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    Cows mount each other when they are in heat or other cows are in heat. Good news is that heat cycles don't last longer than 24 hours. She will probably not do that again to anyone for another 28 days (unless they are giving her steroids??). When you handle 4H cows, you have to make sure they know you are not a cow. Best thing is to tell the kids not to bend over or put their backs to the cows and carry a stick. A short stick will do it. One smack on the sensitive nose if they invade your personal space. Buggy whip would work, but you have to be a bit animated with cows, so you're likely to scare the horses off, too.
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    Yes! She couldve crushed me. The situation couldve gone very differently many ways. I hope my landlord takes it seriously.
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    I was thinking about taking a whip in with me, not sure how effective it will be but Im gonna try it. Anything is better than nothing. I wont pay them any attention either. Shes supposed to go in the freezer, that was the plan when they were first brought there anyway. Who knows what the plan is now.
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    Aggressive cows can kill people. Please be careful.
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    Can you take a buggy whip or plastic shovel to whap the cow? Its the whole extend-a-arm program & maybe teach her to mind her manors. Its a good thing you didn't get hurt & it is a great way for the cow to find herself in the freezer. Todays adventure was having a slight accumulation of snow with with the rain that was coming down all day.
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    Sooo, Im a little peeved. Remember those two 4H cows that the landlord let come take over the paddock months ago? Well, one of them mounted me yesterday evening. Yep, its ok to laugh and Im bruised up but otherwise fine. But, if I had been one of the kids, I probably wouldnt have been fine. I went out yesterday evening to bring the horses in to be fed and found that the 4H cows had been put in the pasture with the horses. The landlord has apparently rotated fields with his cows and put them in the field where the 4H cows were. So the 4H cows owner moved her cows into the field with the horses, cause god forbid her cows be out with other cows. So on my walk to bring in my horses, the 4H cows kept mooing at me and came up to me. I gave them a few pats, took a selfie with the boy cow who is usually stand offish. Bent down to take a selfie with the other one, and up she reared. I couldnt stand all the way up in time and ended up deciding quickly to throw myself on the ground and roll away from her as she landed so I would escape her crushing weight ontop of me. It worked but I did get stepped on. Later I posted the selfie of the boy cow and I on Facebook, and the owner commented. I commented back that Florina had jumped ontop of me. Her response was that Florina is hormonal right now. YA THINK?! WHY WHY WHY would you put your hormonal 1200lb animal in a pasture where you KNOW kids go in and out of, sometimes with no adult supervision?!?!?! I just dont get it. Im not upset that I got bruised up, but Im worried about the kids going in there. Im going to talk with my landlord on my next day off, but he may just laugh and blow me off.
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    Oh I bring up "What are you going to do when he's 16" Hubby doesn't get it. Fingers crossed it is sugar & pie, but when personalities are to alike it will probably be fireworks.
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    Oh yes. I think some days I spend half my time yelling at LJ. He gets distracted so easily. Nothing wrong with him. He's just ten. I send him off to do something and he gives me a blank look when I find him wandering about looking at a bug, lol! Oh, these are the sweet days though. No puberty, yet.
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    QB so long as the horse is a trooper there is no point in over correcting what she is doing. At least that is what I'd do. LC the past 4 months it has been about the hair. Can also see how he is trying to be cool with body language. However the hearing is worse as there is more yelling to get things done. Yesterday it was beautiful out. We worked like crazy to get outdoor clean up done as Mich as possible. Got a good chunk done & good thing since it has been pouring rain since early morning. S
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    Im in Virginia. Curious as to where your horses gravesite/old farm is.
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    Yes! Shes such a natural too. I was considering selling Margarita a few months ago. Shes sassy with Zoey and Zoey isnt even interested at all anymore in horses. I figured maybe Margarita would be too sassy for beginners but yet had some show experience under her belt, her kid was no longer interested, and shes not Zarinnas favorite, so it was the right time to sell her. Buuut, Im so glad I didnt. Given all the horses to work with, Lyric picks Margarita, and I think Margarita likes Lyric. I havent seen any sassyness and when that picture was taken Margarita had fallen asleep while Lyric brushed her. I think theyre a good fit. Lyric will be showing Margarita in trail obstacles next Saturday.
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    RRW, I hear you loud and clear on the school thing. It's the age, I think. I sub many grades and the most drama is always in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. It changes a bit in the middle grades '(6th, 7th, and 8th) because the boys start to realize that girls are kinda cute, lol! Teasing between boys and girls goes up and the dislike between certain boys intensifies, but they all seem to settle down a bit in other ways. There is more obvious 'showing off'' by boys. LJ is finishing up 5th and he is DONE, lol! I love how dramatic ten year olds can be. Queen, looks like a good kid. Keep her away from the boys as long as possible, lol!
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    It is a great thing to be able to work with someone so willing to learn, isnt it?
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    I just want to say that this little girl blows me away everytime she comes to the farm. She needs no prompting or suggesting. I look over, and this is what I see her doing. Yep, I know she doesnt have Margarita tied correctly and Im aware she isnt picking her hoof totally properly, but just the initiative she takes to DO IT blows me away.
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    LC sire was nice of your neighbor to help you out. We have four vehicles waiting at the shop to get fixed. To little time & not enough help where we take our stuff. Won't go to another garage as this one does good work. Boy it will be nice to have school done. The battles are getting old. Time of year for being active & outside are here.
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    Our tractor is fixed! It still needs some work to get the scoop fixed, but I was able to mow the pasture yesterday. We were looking for someone local who could fix it, but the people that were recommended were too busy. Finally, this neighbor who always brings his little girl down the road to visit our donkey turns out to be a small engine repair person. I am always nice to people who bring their kids by. Our animals love kids. When I mentioned the tractor, he left and came back with his tool bag to help us out. He'll be back to fix the scoop after he orders parts. Very reasonable, too. We don't have a trailer big enough to haul our tractor, so it helps us a lot. One less worry. Now, if I could just sell these two cows, we'd have a good stocking rate for our pastures.
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    Sounds like he is just trying to find easy $$. Been a busy shopping day. Bought lawn care items so have to get busy put ng together then weed & feed.
  22. Happy Mothers Day One & all

    Pink even if f you have no children you are still mothering someone.
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    Hi Pink, You are a special young lady in my eyes, as you have a kind & caring nature, Things are looking up, hope your mom is doing wel. Take Care My friend, PD,
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    Hi PD - not a Mom, unless Fur-Mom counts...just wanted to say hey. Hope all is well!
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    He is not one to do that with. He changes his mind and tries to control us, if we owe him money. We had to just back way off and say we couldn't afford it. If we can save enough, we would buy it outright.
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    LC, could you arrange to pay your dad a small amount periodically? You could then have it under contract and avoid having it developed.
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    Thanks, Heidi. I made a stupid mistake on our new farm. I asked my dad to buy the three acres next door to keep it from being developed. We asked if we could buy it back from him later. It was a big thing to ask, but he offered to help. Now, all he's been doing is scheming on how to develop it. It doesn't cost very much, but it's more than we have right now.
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    LC, I'm so sorry. (((hugs))) RRW, my fave pic is shortman on the jackalope and that wooden car really is beautiful. Toothpicks if you crash it, though!
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