LOL, Well Elana, I won't blame my camera then...I'll blame myself xD I'm terrible at taking photos, and I'm not all that great at getting a horse to set up properly either (I usually end up asking them to put the wrong foot forwards or something and confusing them...oops) so it probably IS all user error. I really will try to get some decent photos soon though, if I can find someone else who is better and photo taking that I am, and who can work a camera.
Yep, I'm still using that Mr. Moody camera, Wallaby! xD My first photos with that thing were aweful, but I think I'm finally getting the hang of it...ish. And you were right about it almost being like my birthday every time I upload photos...I never know what I'm going to get! LOL. It doesnt help that Kenzie thinks that the only photos I want of her are of her nose sniffing the camera. haha.
Maybe I'll practice with Sour today. She sets up pretty nicely so I can work on my photo taking skills with her, then try it with Kenzie and a friend or two on Saturday when I have more help.
Everyone be thankful to Wallaby for being generous enough to send me her old camera though. Without it I'd still be camera-less, because thats the last thing I need to be spending money on right now!
As for the beet pulp, don't worry. I'm not feeling pellets dry whatsoever, I just gave her a few pieces (hand picked out) of the smallest streds to see if she'd take it that way. She did, but now I'm just trying to figure out how to get them down her throat when they're all rubbery and soaked. I totally understand not wanting her to choak, which is why I'm doing all that I possibly can to get her to eat these after 7 hours of soaking. Yesterday I got her to eat about two cups worth, but she turned her nose up at the rest and just picked her grain out. *sigh* I'll eventually win her over! xD
Also guys, I've been doing a TON of thinging, plotting, scheming, begging, you name it...and I just really can not figure out a way that buying Kenzie myself would work, even temporarily. I've visited 8 different stables in my area to tour, ask about care, and discuss working off part of my board, but I've been shot down by all but one. The one that WAS willing to take me as a part time hire in exchange for $100 off of board (so $175 per month) was 35 minutes away from me and I had a weird feeling about it. The place looked too much like our current farm. The man who owned it was nice, and the horses were decent looking, but they only got turned out an hour a day in a small pasture with a bunch of other horses, and the fence was HT wire with a strip of electric wire on top with flags. Not good enough for me. Maybe I'm being picky considering what I'm wanting to pay, but I just can't justify buying her and cramming her into a 12 x 12 (paneled) stall all day with little to no turn out, when she has 24/7 turn out where she is, and I really can't afford the TIME or the gas to drive 35 minutes twice a day.
I talked to my parents about it also, and while they did not tell me no, they were not pleased by the idea of me using my entire pay check and picking up another job when I'm supposed to be using this summer to buy myself a car or save for college, and apply for scholarships.
So, unfortunately, I really don't think its something I can do, realistically. Things would have to work out too perfectly, and as you all know...that rarely happens, especially with yearlings. I'd have very little 'extra' money for emergencies (I normally have $500 set aside for Sour, but theres no way I can double that and pay board/feed/farrier care) too.
The only way I could buy her is if I boarded her where she already is, which wouldn't be getting her out of the situation. It would, however, make her 'mine' so I could sell her to whomever I pleased, which is the plus side. I'd also have control over her farrier care, which I really don't right now.
Sorry for the novel guys, just thought I'd update you on 'whats up.' Feel free to make suggestions. I really do want things to work out, but I have to be realistic too.
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.