Monthly Archives: April 2007

Poor Rowan

Rowan has been demoted, temporarily at least. I noticed on Saturday that she seemed very subdued — subdued enough that I was worried about her. She was eating and drinking normally though, so I decided she was all right. By this morning it was clear that she and Blue are on the outs. I watched Princess chase her away from a pile of hay twice! I had to put some hay out in the rain just so Rowan could eat. Considering how beastly Rowan is to the others when she’s sharing Blue’s status, I can’t say I feel terribly sorry for her.

Guin is doing great in her new home. Friday was deliciously sunny and hot, so I spent much of the late afternoon/evening there. Kalisa and I brought Guin up, and both Kyra and Monica rode her some in the small indoor arena. Monica said she has a lot of try, and is simply a green mare. I told her she’s easier to ride out on trails. Part of me doesn’t want to ride at all, but part of me would like to take her on a trail ride. We’ll see.

She has adjusted to being in a stall overnight. Monica did sooo well acclimating her to the stall. She brought her in just for meals initially. At first she left the door open. Then she closed the door and let her stick her head out at will. Guin never got a chance to get upset.

Jay and I stopped by last night after the horses were up in the barn. She was eating her dinner, but stopped long enough to stick her head out and visit with us. She’s aloof, and I’m hoping that being in this barn with its penchant for spoiling horses will help her learn to like people more.

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People make me sad

Jay left for work this morning, and called me a minute later. There were two dogs wandering around down the street. I got in the car and drove down there, and found an elderly Great Pyr and a white dog who looked like a lab/Pyr mix who had been shaved for the summer. Both had collars and licenses, but only the Pyr had an ID tag. I put the dogs in my car and called the owner — not home.

The dogs were super sweet. The shaved dog had a raging ear infection and a lick granuloma on his foot. I went home and got some ear cleaner and cleaned out the ear as best I could. Not as good as a vet, but it was all I could offer. Then I found their address on MapQuest and drove the dogs home. A man was in the front yard, and the dogs happily went running to him.

I told him the shaved dog had an ear infection. He replied, “Yeah, and something wrong with his foot too.” Um, great, dude. Now take him to the vet — he’s in pain! He wasn’t worried about them being away and said, “I can’t lock ’em up.” He said if I saw them down there again, to just point them toward home.

This is something that drives me crazy about the country. People let their dogs wander all over. ANYTHING could happen to these animals, and no one would know it until it was too late. People here aren’t big on vets either. “It’s just a dog.”

I hate it. It’s irresponsible. I wish I could kidnap all the dogs I see running around and find them homes with people who love them enough to take care of them!

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What a great barn!

Oh my gosh. I LOVE Eden Farms. I absolutely can’t rave enough.

Joe and Monica picked up Guin yesterday afternoon. Adorable girl that she is, she just walked right onto the trailer. She pawed a little but quit once we got moving. When we got to the farm, she unloaded just as easily. She looked around, interested, but wasn’t hyper at all. This place has REALLY good energy. We took her down to her pasture and let her loose for a while. She trotted around and rolled like she hadn’t been out in a while. Too funny, since she’s a pasture pet!

After I toured the facility, Kyra and I brought her up and put her in their small indoor arena. (They have two — a big one and a small one.) She was a little more tense about that, since it was enclosed, but she was very responsive when Kyra longed her (sans longe line).

I went out this afternoon, and brought her up to groom her. (I managed to let a horse out of the pasture when I did it. Oy. Fortunately he didn’t go far. Still. Oy. I felt like SUCH a doofus.) Guin and I finally got up to the barn… and I got swarmed by people who wanted to help me. It was overwhelmingly wonderful. Guin’s tail was twisted into dreadlocks, and Wendy (who’s a hair stylist by trade) took over that operation. By the end of the afternoon, Guin’s tail had been shampooed, conditioned, combed out, and braided. Wow!!

I am just so impressed with the genrous, friendly nature of EVERYONE at this barn. It’s so much fun. When I left, I wished I could get rich, quit my job, move all my horses there, and spend all of my days hangning out there.

Kyra got a new horse — a gorgeous thoroughbred filly. She’s probably not a yearling yet. Her head and neck are refined and feminine, and her conformation looks lovely. She’s unhandled, which is actually fabulous, because she won’t have any baggage to overcome. It’ll be a great project for Kyra.

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Weekend update

Our beautiful weather vanished on us. It rained — and it snowed. I tried to tell myself that it was just an April Fool’s joke. I want my warm weather back!

Saturday morning, we hit the feed store bright and early and got a bunch of stuff for the electric fence. It took a fair amount of the day, but we managed to repair the fence and get it hot, all strands, all pastures. I had much too much fun on Sunday morning watching Rowan go into the pasture and test the wire. She was quite confounded that it bit back this time!

Sunday morning was devoted to getting the hay barn ready for a new shipment of hay. The big snow at the beginning of March brought the tarp down, so Jay put up a new one. We also cleaned out the pallets and rearranged them, so the best ones for walking on were on the walking paths.

We finished about 1:15, and then went in to eat. I had just put my lunch in the mocrowave when I realized I was supposed to meet Tanja at NSAE at 2:00. Eep! I changed clothes, woofed down my lunch, and hit the road. Tanja was very sad when I got there. She is leasing her horse, and she had just learned the horse’s owner is planning to sell him. She is brokenhearted, but because she and her husband are saving for a downpayment for a house, she doesn’t think they can afford to buy him. That was a downer.

It was terribly cold, but I picked up some videos I’d ordered from them, and then stayed to watch Craig teach a lesson. I wish I could hang out at his barn and tape record every lesson he gives, so I could take notes and reread them when I start taking lessons and have a practical understanding of what he’s talking about. I really would love to put Rowan in training with him, but unless I sell my screenplay, that isn’t going to happen.

Today, the horses got their annual vaccinations. This was Rowan’s first time, and I thought it might be traumatic for her, but she was just a little surprised. Dr. Pickering said she did really well. Princess managed to reinjure the shoulder she injured last summer. At least she had good timing, so the vet was able to clean it up and check it out while he was here. Nothing serious.

Guin is going to be delivered to her new barn this afternoon. I put a rain sheet on her, and I groomed her a little. I got the terrible knot out of her mane and combed out all the tangles. That girl is anything but hair-challenged. I’m going to follow the guy over to the new barn and get her settled in. I expect Kyra will want to ride her today, but since she got vaccs this morning and is getting a new home this afternoon, I think we ought to let her settle in a bit first. She has some rain rot on her back as well, and although it’s pretty much dried up now, we ought to get it cleared up before we saddle her.

Speaking of saddling, I was hoping to get the barn cleaned out yesterday, so I could pull together everything that I need to take to Guin’s new barn. Didn’t happen. I’ll probably go out in a little while and dig in. It’s a nightmare in there. I’ll need to turn the horses into the pasture while I play in the barn. I don’t want Guin back there, though, so I’ll turn her out in front. I miss her already!

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