Hi, haven't posted for a while, have some sad but not really unexpected news to share. The woman who owned the horses I was leasing has sold them, so I'm horseless again. Kinda knew it was coming, she's had ads running in the Sun. paper for about a year and kept dropping the prices. No way I could afford upkeep on a horse at present, just have to find someone else who needs a little monetary and physical help with their animal(s).
Of course I still have the horses at the rescue ranch to love and fuss over, but most of them are not ridable, not really much place to ride out there anyway, just a round pen and flat pastures. I'll REALLY miss my rides in the National Forest!
The other day, I went onto the AQHA website & saw an announcement. They'd closed the AQHA home office for a few days due to a white out & severe snow storms. [In Amarillo, Texas??? ]
Then, I had a phone call from Kindle. They'd experienced some incredibly rough thunder storms & were dealing with the damage. Among other things, their computers were zapped & are in the shop. She said to day "hi!" to all & that the mare hasn't yet foaled. I'm sure I'll hear when she does!
Here's hoping that Kindle & everyone else who's been experiencing severe weather is doing well!
Hello Everyone: I'm new here, so just wanted to say Hi! I love my horse's and dog's and have to many of both! Lot's of work, but worth every minute. I have shared my pic's if anyone would like to see my "Baby's." I look forward to meeting new friends. I live in NW Louisiana and we bout to float away down here! Enough rain for my pasture for awhile!
Sorry I've been missing lately people, but I've been laid up with a bout of Virtigo. Got carried out of work with it. It's rough when you can't walk or see to type even. Getting better though. Could just see myself trying to gat on one of the horses this way! Would be looking at a belly wondering how I got there! LOL.
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Morning all! So sorry for the silence...I didn't drop off the face of the earth - although at times I feel that I had. We had to move, and it took me forever to get a land line hooked up at the new place. Now I have discovered that it is even SLOWER than the other dial up that I had. Ah well. We moved farther out from town - therefore more of a drive to get to work - meaning less time online. :-| Anyways...just wanted to let you all know I am back and am looking forward to meeting the new people and helping out with the site again. Hope everyone's summer is going well so far. It is a warm one! Take care and I will talk to ya all soon. TTFN - Jo
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It is scary, isn't it Juelle? That's the problem- as consumers, we usually have to simply depend on the quality we're told is there. I'm thinking the horse feed incident had something to do with a preservative. For the life of me, I can't recall the brand name...
As to cooking, my theory has always been that if I can't nuke it, grill it or eat it raw, I should simply let it run free! Keep in mind that my brother is a master chef.
Yes, I almost had a heart attack when I saw both brands of food I give my 6 cats on the list!!! I rushed home to check the cans but none were from the bad batches. I think it was bad wheat, it got molded. They had bought it from a new supplier.
I know the same thing might have happened with pelletized horse feed a while back. People lost some horses from it, but I don't know any details about what really happened. Some ingredient was blamed for killing some horses. Just like the bad alfalfa you all were talking about a few weeks ago.
I guess there is no way to guarantee what you buy is safe, any more than the food we buy is always safe! I wanted to make my own pet foods, but the recipes I tried were not acceptable to the crew!! No, I am NOT a great cook, and they were quick to let me know the food was no good to them!!! So I kinda gave it up. The organic foods I have tried got very expensive, so I had to give that up as well, at least for now!!
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Female Equestrian.. . EASY TO LOCATE. She's either off on the horse or out in the barn. UPHOLDS THE DOUBLE STANDARD. Smooches with the most bewhiskered beast, but recoils when you need a shave. OWNS ONE VACUUM CLEANER and operates it exclusively in the barn. A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY, providing the party is given by another horsey wife. Falls asleep in her soup at all other functions. ECONOMY MINDED. Won't waste your money on permanents, facials, or manicures. A CULINARY PERFECTIONIST. Checks every section of hay for mold but doesn't blink when she petrifies your dinner in the microwave. OCCASIONALLY AMOROUS, but never leaves lipstick on your collar, at worst, slight trace of chap stick. EASY TO OUTFIT. No need for embarrassing visits to uncomfortable little boutiques. You can find all she wears at your local tack store. FEATURES A SELECTIVE SENSE OF SMELL. Bitterly complains about your sticky-sweet cigar smoke while remaining totally oblivious to the almost visible aroma of her barn boots drying next to the heater. UNMISTAKABLE IN A BATHING SUIT. She's the one whose tan starts at the nose, ends at the neck, and picks up again at the wrists A DEDICATED CLUB WOMAN, as long as the words "horse" or "riding" appear in its name. HAS YOUR LEISURE AT HEART. Eliminates grass cutting by turning every square inch of lawn into pasture, which, in turn, converts itself into mud. A MASTER AT MULTIPLICATION. She starts with one horse, adds a companion, and if it's a mare, she breeds it. KEEPS AN EAGLE EYE ON THE BUDGET. Easily justifies spending six hundred dollars on h-o-r-s-e-s, but croaks when you blow ten on bowling. AN ENGAGING CONVERSATIONALIST. Can rattle on endlessly about training or breeding. SOCIALLY AWARE. Knows that formal occasions call for clean boots. A MOVING FORCE IN THE FAMILY. House by house, she'll get you to move closer to horse country (and farther away from your job.) EASY TO PLEASE. A new wheelbarrow, custom boots, or even a folding hoof pick will win her heart forever. SENTIMENTAL FOOL. Displays a minimum of six 8x10 color photos of the horse in the house, and carries a crumpled snapshot of you (taken before you were married) somewhere in the bottom of her purse. SHOWS HER AFFECTION IN UNUSUAL WAYS. If she pats you on the neck and says "you're a good boy," believe it or not, she loves you!
