Thursday, February 4, 2016

Friends Day



Today is National Friends Day. We have a lot of friendships at the Sanctuary. Not everyone has a "bestie" but pretty close.


Mayhem thinks she's best friends with Junior (but still wants to be close to Rabbit).


Tommy and Skippy are joined at the hip.


Bo and Zeke are best friends.


Wherever Ivan goes, Brego follows and vice versa.


Chaos is Dude's shadow (not sure if they are really best friends but rather Chaos knows that Dude is in charge and Chaos is practicing to be in charge some day).


Maverick is best friends with Jim (which is a weird friendship). And before when I was throwing hay, Jim would be best friends with King during eating time...I have no idea how that worked.


Rain is not quite best friends with Chaos but they hang out a lot.


Lace doesn't have a bestie yet but she likes to pick on the ponies.

Blizzard, Blankets, and Blustering Winds

It's been awhile since I posted pictures of the herd. All the pictures I have on this computer are old. My phone doesn't like the cold and I forget to take the camera out (and when I do, I don't download the pictures anyway). So here's a few pictures of some of the horses. I couldn't get everyone because my phone started to freeze and the light was starting to wane. I was so happy to be able to get out to do chores in the daylight...talk about a happy dance during my chores!!


Brego wearing a blanket donated by Gentle Spirits Horses Rescue. I'm still debating on who gets which blanket. Need to make a few repairs but oh so worth having good blankets. And Brego said he doesn't care if he wears pink (although the rest of the herd made fun of him). I'd put blankets on Monday night before the blizzard hit Tuesday.

An unflattering pictures of Junior (my phone wasn't cooperating). I'd really wanted to get a picture of Junior pawing his grain bucket. We desperately need over the fence grain buckets to feed Junior and a couple of the others who insist on pawing and flipping their grain dishes over. Junior is maintaining his weight really well. I'm pleased with his weight maintenance this winter.

I moved Lace and the ponies Monday night into the pen closer to the house. The pen they were in gets the brunt of any wind from any direction (except the west and that's only a portion of the pen). I worried that the smaller pen would cause some problems but I think Lace prefers to torment the ponies rather than actually attack them. She chases them like they are vicious wolves. I'm not sure if she's still angry at the world, or if that's just the personality she normally had. I'm starting to worry about what I'll do with  her this summer. She may get put into the big herd so there's more room for her to roam and I don't have to worry about her harassing Junior or Rabbit. As you can see in the picture, Lace is up from and the ponies are hiding in the back. It's difficult to get a picture of Lace because she's so people friendly. She loves people and hates horses (but wants to keep them in her sights). I think she's really just a bossy mare.

I stalled Rabbit and Mayhem (and Junior) during the blizzard. I don't trust Rabbit not to tear apart yet another blanket while she's in this pasture. There's trees enough for her to rip blankets and I can't afford to buy more blankets right now. I  need to get the ones repaired first before we go buying brand new blankets for her to shred. Rabbit is still lame but I need to get her back on her vitamin E supplement. I can't seem to find the one at TSC that was suggested to me. I may contact the vet and see if he can't order me some vitamin E supplement until I can find a better fix. She's dead lame again and I think it's really wearing on her. But every time I do give her a massage, Rabbit seems much more relaxed. Anyone want to donate funds towards a massage or know how to do a massage, or even just want to come out and groom her? I think a good grooming might be a good start to working the soreness out of her. She seems like a totally different horse to me these days.

When I let Mayhem out of the barn after the blizzard, she raced around the pasture. I think she was trying to get Junior to race around too but he only switched into a trot, not a full out gallop. I forget that Mayhem is only 6 years old. I have always had her with older horses and that behavior sometimes rubs off on the younger ones. Mayhem has never been with anyone else her own age. She's always been the young wiper snapper playing by herself because she's surrounded by an older generation commiserating about their aches and pains.

