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5/3/21 2:22 P

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Hello Mona & Darlene,

Wisconsin is a bit far to go for a trail ride, but I bet you have some good trails in your area!
Hey Darlene so sorry to hear about your horse but 34 is a nice old age. What a gift to have her so long. In our area we have a place called The Pegasus Project. It is a horse therapy ranch for all kinds of folks with various disabilities. Maybe you have a place like this that you could go get a horse fix?
I am hoping to get more riding time in when school is over. I home school my last 2 kids one of which has a learning challenge. Some days can be long which makes me so glad we have more daylight now!
We have had horses about 10-12 years now. I had a horse as a kid and after marriage and babies etc. I just really did not see a horse in my life again. I feel so absolutely blessed to have one now and grateful I can still ride!
Thanks ladies for replying to my intro! In a perfect world we will meet up and ride those trails sometime!

Joy is in the journey!!

Crissy

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5/2/21 11:38 P

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Chrissy your area sounds beautiful for riding. I think if I were in the mountains I would have had quite a few nice places to ride and maybe even around close by to trailer to. I didn't really figure out very many nice places in the last years I had Fancy. I lost her 2 years ago a few months before she turned 34. I hadn't been able to ride for a few years at that point (mainly couldn't get on her after cancer and moved to where there wasn't a mounting block to help me). Fancy was still pretty frisky at that point and the last few years she was in with a donkey and no one could get them separated. I wish I could go work for somewhere that I could ride horses or at least groom them.



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5/1/21 4:23 P

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Hi Chrissy.
Wow have lots of things changed since the last post to this thread.
Congrats at being able to ride many trails not far from your home.
I just usually rode around our farm the last few years. Since my last post, our geriatric AQHA gelding has died and I had to rehome my Arabian last summer as my arthritis made it difficult and painful to ride and do the work necessary to keep horses.
I live in NW Wisconsin so wouldn't be able to ride with you in any case.
Enjoy your riding!

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Hello, folks
By the looks of the last post date this group is also a tad bit slow. I am a leader of a group that is a bit slower than this but nonetheless I am grateful for both! I am a 58 year old mom of 10 and grandma of 7. I own a beautiful quarter horse mare who is currently getting a hoof fungus issue dealt with. When I get the time to ride its like a mini vacation! I went on a 5 mile trail ride with friends in early April and that was like a shot in the arm!! I was inspired and excited to do more of that! We live in an area that has many options at our disposal. most are less than an hours drive from home! I live in Eastern WA just on the east side of the mountains that distinguish east from west! Are any of you on this side of Washington or in Washington state? I am amazed and so very grateful at the beauty and variety right in my own back yard!
I am looking forward to going on another ride soon! Would love to have some of you join me!

Have a Happy Horse Day!!

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Nice to hear from you again! Summer is so busy, but I really enjoy taking time to check in with Spark People!
We've had very hot, wet weather in late June and July, with lots of bugs so not a lot of riding. It did dry up enough to get some hay baled and in the barn - with lots of help from a neighbor/relative who will take hay in exchange for labor. Too tired to ride after that. Did ride my Arab some in June before the tropical weather hit. He tolerates the heat well, not so much the 90% humidity. Same with me, except 90 degrees + 90% humidity makes it really hard to breathe. emoticon
Retired Quarter Horse gelding came out of winter scruffy, shed out to be pretty thin, but is looking wonderful, sleek and shiny now.

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7/12/19 4:32 P

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I haven't logged on for quite awhile..nice to see some new members, welcome everyone!

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I hear you about the "retirement partner!" My gelding was 5 and very inexperienced, and I was nearly 60, when I got him and he had had been underfed, shall we say? In any case, with rest and enough food, he regained the energy you'd expect from a 5 year old 15/16 Arabian! We've had our issues, but he's very smart and mostly kind. emoticon We typically ride in an outdoor riding area, with some field riding thrown in occasionally. There are no horse trails around and riding on the roads is pretty scary as most drivers are really inexperienced about sharing the road with horses.
We also have a geriatric retired American Quarter Horse, who due to old injury is not sound for riding, but is a joy to be around due to his sweet nature.

There are a few pictures on my Spark page, along with some of our departed equine pals.

