Friday, October 31, 2008
I had an experience putting my "girls" in their stalls tonight. Abby and Pepper got to the gate and pushed their way right out. So I had a mare in her stall (Ditto) and three other horses out. Dixie went to her stall sneaking so Abby and Pepper would not follow her. I caught Pepper with a hay string (Joy, a hay string is what they tied the bale closed with. A string on each side. They used to use wire but now its string) and got another string on Abby and got them back in. they thought they could take advantage of me. Of course Tyler is not here this evening. They would not have challenged two of us.
Another dog story. Skeeter, my year old poodle who is very attached to me wherever I go, was here in the bedroom with me. I have a box of Kleenex on the floor by my bed. I heard this noise and I looked over and he was methodically pulling the Kleenex out one at a time. It was so funny I could have watched him continue but thought perhaps he should know that wasn't what I wanted him to do. He is now laying at my feet.
No trick or treater's as usual out here. I always get a little candy just in case and leave the porch light on but not one that I can take a picture of. I used to have a little neighbor boy come by but he is all grown up now - or at least he thinks he is. He is 15.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Our Inland Empire Mustang Horse Club met this evening. We had a good meeting. Had an enthusiastic new member come. Don. He has 2 free Kiger mares to give to the right person. Neither is broken to ride but very gentle. If anyone is interested let me know and I can give you his cell phone number. They are 2ND. generation horses, not branded. The club is not making any decisions about next year until our January meeting. We will not be meeting in November as our meeting day is Thanksgiving Day. In December we encounter the same problem so we decided to have a Christmas party on Dec. 13Th. at my house.
Tonight when I put Dixie and Ditto in I wished I had my camera with me. I called the girls in and Yuma (the burro) started for the barn at a gallop. They came after him and passed him up but he wanted to be in and get something special too. After I put the mares in, I took him out a handful of packer pellets and put them in the feeder for him. He was disdainful however and stomped back out to the pasture. He wanted in the barn. He is so funny.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Met my friend Helen for lunch. We had some Washington State Horsemen Steward rules to talk about. Not that we need an excuse to have lunch. Wanted some rules cleared up in my mind before going to convention in 2 1/2 weeks. Think I do now. I get so frustrated with myself when I know something is in the rule book but I can't find it. Helen and I are a 2 person support team. She works more than I do but that's OK.
I so wished I had a camera of my mares coming running when I called them again tonight. They can run like the wind when they know what is waiting for them. Dixie got sidetracked when she got up to the barn because Tyler was inside the pasture working on the fence. She wondered what he was doing inside her pasture. I put a hay string around her neck and she followed me into the barn. Ditto was already munching on her grain wondering what Dixie was doing still out there.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Well my mares who were so naughty -along with the others- earlier this week redeemed themselves. I don't give them grain during the summer but its time to start. Dixie has been coming in quite regularly but has always been a little of a twit about getting caught. Tonight they were all out in the very back corner of our place. I put their grain and vitamins in their stall feeders and went to the fence and called them. It took a couple of times for them to hear me. Ditto looked up and saw me with a can in my hand. She took off and Dixie was hot on her heels. They came running. Ditto went right straight to her stall and I put a hay string around Dixie's neck. I did not know if she would go to the right stall or not. I was so proud of them, I gave them each an alfalfa pellet. We will see how they do tomorrow.
Spent the day at the dentist. It will be a couple of weeks before I have to go back. I am glad I don't have to do the often.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Spent all afternoon at the dentist and have to go back tomorrow. I hate wasting this wonderful weather inside.
My blog entry yesterday was awful, too many pictures of Tom and my writing was off kilter. I don't know except I was really tired. Sorry.
Finally got both my mares in their stalls tonight to get their grain and vitamins. Last night Ditto really gave me the run around and I could not catch her even with treats. That has not happened for years. She has been my best horsey friend for a long time, but last night I did not like her too much. So, Dixie got her grain and vitamins and Ditto stayed out in the pasture. This evening Dixie was going to run but then you could see her thinking, Oh Oh, not get caught, no goodies and I walked right up to her. AND Ditto said I messed up and she followed us in and went meekly into her stall.
My Mustang and Burro Yahoo site friend Jill lost her old friend Smokey this week. It makes me sad. He was the same age as Ditto. I have been dreading that for several years now. Our condolences Jill. Makes our hearts hurt for you.
