Friday, June 19, 2009

The Rotten Neighborhood Friday Night Free for All!!!!!

The other day I received the following email.



JR

I have been following your posts on FHOTD for a while now and now I am also following your blog on a daily basis. I love the way you go about things in a very down to earth common sense approach. Like you, I am a very Old School trainer, and will remain that way.

I have been training horses for a few years longer than you in California. We have always had a full barn and when a stall did come open, we never had a problem filling it.

But lately, we have been our clients have been taking their horses home saying that they can no longer afford to keep their horses in training. Some of them have been long term clients. I know they will come back when the economy gets better and they have more money to spend.

The question I have for you is, are you experiencing the same problems and what are you doing to stay afloat?

Do you think things will get better?

Deb


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Well Deb



Times are tough of that there is no doubt. Work for me is slow but steady. I know of several trainers in our area that have been sending horses home because the owners are unable to pay the bills. And some of the owners are being forced to sell their horses at give away prices so they can just pay their regular utility bills.

As far as what we are doing, well we are plugging away keeping busy with a few client horses and a few of our own. I am getting our 3 year old's ready for the show ring so I have horses to keep me in the ring. I am starting to get CNJ's horses ready for her to show. And we are still giving lessons as well.

Meanwhile, we have the girls that are keeping us busy!


We do not go out like we used to and are definitely being creative in ways to have fun.

Going to movies are a thing of the past, at least for now, and our weekly jaunt to the Sushi bar is out, at least for now.

And as much as we come across as party animals, we really do not drink like we used to.


Deb, things will get better!


As professional and amateur horsemen we have all had to ride out tough times and have always managed to make it through.


So, I guess my questions are.... What is everyone else doing for fun?


What are you doing with your horses for fun?


If there is one thing that you would like to do with or without your horses, what is it?



230 comments:

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windingwinds said...

Hmmm...fun? Well we still go fishing, since we have the equipment. I've had to cook more, brought back homemade hotdog pizza and homemade popsicles.

windingwinds said...

To stretch our horsey budget, I go to tack swaps/auctions..though you have to know what can be fixed and what's unsafe. I keep thinking about putting pony terror to work plowing to earn his keep.

JohnieRotten said...

Fun for us right now consists of playing with the girls on the weekends and watching a movie on HBO when new one comes out.

We have the fishing gear and plan on using it as soon as the girls are big enough to go to the lake and the rivers.

We have started to make our own bread and pasta from scratch. It tastes so muck better than the store bought stuff.

We are working on doing planting a garden with our neighbors.

Really we are just going back to the basics and rather enjoying it quite a bit!

Kallista said...

I am working with my horses and having a ball. It's been 30 years and way, way, way too long to be without. I keep things as inexpensive as I can and try not to hit the fast food places more than once a week, cut out a lot of other spending so I could have my horses. Fortunately, they can stay here so don't have to pay board, and hay is reasonable here.

I would love to get on the trails with them but one needs some more training before I attempt that and then I need to go with some people first. I'm trying to get ready for a trail ride about 100 miles away at the end of August. I am really looking forward to it.

I want to learn to rope at some point, and would love to mess around with gymkhana events again, I loved those when I was in my early 20s. But have to have more control and better trained horses. I'll get there.

I read,listen to music and books on tape, watch tv when I can. I'm in school for six more weeks then am essentially done except for an externship which I don't think will be that hard. I like to take care of my yard and play with my dogs. I also love to waste time on the internet but am trying to cut back on that, especially in the summer when I like to be outside.

Dena said...

Okay this is a first for me in awhile.
A friend called and asked me if I wanted to go on a trail ride in the morning.
She already knows the truck is broke down. And I probably would be too if I did take something from home just yet.
Apparently, all I have to do is bring myself and my saddle.
Riding just for fun!?!
Crazy huh?

I really want to get the numbers down here.
And I want to breathe.

I too believe that things will change. And that we just need to weather the storm.

But I do believe that this economic situation will separate a great deal of the wheat from the chaff.
A lot of the(forgive me)lesser grade horses are going to leave the pool.
As well as, trainers, rescues, and sanctuaries.

Some people aren't going to consider it fun or worth the sacrifices when you have to work 2-3-4 jobs to pay the freight.

And inevitibly the plants will reopen and cause the cycle to start all over again.

I just proofread that and even I think I am a downer.
Sorry...

windingwinds said...

The rocket launcher poles are a ton of fun JR. We have our first garden here in 5 years, I love going out and eating cherry tomatos and peas.

LuvMyTBs said...

We are actually riding our horses more and spending less $$ to do so.
Trail Riding : LOVE IT, we have literally thousands of acres of State Game Lands to choose from most with designated equine trails and parking areas for rigs. Also lots of State Parks with multi use trails. Most of these have cabins or camping areas and allow horses to picket if stalls are not available. We get a group of people together and we all bring food and beverages and chairs. Quite nice to sit and relax after a ride with friends. Great way to get young horses out and about with steady eddie trail horses to keep them in line and everybody safe. We have 3yr.old greenies calmly crossing water, bridges, and getting used to navigating with bikes,dogs,deer and hikers. It's a and enjoyable training opportunity...good for them and us!

We are in the heart of foxhunting and Eventing country and though many are having to scale back with showing due to expenses our local enthusiasts have made it more affordable to keep going by opening up 2 days of the week for non-member guests to join the hunt and learn by doing. The Eventers here now offer Open Cross Country Schooling to get more people interested and capable of competing safely at Beginner and Novice Levels. The fees charged cover the EMT's and the farm that hosts offer coaching or assistance as part of the fee. The response has been great and the expense is greatly reduced for all.

We are staying home more and have become better cooks and grillers.We have friends over instead of going out to a restaurant. Gave up our season Phillies and Sixers tickets for the smaller game plans available.

windingwinds said...

Anything that forces people to think twice about breeding is a good thing. I also think it's gonna take a whole lot more than AQHA & AHA to get Obama and congress to worry about something other than healthcare. IMO

Dena said...

And JR I completely agree on the back to basics.
Doing things yourself instead of paying for a finished end result product.
Now I don't have to throw away the onions and potatoes that start to sprout.

I can plant them instead.
Hubby getting some work after 3.5 years recovering from an injury has been a major blessing as well.

I stood my ground with the retailer I work part-time for and amazingly did not lose my job.

Found a legitimate survey company that I do more part-time work for.

I am getting my yellow horse ready.
I will most likely be taking him to wyoming or Montana in the Fall.
Not really taking that too well.
But I have the colts coming up 3 next year.
And as I have one hot for the current market western horse and one English it is time to make decisions for the future.
The youngstock simply don't have the value just yet.

Desktop publishing pays some. And I am going to put together my first garage sale ever.
I don't even go to them but it is worth a try.

Tack sales have been a little slow but I haven't been chasing it.
Too busy working at other things.

And I have some friends who grow organic produce (that's where our waste goes) I am going to work on my non-farmer tan and pick some berries too. They pay by the pint.

Dena said...

windingwinds they are actually passing it state by state.
Health care? Ohhh that can almost be dirty words in our house.
Say Social Security and God only knows what could happen.

I am so morbid I want to see a picture of your bruise.
How is the head?
Those little suckers can move quick!

I think JR and CNJ snuck off for a plate of f%^& it sushi.

CharlesCityCat said...

My Hubby and I are very lucky to have good job security. He works for Anhueser Busch/Inbev and I work for a Ob/GYN practice. When the economy goes down, people drink more beer and consequently make more babies. Win/Win for us.

We rarely eat out as I do like to cook. We aren't really interested in going out to movies, sooner or later they will be on pay per view, concerts and all of that are just too far away to be worth it. In short, we love to be here at our home and hang out. We do have a ping pong table, a pool table, a basketball hoop and of course horses to ride, so we are good to go.

Luckily, I have acquired over the years lots of horsey stuff so other than things like fly spray, I don't have to buy much for my equines. Now as far as our new venture into Alpacas, that remains to be see.

Dena said...

CCC THAT IS FUNNY!!! And don't worry about tack for the Pacas.
I will macrame halters and leads for them. Can even do tassles.