But we survived the blizzard with no problems. I stalled Junior, Rabbit, and Mayhem the first night and added Bo the second night. I also put blankets on the hard keepers before the snow flew. The temps were ok but once the horses get wet, it's a never ending battle to get them warm again. I'll probably play musical pens and move Lace and the ponies back to the bigger pen. We'll need to put in round bales again either Friday night or Saturday morning. We also need to make another run to pick up more bales. I wish we would have gotten all our bales at one time but beggars can't be choosers. Even more, I'd prefer that the hay was paid for. We need to do some serious fundraising to pay for this year's winter hay. I have some ideas but struggling to find time. Anyone want to help? You don't even have to be in SD to help!

Wishlist Wednesday

I forgot to post yesterday our Wishlist Wednesday....so here it is, a day late!


Wishlist Wednesday. We wish for more feed dishes (preferably over the fence feeders because Junior likes to paw his grain dish).

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday. Feeling nostalgic looking at pictures from long ago. This is Babe. She taught all of as the Sanctuary so much. Trust, dignity, respect, willingness, acceptance, love. What a graceful lady. We miss you Babe.



We said goodbye to Babe a few years ago. The void she left behind will never be filled.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ladies and Gents at the WA Feedlot

Dumping older horses at an auction and thus entering them into feedlots and slaughterpipeline makes my blood boil. For gods sake people, have some respect for your elders, be it two legged or four. These ladies and gents don't deserve this. All we can do is post and spread the news. They are too far away from us and we are currently over booked (and turning seniors away).


Number:#  Alden
Type:Auction  
Price:$375    
StatusAVAILABLE!
Date Available1/30/2016 to 2/5/2016
Age/Color/Gender29 Years  /  Chestnut / White  /  Gelding
Breed(s)Paint  
Registration
Broke?Yes   
Condition
More Info:

Description

Alden is a senior who was said to have been used to give wagon rides. He is in need of some groceries, but otherwise looks like he is in overall decent shape for his age. He stands approx 15hh and didn't have any visible issues that I saw besides needing to get up to weight. He did not appear to have any problems eating hay and was up and eating with the rest of the horses at the feed bunk. He is gentle on the ground and deserves a nice retirement or lighter use home.

Purchasing Information

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115
Deadline: 2/05/16

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Basic Info

Number:#  Almond
Type:Auction  
Price:$400    
StatusAVAILABLE!
Date Available1/30/2016 to 2/5/2016
Age/Color/Gender25 Years  /  Chestnut  /  Gelding
Breed(s)Quarter Horse Type  
Registration
Broke?Maybe   
ConditionPoor
More Info:

Description

Almond is said to be 25 years old and was used as a pet. I am inclined to believe he is broke to ride from the photos I have seen with him and a rider. He is 15+hh and came to the lot needing weight. He is sweet, easy to handle, picks up his feet, and seems like a very good natured and kind horse. He is bonded to a dark bay gelding he came in with, Amos.

Purchasing Information

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115
Deadline: 2/05/16

Additional Photos




Number:#  Amos
Type:Auction  
Price:$425    
StatusAVAILABLE!
Date Available1/30/2016 to 2/5/2016
Age/Color/Gender20 Years(Approx)  /  Bay  /  Gelding
Breed(s)  
Registration
Broke?Yes   
ConditionAverage
More Info:

Description

Amos is a very sweet gelding who is said to have been used for cattle. He should be well broke to ride, patient, and tolerant. He has saddle marks and looks to be sound from what I could see, and in decent condition, besides an eye issue with one eye. He is bonded to Almond and came in with him. Amos stands 15+hh and has a sweet and mellow personality. He has an eye issue that is causing his eye to run that was treated at the beginning of January, but I'm not sure if anything was done since. He had no problem with me touching his face so he should be pretty tolerant of treatment, and was a well behaved horse overall.

