Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday

Lace and Mayhem with some of the outbuildings in the back ground

Our Wishlist Wednesday this week is for volunteers willing to scrape and paint outbuildings. We have at least three that need a new paint job.

In fact, one outbuilding all you have to do is look at it and the paint will fall off. Another all you have to do is sneeze and the paint falls off. And the last one will need a little bit of work but it won't take much to get down to bare wood.

Even a coat of primer will look nicer than what we have right now.

The barn, tack room, and garden house all need to be painted. The hay barn needs to be painted too but I'm looking into different siding first before tackling the painting job. The previous owner of the land ran cattle next to the hay barn and cattle are tough on everything, including buildings so we need to reassess the siding first before putting any time into painting.

But the other buildings desperately need to be painted. It took me two years to scrape and paint the garage (and without repairing the roof I'm seeing that the paint is already coming off...grrrr). But having one building with fresh paint makes the rest of the place look a little shabby (ok a lot shabby).

Even if you can't come out during the weekend to volunteer, I'll work my schedule so that we can get this task done no matter what.

So  who wants to get painting?!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rabbit's Vet Appointment

Good news for Rabbit. The x-rays came back good. There is no rotation in the bones. In fact, the bones are all level as they should be. But as the vet said, her situation is "interesting". Not exactly what I want to hear from a vet.

So it's a combination of needing a bit more consistent trimming and vitamin E deficiency. Unfortunately the vitamin E supplement we had her on (Dumor Gold) isn't working so we are going to have to go back to what we bought from the vet.

There's also mention of a shot we can give her but I hate giving her shots and would rather look at supplements and better hoof maintenance (like every 4 weeks).

So, when people look at the horses at the Sanctuary, what they don't see are the "interesting" cases that we have. This is why we have who we have and we won't let them go because no one wants to deal with "interesting" cases.

We are looking for help in offsetting the cost of the vet bill (and the long-term supplement she will have to be on). Any help is greatly appreciated. Don't forget, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit now so your donations are tax deductible!!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Bo and Chaos

Last night when I went out to do chores, I pulled Chaos out. He'd cut his leg last week and I'd been tending to it. But he reopened it this week when I put Lace in the other pen. I still haven't figured out how he cut himself. But reopening that cut has caused some problems. I thought last night that instead of applying some wound spray, I'd try to wrap it. Nope. That didn't go well. I think I used the last of my vet wrap. Guess  I know what I'll ask for on our Wishlist Wednesday...more vet wrap.

While I was messing around with Chaos, I decided to pull Bo out. Normally, I don't trust Bo. He's run before but with all the grass, I didn't think he'd go far. I was right. Bo kept me in his sights the entire time. It was a little weird.

The mosquitoes were out so I'd started doctoring Chaos in a pen but had to move back to the barn (with not as good light). Even with a breeze the mosquitoes are out. Once the horses eat down the lawn, the mosquitoes won't be so bad.

I tied Chaos up in the barn to let the medicine soak in and I went back out to play with Bo. He stayed fairly close while I was doctoring Chaos. I went in search of a curry comb and Bo got a little freaked out and went in search of the rest of the herd. But otherwise, he decided to stick fairly close to me.

It's weird. I don't ride him because he is such a hard keeper. So there's not a close bond just from always interacting and being riding partners. I don't mess with him when he's in the big herd because he's always on high-alert and WILL run me over if another horse tries to pick on him. He has terrible ground manners. But last night he followed me around and wanted to be near. It was like we had a super close bond. I dont' think it was a fluke either.

I think he knows what his fate would have been had we not went against the kill buyer to bring him home. I sometimes wonder when we are at auctions if I'm going against a kill buyer or a private buyer but it all goes too fast for me to figure it out (and the price is so low that it's hard to get a handle on who's bidding against you because there's very little time that he horse is in front of you or even having any bidding).  But for sure we were bidding against a kill buyer.

