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        03-24-2014, 11:11 AM
    I'd say the peacock disagrees. That is attitude if I ever saw it.
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        03-24-2014, 11:19 AM
    So excited for nice weather! The grass is growing, leaves are budding on the trees, I love it!! The horses are all shedding off their shag. We had a young hen go missing, and I figured something got her. The other day I happened to see her appear again ravenously eating and drinking, and then she scurried back to her hidden nest with 12 eggs!

        03-25-2014, 10:10 AM
    Good morning y'all! Hope everyone has a great day!
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        03-25-2014, 11:11 AM
    Yes, this weather is lovely! My garden is planted and I've had the doors and windows open all week cleaning and chasing out the winter grime from top to bottom. My daughter and her friends are going to steal my horses from me this weekend and give them a thorough grooming and pull out that winter hair. We put 6 loads of rock on our road and driveway and I added 5" of sand to the chicken coop floor from sand from the creek (I still haven't had a chance to get sand up to the arena - another chore for another day). I will pick up my bees on the 4th and I've decided I need to build a small fence around them for their protection b/c my horses are just too darn curious and they'll knock them over in no time. Then with all of my extra energy between farm chores and marathon training, I plan to trim riding trails again before the new spring growth takes over. Ha.

    And then after all this is done, I plan to drag my poor tired self up into the saddle for a nice relaxing weekend of trail riding and maybe even a little fishing, too.
        03-25-2014, 10:01 PM
    I'm not happy about Spring any more :(

    For those who didn't see the update on FB, Dalilah lost her foal today. He was only at 287 days and died soon after he was born. I was absolutely devastated when I found him this morning, I haven't cried that hard in a long time. He looked a lot like Pan color and marking wise, but so small and frail still. He would have been a big colt. The vet came out and checked Dalilah and started her on antibiotics. She is confident she had placentitis which caused her to abort.

    She is still looking for him and calling out for him. She keeps going back to the spot where she had him and pawing the ground. It just breaks my heart.

    I had an idea to see if any orphaned foals need a foster momma, so I posted to a couple groups to see if I could help. Maybe she can save another's life. It would be nice if at least something good could come out of this.

    I'm ready for this day to be over :(
        03-25-2014, 11:23 PM
    Breeding and raising foals is not for the faint at heart EMSTNwalker.
    At least you know what the cause was and the mare will recover. I would give her a year off.
    Have you tried to milk her? The colustrum can be frozen. If she has any milk at all. With a foal that early she might not have any.
    Sorry for the bad day you had.
    Don't let this discourage you. Shalom
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        03-26-2014, 09:20 AM
    I hope today is brighter for you, EMS. Your mare will be okay, as will you. Grieve as you need to and take solace in your other lovely horses. (((hugs)))
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        03-26-2014, 01:27 PM
    Ohhh, EmsTNWalkers, so sorry for your loss!!! And for Dalilah's also...absolutely agree with dbarabians...learned so long ago anything to do with horses is not for the faint of heart---was told horses were the original 4H--heartache, headache, HAPPINESS and HEAVEN!!! Lifting you up that the wonder and beauty of spring will lighten your burden of sadness....may blessings be on you in the days to come!!!
        03-26-2014, 04:45 PM
    I know we desperately need it, but why does it have to rain on one of my precious few barn nights?! Guess we'll be grooming and maybe have another clipper desensitization session instead of riding in my beautiful new saddle.
        03-26-2014, 08:51 PM
    We got a spotty bridlepath, top lip, and most of the left front pastern. Good enough for today, lol.
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