Thursday, March 28, 2019

Spring prep and wish list

Since I'm sitting here with a bum ankle (it is slowly getting better) and lots of time on my hands, I've been doing some online wish list shopping and a bit of real shopping.

Real shopping includes supplements and feed-related practical stuff:

- salt blocks

- Hoffman's loose mineral supplement -  trying this out - it is a Cdn company

- Elite 3 hemp oil - for Fred mostly, but also for the dog - another Cdn company

- a one month sub to FeedXL - they have a huge database and it includes a lot of Cdn brands/products, so 3 cheers to Feed XL!  I'm going to run Fred's diet through here and see if I can pack some weight on him.

My wish list is growing by the hour, but my top 3 "wants" are:

- A C4 belt - they have a big butts one!!!  How could I pass that up?

- Another pair of Dreamers and Schemers socks - again with big butts.  Oh man - I just clicked on the accessories page and they have big butts on everything! Argh!

- and the big ticket items - a Bot sheet, quick wraps and a halter for Fred.  I'm so excited that BoT Canada finally has the coloured items.  The good news for my credit card is that all of the green items are out of stock!

You may have noticed that I'm mostly focusing on items I can get from Canadian retailers.  The belt and socks (even though it is a Cdn company!) won't likely be ordered until I can justify a trip down to pick up things in the US.  If there are things I really need, I either get them at Congress in October, or have it shipped to the US. I live about an hour or so from the border, so if needed, I can zip down and pick up a few things.  Sadly our dollar is really weak against the US dollar right now and US shipping prices and customs are killers.  Sometimes the shipping and customs ends up being more than the product you order.  Sad times for shopaholics like me; good for my credit card and budget! 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Temporarily sidelined

Usually on horse blogs, it is the horse that has sustained the injury.  This time, it's me!

Winter ice:1  Laura: 0

My horses are usually out 24/7, so I don't do a formal night check.  Whoever takes the dogs out for a last pee break usually does a quick eyeball to make sure the horses are ok.

Lately Fred has been pulling apart my electric fence. The fence is off, since all of the deep snow has shorted it.  He wrecked one section that separated the minis summer paddock and I had to just do some makeshift work to make it sort of safe.

Saturday night I was worried that he was tangled up in the fence - I went out at around 9:30 to check on him.  He was fine.  I was walking on a section of the laneway that I don't normally walk on and it was sheer ice.

One second I was fine, the next I heard a loud pop/crack and I was on my butt.  It took a few seconds to process things - I was sure I had broken my ankle!

I managed to hobble back to the house and get the hubby.  We went to our local ER and the Dr. thought it was just a sprain.  It is likely a grade 2 or 3 sprain, with partial or complete tearing of the ligament.
F**k, damn, sh*t, f**k, me probably.
I've been icing, compressing and elevating and I am just able to bear some weight on it as of today.  Yikes.  What crappy timing - I was just about to start working Fred and get my barn spring cleaned!  I guess it will all have to wait a week or two!

In the grand scheme of things, a sprained ankle is not that serious of an injury, so I'm grateful it isn't broken.  Although, Dr. Google tells me that serious sprains can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks to heal.  Fun.  My right ankle is always weak and I think this sprain will make it even worse.  Off to shop for ankle braces - maybe BoT makes one for people?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Back to the grind

Well I’m back to the land of cold and snow. Being away for 2 weeks is pretty amazing but it is nice to be home. My Mom did a great job taking care of all of the animals - she is the best!
Maui cows - just strolling down the road...
 It took me a couple of days to get over the jet lag and get my head thinking about horse stuff and chores again!  This weekend I got all three stalls stripped and rebedded. I also had to chip the ice away to get the back barn door open! We’ve had a lot of freeze/thaw cycles on top of a lot of snow so I’ve been having trouble keeping the doors clear. 
Maui horse - eating these delicious leaves instead of the many, many acres of mountainside pasture it was in!
The two big boys got fresh blankets and the nasty ones are packed up to get dropped off for cleaning next week.  I think Fred has grown over the winter - his butt was hanging out of the back of his size 80 blanket - the kid will need new clothes next fall for sure!  Note: I clearly need to start remembering pics for this blog! lol 
Cows, with an ocean view.
It is nice to get those little things done to kick off my barn spring cleaning. My barn isn’t very big but it does get cluttered over the winter. 

Do you do any spring cleaning? I love switching seasons and getting the barn and my tack etc.  ready for spring. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

BBQH -Comin’ at ya live from Maui!

Yeah, so I started a new blog, wrote two posts and promptly took off on a big vacation!

My hubby and I have been planning this trip for a while -  we initially wanted to go on this same trip with some friends a few years ago.  But life stepped in and took us on a bit of a detour - my hubby had a very serious health issue - and it has taken until this year to get back on track, so to speak...

I feel very lucky to be able to get away. How in the heck do I leave for 2 weeks when I have 2 cats, 2 dogs and 3 horses at home? My awesome Mom, that’s how! My pets like my Mom more than me most days so they are in good hands. The horses took more convincing - she claims to be a bit afraid of the horses - but I convinced her she was ok to do hay and water! We had a few days together before we left (my Mom lives a few hours away) and by the time I left she was climbing through the fence and giving the horses kisses on their noses! Lol

It is a real treat to be away from the crappy, icy, snowy, freezing cold winter. I’ll leave you with a few pics and catch up more in a couple of weeks!

