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Tennessee Walking Horse from Manchester, TN

Ripley B

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I am from Manchester, TN and I've been a Club Horse member for 4 years, 5 months and 6 days

Nicknames: March Miracle Mile aka:RipRip

Age: 14 years old

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse

Height: 17.2 hands

Color: Bay

Type of Riding: trail ride

My Horse's Achievements: coming off a meat truck to becoming the best I could hope for in a horse

My Horse's Favorite Treat: carrot and raisin bicuits

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: Eat and run

Pet Peeves: I haven't found that he has any

My Horse's motto: Keep your wishes and hopes alive.

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How We Met

My wonderful friend Candy Hilmoe. Looking for a good horse and with Candy's help she introduced me to Sara who had gotten Ripley off of a meat truck & about 300lbs under weight. She was keeping him in her yard so she could take care him. She had him in the field with other horses who chased and wouldn"t let him eat and sheneeded to find him a home. Candy told me he needed help and love. As bad as he looked I fell in love. Ripley is now at about 1200, beautiful and sweet . Wanted a horse as long as I can remember and my grand da told me to never stop wishing that one day I would have that horse. Grand da passed when I was 9 so you see Ripley (grandda name) was truely heaven sent.

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I've had 1415 friends visit me.

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116 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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Come visit me, ♥ Deacon ♥.

04/20/2014 08:32.39 AM Report This Comment
Whiskey would love your support for his HOTM run
The more we rode the better Whiskey got at reining. The more miles and trails the easier it got on me and him. I discovered Whiskey loves the water. The picture today was taken 8/2012. We can get in a few minutes but I have to move him out or he will try to lie down, but I can take him right back in and then he settles to stand, doesn’t swim yet with me. We are still working toward that. We haven’t camped out in nearly 2 years, and that is when I can try to swim with the horses. It’s too hard to try swimming when I day ride because of the drive home (driving wet is no fun) -ha ha =) Deacon is my true water baby-he will actually swim with me and never try to lie down. I have also found that Whiskey hates for any type bug to fly in his face-so needless to say while we ride in the open if there are grass hoppers or butter flies, regular fly’s he tosses his head slightly. It doesn’t bother me now but it used to. Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, ♥ Deacon ♥.

04/19/2014 08:40.09 AM Report This Comment
<)__~ Another busy day at work. It was just beautiful after work yesterday, light mild winds and sunny. Wish it could be that way most of the time. We started a fire in the fire pit, turned out the horses and just watched them graze….they are so beautiful ♡ Loping by with a tap on your horseshoe, hugs & love to you all!

Come visit me, ♥ Deacon ♥.

03/18/2014 09:19.58 AM Report This Comment
~ ✞ ~February 9th Newsletter~ ✞ ~

***HOTD Roanie 230538 Nominated by Whiskey
Hi, I am an American Quarter Horse. We ride western and for pleasure. I am super sensitive to cues. My favorite things to do are trail ride and eat hay & favorite treats are apples. Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations JoJo our HOTD!

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

Today’s affirmation: The next time I think it’s the horse’s fault, I’m going to think instead about opportunities for change in the way I relate to everyone, two legged or four.

Happy Trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, ♥ Deacon ♥.

02/09/2014 10:01.47 AM 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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

02/01/2014 09:35.32 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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/31/2014 07:49.39 AM Report This Comment
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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/30/2014 08:09.29 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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/29/2014 08:35.46 AM Report This Comment
(}—{) Extremely busy today so I just want to say hello with a Whinny, love & hugs =)

Come visit me, ♥ Deacon ♥.

01/29/2014 08:00.20 AM Report This Comment
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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/28/2014 08:24.53 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 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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/27/2014 08:29.22 AM Report This Comment
Leaving Ripley B a windy good morning vote!

Come visit me, Zilker, Rose & Spangle.

01/27/2014 07:47.33 AM Report This Comment
leaving you a vote =)

Come visit me, ♥ Deacon ♥.

01/26/2014 08:33.05 AM Report This Comment
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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/26/2014 07:57.58 AM Report This Comment
Leaving Ripley B a quick good morning vote!

Come visit me, Zilker, Rose & Spangle.

01/26/2014 05:54.09 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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/25/2014 08:55.09 AM Report This Comment
Leaving Ripley B a cold good morning vote!

Come visit me, Zilker, Rose & Spangle.

01/25/2014 06:16.39 AM Report This Comment
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, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/24/2014 08:11.07 AM Report This Comment
Leaving Ripley b a freezing good morning vote!
We had a ice/snow storm overnight. Horses blankets are on and they love having their blankets on in this cold:) Right before it hit freezing it rained. When we went out to feed, the horses blankets froze from the rain! We melted the ice and dried them.
Hope you stay warm and have a great weekend!

Come visit me, Zilker, Rose & Spangle.

01/24/2014 06:59.30 AM Report This Comment
A BIG Step
Cannot believe how much support we are getting, thanks! Our next BIG step was a 5 day Parelli Horse Camp last June. I wasn't sure I could ride that much, but decided to go anyway. The first day was spent mostly on ground work and arena work, making sure everyone could sidepass, back at least 10 steps, and do rollbacks, and walk, trot and canter quietly. We also played some games, notably trying to keep another horse and ride from reaching the opposite side of the arena. It rained that afternoon, so we learned some knot tying before going back out to ride that evening. I was nervous when I found out that we would be riding twice daily, wasn't sure how Cisco would feel about that. We would ride in the morning, take a break in the heat of the day, then go out after an early supper and ride till dark or after (full moon week).

