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  1. hunter185

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    If so, what kind of riding do you do / where do you ride? Got 5 of the critters myself, like to spend as much time with them in the mountains as possible and compete in cowboy challenges.

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    Yep, a couple.
    No mountains around here, lots of trails
    Do a lot of riding around the lake in the summer
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    Four here. Recently lost one

    2 quarter horses (a dunn and a light buckskin), 1 Spotted Sadle Horse, and one Halflinger. The boy I recently lost was a Belgian Draft - a glorious 18 hands worth.

    I ride western but Mrs Sothron rides mainly English. I like trail riding in the hills, as does the Mrs. But she also does cross country and hunter/jumper.

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    Yup. I have three horses (2-AQHA and 1-Paint). My wife has Friesians (3). We both enjoy riding in the high country of the Black Hills, and we spend many weekends camping and riding the trails. I also enjoy team roping, but I'm not really good at that!

    Riding through the mountains is an awesome way to enjoy a pipe. I also have a set of insulated saddle bags that will hold a case of beer.

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    I want a pony! OK. My WIFE wants a pony, so I guess I do too. Not that we have a place for it, but you know, one can dream...

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    Jason, not sure where you live but, around here you can lease pastures relatively cheap.

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    Go for it, Jason. Chris is right. You can board your horse.

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    Maybe in a few years when money's a little more consistent. My wife used to work at a stable with her mom and she rode English in competitions. Ever since we got married she's wanted one, but hopefully some day soon.

    -Jason

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    Jason, don't be afraid to ask questions. Right now is a great time to buy horses. Prices are way down because of the western drought. Hay prices are sky high, and people are reducing their herds to lower their cost of feed.

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    Not sure what it's like in your area Jason, but around here you can own/board a horse fairly cheap. Western, anyways! Another option is leasing a horse...good way to find out if it's going to work for ya. The thing that you have to be most consistent with is time.

    I used to have insulated saddlebags that were great for beer. But when you leave them on the ground with food inside and dogs running around..."shredded" is a good word to descibe them now. Looking for good leather ones for next season, synthetic products don't last that long in the bush!

    sdcowboy - hear the Black Hills are an awesome spot to ride. Not that familiar with the area but would sure like to make a trek down there someday (soon)!

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    Hunter, I've gone through a couple of sets of saddle bags. This past year my wife bought me a matching set of insulated horn and saddle bags by Trail Max in Montana. I usually pack food items and other smaller things in the horn bags. The large saddle bags will carry a lot of drinks. In addition to "adult" beverages we also freeze bottled water to keep everything cool. This works great even on the hottest of days. I like the look and feel of leather saddle bags as well. Leather can also be a good insulator especially with the frozen water bottles.

    The Black Hills are indeed a great place to ride. We have hundreds of miles of trails with all kinds of experiences. We prefer a place called Hay Creek Ranch between Nemo and Deadwood in the northern Black Hills. This part of the range is quite similar to the Rockies terrain and vegetation-wise. You could ride for days exploring mountain tops, creeks, caves, and alpine meadows. It is a great place to get away from the cares of the world.

    Another tradition of mine is to be an outrider in the Days of 76 rodeo parade in Deadwood each summer. As you may know, it is common to have entertainers between rodeo events. One of the "shows" at the 76 is a stagecoach robbery. One of my good friends is in charge of the stagecoach robbery. He asked me to help him with this several years ago. This was two days before the rodeo started. We worked together to break one of my horses to gunfire, and I went up to help.

    After the first performance the main stagecoach robber wasn't able to perform, so I ended up being the main robber. Needless to say, I was hooked. I now regularly play the part of the robber, but this year I was the good guy. It is a blast. It combines horses and guns...two of my favorite things!

    You can see video on YouTube by searching Days of 76 stagecoach robbery.

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    Hi sothron, sorry to hear about you losing the big guy. I wrote an article on losing a horse a couple years ago: Goodbye to a Horse

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    Hunter, that was a fine article. The respect you hold for animals is evident in your writing. It made me think of the horses that I've lost over time. I was especially moved by your description of the reaction of the rest of the herd on the day you assisted the vet to put down the horse with the broken leg.

    They indeed become a part of you who are.