US snacks - this could be a whole blog post!!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2018 Show season recap and year-end awards

I've been trying to decide what the heck I'm going to blog about now that I actually re-started a blog! lol  I don't want to spend too much time looking back, but we are in the dead of winter and I'm not riding, so I don't have a lot of options! 
Actual footage of me, pondering what to post...
2018 was exciting for me, as I got my new halter horse in May.  Fred was 3 in 2018, so I was able to show in the 3yr old classes at our local QH shows.  I had initially had some wild plans to travel to some shows further afield with a friend of mine, but she lost her show horse suddenly last spring, so we dialed back our plans.  Not to mention that showing breed shows is damn expensive!

We went to Kentucky (about 18 hrs) to get Fred - it was a fun trip - my friend had (she sold it! :-( ) a big 36' LQ trailer and truck and loves road trips, so we were off. She also arranged the purchase of the horse and knows the breeder quite well, so we made it into a mini-vacation.
We had a long way to go and a short time to get there!
Fred was quite thin when we got him home, so that was a bit disappointing.  I had hoped to show him sooner, but a halter horse with visible ribs is not going to win any prizes!  I immediately started feeding him up and working him lightly on the longe and hand-walking.   We made it out to our first show in June.  He was still a bit too thin, but I wanted the mileage to see how he would behave.  And, it would make us eligible for year-end points with the local club. 

I have to tell you, showing in hand at breed shows is pretty sweet.  I do 2 classes and then I'm usually done by 9 or 10am!  We then go grab breakfast and hang around at the show helping friends.

Still needs more weight and muscle, but looking ok!
Fred's next show was in late July and he had put on quite a bit more weight, so we did quite well.  We had 4 grand champion and I think 4 reserve champion halter wins.  In addition to the satin (hells yeah!) the first time your horse gets a grand champion halter win, AQHA sends you big ass trophies!  (woot!)  I got those this year as well, which was pretty damn awesome.
Yasss! Trophies!  Finally, after years of paying AQHA
We were also the provincial high point 3 yr old gelding in the open and amateur halter classes and I got another trophy and a stall-front bag, which I still need to pick up from a friend.  Not too shabby! There wasn't a lot of competition in the 3yr old classes, but I'll take the trophy!!  Fred was also the high point open and amateur 3yr old gelding in the local QH club, but we won't get those awards until July of this year!  That club does their awards at their first show!  Ugh. Not good at waiting!  lol

That wraps up the show side of 2018.  I'm still debating on 2019 show plans and hope to post more abut that in March. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Winter wonderland?

So, I started a new blog.  Not sure how I feel about it yet.  lol  I had a blog back in the day, but let it sit idle for too long.  I have some work to do here - to give everyone some info on who I am and what my deal is!

My rationale for attempting to start blogging again was to connect with other horse bloggers and to encourage myself to do more writing.  I have to write a lot for work, but it tends to be more formulated responses, so not a lot of creativity is needed.

I don't have any plans about what I'll write about - I didn't ride much last year, as I have a new halter horse and fitting him took a lot of time.  I guess I'll write about whatever takes my fancy at any given time.  I like photography, art and personal finance stuff as well as the obvious: horses.  Also expect to see a lot of cat and dog photos!

Here in my region of Canada, we are deep - like 260 cm (102 inches) deep - into winter.  Now, that much snow falls over a few months and packs down and melts a bit here and there, so we aren't all trying to navigate snow that deep everywhere.  We did just get 30 cm (11") overnight and I get to work from home today - hence this first post!

I kept the horses in the barn last night (2 QH, 1 mini, 1 pony (who is a boarder)) because the wind and snow were howling out of the SE and they had no shelter.  I typically keep the horses outside much of the time, but I make an exception when they can't find shelter from the barn or their lean-to.  I'm not a total monster!
I'm short - maybe I should've stayed in?  Copper, probably.

Copper was a little hesitant to leave the barn this morning - can't say I blame him - he is pretty small.  I'm only 5' tall myself, so I get the difficulties of short legs and deep snow!  Luckily for him, the snow drifted in a way that there are quite a few clear spots for him to get around.

This whole re-entry to blogging thing also requires me to remember my phone for media! That will take some getting used to.  I took some super exciting video of the horses walking out through the snowdrift at the back door.   Agreed that there is work to be done on the quality of said media.  LOL

I will go back out the barn later today and do some shovelling to clear out the shelter, the back door and the area around the water trough.  I also have to get rid of this wave-like drift that blew in the front doors of the barn!  The doors don't close 100% in the winter (ice, snow, laziness on my part) so I sometimes get a bit of snow inside.

Crazy wave snow drift - looks like it could come to life at any moment!  Also - foreshadowing of the waves I'll see on my trip in 2 weeks!!!

OK - first post done! Phew!  Hopefully I can post somewhat regularly moving forward!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Foal Friday

 I'm going back in time for a bit to get caught up.   These pics take me back to the day Rip and his dam came home from the fancy matern...