This is Spice. She has had some training. Maybe someday I'll get brave and try her out. She is very well mannered as far as handling. She has choosen to be part of Sandy and Tessa's herd. She was a throw-away horse who needed a home.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Hawk getting a drink before going to the pasture. He is such a goof. Such a big, sweet, hunk. He does hate that pink flymask so went back to using the sheer black one with the ears. Made him much happier. I love him to pieces. All of them are so special in their own way, just like children. Sandy is shy but loving. Tessa is a good girl and nickers at us. Rose is the diva, "yes, you may pet my face"! Sonny is a big clown, will pick up his feed pan for you if he gets a treat afterwards. Star is the wild child but gives in to me when I ask her too. We would be so lonely without them.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Took Sandy to Horse Feathers today for floating of her teeth. She didn't like it much, lol. But getting her teeth even and being rid of the hooks and points that were making the inside of her mouth sore will help with her weight gain. Also took Tessa to have the vet look at a warty thing that had appeared on her right ear. I was worried it was a form of cancer but the vet felt it was proud flesh from a wound. I hadn't noticed any wound there but that doesn't mean it didn't happen. The vet pulled off the warty scab and put some Wonder Dust on it. So we will continue to monitor it and see what happens.
Monday, July 21, 2008
For all who are suffering in the heat, this photo is from Dec 2006. We were still in MO and that is Hawk and Cody (crossed the Bridge 5/07) playing in the snow. Scooter is watching them. It's supposed to hit 100 today, yuk. I gave all the horses a cool shower last night. Sandy and Sonny have to be held while they get their shower. All the rest, even the "wild thing" Star love being hosed down when it so hot. Of course then they roll in the dirt but at least it helps them for a while. Also, have been soaking the beet pulp in the house so it won't sour in the heat. Summer is a pain sometimes.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Yesterday, I walked up to the north pasture to get some pics of the Fab Four. There is no sneaking up on Rose. She was the first to notice something different in the area. She must be the look out for the herd. This morning all 6 were standing together at the gate, a first! Tessa and Sandy on the south side of it and the rest on the north. Sandy was standing with Tessa between her and the rest of the herd. I was happy to see this as it means Tessa is moving around pretty well and of her own accord.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Rose loves to roll in this red dirt! I call her my redhead now. Her mane and tail have taken on the orange/red color of the ground. One evening, she looked like a firey red pinto. I didn't have my camera in my pocket then to record her spots!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I didn't realize when we brought Sandy home that she was so much smaller than the gang. When they went to check her out, it became clear that even though she is a QH, she isn't very big. Now she does need some groceries which she is getting but still she isn't a big horse. We put Rose in with her and Tessa at night and things went fine. We left Rose out the next night and put Star in with them. Things went fine. The next night, we put Sonny in with Tessa and Sandy. Things seem to go well. Sunday morning, we figured we could put her out to pasture with the four. It didn't go well. Hawk would not accept her and bit her badly on the right hip. I'm still putting Tri-Care on it. He also ran her until she was out of breath. So we moved her back in with Tessa. There she will stay. We are re-thinking our fencing plans so that Tessa and Sandy will have their own area all the time. Sandy has learned that treats are great! She also has learned that fly spray doesn't hurt. She continues to be the sweetest little gal and we have fallen madly in love with her.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This is how a Harley travels when there is lots of muddy dirt roads! Sis and BIL came to visit for a couple of days and we had 4-5 inches of rain last night. Gary hooked up the horse trailer to the tractor and sis and BIL rode in the trailer with the bike the 2+ miles to the paved road. There everything was unloaded and hooked back together and away they went. I will miss them greatly. We enjoy their company. Even when there was no electricity due to the storm last night. We played cards by lantern, lol.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Meet the new girl, Sandy. Sandy has a fancy reg QH name but we just call her Sandy. Papers don't matter to us as we are not into breeding horses. There are enough needing homes now. Sandy came to us as a gift. Pretty great huh? Her owners felt she deserved retirement as she is 26 years old. She is sweet. She leads and loads like a dream. She has been a broodmare most of her life. She tried to make up with Tessa but Tess would have none of it. When we let Rose in to stay for the night, she got between Tessa and Sandy with her ears back. Rose is protective of Tessa. Hopefully at some point, Sandy will be accepted enough to turn out with the Fab Four (Hawk, Sonny, Star and Rose). We are glad to have her.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
We are finally moved in. Still putting stuff away, or at least trying to, lol. Horses, goat, dogs, and cat are doing fine. Smokey the dog is much happier now that his "stuff" is in the house. Familiar things make you feel at home. I think we are going to turn the horses up to the north pasture today for their summer grazing. Tessa will stay here by the house. The wooden shoes had to come off because they were creating problems with the souls and frogs of her feet. Probably due to the wet weather we had a few weeks ago. She has been seen by a natural trimmer and is sore on her front feet. It will take time but I think she will come around and be OK. It is very hot now in Oklahoma but guess that is natural. Will try and remember to take the camera when we turn the rest of the horses loose up north. They will still be feed twice a day so they will wander up to the barn morning and night for their feed and check ups.