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post #1 of 93 Old 09-21-2017, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Horses & dogs & Florida farm stuff

It might be a good place to rant and talk about the horses and all the critters, better than making an individual topic for each thought/question. I don't know how often I'll keep this up, but I'll try. Someone spam me if I don't XD but anyhow, here's to start.

Today. Well actually let's back up to yesterday and review. A bit pic heavy...

Going outside on just a normal morning, then I hear little brother #3 yelling something about the cows. I go outside.

See it?


See it now?


You totally see it now.


We had no idea she was pregnant. After examining the other cows, one is really big (thought it was fat, possibly not) her business is droopy and stuff so maybe she's gonna calve too. Yay? He's a cute little bull calf though.



First surprise chicks, then surprise calf? Thank the Lord for life but geez.

In other news, nothing much is up with the horses except JayR finally busted his flymask. It was the cashel crusader with the nose (because he gets sunburned to the point of bloody blisters so it's a flymask and sunscreen for his face). Pretty good mask, just too big. Hated the stretchy strap with the velcro. Yick. The summer is almost over so I can tackle the rest of the season with sunscreen. Darn light skinned horses. Tess doesn't get sunburned ever, she's arab x appy with black skin. A little mottled pink around the muzzle (because of the appy in her) but that's it. It's JayR with the burns and allergies and everything. Poor old guy.

Still working with Red, the lame one. He might heal, he might not. He's better, but still limps. He's green broke but I saddled him the other day and walked him around. He pitched a little bitty fit about tightening the girth (ears back and stomping, he may or may not have been aiming for my toes) but was otherwise alright. Once he's better we can do more riding work on him, but as of now it's ground work and manners and the like.
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post #2 of 93 Old 09-21-2017, 03:29 PM
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Crazy how a momma cow can hide those new babies, isn't it?

I... wouldn't recommend you get between mom and wee one there... or have dogs with you when you go feed in a few months when the weather turns in your area (I assume it does turn some where you live)

We had a surprise foal once. She's awesome. A turd to deal with and learning personal space and to not nip because she's in that obnoxious, pushy 18 month old stage now, but we love her.

Her momma's name was Nope.

Baby's name?

Oops.

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post #3 of 93 Old 09-21-2017, 03:35 PM
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I would add: One of our mommas had a calf this past spring... we called that little fart the Unicorn.

She kept it hidden for WEEKS, maybe close to EIGHT?

We'd see it every so often then POOF. GONE. We started to wonder if it was a mythical creature.

NEVER COULD find where she stashed it.
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post #4 of 93 Old 09-21-2017, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ha! Smart cow. And yes I'm staying away from momma. The calf got out under the fence yesterday and couldn't get back and momma was MAD. Had to be really careful getting the little guy back in. The dogs leave the cows alone and don't chase them, but truthfully I'm glad they're loose out there. The coyotes were going insane last night and the dogs would chase them off. Still we had to put Red up in the stall (they share the pasture with the cows) because he was curious and sniffing and licking Baby. Didn't hurt anything, but was freaking poor momma cow out a bit.
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post #5 of 93 Old 09-21-2017, 04:29 PM
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Good goggies then. Our ancient golden retriever used to really try to put a hurting on interloping coyotes. He never ever got close to one, but he'd run them right the heck off our place if he ever caught wind of one.

Have fun with that baby. Watching them kick up and play is the best.

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post #6 of 93 Old 09-22-2017, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Atoka, I will.

SO.

Have you ever woken up to find out the farrier is here and you forgot about it? Our farrier comes earlier in the morning (depending on his schedule, around 07:30 - 08:30) and we USUALLY have it written on the calendar. Well this time I forgot and was dragged out of my nice warm bed at the abominable hour of 8 AM to go catch horses. If I hadn't been up till almost 2 last night it wouldn't have been a problem.

Update on Tess's feet. Thin soles, and slightly weaker hoof wall. I knew this before, and am still trying to get a plan together about how to deal with it. I really want to ride her more and harder, but I don't much because of her feet. BUT. Today I found out that the cost of front shoes for her (plus the trim) is $85. We're already accustomed to paying $40 per horse for the trim, so it's only $45 more. I might be able to convince mother to split it with me, we shall see. But it's only $45 and now that I've got a bit more income it shouldn't be much of a problem. The farrier said that the front shoes plus a little turpentine and she should be good. I might supplement but Tess has access to minerals plus grass 24/7 so she is pretty balanced out in her diet. she doesn't have cracks in her feet unless it's right before a trim and they're a little rough, but overall she has pretty ok feet, heath wise.

