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post #1 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Miss Lacey! Plus: meet her new pasture!

These pictures aren't super exciting, should have taken more of Laceylace, but oh well you don't mind a few pictures of Lacey and more of pretty scenery, right? Pretend it's a trail ride, sans horse. lol!! I'll make it up to you all next week. :)

We went for a brief ride this morning which she really really liked. I didn't get a chance to ride her on Tuesday so this mornings ride was the first this week. She was being very "I wanna go explore!! Don't make me go home!" which was cute but also mildly unfortunate since I didn't have a whole lot of time to go exploring with her. :(

Then, I posted about this earlier in the week too, my little old man neighbor -the one that owns Lacey's field and the llamas- offered to let me keep Lacey in the field he used to rent out (6 or 7 ACRES! Her current one is probably a little over an acre) because the horses that had been living there apparently permanently moved out a few months ago (I think I might have mentioned that? Dunno. haha). The acres are also divided into 3, maybe 4, fields (I've only walked the fence in two fields, tomorrow my brother and I are do the other/s) so it looks like I might be able to keep her eating grass year round with very little hay supplementation! Yay!
I can move her over there whenever I want to. Unfortunately one of the fields needs some major re-fencing to happen, not sure yet about the ones I haven't walked. I kinda want to fix the fence(s) before I move her over even though the main field's fences are fine. Hopefully I'll get that done this weekend and I'll have her moved over by next week... My fingers are crossed.
Also, in the shed (though HUGE), the previous boarders just let the poop pile up in there. :( So I have to clean that all out. I did one stall (out of two) and it took me two hours! The poop was at least 6+inches deep. Luckily there are mats down in the stalls so the poop didn't meld to the ground. That's another thing I want to finish before Lacey moves over, she doesn't need to be standing on who knows how many horses' poop.

It's SO peaceful over there! I saw 5 different deer in the 2 hours I spent cleaning out poop. I'm already planning to stick a folding chair in he tack room so I can just go up there and read under a tree whenever. It's gonna be bomb.

My neighbors rock! I'm just so excited.

Anyway, pictures for you!

I decided that since Lacey hasn't really had to wear her grazing muzzle yet, and she will in the big pasture, I would stick it on her in her normal pasture while I went to go clean poop, and remove it on my way home when I stopped back to feed her. I figured that a shorter intro session to it was better than just sticking her a new field with this mask thing on.
However, the flymask AND the grazing muzzle make her look like she has no face.... Poor thing!

Weird story, she scratched her butt super badly last summer on a fence post (apparently her lady parts got impossibly itchy), now that she's very close to being done shedding, you can see that the place she scratched grew back in dark gray! So weird!

Introducing her new field!!

The shed:

Standing in the shed, looking out:

One stall after it was cleaned:

The field to the left, the one with broken fences:

Can you see the deer?

The field to the right. This is the biggest field, also the one I haven't explored yet.
Also, another deer! SO MANY! I love deer so much. They're probably one of my favorite wild animals.

The gate going into the lower field...
Should I be worried about how high it is off the ground? There's at least 3-4 feet between the bottom of it and the ground. The other horses never seemed to have an issue but that's not always a good indicator of safety...

And Lacey, when I walked back past to feed her. She was standing by her gate, which she never does, looking super pathetic.
She was absolutely thrilled when I took the muzzle off. hahaha

Also, some pretty daisies in Lacey's new field!

Thanks for looking! :)

And please, if you saw anything in the pictures of her new pasture that scares you, please tell me! There's so much I don't know about what a horse could get hurt on!

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-10-2012, 07:30 PM
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How beautiful!!!!!! And I see that flat spot!

I'd be really concerned about the gate. But I'm a big worrier.

I didn't see anything that she could get hurt on from those pictures.

She looks adorable in her grazing muzzle though haha!

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Thats awesome!!! The new place looks gorgeous!!!
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What a gorgeous field! I'd be a little worried about the gate as well if it really is 3-4 feet off the ground. You never know, Miss Lacy might just decide to crawl under it one day! XD Ofcourse, I'm used to our little minis and stuff so I could be over reacting.

Any way you could bring in some fill dirt or something?

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One thing. For the shed, is it a step down? I would put some sort of gravel or wood shavings before the step down so she doesn't trip if she does lose her eyesight.

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Haha yay Sky! Someone sees the flat spot! :P Overall this field is a lot flatter than the other one. It's still not totally flat but only the biggest field is like Mountain Goat level hilly (which is basically what her current field is all over).
Getting to the shelter thing is a mild concern of mine. You can't really see it in either pasture but the shed is kind of in a ditch like thing, like the hill was cut out right there to make sure the shed is level, so there's kind of a hidden drop off there. It's not a straight drop off but it does suddenly get VERY steep. I think I might eventually put some t-posts in along the edge of the drop off, then string some electric tape between them so she has a barrier stopping her from just charging over. I'm going to walk her over it before I let her go in there the first time to make sure she knows it's there as well.
The stalls, it's like a fence board along the bottom. So a step up and over. She has one in her current shed that she does pretty well with (I think she uses it as a heads up that she's about to be in the shed) but that's definitely something to keep in mind.

Endiku, I might be a little off about the gate but it is high enough up that if she rolled there, she could easily get her body under it... Hah, a mini could totally just trot through there. xD
I'm not sure about fill dirt but maybe I can rig up a lunge line below the gate, or something, because that's not going to be her main, daily access, field. Either the gate will be totally open for a month or two or it'll be shut for that long, no opening and closing.
I also haven't gone down there yet so maybe tomorrow when I open that gate up, there will be a better way to attach it or something...

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Congrats! That's exciting. Lacey is cute as always but she does look a bit pitiful with the mask & muzzle, poor girl

With the gate, I'd consider lowering it and then running a strand of hot wire or even the electro-braid with a gate handle and if she is respectful of fences, it wouldn't necessarily even need to be hot. I don't see her sneaking under but possibly rolling and getting stuck.

I agree with Sky about fill in front of the shed, I wouldn't be worried about the step down into it but would have concern of her dragging a toe and tripping over and then down. Given her eyesight stuff, better safe than sorry.
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How nice of your neighbor!

Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead you. However, with a field that gorgeous I think the work to clean the stalls and fix the fence will be worth it. I mean, look at all that grass!

As for Miss Lacey, she is adorable as ever. Kinda has a "Hannibal Lecter" thing going on with the fly mask and grazing muzzle but she can pull anything off.
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I know she'll be happy!!

I know how you fill about cleaning the shed out.
The barn I have my mare in now used to be used by my great grandfather and the stalls were filled with 20+ old poop and urine. It was a ton of fun to clean..... not!!
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Oh, the aboose! She does look sooooooo "woe-is-me" pitiful with that muzzle on, it made me smile.
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