Friday, July 21, 2017


It’s $5 Friday!

We have hay ready to pick up next week. We are building up our winter hay supply and need your help! Our small Sanctuary is supported by many donors who cannot share a lot but what they share is huge.

Every donation matters, and we are grateful you have chosen to help us with our mission, "Giving each horse a dignified retirement".

Did you know, $5 buys one bale of hay and feeds a horse for a day? We have 15 horses in our Sanctuary enjoying retirement. We start feeding hay mid to late October and continue through May. Would you like to feed one of our Sanctuary horses for a day?

You can donate to or send checks to:
Borderlands Horse Sanctuary
PO Box 35
Humboldt, SD 57035

Mother Nature Messing With Us

Walked out the door this morning to do chores and was greeted with a raindrop hitting me square in the face. I didn't catch myself before I grumbled but I shouldn't have. We are finally getting RAIN!!!

We got a bit of rain yesterday, but not enough to really do anything other than tease everyone. I swear Mother Nature likes to mess with people's heads.

The trip into the paying job was filled with rain so I'm hoping that the Sanctuary (and the hay ground) received a nice slow soaker kind of rain. Hopefully it's not too little too late.

I'm still desperate for hay.  I'm doing my best not to burn up the pasture. Thankfully we divided it this spring before letting the horses out. I think that's our saving grace for having enough pasture for the summer. The last drought was five years ago and it was debilitating for us. I was pregnant at the time and couldn't even think about hay.

But this year I can. We went to look at some hay last night. We made a verbal agreement to buy the 24 bales. It's all that was left so hopefully we can find more. these are much smaller bales than what we are used to and the horses will power through these bales much faster as they are smaller. The old bales were 1800 pounds and would last a week and a half. These bales won't even last a week. But it's a start. And I won't look a gift horse in the mouth (I hate that saying because ....well, you know!)

So we have the equivalent of one load of hay for this winter. We need to find FOUR more loads. The problem is, EVERYTHING is far away. I know we'll have to pay for delivery if we go father than an hour or so out but I'm struggling to find anything. Delivery will eat into everything so I have to take that into consideration as well. So stressful. If only the hay ground would get enough rain and we'd get a second cutting. Wishful thinking.

I guess for now, I'll be thankful for the hay we did get and keep my fingers crossed that we come across another hay dealer willing to work with us so we don't have to pay out the nose for hay. I'm afraid we will be no matter what and it's going to absolutely be the end of us if we have to pay triple what we normally pay. Fingers crossed Mother Natures pulls through for us.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Come On Mother Nature

Glorious, glorious rain!!! It won't last long but it does make me want to go play in it!

Daylilies outside the house. Took the picture just before it started sprinkling!

Sure hope Mother Nature will give us a good soaker. I'm seeing clear skies in the distance but I'll enjoy what little rain we can get, even if it wont' help our pastures.

Lets Talk Farm Trucks

Lets talk Farm Truck!

If you missed our live video today (or don't want to listen to me ramble) here's a short blog about our farm truck.

If you've lived on an acreage, you'll know that you need at least some form of a snow removal. For some, it's a lawn mower with a snow blower, for others it's a tractor, and for us, it's a truck and snow plow attached. We use the farm truck as a farm truck and a snow plow so if  you've ever heard me talk about it, this beauty is it. It's a 1983 Chevy something or other that has seen better days.

Yes, you'll need a tetnus shot to climb in but up until two weeks ago it ran. Mike was joking that the plow truck was the only vehicle that ran (was thinking tractors as they all have problems). But he didn't knock on wood and POOF, the engine started having problems. You can ask Mike exactly what is wrong but all I know is that "it no go". Which means, more money into vehicles instead of horses.

So we had two options.

Option 1: tear apart the motor, send in some sample and figure out what's wrong. But there's a lot of waiting involved and it could be that we wouldn't get the farm truck/snow plow back up and running until late October. Not having a plow truck in winter is out of the question. Yes we have a tractor that could push snow, it has a bucket. But it's also the tractor we put hay in with so it would mean switching out the bucket and spear every week. Not going to happen in winter.

Option 2: Buy a new motor and replace it.

We went with Option 2.

And for those asking, No, buying a "new" old truck was not in the cards. To find another vehicle, fix all the quirks, and get it up and running would be less cost effective. Buying the motor was more expensive than we'd planned but it was really the only option as there's just not enough time and the results could come back saying we'd need a new motor anyway.

So here we are. We have a new motor and now we just need time to get it in. It would be lovely if someone would donate towards the new motor but I doubt that'll happen.

We use the farm truck for just about everything. Mike has the back of the farm truck set up so we can do spraying. That's how we discovered the truck engine was broken. He pulled out the truck and was getting the 10 gallon sprayer going (which also broke). We had hoped to get the sprayer and truck out into the pasture so I could spray but now we are relegated to spraying with the 1 and 3 gallon hand sprayer. But I'll do whatever it takes to make it work. Maybe next year we can take the truck.

We do have other tractors that can do the job of the farm truck but its' so much easier with the truck. It's not glamorous, it's not even pretty to look at, but when the motor gets back in, it'll be functional and that's what we are all about at the Sanctuary. We don't have pristine white fences, we dont' have well manicured lawns, we don't have shiny new vehicle or tractors. We make due with what we have, which is old fencing, old vehicles, and just about everything old. But hey, we are a Sanctuary for the old, so I guess we might as well toss in the old vehicles while we are at it.


We aren't in to August yet and the face flies are getting bad. Usually the flies rear their ugly selves in August and make such a nuisance but this year, they've reared their ugly selves starting back in June and they continue to pester everyone.

I've avoided putting fly masks on so far because the horses destroy them. I can MAYBE get two seasons out of a fly mask if Maverick doesn't bother them but it's hard to know what Maverick will do. He seems to be more bored lately so I'm going to have to put him to work, although I'm not sure I can find the time but will have to I guess.

I don't have enough fly masks but I'll do some extra digging to see if I can come up with some, even if they are totally ratty. If the flies are bad now, I can't imagine how they are going to be in another couple of weeks. We haven't had rain but the mosquitoes are still around. The one little rain shouldn't count but I think it was just enough to make the mosquitoes come alive again....not that we didn't have mosquitoes before, but now they doubled their efforts.

