It was another morning that was hard to roll out of bed. Now that I'm older it takes a few days to make up for a night with little sleep. That happened Thursday night with Soul colicking then Friday I needed to get her buried, find formula for the colt, work with him for hours trying to get him to drink then hosting potluck. I should have been rested up but the weekend was also busy and made busier with an orphan colt taking up a lot of time. As I was heading to the meeting place for our walk I had to stop and smell the flowers and took a few pictures. Mark transplanted this from mom's last year.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
I know today was supposed to be a holiday where we remembered those who gave their lives for our country and freedom but with an orphan colt that needs care it didn't feel like a holiday. I was up at the barn by 6:00 am with a new batch of milk replacer. He had almost finished the almost 2 gallons left last night. He was fed a gallon and a half at 6:00 am another gallon and a half at 2:00 pm and in just a few minutes I'll be taking up another 2 gallons to get him through the night. I also tried him out in the paddock with Irish and her colt as these two use to be best friends. It didn't go well. Irish threatened him and even tried to kick him at one point.
Sunday, May 29, 2022
It was really hard to get out of bed at 5:00 am but the colt had dumped his milk bucket during the night so it was necessary to quickly make up a gallon and haul it up to the barn. He was very glad to see me so not sure how much he drank and how much got dumped. the clean bucket was put in the other corner with a half full water bucket next to it. At 9:00 am I took a gallon and a half up and he had already emptied the first gallon. Rosaleigh and her filly were put in with the other mares and foals this morning. The filly is 6 days old and Rosaleigh was ready to join the herd. We left for church right at 9:15 am. Tim Funk had the morning message and Mike Kaisner had the afternoon. When we got home from church there was a VERY nice update from the lady that bought Mayberry (Sheena x Valiant) last year. She wrote: We drove 5.5 hours to SC to attend our first open show ever. May travelled like a pro. She won Saddle-type halter, Saddle-type Showmanship, Open 2 and under halter, 3rd in Open English halter, (beat only by the Champion and Reserve Champion overall winners), 4th in in-hand trail (it was last class and she was hot and tired), and 6th in Championship over all halter. For a 98% QH and Paint show with a QH judge she did excellent. People were coming up to us all day and saying how beautiful she was and how they are in love with her. Stopping and asking what IS she? Many pictures of her taken by spectators. She was the crowd favorite and belle of the ball and she loved every minute of it. P.S. keep a baby from this breeding because it is a spectacular match. Her new registered name will be Valiant's Unbridled Mayhem.We call her May or Mayberry though. She's so smart and personable and we love her.Feel free to share her pictures and do some well-deserved bragging in your blog 😁. We are so glad we were able to talk Mike into letting her go home with us. She is on her way! Best, Karen
Saturday, May 28, 2022
I checked on the colt the first thing this morning and was pleased the milk I gave him last night was gone. He was given 2 quarts at 6:00 am. I needed to be at mom's at 7:30 am and still needed to put a halter on Rocky as we had someone coming to look at him at 10:00 am. Ruth arrived at 10:00 am to stay at mom's while I showed Rocky but the people coming had not yet arrived which gave me time to make another 2 quarts of milk mixture up and take it to Rocky. This time the 2 quarts were gone in 4 hours. When I got back to the cabin the prospective buyers had arrived. Rocky was taken out and gone over.She wanted to see him move so we walked him over to the outdoor arena where he put on a good show, cantering and doing his big trot both directions. He was put in the far paddock as I will be introducing him to Soul's colt who needs a companion. We walked over to see Rocky's sire Valiant, Valiant was taken out and asked to lay down. He remembered his training. By this time it was close to 11:00 and the man coming to pick up the golf cart arrived. We said goodby then I hiked back up to the barn to help get the golf cart in his horse trailer. The ramp he brought was pretty old and broke under the weight of the cart so we used the skid steer to put it in. By the time I got over to mom's it was after 11:00 am. Sarah arrived with her 3 girls. They were playing on the playground then came inside to greet great grandma then out to the deck.
Friday, May 27, 2022
What a day. I was so relieved at 4:00 am believing Soul was going to make it, then shocked at 5:30 am to find she was not better. Mike came over with the excavator to dig her grave.
