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    06-17-2013, 11:50 AM
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Fun, random, video I found!

Apparently the bay youngster in this video is 100% blind and the chestnut has her vision.
I love how the blind guy doesn't even look blind. He reminds me of how Lacey likes to tear around! Haha
[of course, not a fan of the dog running around like that WITH a blind horse - accident waiting to happen for the horse or the dog]

I love me some happy blind horses!!

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    06-17-2013, 02:00 PM
That's awesome. They definitely can still be happy even without sight! I'm also not a fan of the style of fencing the have set up around a blind horse!!
    06-17-2013, 03:13 PM
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Agreeeed about the fencing! It's one thing if the enclosure is huge, imo, but when the horses are constantly right up on the fence.... Yikes.
Of course, Lacey's pasture fence is a mixture of high tensile wire , "sheep fencing" (2ft tall 4x4 metal mesh stuff) with high tensile in front of it, "livestock fence" (5ft 4x4 metal mesh stuff) with high tensile, blackberry bushes for fence, about 4 ft of board fencing, and, my personal favorite, about 30ft of a single strand of barbed wire between strands of high I really shouldn't be judging fencing.
BUT, Lacey's pasture is 6+ acres and she's never right up on the fence like the horses in that video. I think I've seen her touch the fence maybe....once? Haha

ALSO! GUYS. I forgot to tell you about this!!
So a few weeks ago, my cousin saw a job on Craigslist looking for a horse handler/lesson giver-type person for a children's therapy program. She told me about it, I looked up the organization - seemed pretty legit for Oregon (Oregon, no offense anyone, is pretty much the most ghetto horse place evvvver. There are good people trying to do good things in some areas but mostly everyone is like "OMG, never feed alfalfa, it eats through the stomach of horses and kills them!!" and "Tom Thumbs are THE BEST FOR EVERY HORSE!!" and "Horses don't need to have their hooves trimmed in the winter - the extra hoof gives them TRACTION in mud, and we need that here!" etc etc haha), so I sent them an email.

And guess who's now conversing with these people about schedules and such??!!!! ME.
We haven't talked interview yet but we are talking scheduling. = trying not to get toooo excited but this is a gosh darn DREAM job for me if it could work. I love love love disabled kids and to add horses to that!!?? HOLD. THE. PHONE.

But who knows. I might go for an interview and find Sketch City. Hopefully not. And maybe if I do and if I were to be offered the job, maybe I could make it a better place. I would like to help Oregon be less horse-ghetto, that would be excellent.
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    06-19-2013, 12:06 AM
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Lacey got a new flymask today. :)

I was super surprised, it only took me maaaaaybe 2 hours [with dance breaks, of course] to complete! The others took me 4 [first time] and 3 [second]. And those were both last summer. I am on a rollll.

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    06-19-2013, 02:13 AM
You are just the person for such a job. They should be so lucky!
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    06-19-2013, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Miss Haze!

Also, just because someone might know, do any of you guys know what kind of plant this is? It's some kind of vine/tree thing....?

If you ever have a showing in a gallery, I think I will have to fly out there to see it.
I love the B/W of Hazel! The fiber structures of her beard and under her ears are such a strong focal point for me that I almost want to reach into the screen and see if they are as soft and silky as suri alpaca beards are.

Off the top of my head, the flowers on this vine/shrub look exactly like my Mock Orange bush, so maybe it is in the Mock Orange family? (I think there quite a few different kinds/flower types.)
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    06-20-2013, 12:50 AM
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We call that a Cherokee rose here.
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    06-20-2013, 04:25 PM
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Ding-ding-ding! Cakemom is a WINNNNNNNER. [now where's a party emoticon when you need one??]
Thanks cakemom! I've wondered what that was for years. It's my favorite. :)

Aww, thanks Caroline! I hope it works out. The lady said she'd call me soon to "set up an interview"...but that was 3 days ago. However, you know me. My mind is always running waaaaay too far ahead. Haha

Haha thanks Leah! That's really sweet. :)
Haven't "seen" you around in a while and I missed you! haha
Speaking of which, I need to message you. The goats, while not "skinny," are not as fat as I think they should be given their diet of lush pasture, 2lbs of alfalfa pellets per day [divided between the two]... Maybe I should just be thankful and move on. Haha!
I love that picture of Hazel too! It's so "her" - present and alert, but content to just be...with no need to be in your face constantly *glares at Atticus*. And she is indeed super soft...if you're ever in the area!! :)

For the super fun game we like to call "Guess The Random Plant!!", I have another mystery plant!
I got this from my grandma years ago. She called it an "African Violet" but it is most certainly NOT an African Violet! Hahaha
It has babies by just creating more plants, I guess from the roots. Some kind of rhizome situation.
It doesn't bloom every year, seems like every 2 years is it's "thing."
It doesn't demand much, I basically flood it with water whenever the leaves get droopy (every 2 weeks or so) and it's happy. We've never fertilized it, just gave it pretty much the cheapest "indoor plant" soil the store had...
I've tried doing searches but Dr. Google is the opposite of helpful. Haha

Any guesses?

