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post #1 of 12 Old 06-21-2020, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Mare Wilma and baby Rain before we bought them, after we got them home and started them on a healthy diet, and now. Surprising that it's been two months since I brought my girls home. It's hard to get good pictures of Rain without her fly mask on because she'll constantly shake her head! I have some rather goofy looking pictures of her haha. Wilma is a Kentucky Mountain Saddle horse and Rain's sire is a Tennessee Walking Horse. She's out of two different breeds of gaited horses, and I'm interested to see what her gait turns out to be like.
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-21-2020, 04:56 PM
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Nice! Thanks for sharing.

Just be very careful about a fly mask on baby & never leave a halter or such on. Ensure it is one that will *easily* rip off if it ever gets caught, as babies immature necks etc are easily damaged.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-21-2020, 05:49 PM
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Wow have they come a long way! They look great!

Yeah, ditto to watch baby Rain with the fly mask. It's a Catch-22; if she doesn't have coverage, the flies will eat her face alive:(

Which part of Tennessee? I like your old time barn:) There's a barn down the road a piece, from me, that was built with wooden pegs. It's been doing the Boston Lean for as along as anyone on this road can remember. Nobody wants to clean the 50+ years of cow manure out of that side for fear the barn might collapse, lollol

The historical society acknowledges the barn but sadly doesn't have any money to help with a rennovation. They provided the previous owners with plans to restore the barn to its original condition but that never happened. I don't think the new owners care about things like that; they take good care of the house and keep the property free of junk but they would rather spend their money shooting roundafterroundafterround of ammunition during the summer holidays, instead of trying to restore the barn to its former glory.

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-21-2020, 06:55 PM
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They look good. Fly mask should be ok they are Velcro closers,so will come undone Easley. I know my horses wear fly mask.

Ice comes up from pasture almost daily minus his fly mask. Don't ever leave on halters though very dangerous.
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-21-2020, 07:26 PM
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Very cute horses!

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post #6 of 12 Old 06-21-2020, 08:29 PM
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It is more on the baby as their necks are very easily damaged. Even the stress of that coming off if it twists the neck the wrong way could cause permanent damage. The mature mare should be fine. My babies have always stood where mom can swipe them off with her tail.
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-22-2020, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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She actually has taken it off before, scratching on a tree. She scratches a lot. One time I saw these ugly spider-like bugs in her hair right after I bought the two of them and I thought "omg she has lice" but they were actually assassin bugs, upon a google search. They're harmless to people and animals but the get rid of garden pests. When she would rub on the trees, she would get into their nest and rub them on herself. It was scary, for sure.

Anyway, the velcro is very strong, and doesn't come undone easily, but it's too big for her, like yearling size, so it just slips over the head. One of my other slipped hers over her head too. I think it's built for that even if it's the right size. I could try a nylon bug-eye type mask though.

I love the old barn! The stalls are big and they're old-timey, they have boards over the front, but the horse can stick their heads out if they wanted to. I have another, older barn wrapped in tin as well. Unfortunately, it doesn't have that. I hate how dark the stalls are in there. Neither are in use. The last people that lived here trash the place. There was junk everywhere. And, it appears they attempted to somehow raise the barn in the field's roof, I guess?? And they jacked up a few of the support posts, and some of them are rotten at the bottom. I've been trying to convince my dad that we should take the siding off and then replace it and use that barn. The horses have access to that barn. Whatever stall doesnt have junk in it, they can get in whenever they want. They use it a lot nowadays cause its so hot. The tin wrapped barn is full to the brim with these ceramic-making molds. And I literally can not find anything to do with them. I can't give them away, we can take them to the dump or rent a dumpster but in order to go to the dump we only get 1 truckload per day, minus trash day. And to rent a dumpster, you have to pay for every extra so many pounds over the weight limit, and they're heavy.
What we use as a barn now is what used to be an implement shed, with stalls made out of horsemans choice transport stalls. And, to be transport stalls, those things are heavy! We moved a couple around to give Lizzy and Wilma bigger stalls.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-22-2020, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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I Live in middle tennessee, close to alabama. It either storms or there is a drought here in the summer haha.

Rain and Wilma are very independent from each other! Rain like to hang out with other mares, and Wilma let's her. Wilma is there when it counts though. I've seen her chase off dogs from Rain, one time I saw her move to protect her baby as my blind mare (unknowingly) walked towards them eating a pile of hay together. Rain still nurses from Wilma and everything, she just likes to hang out with the others, too. She did that with her old pasture mate too, at her old place.
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-22-2020, 12:12 PM
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I Live in middle tennessee, close to alabama. It either storms or there is a drought here in the summer.
Im an hour north of Huntsville, lollol

Are you in Lincoln County or Giles County ? I am always seeing Ardmore in the line of fire, regarding bad weather. We are in sort of a bowl at the top of a hill; the ridge seems to be able to bounce a lot of the wind events away from us.

The AFA certified, therapeutic farrier who has been working on my foundered horse for the last 3-1/2 years lives in Franklin County.

She serves your area if you ever need a BTA farrier for special needs hooves. Her prices are very reasonable.

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-22-2020, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Neither. Marshall County. I have an excellent farrier, but I'll still keep her in my mind. My farrier is always willing to work through problems and doesn't use drugs. He helped me get a jumpstart on Wilma's training with some tips on getting her to keep her feet up for me. She wouldn't let people handle her feet. I don't know if it's visible in the photos, but she had largely overgrown feet and they looked painful. He worked with her, and didn't get angry or frustrated or just use drugs. Justin isn't even a trainer and he's impossibly patient.

He did say that Wilma is rather flat-footed, which is a term I've never heard but I knew what he meant from seeing them. He said it would get better with regular trims. He also works with my large SSH mare with feet issues. She wouldn't hold her feet up for any other farrier before Justin either. I don't really know if he's all of those things, but he's certainly good at what he does haha
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