We made it through the night. At 2:00 am Soul was quiet, not trying to thrash around, not trying to drop and roll. I went to bed. At 4:00 am I just drove up to the indoor, she was standing quietly while her colt was laying down sleeping. She perked her ears, looked at me so I thought all was well so relieved and went back to the house to start the coffee. At 5:30 am She was still standing but had moved forward some. This time I went in to let her outside to see if she would like to graze and she was trembling and not wanting to move. She is not ok, no fresh manure in the indoor. She is not dropping and rolling but obviously in distress. I will haul her to the vet clinic leaving here at 7:30 am. If an obstruction she may be able to be saved, if a twisted intestine I will have Dr. Hoerr put her down then make arrangements to get the colt started on milk replacer. As of this now he is still nursing. Her prognoses is poor but not yet a death sentence. UPDATE Soul lost her battle. We are actively searching for mare milk replacer. We will be raising him as a bucket baby. We brought Irish in to see if she would accept him but he is refusing to nurse off anyone not his mama. I was able to find mare milk replacer in Goodfield so got one 40 pound bag (all they could spare) and will be able to pick up more next Friday. He has not tasted it yet but drank water and ate a few bites of grain so I am hopeful.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
We are hosting rotating potluck tomorrow so today really was cleaning day. I had been working on the house during the week but Rhoda and Sarah decided they would help out and come this afternoon. Rosaleigh and her filly were put in the new barn pasture then left. They were glad for the grass. At 1:00 pm I started hearing thunder so went to put them inside and had just gotten them in the indoor when the heavens opened and the rain came thundering down. I had not brought my phone out with me so no pictures but it was coming down so hard I couldn't see the breeding shed from the indoor and the noise was shocking of that much rain hitting the roof. I was stuck in the barn so ended up working out there until the rain slowed down a bit but even then came back drenched. We ended up with an inch and a quarter of rain in the rain gauge in that one storm that lasted less than an hour. Sarah and Zion arrived first so we walked back up to the barn to see Rosaleigh's filly.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
It was the perfect morning for Mark to burn the brush pile. A little drizzly with rain in the forecast. Even before breakfast he was out lighting it.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
I headed up to the barn early to check on Rosaleigh's new filly. She was laying down and shivering a bit then didn't move until I asked her to get up. That was a little bit of a worry but as soon as she was up she walked right over to Rosaleigh and started nursing. It was actually pretty cold outside so the shivering was something good to warm up those muscles. I also saw her urinate and manure and both were normal. I was almost late to the walk because of watching her. Right after the walk I left so I would have time to stop at Sam's club. We needed a few things for mom (Sam's was out of) and one of the things Sam's had not had for months was liquid hand soap. Anna told me we would need more for the apartment so that was the first thing I searched for and couldn't find. I found someone and asked and he sent me all the way across the store to the laundry aisle and of course there wasn't any there. I checked the price of eggs thinking I may get some for baking if they were cheaper than the $2.39 a dozen Aldi was charging but even their cheap eggs were over $3.00 a dozen. After checking out I asked another person about buying a gallon of hand soap. She looked it up and saw the store still had 13 left and told me where to find it but again I could not. I was looking in the bar soap aisle. I found someone else and this person knew where it was. It was sold in a 2 pack for $6.98 but this item has 9% tax (63cents) so it ended up at $7.61 and it is no longer sold in gallon jugs but instead just 80 ounce jugs. This is what they call shrinkflation. We had good morning at the Berean office. If you would like to read about our morning there click HERE. I left at 11:00 am and headed right for the Hanna City post office to drop off the Bibles then home to let Rosaleigh and her filly out. Pax was here as Anna was cleaning the apartment. I didn't want him chasing the new baby so put him in my car when the horses were put out. To my surprise when I tried to open the car door to let Pax out he had locked the car. Not only locked the car but had the flashers on too. I told Anna then headed down to the house to get the second set of keys. Pax was glad to get out and I was glad to take the car down to the house. Right as I was putting the soap inside Beth called. She needed help with mom so I dropped the soap and headed over to mom's and just stayed there for the afternoon. When I finally got home I took the short video below of Rosaleigh with her filly grazing in the tall grass by the fence line.
Monday, May 23, 2022
Joan ended up with unexpected company last night. Bill and Bethany left for home got to Carlock when their alternator went out. They just had the car towed back to Joan's house. This morning Bill was hard at work fixing it and did. Nice to have such a handy son-in-law. Joan was thrilled they stayed an extra night. Always fun to have grandchildren stay a day longer than planned.