Yesterday Lacey and I had another nice little trail walk. It was lovely. Next time I'm going to try to get the guts to ask someone to take a picture of us together. We have lots of pictures of the two of us doing stuff (thanks to Gentleman Friend!! When we were at camp he was alllllways taking pictures of Lacey and I for us. Before that I had very few pictures of us and now I have SO MANY! ) but not a whole lot of just us, doing our normal stuff...if that makes sense. It would be nice to have a picture of me and my girl on "our" trails.
One day! Haha
About the worst part of yesterday was meeting a young guy who was letting his pitbull run around (I love pitulls, don't get me wrong) and said dog was super "high" in prey-seeking mode. Anyway, the dog saw Lacey and I, fixed in a cold glare - the kind that you doooon't want to mess with, and started over behind Lacey and I.
It would have been fine (Lacey is great with dogs and usually just stands there) except that the dog's owner saw this happening and FREAKED.
And basically, instead of just walking away (the dog would have followed him) he came over and started trying to grab the dog...which caused the dog to run away, under Lacey, etc etc.

Thankfully it all worked out fine, Lacey only moved when the dog bumped her legs, and the dog got a satisfactory sniff. But still. It was scary for a moment.
Really though, I should have just trusted Lacey instead of getting a bit nervous. She's literally the best with dogs and I know I tensed up after that dog glared at me. Everything was fine but she would have done better if I had just stayed cool as a cucumber.

The owner was satisfactorily apologetic and I was satisfactorily REALLY nice (Emily's Life Rule: be extra genuinely nice to people who make you feel frustrated - it'll make them feel extra bad and you'll feel better because you refuse to take on the frustration you feel) back. Ended up making a friend! :)

Picture time!

Hazel got a liiiiittle wet the other night.. hahaha


Happy ears!

Home again. I'm just so excited that she's so "thin"!! Haha

"Hey guys, doesn't my flymask look great? I love it!"

Waiting for her breakfast this morning.

Ferdinand the deer! :)

A drawing from yesterday. I'm not entirely happy with the big dinosaur but I like the little ones and the shadows!

And that's all for now!

But, get excited. Tomorrow Gentleman Friend, his littlest brother, my "little" [he's 21, haha] brother, and I are going to the zoo together. So maybe zoo pictures! We will see.

Thanks for looking!

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    06-20-2013, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Haha thanks Leah! That's really sweet. :)
Haven't "seen" you around in a while and I missed you! haha
Speaking of which, I need to message you. The goats, while not "skinny," are not as fat as I think they should be given their diet of lush pasture, 2lbs of alfalfa pellets per day [divided between the two]... Maybe I should just be thankful and move on. Haha!
I love that picture of Hazel too! It's so "her" - present and alert, but content to just be...with no need to be in your face constantly *glares at Atticus*. And she is indeed super soft...if you're ever in the area!! :)
I'm sorry, it has been cra cra busy lately! I've missed you too.

*shuffles around in the paper heap on desk for goat worming info...*
Um yeah... abooouuuut that info I've been working on for you....

Hay has a tendency to "bulk" ruminants up, so if they are mainly getting fresh forages, they tend to look more "normal." As long as muscle tone is good and nothing seems amiss...not to worry. I go through the same worry on my critters every year about this time, even thought I know better. I just get used to seeing them look like tanks most of the year and when they don't I "think" something is wrong.

I'm always here if you need something...just haven't had the time to play on the forum as much as usual. "Gotta make hay while the sun shines" is what we say around here about June, before the worst of the summer heat and humidity hits.
(I sooo miss the summers out there!!)
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    06-20-2013, 06:59 PM
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GUYS. I just got off the phone with the therapy riding lady and guess who has an interview on Saturday at 10am??!

Also, it turns out that I drive past the facility every single week when I go buy hay = it's not sketchy!! It's a little questionable at times (I've driven past when one of the horses has an ill-fitting blanket on...but that was a one time thing out of 2 years of driving past) but, appearances-wise, pretty darn good for Oregon. Also the lady sounded like a really nice lady. Gut feelings are important to me and she gave of good phone vibes! Haha
AND I've only ever seen 2 horses there. Which doesn't sound like a lot, but given Oregon's propensity towards people who have more horses than they know what to do with "because he/she was free!!", only 2 makes me really happy.

AHHHHHHHH. Wish me luck, guys! I like to think I give a good first impression and especially around horses...but who knows. Fingers crossed.
Also, they have a pony. I love ponies. So much. GAH. So excited.

Leah, no worries! I figured that's what was "up." :) Everybody needs to hear that they're missed when they are! <3
That's super reassuring!! Because you are so right. They aren't skinnier, really, just less bulky. I'm really glad you said it that way, describes EXACTLY what I'm seeing. You're the best!!
And no worries about the worming stuff, we can save that for fall. I'm sure the goats won't mind. I mean, heck, I haven't wormed Lacey in............over two years? Oh geez.
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