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July 25th, 2008
OH mY so much going on in "equestrian":
Now things are for sure a bit out of hand on the forum. I thought I had seen some of the nastiest things go on there that I ever would but this latest has really made me stop and consider what the fuck the ppl in the world are coming to.
Current Mood: aggravated
July 20th, 2008
Here are the Utlah Pictures:
Here's the drawings I commisioned Utlah to do. I am really happy with them, especially the one of Leah and Hannah.
December 31st, 2007
athystle, posting in equestrian @ 10:01 am: First Picture Post Attempt
I am not much of a photographer although I do love to try. I have been able to take a few pictures of my mare this weekend and am going to try my luck at posting them. I do have some doubts as to my ability to do such but am giving it a try.
I would like to know what peoples opinion of her is. You must keep in mind that due to my disability she has not had any work done with her for a long time. She does not nor has ever suffered for attention at any time though. Due to my most herniated disc now being mostly disintegrated due to also having DDD as well as the stenosis I am now having a temporary reduction in the daily pain I experience and have thus been able to start at least longeing her again with hopes of getting her built back up some. So yes, she is overweight and out of shape. I am attempting to get her back in shape and hopefully can find someone to help with continuing her training in anticipation of possibly being able to ride her some once she is safe enough for me to ride although the doctors have forbidden it. They have also forbidden a lot of things that i have no choice but to do so I figure what's the difference. I'm headed for a wheelchair anyhow and figure I might as well get there happy as not. I am still thinking of buying another better trained horse for myself to ride but want to see if I can still take being on a horse still before making the additional investment. IF not I may just have Echo trained for driving in hopes I can still do that at least.
I have been only working with her for one week now and am just amazed at all she has retained from previous training. She still walks,trots and whoas from the longe line to which I am in utter awe. She in my opinion would make a nice driving mare. She is about 15.2 or 15.3. She is half Morgan and half French Canadian. I have owned her mom and her grandmom. Her grandmom was my first horse whom I have spoken of who was crippled from a pelvis fracture when just a young filly unbeknown to us when purchased as at that time in 1971 I knew naught of horses. I have deeply loved each one of them and have so much hope to be able to find a way to use Echo on a regular basis even if only for driving. Please let me know what you think.
Okay, just as I thought, I can't figure it out. Is someone on who would please give me detailed instructions as to how to post pics from photobucket. I found the area to do it from but could not get it to work for me. I was able to find the pics by clicking on the browse button but could get no further.
December 14th, 2007
Horse adventure almost killed me:
First I would like to thank all who responded to my story of my mare who would go no further and then layed down with me. I appreciated all your comments. I did try many of the ideas put forth to no avail. A crop, a kick,circling etc. I did not try backing though I don't think. I had a backing issue with her once which I will explain. I don't have her anymore. She died about 12 yrs ago. I was boarding her at a farm which milked cows.She had her daughter whom I have now with her.She was 9 months old. The guy who hauled the milk for this farm left the gate down after picking up the milk. That night there was a big storm. Someone hit her in the road as she had got out through the open gate.They stopped and told the farmer they had hit a horse and couldn't find it. The heartless farmer never even went out to see or gave me a call to let me know.This happened at 11pm.they never even went to look for her until noon the next day and found her dead by the water trough with the filly standing by her side. Apparantly after being hit she had enough life still to get back into teh field with her daughter. I was absolutely devastated. She was born with me. I had her mother for 14yrs. I had had the mare for 18 yrs when she was hit. I still have her daughter who is an exact duplicate of her and she is now 12.These bastard never even said they were sorry to this day. Never offered any compensation either although there is nothing they could have done that would have been enough.So she had an attitude at times but I would have loved to be still dealing with it.
She certainly did have her quirks. She was a very quick thinker. Once while training her to drive I got pretty injured. I have done all the usual ground work in preparation for driving. Ground driven for months,dragged things behind her etc. So one day I hooked her up to this little training cart I had. I walked behind it down our long drive and then up the road toward the cattle barn and my inlaws house. I got down by their garage and was on the lawn. She turned around and looked at me seeing the garage behind us apparantly. She then started backing up on her own.She would not stop. I kept trying to get her to go forward but before Iknew it she had me backed up against the wall of that garage and then still proceeded to push against the garage with me betweeen the cart and building.Needless to say I had massive bruising from this and it hurt real bad.When ready she just walked forward like nothing happened. This was in no way a mean mare.She just did stupid stuff once in a while. She was the sweetest horse ever really.She'd follow me around all day with her head on my shoulder. Would insist on kissing me at every greeting.
