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    Quote Originally Posted by quietann View Post
    No, this is the Lowell/Dracut/Tyngsboro State Forest, so I was talking about Lowell. I don't think North Reading is especially urban or poor!
    Why, you are riding in my backyard! Some of these people, and their screaming spawn, are AWFUL. In fact, a week ago Sunday, I was awoken by blaring bass at 1 am. Ain't Lowell GRAND!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by equineartworks View Post
    Children are evil. They are the spawn of the devil. Especially when they reach 15. Everything in the world that is wrong is their fault.

    can you tell what kind of day I have had so far
    No, according to them, everything in the world is OUR fault because WE ARE STUPID!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EqTrainer View Post
    Funny, my horses are undisturbed by crying children, perhaps they recognize that all young things are vulnerable..

    but they dislike whining, near-hysterical over-horsed adults. After all, they trust us to give them an example.
    Same here, EqTrainer! Mine also dislike people who classify a lovely, historic area (where the median home price is in the 400k range) as "urban" "poor" and "not wealthy". But thank goodness that the people who live in those towns are getting some fresh air!



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    Quote Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
    Same here, EqTrainer! Mine also dislike people who classify a lovely, historic area (where the median home price is in the 400k range) as "urban" "poor" and "not wealthy". But thank goodness that the people who live in those towns are getting some fresh air!
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    Same here, EqTrainer! Mine also dislike people who classify a lovely, historic area (where the median home price is in the 400k range) as "urban" "poor" and "not wealthy". But thank goodness that the people who live in those towns are getting some fresh air!
    Lowell? Really? Did I read that right? You are referring to Lowell as a "lovely" and "historic" area? Correct me if thats reading wrong. Maybe you mean Tyngsboro? Certainly not Dracut (whats historical about Dracut? The oldest hair salon in town? Sub shop? Liquor store?)

    Lowell, my friend, has very little that is lovely about it. Unless you live in an area where I have yet to venture? Where the cars don't do 50 in a 30, nearly take out my husband niece in an auto accident? Where my neighbors car got stolen 3 times from HER YARD? Perhaps where the guy next door doesnt beat the sh*t out of his girlfriend on the front lawn, while she is holding their 4 year old daughters hand?

    And, for the hell of it, I have yet to find a house market where the median is 400k. Not MY neighborhood, thats for sure.



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    Lowell is an ex-industrial town. It's not known for being pretty, though I hear some old mills have been converted to expensive condos and boutiques. It's definitely got a rep the closer you get to Boston. Then again the closer you get to Boston the more insufferably snobbish and limousine-liberal the "good" neighborhoods tend to get.

    $400k sounds reasonable for a decent single-family in MA, unless you're buying WAY out west or in dumps like Dorchester or Roxbury. (Though having worked there, really, compared to some cities' bad neighborhoods Dorchester's rather well-kept.)



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    Ah children - let's see if I can shed some light on these littles

    age 0-3 - Where's MOMMMY? Cry, barf, poop, diapers, run amuck, fall asleep in their plates..cute little beings when asleep.

    4-6 - I'm whiny, brave, adventurous, see me climb the tree? see me go pet horsie while you aren't watching? See MOM have heart attack. hard to control little creatures..

    7-10 - fearless larger beings that encounter multiple trips to doctors for scraps, bruises, and stepped on toes by horses. Want a PONEIGH puleeze, if you loved me you'd buy me a pony...

    11-13 - where's my? Every sentence begins with "where is my..crop, pad, blanket, bridle, boots, shoes, socks..sigh..

    13-21 - forget it - you are just stupid..after all teens know everything and there is no further need to understand anything they say, do or want..unless of course it is colored green and smells like money.

    In between you get moments of lucidity and joy...you must enjoy those moments because they are few and far between until one day..presto - you hear the "I wish I had listened to Mom when she said...."..

    lol..

    kiddies are ok - I had three and survived, two were riders, one is a go get the horse and bring it to the stall and brush it type, now have 7 grandchildren and one is riding. I am happy with one riding, I don't have enough paddocks for all to have a pony.lol.

    I do think boys are easier than girls to raise, unless of course you get the girls a pony. Girls and ponies go together.



