More pictures since it isn't such a gloomy day today, and my camera decided to co-operate!
First though, don't you guys just love my garage-converted-into-a-feed-room? My dad is NOT impressed xD I'm going to have to figure something else out soon though. Buying 3-4 bags of feed at a time just isn't working, but I have no room for more! The blue bag is just alfalfa/timothy pellets, by the way. I put her back on them because our hay has been of crappy quality lately.
I get the wierdest looks when I go to the feed store. EVERYONE in this area feeds All Stock or Sweet Feed to their horses, so here they are with 10-15 bags loaded on their carts, and I'm going for the expensive stuff. Some guy even stopped me yesterday and asked me why on earth I was buying the 'expensive ****' when they did just fine on all stock which costs $8 a bag, rather than $23 a bag. Oi.
I had to pick up some more lice medication too. I guess I didn't get all of the eggs last time around and I saw a few more eggs on her when I was washing her mane to day. Oh bother! I grabbed some Y Tex Python Livestock Insecticide Dust that supposively kills lice, ticks, keds, and flies because there wasn't any of the usual stuff in stock. Gotta love lice season >.> Any ideas of how to apply it though? Would using a sock work?
I GUESS I'll show you guys a few pictures of Sour...please ignore her half-shedded nastiness O_o she always mats up and looks horrible in the early spring, and she's lost a lot of muscle due to me not having time to exercise her much. Poor baby!
I can't believe she's already almost 5!
Kenzie would like to inform you all that the Patience Tree no. 2 is on her enemy lists right now. He and I are SO RUDE for making her stand and wait like a lady for her dinner, because she's CLEARLY withering away. And anyways, pawing makes everything taste better.
With a better quality photo hopefully you can see how much weight she's recovered. Her ribs are ALMOST covered, and her coat is about 2/3 shed out
I finally dragged my non-horsey family out to see her too, which was quite the adventure xD my grandma wanted to know if she was old. Not quite ;)
Oh, and just for the heck of it- our Potbellied pigs, Pickles and Perry, say hello to everyone! They say that PETA should be called immediately because obviously they're very thin and in need of more food.
And our two calves, Jovi (the Jersey calf) and Beatrice (on the left. I actually don't know the breed even though I should? Lol) say hello ^_^ Well, actually, I think Beatrice says 'talk to the butt' but Jovi is at least half way friendly! LOL
I'm so glad to hear Kenzie is continuing to improve in leaps and bounds.
Hey, I was surfing around Southern States website and found a program your farm may qualify for. I know I would be willing to clip and send my proof of purchase codes to you guys if you get an account. Check it out:
Alright, so I can't for the life of me remember. What is the optimal amount of Vitamin A for a yearling to get? Currently she is getting 13,000 IU with the UltraShine and Mare and Foal combined, plus whatever is in the limited grazing that she gets (24/7 grazing but we just don't have much grass, period). Too much? Too little?
Also, how much protein is she supposed to be getting? She's probably getting enough but I'm just not 100% sure. I'm also not sure how to calculate how much she's getting, since its in precentages on each bag. UltraShine has 19%, Alfalfa/timothy pellets are 12%, and Nutrena has 16%, plus, again, whatever is in her grazing and her hay.
Just for reference- the analysis of each of the things she's on.
Protein - Not Less Than 12%, Crude Fat - Not Less Than 1%, Crude Fiber - Not More Than 32%, Moisture - Not More Than 12%..
Nutrena mare and foal: Crude Protein 16%, Crude Fat 6%, Calcium 0.85 to 1.25%, Lysine 0.85%, Phosphorus 0.7%, Threonine 0.5%, Methionine 0.35%, Crude Fiber max. 9%, Zinc 180 ppm, Copper 60 ppm, Selenium 0.5 ppm, Vitamin A 5,000 IU/lb., Vitamin D3 500 IU/lb., Vitamin E 80 IU/lb., Biotin .45 mg/lb.
Her daily feeding plan as of right now is:
3 lbs Purina Equine Junior (I still have most of a bag left of it, so I figured I'd use it up and use it to transition her slowly)
2 lbs Nutrena Mare and Foal
1/2 cup DuMor UltraShine
2 lbs 60% Afalfa 40% Timothy pellets, soaked
Free grazing, cruddy grass
18 lbs Jiggs Costal Hay, 2nd cutting
That's all in two seperate feedings divided up. Within the next two weeks she'll be on only Nutrena Mare and Foal, 3.5 lbs- and no Purina.
This post really has nothing to do with horses, but its my journal right?
I just got my first SAT score back. I am devestated. I've spent years and years trying to improve myself and get over that 'hump' that my disabilities throw at me (dyslexia and dyscaculia) but apparently its all to no avail. I want to study harder, do better...but the cold hard truth is that I just don't have time to study more than I do. I have other grades to keep up, and I can't even do that right. I'm practically failing Algebra II... I failed a quiz last week and I'm pretty sure I failed the test that I just took as well. I don't really understand my AP chemistry, and I don't even know why I decided to take AP. I have 3-4 papers due every single week. My mentality is suffering.
