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Re: Envoy and Casper off to Boarding School

Post by bpaquet on Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:30 pm

AAACK! That is the worst. I do need to pull some manes and trim some bridle paths. Sigh... It's too humid right now, but I'll have to suit up soon.

No riding today. It was damp and miserable, and I was just sleepy. So, I cleaned and patted the boys, filled their hay nets, and went home.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:20 pm

If Casper is shedding that bad could spring be very far behind?
Don't know about horsehair in your bra, but I can tell you cat hair in your bra has got to be as annoying!
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:56 pm



Trust me Fif, there is nothing more annoying than the coarse hair from when you've
trimmed a bridle path.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:55 pm

Tiny, sharp hairs that are ITCHY. Yuck!!
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:02 pm

Today, Envoy met the killer kitty! We were happily trotting around in the arena, when a black kitty jumped onto the wall. Envoy slammed on the brakes, and wandered over to where the kitty was. Of course, his new friend jumped down and ran away. I was just impressed that my formerly spooky horse was CURIOUS and not afraid. cheers
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:09 pm



Good for him. Glad to hear that you didn't go over his head when
he hit the brakes.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:18 pm

Sit deep and sit DOWN! Smile
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:23 pm




lol! Or as they say in less polite circles, "Get a deep seat and and a distant look" devilish
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Post by fiffur on Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:31 pm

hehehehe........glad you didn't suddenly get a lesson in flying Sue! Cute Envoy wanted to check out the black kitty. Too bad the black kitty didn't want to check out the formerly spooky horse.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:10 pm

No riding tonight. When I got to the barn, both Casper and Envoy still had full hay bags. My trainer said neither one seemed interested, and they had been a bit restless. Instant worry! They didn't look sick, and they were pooping/drinking normally. So, I decided to see if they were interested in hay from a different bale. BINGO. Two happy ponies were munching their new hay. So, the sad news is that I had to throw away an entire bale. The great news is that they just didn't like the food and are not sick. I did not ride because I thought a full day of a hungry tummy wasn't the way to begin a pleasant ride.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:21 pm



Sounds reasonable to me. Couldn't you just toss out for the
deer to eat?
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:44 pm

It's next to the pile, so the deer can get it if they want it. They usually go and clean up the paddocks though. Silly deer. I guess I should have tossed it into the fallow pasture.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:00 pm



No matter, it will be put to good use.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:20 pm

Maybe there was something about that particular bale that didn't taste right......so they refused it. Glad it was just that and not something else. If the deer don't eat that rejected bale I'm sure some other little critters will. It will not go to waste. If by some chance nothing eats it....you can always chop it up into smaller pieces and use it as weed-killing mulch in the garden.
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Re: Envoy and Casper off to Boarding School

Post by bpaquet on Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:30 pm

Well... They've been porking down on the rest of the hay, so it must have been that bale. Today, both boys just stayed in their houses. It is RAINING and windy. I know it isn't anything compared to our poor snowed-in friends, but the horses did think that it was pretty bad. Tomorrow is supposed to be warm and sunny. Who can tell?
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Post by ARNIgal on Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:55 pm

Maybe you might not even want to chop it up into mulch. Critters are pretty good judges when things go wrong...burning that bale might be a good idea!
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Post by fiffur on Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:31 pm

Hmmmmm....if the critters won't eat it maybe it would make a good garden "moat" all chopped up. Maybe the little critters won't cross it to eat the goodies inside.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:10 pm

There isn't anything wrong with it. The boys were munching slowly. It just isn't what they like. They are quite fussy about their hay. I think I've spoiled them by buying good stuff. When they get a bale that's a little stemmy or weedy, they turn their noses up. Silly ponies!

I rode Casper tonight. His heel still hurts, but he went along well in the soft footing walking only. He learned to stop when I closed my upper legs and tightened back muscles. And, he learned to go when I just pushed a little. No yanking reins and no thumping with heels. Smile He's a good boy!
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Re: Envoy and Casper off to Boarding School

Post by Sue Short on Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:34 am



Yes, he is.
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Post by fiffur on Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:05 pm

Smart too. Very Happy
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:24 pm

Today, he got to watch Envoy. I actually think that his watching has helped him a bit. He is much better about mounting and just being ridden. I guess seeing his friend work in the arena makes him know that nothing bad will happen.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:17 pm



That's interesting, still glad Casper is coming along so well. Has the new kid
moved in yet?
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:58 pm

Casper was grumpy today. He laid his ears back at the trainer and at me. No aggressive stuff, just ears back. I wonder if the colder weather has him grumpy. I know I wish the warmer weather were here already!
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:32 am



Silly boy, maybe he got up on the wrong side of the stall.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:16 am

Big head cold for me today. It looks like an easy day with the boys. I wonder if Casper felt it coming on and was giving me warnings rather than being grumpy. He does seem to tune in well to people. I'll have to give him special brushings (to remove the foal's worth of shed hair) today. Smile
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