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Post by bpaquet on Tue May 15, 2018 9:03 pm

The farrier came yesterday. I had to be at work, but he's fine doing them without me here - I just leave a check. It was Ruby's first time meeting him. She decided to see if she could get away with pretending to be scared of the fans, but he said she settled right down when he laughed at her. She's a character. I just wish she hadn't broken her safety halter strap. Silly girl.
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Post by Sue Short on Tue May 15, 2018 10:04 pm


She is. horses like her can be such a treat.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun May 20, 2018 8:23 pm

Ruby saw many scary things today. We went a new way from the house, and she was on edge. She let me take her past what she thought was frightening (not sure why), and then I turned her around. Horses seem to do better if you push them just a little. Then, when we were headed in her comfortable direction, we saw a BIKE. It's bike weekend in my county, and today was the only nice weather day. She didn't know what to make of it. She wasn't bad. She just stopped and her eyes got BIG. I got off and stood with her so the bike guy wouldn't get hurt if she blew. She didn't. She seemed to take it in stride. Next time, we'll stay mounted.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun May 20, 2018 9:04 pm


Very Happy
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Post by fiffur on Mon May 21, 2018 10:44 am

You are going to have a fun summer....trying to keep up riding all three horses. Glad they're doing so well together!
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Post by bpaquet on Mon May 21, 2018 9:37 pm

Lu made a great escape today. I didn't latch a pasture gate right, and both of us were at work all day. No pony escapes until we came home. Then, he decided to point out the mistake by snacking on back yard grass. Laughing He wasn't going anywhere. I think he was just laughing at me for doing something dumb. Good ponies to stay home with an invitation to go walkabout.
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Post by Sue Short on Mon May 21, 2018 10:12 pm


EECCKKK!! He is a good pony.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue May 22, 2018 9:38 pm

My neighbor's old horse escaped today. I was pulling the truck out of the driveway, and saw him moseying towards my house. He just came in the driveway and through the barn to visit my guys. The poor old thing is very thin and showing signs of neurologic problems. The neighbors are planning to put him down soon, so I think he came to say goodbye to Envoy. They've been neighbors for over 14 years. Sad
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Post by Sue Short on Tue May 22, 2018 9:53 pm


Happy the escape ended well but sorry to hear that his health is failing.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed May 30, 2018 9:49 pm

When I was walking Bingo today, I saw some horse poo on the street. The piles were about a mile apart, so I thought someone had been out riding. Then, I noticed one in a side yard. Hmm... Someone's gone walkabout. I had a small moment of panic that maybe my guys had gotten out, but they were all safely in the pasture. I went back to snoop around, but I found nothing except telltale poop. I guess the horse (horses?) went home or got rounded up.
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Post by Sue Short on Wed May 30, 2018 9:52 pm


That must have been a heart stopping moment. I hope whoever it was is home safe.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu May 31, 2018 8:21 pm

All my neighbors' horses are in the pastures. No clue who left the clues or when they did it. But, it seems like everyone was home.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu May 31, 2018 8:26 pm


That's good.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:05 pm

Got a short ride with Ruby before it got really hot and humid. The mosquitoes drained about a gallon of my blood and who knows how much of Ruby's. We went and chatted with the neighbor who had to put her horse down. She is very sad, but knows that she did the right thing. She seemed to enjoy meeting Ruby, and her other horses are not interested at all in their new neighbor.
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:18 pm


Tell your neighbor how sorry I am to hear that. We know how she feels. Your head tells you the it was the right thing but the heart sometimes say otherwise. As for the mosquitoes, well so far we've been lucky here in Texas.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:21 pm

We had another ride today. The boys were enjoying the sun and lying down, so Ruby and I played again. More mosquitoes, but a nice quiet ride. We trotted a bit through the bad bug areas, but not much. I don't like trotting on the road because it's hard on feet and joints. But, Ruby seemed to enjoy it and be happy to get it away from the bugs. No riding tomorrow. The rain is pelting down and the yard is a pond. I don't think it's supposed to get much better tomorrow, although the downpours are supposed to stop, so maybe the standing water will go away.
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:23 pm


In a way I envy you. It's bone dry here and going outside is like entering the foyer of hades.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:25 pm

I wish we could send you 1/2 our rain. We're far too wet, but I don't want to be dry either. I am seriously wondering what this weather is doing to the hay crop this year. Shocked
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:39 pm


It doesn't bear thinking about it. I just cringe when I hear hay prices.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:50 am

Yeah... It's going to be a lean winter, I think. Better start socking away some extra money or I'll be in trouble when it comes time to write the check.

Ponies are out in the soggy pasture. Most of the ponds have receded. The back pasture is really flooded. I guess that will go down with the drier weather predicted this week. The mosquitoes, however, are crazy. Good thing their fly spray works for those - at least for a while. I need to order more if I'm going to keep using it at this rate.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:55 am


Right now for us it's flies and boy do those suckers bite.
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:03 pm

I have a pretty intensive fly prevention program. I use beneficial wasps that eat the larvae, and feed-through supplement that has diatomaceous earth, which is supposed to discourage fly breeding. I've seen some deer flies and a few bigger horse flies (not the helicopter sized ones), but not too many yet. They usually get vicious in the hotter months.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:33 pm


I don't know what kind we have here but they're vicious.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:46 pm

Lu and I went on a very short walk today. The roads were pleasant with the sun and breeze. When we got to the woodsy road, the mosquitoes were terrible. Lu went a little way down the road and looked at me to ask if we could go home. Good boy. Yes, we can. He got lots of cookies and some time under his fan. The horses will be going into a new pasture today, so they're resting up for marathon munching later.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:03 pm


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