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#1 greygelding


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Posted 03 August 2018 - 11:34 AM

First I want to give a shout-out to my wonderful wife. That lady is calm and compassionate in a crisis and took great care of not only the horses but me as well. It seems I can not only pick out a great horse but a great woman as well.
Kudos to Rolling Hills Casino. They opened their doors, conference rooms with cots blankets and pillows, opened their RV hookups, dirt parking lot for tents or just to leave your rig, car, etc. the horses were watched over, free stall, free bedding, free hay, and a free vet check. First class people.

Lessons learned:

I have a portable cat pen about 4 ft square and tall. It will be sitting next to the cat carriers as soon as I can find it. A box fan or two would be great as well.
I now have a backup plan for horse hauling as I’m currently out of tow vehicles.
A plate, glass, utensil kit would be nice as well as we would up scrounging for something to eat with when people supplied food. We were a little late and all the plastic utensils were gone.

Otherwise my evacuation plan went smoothly. We had whatever we needed to carry on if we needed to. Fortunately all turned out OK fo us.


The radio stations are slowly returning to ther normal format as they were all working together to try to keep everyone up to date. The whole community pulled together opening their homes, services, and wallets as needed. The first responders worked tirelessly to try to save property and lives. I’m proud to call this place home.

Personal. Pam had a steady stream of people stopping by to chat and greet the carrot crew. One lady came by, looked into Mattie’s empty stall, and in a truly sad voice stated “ Aw, you took my gelding away.”
over 131,000 acres, 205 square miles and still going but not toward us. An interesting experience, not one I’d wish on anyone or that I’d like to repeat.

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#2 JRdesire


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:45 PM

I'm glad you guys are all back home and the fire is not heading your way any longer.  

I've learned that no amount of money can substitute for class.