It was very foggy this morning. I went out early to move the two foals being weaned in the stalls out to a paddock. They were very glad to get out but wanted to be with the other mares and foals. They were kept in the far paddock until this afternoon then let in with the others. They were very content to be in and are not calling at all for their mothers. I kept their halters on but the halters are break a ways so if the halter gets stuck on anything it will just tear. Whiskey was teased and still in so covered this morning by Evan which made me a few minutes late for the walk. Everyone else was late too. The fog was just so thick it seemed much earlier than it really was. Below is standing on mom's deck looking over at Rachel's and Joan's houses.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
Before the walk Rosalie and her filly along with Irish and her colt were brought into the stall barn, both foals were haltered. I have to say I was dreading this job. Rosalie's filly hasn't been haltered or tied since she was 3 weeks old and she is just HUGE now at 5 months of age. She surprised me by standing still, letting me put the lead rope around her neck and then the halter on. Next was Irish's colt and of course he just stood there while the halter was put on. By the time both foals were haltered there was exactly 3 minutes to get to mom's in time for the walk. Diane and Beth are now in Gulf Shores, they drove down on Friday just in time for the hurricane while Joan got home on Saturday from Gulf Shores. We had a good walk. Right after the walk Rosalie and Irish were driven out to Middle Grove leaving their foals here for weaning. That went exceptionally smooth. They traveled without calling, the herd was all up by the gate, the mares were glad to get out there and started grazing. When I got back Mori and I tied up both of the foals and again I was impressed with Rosalie's filly. She remembered her tying lessons from when she was 3 weeks old and didn't pull back at all. Irish's colt did pull back, reared up, fell down, bumped his right eye and scrapped his right hind leg drawing a little blood. None of his injuries were serious so they were both left tied for a few more minutes. Of course a few pictures were taken.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Mark and I drove separate to church again, he likes to go to the early morning singing and since I can't sing anymore I finish up stuff here. We had a blessed day in church and I'm so very glad God set aside one day a week to rest and worship. After church the kids and grandchildren came although we were missing a LOT with Ben and Taunya's family staying home because Ben was on call and Sarah staying home with her 3 daughters as Nolan is in Gulf Shores with his dad working on their condo. Nolan sent a marco polo of the Gulf during the big storm and the rain pouring down at his condo. I haven't figured out if those are possible to share yet, if so I'll post it here. We enjoyed visiting after supper until it was time to leave for the playground. The kids and grandkids left but I still needed to tease Whiskey. She stood well and Evan successfully covered her. Her owner was notified and only after washing up well did I go to the playground. It was really hot and humid but the games were going strong. Below are a few pictures and a couple videos taken directly off the new phone.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Three of us left at 7:30 for Middle Grove. We drove back where the horses were last night but no horses were in sight. Rosalie was taken out of the trailer, she called a couple times but no one answered so she was loaded back up and Mike called. He had his truck so drove to the top of the hill and found them. We drove back to the gate, unloaded Rosalie, she called and again no one answered so we started hiking up the hill and had to go almost to the top before we saw her daughter galloping toward us. Mike helped take Rosalie down to the trailer and load her and then we waited for her foal to get in which took about 10 minutes. We made it home around 8:30, unloaded then I went in for breakfast. Right after breakfast the camera was taken out and our horse loving guest came out to help get pictures of the foals. First one done was Rockaway (Lola's colt by Valiant). He was born April 26th so not ready to wean just yet. He is very friendly and really likes kids.
Friday, August 27, 2021
When I stepped out of the house this was what laying on the driveway. My dad would say, "what a dumb place to take a nap".
I put a new halter on Rosalie and Mike led Lola to the trailer. Both mares loaded up well but their foals would not. We tried for about a half hour then decided to just take the mares. When we got back to Hanna City those two mares were hosed down, Rosalie put in the middle paddock and Lola loaded back for for the last trip out to Middle Grove. I arrived there by 6:50 pm, her colt jumped right in the trailer and I was on the way home by 7:00 pm. I snapped the picture below just as I was leaving Middle Grove for the last time today.