Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Ponies!

Is that a blissful expression, or what?

They got to go out for the evening. A bit of hay first so they weren't going to fill up completely on green grass.
We had to make sure the new section of fence was marked, since G adjusted one side in a bit this spring, and to make sure any stray bits of round bale twine were picked up from where we stripped it off the bales all winter, but once that was done we separated the bale feeder halves blocking the gate. The two mares currently eating at it were first through, but moments later the rest noticed and there was a mass exodus.

The first couple made it about three steps past the gate before they were nose down. The others just pushed them out of the way.

These two woolies wound up in with them, but they'll pop back out through the sucker rod at the top later on. Otherwise we'll chase them out in the morning. They were enjoying the grass just as much as the horses.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

6-pound foal born in NH may be world's tiniest

Stumbled across this Washington Post story this afternoon. (There's a slideshow with the article.)

So, what's your take on the tiny horse phenomena? I know minis are popular, but this seems a tad excessive to me....

And let's just hope the chubby kid
doesn't decide to "ride" him!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thank you!

Pike Road Girl was kind enough to honor me with this lovely award a few days back, and I've been behind in my posting, so I'm just now getting around to saying thank you!

Stop over at her blog and read about her lovely family and all the critters. She and her husband are working on a completely drool worthy barn so she can finally bring her horses home. As a boarding owner myself, it's a goal I applaud and hope to emulate someday soon!

So, as a condition of the award I'm supposed to provide a few previously unrevealed items of interest. I'm not sure how scintillating my seven points of interest are, but here goes:
  1. I love flowers and flowering plants, but I'm completely unable to grow the ones that bloom. Other than spider plants - which live and multiply and are apparently immune to the black thumb that kills everything from pansies to African violets. I do, however, have a pathos and an ivy plant that I've kept alive since my college days. Not a bad run.
  2. My new favorite kitchen tool is the breadmaker I got for Christmas. Never thought I'd say that - I'd resisted getting one for several years. Thank you to the someones who knew better!
  3. Until I went to college I had always lived in the same house. After my sister was born we shared a bedroom - which was a lot more fun in hindsight than it was at the time. But I did learn how to pick a lock....
  4. I've gone swimming in almost all of the five Great Lakes - I think I'm missing Eerie.
  5. I dislike meatballs, Swedish and otherwise. I make them, I just don't eat them.
  6. I once almost walked into Donald Trump. Right in front of the Trump Tower in NYC - I was looking up and my friend grabbed me so I wouldn't run into him.
  7. My favorite form of long distance travel - other than the four-footed kind - would have to be by train. You meet the neatest people, and the rocking and clickety-clacking is incredibly soothing.
Now, the second condition was to pass the award along to 15 of my favorite bloggers. Hmmm... Well, I think this award has already hit most of my list! But here are a few - in no particular order - you should check out if you've not encountered them yet:
  1. Just Another Day on the Prairie for a hearty dose of cow sense, gorgeous Canadian scenery, and the occasional yummy recipe.
  2. BrownEyed Cowgirls - I started reading when they were still located in western SD, but even though they're now in Colorado there's plenty of horsey action. This year it's been a new house, new rig, and plenty of barrel racing on the horizon.
  3. How did this happen? Following Jennifer's progress from hesitant to confidant has been great, and I hope I someday manage the riding time she gets in on an almost daily basis. Inspiring!
  4. - We share a bit of the same weather often enough, and here's another lady who really gets out and rides - and shares her stories with humor and great pictures.
  5. Down on the Farm - okay, not horses here. Cows. But the adventures of dairy farming are apparently many, and they make educational and often entertaining reading.
  6. Braymere Custom Saddlery - Model horses... it wasn't an area I had any familiarity with. Most of mine didn't survive my childhood in very good shape. I loved them a bit too well, perhaps. But when I stumbled across this site I had to start following. From fantastic pictures come incredibly detailed miniatures decked out in custom tack. Amazing.
  7. Less is More - I wish she'd post more - now that there's more riding on the horizon maybe that will happen (hint, hint)! And there's the amazing Limo. 'Nuf said!
For more... well, I could go on, but really you can just check out the blog list down the right side over there. Or you could just visit one of the sites above and see what they're reading :)

Thanks again, Pike Road Girl!