I need to order some fly boots for Lace and Junior. I don't really want to drop $50 for a set of fly boots but I'm seeing those are the ones that work. Now it's a matter of finding the money and the time to get them ordered (of which I have neither).

I had hoped to work on Sanctuary stuff last night but I was played out. Apparently I haven't been going to bed until late and getting up early means that less and less sleep makes me not function nearly as well as I'd like. So I ended up crashing, except I started reading a book and that's what keeps getting me in trouble.

I've read a couple of books and thought I'd do some book reviews (when time allows) so hopefully I can post something, even if it's of no value other than to peek your interest.

I'll be going live at noon to talk about non-horse related Sanctuary (and acreage) topics. So hop on over to our Facebook page and I'll see you soon.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Work Like a Dog Day - August 5

Did you know, Saturday August 5th is Work Like a Dog Day?

And for the Sanctuary, we are going to be working like dogs that day! We have many projects that need to be finished before winter starts. Hard to think winter when we are dealing with summer heat of 90 degrees with heat indexes of 100+ but before you know it, winter will be here and we have MUCH to get finished.
  • Scraping, priming, and painting the barn and the tack room.
  • Putting in new fence in the dry lot
  • Putting a new roof on the hay barn
  • Putting a roof back on the run-in shed in the big dry lot (the one the tornado blew off)
  • Washing, repairing, waterproofing, and inventorying blankets
  • Organizing the tack room and the barn
  • Spraying weeds
  • Cleaning stalls
  • And the list never ends

We would love your help! We will find a project no matter your skill set or how hard you want to work. Stop on out any time from 10am through 5pm (or longer depending on who's still working like a dog) and we'll gladly put you to work.

To tempt you even more...I'll make sure there's food to snack on through all the projects. I can't pay you, but I CAN feed you!

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday:

This Wishlist Wednesday, we wish for a hose reel!

Seems like an odd request but we have to drag out almost 300 feet of hose to fill water tanks and it would be nice to have the hoses on a reel rather than having to pick them up every time (or get lazy and leave them on the ground only to get run over or get tangled in the weeds).

We also wish for Luggage Tags!

Seems like an odd request but an other rescue was using luggage tags to identify blankets. And as we are now focusing on cleaning, repairing, and inventorying blankets, it would be nice to have identification for each blanket. I know personally which blanket goes on who but IF we ever get help, it would be nice to have the blankets identified (also so I don't have to dig for the size on those that are the same type of blanket...normally I just look for a particular rip or tear to tell me who's blanket it is). But a tag would be so much easier!

Panic Wednesday

Apparently I'm going to panic every Wednesday. Through no fault of anyone's, I'm simply going to panic. This is the third Wednesday in a row that I feel panic-y. Maybe it's because we don't have hay lined up and I can't seem to find any. I can't play the waiting game so I need to move forward. But we are going to take a hit no matter what.

But I'll save my hay panic for another post. What I wanted to point out is, that I was stressing and somewhat panic-ing on my way to the paying job that I totally blew past my turn. I have been taking this route for 10+ years and this is the FIRST time that I missed my turn because I was too deep in thought over what I'm going to do.

I could have blamed it on the fog but in reality  my mind was elsewhere and I was simply driving.

So, just to warn you all, most of my posts from here on out for the next little while are going to have a tint of panic in them all.

I was trying to keep some themes going so I could at least keep a steady commentary on the blog and facebook but I'm going to have to add Panic Wednesday to that list. Who needs Manic Monday when you have Panic Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jumping Horse

Mike picked this up last night before it rained.

If you guessed a motor, you're right. I'll talk more about it live on Thursday at noon but wanted to post a pic. Because even though it might not look like we are busy, we always are.

Sunday night Mike got spray set up so I could spray all the burdock/cocklebur pushes for the dry lot. I was happyily spraying and decided to head out to the pasture because I had more. I should have done a different pasture but didn't. Glad I didn't because I discovered the temporary electric fence was done. I think Chaos blew through it.

I ended up spending over an hour putting fence back up, only to have Chaos blow through it AGAIN! I was FURIOUS!

I put him in timeover over night and even during the day. So I was extremely surprised last night to find a missing horse from the timeout pen.

He'd pulled a Dude, and jumped the fence. Dirty bugger. Luckily the fence held but I'm going to have to put some additional (and much stronger) temporary fencing up so he doesn't keep breaking it and going through it just because he can. There's no reason he should be in the eaten down pasture other than "he thinks he can". So we'll see. I had hoped to put up stronger temporary electric last night but needed to move the ponies to a different location and then the storm clouds rolled in. I was surprised to be able to walk out into the pasture after the sun set to get the herd (they didn't want to come up because the mosquitoes hadn't driven them in either). But it was nice to get the breeze and cooler temps.

About 11pm, the rains it. It was such a blessing. I can only hope that we get more rain. Unfortunately, the clouds and storms broke up over where our hay ground is so we are still in search of hay. I am getting more and more anxious about hay as every day passes.

Mind isn't in full swing yet as I took the afternoon off from the paying job and the Sanctuary to go with my son on his daycare field trip. Always fun and not always relaxing but still so worth it. Now, hopefully I can get my mind back on track.

It Finally Rained

We got rain last night!!! I have no idea how much but it was enough to soak the ground. I fell asleep right as the thunder, lightening, and rain rolled in. I'd so wanted to watch and listen but instantly fell asleep. Of course, when it starts to rain at 11:30pm, it's hard to stay awake. It was such a nice reprieve to listen to the rain on the roof. The last rain we received was June 13th, more than a month ago. Luckily we DID get that rain as it was a downpour and probably saved our pastures. Now if only we could continue getting those kinds of rains and the hay ground would get that kind of rain so it would grow.

We are in search of a different hay supplier as both our normal go-to guys are not going to be available for the Sanctuary to buy hay. I'm stressing, beyond stressing actually.

