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Appaloosa Horse from Rockford, IL

~Luna~

About Me

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I am from Rockford, IL and I've been a Club Horse member for 2 years, 7 months and 2 days

Nicknames: Her ApHC registered name is A Special Dominique, but I just call her Luna (as in Luna Lovegood).

Age: 14 years old

Gender: Mare

Breed: Appaloosa Horse

Height: 15.1, which is just the right height, because now her legs are long enough to reach the ground.

Color: Blue roan leopard Appaloosa. She has black legs and black ears which are really cool looking!

Type of Riding: Mostly trail and pleasure riding.

To see the wonders of man, travel by car.
To see the wonders of God, travel by horse.

My Horse's Achievements: She has foaled twice, both were before I bought her.

HOTD Sept 21 2011
HOTD Oct 9 2012
HOTD Nov 3 2013

Update (Aug 2013): We are doing trust building and trick training exercises.

Update (Oct 2013): Luna had always been kind of spooky on the trails, especially when we rode out alone without other horses. But since I've been doing the trust exercises with her, now she is showing so much more confidence. I am very proud of my big ol' girl!

My Horse's Favorite Treat: Clover!

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: Trail ride with other horses, belly rubs, and being walked on a lead.

Pet Peeves: She hates bits, so I ride her bitless everywhere.

My Horse's motto: Trail riding? I have an App for that!

Job 39:19-22
Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying.
He paws in the valley and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.

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How We Met

I have loved horses, especially Appaloosas, my whole life. As a teen, I took lessons, went to horse camp, read horse books, and drew horse pictures. But I never had one of my own. I had to be satisfied riding other people's horses.

Fast forward 35 years: I switched my auto insurance from Geico to State Farm, and I saved enough money that I could finally buy my dream horse! I saw a For Sale ad on the internet, and I HAD to go see her. She became mine on September 3, 2011

Thank you Billy #229049 for vote #1000
Thank you BLAZZE #207401 for vote #2000
Thank you Cisco #250327 for vote #3000
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I'm the 35,355th member on HorseChannel.com.

3,066 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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Sending love with a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

