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lots of firsts last weekend
we had lots of firsts over the weekend. the deer hunt started here in utah on saturday so we load up the horses and headed for the hills. the horses reached a lot of mile stones. they were exposed to gun fire for the first time and handled it great. they crossed a river under rider for the first time. they crossed a bridge for the first time. in preperation for the hunt i brought some butcher paper that had blood from my deer i shot last year on it and let them smell it and rubbed it on them, they didnt bat an eye. we also tried out the new saddle panniers on my mare empty at first and then we put some logs from the wood pile in to get the feel of a little weight and she handled that great too. i am very proud that they handled so much so well.
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evening hunt
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carter in camp
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sandy in camp
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first time in the river
WOW! Gorgeous country!!

Sounds like you've got a couple of pretty level headed easy going partners. Good job getting them ready for the excursion.

Around here, most horse people stay way out of the woods when gun season is in. LOL!
Karen ~ Trails  
Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN

"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."
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Boy, that last photo sure doesn't look like a "first time" in the river! The horses look really calm, you guys look like you're happy to be out, and the dog... well, he looks happy too, but also like he just can't wait for everyone to get moving. Makes a really nice scene.

Great scenery!
As a non-hunter, I got a giggle out of thinking that you let your horses smell the blood before exposing them to it, but not the gunfire. SO that leads me to ask, which scared them the most, if at all?
My mare would actually let me put her nose in the ziploc bag and she would just stand there, no reaction at all. My cousin (the second guy in the picture. he breeds and trains quarter horses and he is who i got my two horses from) held on to there lead ropes and i walked about about thirty yards away and i fired five rounds from my .30-06 after each shot moving closer and by the fifth shot i was kneeling two feet in front of my gelding. After the first shot they danced a little but went back to eating. after each shot they jumped a little less each time and on the last shot they didn't move they just picked up their heads from eating looked at me then took a quick look around and went right back to eating. So to answer your question ILoveJoe the blood had no effect on them what so ever and the gun fire only made them jump a little but they got over it very quickly. I shot four more times the next day to check and make sure my rifle was sighted in correctly and they completely ignored it.

I like all of your pictures but I envy you in the first one watching dawn break over the hills.

I also like your slow and easy approach to getting the horses ready. Bet you could do the mounted shooting routine with no problem.

The river scene is priceless. I can see that one blown up full size, framed and on the wall of a den. NICE.[^]
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