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At 9:47pm on June 2, 2009, Jeanette Jones Norman said…
Ok, thanks, I will try to make it if I can. Beth mentioned to us that she had one organized ride, but I don't remember the dates. Just let me know.
At 3:49pm on June 2, 2009, Jeanette Jones Norman said…
Hi Ron, I got the idea to go there from your message, sorry we missed you, we only saw 2 other ladies the whole day. It is such a nice place though, close and easy to get to. Thanks for the idea.
At 3:40pm on June 2, 2009, mary lynne walker said…
Hi Ron No I will not be there because our hunt club is having a schooling show for horses that do eventing this Saturday in Beech Grove . I need to hit the trail again though . My horse is getting chubby!!!!
At 5:54pm on June 1, 2009, Ray said…
Hey Ron, why don't you organize a ride at why not ranch!
At 2:08pm on May 28, 2009, ginny kufta said…
great photos and videos, make me want to go trail riding if it ever stops raining.
At 5:03pm on May 16, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
Yep, I saw your ad for horse hauling, good job! I hope it generates some business for you!!!

At 4:06am on May 16, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
Hey Ron, the classifieds are now working. Sorry for the brief malfunction and thanks for your patience. I hope the classifieds are helpful to you.

Cheers and happy trails,
At 9:30pm on May 15, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
That's a really good idea to offer your hauling services to members. Once the classified/services is up and running correctly (probably on Monday), you should list it there.
At 4:25pm on April 13, 2009, Mary Reiner said…
My sister speaks highly of you! I am sure you guys will have a blast!
At 8:08am on April 13, 2009, Mary Reiner said…
Hi Ron I am Lorianna sister from NJ She said I ought to introduce myself to you. So here I am. I hear you are a fiddle player? I just saw a great Bluegrass band on friday night in PA "Dan Paisley" They have the perfect set up. Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin and gituar. I love the mandolin although I am a crappy player! I really need lessons. Right now I am trail breaking (yes we do that for people in NJ)
Jersey bred Standard fro my younger sister and he is doing good. I am normally a quarter horse person who has a background in Team penning. I love cutting horses but after riding in TN hills I am set on my next horse to be a TWH or SSH. We shall see. I am currently looking at property in TN and hope to move this year. I will be there in August. Well I am rambling so have a great day!
At 11:46pm on March 16, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
I've also heard that you can ride horses on the beach in Cape San Blas, FL, it's an 11 mile peninsula that is east of Panama City. Have you heard anything about it?
At 12:21pm on March 13, 2009, Sonja said…
I have several friends that just returned from riding in FLa. They loved it. They venture down each winter. I have yet to be able to go. My radius is usually 10 hr pull. Love riding in Tn & the Va mountains. I have ridden in Myrtle Beach several times. Something I think everyone should do at least once. Love it but one thing is for sure the view does not change, ocean on one side and hotels on the other. Horses sure get alittle frisky.
At 10:49am on March 13, 2009, Bertie said…
Hi Ron! I love the beach pics..something I've always wanted to do.
At 6:10am on March 13, 2009, jcarroll said…
Will do! Have a great day,

Jean nie C
At 7:25am on March 2, 2009, Shanna said…
Good to have you in my 'posse'! I know we will ride sometime. Lorianna is my best friend, and we know a few other folks in common as well. We will plan something soon!
At 4:06pm on March 1, 2009, Lorianna Blanton said…
Ron, lucky you getting to go to out of state and ride. I will give you a call this evening and yes I know Hoot very well! how funny, we probably know so many of the same people. By the way your horse in the picture couldn't be more beautiful, wow. I really look forward to talking with you, do you ever play local gigs? Sometimes I book the Bell Buckle and I always have guys from Nashville come to play with me, I would love to hook into the more local scene of musicians, it is so far for them to drive and they really do it as a favor to me since you know that gig doesn't pay very much at all it is really just for fun. You look like you like to ride as much as I do and it is hard to find people that want to put in the miles!
At 2:49pm on March 1, 2009, Lorianna Blanton said…
Hi Ron, thank you so much for your nice comments regarding my cd!! Yes I was so lucky to be in the fine company of friends on that project. So it sounds llike we have friends in common. I have lived near Woodbury for a couple of years now and have not met any musicians who ride horses. I am always the only one pulling out the mando or guitar around the campfire, you would be invaluable!! I am going to try to ride this coming weekend and my horse is out of shape so I have to take him on an easy ride like Normandy, do you ever ride there? Maybe Saturday or Sunday, it would be nice to ride with a fellow musician. Anyhow nice to meet you and write back, Lorianna
At 11:53pm on February 11, 2009, Alan Gartin said…
Hey Ron do you know anything about short mountain? Alan
At 11:25pm on February 11, 2009, Mary said…
Hi Ron--Enjoyed your commentary. Oh, how true!! Have you ridden much or know some trails in Cannon Co? I'm trying to connect with Alan and Denise (Columbia) somewhere between our locations for a start up ride for the season. Have any ideas who could help us with knowledge of the riding trails there?
At 9:46pm on January 17, 2009, Ron Eldridge said…
Dear Horse,
I love you very much, and I truly cherish your presence in my life. I would never wish to criticize you in any way.. However, there are a few trivial details regarding our relationship that I think might bear your consideration. First of all, I am already aware that horses can run faster than I can. I do not need you to demonstrate that fact each time I come to get you in the pasture. Please remember that I work long and hard to earn the money to keep you in the style to which you have become accustomed. In return, I think you should at least pretend to be glad to see me, even when I'm carrying a bridle instead of a bucket of oats.

