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    03-25-2013, 04:35 PM
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First day of Spring Break = it's only noon and I've already been unbelievably productive!

First, when I got up to Lacey and the G's, Lacey and Atticus had already let themselves out. >.<

Last week Lacey broke the plastic step-in post that basically supports her stalls gate. So I bought a new one that same day. THEN, within a day, Atticus broke that new post and, since each post is $6, I really do not have the money to be buying a new one everyday. Haha
SO Lacey's gate had been sort of jury-rigged since then. Yesterday I did the "unthinkable" and was "the worst owner in the world" and *gasp* didn't show up at the barn until TEN THIRTY!!!!!! CALL ANIMAL CONTROL! Really, I was making pancakes and the time got away from me, but obviously Lacey does not accept that excuses. Lacey accepts ZERO excuses.
Anyway, 10am is pretty much the longest she'll stay in her stall. Any later than that and she begins planning an escape. Seriously, it's like she has a watch. So 10:30, I knew she would be out.
But, in her getting out, she broke my jury-rigging and yeah. So last night I try to jury-rig it AGAIN but it was a failure and, given that there was only 1 poop pile in her stall out of her usual 7, she got out pretty fast after I put her in last night.

So this morning I put a wooden post where the step-in post had been and hopefully that'll do some good. I sunk it pretty deeply and it feels really solid. Tomorrows' project will be making a new gate for her out of wire fencing-mesh since I'm just using "electric" tape right now but that seemed like a whole lot for today.

Atticus got out too, yesterday and this morning, mostly because he keeps climbing out of the goat pen and ruining the whole fence on his way out. Basically I'm pretty much leaving it all smooshed down for now because each time I try to fix it, he ruins it nearly immediately. So frustrating. I basically need to get him a dog kennel! Hahah But really, I wonder if I could find a big dog kennel and stick in their stall to keep him in when I need him to be in...most of the time I really don't care but when I start riding Lacey more, he's going to end up escaping and tagging along too, if I don't have a better plan in place. Goats!!

I'm also kind of trying to decide when I want to stop stalling Lacey overnight...and probably the goats too.
Basically, if I stop stalling Lacey, I have to stop stalling the goats because they'll escape anyway if I let her be out and try to keep them in. But then, are the goats going to be in any danger, being out all night? They'll still have access to their pen and everything but it won't be shut like it is right now during the night.
Thankfully, I don't need to really decide for a month or two more but it's a dilemma.
They whole reason I'm stalling them all right now is safety for the goats - winter=less food for predators=goats might look tasty, and to keep Lacey from stumbling over something/getting stuck somewhere/making sure she's safe from mud for the time of day when she's the blindest/etc. Neither of those issues will really be super valid anymore May forward, and my $$ would appreciate not needing to buy hay BUT safety > $$. You see the dilemma.

THEN, Atti and I went on his second solo hike ever!
We had a bunch of fun. We basically went exploring in the woods so it was less of a hike and more of a "follow me wherever I go and learn how to navigate the stuff I ask you to navigate" adventure.

He did really well. He's really smart about this sort of thing. There was one fence we had squeeze through that he had had real difficulty with last time. This time he took one look at it, and did exactly what he had learned last time.
This time he also got a whole lot less anxious about going home. Last time we hit a point where he was just fidgeting and fidgeting to go home. This time he was much more relaxed. Something did spook him at one point but he calmed down nearly immediately after leaping forward. Haha

We both really enjoyed it!
And, with the pictures, I was reminded of why I hate photographing at noon. So yeah... haha

Captain JailBreak and his partner JailBait.

" does this fence thing work again?"

Hiking goat!

Deer trail!

"Hmmmm, I'm not so sure about this..."

The redtail hawks were flying around in that opening in the trees. Also, that hill you can see through the opening in the trees=where I ride Lacey.

"A little natural forage for ME!"

Home again, Glitter Goat!

The gang.

And Hazel, still looking pathetic.