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/23/2014 07:03.25 AM Report This Comment
January 23rd Newsletter

***HOTD Sunset 254565 Nominated by Deacon
Hi my name is Sunset or you can call me Sunny. I am a 18 year old Appaloosa gelding. I ride bareback and hunter. I will soon try western. My motto is "Someone with carrots is a friend indeed!!" Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Kokanee our HOTD!!!

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

Top 5 quiz masters
1. Unknown
2. Unknown
3. Unknown
4. Lucy
5. Reba

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Zilker, Rose & Spangle.

01/23/2014 06:56.09 AM Report This Comment
Leaving Ripley B a quick good morning vote! Hope you enjoyed your HOTD!
I had my first lesson of the year yesterday. We worked on lead changes. It was really good. Then we trotted the barrel pattern a couple times. It was a fun lesson:)

Come visit me, Zilker, Rose & Spangle.

01/22/2014 06:38.33 AM Report This Comment
No More Bucking
THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES & SUPPORT!!! The Chiropractor pretty much adjusted everything, and said that the horse had been in pain for quite a while. Really made me feel badly - at least some of training problems I'm sure were related to him being in pain. He had also started bucking when asked to canter, this has resolved. And also, while he had gotten pretty good about his feet, he always really fussed about his L hind being done. He has been much better, even my farrier has remarked on what a change it has made. Cisco will usually now lift a hoof as soon as you bend down. The Chiropractor also pointed out that Cisco's R eye orbit had been fractured - and when you really look at him head on, his R eye is sunken a bit.

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/22/2014 06:37.20 AM Report This Comment

Come visit me, ()---() Spots ()---() & Kiegan.

01/21/2014 06:10.08 PM Report This Comment
beautiful picture

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01/21/2014 04:33.03 PM Report This Comment
HOTD vote for Ripley B. Congratulations!

Come visit me, Digit.

01/21/2014 04:14.31 PM Report This Comment
Hi Ripley B!
Congrats on HOTD!!
Left you a vote.

Ronnie Lee, Charlotte, NC.

01/21/2014 03:35.07 PM Report This Comment
January 21st Newsletter

***HOTD Moonlight 225691 Nominated by Rose
Hi, I am a 13yr old Tennessee Walking horse gelding named Moonlight. I ride both Western and English and do showjumping and barrel racing. My favorite treat is apples. Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Ripley B our HOTD!

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

Todays affirmation: The highest reward of effort is not what you get from it, but what you become from it.

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

01/21/2014 01:00.43 PM Report This Comment
congrats on HOTD

Come visit me, Spirit, Quilla & Royal.

01/21/2014 12:00.30 PM Report This Comment
congrats to you on make horse of the day. pretty horse.

Come visit me, Bob's Dandy Invite.

01/21/2014 11:23.07 AM Report This Comment
congrats oh hotd
heres a victory vote!

Come visit me, Darby- Offline for a few months-.

01/21/2014 10:52.44 AM Report This Comment
Congrats on HOTD!
Ripley is beautiful. The story of how you got him is wonderful. It's great he was saved from a meat truck-all horses have so much potential. Voted for you.

Come visit me, Trudy & Chip.

01/21/2014 10:32.21 AM Report This Comment
Congrats on your HOTD win!! Here's a vote for your beautiful boy!! Love your story :). Hugs and treats for all!!

Bella and her Herd <3

Come visit me, Phoenix & Olaf.

01/21/2014 10:17.06 AM Report This Comment
Pretty horse! Congratulations!!

Come visit me, Ole Red.

01/21/2014 10:10.09 AM Report This Comment

Come visit me, Wonder.

01/21/2014 07:25.35 AM Report This Comment
Congrats on HOTD!

Come visit me, The Mark of Freedom & Heza Foxy HP Bubba.

01/21/2014 07:22.33 AM Report This Comment
I bet your Granddad smiling down at you and Riply. Nice pictures of you together.

Come visit me, Mistic, Willow & Whisper.

01/21/2014 06:57.43 AM Report This Comment
01/21/2014 06:52.02 AM Report This Comment
THANKS, EVERYONE!!! Early last spring, we went to a clinic put on by the head trainer/farrier of a large metropoliton mounted police force (Houston). It was an ART Clinic: Attention, Respect,Trust. Did a lot of groundwork and obstacles in the mornings (including firecrackers while mounted) and then trail rode in the afternoons. At the end of the clinic, he asked if Cisco was for sale. When I told him no, he said that if I ever wanted to sell him or couldn't take care of him, would I please contact him, that Cisco would make a good police horse. I remarked that Cisco was too short and colored, and he replied "If I say he's tall enough, he's tall enough, and we are an equal opportunity employer". He also strongly suggested that I have Cisco seen by a chiropractor, which I did and it really has helped him.

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo (RIP) and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

01/21/2014 06:44.15 AM Report This Comment
leaving a victory vote for ur hotd

Come visit me, miles, angel joker & spots.

01/21/2014 06:40.25 AM Report This Comment
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