Saturday, December 15, 2012

Team 48 - Dodgin’ Bullets

dodgin bullets

 

My name is Marcia Himmelberg.  I live outside of Lawrence, Nebraska.  I live with my husband, Kurt.  We have 4 children - Kelsey, 20; Kara, 18; Austin (AKA Henry), 15; and Emily, 11.

 

Up until October 2011, I had been horseless for 15 years!  Not sure how I did that!  I sure missed having horses and didn’t realize how much until I bought my first one on an “accident”.  I bought Bullet at an Exotic Bird / Animal auction in Lexington, NE.  They couldn’t get a bid on him and were down to $35.  I thought I would run him up to $100 and then get out.   Long story short, I bought him for $90!  I had already called and asked the hubby permission for a horse two times prior that day and his response was always a flat “no”, so panic set in as I realized I had just bought a 3 year old stud colt that I knew nothing about.  Needless to say Kurt wasn’t impressed and it was a bumpy month at my house until Bullet started proving himself.  He even had to admit what a bargain I had found and even though he still doesn’t share my passion for horses or understand it, he allows me to completely submerge myself in the horse life!

 

Since October of 2011, we have added another colt named Remington (there’s a pattern emerging with the names lol).  He is a 9-10 month old grade blue roan.  I am very excited about this little guy and look forward to our new venture together.  Sometimes a little apprehensive, since I have been out of the horse training for several years and am quite rusty.  It’s a good thing I have a close friend and neighbor who is my resident professor of training.  She has helped a ton along the way with bullet and I look forward to her help with Remington! 

 

I love riding every free chance I get.  My youngest daughter has an interest in horses and riding.  I look forward to sharing this with her.  My older children like horses and have an interest too, but their lives are incredibly busy and we only have one broke horse to ride.  Hoping to change that sometime in the future… still working on hubby about adding a third horse!

 

I look forward to calculating miles this next year and am so glad to have found such a neat grup of people to share my passion with.  This should be fun! 

 

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63 comments:

  1. 01/08/13 - 6.34 miles...lots of drifts! But still had fun :)

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  2. Awsome, welcome back to horses and to the derby! How far is Lawerance from Wilber? My 11 yr old is in the derby too (either sharing my miles or borowing my garmin lol), maybe we could get together.

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  3. Thank you! It's good to be back! I think Wilber is about 1-1/2 - 2 hours from us. I'll have to investigate. That would be fun to get together sometime. I rode in the Czech Days parade several years ago there. Was a fun weekend!

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  4. 01/17/13 - 7.46...was a beautiful day to get out and ride. Had a blast, just me and my horse!!

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  5. 01/19/13 - 5.08 miles -- little windy, but gorgeous. Stopped at the neighbors and visited for a bit. Love this boy more and more :)

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  6. 02/05/13 - 8.22 miles -- Beautiful day for a ride. Not sure what drew me to this wonderful animal, but I sure am glad something did! Was definitely fate, I do believe :)
    (YTD: 27.10)

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  8. 02/07/13 - 10 miles -- pretty cold wind today, but warm if you could stay out of the wind. Was a good day to meet up with Jess and log some miles and catch up on life!
    YTD: 37.10

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  9. 6.04 BEAUTIFUL DAY! Bring on spring :)
    (YTD: 49.29)

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  10. 1.43 - Ponied Remington for the first time!
    (YTD: 50.72)
    Can't wait for our weather to straighten out so I can get some consistent miles!! Not complaining about the little bits of moisture that we're getting, but it needs to warm up a bit and less wind :)

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    1. This ride was on 03/15/13...forgot to add that :/

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  11. 03/23/13 - 3 miles...cold, windy and snowy
    (YTD: 53.72 miles)

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  12. Finally got to ride again today, no derby miles just arena work...much needed arena work!

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  14. 04/21/13 - 4.8...little breezy, rode Bullet double with Emily
    (YTD - 58.52)

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  15. 05/13/13 - 7.70 mi.
    (YTD: 66.22 mi)

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  16. 05/23/13 - 8.83 miles, rode to the in-laws to put cows in. First time using him on the cows and it went well!
    (YTD: 75.05 mi.)

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  17. 05/28/13 - 4.83 miles, rode double with the daughter over to the neighbors. Beautiful ride till the clouds rolled in!
    (YTD: 79.88 mi)

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  18. 06/02/13 - 4.75 mi. Perfect evening for a ride
    (YTD: 84.63)

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  19. 06/03/13 - 6.25 miles...stupid wind!
    (YTD: 90.88)

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  20. 06/04/13 - 3.42 Beautiful evening! I am really enjoying watching the bond between my trusty steed and my youngest child grow and deepen. They're going to have a beautiful relationship!
    (YTD: 94.3)

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  21. That is sooo wonderful. Love seeing kids bond with their horses :-)

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  22. 06/09/13 - 12.08 Beautiful morning until the wind came up! Helped hubby move cows around, the first time I got to use him on the cows :) He really seems to enjoy chasing the cows around lol
    (YTD: 106.38)

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  23. Yay on getting over 100 miles :-)!!!

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    1. Thank you! I am hoping the next 100 will come a little quicker! I set a goal of 1,000 miles but don't think that's gonna happen this year. Still having a blast and love being a part of this!

