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Good Driving Skills Buddy!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 15, 2012 15:13

I was sitting quietly Sunday morning, drinking my first coffee, while the family bacon and eggs cooked on a wood fire. A young doe and buck walked across our pasture....I enjoy watching them.  They drink out of the water trough, lick the salt blocks and are generally at home.  I took the first bacon and eggs to the house, came back and whoooaa, 2 SUV's are stopped, male drivers are pacing around outside using cell phone minutes.....guess what, bambi and bambette are SOL.

Why can't people drive past their hood ornament?  I have 0 (zero) compassion for these drivers.  Low traffic volume day, early and they can't see 2 deer crossing the highwayThere is only one polite thing to say GOOD DRIVING SKILLS BUDDY! 

The past several years have seen our traffic volume increase dramatically while the quality of drivers decreases exponentially.  Our highway is 4 lane, 110 km/hour.  When I drive 110 km/hr, I get flipped the bird, cut off, fist are shook............hello *******, you are breaking the law here not me!  The speed limit is 110 km/hr, not 110 miles per hour.  Yes, if you are driving within Saskatchewan's borders you should know that we have a lot of wildlife.  If you don't STAY IN THE CITY, TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT!  (My frustration and potty language skills have not been lost on our son.  My attempt at rectifying the situation was to come up with a phrase that sums up the situation "GOOD DRIVING SKILLS BUDDY" seems to do it and he is learning the fine art of sarcasm.)

The Queen's finest showed up, spent over an 1.5 hours at the scene.   The scene of what?... a duo of idiots walking around boohooing on the cell phones because they only drive to their hood ornaments----what a waste of taxpayers time and money.

The tow trucks showed up, toted them all away, but guess what, we now have dead deer parts.   We now have to crate our dog, keep her on a leash or clean up the mess that should have been thrown into the SUV's before they were towed away!  Wonder what the duo of idiots would have said when presented with gloves and told get cleaning and loading in your vehicles.

My rant is coming to an end, I would like to share one interesting tidbit that I have noticed most GOOD DRIVING SKILLS BUDDY type accidents seem to have a common denominator, they seem to happen to SUV's, hhhmmmm I wonder why?  We see more SUV tires in the air during inclement winter weather than the sum of all other vehicles, again I wonder why?

I will leave you on that note with one more salutation to the duo of idiots  GOOD DRIVING SKILLS BUDDIES!

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Damaging winds, severe thunderstorms, and hail across southern Saskatchewan

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 25, 2012 12:27


Forecasters began monitoring a storm system in southern Saskatchewan Monday, which has potential to produce severe thunderstorms, hail, and damaging winds. It is expected to track eastward throughout the day.
The gusts are extremely powerful with this system and may cause damage to property and hydro lines. Environment Canada last measured the winds to be in excess of 120 km/h.
"The gusts with this system are about 30 km/h stronger than the winds associated with Tropical Storm Debby" compares Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
The severe thunderstorm is capable of producing quarter-sized hail in some areas. Residents are urged to seek shelter and to stay indoors, as the hail may pose a threat to ones personal safety.
The severe thunderstorms located west of Kincaid will move toward the east throughout the day. Forecasters are reminding residents that some severe thunderstorms have the potential to produce tornadoes. People are advised to take immediate safety precautions if threatening weather approaches.
For latest watches and warnings visit our Alerts page.


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Danger Detective Is Now Online For Kids!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 12, 2012 06:24


The hugely popular ‘Danger Detective’ workbook has come to life online at www.EquiMania.ca.  Interactive flash activities and videos make learning about safety on the horse farm fun!  Kids can click their way to a printable certificate after completing online games in five categories:  rider safety, safety around the horse, safety around equipment, safety in the barn and safety outside.

 ‘Danger Detective on the Horse Farm’ aims to take a “byte” out of the #1 causes of horse and equipment-related injuries and fatalities to youth. The way to keep our children safe is through education, and Equine Guelph has rallied with the industry to present this significant project.  Major partners include:  Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) which receives funding from Growing Forward – a federal-provincial-territorial initiative; Equine Guelph; Equine Canada; Kubota Canada; SSG Gloves; Saddle Up SAFELY; System Fencing and Tack; University of Kentucky College of Agriculture (The Equine Initiative); University of Kentucky HealthCare; and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.  All equine federations are on-board, including:  Alberta Equestrian Federation, Alberta Farm Safety Centre, Equine Association of Yukon, Fédération équestre du Québec, Horse Council British Columbia, Island Horse Council, Manitoba Horse Council, New Brunswick Equestrian Federation, Newfoundland Equestrian Association, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation Ontario Equestrian Federation and Saskatchewan Horse Federation.

“Equine Guelph is excited to provide this great opportunity for kids to learn more about horses and safety online through the help of our committed industry partners,” says Gayle Ecker, Director Equine Guelph.  “The online tool is interactive and kids will have fun while learning.”

Visit www.EquiMania.ca and use your cyber-savvy to become a Danger Detective on the horse farm!


Story by:  Jackie Bellamy

Photo Caption:  Kids can go online to learn about safety on the horse farm with fun interactive activities.

Photo available:   Illustration of kids by Ruth Benns

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