse, but my 4yo DD also rides with me. When we're out with the horse, I feel like I'm running a multi-species daycare, since our horse is also young (3yo). I never would have thought that such a young horse would work out with young rider and inexperienced rider/caretaker, but he's a sensible one, thankfully, and not prone to so many of the funky things that so many young horses do... his one issue is that when other horses are around, he thinks it's happy hour & sidles up for a chat - we have to be very careful since there are quite a few horses around the farm (boarders and farm-owned) that are not quite such social butterflies & take exception to his approaches.

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Hi Marcie - good to hear from you again! I was beginning to wonder if you and Betsy had given up on this thread! That's sure a traveling pony - must be a good one for someone to pay to ship him all over?

I am so anxious for my vacation, girls! I am going to Florida next Wednesday (1/14) to see my daughter, son-in-law, and grandbaby. I can't wait. I'll also get to meet her new horse project - an abused horse that the stable she gives lessons at adopted, and she's been rehabilitating. She's also taking me on a trail ride, so that will be fun, too. Get away from the snow and rain and yuck, and have some nice weather (they're having 60's much of the time, and they're 3 mi. from the beach). Haven't seen my grandson since April, he wasn't quite 6 months old then. He turned 1 in October and is walking, so I've missed so much!

Where has Betsy gone? She needs to introduce herself to our newbies. Take care everyone!

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how deeeeeeeee
I am back again for a minute. My computer is still on the fritz and I am writing from work. Nosey bunch here so I have to watch what I am doing. Anersway.....My daughter is 15 and an eventer.....dressage, stadium and cross country. I am an aspiring rider. I aspire to ride but am afraid of squashing a pony.

Kathleen.....we just received a pony from up your way, Mito is his barn name....cute little grey. He is 4.5 years and my daughter is riding him until he gets on a boat for Hawaii on the 17th. So he came from snow to rain and now its sunny for a while then to tropical paradise in the winter to sunny in the summer.....we will have to go and visit him I am thinking. Welcome BBT, (baseballtoros).....we are a happy little bunch....barn moms and past barn moms. we are a special bunch. I have been a barn mom for about 4 years. I help with shows and organize tack swaps etc so riders have what they need when they need it. I also help other barn moms with the ins and outs of the USEA, CDS, USDf and USEF...there are more but I forget.

Stay for a while, season is heating up and I can here the call of the calendar waiting for show dates !!!

See you all again soon

Marcie

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Welcome BASEBALLTOROS! We just have a small group of us, but we've had some great discussions getting to know each other a bit. I am a "recovering" show mom. My girls did 4H for years, and open shows, and now they're older and off on their own and I'm tending the herd! I ride, but just trails mostly and for pleasure. I have 3 geldings, and the ladies give me heck for not having good pics on my Sparkpage. But I got a new digital camera for Xmas so I'm going to get some good photos and put them up eventually!

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Good morning everyone, I think this thread is a great one. How many barn moms do we have. What ages are the kiddos. I have a 10yr old, and a 5yr old. Nice to meet everyone...

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Where has everyone gone? Out partying again, eh? I KNEW it! Happy New Year's Eve, ladies! Don't drink and ride! Ha!
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Hi Marcie - Yes, I'm in Washington state. We ended up with just over 2.5 feet of snow. Lost power Christmas Day. Finally stopped snowing and started warming up into the upper 30's and low 40's, so it's melting (and raining!) and a mess! But am able to get in and out now without chains, so that's good. Horses got out yesterday and led us on a merry chase up the mountain on foot through the heavy snow. Finally caught all three, repaired the fence, and got everyone settled in tho, and no injuries thankfully. Too much excitement for me! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and looking forward to the New Year!

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Kathleen, I have the memory of a gnat, what state are you in ? Washington ?

I hope your ponies are going to be well for christmas and they give you lots of kisses. We just got back from San Francisco, well, we spent most of the time getting there, parking and about 1 hour walking around, then back home 88 miles north to the saddle fixer to pick up a saddle. Nice guy. Fixed her stirrup leathers too.

Anway, I hope you both have a merry christmas and I hope to talk to you soon !!!!