Just had a lengthy telephone conversation with a gal from Colville about mustangs. She wants to adopt in the spring. She and her boyfriend are coming to our Mustang Horse Club meeting on Thursday evening. Her name is Suzy. She had a lot of very good questions. She wondered if she could make the 6' pen out of vinyl covered cable? I don't think so but did not know for sure. Anyone know? I will have to make some inquiries.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This the the peak of our barn room this afternoon. It was so sunny and bright. I think I would have felt better if I had gone for a ride. But with Bob gone with the truck and no way to pull the trailer I pouted instead. I get tired of riding across the road.
I went shopping this afternoon for our birthday assault. I missed our son in laws birthday so got his gift, our son Tom's which I had not gotten yet and then this next week are 2 daughters in law and 2 granddaughters all in one week. Joel's wife Heather's was earlier this month also. Plus our anniversary. Sheya is into Hannah Montana so that wasn't too hard and Coreen will be 17 so she will get money. The adults are always more difficult when you are on a limited budget.
Have not heard from Bob yet. I know they don't have good cell phone coverage up there plus he is not thinking of me but of an elk.
Kind of a nothing kind of a day, Tyler worked for the neighbor and when she stopped by later had a nice little visit with her. She was riding her mule Skeeter. He is well over 16 hands. I know Dixie looks like a pony when we ride together. Joel came out and helped Tyler with a couple of things.
Gas was 2.55 when I went into Airway Heights. Can afford to drive to town once in a while now. Wish everything else would come down too.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Kind of a lazy day. Didn't do too much inside or out. It was a nice day. I did go out and catch Dixie and put her in for her evening treat. She is getting easier to catch knowing there is a treat at the end of the lead rope.
Bob worked with Rusty today. If he were going to be here tomorrow he would have saddled her but he is leaving to go elk hunting tomorrow. I would rather he got an elk than a deer but he will probably get one of those later. I will work with Rusty while he is gone but I don't know if I will get her saddled or not. If I had not sold my English saddle I would use it to saddle the first time. It was light weight. We do have a youth saddle that we have used on occasion to put on for a first saddle up. That's a thought too. I need one I can handle with one hand. I may be getting ahead of myself though because she hasn't liked me too much. It has gotten better but I am not high on her favorite people list.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
These pictures are of Bob's second time with Rusty today. The first time he trimmed both of her front feet. Her left side was easy. She lets him take that foot all the time. The surprise was the off side front foot. It can be tricky but she gave it to him when he said "foot" and let him trim it. He did not file them, just used the nippers. The rasp will come next time. They sure look better.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We were really worried about Rusty today. She did not eat good last night. Could find nothing that looked bothersome. Went all over her. Her gums looked good, her temp normal and she was pooping normally. Then this afternoon we was the Oliver (my goat) had not eaten his hay either. He had just picked at it. Must be something in the bale of hay. Bob set that bale aside and we opened another. Will see tomorrow morning if they ate their supper. Bob was up and down all night with Rusty but nothing showed up. She lays down a lot but is not colicing. We gave her extra salt because she did not seem to be drinking as much either. I imagine he will be up and down with her tonight too. I am glad she is gentled enough to touch her all over like that. Until we found Ollie not eating either I kept thinking of Arlene's horse with Pigeon Fever. Don't think that's it now. Or do goats get it too?
I am feeling good today. Made an apple cobbler last night and decided to try something a little different. I added a can of whole cranberries to it. It was so good. I say was because these two guys of mine attacked it with a vengeance. I got one small piece. I got the idea when I went to the Mennonite Sale a few weeks ago and they had some apple/cranberry pie for sale. It is really good.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Dixie and I went for a little trail ride by ourselves this afternoon. She did not like going by herself at all. She kept stopping but went when I touched her sides with my heel. Didn't have to kick at all, just touch her. However coming home was a little more challenging. She wanted to hurry but I wanted to walk quietly. The quietly did not happen but we walked. She did not jig, just walked but she didn't want to. She can toss her head pretty good. When I was ready to cross the road to our driveway a car was coming so she had to stand for a minute and she pawed the ground and did the mustang snort but she did what I asked, just did not like it.
I put a different saddle pad on because it was on the top and we were only going to be gone a little while. I put my hand in under the gullet of the saddle to check it for some reason and found that saddle pad will not work. It is a cut back pad and the saddle was sitting on her withers. I felt bad. Her regular pad is thicker and the front six inches are built up. I will have to be really aware of that. She has high withers and has not put all her weight back since her teeth were done.
