Wednesday, October 30, 2013
So I turned off my alarms, and went back to sleep.
Today my to do list is long but I may have to do only one thing..... RIDE my little boy and do ground and back exercises with my little girl.
BUT I will try to get this all done.
1. Unload oven stove drawers. (two eyes dead, and now the oven has died) replacement on the way at some point this week.
2. Take extra large trash bags to barn and pick up around. hay strings, rice and corn oil containers, and busted buckets.
3. Take Navarre for a ride.
4. Work with Sweet Pea...
5. Take load trash into truck.
6. Take truck to trash drop.
7. Start putting together solar heat for water container I am building this winter for NEXT winter!
8. Put more of my dried food supply into more mason jars.
9. clean out my closet!
10. Lay out clothes for work tomorrow! going in very early!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
My mare has been in heat so when she is prime she doesn't defend her food, thus allowing Navarre to eat her left overs, and causing him issues.
It is mostly his right hind leg that is very stiff.
I am trying stretch exercises from the ground AND backing request working the leg in a different direction.
I will let you know how it works out.
My love to the world.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I have been in a funk sense my Aunt passed away. Yes I had to take off work, then yes I kicked myself in the tuckus and hop back on the train of life.
BUT ... today I had that PERFECT ride that finally made life seem colorful again.
Yesterday strong north western winds blew into town and took down all the leaves that had decent color. It didn't matter today!
I got a call from work that I wasn't needed today! Which is always a double edge blade. One no hours means no pay. TWO it wasn't planned so I couldn't possibly get everything done I could want to.....
I did in fact take the day for me.
to extend facts... I sit here still smelling like a horse on my leather sofa and still don't care!
I have yet to take off my riding boots, full seated pants, or even my bright shirt I use for visibility on the roads.
|Navarre and myself at the driveway to the barn.|
I walked down the mountain with Navarre responding to my every leg command. We were passed by large trucks, even a bucket cable truck twice he didn't care... didn't flinch... he did however smell the trash cans along the way. But again quickly responded when my leg got too close to a mail box or two. It was nice.
|we are headed back up to the barn on the estate.|
|What a PERFECT ride feels like~! |
My hubby was at the drive waiting on us as we made it back to the barn!
He brought supplies I needed to finish my insulation box for the water!
|What a perfect ride looks like to me.! as I ride! quite only the sound of his feet... full of color and dabbled like an oil painting! |
|at this point it was ALMOST done... now it is... |
I finally got it done! But at this point I could care less because I had such a great ride on my little boy!
Then as normal... you see hair flying! Navarre rolling in dirt! above!
WR Prince Navarre brought me back to life today!
Life is finally brighter!
My love to the world...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
It was early early Saturday mornings when my Uncle JL and Uncle Charles would show up to eat, drink, and visit with Nannie and Paw Paw. A brother of each! an extension of the family ... it was always family back then.
Uncle JL who we called Uncle Jake... Always brought candy sticks. Chix Sticks... of which I have not seen in years. He sat with his back to the wall turned sideways to see the entire room.
Uncle Charles sat next to him and the younger would come and go as they moved through the house for this or that. Aunt Gale, Carol, and Dickie as they got up and going. I was the tag along at or below the age of five in those days.
The younger ones disappeared before I knew it.
It was Saturday mornings with just the adults...
JL was the first to go.
Uncle Charles took his chair!
Uncle Charles was the corner stone family/ visitor from "the city" He would do his dabbling at the farm and head to have lunch with Aunt Wilda whom he always called Rose... his Rose...
Uncle Charles got to where he didn't come as much. But Aunt Gale with the boys grown now took his chair. But instead of just Saturdays it was Monday through Saturday. Sundays ... Well Paw Paw was gone before any of us got up to turn the heat or air on at the church before we got up.
For years it was just Nannie, Paw Paw, Aunt Gale and myself.
We lost Paw Paw...
We lost Nannie...
and now I've lost Aunt Gale.
So I stopped by a waffle house bar seat on the drive home to North Carolina. All the servers were wearing Pink Breast Cancer support T-Shirts, Old men flank me on each side, my requested hot water with lemon was handed to me in a heavy porcelain mug. Which made me smile (as my Paw Paw would ONLY drink from these heavy mugs.) I order my food but ask them to hold my bread that goes with my meal (I can't eat it anyway no need to waste it). I eat my food thinking of the time Gale set up for one of her best friends to be a fast order cook at a waffle house one day. Fulfilling a dream of his... and hers just doing something good for someone she really cared about. This alone was making me not be able to breathe.
She asked me if I wanted my coffee to go?
I asked if they put coffee on hold for those who need it. We do she said... but so rarely!
Just put the coffee and toast on hold for someone who needs it I said.
I haven't charged you for the coffee she said... Go ahead! Charge me for it and leave it on hold.
