Had to pull all those Cow Pen (in my case, Round Pen) Daisies, Josephine, just so I'd have room to work with my new horse, Fancy. I don't know what those other scraggly things in there are, but I pulled until I was tired of pullin'. Now for round pen training with my new pasture pretty.
Thank you, Frostweed. I hope she's been taught that "pretty is as pretty does." ;*)
Stephanie, a friend of our son in Midlothian gave her to me. She wanted me to take both of her registered Tennessee Walking Horses, but my mister said I could have three horses, total. I had two, plus a pony and donkey. I was able to rehome the little guys. He counted the pony and donkey as one horse. hahaha. He sees everything as how much they eat. I would have loved to take them both (the other one is Star, a black), but Jeff was very generous to say "three," . This family has owned her for four years, and she has seen very little action during that time. Supposedly, she was well-trained when they got her back in Missouri, I believe. She was the daughter's horse. Actually, she is double registered TWH and Spotted Saddle Horse. I know my friend had let her friend and some teenage boys ride her, and they raced her--not good. I (age 12) ruined my first horse by racing her. It was so much fun, but problem is, when they've been raced, that's all they want to do when they get with other horses-gotta be in front of the group, want to run, etc. There's ways to train that out of them, but at 12 I only knew "kick to go, pull to stop." So, we'll see. I'm about to go out there now and do some ground work with her--respect training. Also, she racks. I've only seen horses rack on u-tube videos, and I can't wait to ride it. It's way fast. So, again, we'll see.
Thank you, Terri. All my horses are blessed with long full tails, and I love that.
Sheila, I would love to use this pile in my compost, but I'm afraid of it. Some of those stalks are 1¼ inches thick, and I'm afraid it won't break down. Then there's the seeds. Some have said the seeds break down and won't sprout, but some say they will. I don't know.
I think I spelled it that way because I am horrible speller and was in a hurry LOL! I looked it up, it should be rack--sorry. I can remember watching Earl Teater ride a gorgeous stallion at full rack, flying around the arena like a rocket! Mr Teater was in his sixties (I believe) at the time. The ponies didn't go as fast.
(edited to say sixties, I thought that is what I typed. But I guess not--I've been doing that all day!)
The saddlebreds if I remember right, have an extra gait that is nice to sit, easy on ya, but I never rode a Walker. My mare was reg Qh/Thoroughbred dbl reg. She didn't fit arenas real well, but I had 800 acres we ran and worked the cows home on for 12 yrs. Chuckl, these bones would take slow adjusting to ease into a saddle these years.
I've had such interruptions every day since I got her that I've only been out to feed her and do a little training (disengaging the hindquarters, backing, leading, flexing). Today I plan to get her use to a full-cheek snaffle bit, which is what I use on all my horses. They've been using a shank (leverage) bit with a curb chain. I think she'll take to it, because most horses are started in a snaffle, but then get moved on to a harsher bit as they mature.
I kept Fancy up in the round pen for 2 days, so she and the boys could get their snorting and other agressive posturing pretty well over with, before I let her out yesterday afternoon. I had to leave for my grandson, Parker's, football game, so I didn't get to observe their behavior. It'll be fun to see how they worked out the dominance issue. Of course, the boys were drooling and following her around like puppies, because it was "that time" of the month. They're both geldings, so "pre...cious mem...ries, how they lin...ger...
OK, as much as I love talking ""horse," I realize it is way OT for this site, so I'm done.
To get us back ON topic, I'll share that the pile of Cow Pen Daisies is still in the center of my round pen, and it will be my first order of business when I go outside.
YOU'RE ASKING ME TO PLANT WEEDS (identified as any undesirable plant)?!?!!! hahaha! I can't even imagine doing that, I guess because EVERYWHERE they come up they're undesirable to me and a pain in my patootie. Like Broomweed, Josephine. And Bitterweed. And whatever that is on the pasture side of the fence that I said the horses wouldn't eat, and nobody knew what was.
1> Loaded and headed for our "dump." Our tank was built in the way early 1900s by damming up a creek, so we have this dry creek bed behind the tank dam. Very handy. We only put degradable stuff in there (stumps, tree limbs, all kinds of trimmings and WEEDS).
2> Before (looks like the CPDs have a good start there, too)
We don't have a tractor, but ever so often we hire a guy to do some stuff, and while here, he'll push all this brush, etc. into the creek bed.
Well, I don't know, Josephine. Some of the stuff we put back there will take many years to decompose. Also, there is a lot of poison ivy in the creek bed. I don't understand that, because I thought it needed sunlight. Every few years I get around to taking Roundup to it, and that keeps it pretty well in check. (OK, I know you won't like that remedy, but hey, it's poison ivy, and I try to not get it on anything else.)
I still want to come see your place sometime, and get inspired. ;&)
Great that you still have some CPd around. The compost will happen over time.
If you come up to see Josephines house, I have another friend that I want to see it too. Maybe we could bring sandwiches and have a picnic there.
Girls, that sounds really fun. During the week is best for me. I have so much company on the weekends. I'm out on Wednesday and through by 11, so picnic lunch sounds great. It's ok if you need a different day.
My friend can't come, and I have seen it many times...the following week Herman will be getting out of hosp...so Sybil you are going to have to take pictures!
I am going to check with a neighbor that is wanting to start doing something in her yard about coming. I don't know if Thursday will be good for her but I will keep looking in to see what you guys are planning.