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        04-15-2013, 07:38 AM
      #431
    Showing
    Hope everyone had a good weekend! It was a bit busy around here with the 70 degree weather yesterday especially. It's always a good thing though, busy = $ I now have 2 boarders (technically 3 if I count my sister, her quarter pony lives here rent free) though I have always said I wouldn't have any and I've been pleasantly surprised and enjoy having them. One is my doctor, her mare and now her grandson's new gelding live here, her grandson is also a lesson student. The other a long time friend who owns a mare that is a daughter of my retired show mare Buttons and another reining bred mare. Her mares moving in was a spur of the moment thing. She had them boarded at a therapeutic stable/boarding barn and was working 7 days a week and long, long days so wasn't able to see them pretty much all winter. She made a trip to see them and they were in horrible condition. The place was appalling. Probably 30 head in maybe an acre (pushing it to be that big) in mud to their bellies, thin and beat to hell. So I went with her and pulled them out of there. I stopped counting at 200 scrapes & bite marks on one mare alone. I'm glad I could help her and I have the pasture that each boarder gets their own pasture large enough to sustain their horses. Both boarders, their kiddos and a few lesson students were all out yesterday afternoon. Turned out great because there was a group pick up pasture poo party and I drove the skid loader because I didn't have enough pitch forks, it's a good day when you get to watch the manure scooping!!!

    Today I will have my 4 yo nephew, I'm sure he will do or say something funny I can share later, he always does. He's a total ladies man already, cracks me up. Last week one of our convos went like this. Out of the blue he says (read it with the r's and l's as w's)"Aunt Manny, 2 girls are falling in love with me." of course I laughed at that, which was apparently offensive, he then said "What, it's true. I just look at them and they fall in love. I can't help it."
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        04-15-2013, 08:18 AM
      #432
    Green Broke
    MHF, that boarding stable sounds like an awful place. That's a pet peeve of mine, the overcrowding thing. I see real estate ads all the time for "5 or 6 bedroom home, 20 stall barn, big arena, 5 acres". That sort of thing just gets my hackles up. Because you know they only have an acre or two of pasture, which means either the horses didn't go out ever, or its a mud pit if they did. I have 7 acres, and couldn't keep grass when I had 9 horses because it was too many for the space. No way could you keep grass with that many per acre.

    Its raining here today. Again. Thankfully its just a drizzle so we shouldn't have any water issues from this one. I just want to crawl back in bed and sleep, its the perfect day for being a lazy bum. I wish that was an option, lol.
         
        04-15-2013, 08:47 AM
      #433
    Showing
    It was awful. What pissed me off even more than the conditions is that it is a therapeutic center. Many of those horses out there are someone's well loved steady eddies that have been donated to help handicapped children. If one were mine I would have lost it completely. Shady stuff, tax write offs and run in part on donations and then not to care for them just irks me. The kicker, the BO's personal horses got brought in to be fed grain & hay, then turned out with the rest and being in better condition of course they then ate again. Mind boggling how people can be so careless.

    I have over an acre per horse but am fortunate to have uber lush midwest pastures that they generally can't keep up with. Drought last year was the first time in decades I've had to supplement with hay in the summer. This year, almost need to mow already and its just gotten started.

    Rainy days make me want to stay in bed too...just have to figure out how to convince my nephew that naps really are fun lol.
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        04-15-2013, 09:41 AM
      #434
    Yearling
    Oh wow that sounds horrific! I have an acre out the back, but won't keep my two on it. Nod was home for the weekend, but I couldn't imagine keeping her on it all the time as I do live in the land of rain and mud.

    I used to volunteer at a theraputic riding school, which has since closed down. There were some shady shady dealings and it's no wonder it went belly up. It was sad as there was no other place in the area, but the BO burned all her bridges and in the end it was those who needed the assistance who lost out. A lot of them stopped going well before it closed down, which was a real shame. I would love to get involved with something like it again, I found it very rewarding to see the progress the students made.
         
        04-15-2013, 09:42 AM
      #435
    Yearling
    Double post!! Grr at my bad internet connection!
         
        04-15-2013, 01:20 PM
      #436
    Yearling
    MH--jealous. I'm hoping that when we move, we can find a *decent* place to keep the horses at home. It seemed like when we went to CA, it's common to keep horses in much smaller places, often just dirt. I was told at the time that there would be grass in the winter or whatever...but then again, the lady running that craphole told me a lot of things...
    Anyway, now Kiera is at a place where she has a paddock and limited turn out. I think she'll be quite happy if I can find something bigger =D

    Maple, it is a real shame about the therapeutic riding center! =( A lot of people could have really benefited from contact with horses =(
         
        04-15-2013, 01:27 PM
      #437
    Trained
    Does anyone have any good recipes for cat? Cosmo is about to get his little orange butt ground up for hamburger if he doesn't shape up. He peed/sprayed on the couch yesterday, was caught in the middle of doing it this morning, and was caught in the middle of pooping in the back room again last night. He also kept us up all night playing with the rod on the vertical blinds in our bedroom and tapping it against the window.

    Sooooooo sore today from paintball yesterday! Nearly ate it running down a hill (littered with pine needles at least 2" deep) and my lower body is not happy with me.
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        04-15-2013, 01:32 PM
      #438
    Showing
    Might call some Chinese restaurants. They might have a recipe for sweet & sour cat. ;)
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        04-15-2013, 01:42 PM
      #439
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    Might call some Chinese restaurants. They might have a recipe for sweet & sour cat. ;)
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    I can just imagine that conversation.

    Robert: Hey, baby. Where's Cosmo?
    Me: I don't know. He's around here somewhere.
    Robert: This is really good Chinese food. What's in it?
    Me: That would be Cosmo.
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        04-15-2013, 01:44 PM
      #440
    Trained
    Darn Paige, wonder how much it would cost to ship a cat? I'm lookin for a barn mouser...

    Wonder if cat goes well with snake?
    I have a feeling there is a black snake eating my eggs... Last year we had to kill a 7 footer, it was massive! Kept hoggin eggs and freaking me out. I hated doing it! Normally he hung out around the house, which I loved, no worries about copperhead babies. DD and I loved watching him scale our massive oaks too.

    So now I think his mate is cleaning the coop out... Get ready to hear war cries and death chants, grabbin the shovel and heading out. Wish me luck!

    M I want updates. Bless their hearts!
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