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    Hey thanks. Just checked out that video too - looks like awesome fun! So do you guys flip to see who is good guy and bad guy every year? Too bad you couldn't keep the scene playing out: untack, build a fire, some good chuckwagon stew followed by a good pipe lol! Good job on getting your horse broke to guns quick. Mine are used to me shooting but my colt is fascinated and comes running over when I start blasting away...sometimes I'm quite convinced he doesn't think he's a horse! He'll be my mounted action shooting horse guaranteed.

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    Grew up with a horse. Hadn't had one for years. I have been thinking about getting a mule to pull the ole cart around..

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    Hunter, we don't necessarily flip a coin. We just trade off. I was limited this year because of a groin injury. I had to stay mounted, so I was one of the good guys. You know, we actually camp out at the rodeo grounds, so we grill our supper and enjoy some adult beverages. It is a great place for a pipe and good conversation.

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    In the spirit of Christmas, my wife and I cut our own christmas trees the old fashioned way. We are blessed to live near mountains that have wonderful spruce trees. Best of all, we ride horses into the back country to find the "perfect" tree.

    Two weeks ago, we saddled up to find this year's tree. We didn't cut it that day because they tend to get dry within 3 weeks, so we marked a couple of candidates that we thought would work. This weekend we are planning to cut the tree and drag it out of the forest by horseback.

    As luck would have it, we have conflicts this weekend. I will take the afternoon off work tomorrow and get the tree myself because my attorney wife has a trial tomorrow. I will take my dog and my horse up to get it done. There is something about riding through snow and pipe smoking. They really go together well. Life is good!

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    Thanks for that, Hunter. Just read it. It was a tragic and graphic accident. I hope nobody ever has to see their horse like I saw Butters.

    Brandy, Whiskey, Tasha, and Lola are 22, 15, 7, and 5. So I know there is plenty of heart and heart ache in the future. But that's all part of it. I deal with a lot of death on the farm, but it's always different with horses.

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    I get it. Mine are 19, 10, 8, 6, and 2. Hopefully lots of future and less heartache! Have spent time with my 2 year old almost daily since he was born. If he lives to his 30's...we'll let's say I sure won't be a young'un anymore.

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    So sdcowboy, how did the tree-hunting go? What's your preferred 'riding through the snow' tobacco? I was invited to join some friends to drag a tree out of the bush with the horses, but already had other commitments. I'm getting itchy to head out to the mountains though. We've had a couple months of repeated snow-melt-freeze, so it's fairly icy around here this year, unfortunately.

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    Hunter, the tree hunt went well. I got a later start than I wanted, but I got it done. The temperature was perfect (50 F), and the sun was bright. I was up at 6,000 feet, but there was only about 4 inches of snow. We didn't have any ice to deal with. We pulled into our parking spot at 3pm. I fired up my billiard with Butternut Burley and unloaded my horse. I mounted up and picked up my chainsaw from the tailgate. I found the previously-marked tree within 10 minutes of riding. The chainsaw worked well, and I felled the tree within another 10 minutes. I rode back to the truck to drop off the chainsaw and then went back for the tree. When I got back I put my rope around the trunk and dragged the tree back to the truck.

    Luckily I used a pipe that practically smokes itself because I didn't have a free hand. I used a good pipe for clenching. Once I got the tree loaded on the truck I still had an hour of daylight. I went on a little trail ride with my dog to finish my bowl. My big palomino likes to run, so I let him lope for a lot of the ride. My dog enjoyed the run as well.

    I had to get home in time for my son's hockey game at 8 o'clock, so we will set up the tree in the morning. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so I can ride some more tomorrow before another hockey game in the afternoon.

    It was a great day!

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    Miss my dad's horses we had growing up. The neighbor here has 2 but I have no room for them. Maybe one day when I have a place farther away from the big city I will have a couple. Actually been thinking of moving and starting farming. Dad did it and raised 4 kids. And besides, I miss the fresh raw milk and farm raised beef.

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    Sdcowboy...well I'm jealous! I got 4 horses rode but never left the pasture. Don't have a tree either this year. On the road for the next couple days - with a horse - so was trying to get as much work done as I could. You did give me an idea though. I've got a sturdy Palomino too. Started him this year, and pulling stuff around is a good next step for him at this point. We usually have a few winter parties pulling skiers around behind the horses. Butternut Burley, eh? Looks like it gets awesome reviews.

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    Hey revs, if you hop the fence and 'borrow' your neighbors horse, will he notice?

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    Hunter, where are you going on the road? I enjoy traveling with horses. I hope you're having a good time. I've never done skijorring with my horses, but it is certainly something that sounds like fun! Breaking horses to pull is pretty easy. I always start with a small log and work my way up. Before you know it, I'm dragging steers in the roping pen with them!

