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        01-05-2014, 09:17 AM
      #14611
    Green Broke
    Good morning all. Thought I would make a post before church to talk about my calm horses and their level headedness. Since I don't have stalls or corrals to feed the horses in separately, I hook Trusty and Little Man to 4x4 post while I get their feed ready. Keeps them from both going together at the first bowl I put down. Every so often one or the other gets the lead rope behind one of their front hooves and instead of going nuts they stand there with head down at leg waiting calmly for me to come rescue them. This has also happened with Doc a time or two when I first got him and tied to keep while preparing his feed.
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        01-05-2014, 12:06 PM
      #14612
    Yearling
    Now I'm getting a little annoyed with winter. It is -32 this morning (feels like -37). When I went out to do chores this morning I find Sally shivering her socks off despite a new extra heavy blanket with hood. So, back in the barn we go to put on another layer, warm up and check her face. Should be a good thing, right? Well, Sally freaks out when she's in the barn alone so I have to bring in Sam too, who hates the barn once he's finished his grain. He paws, paces and poops continually making quite a mess. So after about 30 minutes I have two incredibly dirty stalls and nowhere to put the poop. Sally's face is doing OK. Right now the blood is clotted in icy globs but it is stopping the flow and the cold reduces the risk of infection.

    It has been too cold and the snow is too deep to haul the muck bucket and manure cart down to the manure pile. So now I am piling manure in the calf sled, hoping for it to get just warm enough to haul it down to the pile with the skidoo. (Remember its -30 today and not getting warmer until I go back to school). Once the weather warms enough I will have to empty the manure cart into the calf sled, load by load to take it to the pile. It might warm enough to do this during the week, so that means hauling manure in the dark. Ugh! I guess I need to figure out a much better system for dealing with the manure in the barn.

    So finally, after dealing with the horses and giving up on the manure, I go back to the house through the garage but the keyless PIN pad for the garage door opener isn't working. (It worked when I went out). The batteries are dead because of the cold and I'm locked out in "feels like -37" temps. DH and DS are sound asleep, not hearing the doorbell. So here I am jumping up and down like a lunatic trying to get the dogs to bark (they bark at everybody but me) to wake DH to let me in. Finally he heard me and opened the door but good grief, what a morning!
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        01-05-2014, 01:50 PM
      #14613
    Weanling
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    The batteries are dead because of the cold and I'm locked out in "feels like -37" temps. DH and DS are sound asleep, not hearing the doorbell. So here I am jumping up and down like a lunatic trying to get the dogs to bark (they bark at everybody but me) to wake DH to let me in.
    Oh! Koolio, I'm sorry but I did laugh at your expense reading your mishap, I could see the whole scene. Yes, winter is brutal this year, all over the place it seems.

    So much happening here, can't comment on everyone
    Let's say WELCOME ALegUp (nice horse), Womack29, KLove, PureMagic (your love of animals also strikes a cord with me...). Jump in the conversation anytime!
    Celeste, music at family/friends gathering has been amongst my best memories since childhood. It is such a special thing to create beauty together.
    Hunter. Your trails look fantastic and Scotty's parents are gorgeous.

    Short ride on my mare Alizé this morning, as it's the only day with decent temps. I put boots with studs in the front (rather than barefoot) and she seemed to be more surefooted. There's lots of snow, but the bottom is hard-packed and in some places, slippery.

    For HappyPlace, our barn used to be an ugly garage when we moved here. We made a simple aisle with stalls on one side. Large doors on each end: one end going to the house and other straight into the paddock. The addition into a "L" shape is for short term storage of hay/shavings and a trailer parked at the exit of that shed to dump manure. All on the same floor level,; makes daily chores a breeze.
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        01-05-2014, 10:12 PM
      #14614
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    Hello,all,

    Oh gosh Koolio, what a morning! when do you go back to school? Tomorrow for us...so far...many have cancelled already! There's a huge winter storm coming. Tuesday is the worst day...very, very dangerous cold here Monday -Tuesday. Actually sounds like canada weather...with wind chills up,to -30 degrees F.

    So tonight we did a little prepping the barn. Here's a pic of my section. We tried to cover things up,so they didn't get so much wind and weather. They way their stalls face, they get little,wind...but being cautious. Looks tacky, but I could feel a difference already. They are bundled up in their blankets too!

    Oooo, just got the call...two hour delay tomorrow!! It's currently raining, but to change to freezing rain.
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        01-05-2014, 10:27 PM
      #14615
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    Eole, beautiful place!

