Thursday, January 18, 2018

Throwback Thurday

Throwback Thursday to last summer when it was so darn hot that Penny used the ponies as shade.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday

This Wishlist Wednesday, we wish for Ramona Feed. We like feeding Ramona feed to our senior horses. It's a mix of oats, cracked corn, and I believe soy meal or some other special ingredient that helps pack on the pounds and keep the horses fat and sassy.

We've discovered that Ramona Feed works well for those horses that experience ulcer while eating grains that include molasses. We like using Ramona Feed on Bo to keep his ulcers at bay but also to make sure that he keeps his weight. 

We'd love to have an entire barn full of Ramona Feed. A bag of Ramona Feed costs just over $10 and you can find it directly at Ramona Warehouse in Ramona, South Dakota or at A Bar K in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Even one bag makes a difference for the horses at the Sanctuary.

Picture Courtesy Ramona Warehouse

Bo (from this summer waiting for his grain)

Wind Chill Advisory

I've been a little incomuminicado lately thanks to the sheer amount of work the paying job has me buried under. I'm hoping that soon I can recover and breath but until then I'm struggling to get anything done. It's so frustrating but I guess that's part of work.

We had beautiful weather for about a week and then another cold snap hit us. I never realized how much easier it is getting everything done in warmer temperatures. And when I say warmer, even 5 degrees above zero is warm lately.

The cold snap was supposed to set in late last week. I was able to blanket everyone, including Zeke. I didn't go so far as to stall anyone because it didn't seem all that bad.

We had a bit of a stressful weekend trying to help a neighbor with his colicy horse. I hate colic. After dealing with Ivan's colic and losing him so suddenly, it was a little bit surreal. And frustrating but that's all I'll say about it.

By Monday we were into bone chilling temperatures. And silly me, I waited until Monday night to put in hay because I wanted the hay to last a little longer. I should have sacrificed the good hay and went ahead and put the hay in. Over half the herd was in the barn for the night because it was almost 10 below with a wind chill of almost 30 below. And wouldn't you know, I'm out there putting on haynets and securing them with twine. I'd been out in that kind of weather before but for some reason Monday night's "adventure" was bad. I think I came close to frost bite. What I cant' figure out is that the time before, I almost froze my hand to metal a couple of times but this time around I think hypothermia was setting in....or maybe it was just exhaustion. Either way, by Monday night, I was done in.

Luckily the weather is getting significantly better. Unfortunately, it's another 50 degree swing in temperature. And I believe that type of temperature shift is what caused the neighbor's horse to colic. I've always worried about major temperature changes and our seniors. Can they handle the temp change, will there be any effects on them? It worries me. The older horses can't always handle such sudden shifts in temperature.

By the end of the wee we'll be in the 40s! And to think we were 10 below on Monday with a 30 below wind chill advisory! That's South Dakota for you.

I know there's more to write but I need to get back to the paying job before I get more buried. It's so hard to focus on moving forward when you're barely keeping your head above the water. Anyone want to help with fundraiser ideas?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Play Time

We're warming up out of a deep freeze. I think everyone is happy for warmer weather. Here's a few pics from the other night during sub zero temps. I had to kick Lightening, King, Chaos, and Maverick into a different pen while the rest were in the barn. These four went into a different pen so we could put in hay. Nothing like waiting until it's 10 below to put in hay.

I'll let you caption these pics.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Dress Up Your Pets Day

Did you know, January 14th is Dress Up Your Pets Day?

I know you've all done it. You've dressed up your pet (horse, dog, cat) just for fun (much to their dismay I'm guessing).

Well, what better way to pass the time than to dress up your pets this weekend. I created an event on our Facebook page so you can add pictures of your pets all dressed up.

It's something silly I know. The event is just for fun. There's too much seriousness in the world and way too much negative so we thought we'd combat that with a silly event. The weather is too chilly to do much so why not see how others have dressed up their pets.

For some, it might be too cold to dress up their horses (if you're in sub zero temperatures), but you can still post pictures from the past. It's always fun to see what others are doing with their four legged-pets.

So stop on over to the Sanctuary's Facebook page and post a picture of your pet all dressed up. It's ok if they aren't horses. Lots of horse people have dogs and cats for pets as well, so they might as well enjoy the fun too!

Hope to see lots of pictures!