Then the tears were out of control... I had to get myself together so I could pay my bill and get the heck out of dodge.
It was at that moment I the seed was planted in my mind for my new coffee club.
I no longer have my personal group that could solve all the worlds problems in one sitting. But I can only hope to grow the coffee share/ hold group by others pre paying for someone else's coffee and the business giving it to someone who can't afford it!
These practices are typical in a LARGE city... but we as humans need to spread this practice to the rest of the world.... local.... and let it grow! http://www.coffeesharing.com/
You can help several ways... pre pay and allow the waitress or barista control who it goes to...( This is what I did Sunday on my drive home, and yesterday on the streets of Asheville.) OR use your own business card and attach the receipt to the card.
The point is... it just makes someone's day better.
I have chosen my coffee bar! I have talked to the owner! I can pre pay... have the person who rings me up sign my receipt... I sign my receipt and I am free to give it to anyone I want! They in return can take my employee signed receipt and my scribble on it and cash it in for what ever I paid for that day.
I am so cheap I take my own coffee to work!
So this is a big deal for me, as I will now have to save the change from each paycheck, along with what ever is not rounded to the nearest five dollars and I will use it once a week so it will never be more than $4.99 to give to a homeless person in town (Asheville) I may even save them up for all I know!
My point is I will be able to afford a small breakfast treat and a coffee from some of my checks while others I will be lucky to pay for the coffee alone. Luckily the bar I have chosen serves toast; a little something to put in their stomachs!
It is all something my Aunt Gale would do if she were me... being the last one in the coffee club... not having that coffee club meeting anymore but making sure the spirit of it continues! My Nannie and Paw Paw... Well.... please.... they never let anyone leave their home hungry so all these fit into what is missing in my life!
NOW... I can only ask that when you read this ... and next you purchase a coffee... ask if they share coffee's or if they hold coffee's for those who can't afford it! Just ASK!!!! You may start a trend that you enjoy more than Christmas. Knowing that you brightened someone's day with a warm cup to put their hands around on a cold winter morning. Knowing that if you add just an egg or toast ... it may be their meal for the day! Life is about living... but it is just as much about giving!
I am not asking for you to give because of me! But I am asking that you give or share in memory of my Aunt Gale... and all the people you always want to give too but refuse to hand them money. DON'T but you could tell them where they can get a warm coffee and possibly more on you!
Especially if you work it out with the coffee house like I did so they can't just get a receipt out of the trash etc...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
I told her.
I made sure she knew.
Gale a direct messenger of a higher power. A rare human. A missed mother, sister, aunt, class-mate, neighbor, or friend.
|I know it is not in focus but it was the best I could do with a phone instead of a camera.|
|kids, balloons, and a beautiful day... who could ask for more.|
Monday, October 7, 2013
A nasty day... but we needed the rain.
While the rain helps my pastures, it creates a horrible footing for the horses. But washes out the fish tank and fills my cistern.
Horses are out on the wet pasture... but not as long as normal. As the rain creates more sugar in the deprived pasture and is more rich than just last night.
Horse management is all day everyday...
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Birds arrived... I got them settled
Horses had plenty of hay so... I took my time getting over there. When I did I Unlocked the gate to allow Sweet Pea to graze as I took Navarre out for a short ride.
A ride that tested his patience, as I made him stop to talk to several people along the way. I think he wanted to get the ride over and be done. I was enjoying my stops along the way and only concerned about how long Sweet Pea was grazing.
We made it down the road, did a few circles as we headed back up as he wanted to trot... No trotting on the road in my book SO.... working his hind end tends to make him more tired along the way and makes him listen without having to use my legs or arms like crazy. One simple hind end request in rhythm and he jumps at the command.
An enjoyable ride and when I got back to the barn Sweet Pea had not pushed the gate open, had not gone out to graze... but was screaming her head off for sure. (I do NOT allow Navarre to yell back if I am riding! ) One of my rules!
I then came across a friend again and in doing so, took her home and went to see her new home. I am so happy for her. She of course offered for me to come over any time... AND wanted to allow the horses to graze on her four acres at any point needed. Life for her will be a little more settled when she gets moved, and I can only be happy for her and her family.
There are never photos when I ride... I am too busy paying attention to what is going on... Cars speeding by, trucks with straight pipes, and my favorite the mail carrier with a horrible muffler hanging off..... ? should be a noise law on his old car! But Navarre did wonderful. My only upset was the turtle that had been run over in the road. I hate when someone hits a turtle. They hurt little and move so slow how can you not go over it, go around it? Why hit a turtle of all things?
At any rate my day settled by feeding the horses, playing with all the birds again. Making sure my young charges were happy and full for the night. They are covered and have quilts for night chills.
I can only hope your day was half as good as mine.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I have to use supplements... I would rather never use them but One horse does not survive without them.