Beer and babies. Windingwinds I have some secretion clean up for you.

Dena said...

PS I think JR and CNJ must be rich.
They have HBO.
Aaaannnnnddd they have eaten sushi before.

Cut-N-Jump said...

No sushi for you!

What I wouldn't give for a plate full of tataki tuna, yellow tail and an Alaska roll... Washed down with an Asahi select or three.

But we have cut back. The pasta is super easy to make, cooks fast and floats when done. Tastes good and doesn't have all the preservatives and added crap.

If I find a plow, Kat ain't going to be the rotund little Grizzly Bear he thinks he is. I used to put the sprinkler on the fence hook the drag behind the truck, crank the tunes and a/c and drag the arena while washing the truck. How's that for multitasking? Kat's going to be pulling the smaller drag for exercise and a smooth surface for driving practice.

CharlesCityCat said...

CNJ, I am not thinking that Kat is going to approve of this whole working kinda thing.

I keep telling Buck the Perch that he is going to have to earn his keep by pulling something, he says he will be happy to pull the feed cart.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Here's another question for everyone.

We have 12 horses and ponies. JR mentioned getting that number down to 6 or so... Problem is he has his 'keepers' and I have mine. We have cut back to where we really can't cut back much more.

How many horses do you have and what number would you like to see that shrink to? A few of ours- if the right home and situation came up, we would let them go, but for the most part we are not actively trying to sell or market them. They are here and can stay as long as need be.

Cut-N-Jump said...

CCC- sound like the cart may need to be in front of him and just out of reach. That is, if you want it to move.

Kat is all about work and won't acknowledge the girls when in harness. Besides, then he will be all muscled up and such a Hottie in a Horsey Body, the girls won't be able to resist him. I keep telling him that he has to work, has to go to shows (which he likes) to get noticed so the mares will come...

fernvalley01 said...

I work in Mental Health , sadly the economy just means more job security for me.Though the province is restructuring the health regions again so who knows. If I could I would like to take another Mountain trip .I don't have Catana anymore ,but my newer horse is a brave little soul so I bet we could have some fun

windingwinds said...

Only bruise you can see is my left arm..he caught left side of my head above my ear..long dark brown hair covers it nicely although it is tender in a tiny horseshoe shape. I guess I could take pic of arm.

windingwinds said...

We have 9 tonight, should be 8 tomorrow. In Sept leased 4h pony goes back. Debating on rehoming 2 more. Thanks so much for the snot, I miss it when I'm not at work.(not)

fuglyhorseoftheday said...

I have six horses and will be down to 3 or 4 by summer's end. I have one to adopt out, one to sell and one that I think is arthritic enough that this will be her last summer, but we'll make that call when we get to fall and see how she is doing.

For the next few years, the numbers are going to have to stay down while Cecil is showing, but I will continue to help rescued horses by donating my time to ride other peoples' rescues.

fuglyhorseoftheday said...

>>I work in Mental Health , sadly the economy just means more job security for me.<<

Boy, ain't that the truth.

JohnieRotten said...

There is one thing that I would love to do and that is go fly fishing in Alaska. But since that out of the question, I think I will just go toss the line into the cattle tank.

"Look dear, I caught some beef!"

Kalsita, I had not owned my own horse since I was a teenager because I had always been riding other peoples horses. I bought my red mare 'Johnie' in 2000 and I can honestly say there is nothing like winning on your own.

Windingwinds if I get a rocket launcher poles I hope I get the rocket too. And not those little model rockets, I want to launch the space shuttle from our pasture.
I would love to see a launch.

We are planning on raising our own natural beef out here. Our neighbors raised their own and brought us over some steaks when the girls were born. Boy oh boy did they taste some much better than store bought~

JohnieRotten said...

fuglyhorseoftheday said...
I have six horses and will be down to 3 or 4 by summer's end. I have one to adopt out, one to sell and one that I think is arthritic enough that this will be her last summer, but we'll make that call when we get to fall and see how she is doing.
_________________

If only we could get down to 3 or 4! I can not even remember what it was like to have only one!

Dena said...

CNJ I have never had sushi in my life.
Unless, you count starkist.
I know I am a real peasant.

17 is the number. I hate even putting that in print.

Based on economy I would like to be down to 3.
As if.

Realistically, Eli and Nesta's time is limited. Unless, we opt for sanctuary. Really depends on their condition come September.

Micah refuses to relinquish Reyna.
So with Molly that makes 2 keepers.
I am hoping the paint filly will go on to her placement soon.

A lot of interest in Johnny but mules do not train quick. He won't last a week after he is ready.

There are 3 two year olds I want to finish out.
My yearling *gasp* stud colt I am not planning on parting with.

Now how many does that leave to find homes for?
You get the picture. Too many...

CNJ and JR remind me to get a couple pictures of "Eamon's Cat".
He and his half brother Chubby and the grey you like are my lead out into the cutting world.
The boys have "the look". And their gears and agility are mind boggling.
I can't even believe I am thinking about campaigning.

Dena said...

Windingwinds I just had this image in my head of you have a hoofprint somewhere on your forehead.
Sorry about the snot but it is CCC's fault.

JediMom said...

I'd love to take the family to one of those cattle driving type dude ranches. Don't laugh, but it's been a dream since I was small. I don't think my mare will ever be good with cows, she's scared to death of them.
We have 7 horses tonight but will be at 8 tommorrow, we are buying a pony. 2 are very old, 33 and 30. The 33 is my mom's old mare and she is now completely blind - about a month now. Her seeing-eye horse is 30 and has sweet itch. They have the run of the larger pasture and when the old lady is done, we'll put them both down. They've been together for 20 years.
I have one OTTB mare that I'm trying to sell or barter, she's a sweetie, but hard to get rid of in this economy.

windingwinds said...

4 would be a nice number! Then could have farrier out every other month instead of every month.

windingwinds said...

I would LOVE to play pioneer & follow Oregon trail. That or stagecoach routes. Think I could take my air mattress along?

JohnieRotten said...

Actually, I know I said I want to launch the space shuttle from our pasture, but I would rather fly the damn thing. But I am not sure we can afford it nor do I think CNJ will let me!

I would love to go backpacking again, and go on another white water trip!

When I originally posted, I was going to ask what you all would do if there were no horses in your life?

But we all know that would never happen!

Dena said...

JR I am going to take a crack at it.
1. Have way more money.
2. Have better health insurance.
3. Lower home owners insurance
rates.
4. Less arthritis
5. More "free" time
6. Have satellite tv
7. Not care when mac and cheese
is on sale.
8. Drive a sportcar
9. Dream about the next great one.

It is a vicious circle.lol

CCC WARNING! Don't have anything in your mouth when you go back.
(that sounds bad but you know what I mean)

Hey Fern!!!

HP MIA AGAIN!?!

Cut-N-Jump said...

We will be putting down our daughters pony and the mini gelding before long. There are plenty of factors that have made this a reality more than a decision. It still sucks though.

Our aged COB mare will live out her days with us, here or wherever we move to when that time comes. She's ornery, so will robably live forever, just to torment us! That's how it goes, right?

I think back to when I had just the one pony and boarded her. Life was easy then. I had more money and freedom. I could put the kid in her seat and off we went.

A road trip happened that way a time or two. One took us through the mountains of Show Low and we stopped to play in the snow. We threw some snowballs at each other, made snow angels, froze a little, but we were home by dinner and nobody knew where our adventure had taken us for the day.

3 or 4 would be nice. Feeding would take a lot less time and money. Stalls would be a breeze and I may actually get to ride more. My riding might reflect that, too.

As far as tack, we still get a pile of catalogs, but since we both have pretty much everything we need, they end up in the trash.


And Dena- I'm guessing by the clock in the corner of the screen that says 11 pm, we are blowing your theory of party poopers crashing early- out the window. I guess we'll try again next week.

horspoor said...

I'm doing my yard. Not super cheap, but definelty saving the money my free labor. lol I didn't buy paving stones. Son's grandmas has a bunch of broken concrete from her husband's past construction jobs. (He brought everything home). So I'm using that for paths and patio. It's labor intensive as they are different widths, but looks cool.