    I got out for a really nice ride today! It hit near 40*. Roads were a bit snow covered, but not slippery. Jay rode well and comfortable. Had a new experience with him today....as we neared the corner to head home, his pace quickened and he began to TROT!!! Now, my guy just doesn't so that...he is generally very lazy! So......I didn't want him to get away with rushing back tot the barn, I turned him around and headed down a different road. I must say when he broke into a trot and tossed his head a bit, I got a bit nervous. This is something Rainn is famous for, not him. BUT, I instinctively sat deep and made him move in the other direction. He listened well.. Afterwards I had to,laugh bc it was so unlike him. I think he liked the warmer weather, and maybe his new breast collar!

    I showed you,guys it before, but in this pic you can see I criss crossed the straps on the pommel. This brought the collar up a,little,higher above his shoulders like I wanted. Wonder if it was more comfortable for him? He sure moved out nice today..the entire ride!. It was a really nice day and ride.

    I really so need a different saddle,pad...that one is really ugly. Lol
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        01-05-2014, 10:41 PM
      #14616
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    One more....not only did he try to trot home.....JayJay was testing the waters a bit today.....hahaha....yesterday I walked him through the man door to take him for a walk. Everything else was frozen, so this was our only option.

    Now he seems to know it's safe to walk through the tack/feed area....he decided to,try it himself tonight as I was shoveling sawdast! I of,course had to grab a photo prior to shooing him out of there!

    I swear since I've been off for,so long my two have become more attached and a bit more affectionate. Wonder if I'm right...I try to visit twice a day when I'm off. All I know....they make me SMILE a lot!

    Roaddy, isn't that a wonderful feeling. When they trust you and wait for you?

    CCG, hope,you feel better. Let me know if you see babies at your place.

    As for babies here....nada.....vet said Monday or Tuesday. Of course the coldest days on record!
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        01-05-2014, 11:14 PM
      #14617
    Weanling
    Hello All:
    I didn't reach my goals and have all the walls paint ready today.
    Bathroom will get first coat tomorrow I hope.
    I started working in the big room to get that drywall finished also.
    Wood stove sure has helped for drying, 86 in the basement and 77 everywhere else.
    I'm only burning three small logs at a time!
    My last 6 day weekend comes to an end, work tomorrow, I don't want to go.
    Granted I have usually been working on things till midnight, start sippin at about 9-10 pm.

    Goodnight Everyone!
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        01-05-2014, 11:33 PM
      #14618
    Weanling
    Well Stan: How did the country music turn-out

    Two of my favorites that have now passed.
    Vassar
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        01-06-2014, 12:02 AM
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    Well Stan: How did the country music turn-out

    Two of my favorites that have now passed.
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    The Saturday show was some what amatuer hour with a sprinkling of talented muso's mixed in, but Sunday was a different venue. It rained but the bands were great. Profesional, with very good sound and also tight so they worked well off of each other. A friend of mine was playing and that was the first time I have heard him play his own stuff. Normallly he is backing someone so goverened by their wishes. I have to say my friend Ian is **** good when he is playing in his own right.
    I did not get to wet and SWMBO behaved herself. I see you guys in parts of the States are getting a hammering from the storms so I wish those of you safety untill they pass and just to add insult to injury its a clear blue sky here today in Northland NZ and hot.
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        01-06-2014, 08:06 AM
      #14620
    Green Broke
    We reached our high for the day before daylight. It is expected to drop to 20* over the course of the day.

    MN17, the only thing about putting that plastic up to block wind is the rap it makes as the wind blows across it even when you have pulled tight to the brink of ripping. It tends to keep the horses on edge from the constant noise and have seen it cause bad habits and a refusal to go near the stall after a period. Do you have a backing like lattice or something to put up for support to reduce the flapping? Just a thought...My wife has it up around the opening of the lean to where the rabbits are, but there was already lattice work up there to drastically reduce any flapping. I like the collar on Jay, but looks like it will rub his neck in the photo. Is it just illusion that makes it as I'm sure you checked that?

    Trusty just looked at me as if it were my fault he was in that predicament and tapping his finger on the table as if to say "Well, come on over here and fix this since you caused it..." hahaha

    Be safe out there going back to work for all you up north.


    Stan, sound like you have a good time and there was a positive with SWMBO with the behavior. I like the much older country music as well.

    MR, can't wait to see the end results of all the work.


    Eole, beautiful barn.


    Well, I got up with the DW this morning at 5 am. She started getting ready for her work while I headed out to feed the boys,,,,after I got dressed for work that is...

    This will be an interesting week getting adjusted to both of us working since 07 and even then it was only about 2 years. Before that she hadn't worked since before we got married.
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