Archive for the ‘Casey’ Category

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to lately around the farm:

Moo's colorful shed out

My brother's visit- he drove 3000 miles to cut up some trees for us.

More of my brother's handy work. It's so much easier to see off the deck without that silly, overgrown arborvitae in the way! As you can see, it was also in an obnoxious place at the bottom of the stairs.

Peeps! Some for eating, some for laying.

More peeps! These are Black Jersey Giants. They remind me of pandas when they're little with their coloring, but will turn all black as grown ups. They are slower to mature and will be HUGE chickens, weighing on average as much as a small turkey. These are to be layers for now.

Birthday present for Bad Pants. ūüôā

Some of BP's handy work (and a Roxanne) to protect new grill from a certain nutty Aussie (coughCOPPERcough). The gate matches the decorative fanning on the deck. The carabiner clip is to keep Rox and Bear from opening the gate. It's located safely away from anywhere Bear could get his jaw stuck on it.

Hay net frustration and suspicion. Mwhahahahahaha! It took them a good 30 minutes to get over it the first time, 15 the second, and were old pros the third time.

In fact, Sugar had to show the other horses how it was done. Here, she pauses from eating to pose for her photo op.

Rox has a new playmate!

Her very own, wiggly, mini-me! That's right! We adopted a new pup from a kill shelter on Saturday. Lyra (puppy) is a Mastiff/Lab x pup, 4 mo old, very shy and under-socialized, with feet larger than Roxanne's, but very quickly coming out of her shell. She's not up for holding still for photo ops now that she realizes we won't eat her.

Beyond this, we’ve just been working on getting stuff done around here. ¬†You know, mowing our 2 acre lawn with a push mower because the riding mower that came with the house is really, actually broken. ¬†Rolling hay rounds, fixing things, etc.

That’s all that’s new here. ¬†How about with you? ¬†What’ve you been up to?

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I’ve been so very busy with getting the stalls finished and with Barrow, the new puppy! ¬†Doesn’t help that Bad Pants is gone to Portland for work this week. ¬†I just feel… behind in everything!

8 weeks, first meeting at the show

He LOVES BP's goatee!

Our stalls are finished and the horses seem happy. ¬†It’s easier to spend quality time with them this way as Casey tends to become possessive and cranky when he sees me. ¬†He doesn’t want Molly near me, though he behaves if I go to her. ¬†Silly pony! ¬†So, we’re spending a lot of one on one time together, Ms. Thang and I.

While I may not find the stalls ideal, Casey is happy. ¬†He’s not weaving at all. ¬†He can see out on 3 sides and the wall between him and Molly is not solid, so he can see her and see out her side too. ¬†He’s… ¬†content. ¬†Not something I’ve seen from him very often. ¬†And I must say, it’s nice to be able to get the horses out of the muck!

9 weeks, first bath at home

Already posing for pictures!

In addition to the stalls, we’ve gotten the green light to put in raised beds for a garden. ¬†The LL even suggested a spot for tomato and vining crops, where he, in the past had a garden. ¬†This saves us some space in the raised beds. ¬†So, hopefully we will start the process of getting set up when BP returns, this weekend.

School with Dude, spring cleaning and pony therapy take up all my non-puppy time.  Barrow and I have another show coming up on the 19th, Doodle arrives for her 2-week Spring Break on the 21st and BP comes home this Friday, late.  Somewhere I need to fit time in for sleep and blog reading.  Thankfully, Barrow is starting to sleep through the night.

Dude will be stretching his own Spring Break by a week, and taking it two weeks early (we will work while the rest of the school is on Spring Break later). ¬†I am so looking forward to Spring Break! ¬†No school for two whole weeks! ¬†I really think I need a break. ¬†This online/homeschooling gig is wearing on me. ¬†It’s like having a full time job!

Anyways, I’d better get Dude back on task if I ever want to get done with school for the day.

How was your weekend? ¬†How’s your week shaping up so far?

