Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
(or more accurately, his shortness lol)
So here are a few random pics. He sure does grow a fuzzy, thick, plush winter coat. Here's Voodoo out in the back pasture, taken October 30, sporting his already thick winter hair:
What a nice, wintery looking picture... really though there is hardly any snow on the ground. Almost all of the "white" in this December 4th pic is hoar frost. It was still pretty mild out, I was wearing a fall jacket, no hat, no gloves.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Baron, Kimfer's gelding, "Please get this over with!"
Nope not Voodoo... Rainy, his much larger pasture mate.
Strangely Kimfer's dad's horse was the only one who seemed to enjoy the hat...
"Look at me, I am wearing a hat! I look sooo good!"
Applejack "Mom, you've sunk to a new low. They already make fun of my colour, errr... colours"
Thursday, December 17, 2009
**warning, clicking the link to beautyequinerescue will result in graphic photos of the wounds, if you'd rather not see them but would like more info click the flyinghorse2 link**
Money is tight, tighter than usual for some this year. And its Christmas which makes it even harder to come up with extra cash. However if any of you out there can spare some to donate to help with this tough little mare's medical expenses please check out flyinghorse2 and beautyequinerescue
Some parting words for Amber... if you truly cared about your horse and took proper care of her you wouldn't have to leave statements on the rescue's guestbook about how much you miss her and hope to see her again. I sincerely hope that poor mare never has to lay eyes on you again! Also if your other animals are in as poor of condition as is being reported I hope that soon they are re-homed as well.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
What all can you see here? Oil lamps (plain and fancy), china, snow shoes, washboards, clocks...
kettles, candy sold by the piece (bet "penny candy" was actually worth a penny!) All kinds of grocery items - it was pretty neat to see brands that are still around today such as Blue Ribbon, Magic Baking Powder, Nabob and Maxwell House...
Monday, December 14, 2009
Not surprising that there was quite a bit of harness hanging in the shop. I can only imagine all the time that went into cleaning all that leather before it was put in the display!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Our first stop was the Harness Shop:
Looks like someone was doing some Christmas shopping! This lovely fellow and his sleigh were waiting outside with some gifts:
This is one wall inside the harness shop:
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday it hadn't gotten too cold yet so Ben, Jacquie and I still went penning. As I've mentioned before that is also the day we moved the horses in from the back pasture. When I got back I brought Cessa in to recheck her owie. I left the door open and Applejack wandered in to see what was up.
With all three horses in I decided it was a good time to throw their blankets on. I knew there was a chilly week ahead but was originally going to wait until I came out on Monday. I am SO glad I went ahead and put blankets on Sunday evening because it got very cold overnight.
Monday I took pics of the kids in their winter clothes:
Applejack is modeling last year's Wrangler blanket. It came in a khaki/tan-ish colour with navy. Its a been a tad abused so has some mended spots but overall held up VERY well and is a good blanket. I didn't have any problems with sweat or moisture with this blanket last year.
(Applejack would like to ask that you please ignore the fact that he has gotten a bit tubby and his belly hangs out a bit)
Monday, December 7, 2009
They were all being moved on Sunday so when I caught Voodoo to go penning I also caught Cessa and Applejack. Ben & Jacquie pulled up just when I was closing the gate so we put Voodoo in the trailer and Jacquie & I led Cessa and Applejack across. When we let them go in the pasture Jacquie said "Oh no" and I almost knew before I looked. Sure enough Cessa had blood on her hind end... that kick I saw one of the other horses throw when they were coming to the gate had connected.
Cessa followed us to the barn and I let her in so I could take a better look at it. It was pretty similar to the one Voodoo got on his shoulder a few weeks ago, it just looks sooo much worse because of the way blood freezes (and how frickin red it gets when its cold!)
Cessa was walking without favouring her leg, there was no real swelling and she was just a very teeny bit tender. I decided to go penning and stopped at the house to let Mrs F (Kimfer's mom) know about it so that if they noticed anything they could call me. I also called Kimfer and asked her to check on my poor old girl when she came out.
When I got back from penning I brought Cessa and Applejack in so I could put their winter blankets on (dang has it gotten C-O-L-D!) and recheck that leg. She still wasn't favouring it, still no swelling. But now the blood was all clumped and frozen. I held a warm, clean cloth over it and gently peeled off as much of the frozen clumps as I could; which wasn't much. I've decided to keep an eye on it and if it seems that I need to call a vet further into the healing process I will. Its too darn cold to haul Cessa anywhere right now and it doesn't seem like there is much they could do at this point either.
Its frustrating, it seems that every winter she gets hurt. (if you need a reminder see here and here) Thank goodness its hasn't ever been anything TOO serious.
Hopefully that is the case here too.
For those that are curious here are a couple pics taken today:
*The pink/red stuff at the bottom of the pics is frozen blood, not an actual part of the wound itself.
Well at 9 I'm still asleep, not quite able to take a video.
(before you think I'm lucky for 'sleeping in' remember that I go to bed between 3am and 4am)
Usually around 3 I'm taking a shower to get ready and head to work. Lucky for you I'm not taking a video then either! lol
But noonish almost every day I'm doing something that I can video... so here you go:
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Heck to me its pretty neat that I can loop the lead rope over Voodoo's neck and he'll follow me right over to the trailer, I say "Ok get in" and he pops in. Ok it may not be Stacey Westfall bridleless and bareback reining but still, how many people have to lead their horses in and then still have trouble? lol
But this... this IMO is way cool:
*video is not mine. Found it on Youtube after seeing it in an e-mail*
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Sunday before last I even placed! My team was 3rd, the first time my jackpot team has placed. (won a whole $4 too! lol)
Then this past Sunday I was pretty proud of my team as well. "Uncle" Ben and Dallas were drawn to be my teammates. We were 'the rookies' and had the fastest time of the whole day! :o
Unfortunately our other run was quite slow so we didn't place. The cow I was trying to cut from the herd kept running in circles and I just couldn't quite get in the right place to cut her off and get her out. I did, eventually. But by then the clock had the advantage. Hopefully that clinic will teach me how to avoid/fix that situation!
Still, fastest time of the whole day... I'm pretty proud!!!
I will also tell my slightly embarrassing story. The one that illustrates just how much of a dork I am:
Dallas, Ben & I were sitting on our horses. I was in the middle on Voodoo (remember he's black) with the boys on either side on their grey (white) horses. I said "Hey look, we're a reverse Oreo" to which Dallas (who is 17) replies "Only you would say something like that!"