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        08-23-2013, 01:41 AM
      #31
    Yearling
    He is looking very smart :)
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        09-03-2013, 02:07 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    Well last week and weekend has been one heck on an interesting one i'll give it that. First was the deluge of rain we had gotten within a half hour period, and the fact that it had flooded the farm. Second was that the halter Storm was wearing, he managed to gouge a chunk of flesh off of his lower jaw, so he now doesn't wear it. I had to replace more fence after this storm than I had in the last year, and our road was a disaster. Thank heavens for our neighbors, they fixed the road better than the township ever has. But the damage is still ever so present, the ditches along each side of the road are full of gravel and debris, and still allows the water to run across or down the road making ruts and potholes. UGH!! Husband finally is getting it through his head that it may be best if we move away from his family. Now knowing that there are rules and limitations as to what we're allowed to do anymore, even though we're the main one helping and doing the work on the family farm. He's finally had enough of the timber business as well, and is looking for another job in the process, meanwhile i'm looking at small farms and houses with enough land for the horses. I've found a couple already, and have narrowed down a few. We'll see how things continue, as for now, here are some photos of the storm and the damage...
    flooded hog lot.jpg

    flooded pasture.jpg

    flooded road 2.jpg

    flooded road.jpg
         
        09-05-2013, 07:42 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    Ooh heck not cool! :( hope it gets better for you
         
        09-12-2013, 03:00 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    Thanks Equine Bovine....slowly things are, the damage was rather easily repaired....so far things are getting better. Except for the stupid stunt my electric company pulled, and the fact that we survived almost a week with no power....thankfully we had running water ;). I'm steady making us self sufficient only because of the stupid crap our electric company does....blah.....it's never an easy week for us ever....
         
        09-16-2013, 03:51 AM
      #35
    Yearling
    Things got pretty rough here on the South Island too. Not as bad as yours but enough to warrant a dash down the paddock to rescue a mates ponies from the fast approaching river -_-
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        09-19-2013, 01:22 PM
      #36
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by EquineBovine    
    Things got pretty rough here on the South Island too. Not as bad as yours but enough to warrant a dash down the paddock to rescue a mates ponies from the fast approaching river -_-
    Yeah there is a plus side to living on a mountain top LOL
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        09-19-2013, 01:38 PM
      #37
    Yearling
    Well the vet came out for Darkie, my SIL's PONY!!! Finally, someone else concluded that she is not a horse, she only stands 14hh. Well, she had foundered twice, the first time was last summer around May-June, and again this spring in March-April. Besides that she can be saved, but once again its more work for me, hell why don't I just open up my own personal rehab center for local horses, I mean really. So now she has to wear the grazing muzzle 24/7, other than when she is getting her meds in her feed. She is also required to wear hoof boots because of her being so sorefooted because of the founder. Oh well more work, and what would happen if I were to get a full time job? Oh yeah and her brat of an owner is def going to be out to help me or there will be hell to pay. Other than that, things are going well, my herd is doing great, Storm is quite the farm chunk now at 2 1/2 years old, and almost 2 full hands taller than his older half sister, and almost 4 hands taller than his momma!! Unbelievable!! He'll be getting his first shots and stuff once all the bugs are gone, and he can cope with the possible effects in peace. It's hard to believe that September is almost over already. My lovely painted girl is doing great, her back doesn't seem to bother her unless its cold out. And my big girl Chloe is itching to be out and about some more, i'm debating on taking her for a nice fall ride. Shadow is doing well, he may require a grazing muzzle too since he's such an easy keeper, his arthritis isn't bothering him much, he's actually been getting around really well, even keeping up with Storm in his crazy antics! Everyone has been getting at least one bale of hay in the evenings, since the cool off, and now that the pastures are pretty much done growing for the year, they need the added roughage. Once it gets colder, and after our first frost they'll all be getting a ration of oats, and a vitamin/mineral supplement. So things are slow but getting better.
    I'm personally not quite ready for the icy chill of fall, but you can't stop the seasons. I'v got a few projects on my hands anyway for this winter, we got the old family wood cook stove that I need to finish digging out and cleaning up, and I get to test it to see if it still works. Not only that i'll be applying for grants to see about setting our home up for solar power or getting our own personal wind mill, heck I only live 1 mile from the ones on the top of the ridge. I can see them everyday from my house LOL, and yes I get just as much wind as they do. So we'll see how this goes!
         
        09-19-2013, 08:41 PM
      #38
    Yearling
    I do not envy you you poor thing :( hope you get a break sometime!
         