Another story.I did the stupid thing this time to begin with. I wanted to go riding. I had to either walk way around the property to get her out as my garden was between the pasture and where I needed her to go. I decided it would be okay(gotta remember I was still only 18 at the time,although I still should have known better) to cut through the garden.Well, this entailed stepping down on the hot wire I had encircling the garden to keep out the 4 rabbits I had which escaped and turned into 64. So I stepped down on top of this four inch from ground wire and asked her to follow stepping over it. Well all was fine until she got across the first two feet and then the last hind foot got caught on the wire which was hot.Next was rather frightening.She ran around me in a circle twice dragging the hot wire with her which wrapped it around my legs between my thighs and knees.Then she took off dragging me with her, all the time the wires getting tighter around my legs. I truly thought my life was over. I could feel the wire cutting into me while I was getting dragged down the drive.She then turned up the road and headed toward the cattle barn and inlaws. I was absolutely screaming.Thank teh gods my inlaws heard the commotion and came running out and stopped her at the bottom of her drive. I was never so happy to see them for sure. As you can imagine the wire did quite a job on my legs and my head was kind of battered from bouncing on hte ground but I lived.
I think maybe there was some kind of inbred quirk in these beasts. I have never had one bad incident with her daughter whom I have now but sure did with the mares mother.Now if you recall I've mentioned before that she was my first horse(had pony)and neither myself or my parent really knew too much about horses.I hadd the pony who was very mean and liked to buck anyone off whom he could but that was the extent of my experience although he sure taught me to ride and stay on.The horse had had her pelvis broken by a draft horse when she was 3 months old.A very old vet in the area at the time(1957)who treated teh mare.He kept her in a sling for three month.She did have white hairs on her underside when she came to us but we were told by the "horsedealer" that she had been in a trailer accident yrs before.We knew no better.We didn't even know enough to notice how deformed her hind legs and hoofs were.When I can someday figure out how to post pics you will be amazed to see how this mare was. Her left hind leg in the thigh muscle had a sharp feelign bone which protruded out into the muscle which could be easily felt.When she walked her left hind swung out around clockwise with each step before placing it down.Her hoof was much higher on the inside because of this tahn on theoutside cause it was worn down from the circling action.But she was mine and I loved her and she would do anything for me but anyone else beware.If you were riding down the road and she saw a mailbox coming up you better beware as she would do her best to swipe you off.Once I had a friend who very well kneew how she could be on her when she decided to just leave the road and bolt right into the thickest of woods to try to get her off but to no avail.If she noticed a clothesline in a backyard you knew you'd soon be flying under it and you had better duck.But the second she got you off she'd be rihgt back to nuzzle your neck and look sorry.Yah, sorry, yup.The worse thing she ever did I think was this. I had had her for 7 or 8 yrs. Out of the blue for no reason when giving her a kiss as always she grabbed my neck with her teeth and picked me right off my feet.This was the most incredible pain I have ever felt and I have had 4 c-section,gall bladder surgery,appendix,tonsils,all out and nothing hurt that bad. I was helpless it hurt so much.Finally I reached up and cuffed her side of the head and she let go. I ahve never hit a horse for any reason but this was justified. My neck was bleeding and oh it hurt so much.For three months there were visible bruises.
Okay, sorry so long. I will yet figure out the cut thingy.As you can see I have never took lessons but have learned a lot on my own. It may well be a wonder I'm still alive. Oh, and I have so many more of these horror stories. I guess you could say I have learned the hard way. And now do you wonder why I want to buy a new horse since I am now not supposed to ride at all. My mare as said still needs much trianing and how after all I have experienced with her mom and grandmom could I feel okay about starting out this forbidden by doctor new riding venture with her. I love her to all hell but will this quirkiness show up in her as well I wonder. I think I will just wonder as far as myself due to my spine disease but once I do get another bombproof well trained one for myself another family member will go along with me on her and we will see I guess.
November 17th, 2007
Our first snow has fallen:
Well, over the last couple of days we have gotten our first snow of the season. There are about three inches on the ground and it is snowing lightly at present.
I stayed at Jens for almost two weeks to help her out and help with the baby. Seems weird to have a grandchild born and have the mother want me around so much. It was not this way with any of Cara's three. She wanted to do everything herself and wanted no knowledge of mine at all.
Jen and Seth have been much different. Seth himself even asked me if I would spend the second week there as he was going back to work and wanted someone to stay with Jen. I can't say it made his mother very happy but oh well, as they say, she is a fucking nut and they don't want her advice. They are very controlling ppl and thought basically when the baby came Jen was just going to hand her over or something it seems. They have their house outfitted with anything a baby could need but I don't know why, she will not be spending a lot of time there.
Leah has gotten herself into a bit of trouble. Got caught by the VSP smoking pot in the parking lot on campus. She had an appt. with a lawyer yesterday. I think it sounds like some kind of racket. The lawyer seems to charge all these kids $300 and then he gets their charges dropped. He works out of an office by the college and seems to make his living off of this. I hope it all comes out okay. She can't attend college without federal loans and grants and she could loose them with a conviction. I'll be hoping for a good outcome. It was very stupid of her, especially since I had just left the college that night and when she had mentioned that these kids do this in their cars in hte lot I told her it was a real bad idea. I told her step by step just what was going kto happen and then the next morning she called and didn't want to tell me. she said it happened just like you said it would ma. Okay then, maybe she should have listened to me and avoided it all but thats not the way it works does it?
