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    Used minivan? I watched someone unload minis at the local university hospital. Strip down the inside, add a wood frame inside, rubber mats, and go. They had a neat wooden ramp as well.
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    QB, an option would be offer at having the tires replaced for being able to borrow the truck. You already know the dates for when you would need to haul. As for the trailer the minis are small enough they should all be able to straight load in a two horse with the divider out. I've seen mini trailers for sale on Craig's. People took an enclosed trailer & converted it into a horse trailer. You could always get a camper trailer that is also a toy hauler. That would work really slick.
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    Those crazy ponies would kick out my windows lol!
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    I stopped having a relationship with him and my mother a year ago. I have no idea if he even knows hes possibly not my father, or not my youngest brothers father.
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    Yes it is , I love it!
  7. What is your horse's home like?

    Wow, I love how you set up your barn and paddocks. I'm sure Libby will appreciate the minimal changes to her living area. That was very thoughtful of you.
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    It's mermaid hair!
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    Those ponies are pretty tiny. They'd probably fit in your back seat.
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    I'm sorry about the family situation. We had some similar drama in my family, too. How is your dad taking it?
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    Drip irrigation is the way to go. When we do finally finish the garden beds, I want to do that.
  12. What is your horse's home like?

    Love that barn LC!
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    LC, Neat looking barn, looks very handy, I'm sure it will work well for you in your milder climate. Best Wishes. PD
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    QB, I understand your need for a dependable truck, a older 2 horse trailer would handle those minis. I do hope some opportunity opens up for you to get the things you need to help these girls go forward. Give you alot of credit for helping supporting these girls with a positive interest. I wish you well on your family situation. But don't let any of this drag you down, as you have a good head on your shoulders & a loving heart. Family is more than blood, these young girls have become part of your family, & I believe there will be more to come, as there will be alot more girls from broken homes, that will need mentoring, I'm glad you are there for them. Best Wishes. PD
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    Morning all. Just a little update. I'm still celebrating the girls and their minis...I'm just so proud! We haven't done anything with them since the show, its been raining/flooding every day here. I cant even tell you the last time we rode. Its either pouring rain, or 100 degrees, the only reasonable time to do anything outside is in the wee hours of the morning. In the meantime I have contacted a trainer I'm familiar with who I think will be good with the girls and the minis, and inquired about hauling in for a few lessons on setting up and positioning. It all sounds good, I just have to find a day/time that I can use the truck and trailer that's also suits the trainers schedule. Which leads me to my current issue. I need to win the lottery. I really need a good reliable truck, but I just cant afford it. I'm stuck. Pappys trailer is a 3 horse gooseneck...we don't really need a gooseneck and I could afford to buy a 2 horse bumper pull...but if Pappy is willing to let us use his trailer (and hes more than happy to let us use it) then theres no reason for me to buy one. The truck he is currently using to pull the trailer has got 3 wheels in the grave. If I could afford a truck..oh the places we would go. Theres a club or association or whatever you want to call it here that you can join and show for points which add up during the year. At the end of the year you can win awards. It seems to be more relaxed than 4-H and would be excellent for the girls. The shows are kinda all over and it looks like most of them are a drive from home. So, there again is my pesky truck issue. Maybe I can work on Grandaddy B to get us a truck...or loan us a truck. Cross your fingers. In other, more personal news...my "family" situation has only gotten crazier. I now have pretty solid reason to believe that the man that Ive known as my dad for 38 years, is not my biological father after all. I'm still planning on doing a DNA test between my deceased brother (I have some of his hair to test) and I to see if we are full siblings. My youngest brother and I are not full siblings, which we found out months ago through a DNA test. At the end of the day I would just really like to know the truth, I think I deserve that.
  16. What is your horse's home like?

    That's like our tobacco barns here, LC. They have the gaps in the boards too. Some people repurpose them for horse barns, but in the winter, they're too breezy (for me.) It would be nice right now though. It looks like you thought everything through before you built.
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    HorsePoorinBigSky- Beautiful barn! Sounds like a good design for the heat and cold. We just built our second Florida barn. Our first was a shedrow and this one is a full sized one because we don't have a separate hay barn. Both have aisles that run north/south. It's a unique design for this area, with the boards a little bit apart from each other to allow air flow. Our coldest temps are in the teens, so it works for us. The left side has boards closer together to keep hay dry. The middle of the right has the tack area. We hope to complete it once we move in. This is the run-in shed for the goat and donkey. We used cattle panels because goats destroy wovern wire and climb board fencing. The paddocks. The gates line up for bringing animals in and out. They can also secure to the fence for cleaning or paddock maintenance. We built the paddocks and we know the boards should be on the inside, but we just aren't clever enough to make that work. We don't plan on having any crazy horses, though. You can't tell from the picture, but there is no way one horse can nip another coming out of their stall. We made the stall doorways at least six feet from the neighboring paddock. I remember that issue from boarding my horse and hated it. The closer together boards are the back of the tack room. The paddocks are wider than they are long. Your eyes aren't deceiving you, the first paddock has five board and the other have four. The first one will be used for the sheep for a few months, so the boards are closer together. It's also to keep a puppy out since the pasture will tie in with the corner of the first paddock. Libby's stall. Since she is mostly blind, she gets the same stall in the same relative position in the new barn as the old one. It sounds funny, but I think it will help. We are going to add a few boards on top of the wall because sideways rain can get in. The other two stalls are the same. We will attach the feeder this weekend.
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    I always said I would go back to Colorado. In fact, during a port visit to Florida, when I was in the Navy, I swore I would never live in such a place. Ate those words for breakfast two years later and a heart full of love for a good man from Florida. We go to Colorado to visit, but my heart is here with the family I love.
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    It is funny how the road can take us one direction but our heart knows where home is. You will make it back to home.
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    Stomp worthy. But watch that tail popping up! That is a good reason to wear boots. We spent some time in Mexico City and the outlying areas when I was a kid because my aunt and uncle lived there. It was an awesome experience. I distinctly remember leaning out of bed, first thing in the morning, to knock my shoes together in case scorpions had found their way in overnight. The house was very clean and I never found one, but they were on the trails where I played.
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    St. Augustine sheep can be used for milk. They have lovely temperaments and decent yields. I prefer sheep cheese to goat cheese, personally, but we have no plans to milk.
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    Dairy sheep are milked for cheese and yogurt. I'll have to ask her how her cheese making is going.
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    Sheep cheese is really yummy.
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    Why not, they milk goats.
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    People milk sheep!?
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