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    11-26-2013, 04:11 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Well, first off - Congratulations to Latvia in it's 95th birthday!

Sorry to be late, but congrats! In five years, you will have some kind of huge celebration, no?
I guess it will be as it is finally a big number :P
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    12-01-2013, 11:28 AM
Well, work really keeps me from doing anything more with my babies than just feeding them and giving them hugs.
However, they get plenty of food, check on them every free moment I have..
Today they got a bucket of carrots again, plenty of hugs, they had the chance to investigate why my brother is taking a walk in their territory (he goes to take photos occasionally of plants and stuff).
Then I took Grand with the rope halter under, and put his bridle on top, tightened the nose band a bit more to stop him from tossing his tongue over, and took him to lunge a little, as the ground has unfrozen on top, and stays hard under, he could trot without slipping or sinking too deep. He was actually showing a bit of self carriage, his ribs were harder to see even at trot, and he was quite energetic, but not to the point I would dislike it. He was very responsive, easy to turn, back, yield etc. He loved his hugs a lot :P
And seemed to enjoy his work.
I love the warm feeling you get when your horse shows abilities he has not done before, and the fact that even after a longer while of not repeating these exercises, he knows them very well.

Afterwards I took Teddy, who was very jealous of Grand's activities, and let him run loose in the round pen. He was extremely responsive to pressure, very high spirited, shaking his neck in all directions, but enjoying the game. And he joined up with me very fast and very well. I enjoyed these 2 short sessions with the boys, even though I am very tired from making my advent crown and moving some hay and manure
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    12-02-2013, 04:26 PM
Today I had a day off work, so I got to go for a ride.
We started early with Teddy, as I got impatient and decided we will just start and then we can wait for our friend We were at their place 15 minutes early but they were almost ready too, so we headed out.
At first we had to ask one of her workers to get her newest dog back home, as she wanted to follow us. Then we happily headed out, and good 20 min walk from her house, her mother called her to say that the dog is at the neighbours. She asked us to go and get it home. But we only walk on trails, especially today when half the paths were frozen puddles and the horses actually slipped a few times..
When we were almost back at the neighbor's house, the mother called to say the dog had come home...
So we headed back out and decided to avoid the path we saw that was very icy.
But we walked a long way, and realised, it is nice that our trails are not just forest roads when the weather is nice. When the weather was as windy as today, and frozen, we get very cold when out in the open!
2 hours after I left home we arrived back at her place (after Teddy had made the funniest facial expression watching a cyclist go past us) and let the boys in the paddock, as her mother wanted to tell me about some kitchenware that she is selling now, and invited me for tea. So the boys got to hang out - it is no problem for Teddy, and his buddy got some quality mental stimulation time - as he is alone with about a 100 goats and 2 bulls, and chicken, ducks and a few dogs and cats.
They started munching on the same bit of hay at first, and after about 30 minutes we got a call from the grandma saying that the boys are fighting When they were finally doing something more fun than eating - they were just playing pretend bites and some legs flying about. And this time it was actually Teddy's buddy who flung the hind legs first
They hung out for about an hour whilst we made mayonnaise and drank some nice tea - which was a life saver in this cold weather. It was just about -2 maybe, but with the wind chill it was quite.. not as nice as it could be.
Then I rushed home as it was soon getting dark.
Teddy was happy to be back home, Grand rushed to see us, but was nice and backed off the gate so we can get in.
They got a bit of dried bread and I headed back out at my friends place to just talk about some stuff and make a cake For the fun of it

Also arranged that I will get a goat's skin for my cat house, to make it warmer for them, and got also a bucket of beer brewer's grain - the leftover Barley - which is high protein, high fibre. So the boys are going to get that to their daily buckets, to build more fat for winter. Should help Grand gain weight even faster, which he has started doing better since I added more sunflower meal to his bucket.

Even though I got cold, I was happy about the chance to ride the long trail today, which was even longer because of the dog
And also Teddy smelled a bucket before we left home at our friends place, and was "laughing" ALL the way home - about 15 min walk
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    12-04-2013, 04:09 AM
Again - hay, water, a few stolen minutes, buckets, hugs, and checkups.
However on my last checkup around 10 pm the boys were sleeping. Teddy woke up as I entered the pasture, got up and came to investigate me - smelling me all over, poking me with his nose and being all funny..
Grand stayed down. He always grunts when he is sleeping.. however, he got a lot of hugs, a neck rub, a back rub, a leg rub, a lot of good words. He seems fine with me being bigger than him.. he did bite his leg again.. whats up with that? I was checking for gut sounds too as he was looking at his belly, biting his leg and grunting a lot, but seemed fine afterwards. He rolled over to lay on the other side a bit. He was about to get up when I asked him to stay.. and he did. Then he laid flat out, and Teddy disturbed him - he had to go and poke his ear
Also Teddy decided that I am not interesting anymore and went to scratch sleeping Grand's neck

But it does feel very special when you can spend 10 minutes next to you horse, who is resting.. just make him feel comfortable and happy.. even if you are disturbed by another horse who tries to nibble your hair...
Grand tried to steal my braid too, but I told him off...
I love those moments with them.