But for now, I'm going to leave you with pictures from last night as I was trying to get the herd to come. Surprisingly, it was 9:30pm and I was able to walk out to the pasture and not be eaten alive my mosquitoes.

You can sort of see the storm clouds rolling in on the right of this pictures with Dude and Brego. I spent the entire night doing chores watching the skies to see if that storm would actually come and bring rain. Normally a hustle when I see lightening and clouds but it was a slow moving storm so hopefully it dropped enough rain to make a difference.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cicada or Kattydids

I'm not sure what you call them. We call them katydids (of course I can't spell it). I was always told that once you heard katydids, you had 60 days until the first frost. I'm doing a little bit of digging (and finding other people's blogs) and they say 6 weeks.

I happened to find my post from last year about katydids and it was July 6th that I mentioned them. I don't remember when we had a frost last year. Last year was a blur.

So if it's true, I heard them this week. Six weeks from now would put us at August 25th. There's no way we'll get a frost. Mid September, I could see that happening.


With all the climate changes, I'm not sure any of these old wives tales work any more. The one about precipitation 90 days after fog was almost spot on when we were in an "El Nino" but now, not so much. I used to count the days on the calendar and knew when a storm was coming. But not any more. It's impossible to predict these days. I'm not sure if it's because we aren't in an "El Nino" any more or if the climate change has something to do with it.

Either way, I'm going to start preparing. It's hard to think winter when tomorrow will be almost 100 degrees. But I'd rather be prepared. I've been so unprepared the last few years that it would be nice for the first time in a very long time to NOT be caught with my pants down!

(Pics are from the other night. King and Brego were the last two to come in for the night to avoid the mosquitos).

Hay Barn

Yesterday I did a live video about our hay barn. My hope is that I can start talking about non-horse related items that directly affect the Sanctuary but aren't specifically horses. There's a lot to run a Sanctuary (or an acreage) and I want to start touching on those topics because they've been weight pretty heavy on my mind lately.

So back to the video, I'll recap a bit of what I was trying to say but didn't say so eloquently (and sorry for all the saggy face time).

When we first moved into our acreage, the previous owners had used what we call the dry lot as the cattle yard. Even our hay shed was part of where the cattle had roamed. But with having cattle, you have destroyed and mangled buildings. The bottom 3.5 feet of the hay barn and the regular barn have no siding but tin to keep the cattle from ruining the building.

So back to the hay barn. We used to use it a lot when we used the 3x3 big squares. My uncle could stack two and barely squeeze in through the double doors (see the picture of the doors). If he left too much air in the tractor tires, he'd scrape the rafters. As we continued to use the building and the building got older, everything started to sag and we've had a few near misses trying to get the hay in and out. I'm glad we've switched to rounds for everyone's safety.

We still use the hay barn to store small squares of hay, alfalfa, and straw. Unfortunately, the shingles are no good. They are cedar shingles that have lived through too many seasons and too many wind storms (and a tornado). The roof started leaking years ago but it's to the point where the shingles are gone and it pours in. We didn't have the means to fix the roof until this year with the money from our personal tax return. Yes, we are sinking our personal money into all of the outbuildings as there's no capital fund to have the Sanctuary pay for any building repairs.

Instead of ripping off the shingles, we are going to slap Ondura sheeting over it. It has the consistency of shingles (but stiffer and thicker) so hopefully the process will go more quickly. We reroofed the west side of the barn with the Ondura and have been impressed. We had to special order the Ondura sheets because we had to order 50 additional sheets (besides the 10 we already purchased). Each sheet is $15 on sale. We still have to buy the special nails that go with it but are hoping for a bag sale or an 11% rebate sale. We also need to pick up some additional lumber for roofing so there's a bit more that we need to do before we can get to work on it.

We are also waiting for it to not be so stinky hot before we roof. Luckily we have access to a boom truck so hopefully we can start fairly soon. Once fall harvest hits, we won't be able to have access to the boom truck and the process will go much slower. So it's a matter of buying supplies and coordinating schedules.

I'll be happy to get the roof done but I still need to figure out what to do with the siding. Above the roof (see in the picture) and all of the south side does not have siding. It simply has the boards to create the wall. It was fine for awhile but now the weather and the raccoons have made gigantic holes in the walls. Dad patched up a hole where the raccoons were getting in, only to have them chew a new hole into the side of the barn.

If it wasn't for the horses, I'd go with regular house siding but that wont' work for the sliding doors and where the horses are. So I'm on to trying to find something else. No matter what, it'll have to wait because I dont' have the funds to do anything.

I did paint the doors a few years ago because I was tired of seeing the missing paint (it looked like the rest of the building but I saw it every day during the winter and for some reason it irritated me).

I've tried to avoid posting many pictures with the hay barn in the background because it IS such an eye sore. But now that I'm doing live videos, you're all going to see it more often. And I don't want to hide anything. I'll happily answer any questions or show any pictures but it's more of a pride thing than anything else.

I want to be that Sanctuary where when you pull into the driveway you say "Wow, what a gorgeous and relaxing place" rather than "Whoa, what a dump".  And it's really hard to get to that point where people say "wow" rather than "whoa", when you're the person single handedly trying to maintain everything.

The hay barn needs help, the regular barn needs a paint job, and a few other outbuildings need some more TLC. But it all takes time and money, and unfortunately, I have neither.

If anyone would like to help with reroofing the hay barn, I'd gladly accept the offer. Or if you would rather, we always need funds to help cover the cost. There's a lot of expense to keep up and maintain a building. If you want to donate funds, you can paypal us at

When we do start working on the hay barn, I'll do live videos and pictures so you can follow the progress. Or stop on out!

We have more projects that need your help too!

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!
More rambling when my brain is awake. Still sleepy for some reason.



Zeke and Bo

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is to last week when the herd reminded me that they needed to be in a different pasture (by taking out the fence). Now they are all happy and enjoying the new part of the big pasture.

Quality of Life

Earlier today I was puttering on Facebook and I came across a post from a adult child who had visited their mother in the nursing home. They were shocked and upset over the care. Now I'm not going to agree, disagree, or even discuss care at a nursing home. That's not a topic for this block. But it IS an eye opener and a reminder.