And I tried to 45 minutes to catch her. Tyler had to help me catch her. She is in a stall tonight. I was really mad at her. She has always been good with me. Not today. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I made a big pot of potato soup for supper tonight. It just felt like it. Its my favorite food I think.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A day of not accomplishing much. It was a very nice day and I should have gotten outside. Tyler and I drove over to the Riverside State Park ranger office late this AM to get a trail map. And, they were not there. There were other people that drove up and were as surprised as we were when no one was there. I wanted a map so we don't get lost Saturday. I don't think I will but then Bob didn't either one day he was riding there alone and ended up at Rivermere when the truck and trailer were on Old Trails Rd. I just wanted to be sure.
Then I brought Tyler home and I went to the Safeway in Cheney and got my flue shot. Last year I fiddled around until it was too late. I did not get sick over the winter but was worried. I have not been sick bad since I started getting the flue shot each year. With my tendency to get pneumonia even with the pneumonia shot that I will do what I need to to stay well.
Bob went up to Fruitland today to get our three steers that have been up there running with their mothers. They look great. The guy bought the cows a few months ago. The market is so low I think we will feed them this winter and sell them for meat. Have people asking us all the time for meat. We don't feed any commercial grain. We buy our grain right from the mill in Davenport. No additives at all.
No much with the horses today. Katie came and rode Abby. She is doing so well with her. She has been working with Abby on respect and cues. She even trotted her today without me having a lunge line on her. I was proud of her.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I worked with Rusty today for a while and groomed her. I brushed her all over, clear down her legs to her hooves and I used a mane/tail brush and brushed her mane free of snarls and then I brushed her tail. She stood there and let me. I was so proud of her. Her tail touches the ground. I got all the tangles out of it. The only part of her she objected to all all was brushing out that long forelock. Did not get it done as thoroughly as her mane and tail but did get it brushed some. She did not like that purple brush coming at her back. I kind of brushed it all to one side. When she let me do it once without trying to leave, I quit. I was pleased with our progress. She still does not like me but is tolerating me better.
Later Bob went down and she gave him both front feet and he used a hoof pick on them. Cleaned them out good. He will work on getting the back feet now. I did the hard work first. LOL. She was so glad it wasn't me she would have let him do most anything.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I had the scare of the year today. I did it to myself but it was still hard and made my legs shake. Praise God for honest people. I went to the Walmart in Airway Heights to pick up a few groceries this afternoon. I was worrying about some things and not really thinking. I got the groceries, paid for them and went to the car. Put the groceries in the car came home listening to an old CD of Emmy Lou Harris. When I went to get out of the car my wallet was not there. I had not taken my purse, just my wallet. My insides went into a rumble and I headed back to Walmart. I was sick at heart. All my credit cards, medical cards, all the stuff one carries. I went straight to where the cart had been left and they had taken them inside. With lead filled feet I went to customer service and asked. The manager came to the place I was and asked me to write my name out and anything else that may be of use. She smiled at me and took me over and got it out of a locked drawer. All my change, the 10.00 bill and everything else was just as I had left it. She was not sure who had turned it in but I am so grateful they did and my guardian angel was watching over me and mine even though I was careless and did not pay attention when I put the groceries inside the car.
So that is my story of the day. This was house day. I did my walk this morning. Am up to 2 miles in a little less than 2 hrs. It wasn't so cold and it was a fun morning to walk.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
All the details need to be worked out but the initial OK has been given. Now we need to find sponsors for year end awards. It will be a good thing for those who have mustangs and want to show their horses. The opportunities to show are pretty endless - Dressage, Western/English which includes reining, western riding, ranch horse classes - Gaming = Competitive Trail and Trails and Pleasure. All with year end awards that range from trophies to saddles. How fun is that. If you want more information, please get in touch with me. I would love to tell you all about the organization. As far as I am concerned, its vital, not just for the awards but we do have a legislative person who represents the horse industry with all the ups and downs that seem to plague us.
So now I have preached my little "sermon" today. I just feel passionately about the organization.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I did not have to beg, we loaded up about 10 and went to Riverside State Park to ride. We went to the Trail Town trail head. Had not ridden out of there for a long time. We started out and followed Trail #E25. At the 4 mile marker I asked Bob if perhaps that was the 25 mile ride. AND he said nah, this is just trail #25. Well when we came to Trail #10 we decided to head back over toward the river. We jumped a group of mule deer. They were not terrible afraid of us, just wary.
