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Post by bpaquet on Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:51 pm

It seems like the main event was the shooting. It's supposedly getting very popular. I'm not sure why. Guns scare me. I definitely don't want them around my animals. Sigh…

Envoy and I had a really nice ride tonight. Even though it's pitch black out, our shop lights light up most of the pasture, so we can ride still. He was very brave about the deer in the woods and did his therapy exercises. He has a week and 2 days until our clinic that's supposed to help with his stifle. I'm absolutely sure there's no shooting at this clinic.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:33 am

I know I occasionally talk about gray ponies and how they want to be any color except the fabulous white that they are. Well… Casper definitely proved that today. We had morning rain, and we're beginning mud season. Casper is a "beautiful" gray mud color. Our dirt is sand combined with a gray silt that sticks in fur like nothing else. Of course, our warm spell is gone and a bath is out of the question. Looks like lots of elbow grease tomorrow. (He was too damp to brush tonight.)
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:08 pm

Thank goodness there was no permanent damage from last weekend's bad adventure. Kina and I had a very nice ride. It was chilly and windy, and she was a brave girl.

I spent about an hour scrubbing on Casper. I fear that he's permanently stained.
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:38 pm



Maybe it will shed out in the spring.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:06 pm

We can only hope so. Too bad a heated walkin shower for a horse would be way too big and expensive.........
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:24 pm



Actually Fif, I've been in barns that have had heated wash racks.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:50 pm

Is that what they call it?
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:50 pm

If I had a wash rack, it would be heated, but I have a hose and a yard. No fancy barn for me. Surprisingly, wash racks aren't too expensive to build. It's basically a cinderblock stall with a drain in the floor. Rubber mats line the lower half of the walls and the floors to keep horses from slipping. You just need a hose on a swing arm for easy soaking and a good squeegee for the floor. Smile

Casper cleaned up well, and a little girl rode him for a little while today. He was doing really well because her friend was riding Envoy who was the pro. Casper and Kina (I was riding her) were fine until the baby horse down the road got loose and ran around. They got really excited and we got off to make sure no one got hurt. Baby horse was fine and actually was easily caught.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:36 pm


The most important part is keeping the floors and drain clean. The drain can be the hardest
part. Still they can be handy but if you don't have one it's not the end of the world.

Glad Casper cleaned up well. Sounds like everybody had a good time including the colt.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:30 pm

Casper can't stand to be clean for too long. He found a mud patch and is, once again, a spotted pony. I'll get him with the brush again tonight. We're going to need sheets later this week with rain and cold weather. Can't have dirt INSIDE the blankets. The poor things get filthy enough without that.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:10 pm



Maybe he get so dirty so he can have extra attention.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:40 pm

Could be. He does like a good strong brushing with the curry. He's done shedding for now, but he still gets itchy. Smile

I ordered Kina's new bridle today. OUCH! It will be a lovely bridle, and it's going to be custom made because she doesn't have a standard sized head, but still… OUCH!
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:09 pm



I feel your pain. While it's no longer riding equipment some of my cooking
equipment have cost a good chunk of my pay packet.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:04 pm

Just when you think your wallet can stop yelling ouch.......
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:23 pm

Oh! I reserve cooking equipment for big times like b-day and holidays. It IS a big expense. Once a year, I go to Smokey Mountain Knife Works and buy a Henkle knife. I almost have all the ones I want after a LOT of years.

I think I screwed up measuring the bridle. The wonderful people at Jerry's Harness Shop contacted me, and I can call them to be sure I send the exact right measurements.
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:46 pm



Sounds like a good shop. That reminds me I need to order a knife roll.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:41 pm

What's a knife roll? scratch 

I'd love to get a pressure canner but at over $80.......it will remain a dream and only a dream.
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:02 pm



It's case that you can carry your knives in.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:09 pm

Do check out Smokey Mountain Knife Works online. I love that store. The people are so nice. They have ALL KINDS of stuff for knives, and usually have good prices too.

Ponies all have their winter blankets on. The temperatures plummeted 20 degrees today. We might have snow showers tonight. Yuck!
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:14 pm



I will. There is a great shop here in Dallas.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:59 pm

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It's case that you can carry your knives in.  
Oh, kinda like the lil roll up thing I have for my crochet hooks......only bigger for knives....right?
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:29 pm



Yes,, they are really nice and even the simpler ones are around fifty
dollars.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:36 pm

Today was horse vaccination day. Everyone was well behaved even though it was cold. The vet thinks Kina could gain a few pounds. I'm trying, but she won't gain weight. I wish I could say the same for myself! I also got some Previcox to see if it helps Envoy's stifle. That's the drug that helped Sabi with his arthritis so much. I hope it helps my big boy.
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Post by fiffur on Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:42 pm

So do I. (((((((((meds work vibes)))))))))))
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:20 pm

A weather improvement means we got to ride tonight. Nothing fancy, but Envoy did a very nice half pass to the left. He is just learning, so this was a really good thing. Going to the right is still rough, but that's his bad stifle side. One day of Previcox probably hasn't made much of a difference.
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