Living in Wisconsin, US makes riding a challenge since we have quite long, cold winters with lots of snow and sometimes ice. Late summer and autumn are the best times to ride, but I try to get out there as soon as the mud goes away.

Your horse is lovely!

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7/31/18 1:58 P

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Hi Dawn, Thank you for re-activating this thread! People come and go to the team and summertime can get so hectic that computer time takes a back seat.
I actually just rode my horse this weekend after weeks of not riding due to hot, humid, wet, buggy weather. As you can tell I'm a bit of a wimp! My horse is worse about bugs than I am, though and even with repellent and ear net with some face protection, he get really frantic if bugs are after him.
Your horse is stunning! emoticon
I ride for pleasure too although used to show a bit at some of our local small shows, but that was many years ago with a different horse, who was buried here on our farm with 3 of his friends.
I hear you about setbacks! When a person is older, taking a fall can be really serious. The last one for me resulted in no physical damage (Thanking my God!) but some physic distress. Found that visualizing successfully surviving a spook (stay in saddle!) really helped with my confidence and even my reactions when the next spook happened.
Have a wonderful day and good luck with your continued riding!


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7/30/18 6:39 P

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Hello! My name is Dawn, I'm 53, I own a 13 year old paint named Remy and we're from Ohio. Right now we board but we hope one day to have our own small farm.

I just ride for pleasure. He and I have had a lot of set backs due to various medical problems, but with the help of a friend, Remy and I are regaining our confidence and enjoying our time together again in the saddle.

Looking forward to getting acquainted

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5/25/17 11:39 A

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emoticon To the team!
I haven't ridden so far this spring but it's due to wet, muddy conditions and severe weather. We had over 7 inches of rain last week. We had some beautiful weather a couple of weeks ago and the riding area was just getting dried out and it started raining again. Could wish for a belly-dump truck full of sand???
Riding is pretty good exercise but I've found that I need to do other work-outs to maintain my strength and balance to be able to ride - when the opportunity presents itself.
My Arabian, "Dreamer" loves to learn new things and gets aloof if I don't spend enough time with him and right now he looks at me as if to say "if you don't want me, I don't want you!" And will walk away unless bribed by a treat. When I'm working with him, he'll some up from the far corner of the pasture when I walk outside.
Your goal sounds realistic. Keep up the good work - 17 pounds is a great start!

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Hi everyone. I'm a middle-aged, mid-career professional from central Delaware. I own 1 horse, "Smokey," a 20-year-old Quarter Horse I use for general pleasure riding and occasional fox hunting. My goal is to lose weight in order to be fit enough for competition -- and my ULTIMATE goal is to participate in a George Morris jumping clinic. I have already lost 17 lbs., although that's probably mostly water weight. I'd like to be down to 145 by New Year's (55 lbs. in 6-7 months; should be able to achieve that!) I'm not having any trouble staying motivated about dieting and working out; however, I AM finding it hard to get motivated to ride. I'm just more invested in working out because I achieve greater results more quickly, I guess. So I guess what I need is encouragement to get back on the horse again.

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emoticon To the team! Love those Friesians!

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I am Laurie from Iowa. I have a Friesian Sport horse and a Peruvian semi retired horse. I was lucky enough and went to Florida last winter with 1 horse, dog and cats.

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10/7/14 1:22 P

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Hi and Welcome from NW Wisconsin. Our horses have been vacationing due partly to our strange weather. Either it's too wet and muddy to ride, or it's drier and we're trying to harvest! Enjoy your rides.

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Welcome and Happy Trails...glad you joined us.

You only get one body..take care of it!..
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Happy October all! I live in north Georgia and have two horses - a 20 year old AQHA mare, and a 7 year old TWH gelding. Weather is beautiful here, so in a few hours I am off to ride with my good friend. We are sticking to back roads today; too many yellow jackets in the woods!

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emoticon to SP and welcome to the board...the more the merrier ! I live in Nova Scotia and I have one horse, a soon to be 21 year old Thoroughbred mare. I used to dabble at dressage..and I mean dabble,was never very good at it, but she has some health issues so I have to be content to trail ride and just play in the ring. Showing costs too much anyway.
I'm off to check out your photos!! Let us know how we can help with you weight loss journey! Join in some challenges, set your own!