The old, two-legged and four-legged, should not have less that minimal care. They should not be "out of sight, out of mind." I get that some people need to be in nursing homes for care but the quality shouldn't be lacking. Neither should the quality be lacking for horses.

Just because animals (and people) are old, doesn't mean they don't have value and shouldn't be treated EXACTLY like you and I.

Because one day, YOU and I are going to be OLD. WE are going to be those old fuddy duddies sitting in the nursing homes crabbing about the weather or whatever else. We are simply a generation away from being "the old" ones. Those old ones weren't old to begin with. They weren't born old, they dont' want to be where they are at.

I had read an article about a woman who had just turned 100 years old. The reporter asked her how old she felt. Her answer....16!!!!! Because even if you are older, it doesn't mean you FEEL old! And it doesn't mean you should be treated like you're old!

One day, WE will be the old ones. Do YOU want to be pushed into a corner and forgotten?!?! I know I don't. Some day I'll be the crazy lady sitting in the nursing home. I sure hope I'm not forgotten and that I am treated as an equal.

So remember your old ones (two-legged and four-legged), they weren't always old and one day, you'll be their age. Treat them with respect and give them the quality of life they deserve!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Missed Another Storm

I thought we were going to get rain last night. There were dark clouds and the radar showed a red blob heading to the Sanctuary. The last time it rained was June 13th. I know because we were shopping that night too and we were shopping last night. So I was hoping we'd get rain.

We did not get rain.

All that came was lightening. The storm broke up before it reached the Sanctuary (and I'm guessing it also broke up before it reached the hay ground were our hay is at).

I was rushing around last night trying to get chores done before the storm hit. I needed to fill a water tank and while I was standing around I thought about walking down the driveway to get a better look at the upcoming storm. You know, it's that odd habit certain people watch a storm approaching while standing at the end of the driveway or at the front door.

I was just about to start heading down the driveway when a bolt of lightening flashed right above my head. I opted to step backwards into the barn! Of course standing in the doorway of the barn is probably only slightly safer than being outside but much smarter than walking down the driveway. Although I had an odd thought as the lightening flashed. What would happen if I got struck by lightning and had  a full bladder (I did at the time...sorry TMI). I mentioned that thought to my husband and his response "You'd pee your pants." And here I was thinking other more interesting things might happen.

So the storm never hit and this morning it was already 73 degrees at 7AM. It's going to be another scorcher. I shouldn't probably complain. There are others in much hotter areas. The paying job keeps the building 65 degrees so it's a bit of a hit in the face when I step outside and it's 90 degrees. A 25 degree shift in temp is a bit hard to take.

It was a quiet morning this morning as I let the herd out I did a morning video and posted it on our Facebook page if anyone is interesting in viewing it.

The next couple of days are going to be busy. We have another drill team performance on Saturday. I'm worried about Rain and the heat but I guess I'll just have to wait and see how things go. I have a few ideas of blog posts so I may be posting a bit more, or I may not post much. It all depends on where my brain wanders today.

Happy Wednesday!

The herd this morning

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Drought Monitor

The drought monitor as of July 4th shows that the Sanctuary is in "Abnormally Dry" as is our hay ground. I'm just hoping we'll get rain soon. I don't think it'll take long before we move into the "Moderate Drought" if the weather continues as it has.

The last rain we received was June 13th when we had that terrible storm blow through (at least it didn't do any damage). Lets hope we'll get rain soon!


Can you spot the photobomber?

I think she tries to get into every picture!

Meet and Greet with Mayhem

If you were on our Facebook page ( last night, you might have noticed we did a Monday Meet and Greet with Mayhem. For those that might not want to listen to me ramble (and watch the poor video), let me introduce you to Mayhem.

We brought Mayhem in to the Sanctuary as a twofer deal. We really wanted her mother Rabbit but the owner wasn't willing to hang on to the pair until weaning and wanted us to take Mayhem and bring her back when weaning was ready. I wasn't thrilled with the idea so I gave him $50 for Mayhem and she's been with us ever since. That was in September 2011.

At the time Mayhem was only three months old. By no fault of her own, she's always been on the back burner. And that's my fault and cross to bare.

We weaned her in November and I put her in with the ponies. I've been a little shocked as the pictures in this blog post are from Mayhem this week, standing in a pasture by herself. It's something that's never been done. She's always been with someone else and ALWAYS been herd bound. She has always freaked out before now. But with the heat and being stuck with the ponies, I think maybe she was ready for a break. Or she's finally come to an age where she can handle alone time. I think she realizes Rabbit is never coming back and I hope she knows that Lace and Junior will return at the end of the month. But I'm not sure. She seems a little different these days.

Mayhem has had many strikes against her. I guess that's why I never considered putting her up for adoption. The previous owner had bought Rabbit when she was pregnant. She'd been breed to a blue roan stallion and was guaranteed a blue roan. As you can tell, Mayhem is NOT a blue roan. She is the spitting image of her mother, Rabbit.  Both Mayhem's parents were registered but there was a mishap with the signatures on the stallions papers so we never did get Mayhem registered. I should have pushed the issue but I didn't. But Rabbit was only "needed" for the foal and when the foal wasn't what the owner wanted (color only), she too was no longer "wanted". I can't come to terms with throwing away a life because one isnt' the right color and the other only needed to serve a purpose for a short period of time and then was no longer wanted.

When she came to us, Mayhem had no name. I tossed around a few ideas and was going to call her Havoc but my sister suggested Mayhem and it stuck. You see, when we name animals, it always seems to be odd names. Our first little dog, a minpin, we ended up naming Trouble (and it fit). We also named our first rescue, Chaos (and it fit). So if you have a Trouble and a Chaos, why not have a Mayhem as well. It doesnt' really fit her but that's ok. I was told once by an old cowboy that horses with mean and wicked names were the best horses and those with fluffy names were the worst to ride. So far, it holds true!