Political corruption is not a myth. Suspicion does not start without a cause. When you are faced with constant misdirection and backtracking by your "leaders" you begin to wonder and question and not take anything at face value. Ignorance may be bliss but when it comes to laws that govern your life and your animals, knowledge is power. While our history books are filled with misconceptions they are atleast based on true events of their truth is a little one sided due to human interpretation and writing. Humans flavor everything we do with our own thoughts and opinions which are largely based on our religious beliefs and upbringings. Its our nature. And while most have good intent to bring others to the light and save their souls, we end up fighting amongst ourselves rather then doing much good. Our world revolves around our faith, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but faith differs greatly from one to another. I don't now if there is or will ever be an answer to living in harmony whether it be faith or past disagreements but the more people recognize differences and accept them the more tolerance will be spread through the world which may make a difference.
Krista, a lot of people tell me that November 09, 2006 1:11 PM
The cause of most wars is down to religion. I dont know a great deal about the American Civil War. The English one along with the French as well, was caused by the greed of the already affluent.
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What amazes me is the fact that our "history books" in school teach our children a load of crap. They leave out the truth as a matter of teaching common knowledge which is most often wrong. Instead of teaching basics of all religions, minority history, racial issues etc they leave it out completely so as not to offend anyone, the teachers teach the basics which are totally not true and insert their own misguided conceptions compounding the situations leading to intolerance and bigotry (and I'm talking, social status, appearance, economics, lifestyles, religion etc not just race).
The civil war is just ONE example, but in it is a lesson that we should have learned long ago and obviously never have (see current administration) we go to war based on our administrations ideas of what is morally right and profitable. They are supposed to serve the people but they serve themselves. So was Mr. Lincoln in the palm of Sheridan and others or was he a self rightious hypocrit who wanted to impose laws upon the south so as to control and profit from the arms production and crop production covering it up with a cry of slave freedom (while he himself continued to own them?) A topic of debate for years to come that no one will ever agree on. While slavery may have played a small role, it was used as a coverup for the real reasons of the war: control, money, power, greed, economics, a way of life, and religion. Combine them all together (slavery fits in to the way of life section) and you have a war between very diffferent sections of the country.
Hmmm! I was always taught the war was faught because of economic sanctions and the fact that the South didn't want the North trying to control them or setting the policies they would have to live by. Slavery wasn't even a part of it. From some of the reading I've done on the subject, some of the plantation owners were finding it was cheaper to hire people to harvest the crops than to have to feed and clothe slaves all year. They had just a few for daily chores and such. They also didn't like the fact that the North was saying the share cropers down the road were equal to them. They felt there were classes and you couldn't step out of your class . They had a very "Yas massta" attitude! Your below my station!! And yes folks the war is still being faught in parts of the South!
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I grew up in the North where they taught us the root of the Civil War was the South's inability to let go of the practice of employing slaves. In my post-college years, I moved South & found myself doing a fair amount of independent reading on the subject. [Hey, my grandparents immigrated to this country so, in a sense, we didn't even have a dog in this fight.] I learned that it was much more a matter of economics , lifestyle/livelihood [i.e.: agriculture -vs.- manufacturers] & even culture influenced by climate than simply a question of slavery. Heck, slavery was becoming antiquated, anyway, & wouldn't have survived because of economics. Besides, if the North was so anti-slavery, why did they continue to practice child labor in their factories well into the 20th century???
My Northern relatives say I've been corrupted.
So was Lincoln insane & corrupt or tragically unable to see the big picture? Was he influenced by those with their own agendas? [Thinking of Sheridan...] Does history repeat itself...?
I think of Abraham Lincoln as a mentally-ill corporate lawyer who sent half a million Americans to their deaths because he couldn't admit that his inflammatory rhetoric had split the Union that cooler heads were trying to hold together.
Hey, all! To those new to Q-Horse, our members are great at keeping things "on topic". With that said, some great friendships have been formed here, so we've created the "Q-Horse Lounge" as a place to chat about whatever or just to say "hi!"
When the lounge threads get long, it's hard for those of us in dial-up hell to load. Consequnetly, the need to move the party to a new thread. Soooo...