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4/25/14 1:37 A

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Thanks for the welcome! I posted a couple of pictures of Marmalade. We board her at a friends place about 5 minutes away from us. My goal is to some day (before I'm too old to do anything) have a place where I can keep a couple of horses, some chickens and whoever else needs to be rescued!

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. --Romans 12:1


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Hi Babette. emoticon Welcome from Northwest Wisconsin! Can you post a picture of your Marmalade? Love Connemara ponies! We have two geldings, an Arabian and an AQHA who is 21 this year and still full of get up and go.
Today we're getting some April showers, but with hard centers. emoticon

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Hi Babette. I have an older QH mare that is 29. I haven't been able to get out to see her the last few weeks, but sure would like to be able to get out to see her much more. I am also trying to get back on track with my weight loss and trying to get my entire being healthy and strong again. I live in Colorado.



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Hi Everyone:

I'm Babette and I live in So. California. I fell off the Spark wagon a while ago (OK...like two years ago) and am now trying to get myself back on track. I'm tired of not being consistent with my weight.

I have a Connemara pony named Marmalade. She is on the older side (mid-twenties or so) but she is full of pep. :-) We don't do anything fancy but trail ride and enjoy each others company.


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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. --Romans 12:1


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LOL, Mona, that isn't the half of it, but I dare not dwell on many, many parts.
They say every cloud has a silver lining and my raising horses was the lining to the cloud of losing my first husband. Used his life insurance to buy my place and foundation stock. He most definitely would have approved.

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

Just know that you can do this, girls.


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Wow, Brenda, you could probably write a best-seller based on your experiences!

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Wow, you have really had the adventures in your life. I have been in Denver my entire life (except the first 9 weeks, which were in MO). I always wanted to have property and raise horses, but never was able to do that. It would be great to wake up and see them right outside my door.

Sorry you have had the losses you have. Hope you find your property soon. My Dad was from the Ozarks originally (born in Eldon) and I have been there a few times. Beautiful country.



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Thanks, Happy. Really need that.

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

Just know that you can do this, girls.


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That's quite a story, Brenda... Good luck finding a property, so you can once again have horses.

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Okay, need to resume my saga...left off at age 28. Late that year I moved to Apache Jct. AZ. Took my best stud and mare, but found it to be too expensive out there to expand. Ended up selling both....very sad day as I had raised my stud Sonnet (Sylvan's Sonnet) from a baby and he was magnificent. Stayed there over 5 years but came back to MO 'cause I just missed home. Had met a man, married him, gave birth to a son, and divorced the gold digger within that 5 years, so now had two sons to support. Worked in offices and as a bartender just living day to day until I met my last husband. Things were again great until his death suddenly in 2003. And now I had my daughter, too. Couldn't afford a horse during those years, but had plenty of friends with horses, so got to ride a lot anyway. Bought a horse, Tucker, in 2005, but he was a spoiled rotten handful and ended up selling him right before we moved here to the Ozarks in April of 2006. Didn't take long to find Dakota...what a boy! Miss taking care of him, though, as I said, I still see him regularly. Can't wait to get my own place again and at least get a couple of horses for my family. Well, that's life in a nutshell.
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If you think you can; you might.
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I saw the pic of your new pup Mona and she's adorable. I sure wish I had mine, but patience is a virtue, right? Yeah, he's purebred German Shepherd with the plush coat. Not quite a long hair, but still with an undercoat and a little longer hair.
Sounds like you really got a winner with Jojo. What a good girl! Congrats.
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Oh, the puppy is so cute! German Shepherd? The best dog I ever had was a purebred German. But, Jojo is turning out to be quite the dog, too. Took her for a road trip today - 5 hours in the truck and she slept most of the way. No jumping around or whining when we got out and left her alone for about 20 minutes - and no damage, either. I was told Boxers will sometimes destroy if left alone.
Hope you get your puppy soon! emoticon

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He's so cute... Reminds me of my Mandy, when she was a puppy... Oops, my dryer just dinged... Gotta fly.