Instead of paying contractor to re-side my house, I'm looking at cedar shakes. Figure I can do that. lol Small enough pieces to manage on my own without help.

I have 6 horses. Would like to be at 3. I have no idea who I'd get rid of. Each is pretty cool in their own way.

I figured I'd just ship a short fat aged red mare to Fugly...she'd never notice the addition. And if she did...she'd like the horse anyway. lol (Fugly looks around...'What fat mare? You mean a nice broke, pack you through anything, little red mare...uh no, haven't seen anything like that. You should check down the road.')

horspoor said...

Oh, look in my avatar...little short fat aged red mare. lol

JohnieRotten said...

I think if we didn't have horses we would live in Alaska and have sleddogs. Oh well, I guess we would always have to feed something.

I wonder how much sleddog trainers make a year?

horspoor said...

Uhm...not much I'm thinking JR.

I have a friend that flies helicopters up there, and has a sled dog team. Does the I dida something. I think trained honest sled dogs go for big bucks though.

Not sure I could do the long dark winters...wuuuhhh.

horspoor said...

Man, can I clear a room or what?

JohnieRotten said...

Hp

And here all this time I thought it was me! ;)

CharlesCityCat said...

Boy was I a party pooper last night.

I have 4 horses which is a good number. Spunky is 27 but in good shape, just a bit gimpy on the front left. When he does go which I don't expect for some time, I will get another to be a buddy for Buck. Something that needs a good home, but 4 is the limit.

As far as what I would do if I didn't have horses. Work part-time for one and do some traveling. I would love to go out west and see Montana and Wyoming but I also would love to go to Ireland.

windingwinds said...

Waiting on buyer to come pick up Pal gelding, bit the bullet and taking what they offered. Bugger needs a j o b and I'm too busy to get him going. Next weekend I will be working so will be party pooper.

PrairieFarmer said...

Horses? Too many horses? Well I've got 3. They take some time - mostly because of assorted feeding issues (one needs more, one needs less, etc...). But they wouldn't be too bad - it's the 12 turkeys, 9 ducks (currently hatching ducklings so soon to be 20-30 ducks?), 17 chickens, 5 geese, 2 dogs, 2 cats and, oh yeah, 8 acres of vegetables that kill me.
My husband, way back when, tried to enforce an "only 2" rule. We could have 1 kid, one dog. Or 2 dogs. Or 1 dog, 1 horse. Or 2 horses. Or...you get the picture. I SO TOTALLY completed ignored that! He likes to remind me (when I feel a bit overwhelmed) that this is MY OWN DAMN FAULT! LOL!
Oh well. I do like to work hard...
What would I do if I didn't have horses? Well if I didn't have all the rest of the animals/veggies (and I had enough money) I would probably have more horses. But if I didn't have any of that - well, I guess I would travel more. But, really, I would probably be sad. Crazy as it is, it's my life and (most of the time) I love it.

SFTS said...

I missed the party last night...we were out, having fun. :) So this post is pretty timely! Actually, we decided to take a drive out to one of our favorite spots, with a view overlooking the whole valley, and have dinner that we brought with us. Peace, quiet, just hubby and I. Beautiful twinkling lights on the valley below ~ we took off after I had gotten home from the barn and a trip to the feed store, then fed my own horses and did evening stall cleaning. It was probably almost 8:30 PM by then. Didn't get home until almost 1 AM. And there was no alcohol involved at all. LOL!

Work for me is actually picking up. Beginning yesterday, I have four more horses in training (was supposed to only be three...an "extra" horse came my way, yay!). But much slower than it has been in past years, because folks just don't have disposable dollars like they did.

We were supposed to be going to a Palomino show last weekend, but the client backed out. Money. Same with today, we were supposed to be taking a few horses to another show, however I am glad the client chose to pay me than pay for a horse show. Honestly. :) I have not shown any of my own horses yet this year, though client horses have been keeping me busy in the show ring for the most part, so I am okay with that. Hopefully I will get one or two of mine in the ring come August, when my daughter comes home from her Summer vacation at Grandma's in mid-July.

Doing for fun...

Well, one of our favorite things to do for fun is going for drives, like last night :) though with fuel prices it's not possible very often anymore. Beside being too tired most of the time. Movies? What are those? LOL Going "out to eat" for us has consisted of bringing some firewood and a good steak to one of the BLM's campsites at the dry lakebed and BBQing over an open fire. Pure heaven!

With the horses, Hell, for me everything is fun. :) But I try as often as possible to hit the trail on one of mine. Just enjoying their company. Gearing up to start our kids Summer Camp, which is a LOT of work, but a couple of weeks of sheer fun.

If there was one thing I would like to do, that I have not (or not recently) ~ an overnight camping trip. We take the tent, the air mattress and a couple of sleeping bags, and we cook over an open fire, just enjoying the local mountains. Haven't done that in several years, though it used to be a tradition. Also, I want to go back to Six Flags Magic Mountain and ride roller coasters! It has been since our Anniversary in 2001!! That is too long...

Okay, that was two things instead of one. ;)

SFTS said...

For CnJ's question ~ I have four horses, one was just added in January (though he is the horse of my dreams, that I have been dreaming of for 20 years). I am also in the midst of working on buying a fifth, a beautiful client's mare I just love. And I'd like to pick up another couple of good lesson horses. Plus next year we are planning on breeding some mares again. Yes, ambitious. :) But I am happy with our numbers. 10 "keepers" will probably be my absolute limit!!

BuckdOff said...

JR, One of my friends went flyfishing in New Hampshire last weekend and she said she actually caught trout..They were jumping out of the water. She had so much fun! We have 0 horses, pay to ride other people's horses. But, we grow our own vegetables, am painting my own house, it's big! My red raspberries are just starting to show, and my peach trees have some nice sized fruit, just beginning to show. Hubby and I have been looking for a cottage to rent near the ocean, it has turned into a fiasco, but we have taken day trips to look around, that has been fun. I'll probably scratch the cottage thing, and stay home, pull some rotted shingles and paint. Have not driven my v12 at all this summer, still needs brakes....

Dena said...

CNJ I woke up this morning and there were 8 new training horses and their clients waiting at my door.

I had to explain that I had won 1,000,000 lbs. British Sterling in the Lotto and I no longer had to ride other peoples horses for a living.

And Then, they asked if I could refer someone.
I hope you don't mind but I took the liberty of telling them you and JR had just been gifted a bunch of money from Australia.

So, I sent them to Cali.

*Okay now I really did pee.

Didn't make the trail ride either.
Almost Midnight call from the police about the squatter from hell in our townhouse changed the plan for today.
There are some days that some people don't thrill me at all.

11 o'clock? PM????? Wow...talk about living dangerously.
You party animals...

Dena said...

P.S. Thanks for sharing the idea for heifer's new job.

Windingwinds I want to go to Ireland too.
Someday...

And HP repeat after me. It isn't you...lol

JohnieRotten said...

Dena

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!

LuvMyTBs said...

We are at 8 right now. Bitty ,26 and Sera ,22 are the retired queens who want for nothing and do nothing except enjoy their days however many more they have.

TB stallion,his son(5yr.old),his daughter (born in April)probably our last foal and his 1/2 brother Appendix QH(10yr.old). Husbands replacement horse for Sera just arrived in May. Ranch broke QH and trail master. Husband can do anything and go anywhere w/him and now enjoys riding once again.Leased TB broodmare will be going back to her home in August.That will put us at 7 and the 5yr.old will be for sale next year.Our goal is to eventually get to 3-4.We used to have 12-14 all the time so even 7 is alot less work.Can't wait to see what it's like w/only 3! However, even though I say that and really mean that it never fails that some really nice OTTB will find it's way here to rehab and rehome. I am getting better at rehoming them to other homes than here.

Nicole said...

My Aunt and uncal are currently sailing around the world and by reading their blog http://www.sailblogs.com/member/thedorothymarie/ I can have a vacation vicariously. Check out thier blog its really funny. My Aunt is an elementary school teacher and is really funny. JR thanks for this blog its funny AND informative great combination.

Nicole said...