    I've become quite fond of Butternut Burley. It smells nice, tastes great, and it never bites. The non-smoking crowd generally seems to enjoy it as well. I tend to stay away from the really smelly stuff, so I usually don't get the dirty looks. With BB I always get compliments.

    You can't beat the price from pipesandcigars.com either!

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    Not the most exciting trip. I was at a conference with a silent auction and I put a bid on an equine therapy package. I have a horse that broke his neck 3 years ago and it's been a really long road, with lots of learning, and hours of care - but I'm riding him. The deal was for several laser therapy sessions. I'm skeptical but thought I'd do some research on it, let them work on my horse, and write an article on it. About a 2 1/2 hour drive north, and I spent a night in the trailer. They think it will help with nerve regeneration and scar tissue reduction. All I know is that my horse loved it. He stood there with his eyes practically closed for over an hour. Also looked at some property...20ac with house/barn, all set up for horses.

    Skijorring is a riot. If you make sharp turns you can really whip the skiers/snowboarders/tubers around. It's a lot of fun. Well at least it looks like it - I'm always on the horse. But that's where I'd rather be anyway!

    I looked at the pipesandcigars site, but I'm always cautious of international shipping. I've had good luck with 4Noggins, and service there is awesome. Last I got from them was Three Blind Moose, which elicited one comment from around the campfire: "Oh, that smells YUMMY!"

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    Hunter, I hope you have a living quarters horse trailer. I've got one, and I love it. Sleeping in the trailer is a lot easier when you have a nice bed, heat, a tv, and a shower!

    I'm really looking forward to trying skijoring. Like you, I'm not really interested in the skiing part. I'd rather be on the horse. Now if we ever get enough snow this year...

    I've always received top notch service from Pipesandcigars.com. I haven't ordered from 4Noggins, but I might have to. The reviews on Three Blind Moose sound great. It just might be their equivalent of Butternut Burley.

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    I know it. When I was outfitting, we slept under the stars or in a canvas tent if the weather was bad. So I'm not too fussy on where I bed down for the night. However moving cattle in the fall I typically stayed in the back of my bumper pull. Just threw a tarp down on the floor, set up a folding table and cot, catalytic heater and I was good to go. I have a thermarest in my bedroll, so I'm good to about -20C without a heater, but it sure is nice to crawl out of bed and not be freezing your posterior off LOL. So I've been in the market for a living quarter trailer, since I spent most of last year living in an rv. Looking for 14' shortwall with a slide, 8' wide. Some manufacturers are out of my budget, but Lakota and Bison both make trailers that fit my specs for a reasonable price. I haven't seen anything on the used market that is worth buying when I take into account travel costs, tax, etc. But if you know of anyone selling one, let me know. What do you have?

    Weather is really crazy around here. Last year we had Fall conditions right up to the end of January, so not much snow. This year we started off with lots, but there really isn't much on the ground. If I drive an hour north, there is about a foot of snow. I'm right near the mountains, so we get a lot of warm weather (chinook) whenever the wind is from the west. So not enough snow right here for skijouring. We have tried it in the dirt in the arena before (beer induced event) but that resulted in a lot of faceplants. Dirt has more friction than snow, apparently!

    Customs is always a big question mark when ordering. It's a hit-and-miss gamble, but it is cheaper for me to pay $12 in shipping for 2oz than it is to buy it here. And it would cost more than $12 of diesel in the dually to drive anywhere anyway! So I've stuck with 4Noggins because its worked. And they have a decent selection. Was looking at ordering some of C&D's Autumn Evening - any experience with that, or their others?

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    Hunter,

    I STRONGLY recommend a living quarters trailer. Mine is a 2004 Bison Alumasport with a 10' short wall and a slide. The slide makes all the difference in the world because it opens up the whole space. Even with the 10' wall we have plenty of room. When we go camping we have my wife, my son, the dog, and me. We have plenty of space. We have the dinette option in the slide, and it converts to a true full size bed for my son. The bed in the gooseneck is quite comfortable for sleeping. It has a queen size bed. I don't know of any good used trailers on the market, but I see a few on Facebook from time to time. Are you on Facebook? I belong to a group there called South Dakota Equine Network, and good trailers show up there occasionally.

