Wednesday, September 17, 2014

All Current

Oh boy...You wanna talk about taking a hit to the pocketbook...

Getting everyone all current on the necessities equals...OUCH!!!

Shoes, teeth, worming, coggins, injections. Everyone is ready for Fall and/or traveling.

Then you add in maintenance work on the LQ, which isn't quite complete yet...It still needs to get into the RV place and have a few odds and ends replaced/updated and I need to find an upholstery place that can re-do the padding on the slants (they were not in the greatest shape when we bought the trailer and my horses have finished wrecking them over the last 4 years...it happens.).

Oohhh well...Outside of my horse habit, I'm pretty low-maintenance.

I have to tell you about Flash's first deworming experience...Because it is so 'Flash'...

Frenchie sees me approach her with anything but her flymask in my hands and she can't help but ease away as quickly as possible. Flash sees me coming, no matter what I am carrying, and he comes at a trot. He loves his two-legged momma. LOL

Flash sees me coming with a white tube in my hands and he gets very excited and runs right up to me, immediately throwing his nose in the air and pursing his lips. I'm pretty sure he thought it was a bottle. I just slid the tube in and gave him his little squirt of dewormer. No muss, no fuss.

The instant Flash actually tasted the dewormer...He backed up, gagged a little, shook his head and looked at me like he was trying to figure out why on earth I just put something so horrible tasting in his mouth. When I laughed at his expression....His little eyes narrowed and his mouth tightened up and he gave me the dirtiest, most disgusted look he could muster, then turned around and started grabbing mouthfuls of hay.

He is, without a doubt, one of the most expressive foals I have ever been around. He makes me laugh out loud, every.single.day...

I am going to miss his happy, little face this winter.

No Arizona for him yet. I made a deal with my vet...I am going to bring his filly over and wean her and Flash together. They will stay at my place for a month or so and then before I leave for Arizona, we will move them to one of his places for the winter. Either to his house, which is next door, or to his vet clinic, which is just down the road. Both places have a 5 acre pasture, so the babies will have lots of room to run and play, like babies should be able to.

I didn't know if Flash would be ready to wean at just 4 months old, after his premie birth, but he is. You would never know his start in this world was a little iffy (to say the least!)....And I think Frenchie will be glad to see the last of this one. He is so horrible to her. It probably wouldn't be so bad if I had went ahead and turned them out in one of my pastures, so Flash had acres to roam around in, but my coming and going this summer just didn't really allow for that to happen. Next year the pastures will be set up better, so that in the future, the mares and foals can go out.

Once the weaning commences, all 4 of the mares can be put together in the big pasture on the west side and Moon can have the smaller pasture on the south side. If Moon wasn't such an a-hole, I could just put him with the mares, but he has proven time and time again that he just cannot help but terrorize anyone he can. I don't believe Frenchie would put up with his crap, but I can't run the risk of him getting after my other girls and possibly injuring one of them. So he will have settle for wintering alone.

That just leaves the 4 geldings I will be taking to Arizona with me for the winter, Frosty, Jet, Shooter and LJ.

I had contemplated taking Moon, since he is still here...and that might still happen...but honestly, I am looking forward to just having my 4 boys with me in AZ. I will be able to focus entirely on them, not to mention the expense of feeding 8-9 head in AZ was astronomical these last 2 winters. Hay was a lot cheaper in Colorado this year, so I bought extra and will have more than enough to winter 5 head at home.

I'll only be in AZ until mid-March anyway. Beretta is due to foal the first week in April, so I will be coming home to get her separated and settled in while we wait for that to happen. And instead of taking little Belle to AZ to start under saddle, I'll just start working her during that time. Since a couple more indoor arenas have become available for public use, even if the weather isn't great, I can still work horses.

I'm excited again. It took a long time to get over Moon...when you have counted on the same horse for so many years, 'breaking up' is hard to do. But Frosty is coming along. One of these days he is going to grasp that speed is a factor on the barrel pattern. LJ will come along nicely and Shooter and Jet shouldn't be too far behind. One of them is bound to become rodeo worthy and without all of the problems I experienced with Moon, so it's all good. :-)


Saturday, September 13, 2014

We're Baaaccckkkkk

My first run back on Frosty in almost 2 months!! Oh boy...does it feel good to be back at it. :-D

I'm gonna cut Frosty some slack...He came back running exactly where he left off...about 2.3 seconds off of the fast times...But...

Considering he is still way out of shape, hasn't seen a barrel pattern in all of that time and I can tell his hocks are ready to be re-injected...I'm pretty happy with his run. It was Frosty's usual smooth pattern, but I could feel he was a little herky-jerky coming out of his turns and I was praying he wasn't going to blow up with me. Once I get his hocks re-injected, he'll smooth right back out and hopefully be willing to turn on the speed a little bit.

