First picture is of Sonny and Tessa munching hay yesterday. Excuse the ratty looking fence behind Tessa. Gary was in the process of replacing it. The little rascals kept getting into the big hay bales we have put back for the winter. Now, the fence around the hay is "hot". No horses in the hay this morning!! The second picture is of the gulch. I had walked down in there again this morning and turned around to start back to the house and there were all 7 horses, the goat and the cat......down in the gulch. I about fell over. Tessa and Sandy were in the gulch. This is amazing to me as Tessa moves ever so slowly most of the time. The path leading down in the gulch is rough and rocky. She has not been limping for a while and guess her feet are ok enough to get down there. I was very surprised and happy to see this. She was munching away on the grass that is there. Hurried and got the camera so I could get the picture. Came back to the house and the next time I looked out the window, a few minutes later, she was back up top next to her favorite cedar tree. If she went up the bank, she is more limber than I thought. Most likely, she came up the same path she went down on and walked around the gulch to the tree. But this is showing me that she is improving as she is going exactly where she wants to without too much effort. Yipee!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Well, I think we are done in the barn for the winter. Yesterday, we were really glad we had the panels in so we could feed in the barn. It was cold, rainy, blowing a gale and just down right miserable! But we survived it. The horses seemed to appreciated being able to eat in the barn and not outside in the rain. Tessa and Sandy got to stay in last night because of the cold wind. Today is sunny but cool so everyone is outside looking for that last blade of grass. The first picture is the north side of the barn. There are 3 pens there. These stay put all the time. The next picture is the south side with the panels extended. We used 2 x 4s for the "gates". These maybe replaced with regular gates next year when we get the run-in shed built, not sure. The last picture is Tessa and Sandy in the barn with the panels swung back against the wall. Works very well, at least for now. Gary also got a couple of outside faucets installed to fill the water tanks so we don't have to drag a long hose this winter. PS: We did clean the barn after everyone was finished eating, LOL.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I talk about our "gulch" some. It is really a shale (soft rock) pit. Shale has been dug out for roads etc. There is a lot of grass down there and weeds. Buddy needs to get after the weeds, lol. The first picture is going down into the pit. The next 2 are the horses coming down to see what I was doing. They don't seem to spend a lot of time down there for some reason. Maybe they feel like they are in danger when down there. Trenches are dug for the water and electric lines. Today we will start putting them in. Need to get it done quickly as more rain and cooler weather are forcast for Tuesday. Two old people don't work too fast but we do get things done in time. We have had to keep the horses away from the barn except at feeding time due to the open trenches. Come on Gary, get outta that bed! We got work to do.
Friday, October 17, 2008
There is a lot of chatter on the horse boards about a rescue sponsoring a euth clinic. Lots of feelings pro and con. Lots of emotion involved. As Gary and I are both 62 years old, we have to think about the future of our pets. Worse case senario-we can't afford to feed them......... What to do? Both dogs would not fit in another home. While they both love our daughter and granddaughters, there isn't room for them at their homes. Smokey (pictured) will bite if pushed too far. Scooter is a momma's dog and isn't happy if he isn't right next to me. Both are almost 8 years old. They are both rescues and have been with us for 7 years. They would not be happy anywhere else. What to do with them??? What about our 7 horses????? Spice could possibly go back to the gal who gave her to us. This gal rescued her from going to auction. Star can't be pushed too far either, she would fight to the death before giving in to cruel treatment. And, we couldn't be 100% certain they will be safe anywhere but here. There is NO WHERE that can say they would be loved forever but here. I pray to God that I never have to make any of these decisions and that we will always be able to feed and care for our furkids as long as they are alive. Not everyone is so lucky. But I will not judge anyone for putting a heathly horse to sleep over taking it to an auction. I hope I never have to walk in those shoes.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
If you look closely at the right, upper corner, you can see Tessa coming back to the house. She has a favorite spot to graze. It's on the east side of our property by a huge cedar tree. It's along walk for her but that is good. Walking is the one thing the natural farrier highly recommends. He says walking keeps the hoof growing and in healthy shape. The last couple of days have been cold and wet. So Tessa and Sandy have been kept in the barn quite a bit of the time. Tessa still needs to gain some weight and I don't want her to get chilled and burn her calories up trying to keep warm. They had a turn out area but both choose to stay in the barn while it was rainy. Of course the other 5 are highly put out that they had to stay outside but they had wind breaks and also have a lot of fat on them to keep warm. Gary is working in the barn, getting the wiring put up and as soon as it dries up some, will rent a trencher to get the water and electric lines run. I can't wait. Soon it will be getting dark at feeding time so the electricity in the barn will be great. In the second picture, Spice was looking at something behind them. Guess she was the rear guard, lol. Put a saddle on Star the other day and worked her in the round pen for a short time. She didn't mind the saddle at all.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I love the month of October. Fall is officially here and it's my other favorite time of the year. Of course when Spring comes around, it's my other favorite time of the year too! LOL All the fur kids are doing well. Our project for next week is to get water and electricity to the barn. Not messing with a hose will be great. Hopefully, we will get some rain tomorrow night. Have a great weekend everyone.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The fence is done to the south pasture and the gates are up so the kids have new grass now. They are enjoying it a lot. Their internal clocks are still working well, they are up at the barn for breakfast and supper right on time. That's where I took these pics (around the barn) Monday, we got 4 ten ft panels to make a couple of stalls inside the barn for the "old girls". Tessa and Sandy are now being fed in there so they can be out of the weather while eating. Soon, we will get more so all can enjoy their food inside this winter. Next Spring we will build a run-in shed on the south side of the barn so all can be comfortable during bad weather. The stalls inside are able to be folded back along the wall during the day so they can go inside the barn if they want. Hawk is a sissy and loves to stand in the barn when it is hot or rainy. BIL and sis are on the mend. He will probably go back to work next week when his sprained wrist is better. They also have a farm and raise cattle so staying side is hard for him. Sis can't go back to work for another 5 weeks until the cast is off her hand. Thank you to all who prayed for them. It is appreciated.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I just returned from MO this afternoon. We did go and do the closing on the MO property Monday. Then I spent the rest of the week with my sister and BIL. Remember I posted pics of their Harley? Well, last Sunday they were in an accident while on the bike. They were in the passing lane doing 65 mph when a 17 year old in a small pickup moved into their lane. His truck hit their bike and it went over on the left side. I was given a miracle by God that they both survived this. My sis was life-flighted to a hospital in KC but was released the next day. They both have some road rash and she has a broken bone in her left hand. BIL has a badly sprained wrist. This is a picture of her helmet. If she had not been wearing a full face helmet, she would have most likely died from facial injuries. This is her doctor's opinion and mine as well. The white scuffs on the helment are from it skidding on the road with her head inside it. Oklahoma doesn't have a helmet law, neither does Kansas or California. Crazy! Thank you God for sparing my sis and BIL. Horse updates in the next post, I'm still kinda in shock from this last week.