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You know, this sun setting before 7pm thing has gotten old. ¬†I’m tired of looking up from whatever I’m doing to find that it’s dark outside. ¬†And once again, I need to go feed with the headlamp on so I can see.

Casey and Molly often “discuss” ¬†this¬†phenomenon.

Molly: Oh Holy Crap! ¬†There’s a One Eyed Cyclops coming to EAT US! ¬†*snort, snort, blow*

Casey: Shut up, you dumb Beeyotch! ¬†It’s just MOM. ¬†*kick*

Molly (scooting out of Casey’s reach): NO! ¬†REALLY! ¬†IT’S GOING TO EAT US! ¬†*thunder of hooves, snort, snort*

Casey: Look, DUMB-DUMB, it’s MOM. ¬†She brings FOOD. ¬†SEE? ¬†Now get the F* away from MY food! ¬†*kick*

Molly:  Um, food?  Oooh-Kayyy! *approaches snorting and giving me the eye*

Casey: Are you a Quarter Horse?  Or are you one of those silly, air-headed Arabs?  Really!  Just shut up and eat your food!

Molly: Um, yes, FOOD! ¬†*snort* ¬†But, I’m STILL not sure the Cyclops isn’t just trying to fatten us up to eat! *blow*

Casey: *sigh, chomp, chomp*

Molly: Hey!  IT REALLY IS FOOD!  FOOOOOOOODDDD! (Cyclops promptly forgotten)

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The temps here have taken a nosedive over the weekend.  We went from highs of 63 degrees on Saturday to 34 on Sunday, 27 yesterday and 33 today.

I decided to blanket the horses. ¬†Sorry natural horse people, my ponies just aren’t happy with that sudden decrease in temps. ¬†Casey was acting out and as¬†fidgety¬†as I’ve ever seen him. ¬†Once I got his blanket on, he settled right down and was back to his calmer self. ¬†“Better already”, he said. ¬† Unfortunately, his blanket, which is brand new and purchased off the interwebs, is a wee bit small. ¬†Both Case and Molly wear the same size. ¬†Only, apparently, in this brand, Casey needs a warmblood sized blanket as his belly is hanging out a bit. ¬†Molly’s is a perfect fit though!

I’ll be unblanketing them in the morning, when the sun is shining and putting the blankets back on tomorrow evening before dark. ¬†I don’t care what the LL says. ¬†My ponies, while hairy, definitely appreciated the blanketing. ¬†It’s certainly NOT going to make them sick, as he told me when I put a sheet on Molly to keep her clean for pictures. ¬†Yeah, I’m sure you know what I think of that. ¬†After all, this isn’t my first rodeo.

It looks like the weather will warm up again by Saturday to quit blanketing at night. ¬†I can’t wait! ¬†Because this cold weather and water hauling stuff is getting old and it’s only been a few days.

So, any blanket recommendations?

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How To Use Mommy-itis To Your Advantage

1. Go out and check on your horses late at night when most people (and critters) are asleep or settled down for the night.

2. Whistle for horses- get no answer.

3. Call horses- get ignored.

4. Call some more! ¬†Worry you’re disturbing the neighbors.

5. Whistle again.

6. Go inside and get the big Maglite.

7. Whistle again, call and shine the light around the pasture.

8. Locate horses, shine the flashlight in their eyes.

9. Shine the flashlight in their eyes again and see if they’re paying attention to you. ¬†Check to see if they’re all right.

10. Annoy horses with flashlight enough that they get up or leave what they’re doing and come over to you.

11. Give them a quick pat and go back inside.

12.  Repeat steps 1-11 until horses start coming to you on first whistle.  Routinely bring out flashlight and use it anyways just to keep them on their toes.

I didn’t intend for this to be how I taught Molly and Casey to come to a whistle. ¬†Really, I didn’t! ¬†I swear! ¬†But after waking one or the other up, shining the flashlight at them enough to make sure they were really ok and not down, injured, sick, hurt or otherwise, both Mol and Case learned to come at the first whistle every time. ¬†They find life after dark more pleasant that way.