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
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Changed my pic for a day or two. This is Jynx. He is a full brother of the pup I am waiting for. I had put the deposit on him, but there was a lady who had a pick before me and she took him. So now I have to wait til next litter and hope there is a plush boy in the group.

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

Just know that you can do this, girls.


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My oldest son likes them, but not enough to own one and my youngest son worked at a horse ranch while in school, but doesn't seem interested any longer either. My daughter, however, loves them and thats the main reason I'm getting some land.....so she can get one and, later more for her daughters. Her and her husband own a house in town. I actually am living with them right now, looking after the granddaughters while she is at work. She works as a CNA at the local hospital.

If you think you can't; you won't.
If you think you can; you might.
If you KNOW you can; you will.

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Brenda ~ Sorry to hear of your losses, but it sounds like you've managed to hold your family together... Do your kids also love horses??? Not sure where I got my love for them, but I got bit by the horse "bug", at an early age (2 years old) and I'm still at it.

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Okay, now a bit about myself and all that other stuff, lol.
I've been widowed twice (1976 and 2003). Its lonely, but I dare not complain. I was fortunate enough to find TWO soul mates in this lifetime and have 3 children from them. 2 boys (30 and 38) and my "surprise" daughter (22). Yeah, was 41 when I had her. And thats where my weight problems began. I had always been slim and athletic until then. I was a gymnast that competed (quite well, thank you) on a national level. At the ripe old age of 15 I retired that and bought my first horse (Denver Duke) from a rent line where I worked as a trail guide and gave lessons. A year later I bought my first Arabian (Shabakah) and fell in love with the breed. After my first husband died, I bought a mini farm and started raising and showing Arabians, but kept my old quarter horse for barrel racing and fun shows. My oldest son was only 5 months old at the time. It was hard, just the two of us, but we made it and loved every minute of it. That's enough for now. Will continue my saga later.....that only takes me to age 28, lol.

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If you KNOW you can; you will.

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I think we are on our 3rd snow, though they have all only been traces. Today was maybe a half inch on the grass, but the walks and streets were just wet. But it is cold, at least for me. And I can remember not wearing a coat in this kind of weather and not being cold. I hope Fancy is okay without her blanket because I haven't been able to get out there with it yet.

I am ready for it to warm up, too, but not as hot as summer. Supposedly it is supposed to get back to the 60s by the first part of the week. That will be nice.



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Dang!!! We had our first snow today!!! OK... That's enough... I'm ready for spring!!! *LOL*

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it."
L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

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What-cha-ma-call-it from a Thing-a-ma-bob."
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You have my sympathy - you of course have to choose to take care of yourself first. And knowing your horse is cared for makes it easier I'm sure.

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It is. I always wanted to get a place in the country. Now, though, with health problems, I am much better off here. My friend lives pretty much in the country (outskirts of a small town) and they don't know how anything in the discounted medical program works and don't take it for most things. She has worse health than me and if she is in the hospital (hospital does accept the discounted program) they charge her by the day when the discounted program charges for the entire stay instead of daily. Then when she hit her cap they made her pay for everything and the program says when you hit your cap there is no more out-of-pocket charge. So I end up better off boarding than having Fancy here at home, but I hate not being able to go see her.



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It must be so hard to be such a distance from your horse. Ours are right in our back yard, for which I'm grateful!

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No, it went north and I think probably dumped in the mountains. A lady on the Quarter Horse List I am on lost several horses because of the storm. That is so sad. I worried some about Fancy with the flooding a month ago. I need to get her blanket and shoulder slinky out to the barn just in case she starts getting too cold.



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Well, at least the worst of that storm gave you a miss... I pictured you having 8 to 10 inches!!! emoticon

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I don't know if gmail has a safe list place. Century Link does, but they ignore it.

We got a trace of the snow in Denver, but it was enough to kill off my garden. I picked a bunch of green tomatoes, but don't know a thing about fixing them. I picked my little butternut squash (about 6 inches long), but left the pumpkins there. I don't know if they will continue to ripen or not



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Glad you didn't give up on us!!! I'm not familiar with Gmail, but is there a setting somewhere, where you can add Spark People to your "safe senders" list? I know I have to do that with my email for a lot of things, or it winds up in my spam folder... But yet, some of the Spam still makes it's way through... Go figure.