But last night was down right fun. If I could figure out how to put and keep weight on Bo, I'd turn him into one of my go-to riding horses because he's got that fire that I love to ride. He loses weight too quickly and gets too nervous in new situations so that'll never be the case. But maybe a short ride around the place once he's picked up a little bit more weight. Hard to say.

After getting rid of the rest of his winter coat, it was nice to see that maybe he doesn't look as shabby as I thought. He's definitely a keeper. I guess I'm just ready to see horse out on grass instead of standing in the dry lot.

Anyone want to come out and help?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday

We wish for a 100 gallon tank plug (or three). I have one somewhere but I lost it in the tack room (I hope). We have at least one 100 gallon tank that I can't fill with water because the plug is missing. But it's always a good thing to have one or two extra on hand so when one grows legs and walks away, I can grab another. Yes, I am that disorganized. Maybe the other wishlist wednesay idea would be someone organizing the track room and barn!
Sorry old photo of Babe our blind mare we lost a few years ago. But it's the only picture I have on this computer with a water tank!

This Tree

I love this tree. Every year is blooms beautiful pink flowers. You can see in the first picture in the lower right corner a brown patch. That's Bob. This tree was here when we moved in but we buried Bob by the tree and ever since then I've noticed that this tree blooms beautifully every spring. So I call it our Bob Tree.

Once again this spring, the Bob Tree didn't disappoint. Of course these are old pictures because I can't seem to find time to download real time pictures .

But I wanted to share. This year not only did we have our Bob Tree bloom but the lilac bush also is in full bloom.

I love spring. I used to grumble about late winter and spring with all the mud but then I read someone's comment. She was always in love with the land that she lived in. Her name was Esther Garvi. She would talk about the west African landscape. And that made me think about our South Dakota landscape. We are blessed with so many different colors. In late winter, there's usually no snow and the ground is a dingy brown but come spring, the grass is a lush green color and the earth is such a rich dark brown from being worked by the farmers. The little green shoots of corn add such an amazing accent of color (and gives me hope). We are blessed with different seasons to enjoy the diverse colors of nature.

I miss Esther's words of wisdom. She was killed in a car accident this past August. I never actually talked with her. I only followed her on Facebook and her blog. But her words set deep into my mind and heart about the land we are surrounded in. So today, as you drive to wherever you are going, take a second look at your surroundings and see the beauty in it.

Thank you Esther Garvi for having such long lasting effects on me. Even though you are gone, you are not forgotten (even from people who you never talked with). May you and everyone else, enjoy this day and find beauty in the simple things of life.

And So It Begins

That's begins. We are officially playing musical pens. Usually I start musical pens the first of May but everything has been pushed back because my time is so limited.

But I finally put Rabbit and Junior into the pasture yesterday morning. That left Mayhem by herself. She was not happy but she really does need to gain some confidence. She's always been with someone so we need to fix the whole herd bound issue.

Last evening I put Lace in with Mayhem. I wasn't sure how well that was going to go. When we first got Lace, she was hell bent to destroy anyone that came near her. When I put her in with Mayhem, she stood still for Mayhem to sniff her all over. I really hate introductions. They are so stressful (probably more so for me than anyone else). Mayhem was still on alert after being alone all day but you could visibly see that she was much calmer with someone else in the pen even if it was Lace (who tried to beat the tar out of her the last time we introduced each other). Lace ignored her this time around.

Lace was more interested in Dude and Chaos who were hanging on the fence. I forget what it's like to have a mare. Rabbit doesn't often go into heat and if she does, she doesn't show the signs of it. Mayhem hasn't really ever shown too many signs. Lace on the other hand was flaunting her stuff. I hope that after a year or so, she'll understand that she's not going to get any and there's no baby making allowed on the place.