Good lord I need spell check for my brain, Aunt and Uncle.

CharlesCityCat said...

Hey, instead of everyone getting more horses, how about an Alpaca?

Warning, Shameless plug for my new venture Hummingbird Hill Alpacas.

They are really cute, don't eat much, don't take up much space, poo and pee in one place, you can sell their hair (instead of wear it), sell their babies (cria) and get a hell of a tax break.

If you want to see my little herd, check out my blog, scroll down a bit and you will see them.

CharlesCityCat said...

Sorry JR, I will now go stand in the corner and reflect on my bad behavior.

CharlesCityCat said...

Not to drone on about Alpacas, but I just wanted to say:

I am reading this book call "The Complete Alpaca Book." This sucker is over 560 pages long and talks about everything.

I am currently reading the chapter on conformation and it really made me laugh. The author quotes an Alpaca judge down in Peru of all places who said to him, what does conformation matter as long as they can get up and eat. HMMMMM, sound familiar, except interject, as long as they are a pretty color? The author goes on to talk about correct conformation being a big contributor to the animals living a long, productive, comfortable life. I like this guy, Fugly would too. He has the same philosophy about confo as she and most of us do.

He also references horses alot and many of the same terms and confo apply.

Anywhoo, won't bore any more. Just thought it was rather ironic.

Tarr said...

I didn't buy a horse until all the bills were paid off and I bought an inexpensive yearling friesian.

Working with him is one of the joys of my life. I am blessed.

Plus I figure if something happened to me it is unlikely that he would wind up on a meat truck.

windingwinds said...

There are now even smaller rocket launchers JR, I just seen them on Nick...and I bet the water tank would be good target practice. No I will not go to Alaska..I will be in the Carribean playing Pirates.

windingwinds said...

CCC-I like the alpacas however now I know to watch out for small ones, they are plotting against me. Hubby wants some steers for meat, and some homegrown steaks would be nice.

CharlesCityCat said...

I just can't bring myself to raise something to slaughter. They do slaughter Alpaca in South America, but, at least right now, there is no market in the U.S.

I am not a vegetarian, so I have no room to talk, but I will not personally raise anything for slaughter. Makes no sense, but that is just how I am.

horspoor said...

CCC,
I'm with you. I grew up with beef, so you'd think I'd be more open to raising something for slaughter. Somehow that was different for me. (I know, yell hypocrite at any time now). They didn't have identities to me. If I raised one steer it would have a name, a personality, I'd know it.

CharlesCityCat said...

HP:

Anything that I have gets a name and gets spoiled. Just can't do it. I am a hypocrite.

JohnieRotten said...

CCC

CNJ names everything out here!

When we were leasing cattle for cutting parctices, she named all of them until one of them got a little pushy.

We now raise cattle that we sell as natural beef and we use the cattle to train the cutting horses.

horspoor said...

So, hows that going JR? She hasn't started to like any of them too much to let them go? Or does she avoid them? (That's what I would do...keep them anonymous. lol).

What type of beef are they?

JohnieRotten said...

We are selling the Brangus cattle. Excellent beef and CNJ is not allowed to name them.

We will keep one for the twins to show is they so desire to get into that later on!

horspoor said...

Probably a good plan. lol

Dena said...

Hey JR, it kind of gives you a thrill knowing you can cause people to laugh uproariously.
Blow snot. Choke on things(sometimes including snot).
And pee.
And if you put the words together just right you can cause all three things to happen simultaneously.

Empowering isn't it?

GoLightly said...

Horses blow snot.
People snork.
Just sayin'.
I have a degree in phlegm.

CharlesCityCat said...

GL:

I guess you have a B.S. Degree

Bachelor of Snot!!!

JohnieRotten said...

I have a B.A. degree.....

Bachelor of Aachoo!

Dena said...

I have a Masters in Engineering Unanticipated Secretions.

In the old days we were called "Rainmakers".

We still defer and seek consultation with those who have an above average knowledge of phlegm and B.S..

JohnieRotten said...

My oh my it got quiet in here!

windingwinds said...

Hehehe beware I'm on a real puter and I can post more than a paragraph. Re:naming animals you eat,I never have been able to eat the bunnies I raised. But there is nothing like beef raised on grass...least you know they had a good life, and ours tend to have names like burger and t-bone. Re:snot, you must not've attended the right b.s. school, tech term is SPUTUM. ;-)

JohnieRotten said...

Actually ww

the real name is boogers and it is a Booger of Schnoz degree!

I am going to refutum your sputum!

windingwinds said...

LMFAO!! I'll let my boss know.........guess it's good I have my El Peon!

Dena said...

You know I came here all riled and ready to blow a lid.
At IT.
And then? I read JR's and windingwinds posts while seeing what other drama IT may have attempted.
And I started laughing.
And I am no longer riled.

I am going to propose a riddle or a puzzle.
Fill in the blanks
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I will give 3 consonants and 3 vowels.

W F T

A E U

JR and CNJ I am going to put up a thread with pictures of my TopSail Cody colt.
He is rough right now but c'mon by in a while and give me your thoughts.

windingwinds said...

Are you playing hangman Dena? I just figured out how to load pic to my profile. Isn't Legend cute? And OMG, C-N-J's avatar is MUCH more hilarious smaller, it comes up too large on my cell, on puter you have to look twice hehehe.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Snork and phlegm. I leave you people alone for a while to make 3 cheese and sausage ravioli and it all goes south.

I did name the first group of cows/steers. Whitey, Splash, Eyore, Nestle Not So Quick, and others. I would try to pet them at feeding time. Whitey was pushy and didn't care for being touched. Suddenly pushy cow, named or not, seemed like a bad idea. I stopped naming them.

And I don't care to hear of cows named Burger or Sirloin. That just seems degrading to the cow somehow.

I was offered a mother daughter pair of llama's once as a trade for a mini mare. I know nothing about them. Not interested in learning. Our neighbor spins and weaves different fibers. Natural fibers are dyed using Kool-Aid at their house. A rainbow of colors, cheap, easily located and Eco friendly. A friend of hers has llamas and told me they can't handle the heat. That's all I need is a llama in the house hogging the fan and turning down the thermostat.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Dena- at least Wheel of Fortune gives you

R S T L N E

I'm not wasting my Ausy winnin's buyin the damn vowels either.

Dena said...

windingwinds-ohhhh Damien dog. Good looker.
My Mother spent sometime raising those.
She had a female named "Cujo" of all things that was a real love.
I didn't much care for the temperament of her male.

No we are not playing hangman.*giggle*
I notice that there are several posters in the medical field who post here. Maybe an internet Jarvis hold would be possible.lol

Okay now everyone must go Ohhh and Ahhh over my colt with his dangly bits.
I do insist.
And if, you do not believe he is stallion possiblity I will ignore you.
As I am currently barn blind with regard to him.
Just kidding. I want opinions.

CNJ we named ours Rosie, Mosey, and Posey.
I knew it was over then.
They had to go live somewhere else.

Dena said...

CNJ I believe our first act of philanthropy should be to buy a certain individual a real horse.
That they may escape their fantasy world by living a small piece of it.

I think our first new investment should be in adult accident protection. Think depends.
And screencleaner.

We must be responsible in the preservation and use of our newfound wealth.

horspoor said...

Okay the last post so lost me Dena. lol

Dena said...

Someone please remind me of my own words on the subject of it.
It now not only has 4 new training horses but 2 that's right 2 facilities.
And it wants a piece of me.

windingwinds said...

Where am I supposed to find colt?

Dena said...

HP CNJ and JR are now independently wealthy.
Australia loves them.

I won 1,000,000 lbs. British Sterling in a uk lotto.

We want to be responsible in our spending.lol

So I thought we should buy SFTS a real horse suited to her capabilities.

And because we are so good at cracking ourselves up here?
Depends seemed like a good investment.
As we already own all the tinfoil stock.

windingwinds said...

I'll trade ya some pork egg rolls for mac n cheese - cabbage gives me gas...

Dena said...

Windingwinds have you missed the kitties and everything?
Oh my...

http://livingbeyondthebream.blogspot.com

windingwinds said...

