Monday, July 30, 2012

I swear!

I have been thinking about updating the blog for days.  Todd and I just returned from a quick trip to California and I took a lot of pictures to share.  All weekend I drug around like a zombie, every single  little task felt like a supreme effort.

I blamed my lack of energy on my new "diet"- more on that adventure in another post.  But this diet should be making me feel better than ever, no hi/low sugar rushes to deal with.  

I should have known, Saturday I woke up with the slightest sore  throat.  It never really
got any worse so I trudged on, weedeating, cleaning vehicles, riding Dazzby, and taking Bo Dog for an hour long walk.

This morning, as I headed off to go back to work (post vacation first day back- ack!)
it started.   The sneezing, the faucet nose.  Crap.  I am totally getting a cold!!!!

Of course, I've planned to pick up Cartman tomorrow night (he was at the trainer's while I vacationed), then do a leg stretcher Wed, or Thur, then off to Bare Bones Ride Friday.

I really really hope this is gone by Friday, as I don't think camping and riding 30 miles sounds like too much fun right now.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Burnin' Down the House!

Not really, but that song has been going through my head since I got home this evening and saw the destruction that is my roof!

Last night Todd loaded up all the shingles onto the car trailer and covered it with a tarp.

I picked up nails with my handy horseshoe nail magnet.

Todd finally took a little break with the boys.

Today the trailer load of shingles went to the dump.  The truck and loaded trailer weighed in at over 12500#!

The guys picked up the necessary plywood, ice/water shield, and flashing.  This whole process would have been alot easier if the last owners had actually put flashing on the roof. Ugh.

The whole overhang here was rotten and full of termites.

Yes, that's actually a box inside my attic!

Demon horses watch Todd and Raf discussing the roof

Lowering Todd and Andy off the roof.

Dan and Raf are ready to pull the rotten wood off the porch.

I did some more off this.

On a horse related note- I may have finally found someone to ride my mare Dazzby!  She really needs to go back in some type of work and I simply don't have time to ride two horses.  She is a pony club girl and actually has her own horse, but is coming out Sunday to ride with me.  I don't think she's really interested in doing any trail stuff but the arena work will be good for Dazzby and Cartman.

Oh, and the pillow is wonderful.   I've tried it for a week and have no intentions of returning, despite the fact that I could buy 20 lattes for the same amount of money!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pictures and Happy 4th of July

Today we are just hanging out, enjoying what looks like the first real day of summer.

This morning I went out to catch Cartman and Dazzby.  Dazzby was in the shed but I didn't see C.  I whistled and called.  Suddenly a small brown dot started speeding towards me from the very farthest corner of the field.  He was in an all out run, then would take a buck two mid-stride.  Then take off full throttle again.  As he got closer I could see about a two foot strand of grass hanging out of his mouth, blowing as he ran.  It was too funny.  I love this horse.

About 8am the vet stopped by.  Nothing major, just a few odds and ends that needed attending to.  Cartman and Dazzby have had the itchy mane and face stuff going on for a while.  I've tried every anti-bacterial, anti-fungal shampoo and cream I have in the medicine chest and it would seem to get better then come on again.

I had ordered 2 tubes of Equimectrin for each horse as this has helped with "weird" skin stuff in the past.  Then I was reading about the Neck Thread Worms on the COTH site and got kinda concerned about double dosing.  Apparently if the horses have  a large load of NTW then the dieing worms can actually cause Uveitis. 

I wanted the vets OK to use the double dose.  And oddly enough when he checked them that is exactly what he suggested I do.  So, everyone got wormed today!

The vet also checked Dazzby's feet.  She has been off and on foot sore for a while.  I was beginning to be concerned it might be something metabolic or feed related.  Thankfully he believes that she has just gotten her feet bruised.  He suggested shoes or boots  for  a while to see if it goes away.  And, he also did suggest I get a few pounds off her.  I decided to wait until this weekend to put her and Draol in the diet pen.  The less "upset" we have around here today the better. 

Our last order of business was to check on Taj.  Much to my surprise last weekend Taj popped out with a small cluster of warts on his muzzle!  WTH??? He is 9 years old, not 2???  Taj hasn't left the farm in two years and I've never had a horse get warts. 

Anyway, it seems they will go away on their own.  Or, I could cut one off, to stimulate the immune response and try to speed up the process.  Tajie is SO sensitive, I think I will wait them out.  Unlike Cartman who would take something like that pretty mellow, Taj would probably be traumatized.

After the vet visit C and I went down and jogged miles.  He rocks:)

These first three pics are from our ride last Sunday.

Pink and Taj chill in the shade

C sports his new fly mask

Cartman and Dazzy found a cool spot too.


icky warts

Taj, still beautiful

Beau dog

Todd and Rafael start on our next project.

See the "redneck" tie off?  Tractors are pretty versatile around here!