Friday, August 31, 2012
Rhoda stopped in today and was willing to go to TSC with me for 300 pounds of grain for our nursing mares and Raven. Once back she pulled Bonnie pony out for some training. She asked Bonnie to step up on the mounting block and without hesitating up she went.
We are expecting the rain to start late this afternoon. How disappointed will we be if it doesn't? We keep getting conflicting accounts on when and how much is to come from Isaac. After the walk, Jewel and her filly were let outside for a few pictures.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Helen is thriving out on the new land with her herd. She not only has her mother, Lily looking out for her but both of her full sisters, Ciera and Ayanna, also keep a close eye on her. It is very hard to remember she is blind, she comes running up with the herd when a trailer pulls up. The pictures below were just taken 9 days ago.
Jewel delivered out in the paddock so it should be easy to find the placenta but after searching and only finding the birth sack then another thorough search of the paddock without finding it, the vet clinic was called. Dr. Pallen arrived to feel inside Jewel's uterus, if the placenta has been retained it can cause major problems, with infertility being the least serious and death of the mare worst. Thankfully it had been expelled, just that it has vanished. Out in the wild the mares will eat the placenta to keep the smell away from predictors so it is probably in someone's belly. Jewel's uterus was flushed anyway and the filly given her foal shot. Steven Marchal arrived to play with the little one.
Jewel delivered a beautiful all black baby girl early this morning. She is a little over 3 weeks early. This is Evan's first foal and she's BLACK out of a bay mare, very unusual! Good job Evan
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Poor Ylse, she had no idea when she so willingly hopped in the trailer what was ahead for her. While waiting for Dr. Hoerr the camera was pulled out for some trial shots. This camera must have a scratch on the lens, there is always a blurry spot in the middle. Trying different angles to get some of the picture wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, below is her profile as she is in the stocks looking over at Dr. Hoerr's horses.
Clair was covered by Valiant after the walk, Avalon is now out and so is Paris. Raven will be given the day off today. Mark needed to borrow the board out of the barn central air for one of his customers. Today should be fine for Sangria's colt, they can come inside and have a fan but tomorrow is suppose to be back in the 90s. I'll have to figure out a way to keep him from overheating. We will need to buy grain soon, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel literally. With Jenis & Eliza nursing they must have extra calories or will lose weight. Raven also needs grain to mix in his bute of which he is now on a daily dose for his poor knees. The truck was unloaded and cleaned out yesterday with most of the stuff brought into this tiny apartment. All that will need to be gone through cleaned and stored in the proper place TODAY. It has been 18 days since Ylse's last cover, she needs to be hauled in this afternoon to Hoerr Vet clinic, ultrasounded and if in foal a caslick put in.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
After a delicious dinner of home made turkey soup compliments of Diane, Mark and I hooked up the trailer and hauled Cor out to Middle Grove. She will be brought back for her sonagram in 16 days. It is worth the gas to haul her out, she is a big mare and eats about a square bale a day plus grain. We have seen square bales advertised for $9.00 & $10.00 a bale and that's right here in central Illinois! We only had enough daylight to run there, drop her off and head back. The trailer running lights aren't working with my truck. We have brake lights and blinkers just no running lights so it was a must to be back before dark. These few pictures were snapped. The first is as we were driving up, we could see the horses in under the trees.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Dragged out of bed this morning around 5:00am not wanting to get up but knowing there was much to do before church. First on the list to do was to get the roast started for tonight's dinner. Carrots were peeled and 2 large onions added to the crock pot along with the roast and then it was full! Still needing to be added is potatoes and more carrots but that will be done after church. By 5:30am the dark before dawn was starting to give way to enough light to begin the outside chores. Of course Sangria needed to be fed first. She is so demanding! Once the horses were fed and checked over the show fancies were gathered up from the arena and apartment and put away. It is great that we have enough equipment and fancies on hand for plenty of horses. Rain was predicted to start falling by 7:00am and by 8:00am just a few sprinkles had fallen. We have been praying for rain and by the time we left for church we were getting a nice soft shower. By the time we got home from church we had probably received less than a quarter inch but still we were thankful. The rain started in earnest as we were hauling the dinner over to mom's house.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The pictures will tell the story.