What a day today! The highlight of this very busy day was taping an interview with Beth Kidd of WLTE radio in Minneapolis and having Doc call in to add his support to our Missions! What a compliment that is! Our interview will aire on Sunday morning at 7am on WLTE, 102.9 radio. You'll get a sneak preview of Doc if you listen in!
This morning, Colleen and I proofed the 2010 Refuge Farms calendar and it is beautiful....oh, what a work of art!
Back to the rain and the standing water....keep remembering that we need the moisture. We need the moisture. We need the moisture.....
Freezing rains....sleet starting to come down....strong northerly winds.....Man! You would think it was the end of November out there!
Everyone is in and tied and munching and going to stand for a while to dry off. Laddee, the Little Belgian Mare goes to see Dr. Ann today for a final exam. Hoping that wizard of a surgeon has something up her sleeve to stop these bumps from growing - or at least slow them down!
No one needed coaxing to come into the barns this morning! In fact, even Lanna came in on her own!!
Just walked in the door - 3 1/2 hours to get home. Once you cross the river the cold rain turns to snow. I have 3" out here! They have plowed 29 and the salt trucks are everywhere! Long ride home but we are both safe.
I need to run out and feed, drop the trailer, and get back in where it is dry and warm, so here's the bottom line:
Laddee will have some beads of treatment implanted in her two largest tumors on her face with the hopes of slowing those down. Nothing will cure her but we can try this in an attempt to give her a bit more time to teach us a few more of her lessons.
She behaved so well! Certainly not the rowdy mare that originally bounced off the walls! Oh, I do love her so! Proud Mama is what I am!!!
Sandy- I really don't know how you do it. When I called you yesterday, I was on my way home from Prescott... I sold a horse on friday afternoon (even in the snow!) to a wonderful home and then had the woman call me saturday morning to tell me she wanted to bring her back because they spent over 2 hours trying to load her (now mind you, this is the mare that if I didn't sell her, her owner was going to ship her for meat!!!) lol =) So of course I couldn't let that happen!! So I promised the lady that the horse does indeed load nicely, but more likely it was that the mare just didn't want to go home from home and was just refusing (the new owner had brought her to a friends to spend the night, because she didn't want the mare to meet her gelding for the first time at night). And then I drove up almost 2 hours to prove to her that in fact, I did not lie about the loading... lol, the mare got right in and out 3 times when I got there. The woman was crying because she was so happy that she was the horse she thought she was (I think she was just worried that if I lied to her about that... what else did I lie about... and also spending time trying to trailer a horse that is supposed to trailer and doesn't can be frustrating!) So... life is good. No shipping for the mare- she truly is in a wonderful home with a woman who will love her and keep her forever (she only was looking for a new mare, because her 40 year old mare that she had for almost 20 years just passed away last month). But it made me think... How do you do it? Rehoming all those horses, trying to "fix" other people's problems, and knowing a horse is perfect and the owner is perfect, but having to convince them of it. lol, better you than me. This is the first horse that I HAD TO FIND A HOME, as a matter of life or death. lol... of course, you know I just would have kept her until I found her one- there was no way this horse was going to be shipped!
Only you, Shar, would take the time to go back and train the Humans! The horse was only trying to protect itself and the Humans, of course, wanted more. Good for you for taking the time and showing them that the horse was fine. It was only a matter of too much change in too little time. Congratulations on a successful placement! And like I asked the last time we met, when are you filing for your non-profit status, young lady?
Beth Kidd did a great job in creating a good interview from a bunch of rambling blabber. And Doc is so smooth! I had calls for tickets this morning after people listened to Doc's interview. He certainly threw his weight behind us. How grateful I am to him!
I believe our interview from this morning will aire again next Sunday morning at 7am on 102.9 WLTE radio. Beth has a one hour program called "Northern Lights" and she is giving the entire hour to Refuge Farms and Doc! How wonderful!
A very nice article on our Gala and Doc in both the Sunday edition of the Dunn County News and in the last week edition of Country Today. Every bit of press helps!!
I was very surprised this morning. Took a link to a friend's blog and look what I found....she has pictures of her recent visit to THE FARM. And I'm proud to say that Sherri, too, thinks that Babee Joy's butt is voluptuous!
Sherri is overly kind in her words, but I would suggest that you take the link to her blog. Her connection to the PMU article is very valuable. Breaks your heart, but contains much detail of just what Josephina and Beauty have been through.
The water hydrant in the big barn has been broken for two weeks now. When I need to fill tanks, I turn the line on in the basement and then fill tanks. But not until I have hung and set buckets everywhere trying to catch all the water that leaks and sprays around the faulty hydrant head.