Also, I bought a pair of boots. Yay! But, they're way too big (thought I was a 9, apparently not ugh). Anyway, I can't return them OR get a refund because I don't have the tag. So I'm most likely going to have to put them on ebay and sell them. I need at least $100 for them because I need to buy another pair. New ones are at the cheapest $140 and most of the time a decent chunk more. Mine have only been worn one time and are clean and without scuffs. They still have the box and everything, but apparently that's not enough for the company to take them back. They're the women's Ariat Heritage Stockman and they are AMAZING boots. They're just too big. I'm really mad, I think I should call the company and complain or something. Stupid tag. Er, anyone on here want some boots? XD
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post #7 of 93 Old 09-26-2017, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Today was ok. School as usual. I did have a bit of a panic attack over an assignment I was getting pressed on and didn't understand how to do, plus being stressed about work in general. Whatever, it wasn't that bad.

WELL. Another cow might be "with calf". She's bagging up and has discharge from her business and all, so we'll see. She might have it tonight, she might have it a few days from now. I'll walk out there one morning and there's a calf wobbling around. Anyhow.

Still trying to sell the boots. Ugh.

JayR is getting rub marks around his tail from itching. Working on that, it's probably mild sweet itch. I myself am dealing with an itchy problem, athletes foot. Ew. Tee tree oil and coconut oil seem to be working so far. We've used in on thrush for the horses before and it worked. JayR (the old man and usually the one with an issue or two) had a bad case and we had to clean out his feet, dry them, treat them, and try to keep poop out of them. He's now over it. What's funny is his has four white feet. And he's the one with the good feet! Thrush every so often and mainly in the summer but otherwise he has structurally sound feet. Tess has three dark feet and has the thin soles and weakish hoof wall. Though since I replenished the minerals, her hooves are obviously healthier. It's not grown out much since I've had the minerals out there, but you can still see a small difference.

Not much is happening. Horses, life, dogs, more life. It's slow for now.

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post #8 of 93 Old 09-27-2017, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Today was not really anything important.

Had a lesson with my "student" (mom's friend's 8 yo daughter who we're friends with). It was her birthday a week or so ago and since our (mine and hers) birthdays are only two days apart, I got her a present. It was a nice Troxel helmet of her own, so now she doesn't have to use my older beat up seen-better-days helmets. She gave me a bag of horse treats and a horse brush if more people got me horse tack and the like for my birthday I'd be in heaven.

The actual lesson went well, though she hadn't ridden for a month or more and was scared. She's not overly confident, but usually gets over it. She kept being afraid that the cows would chase her or something. That was silly, because they're all slow and fat and probably pregnant and don't give squat about the horses. And the one with the calf was nowhere near her. Then I was showing her how to ride with a crop in her hand and she got freaked out because JayR was tossing his head around and backing up. What it was is that when she was trotting the crop kept accidentally tapping JayR's rear (she was having a hard time not letting it do that) and he misunderstood the communication and thought it meant go faster. Student didn't think that was exciting at all and stopped him, but at the some time was waving the crop around. JayR just kept backing up and tossing his head. He wasn't spooked, just a little mixed up. Nothing bad happened except for Student getting spooked. After that we went back to the popper that ties to the saddle for the rest of the lesson. She's getting the hang of walk/trot/cantering in big circles and keeping the horse in line. Jay is great on his turns and since he's retired dressage, he shows off his moves. He'll do a pretty lead change then a slow, rocking canter with his head tucked down. He doesn't act like 22. I love that silly old man, even if he is grumpy sometimes.

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post #9 of 93 Old 09-27-2017, 09:07 PM
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I'm going to join this.. enjoy reading people's blogs and I am moving to florida in 6-8 months myself
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post #10 of 93 Old 09-27-2017, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome and bring a rain jacket and tons of insect replant. Maybe some bear spray and something to fight alligators too...
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