Well how odd I won several hundred thousand from a Austrailan lotto I won last week-check's in the mail. Forget diapers, I'm investing in McDonalds.

windingwinds said...

Kitties verrry cute. Colt-hold the camera still lol. As to dangly parts-I think ya know how I feel so I shall refrain.

rosesr4evr said...

windingwinds said...
I'll trade ya some pork egg rolls for mac n cheese - cabbage gives me gas...
_________________________________

Hence the screen name: windingwinds LOL!

SFTS said...

Dena wrote:
CNJ I believe our first act of philanthropy should be to buy a certain individual a real horse.

That they may escape their fantasy world by living a small piece of it.

- - - - - - - -

Getting ready to head outside after a while for Saturday Night Treats, thought I would check in...this one really made me Laugh Out Loud. Who needs LOL Cats when you have Dena Rodacker? :P

rosesr4evr said...

Very nice colt Dena! Nice hip and a gorgeous face. Little uneven but he's a youngin' so it's to be expected. Nice confo, great sharp eyes. Purty boy. I likes heem.

Dena said...

Colt move fast. Camera move slow.
And it isn't necessary to refrain.
That is the whole point.
Stallions are judged by public opinion no matter what anyone says or what they win.
So go ahead. It won't hurt my feelings and it won't be a fight.
We generally geld in February for those who don't make the cut.
And thus far? No one ever has.

SFTS said...

Dena wrote:
So I thought we should buy SFTS a real horse suited to her capabilities.
- - - - - - - -

LMAO...well, I do already have four, and the way they whinny at feeding time (especially the big black Dressage horse...vocal boy, he is) as soon as I step out the front door, I can vouch for the fact that they are quite real. ;)

But thanks for thinking of me!

SFTS said...

Dena wrote:
Someone please remind me of my own words on the subject of it.
It now not only has 4 new training horses but 2 that's right 2 facilities.
And it wants a piece of me.

- - - - - - - -

That is just SO KYOOT how Dena refers to me as "it". Very charming.

Yes, imagine that ~ 4 new training horses as of yesterday, and indeed I do work out of not one, but two facilities.

Jealousy is not a pretty thing.

But no Dena, you're wrong. I've never "wanted a piece of you". I would just rather you go away. ;)

Dena said...

roses I likes heeem too. He is going to be a handful though.
If you could have seen him when I bought him as a weanling.
He had this amazing compact built to the hilt thing going on.
And I saw his head and went WTF!?!
It was like a mule.
This was the one time I took a chance on a head and learned a lot.

windingwinds said...

He looks to be a nice colt, bay which is my ever suffering hubby's fav color. Our motto here is geld them yesterday. Ya know, that must've been my subconcious picking my name, LMAO!

Dena said...

SFTS until you take the right pill, or they make one especially for you, or a licensed professional determines you do not need one?
STFU and leave me out of your shit.
I don't believe you. And I certainly am not jealous of you.
I have already been crazy remember?
An unenviable state if ever there was one.

rosesr4evr said...

WW, I was hoping you'd take that as what it was...A funny! HEE HEE!

windingwinds said...

I think I will stay neutral party here..(maybe not sane, but neutral all the same) it's later here in Indiana anyways. G'night.

rosesr4evr said...

Dena, Dena, Dena...Now now honey, ease up on STFS/STFU. Remember the Golden Rule. I know she irks you and I'm not trying to tell you to take the high road, but her posts remind me of the Epic 3000. Didn't alter so and so have a very expensive upper level Dressage horse??

SFTS said...

Dena wrote:
STFU and leave me out of your shit.
I don't believe you. And I certainly am not jealous of you.

I have already been crazy remember?
An unenviable state if ever there was one.

- - - - - - - -

Me leave you out of things? How about you take your own advice?!

But you're right about one thing ~ there is NOTHING enviable about being you.

Dena said...

Windingwinds I am waiting for a flaw.
Not a major one. It could be miniscule.
I am very particular.
I am rather surprised myself that he has not disappointed me yet.
This one literally called to me from the womb. Said I'd get him before he was even born.

Performance allows for things that the pretty sports don't.
Peptoboonsmal puts some very interesting heads on his sons. But passing the talent makes people forgive you know?

Dena said...

roses again you have the perfect words.lol
I already contacted crime kittys.

Did you go to Wisconsin? Tell me?
What? You know? EVERYTHING!

SFTS said...

rosesr4evr...LOL...my Dressage guy is only a 2nd level. I don't believe even the newest of newbies would mistake that for "upper level". And I didn't know of Planning FAIL (or the other time she was featured, either) until she inserted herself into the Dream Chasers fiasco back in mid-February. Then I became educated. Oddly enough I stood up for her, that people like her can and do change. I am wiser now. At least where she is concerned.

rosesr4evr said...

SFTS,

I know Dena and you have your own little war going, but some of this you brought on all by yourself. I've always been told not to air dirty laundry in public. Your little woe is me tale that was on a previous post and so long, involved, and detailed that you had to break it up into several sections??? WTMI toots! Waaay Too Much Information. Even if everything happened the way you say, it cast you in a VERY bad light. All I could think while reading your posts was "When did I get front row seats to the Springer Show?"

Your condescension when speaking to others is very offputting. You have been there and done it, and done it better. Tip for ya...When someone on this blog asks for JR to answer a training question, it's really bad form for you to jump in there with your paragraph(s) on how YOU would do it. Now if they asked SFTS, then I would have no problem with you answering them. JR is too polite to tell you to bugger off when you ask him if he minds that you answer a training question that was directed specifically to him.

It's called class and tact. And that's what someone should buy you before they get you a pony!

rosesr4evr said...

Dena,

I put off going to Wisconsin for now. I'm going to go next weekend, I had to work this weekend. And on the way up I'm going to stop in Peotone and look at a Green With Envy filly! Kill 2 birds with one stone.

We did however find a house that we're going to put in an offer for! It's a beaut, wrap around deck, pool, 4 gorgeous acres with mature trees, 4 bd, 2 ba!! Yay! I'm keeping my fingers crossed oh and praying like a mad woman.

horspoor said...

Hey, I bought a bunch of bamboo today. (like that subject change, pretty sly huh?) I got one broadleaf, one lacey looking one, and two uh...regulars? I also bought three little guys that only grow to 18" or so.

I bought some pots to put them in, as I'm not sure I want my backyard to be a bamboo forest.

Dena said...

roses...wow...holy shit...I have to go post your picture. I was saving it for a moment just like this.
Meet me over at my house. We can play over there. It won't dare follow.
Because it know I will delete it.
Give me like 5 minutes K?

rosesr4evr said...

HP,

You're one slick little booger you! Congrats on your wood!

rosesr4evr said...

What picture?? HUH?? okay be there in a few.

SFTS said...

This is truly a fascinating read...

Click Here

...wow.

- - - - - - - -

rosesr4evr...war? Well, war would imply I am concerned about "winning". I am most certainly not. This isn't a "win or lose" situation. It's merely a case of we should avoid each other, yet she just cannot do so. You know, "if you can't say something nice" and all that? It's a little something my mother taught me long ago. Also, live and let live.

I can just as easily live (errr "co-exist") with Dena on both of these blogs. All she needs to do is simply turn the other cheek. But she's proven she just does not possess that capability.

JR invited me to partake in his blog, and I graciously accepted. Generally speaking, when there is a question directed to him, I'll pass by giving an opinion (though that's what these blogs are supposed to be for...), or state a preface asking if the individual minds if I chime in. But I didn't recall JR needing to get Dena's, or your, or anyone else's permission to allow me to post. Or not.

As for the rest, you are free to think what you will. I have responded in kind, and now choose to ignore the trolls. But thanks, anyhow. ;)

OrangeElmo said...

If I didn't have horses (3) I'd have an iPhone, a much newer car, and a horse trekking holiday in Ireland.

Oh. And maybe I'd see a movie more than once a year.

horspoor said...

Yeah, but you've got nice horses OrangeElmo. Figure it's a good trade.

Dena said...

