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fargos handmaiden

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Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:48:03 pm »

Rustic Sky Ranch, Medlar, LA.  Borders 93,000 acre Lisatchi National Forest. Tried to load videos off phone but as usual I cannot. But what a time They put on for Thanksgiving. Turkey, ham, Cajun dishes along with potluck all contributed to, Two more potlucks with nightly campfires, local guitar players/singers, good ones.  "Forest weenies"!  :) They served us chili dogs, chips, ice cream and cookies deep in the forest one day halfway thru the Ride. We took our camper but they have cabins w/bathrooms, also nice heated big shower and bathroom, one outhouse for those who really wanna feel they're roughing it, I guess. We were definitely outclassed by the level of horsemanship and many of the horses and some of the campers compared to ours looked like mobile castles, but
people accepted us poor folk anyway.

Now the not-so-Great news. Trails were a little more challenging than what we encountered in our new return to trail riding. Ravines a little deeper, more uneven. More trees meaning trunks closer together. Somehow first day ride, I hung my leg on a tree going a fair clip. And I went flying backwards off Speedy. Great trail boss/guide, by my side checking on me. Luckily, all bones still seemed to be attached. Got up to approach Speedy. Both trail boss and I wondered if he would take off to join the forests little herd of wild horses. Luckily he had hung a leg in the reins which may be reason he didn't run off. I finished the ride without complaint but it made me and my tail bone just sore enough, I didn't feel I had the edge and quick reflexes to handle him the next day. So I saddled up my sweet old guy Faro instead and due to his lethargy and back problems we have not yet figured out, chose to go with the slow group. Robert went with the fast group. Glad he did because my bigger wreck was coming...ohhhh,where to get a crystal ball! I did not have time to tighten my saddle twice as is my preferred custom. The saddle never felt stable from the get-go. I was using the one-inch thick felt pad and a half pad that was supposed to help keep saddle off Fargo's back per vet orders. Saddle felt unstable from get -go. How I stayed on as long as I did, I don't know!  Trail was rougher than our other two rides though nothing challenging if saddle had not been issue and I had not been on the old man. Lots steep ravines, uneven footing, holes, etc. Coming up one such ravine, saddle rolled so fast it was like someone had yanked it sideways with a rope around the saddle horn. This time I didn't jump up, laid there and moaned for a few minutes. Different trail boss, made out of same good stuff as other, kept telling me to just lay there. My sweet Fargo Just stood there but they were afraid he would step on me and led him out of way. Well my 70-yr-old bones must be made out of rubber because I was able to dust myself off and remount to finish Ride. But this one really made me sore like a car wreck and the tailbone took another jolt so had to skip next day. Robert did too because Moonshine's wide back does tax his hip after so many hours of riding.

So that day we took our packgoat-in-training thru a  shallow muddy creek bed near camp.

Next day I was still sore and not walking so good due to tailbone but I thought another ride on Fargo with just the thick pad and slow group again would be okay.

Had to keep tightening saddle but ride was shorter, bigger group, less experienced riders so guide chose a little smoother trail and we had our "Forest weenies" on this Ride. Except for rubbing a sore tailbone on a saddle on a horse that no longer gaits, my ride this day was uneventful. However, my previous accident was outclassed by a young girl whose horse went down partially on top of her. Her horse caught a foot on a tree root sticking out of one of those rough ravines. She was trying to hang onto her horse and everyone was screaming at her to just let it go. The strength of youth she somehow came out unscathed though I'll bet she had her share of soreness the next day too. That one was really scary to watch.

Second Ride, Fargo was a bugger to get saddled and bridled, We had to stable Speedy and Moonshine in a different barn and I think they all stressed and did not sleep being separated that long and still being able to call each other.  Oh, boy! Did I get a lecture from the owner, telling me,those horses were dangerous, needed to sell them and get different ones. I have had Fargo 18 years and he never acted like that. He was really bad. But once on the trail, he was good as gold as,far as dependability goes. Two people have recommended Chiro for Fargo. Think I found one but as usual, far away. Just wish guy could have seen him in his usual cooperative mood.

Call us crazy, but in spite of,all that, we booked already for next Thanksgiving. Great great place. In between my two disasters, was a great time. And NO ALLIGATORS!!!!!  :D
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KysaSD

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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 08:18:04 pm »

Glad you had a good time in spite of it all.  And my recommendation on saddle pads. You can make a cut out for fargo's bump, but don't use more than one 1 inch saddle pad.
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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2017, 11:01:33 am »

Thanks, Kysa. We will see. Got vet coming from Fort Worth. She is also a certified horse chiropractor and acupuncturist, coming all the way from Fort Worth to our farm. A little afraid of price tag but want the best for my old,guy. She had some incredible rferals so we will see. One Chiro I talked to only on phone gave me no hope on reversing his lordosis but this one did. So hoping. I could see his back really sank some more from just these two slow rides. His roper's bump was,definitely swollen too. Looked like a wasp sting right in that spot. Now I really feel bad I even rode him. Our regular vet in this area has a reputation as best equine vet in area but I believe he is old school. He is the one I had put Hanun down which I seriously regret, Wish I had known about these vets with more modern techniques to draw from. I hear about so many people riding their TW's into older age than Fargo. He can run, play in the pasture and looks so healthy otherwise. She is coming December 9. Here's hoping my Christmas present will be a revived Fargo.

Also hoping she can advise me on saddle pads and or saddle or if it is time to retire him.
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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 04:28:47 pm »

HI Connie,
I have been wanting to try this place. I have heard really great things about it. It is also close enough to John's family they could visit with us.

I have not been on GHS in a very long time and was so pleased to see that you and Robert are back in the saddle and riding and camping again!

Thanks for the report!
Jaci
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KysaSD

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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 05:15:00 pm »

And Jaci...welcome back!
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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2018, 01:35:34 pm »

So Connie, what was the specialist's diagnosis?  Did they give you hope?
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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2018, 04:27:04 pm »

And Jaci...welcome back!


Thank you Kysa!!!!!!!  ;)
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fargos handmaiden

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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2018, 12:07:10 am »

Yes, she did at.the time.but I am not.seeing it come.into.fruition so feeling.pretty helpless again. As long as I am not.riding him, he does pretty good. Even runs some.with the other two though not as playful as he used.to be. Weight right now.about right. Looks.healthy till I get on him and I.see.that back sink. Thank you for asking.
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Re: Louisiana's Best Kept Secret
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2018, 12:18:38 am »

Jack, I think you will like this place. Just be aware the trails.are.a lot.rougher than the grasslands.
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