Monday, November 19, 2018

Schoolhouse Turn Returns to Sorta Normal

Thursday, last, the three mares came home. Nell and Faye for the first time. Faye is in the annex for now, being on the bottom of the hierarchy and having dental problems, this is best. She can see Pepper and Nell all the time.

Wednesday was the equine dentist for Pepper and Faye. Amy Scripps has seen Pepper before, but it was her first time seeing Faye. Faye has some major problems that may have been caused by an injury as a filly. I had been feeling guilty about taking her from her lifetime herd and vast pasture, but discovery that her dental issues made grazing difficult and would have made grazing impossible, probably within a year, puts my mind at ease. Amy says she has years of eating hay left, and we devised a way of using slow feed nets in a way that she can use them.

We are in a holding pattern for now because air quality is so bad. The Camp Fire, now 60% contained, is 200 miles away, but we are getting a lot of smoke. After last year, and then this year, it is apparent that California will be getting nastier fires from now until forever. We have to do even more to reduce the fuel load of surrounding area. So I have two goats.... and possibly kids due in March '19, we will have 2-4 goats for grass and brush control on slope that is too steep to do by human.

In the meantime: Ready for evac in minutes beginning in May (still green then) until the first major rain.

Now for the pictures:

Nell, Pepper rolling

Pepper and Nell


Friday, November 2, 2018

Temp Housing

All three ponies are at a boarding stable in Gilroy, the Garlic Capital of the world. After having ponies at home, I don't like boarding.

South Bay Horse Ranch is a good stable, summer home of the South Bay Polo team. The team is gone south for the winter, southern California has a better climate in the winter.
That means.... I can drive on the polo field!!!

The polo Field is fun to drive on. Pepper likes it. Wednesday, when Faye and Nell arrived, she was antsy. Brandy, the trainer who is fixing the trailering trouble and teaching me to keep it from reappearing, said Pepper had a lot of energy. I drove her after her session and I can attest to that! She would not stand still for harnessing and I had trouble getting the cart put to. As soon as I got the shafts through the loops, she was still. Then I got in and said:
"Pepper, walk."

She sashayed around the field in a perfect and forward walk, and gave me a great drive. Pepper is all about the drive. Not so much for schmoozing, just driving.

Yesterday I put Pepper in the round pen with her future partner Nell. Another boarder was concerned about putting two ponies together, but Nell just came out of a herd of thirty ponies. Pepper came from the same herd 4 years ago. The mostly just screamed at each other from a distance of 15 meters. I kept them moving around until It was obvious that they would just scream. After 1/2 or screaming, I put them away because someone else wanted to use the roundpen.

I didn't take pictures. Oops.

Faye let me catch her. I didn't get her out. She was pretty stressed. I just scratched her. She has diarrhea. She got diatomaceous earth and electrolytes and lunch hay. She is drinking well.

Arrival pics:
Faye is the black dun,
Nell is buckskin.


Friday, October 26, 2018

I Have Returned Triumphant

I have returned triumphant from my pony shopping expedition. I had three ponies to consider: Natalie, Petra and Penny. The new pony I fell in love with was Petra....

Collecting registration and Coggins/Health Certificate documents revealed that Petra was actually Penelope AKA Penny, and that the mix-up began years ago. I have actually chosen Penelope, who shell be known as Nell.

She ships out on Monday, one 12 had mare in a semi full of Thoroughbred yearlings from the Keenland sale.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Working Equitatiopn, Goats and Shopping

I got a new phone. What a hassle. If its not one thing, its another.
Here are some pics from a Working Equitation schooling show I volunteered to help with.

As you know. my pony Yndi died. She left another pony, Pepper, and two goats: Grendel and Peanut. Peanut went away for the breeding season to his own little herd of does to help make kids and milk in the spring. Then Grendel died suddenly, leaving Pepper totally by herself.

So I fetched Peanut back. Pepper became unmanageable unless she was hooked to her cart, in which case she was a totally obedient work-a-holic. So she is at a boarding stable in training. There are other horses, she is happy.

I have made travel plans to shop for another pony. I don't feel ready. Pepper is ready. I need to take care of Pepper.

In the meantime, Peanut, having out grown the name Peanut buy become a total goober anyway, was alone. So now there is Star. She rode from Hollister in the back of my Subaru Outback. A big hit at Evergreen San Jose Chevron Station.

Friday, June 1, 2018

GDPR (Did I get the letters right?)

So I sign in and there's this:
"European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used and data collected on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent.

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You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. If you include functionality from other providers there may be extra information collected from your users. "

I myself do not collect any data nor do I employ any cookies.

My memory is rotten.

...and I like ponies, specifically mares, so I'm deranged.

I copied-pasted the above and my text that followed was all messed up so I looked at HTML. I took remedial html so I know a little. The google guy who wrote that used a WYSIWYG editor and it has so much garbage code in it....
garbage code in it....
garbage code in it....
garbage code in it....
Holly Crap he should be fired.
Is knowing html another indication that I am deranged?

likes-pony-mares + has-rotten-memory + writes-hyper-text-markup-language = deranged

Friday, May 25, 2018

Beloved Old Mare

She didn't make it. The fight became too much and she was humanly euthanized yesterday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Envelopes and Herbs

Yndi's herbs came. The administration instructions were confusing so I emailed back for clarification. Details details. I guessed last night before I heard back. I gave to to her in the syringe with her meds, since it was a powder.

I had put her pellets with the gut buffering supplement in a the bucker and hung it in reach.

The meds make her drool and she doesn't eat until the taste goes away. If the goats are out, I have to give her pellets before the meds or she won't eat them. she usually doesn't finish and I have to take it away to keep it for later.

The goats were locked in for the night, so put her pellets with the gut buffering supplement in a the bucker and hung it in reach. Then gave her the meds with the herbs. She didn't drool. She actually went to her bucket and ate ALL her pellets. Its interesting, but happening once is not significant. It has to happen every time.

More mundane: environmentally friendly packaging is a concern in the shipments that I receive, so it should be a concern on the shipments I send out. I ordered these biodegradable mailers for shipping saddle pads. I think a little of the "unboxing" experience is lost, but between the earth friendliness and the lowered shipping costs, it should be OK. I'm planning on testing these by mailing an old saddle pad to my cousin on the east coast and having her mail it back. I must be sure that my customers will receive the saddle pads in excellent condition.

Hmmm. I wonder if I could silk screen my logo on this plastic? I'll have to wait and see.