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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Day Off

Took a vacation day today because the Boss went out of state for a funeral, and the Vet was due to do some dental work on the horses.  Did you know that horses have canine teeth?  I sure didn't.  They're more pronounced in males, and females have just little nubbins.  That surprised me since they are grazing animals.

I also learned that horses develop sharp edges and sometimes side growing spikes on their teeth.  Apparently this happens on wild as well as domestic animals.  The Vet said that some wild horses die from this because they can't eat properly.

After the Vet left and I grabbed some lunch, I took my mare for a short ride.  This year she's had issues with going across an open field in the park, so our ride was only along and through that open field.  She behaves much better without pointy teeth jabbing her cheek from the inside.

I also tried using spurs for the first time.  My spurs are quite gentle with just a ball on the end of a shank. This year when I turned her head, trying to turn her, she would continue going straight.  Now when she does that, a gentle poke in the ribs with the spur takes care of the issue.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Couple of Thoughts

So last week the 'red line' was crossed, again, and this time our president had the balls to back up his words.  Then I hear the previous administration knew they still had chemical weapons. Not surprised about that, if true.

I applaud the strike, but I wonder about how effective it really was.  Didn't look to me like there was very much damage done for so many missiles.  Then I hear that the air base is back in operation.  So how much does a cruise missile cost anyway?

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The Boss bought a Little Buddy saddle the other day.  It's made for kids to sit behind an adult. She thinks our grandson likes horses enough to sit behind her for a short ride.  He did like sitting on my mare while I lead her around with a rope.  She could be right.  Then again wives are always right, even when they're wrong.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A First

For the first time ever I rode a horse across the harvested bean field at a comfortable walk, both ways.  In the 2 years that we've had horses, I'm now on number 3, while the Boss has had just the one.  I bought my mare last July, and summer through fall she was a delight on the trail, except when in heat. 

This year she has been testing me a little, so the owner of the stable gave her 1/2 CC of a drug called Ace.  Just enough to take the edge off of her.  Today she actually walked up the road without wandering from side to side checking for danger.  We went down the road, across the big empty field, crossed 2 roads, down tight and very muddy trails, and then back again.  A nice and enjoyable ride.  The Boss's horse was very sweaty.  Mine not so much, but she was tired.  Heading to the barn I tried to get her to speed up, but she just wasn't interested in going any faster.

The stable owner said he had to drug his horse 2 or 3 times, then everything was good.  I don't like the idea if drugging any animal, but I need to go riding with the Boss.  Trail riding is therapy for her back, . . . . and spirit.  Besides I also like a nice comfortable, relaxing trail ride.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

That Figures

I always suspected the Fed Gov, especially all the bureaucrats, were corrupt.  Seems that every time I turn on the national news, my suspicion is confirmed.

It's time to fire them all.  Maybe Trump will succeed in 'draining the swamp' despite a road block at every turn from the same career politicians and bureaucrats.  We're in a civil war that has yet to get very violent.  Let's hope it never does.

Itchy Finger

My itchy trigger finger got the best of me this morning, so I packed a few things and headed to the range.  Four handguns and the 454 lever action.  Got the red dot sighted lever gun zeroed about 2 inches high at 100 yards with 240Gr Hornady XTP HP bullets in front of 33 grains of AA#9.  That's one of the loads I worked up for the Ruger Super Redhawk.  From the Ruger it chronographs at 1800F/S.  From the lever action it runs at 2140F/S and groups at about 2-1/2 inches at 100 yards.  Not exactly tack driving accuracy, but not all that awful from a lever action with a red dot sight shooting ammunition developed for a revolver.

The other 454 load I developed for the revolver runs a 300Gr XTP at 1600F/S using H110 powder.  I didn't chronograph it out of the lever action, nor shoot groups with that ammunition.  With the revolver, the 2 loads print close enough for practical purposes out to about 75 yards or so.  Not so with the long gun.  At 100 yards it hit what I estimate to be 2 feet lower.  I expected it to shoot lower, but not that much.

Wanting to use the same ammunition in both guns, I'll most likely stick to the 240Gr load.

And about the handguns I brought.  They never left the case, despite my needing the practice.  I was having too much fun with the lever action.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Seriously

I have a friend who has worked as an IT guy for many years.  And for many years I've accused him and his fellows of creating their own work.  Every time they mess with something, they create another something to be fixed later.  I've joked with mechanics about doing the same thing.

This is no joke.  Completely serious.  Every time government supposedly fixes something that mostly doesn't need fixing, it creates even more stuff to fix.  Several years ago a co-worker complained about gridlock.  I never complained.  If they do absolutely nothing, then nothing gets screwed up.  I would be happy if government only protected the country and nothing else.  Today they're doing just the opposite.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Riding Today

Well today I got my horse through the open field.  She was nervous the whole way, but we made it.  Got on a trail through the woods and came upon a fallen tree, a small tree.  It was only about 10 inches tall, but she refused to step over it.

Heading back out, she got spooky again.  I did learn something though.  She goes ballistic after I get into her mouth a bit to slow her down.  So I got looking at her bridle.  The curb chain is too loose.  The shank will rotate 90 degrees before the curb chain takes effect, allowing the bit to pinch, and in this case squeeze down on her tongue.  The other bit I used would gouge the roof of her mouth.  So as long as she's relaxed, and I'm not putting pressure on the reins, she behaves great.  If I need to correct her very much, she goes nuts.

So I plan to work her in the pasture with the curb chain adjusted tighter, and if that doesn't improve things, then I'll switch to a solid shank bit.