Friday, October 29, 2010

Crappy pictures

When I go out to take photos, I can never get any good one. This is because my horses won't leave me alone! Unless someone is holding them, they are in my face! So here ya go... Pictures of the scared, abuse, starving horses at Vermillion Acres!


Lucy not wanting to be caught

Lucy caught...




Foxy - Looking better?

Foxy Hiding in the barn after getting her feet trimmed.



Chili. Not he's not peeing, he just stands this way.


A new farrier comes today to trim Foxy, Lucy and Mya. He comes highly recommended and does corrective shoeing. Foxy will need help with her DSLD, Lucy needs work on her underslung heels, and Mya is just long so I threw her into the line-up.

I woke up this morning to 50 degrees and fog. It had rained sometime in the night and was still dripping. After feeding, I cleaned two stalls.

Carl, a guy from work, was coming at 8:30 to pick up some poop. Apparently Carl doesn't own a watch or clock because it's now 8:50 and he still hasn't shown up. The farrier will be here at 9:30. Tick. Tock.

I think my biggest challenge this morning will be catching Lucy. She is SO anti-human! She wants absolutely NOTHING to do with people or contact. Since I moved her and Mya into the arena, I haven't been able to get near her. She is just not interested. Cathy tells me that she does love her carrots, so hopefully that will do the trick. Unfortunately, if she doesn't want to be caught, I don't think I'll be able to catch her. *sigh* Other people's horses!

I will have the camera with me this morning, so I'll be taking pictures of the kids. That'll be the next post.

Oh...I taped Bullwinkle. He's 2 1/2 years old and is 15.3 at the withers. When I taped him, he was pretty level. He appears to be butthigh, but we'll see what the pictures show...

Friday, October 22, 2010

ROAD TRIP!!!! (and other stuff too...)

For once, not for me!

My friend Mindy (aka Shyanna's mom) got a new filly and we're going tomorrow to pick her up. She's cute and has been handled, and is located in Ontario, OR. Let's hope that she hops right in the trailer and we make it back before the snow hits the mountains!

Foxy Update -

Shy Miss Foxy is all settled in. She has taken to bossing Texas Chili around, though gently. He dotes on her. They remind me of an old married couple! She has also decided that she is comfortable enough to come into the stall in the back of the barn, nicker for her breakfast or dinner, and take a dump if I'm slow delivering the grub. She's put on a little weight, but her teeth are so bad that she can't really gain as much as I'd like, as quickly as I'd like. Another "road block" is that my normal "weight gain program" for horses includes food she can't have.

Other stuff

Our beautiful sunny fall weather - 35 over-night, 65 during the day - is supposed to come to a screeching halt this weekend. This morning, it was 50 degrees when I went out to feed. There were clouds, but it was warm with a light breeze. We're supposed to get wind over-night and the rain is supposed to start some time tomorrow night (hence the snow in the mountains). So, since we had a BEAUTIFUL day today, Mike decided he wanted to wait until Sat or Sun to blow out the sprinklers. Oh goody! JUST what I want to do! Stand in the cold and rain and wind! YEESH!

Now...sit down... I rode Angel today. Bareback, around the house. Yep. I did!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Highflalutin Fox

Lovebirds - Foxy and Chili. They are so much alike personality-wise. There has been absolute ZERO drama between these two! Even though she's still not at optimal weight, you can tell she is a quality mare!

Is that not the cutest, sweetest face you've ever seen??

She has DSLD - Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Disorder. Poor baby!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Welcome Highfalutin Fox

Foxy arrived yesterday. Mike and I drove over to Carnation and picked her up.

What a NICE mare!!! OMG!! She walked right up to me, looked for the halter with her nose, and stood quietly while I latched the gate. Then she walked into the trailer without any hesitation. She rode quietly and stepped out at home as if nothing was amiss.

If you follow the Fugly blog, you probably know that she is a daughter of Barlink Macho Man. She was dumped at the Enumclaw Auction, WITH PAPERS, and rescued for $150.

Foxy is still thin and ribby, but even so, you can see she is a quality mare. I'll get some pictures when it stops raining.

I introduced her to Chili, because I think personality-wise, they are pretty compatible. The extent of the introduction drama was a nicker from Foxy. That's it!

Gotta love that!

Friday, October 1, 2010

This ~N~ That Again...

I brought Millie home. I didn't want to, but I had to. Mike sat me down and talked about the budget, and how we had a kid in college. WHO KNEW that college was SO expensive??? Well I guess I did, but geez! So Millie came home for the winter and hopefully by next Spring, Kali will have gotten her grants and student loans figured out and we'll be able to send Millie back to Tara to finish the job.

Texas Chili

I show before and after pics from time to time. When I uploaded the pics from today and looked at the before, all I could say was "WOW". He just looks BETTER! On as side note of a (Chili) source of irritation, he's a cribber. He has destroyed two buckets, two in-ground sprinklers, and a heavy duty corner feeder (it was bolted to the walls of the stall with lag bolts - which he pulled out, and actually TORN the feeder).

Below are the WOW pics -
Before 7/04/10

After 10/01/10