04/11/2014 01:47.19 AM Report This Comment
whiskey is sending hugs & love
Monday we left off about Whiskey’s color and me with 5 hundred questions for Karla! Here we go…That poor girl had never met me before and I could not shut up :) I then walked over and looked Whiskey right in the eye and he looked back into mine and my heart sunk. His beauty was striking and the color was outstanding. He had a smart, sharpness about him-I’m sure he was thinking “what in the world is she doing”. The ride finally got underway; usually everyone has me ride out front and calls me the trail boss! Deacon is a faster walking horse but can ride in the middle or behind after the first hour or so. Well, here comes Rio & Whiskey with their smooth selves!!! They just gaited their smooth self’s right past me & Deacy. I watched Whiskey and noticed he didn’t quite move the same as Rio but still a difference from a QH. 2 hours into the ride we decided to rest a few minutes in a place we call “Carol’s lounge”. We have names for all our spots we ride to rest or to take a break out there because it’s so big. Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/09/2014 08:24.35 AM Report This Comment
Whiskey would love your support for his HOTM run
In 2008 the decision was made after a talk with our boy’s and Cliff. It was time for me to get back on my horse journey. I purchased Deacon in March 23, 2008 and then bought Whiskey in May 2010. When I run Deacon I will tell more about the 1st 2 years back on my journey. Now that you have some back ground on me and my journey I will start Whiskey’s story with me. As many of you know I trail ride and use to camp with the horses all the time, now we just day ride. Hoping this spring sometime to camp again-fingers crossed =) It has been 2 years sense we have camped out with them. We would camp at Mccown or Plowman Valley at Lake Whitney Texas or at Reynolds Creek Lake Waco, Texas. During those times I have met a lot of people and their different type of horses. On one Oct. weekend we had some friends of Bill’s that was coming that I had never met. I asked Bill as we all were getting our horses ready for our ride that day, what type horses did these friends have? He said Rocky Mountain horses…I said hummmm, never heard of that breed. The thoughts in my head about this breed had me so curious. Now tomorrow we are into his story fully….hang in there! Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/06/2014 07:55.58 AM Report This Comment
Our story continues. After looking at several horses I had found a beautiful Palomino mare (I knew you would be surprised Marion & the Blondie’s) her name was Tawny. She had a white blaze & 4 white socks. During that time frame I had attended several Ray Hunt seminars. Man he was awesome (RIP Ray). After having her for some time I wanted to breed her to this beautiful stallion (deep dark chestnut QH). The Handler of the stallion asked me to release my mare and leave the paddock area, I thought ok…they were pretty far from me, but it seemed strange that I should let her go-at the time I had trust in these people….??? I prefer not to go into all the details (I didn’t and still don’t know much on the breeding side of horses-learned good lesson about people and stallions that day)-after releasing Tawny I turned to walk away but the handler must have lost control because the stallion kicked me in the back and burst my left kidney and tore my spleen. Yes, I almost died. They rushed me in for emergency surgery. I spent 2 weeks in the hospital; I now only have one kidney. I actually lost 7 units of blood internally, like I said I’m lucky to be alive. I trusted that person with the safety of myself and my horse but I guess my judgment needed a little adjusting! I will continue the story on Saturday, remember-phone votes tomorrow! Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/03/2014 07:57.46 AM Report This Comment
I will explain how I came about choosing my Whiskey and Deacon so it takes us Wwway back~~~~~ lol ~ I got out of the Navy in 1986. I knew I wanted to get a horse at the time and I wanted to try barrel racing. I had a friend in California (last place I was stationed) that was running the circuit barrel racing and a boyfriend riding bulls so I guess that is what made me want to try barrels. I really just wanted a horse to care for and ride because I loved them so much. I moved back to Texas and started my search. I met a lady where I started working that raised quarter horses and she had a beautiful dark bay mare that I started riding, her name was Fanny. She was very gentle and easy to handle. My sister said I could put a fence up on her property and use their garage to convert into a stall and storage area. So I went to work with a few friends and converted this place and added one stall and a tack area. It took a few months to get everything ready so the lady let me make payments. Once she was paid off, and the property was ready I brought her home with me. Things just didn’t work out for Fanny & me. I’m sure you all can relate to the fact that some horses and humans are not a match. That is how it was with her, just didn’t feel right. The hunt was on and a new year began 1987 ~ Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/02/2014 11:29.41 AM Report This Comment
kisses on that sweet nose =)
Congratulation’s Queen Paige “Nuttin But Good” our April HOTM! Here we go with our campaign with Whiskey 237221 to be May 2014 HOTM! I need everyone’s support so vote on his page daily please!!! Every other weekend I am not around a computer so I will phone vote as many as possible, also 1 x a week that I will phone vote :) I will start my story with why I have and will ONLY have such well trained and gentle geldings, then I will start how Whiskey & I became each other’s very best friends along with some Rocky Mountain facts about the breed ♡ * Rocky Mountain Horses are slow to mature and do not reach their full size and weight until about five to six years of age. Generally healthy horses, they often live long lives but do have a tendency to be extremely "easy keepers". Care must be taken to keep your Rockies from becoming too overweight, particularly in their later years.* Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/01/2014 08:23.21 AM Report This Comment
hello heres a wed vote for you

Come visit me, Zuni Silver Pueblo-Thank U All 4 HOTD 3/30/14.

03/26/2014 06:56.44 PM Report This Comment
May 25th Newsletter

***HOTD Lilly 268192
Hi I am an 8yr old Tennessee Walking Horse mare named Lilly. I trail ride and have started trying English. I love to eat, trail ride, and hang out with my human family. My motto is "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by what takes our breath away." Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Dash our HOTD!

***HOTM Marion & Nuttin But Good 235211
***DOTM Angelina 266490
***BOTM Corie 162513
***COTM Angel Misty 62617

Todays inspiration: You may give out, but never give up. - Mary Crowley

Happy Trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Sierra~vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM!, Misty, *Cheyenne*Congrats Paige April HOTM!!!, Dakota~thank you Bella Boo for vote 4,000!!!, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

03/25/2014 09:08.24 AM Report This Comment
Deletion
Hi everyone! I've decided to delete all of my profiles and get new ones set up. I'm not going to keep Jo and Lori's profiles up. Sorry I haven't really been on a lot, but I started public school this past school year and after homeschooling it's been stressful. I will be deleting them sometime today or tomorrow.
Dawn & Mercy

Come visit me, Mya, Tarnation, Rocky & Mercy De Zippo.

03/24/2014 06:11.14 AM Report This Comment
voted!!
Thanks for the votes. Voted tonight as well! Had a beautiful day...I think spring has sprung!! (Unless it's fooling us again!)
Going to start ground work again and daily riding this w-end. We did stretches, etc., during the winter and 3 10 minute bareback rides-that's it! Do not have an indoor unfortunately and I do not like riding hit and miss. Know what I mean?-I hate to ride one or two days and then go 6 weeks without riding!
My cousin got her first horse in September and says any day suitable for riding is good to do....I disagree. You can't get a horse that is dormant like that, conditioned well. I think that creates more wear and tear on tendons, ligaments, and muscles and can lead to possible injury. What do you all think?