    Our weather here sounds similar to yours. We are on the eastern slope of the Black Hills, and our climate is identical to Denver's. To give you an idea, our golf courses don't close during the winter. While we can have cold snaps and winter storms, we have frequent chinook winds and mild periods. The only factor is the reduced daylight. Otherwise I ride year round. This week our temperatures are in the mid 40's, but next week we are expecting highs in the low 30's.

    I can imagine customs is a big issue for you. Wasn't NAFTA supposed to unite the North American economies and eliminate customs duties eventually? What kind of quantities of tobacco can be mailed across the border before you get a big bill from the federal government? You mention Autumn Evening. That is one of my favorites. I don't think it tastes the way it smells, but it still tastes great. I've been told that the room note is quite pleasant, but I've never been around anyone else who was smoking it. Another similar blend that I enjoy is McClelland's Town Topic. It is another maple that is smooth and a real crowd pleaser. I try to keep both in stock here at home along with Butternut Burley, Bob's Chocolate Flake, Frog Morton on the Town, and Two Friends' English Chocolate.

    I probably only smoke a pipe a couple times a week, so a little bit goes a long way. Usually I have a dip of Copenhagen in my lip because it isn't easy to find a place for a pipe. This morning I had to replace the alternator on my F350. I enjoyed a pipeful of BB while I worked. It made the job a lot more fun!

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    I like the Bisons. Friend of mine has the 4h 14'sw. Nice because it has the dinette and the couch. They have 4 kids, so they need the space! It's a long trailer though... I was looking at this one. The same price ranges as the Bisons. I'm on Facebook (although I don't hang out there much) so I'll have a look. I keep my eye on horsetrailerworld.com. I'm looking at buying some property right now too (20ac with house and barn) so that might cancel the trailer purchase...for the short term!

    You're actually a few degrees colder right now than we are. But that's about to change. We've got a chinook wind howling now, and it's above freezing. Supposed to get colder over the weekend, about -5F (think that equates to -21C). Not bad as long as the wind isn't blowing. I ride year round. Bareback is great when it's cold!

    Customs is like rolling the dice. NAFTA is great for hauling a new LQ trailer across the border! However tobacco - there is no 'limit' for mail ordering. So they can slap you with duty for the smallest amount. There are duty-free limits if I travel across the border. I've got some Autumn Evening in the 4Noggins shopping cart - just have to click the button. Hoping it gets 'ignored' with all the Christmas shipping. I hear a lot about Frog Morton OTT. Might have to grab that too.

    If I get to a pipe twice a week that's more than usual! This time of year sucks a little bit because it's typically really windy, so pipe smoking outside doesn't happen that much. Was doing an irregular 'scotch and pipe night' with some friends, but has been over 6 months for that too. The Three Blind Moose is gone as of today, but I ordered that in June. Typically have Copenhagen around, but kind of the same deal: $22.79 + tax. Retarded. I was in Arizona for a couple of weeks earlier in the year and grabbed some...can't remember...maybe Timber Wolf? But I paid less than $3. All we get is Skoal and Cope here so wanted to try something else.

    How was the alternator replacement? I have an F350...so far haven't had to do that. Bought the extended warranty this year (which has already paid for itself). Right now I'm working - again - on my shitty Circle J bumper pull - the hub failed and wheel fell off. Thank God it was when I was backing up the driveway, not doing 70mph down the highway.

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    In my younger days, I owned 3 1/2 horses (one was a mule). I loved to go packing in the Sawtooth wilderness and Seven Devils area of Idaho. When I moved to North Idaho, my acreage was forested with no pasture and I sold out.
    Horses are expensive and time consuming and they take a great deal of dedication.

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    True. But I look at it a little differently. My truck, my quad and my dirtbike are expensive and time consuming but they don't give anything back to me. A horse is an animal that, given the opportunity, can reward you with loyalty, trust, respect and teach you a lot about patience, leadership and communication. And like you say - that's where the dedication comes in.

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    Did I mention I had no pasture in North Idaho? I inherited the land so the type was not my choice. Dedication is one thing but paying to board 4 animals is another. Sometimes I still wish I owned horses as this is beautiful country to ride.

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    Hunter, I've been away for a few days at my son's hockey games out of town. We left Rapid City on Friday and it was 55 degrees with no wind! We travelled to Pierre (state capital), and when we got there it was 20 degrees. That was as warm as it got the whole weekend! Today we have snow showers and 15 degrees. My wife and I have a tradition of horseback riding on Christmas. She wants to skip that this year because it is so cold. She asked if I'd like to take a trip up to Deadwood for a little blackjack tomorrow instead. I think we will do that. My son is going to his mothers house tomorrow around noon.