Sorry didn't mean to leave anyone out of the invitation.
Oh wait a minute yes I did.
We has cyber booze, lots of good company, silliness abounds, and very good anti-virus security.
C'mon over.
Sorry CNJ and JR you know I love it here but you all got bugs right now.

rosesr4evr said...

You are seriously too much!!

You think that by dragging out someone's previous mistakes in life will somehow make you better? That was very trashy just now, the whole click here thing. We've been over and over the past. Talk about live and let live?? Say something nice or keep your pie hole shut?? Well, you're not doing so hot on either account.

I never said you needed permission to post or to give an opinion. Just that it's not considered good form to answer ANY question directed to someone else specifically until they have answer that question themselves. Does that make any sense to you?? Or did you not get a lesson in social skills and tact by your dear mother??

rosesr4evr said...

oh wait...Did you see that?? There wasn't a C&P anywhere to be cound and I'm pretty darn sure that EVERYONE knows who that post was directed to.

Amazing...just freakin' amazing.

rosesr4evr said...

LOL Ooops! *found*

rosesr4evr said...

Accompanied by multitudinous posting that leaves you wondering why a self-professed professional gives so much unsolicited professional advice.

Dena said...

It has been done SFTS. You know you can't even remember you own lies one to the next.
It should hardly surprise me that you would forget a FACT like that.
The difference is people like me.
Probably because I am not a fraud.
But you just can't seem to get that.
Riding my back is not going to get you anywhere.
It won't make you popular.
Mostly because you are simply very unpleasant.
And I don't think it is anyone here jealous of you.
I think you just don't get that you burn another bridge everytime you pull a stunt like that.
And mostly, I just feel very sorry for you. When I haven't allowed myself to be irritated by you.
Because you can't change anything about your own miserable situation until you admit you are in one.
And that is all I am going to say about that.
And if you keep chasing after me there are going to be times when you get my goat. And when it comes to bitchslapping the enemy I have a pretty strong record in that too.
You should check into that.

horspoor said...

yeah, that was pretty low.

I knew better than to click. Pretty much knew what it was.

SFTS said...

rosesr4evr, Dena had made her bed, and she must lie in it. I didn't make anything up.

Why does it bother you so very much that I post what I post, where I post, and why? Does it really make such an impact on your life that you must get yourself so worked up?

I understand you consider her your friend. I am happy for you. Peace be with you and all that. Have fun.

horspoor ~ I am sorry you see it that way. However, I tire of being dragged through the mud by "it". *eyeroll*

SFTS said...

Dena, LOL, please.

Your grandstanding and pompous bullshit may impress a few folks, and you may have found a "home away from home" here. Good for you. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Dena said...

I N S U F F E R A B L E

T W U N T

Riddle solved.

HP I am off to play. You are more than welcome.

I think it best to let the bitch talk to herself for awhile.
It seems to enjoy that.

SFTS said...

I seem to have struck a nerve........or four.

Wow, the venom.

Carry on.

rosesr4evr said...

Honey,

Dena wakes up, rolls out of the bed she made. She goes to sleep in it every night and I'm pretty sure she doesn't need you to give her a turn down service whenever you're feeling a little behind the eight ball.

It wasn't about you making anything up, so much as you deciding to put that link here was in very poor taste. Again, I will tell you it was classless. Do you have any idea as to what class and tact are?? Cuz I have the distinct feeling that you don't and it's something you can't teach. So don't bother looking for any lengthy diatribes on here as to how you can achieve it. There are no martingales, side reins, or draw reins that will give you a shortcut to class and tact.

I usually don't give one rat's ass what you post, where you post it. But when it comes to you continuously throwing ancient history up in someone's face to try to win points with others, that's inexcusable. Everyone gets tired of your C&P moments. Your C&P on almost every post sends out the message that you think we're all so stupid and incompetent as to not be able to follow a conversation. IT"S ANNOYING not to mention condescending to our intelligence.

Friends or not, some people will stand, some will not. Some will follow, some will lead.Some people will eat shit and tell you it tastes like ice cream and then there's some people who will just tell you the truth. Which one are you?

SFTS said...

LOL...rosesr4evr...is that supposed to be a reading assignment? It was so long, and so preachy, I almost fell asleep halfway through.

I hadn't been to this blog since 6:40 this morning. I posted a nice little happy comment answering the questions JR posed on the blog post, then I added a short, sweet reply to CnJ's question.

And of COURSE, within a relatively short period of time, there was old Dena, making snide comments directed at me, utterly unprovoked. Naturally, she kept it up into this evening. On not one, but two blogs.

Do the words "get a frigging life" have any meaning for ya? *eyeroll*

Dena said...

Father forgive Stacy Nichols she knows not what she does.
As her former clients will attest.
*if she ever had any*
Help her not to have such a sick with envy heart of real professionals.
*look deep you might find something we missed*
Though she be hateful, malicious, and unkind, I forgive her.
Because you can punish her so much better for her wicked ways than I ever could.
Amen...

rosesr4evr said...

So did you run and tell Mommy that mean ole Dena has been pickin on you all day??

horspoor said...

Allrighty....enough. Really it's enough.

Hey JR where is the rolled up paper? Hell, bring a hose.

rosesr4evr said...

Jr,

I know the post title is Friday Night Free For All, but I'm pretty sure you didn't mean this.

I apologize and it will now cease. I've said my piece and I'm moving on. Great blog though, lots of good insights and things to ponder and try out, also nice to know I've been doing some things right.

You and CNJ kiss those precious twins for me and tell CNJ Rowan is almost walking!!

SFTS said...

LOL...Dena, the Good Christian. Lookin' a little bit bi-polar there, sweetie.

I agree, HP. It IS enough. However, Dena sets the tone and has proven over and over and over that she just cannot let her anger (whatever caused it in the first place ~ we really don't know, it's probably some deep rooted thing) go.

rosesr4evr, that was mature.

JohnieRotten said...

Actually we just got back from a late meeting with a client and I log on to see everyone not making nice.

By calling it a free for all imeant lets talk about fun things we can do with our horses besides training.

This is certainly not what I had in mind.

Enough is enough!

Dena said...

HP it is partially your fault. If you would write more stories I would be more productively engaged.
At least, your stories are Real.

roses I haven't put up HP's picture yet.
We may want to consider her words of wisdom.
And And AAAnnnnnnddddd turn the other *choke* cheek.
We could turn both and give her an Alabama Moon and sideways smile at the same time?
Naw, she would just photoshop our asses as her own.
Which wouldn't be a bad thing if she times it by 4 like she does everything else.

Dena said...

HP there is a rule. One does not embrace evil.
It might think you like it.

JohnieRotten said...

Take care Roses and spend time with Rowan. It never seems I can get enogh time with ours.

Please come back anytime!

Dena said...

JR I was typing while you were posting.
And henceforth, I shall ignore it.
My apologies.
It just has this amazing ability to piss me off.

JohnieRotten said...

Orange elmo

we have iPhones and love em. That is what am posting on now.

Who Said That? said...

SFTS- Seems you have taken your share, but I can't feel sorry for someone who brings such things upon themselves. Your behavior is that of a spoilt child.

Spilling things out in such a grand display on various blogs and forums? Please. "Off to ride horses" is code for switching blogs to post on. Yeah we get it. Here, FHoTD, the FSMB, there are very few I have found where you do not go.

"Those of us who train horses for a living..." Condescension much? As if none of the rest of us do? Well some of us actually do! And from reading here, I can tell you haven't the slightest.

Four new horses coming in this weekend... I'll just bet those on your non-existent 'waiting list' are just thrilled beyond belief about getting 'bumped' for another client.

Whiffle bats on your halter horses to get their attention? As if another, less cruel method could not produce the same results.

You asked on a previous thread, what JR would do with an impatient, ignorant, win at all cost type client. Such feigned interest is both transparent and unbecoming.

I have no doubt you will continue to drag out your past and repeat it, until which time you have found the strength to admit defeat and rebuild.

Yes we all know how to ignore your posts, but the mere fact that you have to repeat that should at least give you the idea that your opinions and advice are not being asked for.

For Cathy to tell you, that you have not 'arrived' until there is a blog about you, shows nobody cares enough to do so. You are that predictable and uninteresting.

