Hey guys thanks for the support and advice. Im just really sick of winter.. its currently -20 or so and wont get above freezing tomorrow. I think there will be a day barely above freezing later this week. I realize that there are others dealing with much colder and worse things but seriously, I have never dealt with a winter like this one and my bad luck hasnt run its course yet....
So far this winter I have put my truck in a ditch and my boss' truck in a snow bank (both in the same day)
Got my parents van stuck in the driveway in another snowdrift.
Due to my new filly jumping a gate in the barn and riling up my herd to push her thru a fence and a very intelligent mare, who found the ONE gate that was missing a clip lock and managed to get it open, twice my entire herd has traveled the neighborhood covering a few hundred acres before they were found/caught. The first time they sent me and my boss on a wild goose chase in a tractor that was barely crawling thru the snow as the engine tried to gell up trying to follow their tracks that the wind and snow quickly were filling in every minute....finally found them and half mile away they spooked at the tractor so I had to go on foot to get closer... it was -40 out...snow was up past my knees.... at least when I got half way and I called, Dante, my big baby came a galloping to me... well to the bucket of grain I had. Then I had to catch remie, get on, and ride her home two miles on an icy road... then fix fence when I got home... The second time I got a lovely phone call from neighbors saying my herd was munching on a hay baleat there place.... go up there Remie was a B**** to catch... got snow in my boots so I could barely walk- got mild frost bite. Then once on the way home a gelding didnt follow us on the road like he was suposed to and nearly killed himself by thinking about going down a very steep 20 foot ditch to get back on the road and then got himself stuck in extremely deep snow drifts... I litterally thought I was going to have to get a tractor to haul his butt out.... luckily for both of us he got out and then managed to follow us home in the field while we were on the road- dad was in the van behind us playing guard for any on coming vehicle so no one would rear end us. Both times I got mildfrost bite and both times I was very lucky that nothing else happended to my brats I love so much.
Then there was a week in january that the house, my horse barn, and my boss'youngstock barn water pipes all froze.... I had spent 3 hours thawing out the pipes in my house and then I noticed that something was off about my horses, most were in the barn and it was not too bad out. So I check the waterer in the barn... bone dry. Opened it up and there was a chunk of ice sitting there down the tube... tbe heat light burnt out. Urgh spent a good 6/8hours with a nipco heatertrying to melt the ice... sometime around 2 am finally sputtered water. Temporarily fixed a leak I found and tested the outside spicket- that worked too. But the next day it quit. Not sure exactly what is wrong with it but it dont work- so ive had to truck water to the barn from the house... (for belle n cherokee).
Then a few weeks later the waterer started acting up and when I thiught I fixed it... well pump that is practically brand new, goes kaput... and so on from my original post.
Now there has been other stuff besides horsey related stuffs that have happened this winter for instance my family being torn apart by selfishness and drama, long story, and most recently my ps3 system dying and then go to trade it in they guve me a system that has the same issues ans its back and forth on that... Something broke on my truck again so thats in the shop... again. Third time this winter...
Oh and those NEW METAL tubs I bought... well I will tell ya that yes they hold up well to horses stomping and chewing on it but ONE WRONG SWING FROM AN AX? Nope. At least the hole I made was small and high enough that it still holds enough water for my monsters to last awhile but... it freezes so darn fast! And theres no way to set up a heater without my horses eating the heater and they know no bounds of getting what they want... so I ax the ice.
Worst thing above everything else was the mini heart attack my 30 year old pony gave me when he LAID DOWN, its not the fact that he laid down to rest but its when he did it. I sound crazy but cherokee has never lays down when its chow time. I was pulling their feeder out to put hay in it with the skidsteer and he plops down all of a sudden... I didnt do any thing, just watched. He didnt roll but after a min or two he got up again. All the while he looked fine, eyes bright but at the first sign I saw he was going to roll I was gonna call the vet.
You see He went thru an extremely rough bout of colic a couple winters ago and nearly lost him- even the vet didnt think he was going to make it but he was a tough old coot. He and I walked all night in freezing cold, went thru like 4 doses of pain meds but eventually he passed manure and by morning we were in the clear- I'll never forget his will to live, there were times he almost dragged me cuz my legs were soooo tired but no he wanted to keep trucking, and we did and he made it. But this winter has been so hard on him weight wise...and I have to be careful the amount he eats and what he will eat... hes picky. So its been tough and now I worry has this winter been too hard on him...?
He did get up and didnt go down again, tho it looked like he wanted to a couple times. After I was done with chores, I put him in the stall with his feed/hay for the night and he was happily munchin. So I turnnin for the night and wake up from a nightmare about loosing him and a horrible feeling in my gut, so I go back out to check on him. I find him standing quietly but gave me a look like "why are u still up, stupid human?" And I give him lots of hugs and kisses before going back. So far he has been doing great, acting normal but im watching him like a hawk after that. I realize it could be a number of things or number of nothings. If anything does change, which I pray it doesnt, I have the vet on speed dial.
This winter has been harsh and unforgiving but im managing. I am thankful for all the learning experiences its forced me into and im thankful that nothing absolutely serious has happened, to me, my family, or my herd, and I pray nothing does. I just hope warm weather is on its way soon...
Im sick of winter.