Oil in a diet does SEVERAL things...
2. Creates Heat... Corn more than Rice... but I use both... Rice in morning and Corn at night but only in the winter... Otherwise all rice... again ... MORE in the WINTER and barely enough for PPSM for Navarre in the summer.
3. in the intestines it helps to protect their delicate lining.
4. it assist me in making sure my supplements stick to their feed.
Supplements... Once again I HATE supplements... I wish I could feed them ONE thing, grass and water. Life would be so much easier, and in the long run better for my horses if they didn't need them.
Once a month no matter where I live, travel or exercise plan... I do a sand colic treatment. Clay soil will cause sand colic so I use this once a month for prevention. I do it first day on each month for seven days. 30 dollars a month compared to 10 or more thousand dollars for surgery due to colic; I'll do the preventative any day.
I use an apple flavored electrolyte. KER orange is my favorite but it gets harder and harder to order.
Selenium ... Like I said earlier in my hay! My area has none left in the soil... 99% of the US does so you only have to test for it once... Most areas are a LITTLE depleted but it is added in most all feeds see your label! I add it with Vitamin E for both horses... it is the cheapest form!
Navarre has MAJOR medical issues so he gets Vitamin E with and again without selenium. He gets muscle herbs because his PPSM makes his body EATS HIS MUSCLE TISSUES!!!!! to put it mildly. He gets a 1/2 cup oil morning and night for PPSM as well....
Sweet Pea is such a hard keeper I give her bacteria for her gut (HARD KEEPER) brand name from Tractor Supply!!! easy to get!
They each get oil and SUPPLEMENTS above only once a day. Sweet Pea only needs oil if we are trying to gain weight or it is going to be cold.
I purchase all my supplements in bulk.... BUT I did go to SMART PAK and order 30 days of all the supplements custom for Navarre so when I am gone on emergencies I have no worries.
All of this is a lot to take in... but ... it has taken 7 years to have to work up to where I am and I desperately cut EVERYTHING back as much as I can keeping a daily, weekly, monthly evaluation on my horses....
I can only hope you are a lucky one, that merely gets a horse you can feed one thing and never have a problem in the world with what you are doing! I wasn't that lucky... but these horses are mine and they are the reason I work as much as I do as often as I do.
Processed Feed can EASILY cause COLIC... so in the fall and winter I soak their feed.... ALL their feed not just hay extender and alfalfa EVERYTHING... for BOTH horses. Because I feed my mare large amounts of feed, I soak their food!
In the COLD of winter I have feed at home and soak it in boiling water before I take it to the barn, or I take boiling water to the barn to feed them. No I do not expect anyone else to do the same but it makes a big difference for my one horse that does not grow a good winter coat. As you can only feed a horse so much!
Really? What do you feed? Do you ask people what to feed your kids?
I know ... that's harsh! But really we all approach our kids differently. We are all going to approach our horses differently as well. I do nothing like my neighbors, and my neighbors do very little like I do.
I love Purina horse feeds... but they are REALLY hard to get around where I am and Southern States is much more reliable for me. BUT I do drive 30 minutes for special feed for Navarre and 15 minutes out for Alfalfa for Sweet Pea. So I purchase all these in more than I need and keep the extras in my house safe and sound.
Low Starch Performance feed for Sweet Pea
fortified Rice Bran for Navarre. (no sugar)
Wellsolve Purina feed for Navarre (low carb and starch) a necessity for his PPSM...
and the Alfalfa cubes for Sweet Pea
Navarre is what they call an EASY KEEPER so he needs much less of everything than one would think. As long as he has grass hay and his supplements he fine. So he gets feed in order to get his supplements into him and MANAGE his weight. He gets fat easy and fast...
Sweet Pea is the exact opposite. It is VERY hard to keep weight on her. It is hard to feed her enough hay in a single day so I use the hay extender. Hay extender is one of those things you really need to soak before feeding it to the horse. The hard keeper above is more like our yogurts with bacteria for easier digestion. It works for her! I do not waste the money on Navarre.
Feed... you need to read your labels....
I keep my bags till I purchase another three bags and put them in my metal trash cans. (I keep all my feed in metal trash cans of all sizes... Mice do not chew metal) WHY do I keep my bags... Because once in a blue moon there is a recall on feed. I have joined the instant messaging on each of my feed companies... for this same reason.
xmpl... in my area there were several issues with hay and feed this year. Hay ... I lost... Feed I lost what was in my cans due to the rain... everyday almost all day for over 32 weeks this year. Our normal rain fall is 20 to 30 inches a year. We have gotten barely over 60 inches this year. Feed stores that do not have climate control lost some of their feed that is not plastic wrapped. My hay stretcher is one of those. But I had my bags, they gave me numbers and I could double check mine I had and each bag I was going to get in the future so I would know it would be ok ... all from the company.