    I couldn't agree more about riding bareback during the winter. I really enjoy that because it helps me to develop a better riding seat. If you really want a challenge, try smoking your pipe while riding bareback! I tried it this past spring with success. I had my pipe and tobacco in my vest pocket. I jumped on my big palomino using my bareback pad and took off on a cruise around the section line. After a while I realized I had my pipe with me, so I fired it up. I rode for another 60 minutes to finish the bowl. I've done it several times since. It's actually quite enjoyable.

    Scotch and pipe night sounds awesome! i bet my wife wouldbhate it. i just tell her that I'm not smoking...its just aromatherapy for men. Copenhagen sure sounds expensive in Canada. Last time I was in Canada I brought enough with me across the border for the time I would be there, so I didn't have to get sticker shock. Here in South Dakota I pay $4.39 a can at the Loaf and Jug convenience store. I should quit and save the money.

    The alternator replacement went well. It performed great on our road trip. I'm still worried that the fuel injector control module could go bad. I'm crossing my fingers and toes!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    Flyguy,

    Too bad about the lack of pasture. It sounds like you're in a great area for horses. You mention that you have some land. Would it be too expensive to dry lot your horses and feed hay? I couldn't imagine being without my ponies.

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    So.... Do y'all make Christmas dinner for your ponies? Be honest!

    Mine get their regular pony nuts with slices of apple and carrot.

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    Sothron

    I don't make any kind of special meal for mine. They might get a larger grain ration, but that's it.

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    sdcowboy,
    I live on five acres of forested land. Its beautiful but no pasture whatsoever. I would need to cut down a bunch of trees and build a horse shelter as it snows big-time in this area. Dry lot feeding year around would be extremely cost prohibitive in this area. I am retired now with a limited income. I enjoyed my horses when I had them but you know how expensive they are with farrier bills, vet bills, feed bills,grooming and constant care of miscellaneous equine equipment. When you own horses you have time for little else, which is fine if that is your choice. When I retired, I wanted some freedom to go and do what I wanted... hard to do if you have a string of animals. What I need to find is a horse owner that is in search of a riding partner and will furnish the horses!

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    I wish I had horses, but I don't have enough land for them to be able to graze. Most of ours is uphill forest.

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    A girlfriend had a horse -- two in fact. The upkeep damn near bankrupted her.

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    Christmas dinner for the ponies? Well there is an old bag of carrots in the fridge that might find it's way out to the pasture. But they rarely get treats. It's 4AM...woke up for some reason and checked the weather. Almost -30C. I'm hoping it warms up a bit so I can tow people around behind the horses today! Oh, by the way, Merry Christmas eveyone!

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    You guys touched on something too. Horse ownership is a way of life for me rather than a hobby. I couldn't / wouldn't live without mine either. But even with 5 horses I don't find it that expensive, although hay is fairly cheap compared to some places I've heard - I'm paying $45 for good alfalfa round bales that keep the 5 of them fed for 10 days. I do my own trimming, vaccinations etc. The only other expenses are vet bills, which thankfully are rare, but in any event are way way cheaper than small animal vet costs (in this country, anyways!). If you're just getting into horses theres a bunch of fixed costs:saddles, bits and bridles and whatever misc tack you need, trailer - but those are one time costs for the most part. That takes care of ownership. What I spend on top of that is for activities...gas in the truck to haul to the mountains, entry fees for events,,,beer and pipe tobacco for a camping weekend ha ha!

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    I've never owned horses, but I rode one on the beach in Mexico years ago, and my grandpa owned a ranch with horses before he started fading away.

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    Sdcowboy, how did hocky games go? New Years we usually do a big get together with some friends that drive. One f them has a covered wagon with a wood stove in it, which seems to be popular! I bring a couple of horses and tow the kids around on sleds. Lots of food and fun. The weather around here is like rolling dice and the forecasts are out to lunch (typical mountain weather). But there is a warming trend this week...fingers crossed!

    Yep, I just wrote a little article about riding bareback. Was reminiscing with some friends the other day about one of our (dare I say it - alcohol induced) adventures. Well after midnight, middle of the winter, racing around in a few feet of snow through the trees. I got off my 'borrowed' horse to drain out some beer and the snotty mare took off on me. We found her the next day. So had to double back with a friend on her horse - bareback of course. Her horse was a stud and a green one. But he put up with all our antics - I came off him 8 times on the way home, no fault of his. Bred my mare to that stud - he had such a cool head.