Come visit me, Ella Bee & My Thirty Six.

03/06/2014 06:24.29 PM Report This Comment
PLEASE HELP!!!
Hello, Jumping Beans is in urgent need of a new owner. The price of feed is getting expensive. So we must rehome the last two rescues on the farm. Along with a couple of our lambs and calves. Donations are greatly appreciated at PM Farms in Kansas. We also have three rabbits needing to be rehomed. These rabbits are purebred Californians, great with kids of all ages from 1 month old to 18 years. They were born on November 4, 2013. The only way to reserve one of the rabbits, horses, calves or lambs is by calling Tamara Ukena at 316-217-1163.

Come visit me, Trotter ***HOTD***January 14th, 2014***, Jumping Beans, Dodger James, Apache & Mi Dogg.

03/04/2014 10:11.23 AM Report This Comment
VOTED!
I love her profile pic...makes me happy everytime I see it!

Come visit me, Ella Bee & My Thirty Six.

03/01/2014 06:29.05 PM Report This Comment
Thursday was windy and blowing lots of dust. Temperature was nice, though. Dreading the summer already, because we've had record high temperatures this winter. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/27/2014 11:40.46 PM Report This Comment
Hi! Left you a wed vote
Doing well here...hating the cold-again! No ride time yet because I want to be consistent when we start. My youngest daughter wants to start showing but I need the weather to cooperate so I can work with the horses on a regular basis....she doesn't see it the same as I do.
We got new chickies tonight! I have them in a huge rubbermaid storage container in the den! LOL!! We are supposed to be just above zero tonight so one heat lamp on them in the den, or multiple heat lamps and in the garage...hummm.....
They are sweet to listen to, so cute! Never started them out in the house before. Still would like to have a miniature horse in the house, housebroken though! Who wouldn't like a high shrilled neigh to wake up to?!
Past my bedtime....it's almost 11:30. Goodnight all!!

Come visit me, Ella Bee & My Thirty Six.

02/26/2014 08:45.26 PM Report This Comment
Love Her
She's a really beautiful horse! I voted!

Come visit me, Elliot, Maggie & Cody.

02/24/2014 05:28.06 PM Report This Comment
Still having issues with my computer. Austin tried to clear some space by deleting programs he thought we didn't need. He meant well. Having a heck of a time getting on, now. Very slow, too. We'll get it figured out. Love and a Happy Sunday vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/23/2014 02:03.53 AM Report This Comment
I can't wait until all the snow melts. I need some saddle time!!

---Cindy and Luna

Come visit me, ~Luna~.

02/22/2014 04:36.04 PM Report This Comment
Computer's still screwy. More hugs and a quick vote. Have a great weekend.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/22/2014 02:07.15 AM Report This Comment
Having internet problems. Hugs and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/21/2014 12:43.13 AM Report This Comment
Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/19/2014 01:13.11 AM Report This Comment
The weather's perfect for riding. Sure makes it hard to have to go to work instead. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/16/2014 02:06.03 AM Report This Comment
Hi, stopped by with warm, sunny and windy votes, Cheryl & Cisco

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

02/15/2014 02:12.44 PM Report This Comment
Thanks for the compliments on Sadie's profile picture. I hope you all had a nice Valentines Day. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/15/2014 01:34.40 AM Report This Comment
I need to use the inversion table. Going to start taking vitamins for joints, too. Trying to schedule riding time Thursday. Crossing my fingers. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE * Vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM*.

02/12/2014 11:27.08 PM Report This Comment
Stopped by with a quick vote, Cheryl & Cisco

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

02/04/2014 12:28.26 PM Report This Comment
February 4th Newsletter

***HOTD Lacey 248853 Nominated by Rose
Hi, I am a 10yr old Tennessee Walking Horse mare named Lacey. I ride bareback, trails, western and a bit of English. My favorite thing to do is eat. Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Dolly our HOTD!

***HOTM Jasmine & Buddy 40019
***COTM Sir Tucker 219145
***BOTM Snowflake 245631
***DOTM Harley 167973

Todays affirmation: The only way of finding your limits is by trying to go beyond them. Try doing the impossible today.

Happy Trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Sierra~vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM!, Misty, *Cheyenne*Congrats Paige April HOTM!!!, Dakota~thank you Bella Boo for vote 4,000!!!, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

02/04/2014 09:13.54 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for your vote and kind note!!! Dolly and I are soo excited about being HOTD! Here's a vote of your girl! God bless!

