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        05-02-2012, 02:24 PM
      #2351
    Weanling
    Must be a barn day as I am going up too! Woot
         
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        05-02-2012, 02:27 PM
      #2352
    Trained
    Yea its sunny here too
         
        05-02-2012, 03:48 PM
      #2353
    Weanling
    The sun is trying to peak out here but still mostly overcast. We are calling for rain for the next 10 days off and on. We are in the 70's F and very humid. Tomorrow they are calling for the mid 80's. That is too hot too soon...lol

    Tonight I am going to work with my Josie on her fear of the big mean old tarp. We are having a "fun show" at my barn to raise money next weekend and one of the games is that you have to go either over top or through a tarp. My girl is the biggest chicken of the century and does not like ANYTHING! So if I want to participate in this I have to get her to atleast trust me enough to go through it.

    You are all welcome to come join us!
         
        05-02-2012, 04:49 PM
      #2354
    Super Moderator
    Not as nice today, overcast and cloudy but dry!

    The three day event Badminton has been cancelled as a lot of the course is under water.

    I was on my hands and knees doing a lot of gardening, why is it that weeds have such deep roots?

    One day I might learn, having a couple of pups and gardening do not go together!
    One minute you are being licked by one pup whilst the other is chewing your hair
    and before you can blink one has run off with your trowel, the packet of bulbs or is trying to dig where you have just planted.
    I had to laugh at the pair of them, they had hold of a collar attached to a long line for one of the terriers, and the pups were trying to pull it free. The noises they were making were so funny and they tugged and pulled for several minutes before giving up.

    Stan, I had to laugh at you and your cat. I am not a great fan of cats unless they are very independent of people and boss of the dogs.

    Not a lot going on, more rain coming in. Darn sheep are all still pregnant bar one and her single lamb looks like it has meningitis. The ewe is a wild thing and catching her to milk her to feed the lamb is no easy feat. I doubt the lamb will live. I have been tube feeding her and she is full of antibiotics so has two chances.

    I had some fun this evening feeding the dogs.

    The bag (an empty feed sack) of green tripe had not defrosted so I had a bucket of hot water to defrost it. I feed off a metal bin that we put our rubbish in so had my chopping board and feed bowls for the three oldies that cannot chew very well, on the top and the bucket on the floor.
    No one was in the house so the dogs in there stayed in there whilst I was cutting up for the pups and oldies. I fed the four dogs that were out, including my Lab.
    I went to let the rest of the pack out and the Lab grabbed an enormous chunk that was on the top having thawed out. She ran off and I couldn't find her so she will go without tomorrow. She is lying her looking as if she has a belly full of pups!

    I let the others out and did not have quite enough for one of the other Labs. I gave her a small chunk, cut more off the frozen lump and dropped it in the bucket for her 'seconds'. As I lifted it out the bucket so one of the terriers grabbed it and took off around to the back of the house. I went through the house, she saw me and belted back the way she had come. She was in the utility room but no tripe. She had dropped it on her way back and it had been devoured by a bigger terrier so, he will go hungry tomorrow.

    Usually none of them will touch any of it if they have been told to leave it - tonight they disobeyed!

    Tomorrow they will not be trusted!
         
        05-02-2012, 09:15 PM
      #2355
    Trained
    Good evening went to spend some time with my horse Annabelle
    I took her out of her stall and tied her up I then cleaned her stall
    And then spent some time grooming her and then she was curious about
    What I had for her I had some mini carrots
    Then I took her out for some grass
    I spent about 2 hours there
         
        05-02-2012, 10:33 PM
      #2356
    Yearling
    CW- Sounds like you had a wonderful day. I'm so happy for you!

    Well, the day didn't really go as planned. Kestrel is at her new barn, all tucked in for the night, but the drive home didn't go so well.

    I drove the trailer out there, sweating and white knuckles, was so nerve wracking. That was an hour drive, but I did fine. We loaded Kes into the trailer, she loads very easily.

    Hubby said I drove so well, that I should drive my own horse home. So, reluctantly I did take the wheel and drove home, the first time I've driven with a horse in the trailer. I felt her moving back there, A LOT. Got on the highway, which happens to be one of the most dangerous in our state, and about two minutes on the highway, traffic goes from 60 mph to 0 in about 50 yards, no kidding. My truck is very good and strong, and I slowed as best I could to make sure Kes didn't get flung around. I had a ton of space in front of me thank god, and was able to come to a stop fairly decently, not what I want with a trailer, but I didnt get rear ended or hit anyone else. Its 4 cars, all stopped on the highway, letting a family of geese across the highway. Its a 2 lane highway here, with blocks on both sides, theres no where for these goslings to get off the road. I think I said OMG 20 times before hubby told me to stop. My heart was just pumping that one, I had to slow so fast, and two, those geese and babies I know didn't make it. I feel Kes still moving around back there.

    I drive the rest of the 40 minutes to the barn. Open the trailer, and Kes has broken her trailer tie! Looking closer, she has a gash above her eye, bleeding. I almost burst into tears but maintain my composure.

    Get her to the stall, she's stressed, but wants to eat and drink. Good signs. I brush her and find two small scrapes on her back, which lead me to believe she must have fallen in the trailer. My poor girl, I am beside myself with guilt right now, I feel so terrible that I had to brake so quick and throw her off balance. I"m thanking God there had not been a Semi truck behind me!!

    She's home, a little bruised, and my BO is going to check on her through the night. She's got some medicine on her cuts, and had lots of food and water.

    Let me just say that trip has made me trailer shy in a huge way.
         
        05-02-2012, 10:41 PM
      #2357
    Green Broke
    Oh no Grace, don't worry its not your fault. I remember when I first started hauling Hunter, nevous wreck. I have now done a three and a half hour drive each way twice with two horses. It does get easier, don't blame yourself she will be ok.

    Good thing you have a great BO that will look out for her. Don't be hard on yourself :0)
         
        05-02-2012, 10:52 PM
      #2358
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    good evening went to spend some time with my horse Annabelle
    I took her out of her stall and tied her up I then cleaned her stall
    And then spent some time grooming her and then she was curious about
    What I had for her I had some mini carrots
    Then I took her out for some grass
    I spent about 2 hours there

    Sounds like you had a great time CW. When will she be able to be ridden? Any word? Had a good ride on Hunter tonight It turns out I don't have to move him whew!
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        05-02-2012, 10:59 PM
      #2359
    Yearling
    CW, I'm so happy to hear about your wonderful day with Belle! Yahoo!

    Grace, it sounds to me like you did **very** well - no collisions, no broken bones, no broken equipment other than the tie (which is supposed to break if needed, rather than cause a bigger problem by not 'giving'). As my old horseman friend used to say, "That cut on the head is a long way from the heart."

    You need to get back in the driver's seat soon so that you don't have a mental block against towing the trailer. (And put Kestrel back in the trailer for a short spin around the neighborhood -- with food or treats to sweeten the memory!) There would not have been any better outcome if anyone else had been driving!
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        05-03-2012, 05:12 AM
      #2360
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    Originally Posted by With Grace    
    CW- .

    Let me just say that trip has made me trailer shy in a huge way.
    Might not be a bad idea if you loaded the horse a couple of times and went for a short drive. Help you get your confidence back up, and it would also help the horse get over its experence if as you think it may have fallen while in transit.
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