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  1. #1
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    N+1 - new ride in the family

    I'm not allowed to ride it; it belongs to the women in the family.





    Actually, this is a happy ending to a very dramatic spring in our house. My daughter's beloved hunter/jumper broke his leg in March, and had to be put down. Very traumatic, as I'm sure you can appreciate.

    We've been searching for a replacement, found this fellow a month ago, and finally got through the vet checks, and assorted other details to get the horse moved yesterday.

    I am not a horse person myself; never have been. But my daughter has been doing this since she was 7, and has been incredibly thoughtful and responsible, so we took the plunge into ownership a couple of years ago (after 6 years of riding lessons, borrowing horses, etc.). You know your kid is dedicated to something when she has to leave home after dinner on a winter night to shovel s*** in the 35-degree-rain, and does this (mostly without complaining) twice a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

    Plenty of times when I'm biking home on a dark, wet commute in the winter I run into her walking home from the barn, as she has pretty much worn a path between our house and the barn (about 1.5 miles from our house).


    What does this have to do with cycling? Well, when the wife/daughter are at the barn all day on the weekend, what do you think I am doing with all the unsupervised time? It's not mowing the lawn, I can promise you that...
    Last edited by BengeBoy; 06-05-09 at 08:36 AM.

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    Long lawn grass equals hay therefore cutting down on the feed bill equalling more money for bike bling!

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    Climbing Above It All BikeWNC's Avatar
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    Very nice! Your daughter is very lucky. I won't let my soon to be 9yo see this thread though. My wife grew up with her own horse and you can bet our daughter reminds her of that all the time.

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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    I thought ALL americans had horses Thats what I get for growing up with John Wayne as my hero.

    All I know about horses is they bite one end and kick at the other. But they do have a couple of Side products that are usefull.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

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