Come visit me, Dolly & Smart Lil' Cutter.

02/04/2014 07:52.09 AM Report This Comment
Stopped by with a quick vote for pretty Luna - Cheryl & Cisco

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

02/03/2014 01:57.18 PM Report This Comment
Thanks, we are honored
A very special thanks to Steve, who never gave up on us and did such a wonderful job with Cisco (and me). Also, a special thanks to Rose for nominating us. And my son who enouraged me every step of the way until his death. My husband who supports me and feeds when I'm away. And my deepest gratitude to everyone who voted and supported us this month. Hoping you enjoyed our journey, Cheryl & Cisco

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

02/01/2014 08:30.24 AM Report This Comment
February 1st Newsletter

***HOTD Radar 217083 Nominated by Whiskey
Hi, my names Radar, I am also called Handsome. I am a 12yr old Saddlebred gelding. My favorite treats are watermelon, apples, peppermint treats and carrots. I love to eat, chase the pup and be scratched on the neck. Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Amara our HOTD!

*Congratulations Cisco HOTM!
*Congratulations T.J. DOTM!
*Congratulations Mews Room COTM!
*Congratulations TiaMaria BOTM!

Please vote for our new runners:
***HOTM Jasmine & Buddy 40019
***DOTM this months DOTM will be a surprise.
***COTM Coming soon
***BOTM Snowflake 245631

Todays affirmation: Happiness is not a goal - it is the by-product of working for a goal and getting there.

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Calendar Of Agendas*Congrats Paige April HOTM!.

02/01/2014 07:38.20 AM Report This Comment
My Horse
Thanks, everyone!!! To my beloved Cisco:

He's not just my horse
He's my dreams
He's my happiness
He's my heart
He's my laughter
He's my teacher
He's my sanity

Thank you Cisco, and Steve. I am so glad I didn't stop believing in us!

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/31/2014 06:13.20 AM Report This Comment
Cisco
Thank you all!!!! I will never know everything Cisco has been through, and I don't want to know. All I know for sure is his tongue had nearly been severed in half, probably either from a really harsh bit or having his head tied around, and his R eye socket fractured (again, don't wanna know). Steve said he's pretty sure at some point someone attempted to train Cisco to buck, to this day he WILL NOT tolerate a flank cinch. I believe that Cisco was loved and treated well early on, then things just went south for him. I'm also sure he's been through mutiple sales, with his striking looks and proud manner always finding a buyer that's sure he would be the one to "fix" him. I remember Steve telling me at one point that Cisco wasn't only PTSD, but MPD (multiple personality disorder) and probably Bi-polar to boot. One thing everyone has remarked on wherever we go, is how Cisco watches for me. Whenever I am in sight, his eyes follow me. It's an awesome feeling to have that kind of connetion with a horse. Eventually, I think Cisco would have been on one of those one-way trips to Canada or Mexico, instead we plan on continuing our adventures...

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/30/2014 06:36.58 AM Report This Comment
3 Less
REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT, THANKS! Steve and Amanda returned to Texas last summer,and Cali, Mystic and Cinco went home to their new training facility. I have been out for a few lessons, and a clinic they did in November. Cisco did well, and was voted by the clinic participants the easiest horse to do groundwork with (he had us switch and do some groundwork with each other's horses). Joe, my farrier stopped in to watch for a while, and when he was out next he told me that while he knew I had been riding and doing clinics with Cisco, he couldn't believe how calm he was. He remembered watching Steve work with him in the "early days"

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/29/2014 07:02.49 AM Report This Comment
AND RIDING...
THANKS FOR ALL THE VOTES. Rest of our trail ride was uneventful, except for the heat (high 90's) and for one rider who started to get heat stroke. Christy was able to get hold of her husband (cell service iffy there) and he drove out and picked her up, and her horse was also ponied back. We went through some pretty steep ravines and overgrown trails (to shorten the distance, we cut through on a hiking trail). When we got back, I was so glad to get OUT of the saddle. I think Cisco was just as glad to have me out of the saddle! We had been out over 9 hours. I stayed over that Sunday night at the B&B, and Cisco and I got a good night's rest before heading home. I had put in 38 hours in the saddle in 5 days, and Cisco had to have his cinch taken up 2 notches by the end!

