Saturday, April 20, 2019

April Update

We’ve been very busy the past few months and I haven’t had the time or inclination to post.  Before I disappear completely from blog land I thought it was time to try and get back on track. So here goes.

All the horses have been getting their Spring vaccinations and since we do them in increments every two weeks we have one more round at the end of the month.  While the vet was here, I had them take a Lyme test on Rosie, Hanz, and Grady.  Rosie and Hanz came back positive and Grady was negative.  They’re on doxycycline for a month.  Hopefully, this will make Rosie not feel so reactive and touchy.  Rosie started to not want to be mounted and would start swinging her butt away from the mounting block whenever I put my foot in the stirrup.  So, after checking saddle fit and other guides to see if she was in pain, I thought it a good idea to have her checked. 
While here, the vet wanted to see her on the longe.  He also decided to take a test for PSSM.  She seemed very tight in her back end and slightly muscle bound.  We always attributed that to her previous training.  We’ve been working on having her lengthen her stride by longeing and she is tracking up much better than when we first got her.

The PSSM test also came back positive.  This all went on during her first round of vaccinations.  I should mention that Rosie doesn’t like her shots and reacts badly when anyone other than my daughter or myself goes into her stall.  I’m sure it must be from past experiences and she’s very suspicious of strangers.  Then again, who wouldn’t get a tad nervous if a strange man barged into our bedroom with a needle?

Long story short, the next round of vaccinations the vet took another PSSM test because this time she was more relaxed and not having a melt down.  This time, the PSSM test came back negative.  So, just to be on the safe side he had me longe Rosie the night before and the morning he was due to come back and do the next round of vaccinations to see if the condition might be exercise induced.  He took another PSSM test Thursday and I will find out the results in a few days.  Fingers crossed it’s negative again and she doesn’t have it.  If she does, it’s manageable with diet and exercise.  So, that’s what’s been going on with the horses.

Quote for Today
Horses can't talk, but they can speak if you listen.

" Happy Easter"

All I Needed to Learn about Life I learned from the
' Easter (Bunny )Horse'!


Don’t put all your grain in one bucket.

Walk softly and carry a big carrot.
There is no such thing as too many treats.

All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

Some body parts should be floppy.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hair/hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like apples on trees.
Keep our hooves off others treats.

Good things come in small packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else' s paddock.
An Easter bonnet can cover the wildest mane.
To show your true colors you have to come out of the stall.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey... molasses flavored stud muffins.
' Happy Easter '

Friday, February 1, 2019

Quick Update

Rosie & Blue on one of the warmer days without blankets
It’s February 1st and there’s not a whole lot happening at the farm with the horses.  They continue to have lots of warm mashes because of the cold weather we’ve been having and basically hanging around the hay baskets chowing down all day. We haven't been riding or working them at all, it's just too cold.  The indoor feels like walking into a meat locker!

"Ginger" in her favorite spot at the end of the day

Ginger had four seizures within 24 hours at the end of January.  She seems to have them every 28-30 days.  Her vet suggested I take her to a neurologist. Yes, there are actually doggie neurologists. I was surprised too. After her evaluation he prescribed an additional medication. So it will be wait and see how she does this month.  Fingers crossed she won’t have any more.
"Big Red" staring me down through the window

His friends watching the show.

I don’t know if you remember back to December but the cardinal that has been tapping my windows is still here.  He’s actually tapping the window now and it’s very annoying.  Seems every time I turn my chair back to the desk he flies into the window and gives it a tap with his beak.  There is plenty of food outside and he knows where it is.  I don’t know if he wants to come in or what his agenda is.  He’s even brought some friends with him on occasion. Or maybe they’re just watching the show he puts on or are waiting for someone to come with a net. Personally, I think he might be a little bit “special”.

Our weather has been beyond ridiculous.  Temperatures below freezing, an ice storm, swirling snow squalls with very windy conditions and a few inches of snow once in a while.  I feel sorry for the folks in the parts of the country that are experiencing dangerously cold temperatures.  We have family and friends in Chicago and they say it is brutal. 

Got this in an email today...A sign from God?

Stay safe and warm. 

Quote for Today 
 No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Winter Continues

When the sun shines the trees look like they're covered in sparking crystals,very pretty ,if you like that sort of thing...
The last few days have really been cold and miserable.  We’ve had a little snow, which is fine because that’s just the way it goes in January.  The part I don’t like is the wind and the ice storm that we were graced with a few days ago and the below zero temperatures. 