And now this wonderful SAT score. I scored a 410 in math. I knew I'm not good at math but I tried HARD and that's the score I got? WAY below national average? I'm disgusted with myself. And I only scored a 6 on my essay, dispite using all of the tips and skills I've been taught. I did well on critical reading and ok on writing but...ugh. I had to completely reshape what I want to do as a career to tailor in the fact that I can't do math, and now it looks like I might not even have a high enough score to become my new 'goal' occupation. I am so bummed.
I really need a break. But with Junior year closing in on me, being yearbook president, trying to deal with Kenzie, family problems, and all of this other crud including suffering grades...I'm just not going to get one. Whats worse is that Sour is suffering too. I haven't exercised her at all in the past week when I used to drive her almost daily for an hour, or at least take her for a walk, and she's going stir crazy in her pen. She's a high energy animal and I can't even provide her with the chance to exercise. What kind of owner am I?
Please go easy on yourself. Your a junior in high school and working really hard to over come your problems. I should be the one disgusted with myself. I don't have any disabilities yet I don't put in half the effort you do and still end up not doing well. Ask a counselor to drop your AP class. You can still take the SAT's again. Also collages also lok at volunteer hours. You my friend have a lot of community service hours. Please don't be so hard on yourself. You are an amazing person who tries so hard to do well. You work so hard for your animals. Its not easy doing the amount of work you are doing. Kenzie will hopefully be taken to a forever home soon. Then summer is coming where you can put more time into school(if you want to) to improve what you feel you messed up on. You are so strong. Please please don't be disgusted with yourself!
Girl! There is no need to be so hard on yourself! :) I second what horsecrazy says about how strong you are. SAT scores are nothing, really all they do is take your ability on one single day and give you an outcome. It is not a true evaluation of what you know or what you could know, it is just a snapshot of a few stressful hours of your life in learning. I work with children who have learning disabilities and they too are hard on themselves, but you have to remember to take things at your own pace. Have you asked for help from your teachers/counselors? I don't mean to pry but do you have any accomodations or modifications made for you? If not, you should! You are entitled to an education that works for you, not you struggling to learn despite your efforts :) Dyslexia and discalcula are huge obstacles to overcome, but they do not define you.
Besides, just like horsecrazy said you have TONS of community service that you can place on a college application! And I would bet that the people out at your barn would be more than willing to write you letter after letter of appreciation! Heck, if I could I would write you a letter of appreciation! You are a wonderful person and one test should not crush your dreams :) And when it comes to Sour, yeah it sucks that you haven't had as much time to spend with her. But bad owner? Nope. I love horses, always have always will, but sometimes they have to be placed on the back burner (obviously not care and whatnot, like spending loads of time out at the barn) because life is crazy and will get in the way. So keep your chin up girl! Just a few more weeks of school and then you are homefree for the summer to figure out a good schedule for you, and maybe even start thinking about how you can organize your time for the future. :)
Thank you both for your kind words. I know that the SAT isn't a real evaluation of what I'm capable of, but that's what makes it even more frustrating. I know that I can do better than I did! I'm a terrible test taker and the SAT is like the 'test of all tests' so that was nervewracking in itself, and then I was also not allowed to use my usual tools that help me (blue transparency sheet) which confused me.
I have no councelors that I can speak to unfortunately, because I am actually 'sort of' homeschooled. While I don't go to public school, I do attend a prep school three days a week, and I'm taking a few dual credit classes as well. So I do get outside teaching from certified teachers, but I don't have access to many things that public school teenagers have, such as free tutoring or councelling.
Aerie- I don't currently have any modifications. My parents had me diagnosed as being dyscaculic seven years ago, and I did get a few modifications from that, but you actually have to be re-diagnosed every five years (which I find to be idiotic. Disabilities do NOT dissapear, even if we do learn to 'overcome' them to some extent) in order to recieve extra time or other modifications on standardized tests. Unfortunately, the diagnosis can only be done about 6 hours from where I live and I would have to make multiple trips there. It also costs a good $600, which my parents are unwilling to spend. Their philosophy is, if you aren't failing- you don't need extra help. So I'm sort of stuck where I am in terms of help xD
Either way, even if I hate it and think its unfair, I am going to have to figure out a way to do better on the SAT. I want to become an occupational therapist, which requires me to go to you of H or Baylor, both of which are prestigeous (sp?) universities in my area. They require a 1700 or higher on the SAT, no exceptions. To them, my 600+ hours of community service are just extras.
Grrrrrrr.... I have been going to school to be a Special Education Teacher for three years now (changing to just an English maajor because I found out I can get a certification for therapeutic riding without the special ed degree and have already found a reputable barn willing to hire me!) and it's silly rules like that that really make me angry! Everyone has a right to learn in a manner that set them up for success, not makes it hard! Gahhh sorry minor rant :P But I feel ya on the test taking... I always get so nervous and do badly because I start to rush and stressed that I do poorly :/
But hey! You have the chance to re-take it, and since you already know what it is like it should be easier :) I did miserably the first time I took the ACT and got a 26 the second time around! Not exactly Harvard standards, but good enough to get me into a university ;) You can do it girl! For real though, the second time around will be easier. I know there are study materials out there... I just have to remember where you can get them.... *toddles off to do some research*
I am also a terrible test taker. I get sooo nervous I forget everything. Test don't mean a thing. One paper shouldn't decide if you know it or not. Your homework and other stuff should. I hate how tests decide wether your going to pass or fail.