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Go here to find the start of this saga.

It’s been 3 days since we brought the Visitor home and contacted the police department. ¬†He’s still here.

What breed am I?

He and Casey are getting along fantastic! ¬†Casey is happy. ¬†The Visitor is a nice, nice boy. ¬†He’s well-behaved and polite.

Borrowing Casey's halter

His person WAS in the hospital, and it might be some time before he leaves.  Part of me secretly hopes they never come for him.

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WW: Summer Bay

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Well, it’s official. ¬†We’re being transferred to Atlanta this summer, probably around the beginning of June. ¬†This move is bringing us a lot of joys and lots of heartbreak. ¬†While BP’s company is paying to move us, we are having to say goodbye to the farm and farm life. ¬†I’ve made a list of the good and the bad here.

The Good

-Cost of living is less

-Houses are more affordable (Portland did not suffer the housing market crash, so that’s in our favor it Atlanta)

-BP will be getting a promotion and a raise

-BP will be starting up his own office in Atlanta

-It’s good for his career

-They’re moving us

-They’re moving Casey, the dogs and the cats

The Bad

-We’re not taking Luna with, but we already knew we needed to rehome her because of Freya’s issues

-Can’t take the goats with- too costly and too hard on pregnant does

-Can’t take the chickens or the peeps (which are pullets now, they’re growing up!)

-Trying to move far away without being there is hard.  Trying to find an appropriate boarding facility is harder.

-Dude will start a new school, again.  With his issues, this may be a problem.  It will be difficult to find the right placement for him.

Well, the positives outweigh the negatives, at least from a practical, logical standpoint. ¬†It doesn’t negate the heartache of giving up beloved pets or changing our lifestyle.

Maddie will be returning to her owner shortly. ¬†She’s not the horse for us anyways and we’re ok with that. ¬†Plus, her owner misses her horribly.

That’s it for now! ¬†Gotta go figure out how to move my dogs to Atlanta in the middle of summer weather. ¬†Any suggestions?

PS Luna and the goats are already advertised as available. ¬†I’ve got people coming out to see goats this weekend so saying goodbye is coming sooner rather than later. ¬†It’s important to me to get my does settled before they kid as to lessen their stress.

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Everyone has a different philosophy, different products that they like. ¬†So, what do you feed your horses? ¬†Goats? ¬†What’s working for you? ¬†What doesn’t? ¬†What have you tried and liked? ¬†Tried and not liked?

I currently have Casey and Maddie on Strategy and local Timothy-Rye hay. Maddie seems to do best on this hay. ¬†I prefer Casey on orchard, even though Tasha had him on alfalfa. ¬†And my preferred grain is LMF, but I’m not very near a distributor anymore. ¬†Plus, the Strategy was chosen as it’s closest to what Tasha was feeding Casey (something made down in Corvallis, also not close enough for it to be realistic for me to continue feeding). ¬†They’re doing well though.

My goats are eating the same diet as the horses, with the additions of loose minerals and baking soda, free choice, for their rumen.

Before me, the pygmies thrived on loose minerals and browse, no grain.  The pygoras lived on hay and sweet feed, no noticeable minerals available.

Recently, our feed store started carrying a sweet feed plus added vitamins and minerals mix. ¬†It’s supposed to be a complete feed this way. ¬†And it’s significantly less expensive than Strategy. ¬†I haven’t actually looked at the tag yet, but plan to on my next trip in to town.

Since the goats consume more grain than the horses, I’m thinking of switching them over to the sweet feed mix. ¬†Just in the thinking stages here. ¬†Part of my thoughts have to do with Moon and trying to find something she’ll eat with a bit of zest and perhaps the familiarity of a sweet feed might improve her appetite and hence her mineral consumption. ¬†The other part have to do with saving a little money.

As I said, I’m just in the thinking stages here. ¬†But I am curious, what do you feed?

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He’s HOME!

More later!  I gotta go love on my boy!  Bye!

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