There hasn't been too much going on the last week or so. But I'll fill you in on what there is, maybe there will be enough to make a post!
Kimfer's dad (Mr.H) did manage to trap another skunk in the feed room. The traps they use are "humane traps" (so the barn cats that have been dumb enough to get trapped are fine once they are let out - lol).
He shot the skunk, in the trap, in the barn. Which is why the feed room door is still closed.
He needs a respirator to go in there and get that thing out.
This weekend Kimfer and Mr.H are going to work on skunk proofing the barn. The dog door is going to be boarded over (not a bad idea, the dog doesn't need access into the barn as she's got the garage) and the are going to dig down and put in chicken wire to discourage the skunks digging their way in.
Haven't been doing much riding. And I'm feeling really guilty. There is that clinic this weekend and my poor little pony is not in the best of shape.
There are a few reasons... one being that I do tend to wimp out and think "its too cold". I usually make myself get out anyhow but not this week. This week I am limping around with a bum knee that I hope will manage to get through the clinic.
My chiro worked on it on Tuesday and it seems somewhat better at times and then at others it seems much worse. :( I don't know exactly what is wrong with it but there is something going on with my quad muscles being waaay to tight and causing my knee to hurt but only when bent. (so stairs are SUCH a joy!)
Last Sunday was a double header. First jackpot I hit a barrel. And saying *I* is pretty accurate. The barrel hit MY leg not my horse (and just above my boot dangit!) and it was MY "driving" that resulted in the barrel being hit. I should have pushed him past one more stride before I let him turn first.
The second run we had an awesome first! But then I didn't get enough leg on him, and I should have put my leg on sooner, and we went waaaaay wide out of second. Clean run but too slow to be in the money.
On the other hand my day wasn't as bad as Kimfer's (she got kicked by her filly... see pic previous post) or Julie's. Julie's filly spooked at something as she went in for her first run. There was a rear and a buck and then Julie was on the ground. No major injury, just really sore. She cowgirl'd up and made both her runs. But she was pretty sore at the end of the day.
Another good thing... it was November frickin 2nd and we were running outside!!! No s*** (I am NOT saying or writing that word!) and the ground was good, not frozen at all at Holly's.
Saved the best for last... I am an auntie! (again) My brother and his wife had their first baby Monday morning :)
Zoe weighed 8 lbs 12 oz at birth. 7:17am Mon. Nov. 3/08. B & J are very very VERY pleased to welcome their daughter to the world.
Don't worry... I'll make sure she's exposed to the horse virus. Maybe she'll get bit too! lol
ps - just a reminder, if you would like some Christmas cheer in the mail e-mail me your address. My e-mail is on the top right hand side of the blog :)