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Wine: Keep a red and a white on hand at all times. When choosing wines on the wine aisle, use this simple rhyme to make your selection: “Closer to the floor, is meant for the poor / closer to the lights, is more like for if Bono comes over.” -=RAY=-

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 on: September 13, 2018, 10:12:25 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Asherdan
With hosss they never really get over the response but what you do to work around it is build trust. For example, Oakie is a big fat scaredy-cat, but by now I know what might rev him up and plan for it while we're out and about and with the trust we've built he'll listen to me and go shallower into and come out of panic mode quickly.

My big leap with Geronimo is to get him to trust me enough to listen to my commands when he's amped up so I can keep him under relatively safe control. So far, this is going well, but tonight is a little (big) test of how we're doing.

 on: September 13, 2018, 10:03:49 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by wombat
Momo has the flight response problem too but when the animal's only 15 pounds, that's more likely to kill her than to kill me. It's definitely tough though. You can desensitize them to a million different things and still you'll really never know what tiny object or occurrence or sound they're suddenly going to decide counts as a major emergency.

 on: September 13, 2018, 04:05:00 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Asherdan
ALSO: Geronimo is a very good boy, but he's been taking some work. He didn't bond real well with Spouse and when she first got in the saddle for a backyard test he was...difficult.

Scared her enough that she took Coco from me and I got the Geronimo training.

He's a good solid hoss, he just has a high 'flight response' to new shit. After two weeks he will willingly let me take all four feet (at first he was super-spooky about his back feet) and groom him and put on scary flymasks with velcro closures and all the other standard ground work. I got him so he tolerates the fly spray bottle (ohhhh that squirting sound!) and he now whickers at me and comes to the fence when he sees me coming.

I started my advanced 'weird and woolly shit' desensitizing training, where I've been leading him around the back lot and doing goofy shit, like walking right up and over the picnic table and dunking my head in the pool and walking up to the house and leaning in the back door and standing on top the mounting block and putting my knee and full weight in the middle of his back and then leaning over and laying on him in a U shape like a dead man and slapping his belly with my danging hands.

The worst thing that has happened so far is yesterday morning I was putting on his fly mask in the dark before feeding time and Coco, impatient for food, leaned over the fence and bit him in the ass while I had his head in my hands and the mask half-on. He rear up and romped out of range, but he didn't strike at me in his panic, so good. I got the mask on him with a minimal of fuss after that.

I've put him on the lead and walked him through the gates and out to the trails, he handled that fine after a few snorts.

I'm going to put the saddle on him and ride him around the back yard tonight, if that goes well I'll put him on a lead and pony him along behind Oakie for tonight's ride. Going out with his herd partners for the new trails is probably going to be the easiest way to break him in gentle.

If you never hear from me again, it means shit went sideways. Been real, folks.

 on: September 13, 2018, 02:56:51 pm 
Started by AugustWest - Last post by Asherdan
I gotta say, an Insta-pot is a pretty good take.

Do a corned beef in it and then pull the beef and use the juice to do the veg. Hella tastynessss.

 on: September 13, 2018, 02:24:35 am 
Started by AugustWest - Last post by theinevitable
The job stuff is still shitty.

I met with the woman in charge of the cool programming job (still in the city planning office). It is definitely over my head FOR NOW but we talked about what I can work on to get there.

It was my GF's birthday and I got her a simple necklace and an Instant Pot. She is wearing the necklace and we are cooking lots of good stuff in the instant pot. Mission accomplished.
Her mom said she feels JEALOUS that some guy who's known her for a year gave her the best birthday presents. That's right lady, there's a new hoss in town

 on: September 11, 2018, 06:29:48 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Asherdan
It's OK, 14 good years for one bad day is a hella fair trade. I brought him home from the vet and chopped a five foot deep hole into the clay next to Shep the Sheep and put him home the last time.

 on: September 11, 2018, 04:16:11 pm 
Started by AugustWest - Last post by Asherdan
Come hide with us, we have Honeycomb!

Also, there's something to Paul's take.

 on: September 11, 2018, 01:45:20 pm 
Started by AugustWest - Last post by AugustWest
It's the secret internet hideout!

 on: September 11, 2018, 01:44:45 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by AugustWest
At the vet with Bucky B. Dog.

Ain't but one of us coming home. 14 years of being a very good boy.

So sorry.  14 years is a good run.  I'm sure he was the best boy.

 on: September 11, 2018, 06:15:57 am 
Started by AugustWest - Last post by pmcd9
Lister old friend. This has become a place where you say the things you can't say on Facebook. You don't have to worry about what your family, or friends, or co-workers think.

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