So besides being born a sorrel rather than a blue roan, Mayhem also had an umbilical hernia. Because she was always pushed to the back burner, I never got it fixed. We have about half the money set aside for the surgery but I still  hesitate. I'm sure people think I'm insane for not getting it done but Mayhem has had a rash of illnesses. I thought she was colicing so I called the vet. Our vet was out of town so I hauled Mayhem to Dakota Large Vet Clinic only to discover that she had colitis. She's recovered from that without any ill effects but it was a learning realization for me because we trailered her there. She'd only been in a trailer two times. Once to come to the Sanctuary and once to go to the vet. You see, she really HAS been on the back burner. I'd only ever taught her to be halter broke and to stand tied...and that's it! Bad horse mom! But in talking with DLVC, the surgery was double the amount that we were told by our normal vet so I was again taken aback and have struggled to come up with the money. There is a big difference between $400 and $800. To some it's just a drop in the bucket, but to us, it's a lot of money that can buy hay.

While we were at the vets during that episode, we discovered that Mayhem also has a heart murmur. So that's why I question doing surgery. Will her heart give out during the surgery and kill her or will the hernia kill her? Which is the lesser of the two evils. For now, I'm still saving up money. I know it sounds ridiculous as we've had her for seven years but every time there was money in my pocket to care for her, someone else got sick. She's always been on the back burner so there she sits. Again, me being a bad horse mom.

I also had her out in the trees one summer and she poked her eye. So now she also has a spot in her left eye that I am sure will give her problems when she gets older. It doesn't seem to bother her right now (she can see perfectly out of it) but I have no doubt that later on it will bother her.

Mayhem is a good horse, she's just been shafted by me putting her on the back burner for so many years. I want to send her to a trainer but that has to be out of my own pocket rather than the Sanctuary's. I also thought it would be neat to take her and Maverick and get them trained to drive because they are a matched pair. I sometimes do a double take and think that Maverick is Mayhem or vice versa (that's how much they look alike). She's a typical red mare and things need to be her way. She's not as easy going as others but she's still fairly easy going.

After she was weaned, I did put her in with the older mares (Queen and Babe). It seemed that by putting Mayhem in with the old mares, Mayhem became old. She learned from all that knowledge and wisdom. I love putting a young one in with the old. It keeps the old ones active and vital and it gives the young ones wisdom and a sense of balance. It's a bit of a game to figure out who to pair with who as far as young and old because we dont' typically have any young ones but when we do, we have to figure out who fits with who and I think the balance worked out for Mayhem (and Babe and Queen).

So that's Mayhem in a nutshell. She's been shafted in life but doesn't seem to let that bother her (she doesn't know).  She's patiently waiting for her boyfriend, Junior, to return but I'm sure Lace will have something to about it.

Mayhem is a fairly easy keeper but we would still love to have her sponsored. You can sponsor for a month ($100), half a month ($50), or a one time sponsorship. You can donate at Or if you'd like to help with her training, either donate or come and spend some time with her so she has more handling, other than just me. Mayhem really should be worked and messed with more than what I can do. If you'd like to donate towards her surgery, that would be very helpful. I wouldnt' feel like such a failure for letting her down if we could get the surgery done. Until then, she'll continue to be on the back burner.

Jim Farts

Every time I let Jim into the barn and he sees me, he farts. And it's not like a tiny little fart. It's like a motor boat directed RIGHT at my face. The next time I let him into the barn, I'll record it so you can all see for yourself. He used to never do it, but now, it's every. darn. time.

I guess I won't fault him though. He is 30 years old and a grumpy gus. At some point you should be allowed to be a grump and get away with just about anything (and Jim is at that point). I just wish he wouldn't direct those gas bombs right at my head.

I'll take it as a compliment when Jim farts on me.

Happy Farting Jim

Monday, July 10, 2017

Airing Dirty Laundry

It was stinky hot yesterday. But I still took advantage of the hour+ I had to dig out some of the dirty, dusty, and muddy blankets and get them washed. It was a good feeling to be getting the job down now in July, rather than waiting until October.

I am not sure when the last time I washed the blankets. I know it wasn't last year and I couldn't do it the year before (in July I was pregnant and after that, couldn't lift a soggy blanket). So they were in dire need of a cleaning. Now, keep in mind, I do this all by hand because I don't have a wash machine that can handle a blanket, nor do I want to go to the Laundromat and ruin a wash machine there (or someone else's clothes).

So instead I got out the old bucket of hot, soapy water, and a hose and went to down. It's probably not the best method, but something is better than nothing.

I have six of the, I'm not sure how many, blankets washed and drying on the line. I still need to repair almost all of them with minor fixes or major fixes. Once I get them all washed and dried, I'll water proof them so I know the horses wont' get wet. I am not positive, but I expect washing them takes away the waterproofing so even if I don't get them washed, I try to waterproof them every year.

I still need to get them repaired and some need more TLC than others. Anyone want to help? You don't have to have a sewing machine. I do all of the repairs by hand with a thread and needle. It would go faster but I dont' have a sewing machine that works...nor am I sewing machine worthy to work on a blanket. But if you are, I'd love to take you up on a sewing lesson!

I am hoping to get to a few more blankets later this week or this weekend. I don't want to lose my motivational streak. It's nice to see progress even if it's not much. Seeing six less dirty blankets hanging on the line is beauty to my eyes!

And after being out in the hot sun, I thought to myself...yes, I am airing my dirty laundry! It just so happens, instead of sanctuary drama, it's literally my horses' blankets! That's the only way I'll air any dirty laundry! :-)

Happy Monday

Mayhem as the sun sets

New Fencing

Saturday morning I went out to let the horses out of the drylot. I knew that I needed to spend the weekend moving temporary fences around so that the horses could get into the new portion of the pasture. We'd divided the pasture two years ago (temporary fencing) and that seemed to really help. I didn't do it last year and I noticed the difference.

So I opened the gate and couple of horses moseyed out only for me to discover that someone had pulled the fence down and they started going into the "new" pasture. I wasn't mad but slightly irritated. Irritated more at myself because they don't touch that fence unless there's no more grass to enjoy. And the electric fence wasn't on. It keeps getting unplugged and I have no idea why. I had thought maybe someone was unplugging it but I don't think whoever is, is human. I'm guessing a mouse keeps running by and unplugs it. I'll have to figure out a better setup to keep the electric fencer plugged in. But it's probably a good thing that it wasn't on as the fence was down in multiple places.