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  24. 06/24/13 - 4.23 mi. Rode the new member around the section for a test drive to see how he'll work out for my daughter. Windy, but nice ride anyway!
    (YTD: 116.13)

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  25. 06/25/13-5.43 mi. Took Emily out on her first solo ride on Willy. Things went great! So excited to be able to share evening rides
    with my kids :)
    (YTD: 121.56)

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  26. 06/26/13 - 3.74 Nice ride with my second oldest daughter, Kara!
    (YTD: 125.30)

    06/29/13 - 5.48 Rode the section with my oldest daughter, Kelsey this morning looking for missing calves. Finally found them after we had given up and were just "joy riding"around the pasture lol!!
    (YTD: 130.78)

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  27. 06/30/13 - 4.0 miles...took the last child out for a ride tonight. My son, Henry he's never shown much interest in my "ponies" as he calls them, but said he had a lot of fun and likes riding. Bring on the arguing as to whose turn it is to ride with mom lol!
    (YTD: 134.78)

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  28. 07/01/13 - 8.31 mi. This having two horses is wearing a momma out! Haha, just kidding I love every second of it. My oldest, Kelsey and I had a beautiful ride today. It was warm, but the wind would kick up every so often making it just about perfect! Love spending and getting to spend this time with my children individually! We have put 31.19 miles on Willy in a week...I know for some of you, that's not a lot, but for a horse who has stood in the pasture for the past 5 years or so I'm thinking he thinks it is! LOL!!
    (YTD: 143.09)

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  29. Oh yeah, wouldn't get any better then that :-) Glad you had fun with your son!

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  30. 07/02/13 - 2.29 mi.
    (YTD: 145.38)
    Didn't really want to go out tonight, but the youngest has been waiting patiently for her turn on "her" horse again so she wasn't letting me whimp out! So glad she didn't! It was a short ride, but we ponied Remington (my yearling)and things couldn't have gone smoother :) Finished the evening off with some round pen time with the youngster, so glad I have Jessica Ceder so close to help me out!!

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  31. 07/06/13 - 8.84 mi. Helped a neighbor drive cows to new grass, Bullet likes moving cows! :)Emily rode Willy and they did a great job together!
    (YTD: 154.22)

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  32. 07/10/13 - 4.71 mi. Beautiful evening for a ride with Emily. Willy has been such a great mount for her to learn and build confidence on!
    (YTD: 158.93)

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  33. 07/12/13 - 5.07 mi. Great morning to get up early and ride with great friends!

    (YTD: 164.0)

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  34. 07/16/13 - 5.33
    (YTD: 169.33)

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  35. 07-27-13 4.21
    07-29-13 4.15
    07-31-13 1.90
    08-01-13 8.32
    (YTD: 187.91)

    Kept forgetting to log these, figured I'd better them in before I lose them :/

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  36. 08/02/13 - 6.13 Beautiful ride with my oldest, could've done without the mosquitoes though...
    (YTD: 194.04)

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  37. 08/04/13 - 11.5, was a little more than that, but my batteries died in my GPS. The good thing was that we were close to home, so I got the bulk of the ride! :) My oldest daughter, Kelsey and I rode to town, around town and back home. Was a nice night for a ride, even saw a bobcat on the way home.
    (YTD: 205.54)

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  38. Sounds like a great ride and congrats on getting over 200 miles :-)

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    1. Thanks! I was a little off on my personal goal for the year, but am still having a blast being a part of this!

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  39. 08/12/13 - 4.23 mi. Rode by myself for the first time since bringing Willy into the mix...boy was that a quiet ride!
    08/13/13 - 4.54 mi. Beautiful evening for a ride!
    (YTD: 214.31)

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  40. 08/14/13 - 5.61 mi.
    (YTD: 219.92)

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  41. 08/19/13 - 2.64 mi.
    Rode down to the neighbors with Kara to help push steers for the guys roping. Got to put Bullet in the box when the big dogs were done roping and let him trail several calves. Was a lot of fun for both of us! Plus, got to do some arena work while everyone else took a break. Bullet did great, took both leads, stopped and backed awesome! Was a fun, horse-filled day, even though I didn't rack up a lot of miles!!
    (YTD: 222.56)

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  42. 08/23/13 - 5.13 mi. Rode at Liberty Cove with one of my best friends! Looking forward to many more before the snow starts flying :)
    (YTD: 227.69)

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  43. 09/13/13 - 8.69 Kicking off the first day of our weekend trip to Kanopolis State Park!!
    09/14/13 - 09/15/13 - 20.4 Great weekend with great friends! Had so much fun on my first overnight trail weekend and can't wait to do it again!!
    (YTD: 262.4)

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  44. 09/21/13 - 11.8 miles Eustis Trail Ride, beautiful day, beautiful country and wonderful company! Saw a few DD Riders! Was so great to be able to put faces with some names :)
    (YTD: 283.10)

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  45. 09/29/13 - 1.55...moved the horses to some pasture not far from our house, which is good since I don't like them to far from home.
    ( YTD: 284.65)

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  46. 10/07/13 - 10.80 wonderful ride with one of my bestest buddies! So glad to have the time to ride, just us again :)
    (YTD: 295.47) almost 300 miles!!

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  47. 10/26/13 - 4.08 Haven't rode in forever, was nice to be horseback again :)
    (YTD: 299.55)

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  48. 1110/13 - 10.52 between Saturday and Sunday. Beautiful weekend! Haven't rode much lately, time to quit with the excuses and get back out there!
    (YTD: 310.07)

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  49. Congrats on getting over 300 miles :-)

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  50. 11/20/13 - 4.06 miles
    (YTD: 314.13)

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  51. 11/30/13 - 4.28
    (YTD: 318.41)
    Way off my goal but am still having a blast and will get more next year :)

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  52. 12/02/13 - 7.39 Beautiful weather and great day of riding. Rode both Willy and Bullet today
    (YTD: 325.80)

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  53. Lost a few miles because I forgot to post them :(, but fit a nice short ride in with Emily to end the year!
    3.86
    (YTD: 329.70)

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