Last night I almost filled tanks. But I waited since it creates a lake 8" deep in Laddee's end stall. Just now Fred and Alex appeared to trench and install the new hydrant! Hurray!!!!!!
Well...... the new water hydrant is installed and operational in the new barn. How nice to be able to turn it on without having to run into the basement and then not have to flood the barn floors! The only thing I forgot is the driveway being dug up and not being able to drive on it until next summer. Wonder how I'm going to get bales into the Helen Keller pasture....
The sun finally broke through at 5pm today. Had been promised for early afternoon but it took a while longer. Funny how a bit of sunshine brightens the world, isn't it? If the sky is clear, maybe we'll see some stars tonight?
Isn't it interesting how the answers come to you at the oddest times!
I am cleaning litter boxes this morning and it dawns on me how to get round bales into the Helen Keller pasture for the next 8 to 9 months. I can't use the driveway and the double gates because the ground is too soft to hold the skid loader now that it has been dug up to replace the water hydrant.
Going through the barn isn't an option. I could go into the corral and take a sharp right into the HK pasture, but the corral would be a disaster by spring. So, how to get round bales out to the Helen Keller herd?
Then this morning, it dawns on me. I need to go out and put gates in the fence line between the Gelding's and Helen Keller pasture! If I pull up and relocate two T-posts and install 4 gate handles in that fence line, I should be able to move round bales where they are needed! Tah-dah!
So, with that new idea and a beautfiul day forecasted for today, I'm going to wade through the mud and get that done! Because, tomorrow at dusk guess who will be moving round bales in order to beat the next rounds of rain!!!
What an amazing day... nice to ride in just one pair of pants and a sweatshirt instead of doubling it all up. =) How did your project go Sandy? Only you would be excited about a beautiful day so you can do a lot of hard work! lol... I was training a new horse which is part of my "work" but it's more fun. By the way... our Mr. Romeo has a bit of competition now for his women, and he's not liking it! Maybe he's not so much of a "Runaway Romeo" after all. The new gelding is there just for 30 days training, and so I am keeping him seperate of course, but Romeo has been just stalking that fence protecting "his girls". lol =) Who would have thought! Normally he just hangs back and watches the action, now he looks like a prize fighter. Poor little Titan might just sneak through Romeo's protection radar though, since I don't think anyone knows he's a boy yet!
Hey, Shar - I talked with the man who took Romeo for 30 days right after I rescued him and worked on his back. He is a certified Equine Chiropractor and just emailed me to ask how "Mr. Gelding" was doing. So I told him he is now Romeo and doing great - quite a mischevious little guy, but doing wonderfully! Big Jim was thrilled to hear his patient was doing so well.
Does anyone know what that white shimmering thing is up in the sky? It is about a half a circle and putting out quite a bit of light....and there are little tiny shimmering things up in the sky, too.....hhhhmmmmmmm....wonder what they are???!!!!
If the guy did alright with Romeo... can't just be men that bother him. =) He is doing amazing... but definetly mischevious... started this new thing lately that when you ask him to do something when you're riding him that he does not want to do like trot or canter (he's a low-key walking kind of guy), he reaches around looking like he's going to "bite" and he ends up just grabbing onto your pants or boot to try to pull you off. (sigh) whatever are we to do with him! lol, he's lucky that my sister Jessi is so in love that she keeps saying how bad he was for the day and then says "He is so smart!!" in an excited tone with a twinkle in her eyes.... Yes, he is smart, just need to harness that genius and put it to good use. =) Work in progress, but fun no matter what.
Boy, I hope we all enjoyed our one sunny day of Fall! Right back to damp and cool and with the feel of rain in the air! I was so hoping for a couple of sunny, windy days to dry up some of this mud! And the crops! All around me the crops are still standing.
Handsome trotted into the barn this morning for breakfast! It is so fun to watch that tall, lanky body move so gracefully. And he holds his head so high! Not like the slinky, low-headed creature that appeared here two years ago.
We all need to take care of ourselves now. A State of Emergency because of flu and upper respiratory infections. Eat an orange! Get some fresh air! Wash your hands! And sleep each night! Stay healthy!!!
Dr. Brian was just here and took blood for coggins and health papers on the Gala horses. He actually did not recognize Laddee. He asked, "When did she get so calm?" And then right away he asked, "Have you weighed her lately? She must have added 200 pounds to her frame!"
Needless to say, I broke my face smiling so hard...........