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Post by Sue Short on Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:36 pm



You know I think of Sabi when ever I'm getting ready to compost watermelon rinds.
I serve a lot of watermelon the in the summer. I still can't get over the difference between
the pictures of when he first got there and the last ones.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:51 pm

You compost watermelon rinds? We have several people who come in the library who make watermelon spiced bits from them. I guess they peel them really well, just leaving the white part, boil them in water, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves, then can them. I've had some and they're really good! At least one way or the other, they're not going to waste.

I wonder what Sabi would do if you left the plastic bag on a bench with watermelon inside? Would he poke in to get a treat, or shy away if a breeze blew it a tad? And would X and Envoy go after the watermelon, or leave the bag alone? Just wondering........
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:32 pm



Yes, I've seen recipes for watermelon rind pickles. I think that's what you're
talking about. Don't like pickles at all. I do like pepperini's etc.
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Post by jeanebellini on Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:12 pm

yeah i've heard of pickle watermelon rinds too ...never had 'em but heard of it.
i bet if you looked there's probably all sorts of watermelon rind recipes...according to doctor oz men can eat watermelon rinds and have a mild...er... viagra effect! (I hope it doesn't effect horses that way!)
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:03 pm

Hmm... I haven't noticed any Embarassed effects on horses from watermelon. Then again, I'm not usually looking in that area for effects. Laughing

I LOVE pickles of all sorts. The horses couldn't care less about them, but I'd eat those sweet watermelon rinds. But, as it is, we feed 'em fresh to the horses. I think X wins biggest watermelon fan.

I'm not sure if anyone would pay attention to a bag full of them. They might if the smell was wafting out, but overall, they don't really care about looking closely at bags.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:14 pm

They're not really pickles, they taste a lot more like spiced apple rings.

If that bag had chunks of watermelon all cut up in horsie bite-size pieces, I'm sure they'd be able to smell it.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:11 pm

The watermelon I grew in my garden was very fragrant. I took a HUGE one to work and it smelled so good that people came into the kitchen from all over. I swear that thing weighed 20 pounds. It had lots of seeds, but it tasted wonderful. I have a few more flowers on that plant, so maybe I'll get another melon or 2.

Spiced apples are one of my favorite memories. I loved them at the New England diners we would visit when we lived in CT. We always got stuff that was garnished with spiced apples. YUM!
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:39 am

Make sure to save some of those seeds for next year's planting. I haven't had any watermelon yet this season, but yours sound sooooo good.
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Post by Suzzzz on Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:30 pm

I LOVE those red spiced apple rings! Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving to me without them on the relish tray. Probably a good thing we don't eat them every day. I can't imagine the red dye that goes into those things! affraid As for pickles in general, I'll eat any you got. Okra pods make a great pickle! But before we get TOO off topic, I'll just say that I'd be pretty surprised if a horse ate a pickle. (Sounds like the title of a children's book, doesn't it?)
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:31 pm

I found 1/2 of one that had rotted on the vine. I think I'll have a whole big patch next year. That will be fun. Home grown watermelon is good stuff. I love all watermelon, but these were extra good. They did kind of take over the back yard. I think the one plant has a 40 foot spread. It's insane!

X is starting to grow his winter hair. He has a very thin coat this summer, and you can really see where he had the rain rot on his back. Now, the rain rot is kind of disappearing, and the thicker hairs are starting to come in. He will be all silvery in the fall. I can't wait to see how soft he is. He has the softest main and tail I've ever felt on a horse. His body fur is like silk.
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:31 pm



I wish I could feel his coat, it looks great.
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Post by Suzzzz on Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:52 pm

It might not even be his winter hair. When we first found Shop Dog 14 years ago (my current dog, long story), she was an injured and starving pup. She then had several leg surgeries etc. etc., and was essentally bald on her hindquarters. It took a LONG time for her fur to grow back in. The vet said that her body had adjusted to her starving condition and had stopped all non-essential functions, like growing hair. As she slowly got better, she slowly started to grow back her normal hair. Of course, I have no idea if such a mechanism could be at work on Xavier. Just remembering.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:57 pm



So Suzzz, why don't you open a thread and tell Weezer's and Shop Dog full
stories.
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Post by Suzzzz on Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:12 pm

Sue Short wrote:

So Suzzz, why don't you open a thread and tell Weezer's and Shop Dog full
stories.

Good Lord, I've told them so many times y'all must be sick of them by now! Embarassed Don't we have a thread somewhere about how we met our furkids? Maybe I'm thinking of the old site.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:19 pm



Yes, we do and I don't think I've heard them.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:22 pm

All the boys are growing their winter hair now. As the light changes, they shed. That way, they can be kind of naked for the HOT part of summer and fluffier for autumn. They have full fluff by November/December. So, if X has started to grow hair because he's starting to plump up, the timing is perfect. Smile
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:25 pm

And shows he's a lot healthier than he was............he sounds like he's going to be gorgeous in full fall fluff!
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