Friday, October 29, 2010
Today I wormed all our horses except the foals and newly pregnant moms! It is getting cold-- so this is the last chance until spring! (Wormers are effective between 40- 80 degrees-- the worms go dormant when the temperature is out of that range) I wormed 12 horses by myself, as my hubby is off scouting elk for his hunting trip. All my horses were so cooperative, except one new mare I purchased. She was hard to catch! I had to laugh--- as I was playing the catch game for about 1/2 hour-- my "Taboo", alias "Boo" mare was following me like a shadow. I had already wormed her and I guess she really liked the stuff!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
My sister Sherrie teaches school-- ( You know the 3 good reasons for being a schoolteacher? JUNE, JULY, AUGUST!) So we head for the hills to ride! Our favorite trails are up Payson Canyon, good trails that loop and are SOOO pretty! It had rained a few days before we went on our ride... about an hour up the trail, our horses were nervous and kept looking toward a marshy area.... when we came across this tree, we knew why! MOTHER BEAR!
So "Dallas" is 5 for 5-- 100% CURLS for his first foal crop! Check out the paint job on this girl! Because "Tasha" is also a curly, this filly could be homozygous for curls! We will watch her coat for the micro-curls! What a great summer!
So.... I was HOME ALONE for the week--- In the morning, when I checked my mares, "Roxy" was in labor! Sure enough, that night, August 24th, 10:15 p.m., her foal was born! So by myself, (I usually do this by myself anyways!) I dried it off, treated the navel, gave it a vitamin shot, pro-biotics, and made sure it nursed. I was so excited---- another curly!! ("Dallas" is 100% curls so far) AND a bay FILLY! Was hoping it would be a amber champagne like her mom, but HEY! I will take curls any day!
I made sure mom was okay, checked the placenta, buried it, then went to bed-- about 1:30 a.m. I got up at 3:30 a.m. (I wake up every night at that time with a major HOT FLASH!! :< anyways! )
So the next day was hot and the little girl was acting plugged up. So I gave her an enema-- weird for a filly-- usually colts have to be helped--AND treated the navel-- AND again did this by myself.
So day three I went out to check my gorgeous curly filly and I am like-- YIKES! Her navel was swollen or herniated big time! A closer look revealed that indeed the curly filly was a curly HORSE COLT! I really do need to wear my glasses at all times! WARM FUZZIES TO YOU!