So off I went to put up fencing at the bottom of the hill. I didn't want them into the very bottom part of the pasture because it's still wet from the rains we received a few weeks ago (we are not in a drought but everywhere else is). So our pasture has standing water...ergo the annoying mosquitoes.

But I want to keep the horses out of the bottom pasture so they'll have something in August when we go into a drought, because it'll happen.

So I rushed back to get poly posts and electric fence and set to work. Two hours later, I was almost done.

Almost because I had no way to hook up the electric. I decided that I didn't want to try and figure out how to go up and over the gate in the drylot so I'd hook up to the permanent electric on the perimeter of the pasture.  I knew the north and east portions were still there (the horses had pulled the electric off on the west (and I think the south) and it's disappeared somewhere).

So I hooked everything up and started walking the fence. That's when it dawned on me that I haven't had electric on the pasture in years. It's been at least four or five years since we used electric and it shows. We'd cut down scrub trees growing in the fence line but they've since come back.

So after getting a thorn jammed into my thumb and scraping up my palm, I opted to have Mike start cutting down trees. Actually, it was the two scrub trees that I couldn't break that was the final straw. There was simply no way I could use the electric fence with those trees growing up and into the fence.

So Mike went out in the afternoon to work on cutting down trees. As with everything else, the chainsaw hadn't been used in probably three years so it was in need of some TLC. I'm not sure that it actually got any but at least it got used!  All these projects that we need to get back to and it requires a little bit of extra work because everything has sat for almost three years.

Why three years? My daughter will be two next month so nothing has really been accomplished over those past two years and the year I was pregnant (or what seemed like a year), nothing was accomplished either. So three years the place has fallen into disrepair. So now we are fixing it and I'm excited to see the improvements!

I did have good company while I was out fencing. Farley and Penny were with me almost the entire time. Well, until I moved away from the stagnant water. Then Farely decided to go back up to the house and find some shade. Unfortunately temps were rising into the 90s so I had to work fast. Mike go the brunt of the heat while cutting down trees.

But now the horses are in the new part of the pasture. I'll have to get pics. I'd gone out last night but they'd already come up for the evening. Maybe tonight. With trying to get kids to bed, it's a bit tricky to get back outside before the mosquitoes come and the horses come up to the barn for the night. But if that's my only problem, I won't complain.

Friday, July 7, 2017

July Newsletter

Pastures and Drought

I was going to do a live video of morning check in (and release to the pasture) but I was running late. I wish I would have done it anyway. Everyone walked out single file, nice and calm. It was fun to watch. But as always, I'd hit snooze too many times and had to book it to get everything done before heading to the paying job.

I need to move Mayhem and the ponies. Their little pasture is done so now I'm in search of another place to put them where they can graze. Mayhem may go into the pasture but then I'll have to pull someone from the big herd. But the big herd needs to switch to the other side of the pasture too.

So that means I'll be doing a lot of fencing over the weekend. Most likely, I'll be out in the morning before the heat really kicks in. I have to be in the house by 9pm because the mosquitoes are so bad. I feel terrible for the horses but I'm not sure what to do other than leave the gate open so they can come up and stand in the shed away from the flies and mosquitoes. This is the part of summer I hate...bugs!

I'd mentioned the other day about the drought. Well, now there's proof and maps to show the level of drought. Luckily, we've had just enough rain at the Sanctuary that we aren't in a drought. We are in a small green blob but where our hay is located...that's in the drought zone .

The green shows the June rainfall

I had hoped we'd get rain the other night but only got wind instead. It was enough to wake me up though. Earlier that night, I'd watched a lightening storm off to the west. I had hoped that it would bring rain, but it didn't. So I guess we wait and watch and wait some more.

I have noticed that what weeds I sprayed are dead. I'm doing the happy dance over that. But I need to get out and spray some more. It probably won't do much good to spray now but at the very least, I need to keep up with spraying the burdock so there's no cockleburs this fall!

I am going to be recovering this weekend from the past three weeks of activities. I'll also be busting my butt to get some fencing done so the horses can enjoy better grass again. Hopefully it'll be quiet yet productive.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Our Throwback Thursday is to earlier this week! I didn't post any patriotic pictures for the 4th of July so here's the best I can do!

Musical Pens and Pastures

I remembered to bring my phone with to do live video this morning and took a picture of the herd heading out to the pasture. They changed their minds though when they realized the mosquitoes are out.

We may be in a drought, but we are still in summer and summer means mosquitoes.

I am going to have to move corral panels around tonight or tomorrow (depending on what the mosquitoes let me do) so that I can get the ponies on a different part of the lawn. It was so much easier when I could just use electric fence instead of corral panels. Skippy doesn't respect electric fence any more. So we'll see what I can come up with for a lawn pasture for those two and kick Mayhem out to a different pasture. I may lock her in to the trees up by the red shed for a little while so she can eat that down. I'm trying to figure out what to do with her while Lace and Junior are at their summer retreat. Once they come back, I'll have to take a closer look at the smaller pastures to see what to do. Oh the joys of musical pens and pastures.

Live Videos

If you're on our Facebook page ( you may have noticed more videos. I finally got a phone that allows me to do live video but there's some quirks with the phone (go figure). I'm still working those quirks out so the videos are pretty rough and it's just me rambling anyway. If there's something you want to see specifically, let me know. You'll also notice that the place isn't all that grand when I pan around to the horses. I've been able to hide it this long but with live video, it's hard to hide the fact that we are living on an old farmstead that ran cattle so the buildings are in rough shape. We are slowly fixing them up but it takes time and money (which I have none).

I'm trying out the morning check-in but not sure that anyone is interested. It's nice to see the horses but it'll be the same thing every morning, same with evening check-in if anyone wants to see those (if we continue with them).

Just trying to figure out what draws people in to see the horses. We aren't a rescue so we don't have a lot of turn over with adoptions. When they come in, they stay. So not a lot of change. We don't do the feedlot programs so there's not a lot of hype or drama or whatnot there either. It's just me and the horses hanging out trying to stay cool, so not sure if that would really peek anyone's interest.