All that really matters is that we are back at it and gearing up for the winter season.

In case you couldn't tell...I am r.e.a.l.l.y. excited. I never thought I would say this, but Frosty is just a blast to run. He has pretty much established his style now and I just L.O.V.E it!! 

In other good news...

Jet, the horse formerly known at The Big Bay...

Got rode at his very first public venue. 

Yep!! 

He handled horses coming at him, horses loping by him and even stood and watched a practice barrel run. 

Afterwards we got swarmed at the trailer. Everyone wanted a closer look at The Big Bay horse and wanted to know all about him. LOL.

What a milestone for my former p-sycho. Something clicked in this horse's head over the summer and he has been acting plumb broke every since I started back on him. What an awesome feeling!!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Ride Time

I gots r.i.d.e. t.i.m.e.!!! Yay me!!

I came home from the baby shower and there was enough daylight left, so I hurriedly saddled Mr. Frosty and we set out down the road.

In spite of lavishly spraying ourselves with mosquito repellent...Those little suckers bombarded us. I hurried the ride along a little and made a mental note...Evening riding is out for a little while longer! LOL

The next morning, I had 2 more horses going to the farrier. Jet and LJ are now sporting pretty feet and ready to go to work. Both just got front shoes. After this Jet probably won't need shoes again for awhile. He just had a little bit of twist left in that one foot. LJ sort of wants to platter out in the toe on the front and I knew if I just trimmed him back, he'd be sore.

On a happy, happy note...My farrier has so many clients that go to Arizona in the winter now that he is trying to schedule in trips down there to keep all of our horses properly shod. OMG!! Glory hallalujah!!! He said he is sick of having to fix everyone's horses after they have been shod by AZ farriers. LMAO!!! I had told him this last time when I came home that I was to the point where I was willing to fly him down once a month to shoe my horses because I was sick of having my horse's feet messed up. I guess I didn't really think that through, because I could and would fly him down...but he's kinda be without his tools, now wouldn't he? LOL

After getting home from the farrier, I saddled up Frosty and Jet, threw them in the stock trailer and drove to the desert to get some hill work in. The only problem was...

This little black bear was 'parked' in MY parking spot!

There has been a serious bear problem around the entire area this year. They are in everyone's back yards, roaming around towns and unfortunately, doing a little damage to some livestock. A couple of horses have fallen victim to bear predation and some people have lost goats and sheep.

Luckily, we have not had a problem. Partly because there are no corn fields near us and partly because of my uber, awesome watch dogs. I always have to laugh to myself when people give us a hard time about our overly friendly dogs. The nice thing about having heelers is that they DO have a reputation, so people that don't know them ARE a little hesitant about stepping out of their vehicles. I always make a big production of 'calling them off' and giving them commands (rolls eyes). Of course, neither of our dogs are worth a hoot as home protectors.

But they are VERY good at patrolling their property...and you can bet those two know exactly what their property line is. If they never do anything but keep the bears, mountain lions (Yea, there has been a couple of those spotted near our place too), coyotes and fox away...They are earning their nightly treats!

So anyway....This little guy was my first wild bear sighting.

I opted to just leave him alone and drive farther up the road to park...and then I rode the OTHER direction. LOL. I wasn't all that worried about encountering a bear on horseback. Typcially, a black bear won't bother you and I know that even Frosty can outrun one in a wide open space, if need be. I did however have my Red Dog with me and I know if I encountered one, he would try to protect me...so, no more taking dogs with me on my rides for awhile. Red Dog is going to be so bummed!!

But I am finally back in the saddle and have every intention of camping there. Frosty, Jet and LJ are ready to roll. I'll probably even start legging Moon back up, just in case I can start practice roping in the next couple of weeks. I got Shooter in and wouldn't you know...the very next morning he was limping on his previously injured leg. I got to looking at it but couldn't determine the reason he was limping until I went to straighten up and happened to notice several scrapes on his stifle. Upon closer inspection, the stifle joint is all puffy. It kinda looks like he got kicked, but that would mean that either Miss or Frenchie kicked him through the fence and neither one of them have any scrapes on their hind legs, nor have I ever seen either mare act nasty to any other horse I have put in the pen adjoining theirs. So I dunno! Darned horses...If it isn't one thing, it's another. I hope this is not becoming a trend. Shooter went 5 years without a single injury and the instant I want to put him to work, he tries to saw off a leg. Spend a year and a half getting that healed up and go to put him to work again and now this. He and I may have to have a discussion. Being on the injured reserve isn't always going to rate him 5-Star treatment. He keeps this up and he'll be living on moldy hay in the far back pen. He might want to ask Miss how much she enjoyed that for 7 years of her life. ;-)