Thursday, July 28, 2016

Finally...Some Good News!


Just got the call that..Scamper, the bay Tiny Watch mare checked IN FOAL, with an 18 day embryo!!

She is the one who was bred to First Prize Stone...


Thank the lord!! I will have one baby next year!! Not counting Sassy's because that one already belongs to Cindy D. :-).

Will be heading to Utah in the next day or two to pick Scamper up and bring her home. Yayyy!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Boring!!

I keep saying I am going to get to riding these horses...and I get a couple up and clean them up and do some groundwork...and that is about as far as I get before I get sidetracked.

Quite frankly...

It's HOT!!

Not Arizona hot...but still hot!!

And dry! OMgosh, we are so damn dry!!

Back at the end of June we got that week of nice rain and cooler temps and I really thought we were in for it this monsoon season. But it just dried up and we haven't had a drop of rain since.

Since I have my irrigation working properly, my pastures are doing well, but without any rain, I have to irrigate more often and I can't have horses on the pasture when I irrigate, so it's a catch .22.

I noticed that Flashy and Ruger were starting to look a little bedraggled...so I got them and Twister (the Canadian horse) up. They are all appreciating a little stall time.

Sassy and Hawk have been enjoying some pasture time in the mornings, but usually by about 1 pm, Hawk is ready to come in. He says it's too hot out in the pasture. At 3 months old, he is extra-ordinarily independent. When he is ready to come in, he will come stand by the gate and whinny. Sassy is usually on the far end of the pasture and could care less. Weaning this one is going to be easy peasy!!

I am working on a few different projects. I guess my goal is to just get as many of them done as I can while I wait for better riding weather. Every year my raised driveway island fills up with weeds and every year I pull them and say, THIS is the year I am going to get grass planted. Well....This IS the year I will get grass planted!! I have irrigation water to the island now, so there won't be having to drag hoses back and forth over the driveway.

I didn't get a garden put in this year. I just didn't want to deal with the extra work. I am missing my fresh produce though!! So, I am in the process of killing the weeds, then I'll burn them off and get the garden tilled up and I have some good rotted manure to put on it before winter, so that next spring all I have to do is retill it and plant. The wall on the backside has collapsed in a couple of spots, so I guess I will get that fixed and haul in some fill dirt to bank up back there.

I still have a bunch of old, broken pipe to clean up on the far end of the pasture and I have been bringing a skid steer bucket of that junk down every 2 weeks and putting it in the dumpster. I kept saying I was just going to take my big trailer up there, load it all up and haul it all to the dump in one fell swoop...Well...That has never happened, so if it takes me all summer to get rid of it in out dumpster...then so be it!!

It actually works out pretty good because every time I take the skidsteer up there to get a load of junk, I make myself go around and pick up a pile of rocks (picking rocks out of my pastures and arena is a non-stop job) and haul them up to the rock pile. Then while I am up there, I gather up all of the piles of weeds that I have pulled and pile those all together, so I can burn them this fall. So, in a way, I am accomplishing 3 projects every time I make that little round trip. :-D.

I am also, slowly, but surely getting my tack/feed room finished. Last fall I finally got all of the walls lined with the plywood that has been stacked in there every since the barn was built. Then I started adding all of the things you need to make a tack room useful, like hooks and shelves. You wouldn't think it would be that big of a project...But I have A LOT of crap!! Even I didn't realize how much until I started unpacking storage containers. Two years ago I went through everything and got rid of a bunch of stuff that I didn't want anymore and I STILL have a ton of stuff.

But you know, it's all coming together!! I have one spot of weeds to pull yet, which won't happen until we get another good shot of rain to soften the ground up, but other than that...I am pretty on top of everything this year. When the weather does cool off, I won't be killing myself to get horses worked AND get Fall work done. I can just go to riding horses and enjoy it!!

I'm pretty sure my husband wishes I would put as much effort into cleaning the house as I do into walking and weeding and watering my pastures, but I have my priorities straight!! LOL!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mouthy Lil Buggers

The last of the bad news for this breeding season is...Frenchie didn't take the 2nd time around either. I just had a feeling she wouldn't, plus, I noticed she had her tail up and was nickering to the geldings across the way a couple days before her ultrasound, so I wasn't surprised when he said, No baby.  I don't know what the hell went wrong with this vet, but he sure didn't get the job done.

You can bet he will NEVER, EVER breed another mare for me. I think he was expecting shit to hit the fan because he had a very worried look on his face, but I was just so disgusted that I loaded Frenchie up, got in my truck and drove away without saying a word. There was nothing left to say. He made a pretty penny off of me this year and I have absolutely nothing to show for it.

I have no doubt that Scamper will have no problem settling in Utah and if that is the case, I very well may ask him 1/2 of my money back because that means the problem is NOT my mares...or 'bad luck'...It means he did a shit job on his end.

I'm getting a little tired of these vets constantly whining about how their clientele doesn't appreciate them and yet when they fail on their end, they still have their hand out. Pretty damn easy for them to just shrug and say, 'Well, that's just how it goes sometimes.'.

So that is my last little rant about that. A person can only be so mad for so long. I just know that next year, whatever it takes...I WILL be hauling my mares TO the stallion.

I have to say...I am having horrible seller's remorse over my little golden boy, Hawk. He is just too damn adorable for words. I am trying hard to keep myself emotionally distanced from him, but it's impossible not to love this face...

From the first moment I laid eyes on his little golden form, I could tell that this one is as self-assured as they come. From the git-go he has been ornery to his momma too. Sassy won't be sorry to see the last of this little Satan's Spawn.



He just has to have his mouth on something...all.the.time. LOL. That's pretty natural for babies though. They are just like little kids...they explore their world though touch. As mouthy as he is, Hawk is not the biter that Ruger was when he was this age. Hawk just likes to touch and taste. He's never actually bitten me, whereas I had to keep a weather eye on Ruger, cause he was quick to bite down.

Ruger still likes to use his mouth on things...




It took me a little bit to figure out where Ruger came up with the 2x4 from, but finally figured out that it was the one that I had bracing up that leaning post in front of Flashy. It was on the outside of the fence. Ruger was happily just picking it up and dragging it around and then tossing it. LOL. When he saw me standing there watching him, he started throwing it at me. Silly boy!!

No, as sad as I will be to see my golden Hawk go this fall, I cannot re-nig on the deal I made and it will be the best for him in the long run. I would probably get frustrated dealing with a young stallion and geld him and I know his new owner won't. I reserved lifetime breedings to Hawk as part of his sale price, so before I know it...I will be raising little Hawk babies. :-D. With any luck, within a couple years, Sassy will give me a golden GIRL by Firewater Fooler and you can bet that little lady won't be for sale at any price!! ;-).