The event is listed at:

Not my pic but it would be fun to do something like this with one of the black horses

$5 Friday

Today is $5 Friday!

Did you know $5 buys not only a coffee, but a bale of hay which equals at least two meals (minimum) for a horse?! The small squares we currently have actually feed two horses two meals.

There's always so many costs with senior horses and keeping them fat and happy. But when you get down to the nitty gritty, $5 can actually buy a lot for a senior horse. Every dollar counts when you're caring for a horse, especially a senior horse. $1 adds up quickly and $5 adds up even more quickly.

Wouldn't you like to keep our seniors fat and happy during this winter?

You can donate at

or send donations to

Borderlands Horse Sanctuary
PO Box 164
Humboldt, SD 57035

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Throwback Thrusday

Throwback Thursday to last summer with Brego

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter Storm Approaching

I know I already mentioned it earlier this week but we have a storm coming. We really didn't have any winter until winter solstice and then it's been super cold. We finally got a break starting this past weekend and it's been fantastic. In fact it's been in the 30s and almost 40s so the snow is melting fast (that type of weather is unheard of).  I'd pulled most of the blankets off horses on Saturday but left Bo's and Rain's on because the temps were still a little precarious.

I also don't want Bo to go down and get wet/chilled although I'm thinking I should have pulled it for yesterday and today. Rain has such a thin coat and thin skin but still I should have pulled his blanket today. I'm sure he'll hang out in the shade.

But today is the last day of warm weather. We're going to have a major shift in temperatures in the next 24 hours. I'm a little worried because the cold always means there's a chance for someone to get sick and/or colic. Not something I want to deal with. I'm still not over Ivan.

But today the high is supposed to be almost 40 degrees and then the cold front is to come through with a low of 10. The high tomorrow is a high of 10 and subsequently dropping into the sub zero temps. I think I saw minus 12. That's a shift of 50 degrees! We're also supposed to get rain and that will turn into snow. They've moved the bullseye from directly over us to away from us and I'm ok with that what with not having a snowplow to push snow. All my packed paths will be gone.

What I'm really worried about after the rains, is the wind. The horses will get chilled from the rains and then the winds will become wind chills of sub zero temps. The weathermen are talking blizzard like winds. I'm planning on blanketing everyone that I can. Luckily Dude has a new blanket. Maverick ripped the entire side of Dude's blanket and his butt was practically hanging out. His was actually Rabbit's blanket but once I get it repaired, it'll become a spare for those super polar vortexes and I can put it on King.

I'm hoping this storm isn't like Storm Atlas from a few years back. We missed the terrible weather but west river was decimated. They had rain turning to freezing rain, then lots and lots of snow. It killed off a lot of livestock. That same storm brought tornados on this side of the state. Of course we don't experience tornados now but the thought of freezing rains and then subzero temps isn't something I want to think about in mid January.

We'll hunker down for the next few days and let this storm pass before we do much more. Whenever we deal with subzero temps, it's mostly a time to simply survive and get through it. I need to put hay in for the mares/Junior tonight. They had more enough last night but with a storm coming, I want to get it taken care of before it gets icky cold. I hate putting in hay in subzero temps. And the horses will be happy to have a fresh bale to power through.

But I see myself being super busy for the next couple of nights to make sure everyone is happy and comfortable during this storm and cold spell. Add to it the high-priorities that got dropped on my lap this week from the paying job, I won't be doing much except keeping everyone comfortable and working. Sounds romantic and alluring right? Ah the joys of running a Sanctuary in South Dakota.

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday

This Wishlist Wednesday, we wish for senior feed. We aren't picky about the brand, we integrate the senior feed if/when we switch brands. The senior horses (and hard keepers) need senior feed to keep them fat, happy, and sassy during the long, cold days and nights of winter. We want to give them just a little bit extra when they need it to make sure they maintain the correct weight.

Even one bag makes a difference in making sure our senior horses and hard keepers maintain the right weight to keep them happy.

Junior and Lace

King, Chaos, Dude, Rain, and Zeke


Monday, January 8, 2018

Weather Woes

From Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon we have a temperature shift of almost 45 degrees predicted Wed high of around 37 and Thursday's low of around minus 12. ARG! I can't manage that kind of weather with old horses.