    I've yet to try smoking a pipe and riding bareback though...will save that for a warmer day! That's one way to put proper seat and balance to the test.

    What year is your F350? I got a programmer for mine to cut the costs down. Was just underneath it yesterday trying to figure out why the block heater wasn't working. They ran the cord right by one of the belts, and it basically cut the cord in half. Did the best patch job I could with freezing fingers, but at least it's working.

    Well...almost 5AM...not going to get to sleep...bright moon out there...very tempting to go for a ride. IF it wasn't or the -30 part.

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    Well Hunter, the hockey games didn't go very well. This is my son's first year on the varsity team. He is a sophomore, so he is one of the younger guys on the team. Because of that he plays both Junior Varsity and Varsity. This means on any given weekend he plays five games (2 jv and 3 varsity). His team has now played the two top teams in the state in the last three weeks. I expect our guys to be seeded fourth by the time the state tournament rolls around in March. So far, they have a record of 2 wins and 7 losses. They lost all of their games to the two top teams so far. That's okay. They are young, but talented. They get better every week. I think this team will definitely be favored to win the state championship when my son is a junior and a senior.

    Your New Year activity sounds like a blast. It sounds like some skijoring is in your immediate future. We had a decent amount of snow over the last couple of days. It has been VERY cold as well. Next weekend the temps should be back in the 40's, so maybe I can get out and ride.

    I enjoyed your story about bareback riding. Riding double bareback can be a real challenge when you're riding on the rear. Maybe its my control issues, but I'd rather be the driver!

    My F350 is a 2005 with the 6.0 diesel. That is the motor that has a pretty bad rap. I haven't had any real problems with it other than an occasional FICM issue. Mine isn't under warranty anymore, so I bear the cost of all repairs now. The good news is that it is paid for! With the -30 temps it is good for you that you fixed your block heater. I don't have one on mine. I keep plenty of Howe's diesel additive on hand this time of year to prevent fuel gelling. I've had mine gel up a couple of times, so I don't want that to happen again.

    How much is diesel in Alberta? Right now it has come down to $3.63 per gallon (roughly $.90 per litre). We have been as high as $4.59 per gallon, so this is welcome. It appears that fuel is on a significant downward trend right now. I've read that North America is now energy self sufficient, so that might have a lot do do with it.

    Merry Christmas!

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    Guitar Guy,

    If you think you're interested, try leasing a horse for a while. It will help you to get your feet wet to see if it is something you enjoy.

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    Madmurdoc,

    How steep is your uphill forest? If you don't mind feeding hay, you don't really need to have pasture. If you have a fenced area on your property for them to get some exercise, you could just put out a round bale feeder. You might think that they'll do nothing except eat, but they won't overeat. Once they realize that the hay is there all the time, they will cut down and only eat when they are hungry.

    If you already live in the forest, you have a great area to ride and enjoy horses.

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    SDCowboy, 5 games a weekend must keep him pretty busy! The skijoring is a blast. I was unable (at -27C) to convince anyone to go for a ride though...I'll have to see what I can rig up so I can be on skis and drive a horse. Something stupid that I haven't tried yet!

    Diesel here is about $4.16/gal. It's been up and down a lot over the last few months. Right now it's more expensive than gas by about $.01/l. Oh well. I had to start it a couple years ago at -38C and it hadn't been plugged in. No problems but I hate hearing it whine!

    You guys must have some winter ride & drive activities out there?

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    I have a friend that used to own 10 acres on the side of a forested hill. She didn't have a shelter because she was on the downwind side of the hill and the trees offered cover for the horses. She did what SDcowboy suggested - just put in a round bale and let them go for it. They grazed a bit in the summer, but not really enough pasture for them to get more than a couple of months out of it. I'm just looking at moving to a 20ac spot with great pasture. Right now I have them on round bales from mid-October to June and I just throw it over the fence.

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    Any of you get any good riding in over the holidays? Like pulling the kids on the toboggan at breakneck speeds? New Years we do an annual event where everyone shows up with their horses and wagons. One guy has a covered wagon with a wood stove in it...kind of popular on a cold day! Here's a shot of me towing a guy on an inner tube:

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    Nice photo Hunter. That looks like a lot of fun. Of course I'd rather be on the horse. It looks a little safer. I got out yesterday and spent 4 hours in the saddle and got them all rode. The weather was great (35 degrees, sunny, and no wind)...perfect weather to ride and enjoy a pipe. Actually I had three bowls-one for each horse. I mixed it up a bit and had two bowls of Frog Morton on the Town with a bowl of Town Topic in between.

