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        06-19-2013, 05:07 PM
      #6271
    Yearling
    I'm swamped at work but my brain seems to have closed shop for the day.

    In other news, I've learned I can't look at the phrase 'all other perils' or 'total loss' without hearing it in a deep, masculine, movie-preview-esque voice.
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        06-19-2013, 07:09 PM
      #6272
    Yearling
    So there looks to be plenty of conditioning to do here............look at this tub of golden love....LOL! No, he's not about to foal.

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        06-19-2013, 07:31 PM
      #6273
    Started
    He is beautiful cc, pot belly and all!!!
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        06-19-2013, 11:21 PM
      #6274
    Yearling
    Hey everyone! Thanks for the offer mtndrmr, I really appreciate that!

    Man I got nailed with the flu or some gawd awful head and chest cold. Just what I need right now! Ain't nobody got time fo dat! Lol.

    Today was the most ridiculous naughty horse day. One we needed to take to the vet wouldn't load in the trailer and nearly took off my finger when the rope dragged it across the metal (I have it mummy wrapped right now), then she got loose and ran off, my mare got into the feed room and helped herself to the feed while I was chasing my daughters yearling (Skittles, that little @#$&!!) around the lot. We finally got her into the barn, and she decided to jump the pass thru and into the back hall! My hubby's gelding chased my daughter (he's in the lot with Skittles, and apparently was not happy about her being pursued), so....naughty horse day!! No fun when you feel like pattied dog crap!

    Also, my daughter's kitty got out and is missing since Sunday. I did see her today...made my day! She's in the woods next to our house. We set a trap baited with sardines, tuna, and cat food. We caught a coon last night. He tore up the ground under the trap and was a solid mud ball! I hope we find the cat, my daughter is so upset.

    Anyhoo...that's what's going on here at the moment. I am obviously NOT driving 1000 miles with kids and a horse trailer feeling the way I do. We should be on our way the first of next week though, I should be all better by then and that gives more time to find the cat.

    Oh!! I forgot to mention I pulled the trailer the other day and did great! Trying to back it was sort of ridiculously embarrassing....but other than that I did well. I even went on the interstate woot woot! I had white knuckles and you couldn't have shoved a toothpick in my a$$...but I did it!

    I hope you all have a good rest of the week if I don't talk to any of you before it's over!

    Oh, and I want to be on the facebook too :( I feel left out LOL
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        06-20-2013, 02:02 AM
      #6275
    Trained
    EMSTNWalkers. We have the same little bug going around down here in Texas. I have been coughing my head off for almost 2 weeks. Go figure. At least when you get here the stress of moving will not weaken your immune system and allow you to catch this nasty little bug. You will already be ahead of the game.
    Good luck with the move and remember we will meet in less than 10 days. You be here. Shalom
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        06-20-2013, 07:59 AM
      #6276
    Started
    Good morning y'all. Hope everyone has a terrific Thursday! The vet will be at the barn this afternoon and boy will he be busy!!!!! Coggins,, teeth and shots. ...
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        06-20-2013, 10:47 AM
      #6277
    Yearling
    Hope you're feeling 100% asap, EMS!
    CC, he's very handsome!

    I have a "what would you do" question regarding boarding:

    Cash is currently in his own dirt paddock with 3 sided loafing shed. He's fed 2x/day, but I'm responsible for poop pickup if I want it cleaned. They handle him for vet & farrier so I don't need to be there. Cash seems perfectly content in wind, rain & mud and will go in his shed as needed - I like that he's a real, hardy animal. He recently got a neighbor on one side, and can see/talk to other paddocked horses. Paddock is currently a mud pit but his shed is dry. I visit 2-4 days/week and hand graze him 15-30 minutes. This option fits my budget comfortably. When I returned from vacation (no one messing with him for 9 days other than feeding) he was a bundle of energy. He also had quite a few cuts & scrapes on his head & legs, from where he'd managed to remove some of his paddock's old pipe & cable fencing, and a big bite mark from his massive neighbor.

    A few stalls in the main barn will soon be opening up. Stalled horses are turned out to grass pasture w/round bales all night in summer & stalled during day (out winter days/in nights.) Fed 2x/day, and stalls are cleaned daily. BO still handles vet & farrier. When it's really rainy/muddy/snowy/115, horses stay in the stalls. This option is $100/month more than his current paddock. Do-able, but it is $100 that I could put elsewhere. I'm not sure if it's the permanent stalls in the barn or the made-from-horse-panels stalls in the barn addition that will be coming available.

    I'm torn. Is it better for my 2 year old (the smallest & youngest at the facility) to have his own big space for constant movement & get limited grazing a few days/week, or have several hours cooped up in a stall countered by several hours on pasture where he can learn herd dynamics (granted, potentially via kicks/bites?)
         
        06-20-2013, 11:15 AM
      #6278
    Yearling
    I don't envy ya'll that have to board their horses!

    I've had horrible allergies for the last couple weeks, sound like an elephant following me around when I blow my nose! Cough, snot, gotta love it! All clear, no infection. Just take my Zyrtec and use my nasal sprays.

    DBA, thanks for asking, but NO! I have enought to do with my own! Lol

    EMS hope you get to feeling better, only thing worse than moving, is moving while sick!
         
        06-20-2013, 12:43 PM
      #6279
    Green Broke
    Honestly, Cyn, I would keep him where he is. Henny was by himself in his own paddock from December to March until I moved Bubba to be with him. They are the best of friends and Bubba is a GREAT baby sitter/protector for Henny. They share a paddock and Henny follows him every where like a little puppy dog. There's an 8 acre pasture in the back where all the horses can be let out together. I've let them out back there a couple times and I'm worried about the mares the most with Henny. They chased and bit and tried to kick. I have to be extra careful with Henny though because one more kick to the head an he won't be so lucky this time.

    Anyways, I'd let your growing boy out 24/7. Much better for their growing bodies and minds. Is there a babysitter type gelding that you could toss your boy in with at least half the day for some interaction? I'm kind of in a similar situation. They could be in their paddock all day safe by themselves, or I could turn them out in te big back pasture half the day with all the other horses and risk injury to Henny. Decisions, decisions.
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        06-20-2013, 01:13 PM
      #6280
    Yearling
    CC, he looks like a real darling! Are you going to start riding soon? Hey, I've got an idea... how about riding him up to the meet and greet next weekend and get some of the padding off him?

    EMS, you'll be here before you know it, time is going to fly. Soon we will be sitting together at Will Rogers and hopefully by then you will have forgotten all the moving pains.

    Cyn, if I were you I would opt for the stall with pasture turnout. Has he ever been in a herd before? IMO it is critical for healthy development. I turned my colt out for the first time when he was one and he was chased but never bitten. When he was turned out with my mare and a couple of others last summer though my mare chewed up his rear end. That was last summer. Now there are a few faint scars but nothing major. I don't show my horses so if they get a little beat up it doesn't matter. Because he is young he has always been the lowest member of the herd and just gets pushed around more than bitten. I have video of his first turnout I can share when I get my new laptop.

    Speaking of my colt, we are doing ok with ponying. Today he kept walking up too far alongside my mare and I'm working on keeping him back at her hip. I stop them and back him up but then when we move forward he comes back up again. I used my mare to walk into him to cut him off but then she was getting pissy about that. We went out back into the big pasture today to practice.

    TG did you ever find me on FB? I never got the group invite, strange since I know you sent it.
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