Good luck on the job search!!!

Colorado, huh??? Did you get some of that show last week??? We're still having beautiful fall weather here in north central Kansas.

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I just posted on another thread, but will here. I joined the team a couple months ago, but my gmail is blocking notices, so I never got anything until the team digest today. I have one 28 year old mare named Fancy that I got as a yearling. She is a QH that was trained in reining. I also have an Australian Cattle Dog and a cat. I live in CO and have to board Fancy about 30 miles from here, so don't get to see her much anymore.

I am trying to find a work from home job because treatments from cancer a few years ago have left me with problems getting places. I'm also trying to lose weight, but haven't had much luck at it. I can get down about 20 pounds and no further.



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Hi Everyone!!!

I'm looking forward to pictures!!! How about we all share one or two recent ones!!!

Hope your weekend is going well.

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Hey Kermit!!!

To post a photo on the Spark Team Page, click on the "Photos" hotlink to the right, just under the Team Stream. In the new popup window, click on "Add a New Photo"

Hope this helps.

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I have about 21 goats. I have Nubians, Boers, Boer/Nubian crosses, Kinder goats and a few pygmies. My two special beeds indoor guyrs are a Boerand a Pygmy.

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How do I post pictures?

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Welcome KERMITWC! great to have you here! I'll be waiting for pictures of your horses!

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Welcome KERMITWC!!!

Great to see another horsey/goatie person so close!!! We're here in north central Kansas. I've got 3 QH mares, and hubby has a GH gelding... What kind of goaties do you have??? I've got 9 Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats and one Boer - All of which are pets, some of which think they're lap goats!!! emoticon

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Hi, i live in MO, I have 8 horses and 23 goats. I also have 2 human kids. 4 are Mustangs, 1 is a 1/2 Mustang, 2 are TBs and 1 is a QH.

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emoticon Skye,
Living here in northwestern Wisconsin, I've often envied people living where they can ride their horses in relative comfort all year round. We had an unusually hot and dry summer this year which meant either riding early in the morning or not at all, with temps and humidity in the 90s. Winter has been fairly mild so far with almost no snow locally, and some snow melted and converted to ice - no riding on that! Parts of our area got 18 inches of snow recently, but we missed out on that with only about 2 inches here. I love the varied climate of Wisconsin, but one has to remain flexible when planning outdoor activities!
Have a great day,
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emoticon Welcome, Laura!
Since I'm now retired it's not necessary to get up so early to feed critters, but even so it's a great reason to get outside in all weather. Have heard it said, there's no bad weather, just bad clothing!
No chickens at this time but my husband has talked about it. If we do, they will be his project since chickens don't seem to like me. It seems that one is either a chicken person or not. My step-daughter absolutely loves her chickens and they let her pick them up, pet them and carry them around the yard!
I've only driven one horse, years ago, for pleasure, but read about the Villa Louis Classic in the Wisconsin Horsemen's News. Sounds wonderful!
As we get more mature, the weight seems to stick on tighter and take so much more effort to lose, and it creeps back on easier, too. One day at a time - sometimes one hour at a time! Even if it's two steps forward and one step back, at least it's progress.
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Good morning,
I've been on Spark People since January and just stumbled across this team. It doesn't seem to be very active, but maybe we can change that.
I'm 62 and have loved horses my entire life. Currently my husband and I have 3, including his 19 year old AQHA gelding, my 11 year old Arab gelding and my 27 year old (retired) American Quarter Pony. (Had his mother and watched him being born.)
I ride regularly in good weather, but today April 16th in NW Wisconsin, it's snowing, blowing and cold. No riding today!
Spent 26 years as a 4-H horse project leader and sort of miss having kids around. It was wonderful to share time, information and inspiration with young people who shared that love of horses.
The reason for joining Spark People is that I'm tired of losing and gaining the same 12-15 pounds and want to shed it for good and be healthier. With arthritis, every pound matters. My inspiration is a woman 12 years older than I am, who with knees replaced is still riding. When/if the time comes when I can no longer ride, there may be a mini with a cart in my barn!
Have a great day.
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Linda, Good to meet you! How nice to have a group you can ride with! I would ride more if I had company, I know! Hope your husband is doing well after his gall bladder surgery. I am sure he had the scope method done? He will be back to work in no time!