We ambled over the flat part and came to one of the restrooms. Had a break and started off again. The sign said Bowl and Pitcher 1/2 mile so we started down that trail. Then we came across a trial sign that said Trail #25 and mile marker 20. It was the 25 mile trail. My body would not have made a 25 mile ride. Bob's either I don't think. So we followed it down, encountered some bicycles. They come so quietly that it is hard for the horses especially when they come up behind you on a one track trail. We got over to the side and turned them to face him and he shot on by. Pepper of all horses shied and jumped around, Dixie just watched him go by.
The closer we got to the Bowl and Pitcher, the more people we encountered on foot and on bikes. It was OK though. We went down a trail that might have been scary for someone not used to skinny shale filled trails but we made it OK. Dixie takes good care of me. We figured we rode about 10 miles all together. It was a good day. Not much wind down in the canyon under the trees. Riding along the river there were a lot of geese floating along. They looked so pretty. I did not take my camera on the trail though.
Bob rode Pepper because when he caught Raven and tied her to the hitch rail and was brushing her, she has a huge hemotoma on her shoulder. Probably the result of a bite or kick. Will look at it again in the morning. He loves to ride Pepper though. We put splint boots on him nice and snug to give that tendon a little extra support.
The rest of the day was kind of lazy. The wind was soooo cold. Dixie got to spend the rest of the day in her stall with a can of grain and alfalfa hay for supper. She loves the special attention. We came upon an apple tree. Nice big tart apples on it. We all took one to eat and when I was done I stopped her and bent her head around gave her the apple core. The rest of the day she kept stopping and bending her head around looking for another. She was sweet about it but I couldn't let her keep doing it. She knew I had treats in my pocket too. She takes such good care of me.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Bob worked with Rusty for a long time this morning just loving on her and petting and rubbing her all over. She let him without a fuss and even after he took the lead rope off her. She is really going to be his horse.
I hardly went out today, I did my one and half mile walk first thing this morning. I should get extra points for one way because the wind was in my face. I got a big blister on my toe though and that hurts.
Monday, October 6, 2008
It was a grey, overcast, ugly day. Don't think it rained however. Monday is my house day so did nothing outside. If I don't designate a day to do stuff, Iput it off. Housekeeping is not my strongest asset. I would rather muck stalls.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Nikki worked with Rusty today. She had not met her before. Rusty did not appreciate Nikki any more than she does me. Maybe less. Nikki is our oldest daughter and the mother of Tyler who lives with us. He and 5 other boys. She does well with horses and I wish she lived in eastern Washington so she could help with them. She is a very good rider. She and her friend Rita both live in Marysville and came here to visit after out time at the Mennonite Auction yesterday.
Jim and Kathy Spring stopped by today too. They brought a couple of bales of hay for Bob to look at. And to visit. Jim is going to Austin, Texas for a job interview the end of the month. I know he needs a job BUT I don't like the idea of them leaving here. Very good people and committed to the mustangs.
Lots of other family here today but won't bore you with all of them. It was a good day. It is very cold this evening. It feels like fall is here with a vengeance and winter is knocking at the door.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Bob and Tyler went on a Back Country Horsemen trail ride over in Kingston, Idaho today. My back would not have managed a 3 hrs. trail ride today but they had a good time and then had a steak dinner. Tyler ate so much he brought his cake home and ate it after they got here. Rusty had the day off. She will get a good workout tomorrow.
It was hard to believe today that on Wednesday it was 85. Maybe that is why it felt so cold today. If the wind is not blowing so tomorrow I am going to try my back out and ride a little. Sometimes it helps.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I worked with her today. I got one front foot picked up and touched the sole of it. The other front foot was hers and I didn't get it. I would have done better but Bob was there telling me how to do it. It made me prickly. I know how.
She did let me walk up to her and pet her shoulder and neck and take a hold of her halter. That was a first time for that. She does wonderful in the round pen on a 30' line changing directions. She does that for me as well as Bob. She is such a nice little horse.
The other horses are fine. Riding Lena hurt my back. Makes me mad. She was so rough. I thought Dixie was but she is smooth as can be compared to that big mare. I wanted to ride today but didn't get there. Maybe Monday. If the weather is decent maybe the three of us can go to Riverside SP for a while.