Sunday, January 13, 2008

13 January 2008

I am afraid it is another muddy horse image of two of the "babies" playing again. We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday and today was the exact opposite. The only picture I have managed in the past few days is the one below of Huggy Cat sitting on the seat of the riding mower.

I actually managed to get to visit all of my favorite blogs today and leave long overdue comments on each of them so I feel that I have achieved something today LOL.

Abraham, I have started visiting Pioneer Woman's blog regularly, she is very entertaining and her photos are wonderful so thank you for pointing me in her direction. For any of you who have not been there yet, her blog is worth a visit. . You asked about the metal curry combs, yes we still have them but I use a rubber one, flexible and better for their coats. When the horses have been out in the mud and it is cold, I bring them in at night and close the barn up to stop draughts so they can dry out and not get sick. Once the mud is dry it brushes off quite easily and actually cleans their coats. That is one way that they get rid of dead hair and skin, roll in the dust or mud. When I put new sawdust in their stables that is the first thing they all do, roll in it and you would be surprised at how quickly they clean themselves up. On the subject of seeing my horses go to their new homes, yes it is really hard even if I know it is a good one, they are like my children, I am just a bit softie I am afraid.

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes I appreciate them.
Mike Happy Birthday for the 12th, who would have thought LOL. Believe me my horses arent really that active, it is only for short periods when I first put them out after they have been cooped up for a day or two and then just bursts when they feel good, they only last a minute or two at the most so they are not easy to capture with all the elements for a good photo in place LOL So in other words mine are mostly like those ones you pass on the highway, browsing lazily in their fields.
CG none of my horses are kickers either, this is just play fortunately. On the subject of being kicked or bitten, I was once bitten really badly on my chest by a mare who had just had a foal, she had never shown any agression in her life but she turned on me and believe me you dont want to be bitten by a horse either if they really mean it. My whole chest area was bruised, black and blue for 6 weeks afterwards and I felt like I had broken ribs and had difficulty and pain for weeks when I was breathing. This was Wiggle's mom, the mare we lost last year while she was foaling. She must have been having a hormonal problem because she never got her milk in and I had to hand raise the baby. The baby also arrived a few weeks early which didnt help her with her milk production etc. and the vet had given her a hormone shot to try to bring her milk in. She attacked me with all of her 1100 lbs behind her and believe me it hurt like heck.
Well I am making a concerted effort to catch up everyone's questions and visits over the past few months. I hope you all had a great weekend. (((((Hugs))))) see yall tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

OUCH! That sounds like one nasty bite! I love the shot of the cat, my Mum has 3 cats and they all have 'their' spots around the house. If you dare to go near their spot looking like you want them to move they give the most evil looks!

The shot of the 'babies' is so comical! I couls see it getting some great captions!

Hope you have a great week {{{HUGS}}}

Anonymous said...

I have been bitten several times but not enough to take out a chunk of meat or lose a finger. It hurts. I have also been stepped on by big old work horses whose hooves are like milk buckets. Fortunately both times I was barefoot and the stalls they were in was a foot deep in ancient bedding. So they just stepped on me foot and their weight pushed it down in the ooze. By the time I reacted and smacked them on the side or where I could smack, I think they realized they stepped on me and raised their foot. Nice of them.

I didn't know they had plastic or rubber curry combs but it makes sense. Yes, I knew that dirt and mud actually helps them stay clean. Especially dust or dirt. I have seen them roll in dirt and then get up and shake like a wet dog and the dust goes flying.

I am so glad you like pioneer woman. My wife reads her blog more than mine after I told her about it. She thinks she is a doll and so do I -- a very smart one. If you take the time to explore in her archives, she has some fantastic shots on the open range of the mustangs. She is living the life most people would love to live but stay stuck in the cities, dreaming.

Stay warm. It is snowing a bit here today.

CG said...

That bite sounds awful - I guess we should be grateful that horses don't take it into their heads to turn against us more often!
I love the cat pic - my cats have taken over a chair in the sitting room and woe betide anyone who tries to sit there or put anything on that chair!
Have a great Monday {{HUGS}} and thanks for visiting my blog.

Rising Rainbow said...

That bite does sound awful. Thankfully, I've never been bitten that badly. and Hopefully I never will.

You never can tell about those mares.

Anonymous said...

Forgot, yesterday, to tell you to come over.

I hope you can come over and read about Charley.

Jackie said...

A mud masque for horses ... I never thought of that before. I suppose if it's good for our skin it's good for their skin and coats too. Somehow I think mud is meant for external use only ... the dust coating you get inside your lungs while getting rid of your horse's beneficial mud mask sure doesn't feel good!

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