What I want is for you to know the horses as well as I do. For more than one reason! If I can start doing live videos, then you'll get to know the horses and feel like they are yours as well as the Sanctuary's. And, if I'm missing something and you notice it, you can tell me. Because typically, it's only my eyes on the horses every day to see what's wrong with them and I've missed things in the Bo and whatever is going on with him. But it's taken me awhile to notice that things aren't up to par with other horses and another set of eyes (your eyes) would definitely be appreciated. So we'll continue with the morning or evening checks...whichever you prefer (or both) and we'll continue.

Because I really do want to share these old warriors with everyone. Share their stories, share their wisdom, share their calmness, and share to show that old should never mean out of sight/out of mind.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday

After a short reprieve, we are back to our Wishlist Wednesdays!

This Wednesday, we wish for fly masks! Even with finding three XL and one yearling Farnam flymask on sale, and buying at full price a UV protection fly mask (for Jim), we could still use fly masks. The horses seem to go through them quickly and the flies are even worse this year than in previous years.

Usually the biting flies don't appear until August but they have already arrived and are driving the horses crazy (and me too).

New, doesn't matter. I am still digging for additional fly masks but it's always nice (and comforting) to have a few as a backup when they either destroy them or pull them off and they go missing in the pasture.

Approaching Drought

I may have to put a slight disclosure on this post. I'm a little cranky. I'm people'd out. The fourth of July was fun and I'm missing my kids dearly but I'm people'd out. I guess that's the curse of being an introvert? But I'm worried and I'm not sure if that's from being people'd out, simply my nature, or if I really should be worried. I'm leaning towards the last one.

Last night I paid our hay guy. Not in full because the remainder is sitting in our paypal account and I can't figure out how to get it into our bank account. Yet another flaw of me being technologically unsavy. Can anyone walk me through it? I need help.

Because you know, it's a little uncool to tell your hay guy that you need more hay when you haven't paid for last year's hay. Yes, it took me that long and yes it's totally wrong and yes I know but things have been tight at the Sanctuary. I need to do a few more fundraisers but everything seems to be coming to a screeching halt instead of moving forward. I need moral support and physical help to get any of my ideas off the ground. As it is, some of my ideas for this fall are already down the drain.

But back to the conversation last night. Some people are starting to talk about the drought. I knew it was coming more than a month ago because our hay guy mentioned it. I was a little surprised because we've had rain and I mentioned it to a few others and they all poo-poo'd me but now even the national weather is saying we are going into a drought so people are starting to talk about it.

But where my hay is, there's a bubble. No rain has fallen in weeks. I'd dare say, over a month with no rain. Of course at the Sanctuary we've gotten rain. We've gotten so much that there was standing water in the fields but not where the hay ground is at. The rain will hopefully keep our pastures going but not the hay ground.

Our hay guy bailed up his alfalfa and what was there was a third of what he'd normally get. He baled up first cutting of hay and the same thing happened. He got a third of what he'd normally get. IF he can get a second cutting, it'll be the same.

What does that have to do with the Sanctuary? EVERYTHING! I prefer to get first cutting hay but a dairy farm already swooped in and bought every bale available. Our hay guy also has cattle so he has to make sure he has enough hay to feed his cattle. So there's probably not very much left over for us...if any. That's a problem in more ways than one.

I do have access to another hay guy. It's the same guy we used to go with but switched because I'd rather have my money stay in the family (my hay guy is my uncle). But if my current hay guy can't get enough hay, we'll have to go back to the other hay guy and be somewhat in the same boat we were in, where we have to pay for hay almost a year later (although that seems to be the case right now) and we'll probably have to pay premium. I'm not too bent out of shape for paying premium because it is high quality hay but its' still hard to swallow.

But I DID say we needed hay but I never got a confirmation that we'd get hay this winter. So I'm stuck. If our hay guy goes out of cattle, we'll have all that hay available. If he keeps his cattle, we'll have to find someone else. Our previous hay guy may be in the same boat where he's already gotten most of his hay sold.

And after paying for almost all of our hay from last year yesterday, I'm tapped out. So even if I could buy a load of hay today to keep us safe for the first frost, I don't have the money. There is no cushion.

I prefer to buy and use the high quality hay so that we can avoid having to grain the horses, which adds even more money to the dwindling bank account. I'm guessing that most people will be hanging on to their hay in case there really is a drought and they need it. In the past, we'd get a few bales here and there donated and it really made a difference. Even with a few small squares donated, it makes a difference and I can sleep a little easier.

But I'm not going to sleep easy for awhile.

The first of June was stinky hot and then it cooled down. Now we are into July and the first couple of days were chilly and it's going to be stinky not... and stinky hot for the foreseeable future. The heat is so hard on the horses. There's nothing I can do to keep them comfortable except offer water and shade. I wish I had a mister of some sort or more runin sheds for them to cool off in stand in front of  a fan to at least catch a breeze but we aren't set up enough to do anything like that.

So now that the holidays are over, I'm back to really stressing out. I hate this waiting game. I wish our barn was full of hay right now. Everyone it seems is talking hay and filling their barns and it feels like we are sitting on our hands doing nothing. But we have no hay ground to bale and no equipment. We are making payment's on two tractors which takes a chunk of change to pay off. We have our big tractor that moves hay around. That was a hefty sum of money and we are paying for it personally rather than having the Sanctuary pay for it. Last fall I bought a little belly mower to hopefully help keep the weeds down where I can't spray...or when I can't spray...I'm also paying for that one personally rather than having the Sanctuary pay for it. But it all adds up. Every penny is going towards maintenance or horses but it seems to be going out faster than it's coming in. I'd even considered a second paying job but there's no time. With a full time paying job, fill time mom of two little kids, and running the Sanctuary (not including being in charge of a saddle club and a member of the drill team), there's no time. So there's no time to look for grants and no way to swing any available grants so that we'd get anything. So what's a girl to do? I guess continue to stress and hope for the best.