    Today the weather wasn't nearly as good. It was sunny, but the wind was blowing from the north at 20 miles per hour. Not good pipe weather! With the chill in the air I decided to ride bareback. With the right layers of clothing cold weather riding is just fine. The warmth of the horse helps as well. The footing was great because even with snow on the ground it wasn't icy. It also helps to ride on gravel roads.

    Hopefully we get some more warm days this week. I like to keep the ponies in shape, and you'll never find a better way to enjoy a pipe than from the back of a horse.

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    Did a little colt working today at a friends place..I've had the flu all thru the holidays

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    I did some holiday riding and working games with the youngin' (7 year old Tasha). The older mares seemed happy for the attention. Starting to get cold now so getting into round bale season (even in the South). But seems plenty of locals selling rounds on the cheap. Picking up local fescue rounds for $20. You western guys may thing 20 degree nights are nothing , but they're cold for our girls down in Dixie! We even have blankets out.

    On that note, however, we're looking at property in Montana. So I suppose the girls need to work on their cold hardiness! I've always been a believer in you can take 'em west but you can't take 'em east.

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    Winter is a crappy time to try the 'pipe from the back of a horse' thing around here. I'm looking forward to spring already so I can try that on a trail out in the hills. Whenever it's warm here it's windy during the winter, which like you say, is not great pipe weather. Although I did duck between the horse trailers for a bowl of Three Blind Moose - the last of the package! At least I could watch the horses from there. Another purchase hopefully showing up this week. What's your pipe of choice for riding?

    I rode a couple horses bareback today too. And Chris, I'm battling a cold/flu thing too. It started Christmas eve. So I'm trying to take it a little bit easy. Seems like every second person I talk to has it. Apparently there was a 4 hour wait in emergency at the hospital here for people going to get checked out. I'll just take some cold medicine and go ride a horse. Was that your colt you were working with or your friends?

    Sothron- that's funny! When the forecast looks like it's going to be below -5F for a while, I think about getting blankets out! It's all what they (and us) get used to. Mine all have really good thick winter coats. I'm not that far from the Montana border though...so get your woolies out ha ha! If you end up in Montana, let me know - we can organize a pipesmagazine trail ride! Have wanted to do some more riding down there.

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    @hunter it's my friends, my horses pasture with his and have for many years so we both work with each others pretty regularly

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    Seeing the picture of Hunter doing the skijoring gave me an idea. I'd like to see photos of your horses. I'll post a few of mine here.

    This is my big Palomino, Samson. We are crossing a deep stream up in the high country of the Black Hills. I'm demonstrating the proper technique of keeping your feet dry. A tall horse helps!

    This is my paint, Dillon. We are climbing Harney Peak here on this past 4th of July. This is the highest mountain east of the Rockies, and it is only 20 miles from my house.

    The final picture is my old rope horse, Gunner. I'm working our Freisian colt, Dierck, from horseback. Gunner is a seasoned rope/ranch horse who knows what to do when we're gentling a colt.

    How about it? Do you guys have any photos to share?

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    Beautiful Horses. Love the Palomino. My Grandmother used to raise Palominos when I was little. My sisters used to think it was fun to drop me on the back of the young ones that had never been ridden. It is amazing I survived my childhood. lol

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    Hey nice horses! And awesome that you have riding like that, that close to your house! Jealous...

    Ok, you might regret starting the picture suggestion LOL - Chris if you're reading this lets see some of yours too! I have thousands of pictures but tried to pick a few recent ones that have a bit of meaning. The pic a few posts back is my thoroughbred mare, Belle. She sets the bar for the rest of my horses.

    I got bit by the Palomino bug too. Actually this guy was a rescue. Here is a picture of his first real ride - which we did in the mountains. He was a little apprehensive, but after about an hour it was like I'd been riding him for years in the hills.

    This is about 4 hours after my colt was born. Belle wouldn't let anyone else near the pasture - I like this shot because it really shows what kind of trust we have. The colt is doing great (2 1/2 now) and putting rides on him.