I hope you all are having a great day too!
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    03-25-2013, 05:10 PM
And the pictures are ?
    03-25-2013, 05:28 PM
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Are they not showing up? I can see them...hmm, I'll go check my privacy settings...
    03-25-2013, 05:35 PM
I can see them, Wallaby.
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    03-25-2013, 06:58 PM
Green Broke
Naughty naughty Lacey and Atti! Haha. And poor hazel all nekkid and everything Lol
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    03-25-2013, 11:05 PM
Green Broke
Good stuff, as usual. Atticus is getting a lovely set of horns on him. I forgot to mention earlier, I like the little top knot you left on Hazel after the de-clocking.
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    03-26-2013, 01:01 AM
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Thanks, BEP! :)

Right, RC? Those two! They seem to be discovering that they share a mutual love of mischief. Poor Hazel. She's getting the shortest end of the stick ever right now. Poor thing!

Thanks, Chevaux! :) I agree about his horns! I'm beginning to think I need to get some kind of blocks for them or something because I have come so close to losing an eye in the last few weeks! Haha They are just so long and he's so tall that if you lean over him at all, you're right in horn-land. He would never use them on me intentionally but one of these days! Haha I've seen people use mini-tennis balls on the tips for while they're working with their goats, so I might have to look into that.
Thanks! I actually left that hair because the clippers couldn't fit between her horns but I actually like it too! Gives her some more character.

I ended up doing Lacey's "new" gate this evening. I decided that the risk of her annihilating this new post was a risk I really didn't want to take.

She's not sure whether she likes it....

...or hates it.

I like it though! Her "way" is to go under a fence - if her head can fit under it, she's going to try gong under, so this new gate goes all the way to the ground.

TAKE THAT, Horse!!
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    03-26-2013, 01:11 AM
Green Broke

"PSH humun. You REALLY think this gate will hold me?"

(What I imagine is going through her head roflmao)

Have you heard anything from guy-friend lately. I'm super curious/living vicariously through you lol
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    03-26-2013, 03:36 AM
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The best part is that it will! I'm not sure if it's her eyesight, or what, but she doesn't just push through obstacles like some horses. She either goes under or through or nothing at all. She's the best! Haha
Watch her be out tomorrow...

Gentleman Friend-wise, I don't know. I got a little too clingy/talkative over the weekend (I posted a funny picture to his Facebook on Friday, then texted him on Sunday - both of which he seemed to enjoy but you know), I think (I think it's one thing to talk a whole lot in person - which we do when we see each other, and a whole nother thing to be all "also...also....also" in a text/on Facebook. Haha!) so I'm trying to sorta "play it cool" until I hear from him or it's next week, at the earliest.

I'm trying to not let myself get caught up in insecurities about him graduating in May...if this friendship is for real or meant to last, it will be 100% fine. But I'm still sort of nervous = toooo much talking. Trying not to let logic get lost in the shuffle!
At least, the thing I'm the most thankful for, is that he "gets" the whole being sorta insecure with your favorite people-thing. We had similar middle school/high school experiences where we were sort of everyone's "last pick" for a friend, then we got to college and people suddenly decided we have worthwhile qualities..but we're still not 100% confident that these new people plan on staying. It's nice to know someone who just gets it.
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    03-27-2013, 03:40 PM
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Today is Atticus's first birthday!!

And, in true birthday boy fashion, I discovered him in Lacey's stall this morning which he had entered via Lacey's new gate. Guess who now has a really smashed gate....... >.<
Thanks a bunch, dude.
He could have easily gone through the lengthwise wall without smashing anything but obviously that wouldn't be fun.
Touche, Atti, touche.


Then, in other news, Miss Lacey is getting her teeth done on Monday at 4:30pm.
That's my first day of school too so things are going to be crazy that day!
But, it'll be great to have them done. She really needs it!

And yesterday I found a new use for those coats I made for Hazel's "babies":


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