So here's what I'm worried about:

1. Having money to buy hay
2. Having access to hay
3. Not having enough hay
4. People selling horses because there's not enough hay and the market gets flooded....and more horses end up headed to slaughter

So if I seem quiet over the next little while, it's because I'm worried and stressing over hay and I simply don't know what to do. I'll try to post a few videos on Facebook but I may be a little quiet on the blog because I am a bit more outspoken on the blog than anywhere else and I'm not sure that I'll be anything but a Debbie Downer.

Happy 4th of July

Hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July! We spent most of our time with Junior and Lace at their summer retreat (because that's where we have all our extended family get-togethers.

I know I'm struggling to get back into the swing of things but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Keeping Up with the Times

When I graduated college, I said I didn't want to fall behind in technology (and become a dinosaur). Well, I'm afraid I have fallen behind. Two years ago, I was happy to simply take pictures and post them online with my phone (albeit that didn't work very well because my phone never liked me). Fast forward two years and people are doing videos and such all the time.

Luckily today, I enter the 21st century! I have a new phone! So hopefully I can keep up with the times and have you more up-to-date with all of our activities at the Sanctuary. Don't worry, I'll still keep up with the blog but hopefully we'll have more content to discuss rather than my ramblings about nonsense.

I would love to know if there's something in particular that you'd like to see or know about. Our followers are still a small number and I'd like to grow that number so if I can provide you with more information and get more people interested, the better it is for not only our current residents but any future residents that will be coming in (no that's not a hint, everything is on hold as we are full even with Rabbit's passing).

So...send me your questions and your requests and I'll see what I can do. I'm excited to share!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

What's Wrong With Bo

I'm still asking What's Wrong with Bo! I called the vet today to see if they had any ideas. It may be a case of running a few tests to see what's going on. A fellow rescuer mentioned he might have cushings. I sure hope not. I was sort of turning a blind eye to it but I can't any more.

But I'm not sure that cushings makes entire patches of hair fall out. It's not ringworm because it's all over his body and not round. It's just odd. I know he's not feeling 100%.

I put him back into the big herd but I want to put him into a smaller pasture so he can get some relief from being pushed around. Zeke has taken up staying close to him so that's a definite sign that something is wrong. He's been splitting his time between Lightening and Bo but now it's all Bo. So I'm guessing they know there's something wrong.

I want to give Bo a medicated bath and then clip him but the weather hasnt' cooperated (nor as the time or mosquitoes). Does anyone local want to come out and help bathe Bo and/or help me clip him? I know I have a clippers somewhere. It's a matter of finding it I'm so disorganized around here!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


I hate when the weatherman says we'll have severe storms with hail. The worry kicks in when I hear hail. There's just too much outside to have hail. I don't think we had any hail last night. If we did, I apparently slept through it. I did wake up to a downpour but was too tired to investigate. I think I'm exhausted and just played out this week already.

I did put Bo and Zeke into the barn last night because they were talking hail. Bo is getting pushed out of the herd more and more and I KNEW he wouldn't be able to get into the shed if we did have hail. He's still got some major health issues working against him. I need to make time for a vet appointment but the funds and time are lacking as of late. Bo was more than happy to go into the barn and he munched on hay most of the night while Zeke just stood around. Zeke is fat. Not that he couldn't eat but I think he turned his nose up at the hay!

When I woke up this morning and went out to do chores, I noticed we'd gotten a considerable amount of rain. We don't have a rain gauge so it's hard to tell how much we actually got but based on the water sitting in the fields, we got a lot!

No one seemed all that interested to head out to the pasture this morning. Odd because yesterday morning, Dude almost ran me over. They all decided to hang out in the mudlot drylot rather than head out to the pasture.

When I got back up to the house, I noticed that even my flower pots were holding water!! And when I drove in to the paying job, the driveway and gravel roads had some serious washouts where the water ran. So that's my indication that we got a LOT of rain. I'm not complaining. We need rain and so does the hay ground where our hay is located!

Otherwise it was a quiet night. We have some exciting news coming but don't want to announce until after the holiday. I'm trying to scramble and figure out how to get everything together for our family outings over the holiday. So, juggling the sanctuary, paying job, drill team, and extended family stuff. It gets a bit overwhelming at times but I guess that's life. I'm just hoping I can find another pair of jeans. I seem to have lost ALL of my clothes over the past month. I had enough clothes to get me through the week and now I don't even have that and I KNOW they are clean because I'm washing clothes every week but I think they've all disappeared. So the mystery continues, at least for a little while longer until I can find the time to do some investigating.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Looking Back at Jett

For some odd reason, I decided to look back at the blog from a few years ago and went to June of 2011 (figured why not look and see what we were doing this time that many years ago).

And look who's face I saw:

That little bugger has really grown into a stellar gelding.

Jett is now doing drill team performances AND mounted shooting. He's sure come along way!

This is Jett all grown up (picture is from this summer!)

Summer Solstice

As most know, summer solstice was last Wednesday. Meaning, the longest day of the year has come and gone.

Insert panic.

I'm sure you're wondering, what am I talking about? It's the official beginning to summer (even though our summers start after Memorial Weekend). How can I be in a panic when we are now into summer and the days are filled with sunshine and warm breezes and all that jazz?!?!

Sorry - stole the pic from somewhere else.. it's not mine

But now with the days getting shorter, even if it's only by a minute a day, it means I'm losing time. There's so much that I HAVE to get done before winter sets in. If I don't, well, it won't get done. And for some, you're thinking...who cares?!

But those projects that don't get done in the summer cause me headaches in the winter. I went out the other day to spray and I was disappointed when I didn't see any of the leaves wilting or dying off. All that time, effort, and money put into spraying and nothing. But I looked today and at least the burdock is dying off! That means less cockleburs to pull, less matted manes and tails, less frustration for me!!! It means I'm winning the battle, even if right now I'm losing the war.

But there's so much that needs to be done before winter sets in. I hate to think that I spend my entire summer planning for winter but with old horses, I sort of do. There's repairs to be made to buildings, painting to be done before everything freezes, there's fencing to be done before the ground freezes. There's all kinds of stuff.

So now that everyone is enjoying summer solstice and summer in general, I'm in panic mode. Anyone want to help?!