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Hi, I'm Linda and I just joined this morning. I found out about SparkPeople yesterday while sitting in a waiting room while my husband of 37 yrs was having his gall bladder removed. Both of us have gotten fat these last 5-6 yrs. I need motivation to work at losing weight. I ride a 12 yo TWH mare on miles of beautiful trails in central Alabama. Most of the "horse-ladies" I ride with are older women who have loved horses forever and are blessed at this stage of life to have the resources to indulge their dream of horse ownership. I want to get my weight down because it will help my lower back and other joint pain. I regret being limited in stamina and mobility. I realize that it is normal to adjust activities because of health changes but I believe I could improve my stamina and reduce joint pain if I dropped some weight. Many of my riding friends exercise and watch their nutritional intake much more consistently than I do. Hope to hear from some of you, soon.

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Hi everyone! Like the way everyone is introducing & re-introducing themselves. This is my favorite team on SP. I live in Colorado Springs. The weather here can be , oh so interesting.
Yesterday we set a record, 80 degrees. This afternoon snow. Springtime in the Rockies.
Since moving here 33 years ago, I've had a fair amount of horses, but two are my loves. My King Cole was my 1st horse, a 3/4ths thoroughbred, 11 yo. We learned together about jumping, showing, fox hunting (in reality, they chase coyotes in CO.) & actually herded cattle . He died when he was 30. Misty Wonder is 1/2 thoro, 1/2 QH. I bought her as a 3 yo, now she's 29. Misty lives about 20 miles from here at a friends barn, keeping her horse company. My goal is to ride her twice a week, but often have to settle for once a week. I can't express how much I love that mare.
My DH & myself live in the city now as work of the rural life got to be too much for him. I am 65 & DH is going to be 78 this year. I figured it was his turn to be pampered.
I have been struggling with my weight since I was 7. This year I was determined to get more active (I retired 3 yrs ago) & of course loose more weight. The first is coming along nicely, the second is stagnant. Water aerobics, walking, doing 5ks, biking, & riding, however I belong to Weight Watchers, but just can't get my mojo back. Sigh.
Please visit my SparkPage for more info, if this didn't bore everyone enough. lol.

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Welcome, Maureen! I published my history on this page, just below yours and hadn't heard back from anyone so don't know if they saw it or not. I just wanted to welcome you and say I am so sorry that you had to give your horse up, but I certainly understand!

Welcome to this team, though I haven't heard from anyone, maybe they are out there reading our posts and just lurking! I will visit your page and leave a note! Chris

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Hello there all! I'm Maureen. I'm 54 still working on that weight issue. I currently don't have my horse with me. He has been at my friends place for two years now. I gave him to her because of financial reasons and having to dedecate a lot of my time to the grand kids. It tore me up to give my beloved Thunder up! But I do see him as often as I can. He lives in Pa. and I live here in Morgantown, WV.

I do go riding some with a friend of mine that lives nearby. Horses have been a huge part of my life. When I got Thunder he was green broke- a 2 year old. I finished him off. He is a Morgan/Quarter. My friend has Appy's. This summer I hope to go riding a lot more. Do to health issues last summer I was unable to ride.

So this is another goal of mine to be able to ride better . My weight loss goals tie into being able to ride better this summer. Looking forward to meeting fellow horse lovers on Spark!! Oh and to be a healthier Grandmother of 3 boys! Please stop by my page for a visit!










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Hello, Everyone! I saw this team on Northern Lady's page and thought it must have been made for me! LOL! Not quite 60 yet but will be in December. Can't believe it.

I am an RN still working in Hospice Care. I visit the homes of Hospice Patients in the Cleburne TX area and surrounding areas. We extend our service area to within a 50 mile radius of the Cleburne office. Makes for a lot of driving, sometimes. I will have to work till I am 66 to carry my insurance. My DH is retired and 10 years older than me.

I have 2 daughters, Barbara, age 34, married to Jake Swahn;, and Annette, age 28, married and divorced. She has my granddaughter, Zoe, who is 9 years old, now.