Whilst JR's blog has been humorous, fun and informative, it gets mired down with all the bickering- much of it brought out or started by you- in your attempts to prove yourself better than everyone else. I can assure you SFTS, you will never even come close to being in the same league as Mr. Rotten has proven himself to be in.

He has made it more than crystal clear, that he left the Arabian show circuit because of the freaks and whackaloons involved. I can only surmise the reason you stay and are such a part of it all, is because you find yourself in your element and in familiar surroundings. Yet another proven point that you couldn't even begin to make it on the open circuits.

horspoor said...

okay, I don't understand that last bit...photoshopping asses, and times-ing it by 4.

JohnieRotten said...

Dena

None of this is really worth it and that goes for you too SFTS.

The one thing that I can say here is that all this arguing in wasted energy. Having fun is so much better and, how shall we say it, oh yeah, fun!

SFTS said...

JohnieRotten wrote:
By calling it a free for all i meant lets talk about fun things we can do with our horses besides training.

This is certainly not what I had in mind.

- - - - - - - -

Been there, tried that. Talked about having fun, talked about fun with the horses, talked about fun without the horses...and then Dena arrived, again, as always the "life of the party" taking potshots at me.

I am done apologizing. You were the one who told me I should stop...so, I am. Stopping with the apologies.

rosesr4evr said...

JR,

I know that feeling all too well. I almost cried today. We had to go to a house showing and Rowan went to his Aunt's. They have a swimming pool. After making sure he had enough bottles and food, sunblock, Little Swimmers undies, and a life vest, we had to leave to go to a house showing. We missed his first swim. I almost didn't want to go the showing. I just wanted to be there to see his face when he got to play in the pool.

SFTS said...

WST...for all people make of me being long winded, this one of yours takes the cake. Sigh.

rosesr4evr said...

To quote a Tom Cruise line from A Few Good Men- "And the hits just Keep On Comin"

Never say die.

JohnieRotten said...

SFTS

if you and Dena can not get along then please stand on the other side of the blog and ingnore her!

This is beyond childish!

These Friday threads are about trading horse stories as I know how we horse people like to bullshit about our crazy lives.

JohnieRotten said...

Actually HP

Jack Nicolson said it best in that move "you want the truth?you can't handle the truth"

Dena said...

JR if you are not too tired tell me what you think of my colt.
Break what you see into pieces.
Every bit.
I'm not scared. Well maybe a little.lol

HP enlarged 400%.

JohnieRotten said...

Sorry Roses. I meant actually Roses

and yes it is hard to send them to day care especially when I get to play daddy daycare two days a week.
Being a daddy to the twins is the best ride I have ever been on!

horspoor said...

It's okay. I was thinking the same thing. Was about to post...and refrained. See, it can be done. lol

JohnieRotten said...

Dena

I will have that for you first thing in the AM,
our computer is down and long posts on the
iPhone take way too long. From what I have seen though he is a pretty nice colt.

SFTS said...

You know, you are right JR. It IS beyond childish.

It is also utterly absurd, the bullshit that is allowed to freely fly here, because Dena is one of the "golden children who can do no wrong". Dena can say what she likes, when she likes, and I dare not respond, in kind, or otherwise.

I am weary. It's been a long day, and I am going to bed. To bed with the thought that I can rest assured, there is bound to be some sort of nonsensical verbage spewed forth from Dena to and/or about me when I awaken in the early morn.

Wonderful. What everyone should have to look forward to. Not.

Good night.

rosesr4evr said...

JohnnieRotten said...
Jack Nicolson said it best in that move "you want the truth?you can't handle the truth"
_________________________________

JR,

I tried that one and I got whacked on the ass with a rolled up newspaper. So no more of those.

On the kids,

I know what you mean. I get to spend a lot of time with Rowan, sometimes when he's crabbin, it's too much time and then the times that he's laughing and being so absolutely adorable, it's never enough. Good thing is, he's almost always happy, so we get lots of good times.

horspoor said...

Well, I should head to bed. Have lessons in the morning. Still haven't gotten the damn fountain out of the truck.

All the premium channels are on for free preview tonight. Woohooo...I'll set the sleep timer on the tv. lol

horspoor said...

JR...you got IM?

horspoor said...

I'd like to send you a link. I emailed earlier. Don't open the first. File is way too big...it will freeze your computer. Open the 'do overs'

rosesr4evr said...

LOL HP!

That is my preferred way of going to sleep at night. Set the sleep timer and go to sleep. That way if I drop the remote in my sleep, I don't have to get up to look for it under the bed.

horspoor said...

Actually emailed Cut.

JohnieRotten said...

Who whacked with a newspaper Roses?

I did not do that did I?

As far as the girls are concerned, tomorrow is fathers day and they are all mine. HAHAHAHA!

JohnieRotten said...

We have im but I di not know how to use it and I have to set it up on the iPhone. Give me a few.

horspoor said...

Naw..just go to Cut's email. The pimo one. Can you click on links from the phone?

rosesr4evr said...

I got a whacking with the newspaper for being mean to someone. HP sicced you on us for fighting earlier.

OH and by the way, I know it's probably not your first, but it's your first with TWINS! Happy Father's Day!

JohnieRotten said...

I will let her know hp

horspoor said...

There is a link in the 'do overs' email. Don't open the other one. It's too dang big. I did a screen capture, and failed at it. lol

JohnieRotten said...

Thanks hp. I will let her know.

And thanks Roses, you have a good Fathers day with Hubby!

horspoor said...

Whew, I really do have to go to bed. Beyond tired.

Oh, and Happy Fathers Day JR.

Have a good one.

rosesr4evr said...

horspoor said...

Hey JR where is the rolled up paper? Hell, bring a hose.
__________________________

"It rubs the lotion on IT"S skin, or else IT gets the hose again."

HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE Whoo...(catches breath) Sorry, I thought it was funny.

horspoor said...

OMG Roses, you've morphed into Smeagol. lol

blueheron said...

I'm a reader, not a poster, but as a reader, I've watched it all... And I have to say this:
SFTS, either take the high road, or stay in the mud, but stop vacillating between the two. I am getting whiplash.
Dena, stop with the baiting. SFTS can dig her own grave, or make a place for herself here, without your help.
SFTS, we are all well aware of Dena's past. She, among all of us, has the least to hide, because it's all be aired in the public forum of the internet. Your pulling it out does nothing to raise your standing, and actually will backfire on you. It is what it is.
Dena, get out of the sand box. You know more than I ever hope to know about horses. This is beneath you.

horspoor said...

Allrighty, and on that note...I'm off to bed. lol

JohnieRotten said...

Hey Roses

isn't that Gollum!

rosesr4evr said...

More like Buffalo Bill in Silence of The Lambs! HEE HEE

rosesr4evr said...

BlueHeron,


*Thunderous applause*

THAT"S what I was trying to get across. Very well said.

Seriously done, have to go to bed, getting up in 3.75 hours to go to work. This one's gonna hurt.

JohnieRotten said...

Roses

gotcha!

Dena said...

HP CNJ already told you how to unload the fountain.
That was funny.
Now I will tell you the rest.
If it breaks run over it with the truck, leave the keys in the ignition, and call...yourself.
You are after all an insurance specialist.

Thanks JR. I gelded his brother for 2 reasons.
His bite was about 1/4" off and after seeing the second colt crop by that sire I could no longer lie to myself that the hernia could have been caused by his mother giving birth standing up.
I liked his look a lot. And he has something most definitely. He just also has some things that shouldn't be passed on too.
This colt though? He makes the little hairs on your arms stand up.
His brother does that too.
The difference is all the little hairs stand up and the back of your neck gets tingly too.
He did not have a hernia either. But he has blown a little one over the last week or so.
If I think this is a continuation of the problem I will simply address it.
I am not afraid to bite the bullet when it is the right thing to do.

Good Night All...

rosesr4evr said...

Now you see why I just thought it was hilarious? I almost needed a diaper. Good thing there's plenty of those around here, a bit small, but they should work in a pinch.

JohnieRotten said...

Blueheron I agree with Rose and I too am going to bed!

rosesr4evr said...

