Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Work was light, finishing before 11:30am. Dr. Hoerr called just before 1:00pm to say he was on his way. He flushed Ylse's uterus again and left powdered bute. She is to get 2 grams 2 times a day. Next up was Jenis, she had a 52mm follicle and was ready to be covered. As long as Dr. Hoerr had his ultrasound machine I asked him to recheck Zalena, nice to see that pregnancy is progressing well. The bill was $172.50. It was back to work to pay the first of the month bills one day early and make a run to the bank with checks. Karin's vaulting clinic brought in $240.00 which was deposited into the vaulting account. This will help with next year's entrance fee for the IL Horse fair. Butch from Frenches called to report the truck's air conditioner was fixed. That bill was $429.29 but the air works great. Mom gave me a ride to French's to pick up the truck. The truck was brought back to the farm and hooked up to the living quarter trailer. Tomorrow morning that has an appointment for an estimate on repairing the side. When the vaulters borrowed it for their Iowa competition the driver turned a little too sharp and hit a truck scraping and denting in the side. After dinner Mike came over and Jenis was covered by Raven, we will try tomorrow morning, then according to Dr. Hoerr she should ovulate. Mark got the weed wacking done around the farm house and in Raven's paddock.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Ylse's vet appointment was at 1:00pm, Ylse was loaded into the front of the trailer while Braelyn's stroller was loaded into the back. Once we arrived help came out from the vet clinic office to bring Ylse into the stocks for the exam. She had delivered the placenta but the cause of the abortion was soon evident to Dr. Hoerr. Below he is up to his shoulders making sure the placenta is gone:
After the walk, Braelyn and I went on the golf cart to check on the mares in the cabin field. They weren't up waiting for attention so we had to go into the field to look for them. Ylse was standing by herself with the other 2 mares huddled at the back. When we got close enough to see, there was Ylse standing over a big black dead colt. Ylse was due Sept 3rd and this colt was born too early to survive. She wouldn't leave the body even to drink. Braelyn was taken over to mom's so I could bring Ylse over to the breeding shed for care and the dead colt over to the farm for burial. Ylse was so thirsty drinking and drinking, then running to the back of the paddock calling. Poor Ylse! Dr. Hoerr's office was called to schedule an apointment for her, we don't know if the placenta was delivered, I wasn't able to find it but it is a big field. This is a huge loss for Horsemeister, we didn't breed that many mares last year because of the bad economy and hay shortage but instead of complaining we will rejoice in the 2 perfect fillies Jenis and Eliza gave us and hope for the best with Sangria and Jewel the last 2 mares expecting for 2012.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Mindy is more than likely sold, I don't have the deposit but she is suppose to leave on Thursday. I will be meeting them in Indiana at the Beef House exit at 1:00pm. Tomorrow the vet clinic will be called to arrange a health certificate for traveling. There were actually 2 calls waiting when we got out of church both for Mindy. If the one doesn't take her the other will. Speaking of church, what an awesome day. Craig had the morning service and Tim the afternoon. After church Rhoda, Sarah, Ben, Taunya, Addyson, Jack, Phil, Anna, Braelyn and mom came over for dinner. We all squished in this little apartment just fine but it will be even better when we move into the house. The kids headed over for volleyball. Mom helped with the dishes then helped move Jenis and her filly out of the stall. The name Noel was suggested for the filly, that along with Naomi, Nanette, Morgan, Marcella, and Octavia. Not sure if any of them fit her. Below are a few of the pictures of the evening.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The camp is such a hit each year we are making it an annual event. Karin has agreed to hold this again next year same time same place. The website will be marked July 27th 2013 for the next camp. Not to brag or anything but Karin really is the best vaulting teacher in central Illinois, probably the best in the entire state of IL plus all the surrounding states, just ask these campers! So if your child is a wannabe vaulter SAVE THE DATE!
Below is the new and improved video from yesterday. Youtube blocked the old one from some people. The girls had a ball exploring the many well maintained trails of this gorgeous property for sale near Henry, IL. The video is over 8 minutes long but there were so many different buildings, barns, garages, docks, ponds, and of course the mansion to show. If interested in learning more about this 75 acre piece of heaven on earth contact Nate Herman from Herman pond management. Last night after a quick dinner Mark came out with me to fix the front fence line of the boy's paddock. It had one post bending out. We thought there may be an easy way to at least make it look straight before the scheduled vaulting clinic starts today. Well there really are no short cuts and sometimes short cuts end up causing worse problems. By the time we quit, not finished but quit the entire fence line was taken down, two posts dug out of the ground and removed along with a huge ball of cement attached to each broken post, the railing pulled off and all the nails and bolts removed, one hole dug and one big thick locust post pounded in place. We still need to dig another hole and put in another post before we can attach the rails. The boys were left out in the pasture for the night, sure hope they are still there this morning! The stalls were not cleaned last night, by the time we came in there was no way these 57 year old muscles wanted to move more than to take a shower and fall into bed. Karin emailed that she is not able to open the video made yesterday. Youtube has put a block on it because the music is copyrighted. She sent new music so the new and improved project will be uploaded soon. Diane and I are helping Karin with the vaulting clinic today. Karin has people coming down from Chicago and other places and she needs this place to look a bit more professional than it does right now. The clinic starts at 10:00am and there is so much to do!