Marcie

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Thanks for all the advice, ladies! My limpy boy is better now, and I took the blanket off Friday when the temp got up to 28 and dry. But then we had another storm blow in, with 50 mph winds and snow since Friday night. I have 2.5 feet (drifts as high as me!) and it's still snowing! So far the horses have held up well. They have access to their stalls whenever they want, and I go down to the barn about every 3 hours to check on them and break ice off water and haul fresh. Lots of exercise! I couldn't get out to go to work today, so am working from home. Wish me luck - at this rate I might not thaw out until spring!

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so the hay thing really bothered me and being an investigator (and control freak) I cant let some stuff lay so here is a link if you have the time for it on the skinny on day in califorina, austraila and japan http://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu/+symposium/proc
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copy and past is into the address area.......it amazes me that even hay is on the "hold out for more" kind of marketing......it cant last that way and then people suffer.

The therma care sounds great !! If there is an injury here the short answer is cold hose it. That doesnt make sense for -10 degree weather.

come spring, if any of you need stuff for your horses at a fair price (below retail) you let me know. I love to find deals and can find the best stuff !!!!

Marcie

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I have two blanketed at the moment - The old man and Cj. The weather has been around 9-10 at night and mid 20"s. I blanketed last sunday when the daytime high was -15F. Today is to be in the 40's and I would normally pull blankets BUT another arctic front is hitting to night and the high is going to be 10-13F for the next several days.

About your limping boy. Keep him blanketed as long as he is confined. Pull his blanket on a warmer sunny reasonably dry day where he can adjust during the day. I don't have light weight blankets so for my guys it is double or nothing. Also Therma Care (the heat activated back pads for humans) makes patches for horses. Last time I had a limping just pulled a muscle (being fool in the mud), I used the Therma Care with light bit of vet wrap. Worked wonderfully.

I am fighting frozen water tanks and busted hoses. I went on Wednesday and bought MY OWN heavy duty hoses to haul back and forth to the barn - I can keep them inside at the house so they don't freeze - so I can be sure I am not bucketing water all winter.

We can't have tank heaters at my barn. I wish I could find a decent solar powered tank heater - but not yet.

Stay warm

Blessings..........

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Hi,

that is rotten about the hay. the way you explained it makes sense. On another note I would love to know what the japanese are using hay for ? They dont have cows. Or maybe they changed their minds.

About the horse in the cold. I would keep him warm until his leg is better and can go out again. If the weather gets better change to a lighter blanket then a cooler and then off completely. But I dont know snot about it. But that is my thought. The coldest it gets here is 29 degress so far. Spoiled horse gets blanketed at 50, has no turn out if its wet and is lunged if they cant get out at all

such a life

let me know what others think about !!


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Hello fellow barn moms! I have a situation I need advice on. We have been in an unprecedented cold snap here, with wind chills in single digits and nothing above freezing for a week. Snowing off and on. Two days into the deep freeze, one of my horses was limping on his right rear. Apparently he slipped on the slick, frozen, uneven ground and pulled something or bruised it. No swelling, no apparent injury, just limping. So I put him in a small turnout area with stall access away from the other horses and decided to blanket him to keep him warm as he wasn't moving around much. It's been 3 days. He's still limping but not as bad. He's still blanketed. And the weather is hoverng around freezing today, but supposed to have another cold front moving in tonight through the weekend. My question is this: Once he's been blanketed, how warm do you think it needs to get before I can take it off? I know they get acclimated, and don't want him to freeze afterward, but don't want to keep him blanketed all winter either. We just don't normally get this kind of cold for this long. Advice?

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We get our hay from a local dairy farm who trucks it in from eastern Oregon and Washington. We've been paying around $300/ton, and when we asked why the high prices, he said that Japan is buying up a lot of US hay and that is hiking the price up. Don't know if that is true all around, but if we're shipping it overseas for a hefty profit, the rest of us poor slobs who don't have acreage to grow our own get to pay through the nose because of "supply and demand".

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Okay I'm going to say something here about the farmers not having to raise their prices on hay. Yes the gas had something to do with it, but that's not all. With the ethanol plants paying good money for corn, and the world demand on the rise, the corn farmers who make a little hay decided to plow it under and plant corn. So the supply of hay is down in areas where it usually is abundant. So yes the gas prices were a factor because it takes gas to make hay, but a bigger factor is that the supply of hay has decreased because of more corn being planted. There is a supply and demand situation going on that is a bigger cause for the hay staying at a higher price than the gas issue.