FEED is given per pound ...
Pound of Horse... Amount of EXERCISE... the more exercise the more feed... BUT it is given on a bag per DAY... this should be divided into two or THREE feedings a day. When I am home I feed my mare THREE times a day because I have to feed her so much being a hard keeper. Navarre... I feed him as little as I can... and only twice a day.
If your horse Colic's then making sure the amount of processed feeds being smaller and smaller and wetter and wetter portions may be VERY important. As well as adding an oil...
I'll go over more details about my supplements tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
But I have one horse that requires a blanket when it is a cold rain even at 60 degree day.
Positives and Negatives ...
Positive... A rain coat allows me to save money in the long run. Any time it rains lately my mare goes into shakes... so badly one would normally call the vet. So after several times of drying her off, blanketing her for an hour, then putting on the raincoat as an after thought. It is now at the barn for good.
Negatives... Blankets can be dangerous! VERY... but so can crossing the street! ha ha ha...
Your horse can break a leg, twist a gut trying to get it off, tear the blanket to pieces and cost you lots of money. So I get the strongest I can 1600 denier throws and blankets are needed for my dry lot and pasture horses. If your blanket leaks OR you put a blanket on a wet horse as an after thought a horse can smell sour... like a moldy towel left in the washer over night in the middle of the summer. It is gross and you really need to clean your horse! If you don't it is likely to turn into rain rot! a horrible condition that grows a fungus that eats the skin, makes the hair fall out, and again causes you even more problems. Not to mention it becomes painful for your horse. Horses get too hot, in the wrong weight of blanket, they sweat and can get dehydrated if not carefully watched. This also causes moldy smells etc...
How to fit, measure
This type of measuring works better for me! I find a better fit at a LEVEL measure from chest to center of tail.
I get about a one and 1/2 inch difference in the types of measurement. You have to realize this is a complete size! leaving you almost FOUR inches difference in the blanket if measured wrong.
WHY to use a blanket.
Some people use a blanket just to keep their horse clean.
This is great IF you are showing! If your not then why wouldn't you allow your horse to be a horse rolling in the mud and getting dirty etc...
Some use a blanket to keep their horse from developing a WINTER COAT.
This is controversial... and double edged! by not allowing the horse to develop a winter coat you MUST blanket the horse at all times, thus you may need to change the layers through out the day or at night. NO WINTER COAT is also a show thing! When a horse is slicker they look better.
Some clip/ cut their horse's hair again mostly a show thing.
BUT clipping is also a preventative thing. You don't see runners wearing a heavy winter coat? Your horses winter coat is a is heavy, holds sweat and WILL make it colder while wet after cooling down from a work out. So if your ride often, ride hard clipping may be a necessity.
My horses are in the weather and need their coats; I only use a blanket when they need one. And in the winter I ride in the morning and allow the horse to dry in the heat of the day, I brush them out again at night feeding so hair is fluffy and warm for the night.
Because of choices WHEN is completely up to the owner, but remember if you blanket your horse you are completely responsible for its warmth. You can't change your mind of blankets or winter coats in the middle of the season! AND you may need to be around in the middle of the day to change the layers you put or didn't put on your horse.
again choices choices choices...
Over the ears, under the tail but merely draped over the body is a cooling/ wicking/ warming blanket and NEVER left on a horse not being attended to.
Belly BAND complete band... I have one of these as a quilted warm blanket, and is rarely used unless she is uncontrollably cold. Mine is very warm, and does not have a chest strap it pulls over her head and can be hard to use on horses that scare easily. BUT there is no draft on her belly and when she is VERY cold it matters a great deal. This band can be the most dangerous for leg issues.
GERTH STRAP only. I generally only use these when I have to. They do not stay in place as well BUT are much safer for a horse that lays down a lot and helps to prevent them from getting tangled up in the belly straps shown last.
BELLY STAPS.. there should be two ... I ALWAYS cross mine... one it also helps to prevent her from getting tangled in straps. But with this type of blanket warm or not there is a draft on their belly at all times. If it is an old horse this may not be enough even with a heavy blanket quilting. (kinda like you wearing a short skirt in winter)
Make sure no matter what band type you choose that you use a tail strap OR leg straps. I ALWAYS cross my leg straps as well. I rarely have blankets with tail bands unless it is the wicking or cooling blanket for heavy winter workouts.
I use a rain coat for wet weather.
I will be using a mild not quilted blanket for my mare with temperatures under 20 degrees and with WINDS predicted. Much like a light weight but no rain protection.
I use a several layers as weather gets worse and worse I put on more and more. As this allows me to put on and take off through out the day. This is very important!
I put on the quilted banded blanket (again mine slips over her head... off and on) only if it is a last resort.