My parents bred and raised Quarter Horses when I was growing up, we had a large family, 2 girls and three boys. I am the oldest and my sister is next. My parents bred a mare once to a QH stallion who had a white blaze and 4 white socks and the mare produced a filly with too much white on her face to register as a QH, (back in 1976, now the rules have really changed) So, we registered her as a Paint Horse. My parents didn't want a Paint horse, so they gave her to me, and she was my first registered Paint, all those years ago. I grew up in Michigan, born and raised and educated there.

We moved to Texas in 1981 and I have lived here ever since. I have been breeding and raising Paint Horses since 1983 or so. Most of the time, I just owned 3 or 4 mares that I bred to an outside stallion. In 2004, though, we bought our first stallion, he was an APHA Superior Halter Horse named "One More Encore" a sorrel overo. He sired a lot of nice foals for us, that won many awards. In 2006, though we found that most of our best mares were his daughters so we sold him and bought a cremello overo stallion that was standing at stud at Harris Paints in Maryland. We had him shipped here in October of 2007 and he has been siring our Palomino fillies ever since then! He has only sired fillies for us, since we have owned him, he has been a 75% filly sire! Of course, with our sorrel mares, we are guaranteed a Palomino foal every time. We are enjoying showing them.

My husband, Matt and I have been married since August of 2001. He was born and raised in Kearney, NJ, and lived in upstate NY before moving to Texas in 1979. He has 2 kids, a daughter (who has 2 daughters) and a son (who has one son). We bought 17 acres of land in DeLeon TX. (about 100 miles southwest of here) where we grow our hay for our horses.
I am so enjoying our lives now........Love the place in DeLeon and are hoping to move there, one day soon. (I did a blog on the property at DeLeon and you can read it on my Spark Page. Also did a blog on training our yearlings, which is my latest one, both blogs have plenty of pictures for you to see)

Anyway, that is pretty much my story, have always struggled with my weight, joined Weight Watchers a couple of times at least, and one time reached goal and maintained, till I started working nights, and eating crazy, and it all went downhill from there!! I am so looking forward to meeting all of you. I am also team leader for the Paint Horse Team. (Yes, there is one) LOL!

Oh, forgot to mention that we are believers in Clinton Anderson's methods and have started all our Palominos using that method. They are all respectful girls and very calm, with great dispositions, which our stallion puts on all his babies. OK! Enough for now! I am anxious to hear from you! emoticon (the closest thing to a horse emoticon that we have)

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Hello all..to those that dont know me..
I am a retired ICU RN...20 + years was Nuff!!
I live on 10 acres in Southern Colorado, what is referred to as High Desert.
Close to the Greenhorn Mtn Wilderness & a lovely spot called San Isabel, lake, resort type place but laid back just folks go there.
I have a 3 yr old Mustang from the BLM program, ready to train to saddle this year.
A 12 yr old Appy that actually is my mates horse but he doesn't mess with them much so I am pretty much the tender & caretaker of all.
& my baby,,, a Donkey named Skinner..who I adore with all my heart!
I have a Boarder Collie, & two lil foo foo dogs, 3 cats.
Way tooo many chickens, pair of geese, 3 ducks & a couple of rabbits.
Some days around here I wonder how I ever found time to work..this place is beyond a full time job. Too much for one..not enough for two...but my son lives next pasture over & he comes over to lend a hand with big stuff..hauling hay & construction type things.
I love living where I do although the roads get to near impassable when the snow melts..we have MUD as few people have ever seen it!! That passes & the good days of summer return.
have a great day all...........
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Howdy from Texas. I am a Granny -- to Ty (age 4). He loves being here on the farm with PawPaw as his best friend.
Charlie, I wish I'd brought in the new heifer we had born just a few days ago... didn't survive the change in weather .... its been going back / forth this week and last.

My DH and I are caretakers for ten horses, 4 donkeys, 40+ cows, dogs, cats, guineas, chickens, and birds.

Our kids are mostly in college -- (4) total with only one being slightly interested in the homeplace. I don't expect they will appreciate it -- until about age 40.