It should be fairly obvious to you that I am a human being who walks on only two legs. I do not resemble a scratching post. Do not think that, when you rub your head against me with 1,000 pounds of force behind it, I believe that it wasn't your intention to send me flying. I am also aware that stomping on my toes while you are pushing me around is nothing but adding injury to insult.

I understand I cannot expect you to cover your nose when you sneeze, but it would be appreciated if you did not inhale large amounts of dirt and manure prior to aiming your sneezes at my face and shirt. Also, if you have recently filled your mouth with water you do not intend to drink, please let it all dribble from your mouth BEFORE you put your head on my shoulder. In addition, while I know you despise your de-worming medication, my intentions in giving it to you are good, and I really do not think I should be rewarded by having you spit half of it back out onto my shirt.

Sometimes, I get the feeling that you are confused about the appropriate roles you should play in various situations. One small bit of advice: Your stone-wall imitation should be used when I am mounting and your speed-walker imitation when I suggest that we proceed on our way, not vice versa.

Please also understand that jumping is meant to be a mutual endeavor. By "mutual", I mean that we are supposed to go over the jump together. You were purchased to be a mount, not a catapult. I know the world is a scary place when your eyes are on the sides of your head, but I did spend a significant amount of money to buy you, and I have every intention of protecting that investment.

Therefore, please consider the following when you are choosing the appropriate behavior for a particular situation:

- When I put your halter on you, attach one end of a lead rope to the halter and tie the other end of the lead rope to a post or rail or whatever, I am indicating a desire for you to remain in that locale.. I would also like the halter, lead rope, post, etc., to remain intact.. While I admit that things like sudden loud noises can be startling, I do not consider them to be acceptable excuses for repeatedly snapping expensive new lead ropes (or halters or posts) so that you can run madly around the barn area creating havoc in your wake. Such behavior is not conducive to achieving that important goal that I know we both share --- decreasing the number of times the veterinarian comes out to visit you.

- By the same token, the barn aisle was not designed for the running of the Kentucky Derby and is not meant to serve as a racetrack. Dragging me down the aisle in leaps and bounds is not how "leading" is supposed to work, even if someone happens to drop a saddle on the floor as we're passing. Pulling loose and running off is also discouraged (although I admit it does allow you to run faster).

- I assure you that blowing pieces of paper do not eat horses. While I realize you are very athletic, I do not need a demonstration of your ability to jump 25 feet sideways from a standing start while swapping ends in midair nor am I interested in your ability to emulate both a racehorse and a bucking bronco while escaping said piece of paper. Also, if the paper were truly a danger, it would be the height of unkindness to dump me on the ground in front of it as a sacrificial offering to expedite your escape.

- When I ask you to cross a small stream, you may safely assume that said stream does not contain crocodiles, sharks, or piranhas, nor will it be likely to drown you. (I have actually seen horses swimming, so I know it can be done.) I expect you to be prepared to comply with the occasional request to wade across some small body of water. Since I would like to be dry when we reach the other side of the stream, deciding to roll when we're halfway across is not encouraged behavior.

- I give you my solemn oath that the trailer is nothing but an alternate means of transportation for distances too long for walking. It is not a lion's den or a dragon's maw, nor will it magically transform into such. It is made for horses, and I promise you that you will indeed fit into your assigned space. Please also bear in mind that I generally operate on a schedule, and wherever we're going, I would really like to get there today. For the last time, I do not intend to abandon you to a barren, friendless existence. If I put you in a turn-out pen, I promise that no predators will eat you, and I will come back in due time to return you to your stall. It is not necessary to run in circles, whinny pathetically, threaten to jump the fence, or paw at the gate. Neither your stall mates nor I will have left the premises. The other horses standing peacefully in adjacent pens amply demonstrate that it is possible to enjoy being turned out for exercise.

In order to reassure you, my dear horse, I have posted the following message on your stall door:

"Notice to People Who Complain About My Horse"

1. I like my horse a lot better than I like people who complain about her.

2. To you, she's an animal; to me, she's a big, hairy, four-legged daughter --- and you know what they say about coming between a mother and her children.

3. This stall is her castle, and you are expected to treat her as the queen she thinks she is.

4. If you don't want her to steal your carrots, don't walk by her with the carrots sticking out of your pockets.

5. Horses are better than husbands or kids. They eat grass, don't smoke or drink, don't expect an allowance, don't voluntarily get their body parts pierced, don't hog the remote, don't waste the whole weekend watching football with their friends, don't talk back to you, don't compare you unfavorably with their friends' owners, don't keep you awake with their snoring --- and no horse ever left the toilet seat up after going to the bathroom.

Finally, in closing, my strong and gentle companion, I would like to point out that, whatever might happen between horses and their people, we humans will always love you. In fact, our bonds with you help create new bonds among ourselves, even with total strangers. Wherever there are horses, there will be "horse people", and for the blessings you bestow upon us, we thank you.

Most sincerely yours,

Your Owner

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