G'night all! Sweet dreams. And I do mean ALL.

Dena said...

BH you are correct. I wasn't ignoring you.
I missed seeing it.
I will offer only an explanation not an excuse.

It takes my words and tries to make them its own.
The rehashing of my past is easy to step over.

The attempted stealing of my words/thoughts and making them ridiculous by the signature of the copier is what pushes me to fight.

I guess it is the whole I am me and you are you so please stop trying to be me thing.
Every copy and paste is a prelude to a ridicule. And that part doesn't just apply to me.

But I am trying to move past that.
And I will continue to work at it.

SFTS said...

Blueheron wrote:
SFTS, either take the high road, or stay in the mud...

Dena, stop with the baiting. SFTS can dig her own grave, or make a place for herself here, without your help.

- - - - - - - -

Thanks Blueheron. Your wisdom is appreciated and not lost on me. :)

Yesterday was a very tough day, on many levels. Again, I sank to another's level.

rosesr4evr? If your "ALL" was sincere and extended to myself, I thank you. My 'good night' was certainly better than my day and evening...

JR ~ Happy Fathers Day.

blueheron said...

SFTS, Dena, I can see why people might stoop to slinging mud and engaging in snipe, snark, and snits on a blog that says it is all about snark. I think it is poor manners to continue to do so on a blog that is about having a good time and talking shop. Especially when the blog master has asked for it to stop, on more than one occasion.
The comments stop being entertaining and educational when we have to wade through the cat fights, that's all. Thanks.

SFTS said...

Understood, Blueheron. :)

So, what is everyone going to do today? For me, it's the same old, same old. Other than fixing my husband "breakfast in bed" for Father's Day, of course!

Though I only have 6 horses to ride today, along with two other youngsters to work. Oh, and I forgot about the "grand old broodmare" a client decided we should being back into condition so she can make a return to the show ring. Hell, she's not that old, she's only 14! :) So, a fairly short and easy day, with a mix of various things to do (one flat saddle English horse, two Hunter horses, three Western horses).

My plan is to enjoy today thoroughly. :) :)

CharlesCityCat said...

I did not come back on last PM, and now I am glad.

BH is always the voice of reason and is absolutely correct in everything she said.

Happy Father's Day JR, enjoy your little bundles of Joy.

fernvalley01 said...

Good Morning!! This is me ignoring the pissing contest ,almost,
HAPPY FATHERS DAY JR !!!!!!
What a proud and happy papa you must be today and every day!

windingwinds said...

Happy Fathers Day JR! As a sibling to twins survivor, this'll be the best...I could describe the later years, but why ruin the day?! (I don't know why they used to gang up on me, I'm innocent, I SWEAR it!

windingwinds said...

O while I'm here, where are you are on when to start these first rides JR? 2, 3yrs old? I know Hilda Guerney had a dressage article where they started late 2 yr old year, it was interesting. (I know, talk bout random)

JohnieRotten said...

WW

I like to start them as 3 year olds. Some of them we will start late into their 2 year old year. Really depends on the physical and mental developement of the youngster. And we won't start them on cattle until we feel they can handle it physically as we want them to have a long career healthy career.

I know of only a few trainers that start them as long yearlings. One of them trains western pleasure horses and the other trains ropers. I personally discourage thar practice.

I do know some of the larger breeds such as the warmbloods are started as 2year olds and they handle it just fine!

blueheron said...

I just about lost my coffee. I thought WW was talking about when to start the Twins on riding! And I read JR's response in the same way... lol. Oh, boy. Gives a totally different twist on both of your posts. Try it. lol.

GoLightly said...

Yeah, I think y'all are rushing the twins a tad, JR;)

Wait until they can walk, at least!

Happy Father's Day to JR, and (belated) Happy Mother's Day, to CNJ!

Here's to a brighter future
for kids and horses and parents
everywhere!
(yup, I'm hearing the theme song to "Annie" too.)

dbo

Dena said...

JR Happy Fathers Day!!! Am patiently waiting for conformation eval.

*BH you will have mail shortly.

HP unload the damn fountain already would you?
Wish I was there I would help.
I would drive the truck.lol

JohnieRotten said...

Dena

Iwas just looking at him~

JohnieRotten said...

I will post on your blog~

CharlesCityCat said...

Yes, please ladies. JR's blog is interesting, informative and entertaining, please don't ruin it for everyone with this back and forth squabbling.

My Southern Belle Smarminess is becoming offended.

Dena, I am going to send the Secret Weapon after you, and you know what that means!

SFTS said...

Repost, as no one responded...

So, what is everyone going to do today? For me, it's the same old, same old. Other than fixing my husband "breakfast in bed" for Father's Day, of course!

Though I only have 6 horses to ride today, along with two other youngsters to work. Oh, and I forgot about the "grand old broodmare" a client decided we should being back into condition so she can make a return to the show ring. Hell, she's not that old, she's only 14! :) So, a fairly short and easy day, with a mix of various things to do (one flat saddle English horse, two Hunter horses, three Western horses).

My plan is to enjoy today thoroughly. :) :)

Dena said...

Thanks JR. The 4 kids are my first ever opportunity to test my eye on babies to adults.
Really expensive lesson if I am wrong.:)
As Dad was a dealer of saddle horses babies were anathema.
A dead loss he would say.
Stay away from them.
I an sure pick a good Arabian but never had the opportunity to learn on QH's.

I don't have that complete confidence of saying I know what I am talking about when it comes to gambling how a weanling will eventually turn out.
At this stage, I just know what I like and hope like hell I am proven right by them.

The one strange thing is I never look at the papers until after I decide if I like the horse or not.
In researching the lines I am deciphering the code and beginning to understand the formula.

I am going to put up a thread with my 4 personal picks(if it ever stops raining long enough)and you will get an idea where I am going. Or at least think I am.

Our boy owns the performance division of our practises. I keep hoping that it will prove at least enough for him to go to a good school when the time comes.

Thanks again.

Dena said...

CCC siccing Gatordog on me generally means moonshine for me and the pound for her.
Have we not learned that?
I told you last time you should have just come yourself.

Smarminess I love that word.lol

CharlesCityCat said...

Sorry, I had weird computer glich, when I checked back here it ended at Blueheron's comment about the fighting so that is why my last comment is stuck in an odd place. Thought about deleting it but decided not to as I was rebooting the computer.

CharlesCityCat said...

Dena,

Maybe I am the secret weapon, or it could be Spot, he has bad gas again. LOL!!

You should love that word, you made it up, remember??

Cut-N-Jump said...

Dena, what shows as a good performance horse in one breed, often carries over to other breeds as well. A nice overall picture with everything proportioned and balanced in relation to the other parts.

Weaners, yearlings and two year olds can go through some funky growth spurts. Our colt did and some of those were downright 'hide him in the back pasture' type of FUNKY!

He has come around though thankfully, and proves himself each day to be more than we ever expected.

May your do the same.


HP- unload the damn fountain already, would ya. LOL!

I'm off to finish the shadbelly coat. It's been giving me greif and making me swear.

Cut-N-Jump said...

May your do the same.

Sorry, may yourS do the same.

That damn coat is affecting my brain.

JohnieRotten said...

SFTS

we are going to ride later but at the moment we are hanging with the girls.

Dena

Like I said he is a nice colt. Would like to aeh again in a few months.

Thanks to all for the Happy Fathers Day wishes.

Dena said...

computer screen and keyboard clean up needed immediately.
I really thought I was immune.
And then you said that about Spot and gas. And I remembered "Why is Spot farting on me? Why? Why? Why?"
And it was over.ROFLMAO

CNJ what is a shadbelly coat? Isn't shad some type of fish?
I am painfully ignorant.
I hid them in the North pasture last year in between evals. Their yearling growth was unpleasant.
This year not so much.lol

And thanks for the good wishes.
I want the boy to have choices in his future. Good choices.
And this is what I know combined with what feels like a big gamble to make that happen.
The stock market and savings bonds seem like a bigger risk though.

Did you spend all your money yet?
Mine is just collecting dust in someone elses care.

Dena said...

Oh for craps sake. I am stupid. Is shad a younger pig?

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