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/28/2014 06:17.20 AM Report This Comment
We Keep Riding...
REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT, THANKS! We had a great, if slightly late, lunch on the trail. As we were starting back, Christy (owner of the B&B), realized she had misjudged the trail and we were still 3-4 hours out. At this point, 2 people opted out and and left when the lunch truck went back (one horse was ponied, the other ridden back by Trevor's wife). I decided to hang in there. Everyone wanted to trot to get back sooner, and the 2 horses ahead of us hit out in a long trot. Cisco decided to really move out and catch them, and I realized I was too tired to post. When I pulled him up, it was rodeo time! He got in 4-5 bucks (he was REALLY mad), before I was able to yield his hindquarters and settle him down. Trevor commented "I thought you liked to dance!" (Earlier, I had been moving his hindquarters back & forth in a kind of rumba). Replied "Dancing is one thing, jitterbugging is something else".

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/27/2014 06:08.58 AM Report This Comment
THE LONG RIDE...
THANKS, EVERYONE! Was supposed to go on a moonlight ride, but I was getting pretty tired, so passed on the ride that night (we had been spending 8 hours in the saddle every day). The last day, Sunday, we were to do 4-5 hour trail ride, with a lunch break out on the trail. Cisco handled everything beautifully, EXCEPT for the wooden bridge over a ravine. He walked up to it like he was going over, then simply planted his feet (4 feet in concrete!) and refused to budge. It took the clinician a half hour, and then Cisco walked across calmly. I had offered to dismount, but was told no, he needed to learn to go over whatever I asked him to. (That was the only thing he tried to refuse the whole 5 days)

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/26/2014 06:19.14 AM Report This Comment
***♡*** January 25th newsletter ***♡***

****HOTD Roxy 266746 nominated by Darby****
Hi I am a 9 year old Missouri Fox Trotter. I like to ride Hunter and Dressage. My motto is: It’s all good! Whoa, wait was that a plastic bag??? RUN!!!!!. Please stop by and leave a vote!

Congratulations Loosey and Peanut our HOTD!

REMINDER: Go to theanimalrescuesite.com click on “shelter challenge”. Enter “Dream” in the search box and click search. It will bring up about 10 shelters. Dream Catchers Equine Rescue is about 6 down from the top. Click on it and click vote. Vote daily or as often as you can!

***HOTM Cheryl & Cisco 250327
***DOTM JoZee 222582
***BOTM TiaMaria 245811

Today's affirmation: Today I am loved. Today, I will rejoice in my abilities, have many abilities, am an excellent rider.



Happy trails…. team HOTD!!

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

01/25/2014 11:37.18 AM Report This Comment
Hi!
Leaving Luna a cold good morning vote!

Come visit me, Spangle---Please vote Whiskey 237221 May HOTM, Zilker & Rose.

01/25/2014 06:24.40 AM Report This Comment
Jumping & Swimming
The fourth day, we went out to the jump course, and worked on that for a while. I had never liked jumping Cisco, he would launch himself like he was jumping 5' over a 1' obstacle, but after working for a couple of hours, including having to meet oncoming riders over the jumps, he was doing so well; jumping just enough to clear the obstacle. We did a short trail ride, then broke for lunch (there was a 4 hr break each day to avoid the heat). That afternoon, we all took the horses for a swim in the tank (pond). Several of us had been taking the horses down to cool off in the water during the afternoons. I needed a little help getting on him bareback, and was pretty wobbly at first but Cisco actually moved to stay under me. Walked out in the water till it got deep, and then we were swimming. Cisco loved it, he groaned the entire time he was swimming like he does when having a good roll. That was only my 2nd time on him bareback, and the first time I had ever been on a swimming horse. Passed on the moonlight ride that night, too tired.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/25/2014 06:05.47 AM Report This Comment
COWS!
THANKS SO MUCH! Quickly learned that Cisco was fine with being ridden twice a day, he was always waiting for me at the gate to his paddock, it was like "Are we going to have more fun? What are we going to do next?" Next day, we started cow work after warming up. The 20 or so cows were brought in the arena, and we just rode around letting the horses get used to them, as some of them had never been around cows before. Then we learned how to "boil" the herd (get them in close together and milling), then we individually walked our horses thru and parted the herd. After that, we actually started cutting! Cisco was amazing, he locked on to whichever cow I picked out and stayed with it. That was thrilling. The 3rd day, we trailed the herd out to pasture in the morning, and did some more cutting, then trailed them back to the arena. Went back out in the evening, trailed them out to pasture, and worked cattle until the full moon came out, then continued working till nearly 10PM. Brought the cattle back in, and called it a night. Cisco LOVED it.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/24/2014 06:25.16 AM Report This Comment
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