Purchasing Information

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115
Deadline: 2/05/16

Additional Photos




Number:#  Addy
Type:Auction  
Price:$450    
StatusAVAILABLE!
Date Available1/30/2016 to 2/5/2016
Age/Color/Gender20 Years(Range)  /  Bay  /  Mare
Breed(s)Thoroughbred  
Registration
Broke?Unknown   
ConditionAverage
More Info:

Description

Addy is a very friendly mare who just seems like a good 'ol horse babysitter type. She is broke to ride and is safe for a beginner to handle. I don't know the last time she was ridden and she may need a tune up, but this sweet mare is worth taking a chance on and bringing home. I saw no lameness issues or other issues. She has roaning through her flanks and tail head indicative of a rabicano coat pattern. She stands 15+hh.

Purchasing Information

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115
Deadline: 02/05/16

Additional Photos

Robins in January

I had heard rumblings about snow early this week. I didn't think much of it because, well, it's South Dakota in the wintertime. Of course there's going to be snow! But I just saw a  map of the projected "storm". Umm, yeah. Its' a storm. Predicted blizzard watch and warning to the counties south and east of us. Normally I wouldn't care but they keep saying that although the storm shifted south, it's now tracking north. So the blizzard watch that was just added to the county directly south of us (which is about 20 miles away), and the blizzard warning to the county kitty corner from where we are at (about 30 miles away), have me spooked.


Storms don't stop at the county line. Granted on some odd occasions, storms do stop at the county line but when it's a blizzard, I highly doubt it. As it is, any time we get wind, the east/west road blows shut so we might not be able to even get out (and that's without a blizzard)!


So the next couple of days are going to be a bit interesting. Luckily we put in round bales to the big herd on Wednesday and they still have a lot of the bales left. The mares and Junior still have most of their bale although they've managed to pull the hay net off of it....again.


Rabbit is still in considerable amount of pain so I need to call the vet. I ran out of the vitamin E supplement and can't find the one that was suggested to me at TSC. She really needs a full body massage. I don't know what I'm doing but I try to work some of her muscles and you can visibly see her relax.  Anyone want to donate their time to do some massage work on Rabbit? Even a good soft grooming would probably help make her feel better. I've always pegged her as a grumpy horse. No, she's only grumpy because she hurts all the time. So back to trying to figure out how to make her feel comfortable.


Speaking of rabbits...they've taken over the place and are wreaking havoc on the place. They got into the hay barn where the alfalfa  is, discovered the hay shed where the hay is, and have eaten all of my shrubs so even though it doesn't look like we do much gardening, I try. But the rabbits have eaten everything and destroyed every bush I've worked so hard to grow. I'm ready for spring so the bunnies can go elsewhere to find their food.


But I digress. I do need to pay attention to the weather. I put a blanket on Rain awhile back but took it off. The temps have been so nice but if we are supposed to get biting wind, I'll have to put a blanket back on Rain. He absolutely cannot handle even the slightest cold breeze. And for those that dont' know, Rain is my personal horse but he has major health issues so at some point, when he reaches that "golden age", we'll enter him in to the Sanctuary as a resident instead of one of my personal horses. He's not one that I would ever let go for fear of someone not understanding his health issues. He can't handle any heat (anything over 80 and he has to stand in the shade...heat stroke/exhaustion and in the winter when there's talk of a wind chill, a blanket has to go on and we have to look at stalling him.)


So I'll be keeping one eye on the weather radar, and another to the skies to see what we do for tomorrow as the storm blows in. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the storm will miss us completely but if not, I'd rather it hit sooner than later so I'm not at the paying job trying to get home to do chores and get stuck once again in a snowdrift.


Even though the days are getting longer, I'm ready for spring to be here.


And speaking of spring. I heard (and saw) a robin Saturday!!! I'm not sure what that means (other than a dead robin), but maybe spring will arrive a little early this year (which will be nice as long as we continue to get the needed moisture so our pastures don't dry up). But, oddly enough, the sound of a robin made my steps a little lighter while doing chores on Saturday.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Doesn't matter how long ago it was, looking at lush green pastures never gets old (especially in mid winter).