This morning one of my cats climbed on my shoulder when I picked her up, and Grand had just got his hay, but whilst munching on it he looked at me and it felt like his eyes will pop when he saw where the cat is. And he looked stupified - how can I let that weird animal on my shoulder!
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    12-04-2013, 05:30 AM
Some pics from last week when we had the first snow. Sadly Grand was not in the mood for a photoshoot, so apart from Frodo and the night sky of the 1.12. There are 2 Teddy shots

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    12-04-2013, 01:49 PM
Such lovely shots! 'Da kitty is so cute <3
    12-04-2013, 02:22 PM
Well that is an overstatement, but his condition is almost satisfactory, apart from lack of muscle which exists because there is lack of work (either no time, or too frozen, or too muddy)
But you cannot see his ribs even at extended canter!
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Today he got extras, but normally they get free choice hay, they share about a bucket of carrots, sometimes some more veggies if there are any left overs when making food
And his bucket usually holds about a handful of ground linseed, about 1 lb of ground wheat, maybe 2 lbs of sunflower meal, 1 lb of pellets (basically maintenance feed with minerals etc), about 50 ml of oil and all mixed with warm tea or water.
I could be feeding him this 3 times a day, but it is not possible, and Teddy definitely does not need 2-3 times more than he gets (2 lbs mix of those maintenance pellets and bran).

Zexious - there are moooore.. Teddy is too photogenic and too funny. Need to work with Grand to stop being so people desperate, and enjoy life and pose for pictures

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You can see that Teddy does not need much more groceries, but more work
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This picture does not flatter Grand, but he needs to be in some more pics, it is meant to be HIS thread after all!!
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But we got a portrait! They were soaked from rain and blasting around (they did a good few rounds of galloping through the fields, bucking, playing and ofc it was raining )
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    12-06-2013, 02:21 AM
Boys are being boys, I work, so they just get my attention on feeding time and all my spare moments.. yesterday also, I fed at 7 am, and straight from work home, around 7, change clothes and go outside in the wind to feed them again and make sure they are still fine :P
The weather has been quite crazy - there is a massive storm crossing Europe and we get some of it. Not the worst bits, but still, the wind is strong enough to blow hay and water around.. But the horses seem comfy, they have not been shivering..
It is kinda snowing right now, but its melting almost at the same time.
There is a bonus to the wind - it shakes all the dust out of the hay..

I on the other hand am preparing for next colder rides, as I bought a base layer in a sports shop. It is more meant for skiing etc, but I will use it for riding. Its warm leggings and a shirt. Today I wore the leggings under my trackies to go feed the horses, and I could not even feel the wind on my legs. Awesome :P Hopefully they fit well under my riding pants too, if not then I use my old jeans or winter trackies (we only walk anyway )

Can't wait for the weekend to start and hopefully get a ride or 2 in there too..
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    12-07-2013, 04:22 PM
There is snow here.. a few inches. Plus degrees. Or mainly just above the 0.
And today we got 5 tonnes of hay. Or just under. Should last long. Very nice green bales, and easy for me to feed, and everything fit in my many sheds
That is all I can say today.. I am exhausted, as I was one of the main workforces.
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    12-09-2013, 04:31 PM
I have lost the strength to write.
Yesterday finally got for a ride - It was very snowy, all the small trees had bent over our paths, we got snowed on frequently, I was almost soaked by the end of the ride, my gloves were wet from brushing the snow off me all the time, my bum was wet because the snow got on the saddle all the time too when I bent down to Teddy's neck to go under the trees, however he seemed to keep going under the lower ones, to show that he is very smart and can have fun with me screaming from cold and shock all the time
His buddy was doing the same.. as they don't care about the snow falling on them, only we care.
But it was a fantastic sunny ride. There are a few pics on a picture thread from the start of our winter.. and everything is going great.

They eat about 2-3 bales a day, depending on bale size. Tonight I put more in to see how much is left in the morning.. but they started on the haynets too, so will need to fill those again too.

They had not been drinking much, it is hard to get them to come to drink when I unfreeze the water, so they did not drink too much today, so I made their buckets very soft and souplike and added a tablespoon of salt for each. Yes, they do eat hay from snow, but there is no way they get enough like that.
I am putting hot water in their water buckets 3 times a day - 1 in the morning before I go off to work, one when I get home, and third time just before I go to bed. Soon I will have to just carry a bucket out for them when the temps fall below -10... I really want to get a heated waterer, but I did not have the funds this year. Atm we are still fine and this will not be the first time they have to break the ice themselves to drink and wait for warm water till I can provide it.

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