I pulled blankets this weekend but they'll be going on tomorrow night just before the rains hit. I think I may be getting stalls ready tomorrow night as well. So much to do and so little time to prep. I wasn't even paying any attention to the weather.

The last time I heard, we were going to get "some" snow. It's South Dakota, we get snow. But now we're getting significant snow. Add to that the temp change and I'm starting to worry. Then someone mentioned the wind. With rain turning to freezing rain and then snow, we'll have ice everywhere. And that also means wet horses. Wet horses and then plummeting temps don't bode well for horses.

Yep, think I'll be paying closer attention to the weather. I've been ignoring it lately but I better not for the next couple of days. So much for getting unburied.

I'll continue to freak out now.

Saturday, January 6, 2018


BONUS Trivia Question:

How many horses call the Sanctuary home?

If you guessed 14, you're right!

Trivia Answer 7

Trivia Question 7: Who was the first horse the Sanctuary officially took on?

If you answered Chaos, you're right!


BONUS Trivia Question:

How many horses call the Sanctuary home?

Trivia Question 7

Trivia Question 7:
Who was the first horse the Sanctuary officially took on?

Friday, January 5, 2018

Trivia Answer 6

Trivia Question 6: Which horse has a brand on his shoulder?

Trivia Answer: If you answered Junior, you're right.

Junior has a spade on his right shoulder.

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!
You  you have a great weekend.

Trivia Question 6

Trivia Question 6:
Which horse has a brand on his shoulder?

HINT: He's the only horse with a brand!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Trivia Answer 5

Trivia Question 5:
How many mares live at the Sanctuary and who are they?

There are TWO mares at the Sanctuary and they are Mayhem and Lace.

Throwback Thurday

Throwback Thursday to last summer with Penny and King

Trivia Question 5

Trivia Question 5:
How many mares live at the Sanctuary and who are they?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Trivia Answer 4

Trivia Question: What year did the Sanctuary become a non-profit?

If you answered 2016, you're right!

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday

This Wishlist Wednesday, we wish for blankets. The cold snap we've been feeling is definitely a reminder that some of our Sanctuary residents need blankets to keep them warm during the coldest parts of winter. 

Any size, any color, any brand, and in almost any condition (used is greatly appreciated as well as new) are always welcome. The horses aren't picky on what they wear. It's amazing how quickly certain horses can destroy their blankets while others keep them for a long time.

Putting in Hay

I had such high hopes of being productive last night. It didn't happen.

I thought we would need to put hay in the big herd and we definitely needed a bale for the ponies (been throwing small squares for a week). But when I went out to check the big herd, they still had plenty of hay left. We'll probably put hay in this weekend instead. It's just odd though because we put hay in two weeks ago and here's still hay. We had a terrible cold snap and yet there's still hay. Although I'm comparing it to last year when we had hay/alfalfa bales and they would power through a bale in just over a week. This hay is straight hay and not the high quality hay that we normally get but it's what we were able to buy due to the lack of rain this past summer.

No one is losing weight so I guess we should be ok. I am also figuring that I absolutely overfed them during the cold snap with the high quality small squares and alfalfa, along with grain so I'm guessing that hay isn't as appealing as their previous meals. I wish we would have been able to get the other hay but hopefully this year we can go back to our normal hay provider.

We had thought of putting hay in but I don't like the thought of wasting any when it's so darn expensive. So we'll wait another day or two before we put hay in. With the temps in the teens last night it felt like a heat wave. I could get spoiled with teens above rather than teens below zero!

Yesterday morning I threw out a small square for the mares and Junior and they didn't even polish it all off before I put them back in their normal pen. Trying to lead horses half way across the property in subzero temps at 5am didn't seem like the most ideal method of horsemanship so I put them in the pen closest to their stalls yesterday morning. I figured they'd eat all day and power through the bale. Nope. I think they too were stuffed on alfalfa and grain. Of course Junior doesn't eat nearly as much hay. I've found that the older they get, the less hay they eat. I guess that's why I like our old hay supplier because his hay is soft, green, and supple rather than this hay we have now.

I'm keeping a watchful eye one everyone to make sure there isnt' any weight loss.

I took a quick peek at Bo and I'm very happy with his condition. His leg is almost completely healed. There will be a scar, but that's to be expected with such a huge cut. The air pocket that covered his entire right shoulder, a portion of his neck and wrapped around his chest is nearly gone as well. The only air pocket I could find last night was a tiny one on his chest. I am excited for these improvements. I'll have to write about Bo's health in a little while. He's a fighter.