Yesterday we thought it would be nice for the horses to go out a little later than usual because it was -5 and windy.  Did they appreciate the thought? Apparently not, getting to the barn at 8 instead of 6:30 they were slightly annoyed to say the least. Blue and Grady had grabbed everything on their doors, halters, lead ropes etc. and threw them in the aisle to show their displeasure.  The service from their humans left a much to be desired. They were fed and let out.  By the end of the day they had consumed three bales of hay and practically rushed the gate to be brought in.  Sometimes the humans do know best!

It seems to be warming up a little though.  This morning when I brought the dogs to the groomers it was way up to 9 degrees.  Honestly, I can’t wait for the rain and warmer temps tomorrow.

Quote for Today
You never get the pleasure of owning a horse; you only have the pleasure of being its slave.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year 2019!

We’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  I’m sure the coming New Year is full of promise, with us having goals to fulfill for our horses and ourselves. That’s all good but I think the most important thing to remember is to have fun along the way.  So many of us get caught up in just reaching goals that we forget to enjoy the journey.  I think if you can enjoy the ride you’ll have no regrets at the end of the year.  The old adage still rings true: it’s not the things you do in life that you regret—it’s the things you don’t do.  So don’t forget to laugh, smile and have a good time with your family, friends and critters!

Quote for Today
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Sunday, December 23, 2018


From Our Barn To Yours

 Christmas Long Ago
A Christmas Poem by Jo Geis

Frosty days and ice-still nights,
Fir trees trimmed with tiny lights,
Sound of sleigh bells in the snow,
That was Christmas long ago.

Tykes on sleds and shouts of glee,
Icy-window filigree,
Sugarplums and candle glow,
Part of Christmas long ago.

Footsteps stealthy on the stair,
Sweet-voiced carols in the air,
Stocking hanging in a row,
Tell of Christmas long ago.

Starry nights so still and blue,
Good friends calling out to you,
Life, so fact, will always slow...
For dreams of Christmas long ago.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Rosie, Hanz & Others

 I’ll start with Rosie and what we’ve been doing.  Rosie hasn’t been ridden since the end of September. Through no fault of her own. I haven’t been able to ride because I’ve either got sciatica going on from my lower back down through my calf or another herniated disc.  There was no way I could swing my leg over to mount her or ride. It seems to be getting better now which I’m grateful for, I’m tired of the pain and limping around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. We’ve managed to longe a bit and I’ve incorporated cavalletti into her repertoire.  I have her doing trot circles over them, she’s smart and gets it.  Maybe a little too much because she figured out that jumping two poles was easier than trotting over them, so I’ve added a third pole and fixed that situation.  That said I’m hoping to be back in the saddle soon.

Rosie and Hanz have become grazing buddies and she seems to have gotten over her nastiness towards him.  She still looks to Blue as the leader but prefers to stay with Hanz most of the time. Blue just ignores everyone as usual and doesn’t care. Hanz is doing well and is a pleasure for my daughter to ride.  He’s a very sweet and talented boy.
Hanz getting an after ride treat and Rosie checking him out
"Rosie, that's rude!"

"Tee, heh, heh,  I sniffed his butt!"

Ginger had two more seizures the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and has been to the vet.  Her blood test showed her Phenobarbital levels were perfect and she’s not on a high enough dose to affect her liver. So for now we’re just going to stick with the program and not change anything unless she has more seizures. Fingers crossed she’ll be okay with this medication and won’t need anything else.
Ginger relaxing in the leaves

The strangest thing has been happening around the house.  There is a red cardinal who insists on tapping on my windows.  He/she does this all day long and follows me from room to room. I have a bird stalker! It flies up vertically like a helicopter then taps with its beak on the windows.  I’ve gone out and fed it but it still persists. If he/she keeps it up I’m going to get it a little leather helmet for Christmas!
Just staring in the window at me

Sitting on the landscapers truck

Getting ready for another tactical assault on the window

Taking a break from window tapping

And the last piece of news. The other day on her way to work my daughter noticed a whole section of fence was down that borders the waterway in the back of our property.  So she went back and investigated.  Seems a hunter knocked down the fence and post (probably dragging a deer out that he shot) and left it like that.  She found a shotgun shell. This isn’t the first time a hunter has come on the property unauthorized, because we don’t allow hunting here and there are signs posted all over warning them off.  Last time someone left the gate open the herd got loose onto a neighbors property. If they had gotten out this time they would have surely been hit by a car or truck as we are on a busy two lane highway on that side. They just disregard the notices and do whatever they want.  They’re from the “good ole boys redneck club” and don’t need to listen to no stinkin' signs. After all they grew up around here and we are newcomers! So she called the sheriff and has a report on it and she’s going to call them every time they do this.  I really hope we can catch one in the act.  I don’t like strange men roaming around the property with guns at all hours.  How obnoxious!

Quote for Today  
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.