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Old 12-22-2013, 05:44 PM   #711
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Are your pets getting Christmas presents?

I'm afraid Horse isn't.

His present this year is a bill for around 200 (approx. $300) that hasnt appeared yet, for antibiotics for a severe case of mudrash (legs swollen like elephants legs and that was after the first round of antibios!) Hell be lucky if he gets fed, never mind pressies, if he carries on like this!

As a result he's living in, which he is enjoying much more than being turned out in the mud soup which is the field. Lets face it, whats to complain about - comfy warm stable, regular feeds, ad lib hay, cosy rugs, morning and afternoon naps, attentive servants (his other mummy is back from her cruise so two of us now), carrots and polos from his fans - a life of Riley!

Yes, I know Im cruel not to let him be a natural horse and freeze all day in the field (He does get an hour a day in the sick field and he goes on the walker while were mucking out and making feeds so his exercise programme is not entirely neglected.)
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #712
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The cats get tuna and toys for Shrek to step on. I try not to buy spiky toys... If they are lucky, I'll bring stuff home for them in a box...or paper bag.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #713
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Shreddy gets tuna and catnip. He is no longer interested in bags or boxes.

Last night when we came home, Stirling saw Shreddy sitting on the top shelf of the cat tree. He promptly stepped off it onto the stairs. I wonder what's up with that. Does he think he isn't supposed to use it? Does he not want us to know that he uses/likes it?
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:32 PM   #714
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Let's be soppy together:

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man". ~W.S. Churchill (Yes, that Churchill) quoted by, among others, one R. Reagan (yes, that Reagan)
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"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people". ~W.C. Fields

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"A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence". ~Pam Brown
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"Look back at our struggle for freedom,
Trace our present day's strength to it's source;
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse."
~Author Unknown
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"Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient."
~Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954
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"A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan." ~Pam Brown
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And, of course:
"A woman needs two animals - the horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it". ~Author Unknown

And to all that may I add,

There is nothing more beautiful than a wild horse running atop a mesa with tail and mane flying in the wind.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:31 PM   #715
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MadCook and Addie,

We'll have to trade stories about horses------ I'm sure we have many of them. I never get tired of talking about the horses I had and I bet you don't either. Probably many others too.

I'll start with just a quick bio---- of course as a young girl I always wanted a horse but, of course, never got one. So at age 50 I decided that if I didn't at least learn something about riding I'd never be able to do it.

So I signed up for English riding lessons and had the time of my life. Of course, 50 is too old to START riding, at least for most people, so I only became a moderately accomplished rider.

But the best thing to happen from those lessons, the woman giving me lessons had a horse there also being trained by a very wealthy woman who was grooming a horse for dressage.

Sad story---- the horse, Justin, was kicking up his heels one day and landed wrong and broke a pastern! Vets and everyone pretty much told her the kind thing would be to put him down. She refused, loaded him into a horse trailer and drove him to US Davis Vet School (it was New Years) and pretty much held a gun to the vets there so they would accept him. (not literally, of course!)

I forget how many months he was there after the operation. Many months? Over a year. He broke the record for a horse being at that school and come out with his mind intact (and his pastern healed). Plus when he left the entire vet. faculty came out for a going away party for him.

Now his pastern was healed but he had a small bobble at the trot that would keep him from any competition. So when the woman who owned Justin heard that I lived on a small ranch and LOVED horses she offered to give him to me, after I was vetted of course! (His bobble at a trot wasn't evident at the canter----- it was like riding melted butter! No kidding.)

So that was the beginning. But not the end. Now I'd like to hear other stories.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #716
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I used to work with 4-H kids at the Western Washington Fair at Puyallup, Washington. One of my girls had a horse that had colic. She was walking that horse up and down that barn for hours on end. I went out to the barn to see how she was doing. I offered to relieve her so she could get some rest. I took over. About an hour into my shift, someone entered the barn and it was around 2 a.m. All of a sudden the horse stiffened up and started to rear. She was trying to charge toward the intruder. I let go of her reins. The intruder ran like he was on fire. It turned out that the police were all over the grounds looking for this man. He was wanted for murder in another town. I may not have been the horse's owner, but she knew something was wrong. I always trust an animal's instinct. And that spurt of energy she showed was just enough to relieve the colic. I let my 4-Her sleep right through it all. It wasn't until the next day when they wanted pictures, that they showed her as the owner. I wanted no part of the publicity.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:44 PM   #717
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I was spending my usual summer on my Uncle's dairy farm. He came home drunk out of his socks one night, he had gone to a farm auction and won the bid on a flock of goats and a poor broken down horse. The horse would not let anyone near her, except me...I was a city kid what did I know about horses.

With the advice of my Uncle I got her back to good health that summer. The next we started in with western saddle and bridle. The summer after that I was goofing with her and we started looping the barrels set up for my cousins and their barrel racing horses. Pretty soon we were better than them. Between us we won three competitions over three more summers.

My Uncle called me with the sad news about a month before I was headed to the farm. Beauty had gotten loose and was hit by the milk tanker. That was my last summer on the farm.

Grown up I worked on a dude ranch, rode as often as I could, but have not done so since.
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A friend posted this link on FaceBook:

This guy thought hed never see his dog again. Then he followed this tip and found his best friend.

It sounds reasonable and worth knowing.
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A friend posted this link on FaceBook:

This guy thought hed never see his dog again. Then he followed this tip and found his best friend.

It sounds reasonable and worth knowing.
I think that makes a lot of sense. It's one of the reasons that, when a dog has to be overnight at the vet after an operation or left at a boarding kennel, it's suggested to bring an item of your worn clothing for the dog to cuddle up to. And it's favorite toy.

Cat's, who are seemingly unwilling to appear to like their owners, would benefit by this also.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:39 PM   #720
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A friend posted this link on FaceBook:

This guy thought hed never see his dog again. Then he followed this tip and found his best friend.

It sounds reasonable and worth knowing.
It's how Shrek keeps finding his way home...
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