I look forward to getting to know the team members -- as I have more time on the computer with the cold weather.....I am enjoying my fireplace very much.

Blessings.


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Thank you for sharing yourself with us BACKYARDER1. I'm impressed with how far you have come with you riding. I have never been in that part of Canada but what I have seen of it was beautiful.

We are happy to have you. Please, just make yourself at home.

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You certainly come from a beautiful part of Canada. I have never lived in NS but I am happy to be to say that I have been to Halifax on two occasions. Once in the late 80's and again in 2003. Each time was different and yet they had one thing very much in common. Friendly, wonderful people.

You have come so far in your riding seeing as you were self taught to start. Unfortunately, I never got over being self consious and quite honestly still am if I ride with other people. Wish I could have been more like yourself! Too old now.

Hope to see you on the site as it is nice to have you with us.

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I ride a 17 year old Thoroughbred cross mare...the cross is a tiny bit of Arabian. She can be flighty and nervous but we get along well. I bred her 5 1/2 years ago to a Dutch warmblood stud and she produced a wonderful laid back filly. I unfotunately lost the filly in Dec to an impaction colic..it was horrible, I miss her so much.
I rarely show but when I do it is at a local dressage show. I have been self taught for most of my life but finally found a good coach who will come to my place so I am learning and love it ! Last year I only managed to get to two serious shows but made enough points to recieve a Provincial bronze level award. I was elated because I am a no body who rides in her backyard and who is creeping up in years. I then took her to a small show at a private barn and won their championship. Thst show was called a "personal best " show. You set your own goals and got marked on how well you acheived them...followed by a fantastic pot luck dinner! After that I fell off the young horse, it was a simple but quick jump sideways and off I came, fell hard on my back and fractured a lumbar vertebrae.
So I am learning to ride properly all over again for this year. I hope it goes well and I get to at least one show.Shows used to terrify me but I am not self consious about it any more.I just try to do my best.
I also have a 27 year old retiree that we adopted at age 23. He was a boarder here and his owner got tired spending money on him and offered him to me ..her other option was euthanasia!!!! He is too healthy and happy for that. So he is a pet now.I rode him for awhile but had two others to ride and could not do it all.
We live in a small community about 30-40 minutes from a town or the city of Halifax. The main industry is Christmas tree production and that is where I work. I have the winters off and start in the spring as soon as the weather is good.
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I just turned 60 on New Year's Eve. I am a self taught rider and still loving every minute of it. I have a QH which will be turning 24 this spring but I have had him since he was an hornery six year old. Therefore it is easy to say we learned together. He is my best friend.

I am from Abbotsford, BC Canada but have lived in a variety of places including Germany and six provinces/territories in Canada.



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I am 60, fat and still working. I have 2 horses a 10 year old Sorrel quarter horse named Ruby and a 3 year old Arabian names Smoke. I was born in WV but moved to Texas in 79 after living in WV,VA, PA,Fl and Alaska. Loved Texas best of all!
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Ican understand that. Loss of something loved is still heartbreaking.

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I thought after six months I would be able to talk about horses again but I'm really not ready yet. So if y'all will bare with me while I focus on weight lose and health maybe it will get easier. Don't get me wrong, it won't bother me if y'all talk about yours. In fact it may even help me.

I do have a soft place in my heart for this Team!
Charlie

CD2584848 Posts: 5,963
6/30/09 12:10 P

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I lost Boo, my 17 year old, gray Arabian mare on June 26, 2009. She died of a tragic accident. I don't think we will ever know what happened.

She and Mollie (our blue healer) were the loves of my life after my DH and family. Boo was my only hope of riding again. I don't know if I will ever ride again, now. I just miss seeing her everyday, I looked for her first thing every morning and still do.

emoticon I am just heart sick over losing Boo and Mollie in the same month.

I wish all of you happy trails with your beloved pets.

Hugs,
Charlie

CD2584848 Posts: 5,963
4/11/09 10:09 A

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We Love New Friends!

I have 2 Arabians & 1 half QH horses and Arabian, not regerestered.

I started late in life with horses, so I'm learning.

I was born in Texas emoticon but, I've lived in many states over the years.

Hugs,
Charlie


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