I have been packing some each day. There is just so much glassware to pack , just unbelievable what I have collected over 47 years. Ido hate to get rid of anything and am doing my best to throw stuff away as I pack. My whole drawer full of broken things which I have been carrying around for years is getting cleaned out. If I can't glue it back together this time, right now, then it is getting thrown away, I think. I will do my best.
I can't wait to get moved in over there. My very own room for my magickal workings. I never thought it possible. A door I can shut and maybe even actually be left alone . Hooray! Kenny is going to go over there and re-construct my little barn today I think. I can't wait to be there. All the nice trees out front and a dirt road. The land is dry where the horses will be and we will be able to do something with them finally if we want to instead of being in this bog here.
The case with the landlord keeps getting better all the time. My lawyer says its just incredible how much info and proof of the situation we have. We have videos and pics galore. Have pics of it raining in my bedroom, water gushing all over as the garden hose water pipes burst. Got pics of a bic lighter fittting beneath the door where the huge gap is. Oh it just one thing after another. The guy from natural resources came again the other day to see if he has done anything about the sewer running into the brook yet but he didn't. He did put the grey water back into the sewer system so at least it's not running into the field and brook anymore. The town even let him get aaway with it as he's the largest tax payer in the town and the health officer also told my lawyer thta they have let this situation here slide as they are afraid of repercussions from the Howrigan family. They are so involved in everything around here that it makes it hard. His father wa s a state senator for 28 years, they are pres. of the milk co-op, they are massive land owners andd they do what ever they want and no one tells them any different. They had a hired man by the name of Dragon. They took him up into the woods every morning for eyars and years and dropped him off to workk for the day. They left him with a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread. They would come back at 6 at night and get him. I believe they did that for over 20 years. They paid him $3 a day. How awful. They knew he wasn't real intelligent and that they could use him and get away with it. He died back a couple of years now and I bet they miss him. they have never come and looked for their horse who disapeared earlier this year. He had been lagging behind the rest all summer and was arthritic. He then just was never seen again. I sent ppl out to look jfor him and I looked where and when I was able. HE must be in the back 2000 somewhere. I know he got down and couldn't get back up again. He must have starved to death in hte end I would think. It is just so horrible. I don'l tknow how they can live with themselves. I couldn'lt do something like that to anyone or thing for any reason. I wouldnn't be able to rest until I had found my horse.But that's what being a Howrigan is all about. Last year a cow which was in the road got hit by a car and was injured and could not retract it's tongue back into it's mouth. They drove it back into the pasture and left it there to die four days later and tehn the coyotes ate her. I am so glad to be m;oving away from this kind of thing. And by the way they believe they are christian and catholic. Yup, okay.
Okay, got much to do today and only half a body to do it with so I better get at it while I can still move.
Current Mood: uncomfortable
Current Music: none-news time
October 22nd, 2007
Dillen Lynn Morgan:
Well, the baby did come yesterday. The babys heartrate dropped dangerously low and they took her right down to the OR for a C-section. She was not too happy about it but realizes it had to be done for the babys sake. I had all four of them by C-section. Being the tough old bird I am I still left the day after by signing myself out and was up and walking around three hours after coming back from recovery. I hope she doesn't do that. Just stay there a few days and rest. She had already asked me to be there at her house for a week once the baby came anyhow and now she really will need the help.
Current Mood: tired
October 21st, 2007
Jens Baby Will be born Today:
Getting ready to go to the hospital to attend the birth of Dillen. They decided finally that Jen has been pregnant long enough and they are inducing her this morning. This now will make two girls and two boys. Well, got to get ready.
Current Mood: excited
October 18th, 2007
Lots of Stuff Going On:
We have found a house to move in to. My friend Jeff is going to rent us his house as he isn't using it. What a mess it is indeed. He hasn't been living there for a few years now and has really done nothing there for cleaning since 1989 when he bought it. We had to start with brushhogging a path to the front door.We have brushhogged aabout three acres so far making it much better for the horses. The house is smaller than the ten rooms here but it will be okay. We have worked over there trying to get it ready for 171 hours so far and haven't even got into the house yet as Jeff needs to empty it out first. It is just crammed with crap from everywhere. Some stuff he picks up on the side of the road.
Current Mood: peaceful
August 18th, 2007
Off to college she goes:
Jeez, only six days and Leah goes off to college. Since she is the youngest of four girls this will leave the house a bit empty. I had plenty of practice for that though while she was in Bolivia her senior year. She won't be that far away and I do enjoy the quieter atmosphere around home for the most part. I never would have believed how expensive it is proving to acquire all the textbooks that she needs. Even used and toting mold one was almost $60. It will be around $500 altogether. I can't even imagine what they would add up to new. I will miss her always happy and giggly personality without doubt.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: radio-can't identify