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        09-15-2012, 04:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks for that info jaydee I don't think selenium is the problem, well I hope not.

    The land in Northland is very low in selenium and magnesium which has to be applied when topdressing. Selenium only in trace amounts. If the sheep are excreating it then I have a delema. What will I use for the Sunday roast or spit BBQ. She who must be obeyed will go into withdrawls without her lamb roast now and again. In fact it is down right scary if one gets in the way of her and a shank end bone. Back the selenium. It has been applied to the properity a couple of years ago only in trace amounts, an ounce per ton of fert. We have very sandy soil so it tends to wash out very quickly.

    Before her skin broke out there was the tick collar but befor that her coat was the picture of health, shining and what we call dappled when reflecting sun light, you could see all of the colours as she moved, and she new it.

    Her over all health seems fine she has good hooves a little soft underneath but that is only because she has had shoes on, an item I am working on discarding. That is if I ever get to ride her any time soon. Bare back riding comes to mind but Stella has the habit, and perfected, the side step to go around the imaginary ant that is in her path. Right now she is outside the window standing tall, her strawberry mane is dirty and in need of a very good wash as is her tail, all a bit gritty. You know when she is cleaned, polished, and brushed to me she is quite impresive in a tarty kind of way.

    The neem oil has not been applied for a while but is hard to wash out and tends to make the mane and tail sticky catching all of the dirt when she has a roll. A consideration for others but it did deal to the ticks.

    Back to the selenium I do several test spots on the ground and see if I can detect any. The next time we see the vet I will have blood work done and that test will also be included. She is calm at the moment so I think Ill sneek out and surprise her. Halter in one hand shampoo in the other. She will spot me coming and take off. We play this game, catch me if you can knowing full well, I will run out of puff first. However I am human, male, and have a bigger and better brain than my mare. But she will have something to say about that, I'm sure.

    Have you ever thought if a horse could talk what would it say to us. I can imagine stella as I walk into the paddock she would look at me through the hair covering her eyes not lift her head from the grass she is eating and with out any emotion say, bugger off.!!!

    And with that I will.

    Cheers all
    Stan aka token
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        09-15-2012, 04:56 PM
    Green Broke

    The things I go through to give Stella a bath.
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        09-15-2012, 07:06 PM
    Very funny Stan
        09-15-2012, 08:34 PM
    Hey everyone!

    With Grace, I am sure everything will go just fine tomorrow!!!!

    Well, I got back from Myrtle Beach last night at 8:00pm after a week of vacation and was out at the barn at 7:00am this morning getting Isabella ready for our first judged trail ride.

    I went with the barn owner and her horse, one of her students and a farm horse, and then me and Isabella.

    I had not trailered Izzy since I bought her. We used a 4 horse trailer and Isabella was the largest horse so she went in first. She didn't even hesitate!

    I had no idea what to expect today because of this not only being my first judged trail ride but the first time I have ever taken her off the property at a place with lots of horses!!!! Her old polo playing days came back to her because she was so calm, cool and collected. She was not bothered by any of the trucks, trailers, and other horses. I was so proud of her.

    The ride lasted about 3 hours and there were 7 obstacles. Each obstacle was worth 10 points and you received a score depending on whether or not you completed it, how calm you and your horse was, and how fast you did it.

    We received scores on going up the steps (built into a hillside), opening a gate, and trotting over poles and then doing a 360 inside a small square. We weren't perfect...but we did it.

    We received perfect scores for the hay bale squeeze (going through a very narrow path between piles of hay bales) and the rain slicker obstacle (picking a slicker off a post, putting it on, taking it off, and putting it back on the post.

    We received a score of zero for crossing the river: Isabella was NOT going across there by herself. We had to have the BO come back over and then Izzy follwed her horse with no hesitation. We also received a score of zero for the bridge crossing: This was not a surprise since Izzy has developed a recent fear of horse eating trolls under all bridges. She cheated and went down the ravine instead.

    All in all, a great day. I am so proud of Isabella and proud of myself too. I had such a good time and I think we have found our niche! I can;t wait to do another one after we work on water and bridge crossings a bit.

    By the way...if anyone is familiar with the show on cable "Best of America on Horseback" which is hosted by Thomas Seay, this trail ride was on his farm. He lives less than 5 miles from where I board Isabella.

    Here are some pics:
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        09-15-2012, 08:40 PM
    Hi all!

    All the good vibes sent to us worked! She trailered like pro, no problems at all! We arrived at our new barn unscathed, and excited to see all the Morgans poking their heads out to greet us. I think she is really going to like it there. We got all settled in, talked with our new trainer and I smooched her goodbye. Will give her tomorrow to settle, and then will go watch her first training session on Monday.

    So, I did take some pics - one of the trailer cam which is one of the best purchases I have made. It kept me calm the entire drive knowing that she wasn't hurting herself. She watched out the window the whole time. The second in Kes happy in her new home.
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        09-15-2012, 08:44 PM
    That is great news!!!!! Yay!
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        09-15-2012, 10:29 PM
    WG ... I'm so happy for you.... for HER! Yay!
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        09-16-2012, 02:15 AM
    Corgi- awesome pics, way to go Izzy! Sounds like you had a great time, and Izzy got to show off for you. Love the pic of you in the lime, you look so happy!
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        09-16-2012, 02:52 AM
    Green Broke
    Well I have to say I am envious of you all having such successfull days with your horses.
    But my turn is coming, I think.

    I see the carrot thief has struck again. That carrot I swiped from CW has been swiped from me and an extra as well. Justice has been served.

    Cheers all
        09-16-2012, 10:27 AM
    Green Broke
    Corgi-Glad you had such a good day.The lime green really sets you off & looks nice on your grey. Did you get any placing? Hope you can train her over her problem areas.

    With Grace-so happy that the trailering went so well! She looks quite content at her new "digs".

    Stan-I do hope Stella's coat problems improve soon-this has been a long journey for you & her. Cold baths are just not fun!
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