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Nate Herman of Hermanpondmanagement is not a horse person. He asked us, he thinks we are the experts, to come critique the 75 acres estate for sale North of Henry, IL. It is considered a Unique Exclusive Equine Estate. This is a 75 acre property all set up for horses now for sale just a short trip West of Chicago and an hour North of Peoria. The property is near I 80. The log cabin mansion set on it's own private well stocked pond is perfect for entertaining. Gorgeous large windows for the fantastic private view. The builder installed ornamental ponds with waterfalls that flow down to the main pond on both sides of the house which gives off the soothing sound of a babbling brook. This place has character. Above the garage is a complete apartment for guests. There is a beautiful barn for horses with a large foaling stall, 3 other stalls all with louvered screened windows, a full bath and a large tackroom. There is plenty of room for hay storage. The nice roomy machine shed on the property has cement floors, plenty of cupboard and counter space and a big barrel wood burner. The paddock which also opens up to a grazing field has a very roomy loafing shed with a Nelson Automatic waterer and secure hay storage. The fencing is good quality post and rail. There are acres of well maintained trails on the property with abundant wildlife. If interested please contact Nate Herman from Herman pond management company. Watch the video below to see how the horses enjoy the trails: As we were hired to critique this above is all the pros and below are a few of the cons of this property. The very first thing we noticed was the barn driveway. This place really needs a circle drive although one could go down the machine shed drive and just park behind. The barn floor is beautiful and the builder paid extra for the tile but it is too slippery for horses. That will need to be roughed up a bit. Three of the stalls were 10 x 12 with the foaling stall on the other side of the aisle nice and big. A hydrant along that wall gave easy access to water but it would have been nice to have installed automatic waterers in the stalls. There was no wash rack. The machine shed had huge automatic doors plenty big enough to back a hay rack full of hay along with plenty of cupboard space and counter tops. This building just needed a little work on the ceiling, very minor. The house is impressive from the outside, a true mansion, but the floors inside are not finished and to see subflooring where tile or hardwood should be is a bit daunting for a buyer. Although that should really be turned into a pro for this property, why the new owner will have his or her choice on flooring material, just think what a plus that is. The massive stone fireplaces on 2 levels seem to be the centerpiece of those floors, tall ceilings and big log beams along with the stone work shows it is quality built. The lucky buyer of this property will have a nice slice of paradise here on earth. The few negatives of which the biggest was the house floor can easily be turned into positives. On the whole this place is a dream come true.
We have a beautiful day for our trip to Henry, IL. The Horsemeister farm has been asked to provide horses and riders for Herman Pond Management's land division. We will be checking out this gorgeous place for sale, riding the mowed trails, fishing the stocked ponds and video taping the entire process. Below are a few pictures of this amazing property that is for sale. A view of the house:
Thursday, July 26, 2012
We got a 5 minute shower this evening but the drops came crashing down hard, almost felt like hail. Mark and I were out in it moving the saddles from the back of the truck into the truck and just got the last one in when the heaven's opened. The sun broke through the clouds just a few minutes later and calm prevailed. We would have loved to see this stick around but the storms have moved off quickly. Cor Arainna, the mare that impaled herself yesterday found a way while she was stalled to cut her hip open enough she needed stitches again! She had a 10:00am appointment at Hoerr vet clinic and today stood well for her 6 stitches.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
This sounds like a broken record but today must have been our most extreme heat so far, 105 degrees and I worked outside scraping paddocks with the skid steer. Before that could be started the horses needed to be hosed down and those that need air conditioning brought in. Cor Arainna was moved into Eliza paddock as Eliza & Olivia were stalled. She refused to settle down running up and down the paddock working up quite a sweat. After a good hosing to try to cool her off the back gate was opened to allow her into the woods. The next thing I see is Cor, Ribbon and Ella running through the paddock and into the pasture behind Raven's. They can't be left there, that's where Jozsef and Mark dug the holes for the posts. As I walk up to get them I see blood on Cor:
Below is Jenis' filly on the left and Olivia, Eliza's filly on the right. Both are convinced it is better on the other side of the fence.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I stopped at Globe Auto supply to pick up a tire patch kit before heading to TEMCO to get the mail. The back passenger side tire on the golf cart just wouldn't hold air long enough to make a garbage run to the dumpster. They had a package of 20 plugs for $14.99. The tools for patching had been ordered and delivered a while ago. The plugs were put in my purse for later and then it was time to work. Today the computer acted up, shutting itself off without being asked to do so and then the printer wouldn't communicate with the computer. This printer was new in 1987 and has always gotten along with the computer until this morning, then for some reason they wouldn't talk to each other. Philip wasn't around to help and it was left for me to reason with these 2 obstinate pieces of equipment. Thankfully they both settled down and decided to get along. Eva Jean and I were able to get done just a little bit later than usual. I didn't get home today until after 2:00pm and went to work on the golf cart tire finding 3 holes that needed patching. By the time that job was done I was glad to drive the cart over to Diane's to cool off a bit in the pond. We had another hot day. After an easy dinner of tuna fish sandwiches Mark started debarking more locust posts and brushed preservative on each posts. The preservative is called TIM-BOR, this is mixed with propylene glycol so it soaks into the wood better keeping insects and water away stopping rot. Jozsef hand dug the holes the skid steer can't reach, Mark will dig the rest tomorrow and set the posts. Hopefully that pasture can be finished soon, not that we can graze horses in it. We need rain so badly! Tomorrow is predicted to be 101 with zero chance of rain.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Our high today was 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Mark and I were suppose to start cleaning out paddocks and moving manure after work but it was 102 at 6:30pm, by the time it dropped to 99 degrees it was getting too dark. This day after day of unrelenting heat is hard. Braelyn was over to help grandma today, below Ribbon is checking her out to see if she is bringing any treats over.
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. Cranky Old Man