If gas is the only issue for hay prices then next year we should see prices back to normal as long as gas prices stay low. But the farmers already put all the expensive gas into making this years hay, just because the gas price is going down now still doesn't pay them for the price they had to pay for it at harvest time.

One more thing to take into consideration, if the problem is broader than the gas price, is that even if the farmers plant more hay next year it wouldn't be ready for harvest until the next. In other words hay planted in 2009 is not ready for harvest until 2010.

We'll have to wait and see what goes on with the demand for corn in the near future, but there probably wont be a big drop in hay prices anytime soon, unless corn demand slows. Farmers plant what they are going to make a living on. They do not plant for the love of horses.


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That is what I didnt understand, was it the barn raised their prices.....which they really dont have to do because prices are coming down with the gas rates (unless the barn owners are gouging their boarders) or the woman lost her job and cant afford two horses, or it was easier to put one out to pasture because they were affraid they may not be able to afford the second horse.

In any event, I am confused........

Are there any trucks out there for sale ? I am looking after the first of the year, I need a truck and a trailer. I think I would be able to save money if I trailered someone with my horse to events and then sleep in the trailer at the events....yuck I know but I would keep it clean and sleep on a cott....

Dentist came last week, 6 hours of organizing horses to get their teeth done and standing with them until the drugs wore off.........ahhhhhhhhh good times !!!!

How is the weather where you are ?



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Forgive my ignorance, but what does it mean she's sending him out to pasture? Do you mean she has acreage and she's putting him there and isn't going to ride him anymore? Or there's some sort of "old horse's home" that takes them in and lets them live out their lives? Or do you mean she's sending him to the dogfood factory?

Generally, when I've heard people say that they're putting a horse out to pasture, that means they just get to lounge out the rest of their lives leisurely grazing and swatting flies. I didn't get the feeling that was the case here?

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Did the woman from the barn lose her job ? Or did the board at the barn go up ?

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One of the gals at our barn is sending one of her two horses to pasture because she just can't afford the board at our barn. He really does not need to retire but there is no one who wants to lease him and she does not want to sell.

It's very sad.




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vet and farriers are worried too. If the economy stays like this they will have no work. No horses, no need for hay and no need for vets and farriers. What is the answer, arrange for cheap hay......gas is down so there is no excse for high hay prices. They can not charge more if they are not selling enough to make ends meet. They need to sell more to make ends meet. The cheaper the gas the more cheap hay the more horses the more vets and farriers. People can not panic.....hurd consolidation is required and there is more than enough farm land to do that in, but the government has other problems so it is up to us.
Things will become better but in this time we cant have people panicing and dumping their horses. I dont think they tried hard enough to care for their animal.

We had teeth done yesterday. The dental and vet came from 125 miles away for our business. This trip the gas cost less, and he reduced the price from last time...well, he did but the vet did not. Too bad its a package deal.

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I agree about being worried...we actually just got horses in October, and are doing all right, but the economy scares me. We do have access to cheap hay and enough land that I might be able to convince dh to plant our own oats or some other type of grain (haven't done the research yet...), but vet bills, farrier, etc., do worry me.

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Hey ladies! Busy week, too busy to even jump in and post now and then! I don't clip, my boys stay woolly. Since I have them on my property they have run of the pasture, and ready access to their stalls at any time. So I don't typically blanket unless it gets unusually cold or something. They don't all get ridden every day, so they need their coats.

There was a piece on the local news this morning about a horse that someone dropped off at a golf course. Guess they couldn't feed it anymore and figured a golf course would be a good place. They said that the animal shelters couldn't feed it either and are looking for foster care for hundreds of horses that people have "given up" because they can't afford to feed them. So sad. I worry that time may come for me some day and what would I do? Don't even want to think about it!

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We clipped about november 10th and we will have to do it again here shortly. 120.00 if some one else does it. He is so wooly right now. I do love it. Nothing sticks to it, just fluffs right off.

I like it too but it gets too sweaty for it to be comfortable when she rides him every day. It is supposed to rain..........the same day that I am having a tack sale :( .....hopefully it will rain near the end of the day and not the beginning.

Have a great day !!!!

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