But Lace settled down pretty quick too. I thought maybe she'd try and attack Mayhem but she actually seemed like a totally different horse when I put her in the pen. I knew she was low man on the totem pole at her previous home (which she was at for only two months) but she's been top dog ever since she got here. I had thought of putting her in with the geldings but if she's going to be strutting her stuff all the time, I'm not sure Chaos can handle it. And I thinks she'll be fairly low on the totem pole. With the ponies, she was definitely top horse (but then again Rabbit did the same thing when she was in with the ponies).

Chaos was hanging on the fence even after Dude lost interest (which was pretty quick). Maverick wanted to check out Lace too but wasn't interested in her other than to make friends. Everyone else didn't care and didn't bother rushing the fence like I thought they might.

Last week Chaos cut his leg. I'd been tending to hit and thought it was healing but he tore it back open yesterday messing around with Lace. Hopefully we can get it patched up quick. I'm afraid it's going to leave a scar now.   It didn't warrant a vet call the first time around but last night I wondered about calling the vet but I'm not sure that they would have been able to do anything now that it's been a week even though Chaos ripped it back open. Hopefully Chaos will settle down and the cut can start to re-heal.

I didn't put the ponies in with Lace because I wanted to give her a day to settle in with Mayhem. Skippy was unimpressed. I figured he would have been happy to be rid of her but he kept whinnying. Even Tommy was whinnying for her. Odd. But I will put them all in together tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. We are going to be doing a lot of running around in the next two weeks so this will help cut down on chores.

Rabbit and Junior were pretty content in their pasture but I didn't want them staying out all night (at least not on the first night). I know they've been on grass but I want to make sure that they didn't over eat. So I pulled them into the barn for the night. I was worried that Rabbit would get stocked up but she did ok. She's moving around a LOT better now than even a week ago. Maybe being on a pasture will help but I'm afraid if I don't get it checked out, it'll only get worse again.

Junior and Rabbit were ready to get out of the barn this morning. I may leave them out tonight but I'd rather have 12 hours on and 12 hours off but we'll see. Maybe after I get the big herd adjusted, I can come up with something.

My hope is that tonight or tomorrow morning I put the ponies in with Lace and Mayhem and then I can start pulling down corral panels so I can put them up in a different spot and get the big herd out. This morning Bo was hanging over the gate asking to be let out on grass. He DESPERATLEY needs to be on grass to pick up weight. I don't think I have enough corral panels to make it all work but I'll have to get crafty if I don't. There's two options for putting up corral panels. We'll see how it goes. If I leave some extra tall grass for Mayhem and Lace then maybe I will move corral panels around to a different way. It's all such a guessing game.

The days are getting way longer but I can't seem to take advantage of the extra time because I'm with the kids (not that I'm complaining just struggling to get everything done). Next month has the longest day of the year and I need to take advantage of it. Seems like once July hits, I'm thinking winter again. So I need to get really focused and get the herd out on pasture and then focus on getting stuff done so we can be ready for winter. Seems I'm always working through the summer and focusing on winter.

There's just so much to get done and so little time to get it all accomplished. I have some fundraiser ideas that I'd like to pursue but I need some help with that too. Anyone want to help? You don't even have to be close. I can put all my ideas on paper and we can converse through email. I just need another brain or two to bounce ideas off of. Otherwise I just listen to the voices in my head and they seem to be in constant contradiction these days.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Appointment Scheduled

Well, I called the vet this morning and have an appointment scheduled for next Tuesday. Normally I haul in to the vet (to help cut down on cost) and to free up time for the vet because we are so far away from them.

But Rabbit can't travel on all four legs soundly. And I'm not sure she can even hop in the trailer with how lame she currently is. I didn't actually speak with the vet but over the years, I've learned his technique. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

So I guess I'm preparing for the worst with Rabbit. Hopefully we can cure whatever it is but it's been months of lameness and she's not coming out of it and it's only getting worse. So we'll see what the vet says and go from there. Fingers crossed it's not something life threatening.

We could sure use the help in covering costs for Rabbit's vet appointment. For sure there will be x-rays and a farm call fee. Any little bit helps.