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post #2941 of 3149 Old 04-02-2013, 12:36 PM
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Glad all seems to be going well at your new barn,Saranda. :)

My poor horses haven't been getting much attention the last few weeks;I've been struggling with health issues,and then our lambing season has been going full force so I've been very busy with that. Except for the occasional grooming,which always results in enough shed hair to stuff several pillows,lol,they've been enjoying just being horses and some time off. :) But something I'm not too pleased about,Lena and Missy have lice! :( It appears to have come from the ranch that Missy and Carmella came from,as they're having an outbreak of lice there.I've been treating them with a lice powder and will deworm with Ivermectin their next deworming,which is due soon.Any thing else I should be doing/treating with? Missy had rubbed off a huge amount of hair on her neck very suddenly,which clued me into the fact that something was up. I've never had to deal with lice before;I've heard that they can be hard to get rid of,so hopefully that's not the case here..
And SPRING has actually shown up for a few days,it's been wonderful!Sunshine and above 0C,lots of snow has melted,although there's lots to go.There's not as much standing water as everyone expected there to be,so I imagine the ground must be very dry and thirsty;we did have a very dry fall..
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post #2942 of 3149 Old 04-02-2013, 03:19 PM
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make sure you wear gloves around them! You don't want them buggers jumping onto you. Wash your clothes as soon as you are done with the horses and wash them in HOT HOT HOT water to kill anything that might be living on them. Also try to rake up their shed hair and bag it and throw it or burn it to prevent the lice from transferring to your sheep
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make sure you wear gloves around them! You don't want them buggers jumping onto you. Wash your clothes as soon as you are done with the horses and wash them in HOT HOT HOT water to kill anything that might be living on them. Also try to rake up their shed hair and bag it and throw it or burn it to prevent the lice from transferring to your sheep

The thought of those buggers crawling on me (although I've heard that these type of lice can't live on humans,but still) gives me the heebie jeebies,so I've been wearing gloves and changing clothes.I've also been keeping separate the grooming supplies I use on them,and dusting them with powder after I use them.Good point to wash the clothes right away though,and dispose of the hair.I thought of the sheep as well,since they're beside where the yearlings are,so we checked them over when we sheared them recently and they're clear,so far.. Any idea how long the lice can live when they're off a host?
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post #2944 of 3149 Old 04-02-2013, 09:24 PM
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Oh,by the way,if anyone wants to see some of the lambs,check here:Lambkins

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post #2945 of 3149 Old 04-03-2013, 10:24 AM
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I give you kudos for raising sheep. We know a guy that has some sheep a when they're lambing he said if you don't show the mother ewe the lamb right away she might reject it and than you are SOL. I like calving more, it's easier if you have the facilities for it. We've lost to many calves this year already because of stupidity, but it's still easier. But they're all cute just the same, calves and lambs :)

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post #2946 of 3149 Old 04-03-2013, 06:52 PM
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I give you kudos for raising sheep. We know a guy that has some sheep a when they're lambing he said if you don't show the mother ewe the lamb right away she might reject it and than you are SOL. I like calving more, it's easier if you have the facilities for it. We've lost to many calves this year already because of stupidity, but it's still easier. But they're all cute just the same, calves and lambs :)
Actually,we find them to be real hardy,and much smarter than people give them credit for. :) I think some does depend on the breed,as I know some are much hardier then others,but with ours we very rarely have issues;the majority lamb on their own,mother up well,and it never ceases to amaze me how tough those little lambs can be.Occasionally we'll get a first time mom who's a little uncertain at first of what this thing is that just popped out,lol,but give them a few minutes and they're good to go! We keep a pretty close eye out during lambing because we get mainly multiple births (twins,triplets,the occasional quads) and there's more of a chance of things going wrong,such as babies getting tangled during the birthing process,ect. but it's not very often that we have to step in and help.I like them because of their size and easy keeping;they don't require much for facilities or anything special,and they're small enough I and my mom can handle them completely on our own.

That's too bad about the calves,I hate losing babies! But,as they say,"You got livestock,you're gonna have some dead stock." Thankfully,we've only lost two lambs,and we're almost done for the season. Both were stillborn,from separate multiple births,so nothing we could have done. I hope the rest of calving season goes better for you!
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post #2947 of 3149 Old 04-04-2013, 02:34 PM
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Oh gosh me too. It sucks losing a calf because every time one is lost, especially steers, it's at least 800-1200 dollars laying dead at your feet.

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post #2948 of 3149 Old 04-23-2013, 06:04 AM
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Wow, it's been a while! How are you all doing?

Just learned another lesson about trusting your intuition. Snickers was being very nippy and eating slower than usual lately, so I arranged a dentist visit for him today, although we had a visit arranged already with a holistic horse dentist, a very good one form Norway - but she'd be able to visit Latvia no earlier than June. Some of my friends thought I'd be wasting my money with this additional visit, and that I should just wait.

However, the dentist came today and discovered that poor Snickers already had sores in his cheeks because of some particularly sharp edges. It's all settled now and I'm so glad I trusted my gut and didn't cancel the appointment!

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post #2949 of 3149 Old 04-23-2013, 07:35 AM
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Aww, I'm glad Snickers is doing better! Isn't it funny how you just KNOW your horse and their normal behavior?
I feel like I haven't been on horseforum in forever! My boyfriend of 2 years and I just broke up a month ago, so I found my own place and finally just got my internet!
Image has been lame on/off for about 3 months, and my vet just gave him the all clear on Saturday to start working again! Definitely excited for that, just in time for summer
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post #2950 of 3149 Old 04-23-2013, 08:46 AM
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Wow it's been awhile since I've been in here. Glad everyone is doing well. I just moved Lizzy on Sunday. My friend brought her horse as well. I feel bad as the owner is out of the country on vacation and she will come back to us gone as we didn't tell anyone we were leaving until they were loaded up. Lots of things were going bad and it wasn't safe for our horses to stay any longer.

We now have a heated indoor arena. They are now both pasture boarded so Lizzy has been a bit shocked by it but she is adjusting fairly well. The barn is owned and run by a very good dressage trainer from Germany. Kind of intimidating to *try* to ride for the first time while he is also riding. I say try because Lizzy was so wound up that it didn't go well so I had to lunge her and she worked herself into a dripping sweat in just a few minutes.
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