Well it has been a while since I have last updated! My pc lost connection and we just got it back up and running! YAY! I felt like i was trapped in the stone ages!

Welcome Gracie!

    I have some great news as to the newest member of the "Huston Zoo" as my mother would call it!! Gracie came to us and her previous owner was unable to keep her due to her habit of jumping 8 foot fences(which isn't a problem on our property since we have no fencing! :) ) She is a 2 year old boxer/plott hound mix and is such a sweetheart! She is settling in very nicely as Gracie Huston! 
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Snickers and Gracies' meeting! If you look closely you can see snicker's tail puffed out! :) They have gotten better!
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Sisters!
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She does this thing where she does like a army crawl and when she stretches out she is around 3 ft. long!
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Making herself comfortable on the couch!
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Horsey Weekend!

   Anyways, my most recent horse adventure was spending the weekend with Mrs. Karen Cooper! (CEO of Absofreakinlutely Awesome Productions, ;D  hehe!)  We saw Circus Flora Friday night which was absolutely amazing! There were so many great acts and performers! I think everybody really enjoyed it! And afterwords we got to be VIPs thanks to my vaulting coach!

    The next morning Karen, my mom, and I had a while before we got to go see the movie Buck so we played with the horses a bit outside.

                                Pictures courtesy of Absofreakinlutely Awesome Productions .
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Laying Your Horse Down!

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NOTE: This is done with a hobble before you move onto handling their legs in this process! You hold a leg while holding their lead and asking them to back.
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They will eventually put it on the ground almost as if in a bow position. Release if still in the hobbles until comfortable, then move onto the actual down.
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He is down!
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My cue for them to get up is,"Up,Up!"
ItAfter our fun morning at the horses we headed to the theater to see Buck!  It was such an inspirational film and I can see so many similarities in our training styles!  Buck's mom was so cute! I loved the joke she told at the end!  In my expert opinion(;D) it is a MUST SEE movie for people of all ages! :)

Jessi(Who is very tired from all her camp counciling activities! )
 
 
Sunday morning we got to visit a few long term holding facilities in Oklahoma! And for those of you who think this is a dry patch of dirt, your wrong. It is the exact opposite, luscious green grass for 1,000's of acres! Everything a horse could dream about!! If an opportunity comes up to go to one of these events, I highly recommend going because its an INCREDIBLE ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE! We arrived at the BLM headquarters at 8 am and set out on a 1 hour drive to the first ranch.We traveled in style as you will see in the video! hehe! I was amazed that these mustangs didn't run FAR away being as though this was the first time many of them had seen a bus! The first ranch we saw a few herds of mustangs but they were quite a ways from the road. We stayed out there for a bit and then headed to the barn and corrals. They gave us a tour of where they unloaded the horses and gave them vet checks. The vet check area was very safe. It was padded and had a cover over the top to keep horses from rearing and hurting themselves.
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BLM lady and the ranch supervisors in front of the unloading ramp.
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Randy bringing out his inner horse in the chute. haha!
The second ranch we got to see 3 herds up close! This is the place to get the good pictures!! The 1st herd were geldings and they were only a few feet away from the road, but when people kept inching closer they took off across the road. I still got some good pictures. The 2nd herd was also geldings. Some were so close you could touch  almost touch them! And the last herd was the mares and their babies! I really enjoyed them!!  The last bit of our outing included lunch and our goody bags at the barn of that ranch.  We got some cool NEW posters, a stuffed horse or burro and a hat or shirt!
Off Topic Of Mustangs: Later that night we went to the memorial downtown for the 4-19-95 bombing of the Murrah building. Let me tell you, I got so many eerie feelings being in the area where 168 people died... There were 2 gates, the 9:01 gate and the 9:03 gate. 9:01 represents the innocence before the bombing and 9:03 represents the chaos after the bombing. All the stuff in between represents 9:02- the time the bomb went off and the many lives that were lost. The reflecting pool (diagram below) running through the memorial represents the original street that was there before the bombing. On the left of the pool there is a field with all these chairs and each level represents the level floor the person was on when they were killed. The chairs are arranged where the most damage was done to the building. It really was amazing.
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It says,"We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity."
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9:03- the chaos after the bombing...
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The 168 chairs representing those who died in the bombing. 19 of them were children.
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The building in the background was the building across the street from the Murrah building.It is now a museum.
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The black glass represents all the windows that were blown out when the bombing occured.
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An original message written by a rescue worker.
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The picture explains itself... literally. haha and the next one down.
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Salvaged pieces of the Murrah building that is now used as a walkway.
The final part of our trip involved us visiting a friend of ours, Mike! Plus his horsies!
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Mike and WinterHawk
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WH and I.
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Side passing over the barrel.
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Diamond.

Joplin...

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We drove through Joplin on our way back home... Wow is all I can say.
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Wrecked construction sign.
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A bill board got ripped off the poles...
It was a great trip and I and soooooooooooo much fun! I can't wait for my next horse adventure!