        10-04-2013, 11:56 AM
      #39
    Yearling
    EquineBovine, it's not all bad all the time. I usually just use this as a page for me to vent, since no one around me has a forum account. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to do so much, especially for other peoples horses, but I get all the benefits from it!! Usually their horses respond to me better than them afterwards. But it's rather unfair to my horses because it takes away my time with them. It just gets harder and harder as the seasons change, and my work load grows. It would just be nice to see their owners be responsible for their pets, to help ease the work. I'v been studying equine teeth, and I found that Darkie the lame mare with EMS, is working into her teens, and Ginger my FIL's mare is working into her mid-teens! When the girl we bought them off of said they were still young yet, Darkie being just at 5, and Ginger just turning 4, obviously they were wrong. And they have only been on our farm for 3 1/2 years now. Kind of shocking, but not a surprise.
    Anywho, Storm is getting his shots this coming monday, and i'm glad for a cool off so there won't be many bugs. He's been a brat lately especially since the neighbors mare came over the hill and she was in heat, and being a witch. She almost took my knee cap off, and then I slapped her with a rope to chase her away from the fence, and my geldings. I was waiting on her go through it!!! She ran into the girls' fence when she came too, and well obviously she doesn't like my new mare Chloe. So for now her and her mini donkey are locked in the barn, until the worst of her heat cycle is over. So far my lovely Loony is doing great, been practicing some liberty training and exercises, and some outside the fence too. Chloe needs some work, now all of the sudden she doesn't want to be taken from the herd again, so all the work we did before is like not there now. Ugh! I have half a notion to remove her from the herd for a week or so and keep her in my yard, and move the dog out of the shed for her to stay in temporarily, to get her used to the "living alone" idea, and that it won't kill her either. I'm just not sure what to do with her anymore. Otherwise she's been super affectionate, and follows me everywhere but out of the fence. Go figure. Shadow is doing well but I think he has EMS also, he's quite heavy, and I need to get him a grazing muzzle, and hope he doesn't find a way to take it off. He might have to be put on medication, and i'll start riding him again probably next spring, to keep his weight under control. Over all everyone is doing great! All are fat n sleek for the coming snows! And finally everyone is getting a half pound of oats twice a day, they won't get a whole pound until the snow actually falls or the night time temp falls below 35*.
    I dug out the rest of the wood cookstove, but it needs some repairs, especially the firebox. Now his grandmother wants to take it and fix it and put it in her living room.....go figure...so I have a back up idea, i'll go buy one off of my friend!! His mom has 3!! Two of which are restored, and the other has been in their basement for the last 30 years lightly used. Cool! Whichever works for me!! It won't be until next spring anyway, I need to get a job first LOL. Oh yeah, and my driver's test is next tuesday....hopefully i'll pass this time....believe it or not I find driving a PITA...esp with all the people out there who SHOULD NOT have their licences!!! I'v been busy researching the history of the region of where I live, i'm fascinated with the history of Appalachia, and I stand true to the ideology, i'm quite inventive, and artistic, and can find many uses for junk, and odd items. "hillbilly ingenuity" is what I call it, and I like living how my ancestors did. Though i'm not thrilled with how the rest of the world views us, making fun of us, but at least we're self sufficient, and know how to make a living without technology. But that's all for now....i'v got to get some work done around here LOL
    My latest project!
    horse head woodburning.jpg

    Cool pic of a barn
    appalachian barn.jpg
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        10-31-2013, 12:29 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    Things are going well, hubby and I built another ramp for our pigs, since they destroyed the last one. My sows are getting quite round, and bellies are getting close to the ground. Piglets are on the way!! Getting excited, but not excited for the extra work to begin. Our cows are finally home, and the fence is set up, and the herd can move from one pasture to the next with ease. So the cows have three pastures to roam across for the winter.
    The horses are doing great, all are together, and getting hay now since the pasture is done. We've had more than enough heavy frosts this year so far, and a couple days of snow already. They get round bales about once a week, especially when the weather gets bad. Storm has grown again, he's a couple inches taller. Shadow has gotten more affectionate, since being back with "his" girls. Chloe has begun to bond with me, now when she comes for attention she will pin her ears and get mean with the others because she wants her time with me. I'm fighting another battle of dermatitis with poor Loony girl, thanks to the wet weather it's come back. But otherwise everyone is healthy and sound, and enjoying the last of fall before the snow hits.
    I believe I need a new saddle for sure, I really like my old one, but it only fits Shadow. So i'm looking into treeless ones, I really like a couple I have found, and i'm thinking about demoing one to give it a try. I do not have lots of extra $$$$$ to spend on special saddles for each and every one of my horses. So i'm trying to find one for all four!! I know i'm crazy. I'm also looking to get another bitless bridle and experiment with Chloe more, and Loony, and of course Storm. So far I have a few picked out, now just to save up and get it LOL.
    I will be going for drivers test #3 in two weeks, i'm so aggravated, if I fail it again I REFUSE to go for a 4th test. And everyone can kiss my @$$ about it too. I finally got a couple good bread recipes, and am working on expanding the yard this year too. Permanent fence will be established probably next spring. Things are going pretty good. For now....
    Storm, Loony, Chloe.jpg
         

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