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    Yes Dancer, they have done extensive work downtown. Which the park referred to is no place near. 400k is more along the lines of Burlington/Reading/Woburn etc etc...for instance...the market in the Lowell/Dracut/Methuen area is FLOODED with houses for under 300k. And nice ones at that. 400k in this area will get you at least 3000 sq feet, landscaping, a half acre...I paid $250 for my house 4 years ago. With a quarter acres, 3 beds, 1 bath and 1 car garage. My home was valued at 190k last year. After a complete overhaul, upgrades, partially finished basement...landscaping...400k...LOL. I could be sitting pretty 1 mile over the NH border with 10 acres, a newish house, a pool, a fabulous barn and fenced paddocks for that!!! (notice the I-should-have-waited-regret tone?? LOL)



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    Interesting.
    To me it basically sounds like you'd rather no one enjoy the outdoors but you,and your horsey buddies, so you all can have calm nature peace and quiet. I mean how DARE they play paintball, or take their child into the woods. How.. unclassy. And then to ask to pet a horse. OMFG!! how low brow can you get. really?
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    Personally, when I rode in a state forest and encountered such things (dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, dogs, bikers, walkers, etc...) I found that it made my horse who he is today-ie, nearly unflappable. Paintballing...er, THAT would worry me-as an equestrian b/c if one of those balls hits my horse (g-damn they HURT) he's off like a rocket and wounded-and is that paint bad for wildlife and trees and things?



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    Sidepasser, I love your developmental timeline
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    I can kind of understand the 'pet the horse' logic the parent might have been using, in that often something similar happens with Pirate - he's a big black and tan dog and kids who are scared often freak out and are then encouraged to come see him.

    The difference is, of course, that Pirate is EXCELLENT with kids and even screaming tantrums don't upset him. So the kid can be encouraged closer without the situation escalating because he then gets upset. This is not the case with all dogs, or probably most horses, which is where the parent needs to use some brain and observe the animal/ask.

    (As a side note, my dad has found that frequently sharing more information about the dog helps a lot in derailing the tantrum. Telling the kid about how Pirate was lost and a rescue and finally found a new home seems to help make him a 'person' and not 'big scary dog'.)



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    Little black morgan, paintballs are usually non-toxic, biodegradable, washable 'paint' - made with vegetable oil and food dye. The capsule part that breaks on impact is made of gelatin. You could eat a paintball without coming to any harm... although why someone would do that is beyond me. I don't think they are a big environmental threat.

    To the OP, not sure if this was just a poor word choice, but you state that you "shouted" to your friends as your horse reacted to the screaming toddler. For your own safety you might want to work on responding to your horse's actions in a calmer manner. Acting like nothing is wrong is often enough to convince your horse that nothing is wrong.... the reverse is also true.
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    Gotcha, tullio. Of course, munching on a paint ball is up there with who was the first person to pick a mushroom out of poop and eat it? LOL



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    LBM, I ask myself that every time I see the hordes of mushrooms growing in the pasture. WHO thought they should start putting those on pizza???
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    Quote Originally Posted by tullio View Post
    LBM, I ask myself that every time I see the hordes of mushrooms growing in the pasture. WHO thought they should start putting those on pizza???
    ah--but did you know? If mushrooms weren't grown commercially (for all that pizza!), there wouldn't be a market for the "used" straw bedding that gets cleaned out of the stalls at TB racetracks!



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    Also, on a side note, Marijuana? Who thought to smoke that first? Who looked at a cow and said "Why I think I ought to suck on that there dangly thing and see what comes out???"



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    Quote Originally Posted by rainechyldes View Post
    Interesting.
    To me it basically sounds like you'd rather no one enjoy the outdoors but you,and your horsey buddies, so you all can have calm nature peace and quiet. I mean how DARE they play paintball, or take their child into the woods. How.. unclassy. And then to ask to pet a horse. OMFG!! how low brow can you get. really?
    Holy overreaction Batman! I didn't get this vibe from the OP at all...
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    You know, interestingly enough, if our horses start spooking and getting scared etc, we try to introduce them to the scarey object so that the next time they see one they won't be scared.

    I have no idea why this kid was yelling about to begin with, could be anything, but you comment "And the man had the... ignorance... to ask if they could pet the horses, even though the melting down child was screaming and screeching about how scary they were. " - hmmm, isn't this exactly what you do with your horse, try to get it used to scarey objects. Why would we treat kids differently?

    Sure you were absolutely within your rights to say no, and of course if your horse was being a twit, even more so. However, I am not sure that it is fair to come onto this board and start calling the father ignorant just for asking.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SaturdayNightLive View Post
    Holy overreaction Batman! I didn't get this vibe from the OP at all...

    Really? Because the title "Vent: Yet another screaming child" and then words like "ignorance" used toward the father and "Um, whatever" gave me the same vibe. Perhaps the OP needs to get her mare a little more less-spooky to be out in public and then she wouldn't need to give the screaming kid a second thought, she could either just ride by or horror of horrors, let some non-horsey family actually touch her horse.



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