The grass is green

Hooves are done - finally. Shots and worming are on the dance card. This weekend we have rain.

The horses were settled in with their backs to the wind and not at all willing to turn to face it up at the long feeder. I of course managed to pick the wettest time of day to feed them, so I ended up soaked and dripping.
Wind out of the south east is the one direction that there isn't a lot of shelter for them at the lower end of the lot. The sillies wouldn't go up to the top where they'd be behind the cedar trees and the house. At least it was a warm rain.

Nu-nu cat is settling in well. She's claimed the back of one couch for her afternoon naps and seems quite content here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


You know what they say about time? Well all of it's true! For some reason last month just vanished. I've been a bad blog parent.... So here's what's been doing lately:

The ponies are fine - as you can see the pastures are starting to green up.

But at the moment everything's still pretty wet, so they're locked in the lot eating their heads off and looking longingly out at the new grass.

No riding yet, although I'm crossing my fingers for this weekend.

We hit the SD Horse Fair in Sioux Falls mid-March. Very disappointing turn-out horse-wise. In past years there've been horses wall to wall. This year there might have been maybetwenty? Five or so Arabs, a pony, a couple of POAs, a couple of Morgans, four or five QH studs & a couple of paints. I'm sure there were lots of horses there for the ranch rodeo on Saturday evening, but had to feed, so we didn't stay. It was mostly vendors. And the one horse clinician I did get to see spent a lot of time trying to sell his stuff. Although the lady with the sheep herding dogs was cool to watch.

Spring cleaning took up another weekend - 'nuf said on that front. Ugh.

We spent Easter with T's relatives in Kansas. It was a beautiful drive - and you know that green horse post? Scroll down if you missed it. Well, we actually passed a truly green horse (the color, not the state!) out in a field somewhere slightly north of Spencer, Nebraska.

I suspect someone got a wild hair for St. Patrick's Day, because they had a couple of solid color horses, and then one a lovely shade of Mt. Dew bottle green that was slowly fading back to its natural white. I meant to take a picture on the way back, but we ended up coming up a different route, so I missed my chance.

Otherwise the trip was uneventful. T tried out his new fly fishing rod. (I napped in the car, which was nice and warm - it was a wee bit chilly outside and I was feeling lazy.)

One of T's sisters made a giant bunny cake - it got decapitated and mostly consumed before I managed to get a picture, but it was impressive (and tasty!).

The kids all declared themselves too old to want to hunt Easter eggs, so we deviled the hard-boiled ones, played a lot of cards, napped, yakked and generally relaxed. And of course ate way too much.

Sunday this came home with us.

That's where she started the trip, anyway. She wasn't thrilled to be in the crate, but she wasn't too vocal about it. There was the occasional plaintive "meReOw" from the back seat, but I've ridden with worse.

We found an open Family Dollar somewhere in northern KS - I thought we'd have no trouble locating a harness and leash (that's how Mabel made the trip) to stick on her in case she tried escaping, but no luck.
What we ended up with was a cat collar, a small, buckle dog collar (you can't see it, because it's buried in fur, but it's just behind her front legs) and a flexi-lead. Run the clip on the flexi through the ring on the dog collar and snap it to the ring on the cat collar, and Presto! cat harness.
Meet Nu-Nu
(I was told she was named after
a cat character in a children's book...
Being curious, I attempted to locate it.
Ummm - well, let's just say if anyone knows
what the book is I'd be happy to hear it,
because what I did manage to find
wasn't exactly children's material.
Maybe I'm spelling it wrong?)

Being strictly an indoor kitty - she's absolutely terrified outside - she had no interest in leaving the car, but better safe than sorry. She spent the rest of the trip on either my lap or T's, depending who was driving.

And that's the news for now.