    This is from last month. I got this horse as a 5 year old, untouched, from outfitters that I worked for. He's smart, very athletic, but overthinks everything. Training him has been work. We recently started from square one again, with a different approach and it worked. This is a horse that will come up and sleep beside me when I'm sleeping under the stars out in the mountains (we usually let most of them graze). He's worth the effort.

    3 1/2 years ago the black horse, Ty, broke his neck. He's 19 this year, and I've got a lot of effort into rehabilitation. This picture was his first mountain ride after the injury. It took about a year and a half before I was even able to get on his back again.

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    Beautiful Horses. Love the Palomino. My Grandmother used to raise Palominos when I was little. My sisters used to think it was fun to drop me on the back of the young ones that had never been ridden. It is amazing I survived my childhood. lol

    @dunringill

    Wow, you were breaking horses without even knowing it! Do you still ride?

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    Hunter,

    Hey nice horses! And awesome that you have riding like that, that close to your house! Jealous...

    It looks like you have some nice country to ride in up there as well! I really like the mountain shot with Ty. It looks like a tourism brochure!

    I like the bareback shot. I've heard that women can ride bareback a lot easier than men because they have a lower center of gravity. I know that on some horses it takes a great deal of concentration to stay on when I ride bareback.

    Yesterday was another one of those perfect days for riding. Temperature was in the mid 30's with plenty of sun and no wind. I spent a nice day getting all of them ridden. The snow was getting sticky, so I had some snowballs in the hooves to deal with. I let them get out and run a little bit.

    Being that the wind was calm I enjoyed a couple bowls while riding.

    How was your event yesterday?

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    @sdcowboy

    I don't know if I was breaking them, I think they broke me a couple of times. lol. I know my sisters got a laugh out of it every time. I haven't been on a horse since the early 80's. Right around the time I got married and had a son..... hmmm? Which is a shame, because I used to love to ride. You know life happens and you get busy.

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    I don't know if I was breaking them, I think they broke me a couple of times. lol. I know my sisters got a laugh out of it every time. I haven't been on a horse since the early 80's. Right around the time I got married and had a son..... hmmm? Which is a shame, because I used to love to ride. You know life happens and you get busy.

    I know what you mean. I love to ride. I can't think of a better way to enjoy premium tobacco than from the back of a horse. You should try it some time. Better yet, come on up to South Dakota and we can have a bowl horseback!

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    Now that would be a long ride for a pipe. Lol. I live in North Carolina on the coast. It looks like beautiful country where you live.

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    I guess it does look like a tourist brochure! My thoroughbred mare is the most 'painful' to ride bareback. High wither, prominent backbone and skinnier is not compatible with the male anatomy LOL! It's a good glut workout riding her. My paint fits me like a glove bareback. The others are in between.

    Our 'Ride and Drive' party was great! There wasn't a cloud in the sky or a hint of wind. Temps were around the freezing mark all day. You can see in the picture that one of the guys has a covered wagon with a wood stove in it - by far the most popular!

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    Dunringill, that would be a long ride for a pipe! Just checked google maps and you're about twice as far from SD as I am. I'll give you a head start. It's about 850mi to Rapid City from where I'm at. Would be a neat ride, through Montana and Wyoming. Did a trail ride out of Thermopolis a few years back. Think it took me about 14 hours to drive there.

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    Hunter185, love the heavy horses too! How much of a head start are you willing to give me. lol

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    How about you start out now, and call me when you're half way there LOL! Was just talking to a friend of mine and our plan was to ride to Mexico in the year of her 40th bday. That is this year! We figured on giving it 6 months to complete. So you can start heading west, and we'll hook up in Kansas!

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    Lol.... Now that sounds like an adventure.

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    How about you start out now, and call me when you're half way there LOL! Was just talking to a friend of mine and our plan was to ride to Mexico in the year of her 40th bday. That is this year! We figured on giving it 6 months to complete. So you can start heading west, and we'll hook up in Kansas!

    That would be a lot of fun! I think our careers would probably not let us do a ride like that! You guys can sure come to the Black Hills for some good riding. I have an annual "Men's Campout" weekend at my favorite resort. It is a weekend for adult men (no wives, girlfriends, children, etc) for riding, adult beverages, and premium tobacco. We usually do it in August during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. That is the best time to be up in the high country away from the crazyiness of the highways. We get half a million bikers here for that, and it sure taxes your sanity for a week.

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    Sounds like a plan to me! Sturgis sounds insane - have some biker friends that have taken that in.

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