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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Same Horses - New Living Quarters

Lyric and Piper decided it was long past the time when I should add a new post about them. We still have both horses and they are doing great although I can't say that this extremely hot summer was the most pleasant for horses or people. They are now being boarded at a lovely place and although I miss having them here at our barn, it definitely was easier on all of us not to be bring in loads of baled hay, mend fences, etc. I've worked with them for short periods of time over the summer, but mostly they get groomed and get a bath - that cool water from the hose would manage to get me a bit wet, too (on purpose!)

It should cool off quite a bit in a few weeks and I'll update you on my activities with both of them.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There's Someone Who Returned

Lyric is a chestnut Arabian horse that I bought when he was 6 months old. He had been living in North Carolina so one of my daughters could enjoy riding him. I should have posted this in the fall, but you see how slow I am am adding things to the blog. Lyric returned in the fall of 2014 so now Piper has a buddy to hang out with. Most of the time they get along well, but every now and then there's a discussion about who is in charge. I can't wait for the weather to cool off some more so I can be outside spending more time with them!

This picture was taken the day after Lyric arrived and the two horses were very nicely sharing their hay pile.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Colder and Closer to Christmas

It has turned colder here. Will we have snow for Christmas? Very unlikely, but you never know! This is a picture will a light dusting of snow from several years ago, but it didn't fall on Christmas.

There has to be an update on Piper, too, of course. She'is doing fine. It's amazing how their coat goes from sleek to fluffy so quickly as winter approaches. I'll look forward to some warmer days when I can work with her. However, she doesn't seem to mind having a lot of leisure time and always enjoys her meals! I'll be sure to include a picture of her the next time I post!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Finally... a New Post!

You'll notice that I haven't posted here for a long time. I got sick towards the end of May and had to head straight to the hospital where I stayed for almost a week. That was to get things stabilized and I knew I had to go back for surgery. I continued to hurt and not feel well all summer and finally had my surgery on September 18th. Again, I was in the hospital for almost a week, but I'm home now and I hope once all this heals, it will be the end of medical issues for a long time.

Piper is doing well. She just had a long summer of rest which she probably didn't mind during the hot weather. For a change we got rain during the summer so the pasture is in better shape than it usually is this time of the year. The flip side was the hay farmers couldn't cut and bale hay all summer because it rained nearly every day. Finally the daily rains stopped and the farmers could cut and bale hay so we could get Piper a new supply of hay.

I've bought some training aids and horse toys so hopefully I'll be able to use them with her soon. Here she is with her training ball. It's supposed to desensitize them to sudden movement, but as you can see it didn't really bother her. We placed some hay on top and she thought that was no big deal.

I don't know how long it will be before I ride again. We'll start back with ground work once I feel up to it. At least there is fall weather ahead which is so much more comfortable for me with outdoor activities.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

New Pictures... Finally!

I finally remembered to take my camera down to the barn and get some new pictures of Piper. Sorry she isn't posed a bit more, but she was trying to enjoy munching on the grass!

Notice the place in the middle of her mane that is sticking straight up? Before I got her, I was told she would reach way into the hay rack to get every last bit of hay (which is totally believable... she eats every piece of her hay) and that in reaching way underneath, she totally wore away that part of her mane. I sure will be happy when it grows back to full length, but she has a long mane so it will be awhile.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fly Spray and Hay

I know that heading sounds like a terrible combination. Piper may not have ever been sprayed with fly spray before we got her. That was another thing she had a strong reaction to ... and fly season is here so we have been working with her so she doesn't think it's so bad. The first technique was to spray pretty far away from her body and only a time or two. Then we thought about using a spray bottle with water in case it was a little less stressful if it didn't smell funny. That helped. The most help of all was today when I fed her handfuls of hay at the time she was getting sprayed. Yes, pleasant associations!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Piper in the Pollen

Although I meant to take the camera to the barn with me one day this week, I didn't manage it yet. I wanted to post a picture of Piper with pollen on her nose. I guess she grazes and pollen has coated the pasture. Why not? It has coated everything else! This week there is so much pollen that we have to empty and refill her tub nearly every time we walk to the barn. (She drinks from an old bathtub. Plenty of uses for old things when you have a horse!) I emptied and refilled the tub when I was there just before dark last evening. Then my husband went down this morning and refilled it and said there was so much pollen that it had built itself into a little "pollen island" in the middle of the tub. He had no idea I had cleaned and refilled it about 12 hours earlier.

We had a thunderstorm roll though around 2 a.m. - loud enough to wake us up, but we dodged the really bad storms yesterday so we need to be happy about that. Some friends came over to meet Piper this morning and I thought we would get rained on any minute, but it didn't happen. Piper was so impressed to have visitors! She really loves people, but she has been "nagging" me about getting some more of her pictures on her blog so I'll do that soon.  The weather totally cleared up after lunch. The sun was out and there was a nice breeze, so I spent more time at the barn. Piper's starting to shed and I'm eager to see what she will look like with a sleek coat.

That first picture I'm posting is from a dogwood tree in front of our house. Looking opposite the dogwood, you see these fantastic azalea bushes. They are at their peak right now! If only all those beautiful flowers could arrive without filling our world with pollen. Of course, I think it's mostly the trees that are the worst pollen offenders. They go from bare to having all their leaves in about a week. Certainly with the rain, the pollen will taper off soon. We can hope!

Meanwhile I've been busy planting my seedlings from my winter sowing season. I love winter sowing and typically sow about 100 containers! I guess I should be thankful the rain came along to water the plants. I've already used the hose to water several times on some of our extra warm and sunny days.

Have a wonderful weekend!