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Dog Hair & Mule Sweat

with Natalie Riehl

editor@rockymountainrider.com

 

November 2012 issue

 

     The smoke from the forest fires lasted through October 12 when, thankfully, we got some rain. Friday smelled like a “giant hot campfire,” and Saturday morning, after the rain, the air smelled like “wet campfire.” When the siege ended, it seemed everyone in the Bitterroot Valley had smiles on their faces as they were sucking in large lungfuls of clean air!

     The “Fall Chores” checklist is diminishing. Last Saturday, while I was cleaning out the water tanks and installing the tank heaters, Rick was rolling up the garden hoses by the barn. His old black mare stood with her head almost over his shoulder as he looped the hundred-footers over a hose hanger and then tied them with baling twine.

     “What’s she want?” he asked. “A treat?”

     “I think she just likes hanging out with you,” I told him, as I carried the rolled hoses into the barn and set them on a pile.

     He was gratified by her presence, and put his arm under her neck and patted her to return the affection.

     He was able to take some fall photographs in the past week, and I have included one of cottonwoods along the riverbottom in this column.

 

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     We have received many responses to our Reader Survey, and I want to thank you all for your participation. We will be announcing the winner of the $100 Gas Card in our next issue.

     One thing that we found to be very interesting is that 78% of our readers prefer our print edition to articles online, although some people read both.

     Technological gadgets are everywhere and it’s impossible for me to keep up. Even though RMR couldn’t run without computers, there is a limit on what my brain can handle.

     Here’s my technological timeline. Remember that these items are all commonplace now, but were quite expensive when first purchased. I got my first calculator in 1975 when I was taking a feeds & feeding class at Colorado State . I bought an answering machine in 1984, and my first home computer, an Atari, in 1985. By the late ‘80s I had a cordless phone, but I didn’t get a cell phone until 2003. I bought both a digital camera and an MP3 player in 2004.

     While I’ve gotten newer models of the above gadgets, I have not branched into the world of iPhones or iPads. I’m not sure I ever can…

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     If you read this column before November 10, remember there is still time to submit your “Kids and Horses” photos for our December issue. This year, we will be asking readers to vote for their favorite photo, and the top three photos will each win a certificate for a Troxel helmet.

            This issue brings you our annual Holiday Gift Ideas section, featuring a wide array of equine and Western products — from the beautiful to the practical — for those on your Santa list. When you’re checking that list twice, be sure to consider shopping with an RMR advertiser! They are the ones who keep our magazine coming to you each month.

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