There's so much to do right now but we'll see how much I get done. With kids wanting to snuggle at night, it makes it really difficult to be productive after they fall asleep. I think most nights I fall asleep before them. I'm so ready for daylight savings and much longer days. But all in do time. I must be patient.

Trivia Question 4

Trivia Question 4:
What year did the Sanctuary become a non-profit?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Trivia Answer 3

Trivia Question: Who is Tommy's best friend?

If you answered, Skippy you're right!
They've been best friends since before they came to the Sanctuary.

New Years Resolution

I have come to the realization that the first half of the year I am pretty organized and relaxed but about the time August rolls around, I start to stress. It's been that way for years. But what I realized last year was that it wasn't just August that I freaked out. I freaked out in September, October, and November. So technically the second half of the year I was totally not with it and absolutely unorganized and beyond stressed.

So I guess this could be my new years resolution. To be prepared for the entire year instead of only the first six months. The second half of the year is really when we get down and dirty and get stuff done around the place (or when we need to but are stuck doing other things that have to get done before winter). We spend the winter months simply surviving,  spring enjoying nice weather, summer doing all the family activities, but then fall rolls around and we need to prep for winter again and I'm usually not ready because I've been off gallivanting around the countryside.

So, I'm going to spend the first six months not only planning (for things that I'll hopefully actually do rather than wish to do) but actually DOING some of those things that I need to do that always freak me out. It'll be tough but I need to do it.

So can I count on you to hold me accountable? I still need to create the list of all that needs to be done the second half of the year, but once I have that list, can I count on you to push me?

Lightening and Jim

I would be much less stressed if I could be more prepared. So here's to new years resolutions that will hopefully stick and to getting things done when they are supposed to get done.

Maverick and Lightening

Trivia Question 3

Trivia Question 3:
Who is Tommy's best friend?

Tuesday Tips - Winter Water

With many people talking about cold weather and water woes, we thought we'd find some good tips on how to make sure your horse is getting enough water.

This information is courtesy of Kentucky Performance Products

In a nutshell....

Tip 1: Provide moist feed when possible (it probably isn't possible to soak hay in sub zero temps) but if you grain them, add a bit of warm water and turn it into a mash.

Tip 2: Keep drinking water from getting too cold or frozen. It's a bit of a hard task to do in sub zero temps but automatic waterers should be chugging along but if you have a 100 gallon tank with a tank heater, make sure the heater isn't shocking the horse and make sure that it can keep up. Even if it can't, make sure that the hole where the heater is keeping the water open is wide enough for a horse to get their muzzle in and that the water is at a level were they can reach.

Tip 3: Make sure horses are consuming adequate levels of salt. Keep those salt licks handy! At rest, a horse should be eating about 2 oz of salt per day.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I am excited for 2018 and all the great things coming our way. It's become very obvious I need to step up my game so I'm trying very slowly to do just that. So hopefully you'll find more fun stuff online this year.

This year, I want to have more fun. My kids are teaching me that I need to enjoy the simple things in life and to laugh more. So every month (or at least I'm hoping to) we will have a fun online activity. There's too  much running and schedules and stuff like that so we're going to make it as easy as possible and do all these fun activities online. No pressure, no stress, no demands. Just a few clicks of a camera for a picture and all is good. It should be easy, fun, and painless.

There's been a lot going on and I've wanted to post about it but the days keep slipping by and there hasn't been time. We'll see how much more I can accomplish once I return to the paying job. It's been great taking a staycation with my kids. The sub zero temps have made life a little interesting but no different than other years. It's all in due course and we'll continue on as we have in years past.

Today marks the beginning of a new year, the beginning of a year of great opportunities. I am excited and a little nervous. I am humbled by everyone's support and I will continue to be humbled. I'd love to hear what everyone wants to see this year (besides the silly online activities/events we have planned). So if you want to see something more or something less, please let me know.

Here is to a fantastic 2018.

Trivia Answer 2

Trivia Question 2: How old is the oldest resident and who is he?

Answer: If your answer was Jim, you're right! Jim is 31 years old today!

Trivia Question 2

Trivia Question 2:
How old is the oldest resident and who is he?