Heidi n Q

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  1. Dominance in Herd

    LOL, you guys! He's a Peruvian Horse, beautifully gaited and smooth.
  2. Dominance in Herd

    I'm sure I posted about getting Ever just before Easter... Here is a pic of him about 3wks after I got him. He was still a bit underweight in this pic. I need to take updated pics of him. He has put on a good amount of weight. I am still trying to fatten up his topline a little more so he is "rounded" like my others, but he looks great.
  3. Active Members

    There are a handful of people who still regularly visit and post. We tend to stick mainly to a couple threads, creating some new ones for specific topics, but most things are in the couple threads. There was a kerfuffle a couple years ago that resulted in a mass exodus, with many leaving for Facebook and a couple private FB groups were formed.
  4. Dominance in Herd

    Put out another water source so everyone has access to water. As for the buildings, you're stuck waiting for them to shake out their pecking order. I brought in a dominant gelding this spring and put him in with my submissive mare and other dominant gelding. The mare moves if anyone gives her an ugly face but the boys have been jockeying for position. There have been skirmishes and some bite marks but the boys tend to keep a distance from each other now. Original dominant gelding retains his position and 2nd dominant moves out of his way and/or waits until last to enter the shelter. I have them separated at night so new horse can eat his feed as I'm still fattening him up.
  5. The Front Porch

    The feral cat may not appreciate you, but I do: Bless you! =^..^=
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    The looks on Faith and Nancy's faces are precious! LOL
  7. The Front Porch

    The Acro-Cats were near me last summer and I couldn't get off work to go to their show, I was so bummed!
  8. The Front Porch

    Oh, I'm so sorry for LJ. That's such a hard lesson for a kiddo and he's so conscientious. I hope it doesn't weigh too heavily on him for too long. I'm not much for game meat, though I was surprised how much I liked Elk.
  9. The Front Porch

    I love how funny our critters can be! Odie walking into a store like he belongs and Fiona enjoying her rinse with her eyes closed in appreciation. These stories make me smile so big!
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    OMG, poor Ursa and YAY for LJ!!!! Hi, PD!
  11. The Front Porch

    Thanks for asking about the stings. My leg is only slightly sore and the markings are almost all gone. My hand and wrist are back to normal and the last one I got on my forearm only has a slight knot and a bit of redness. I killed about 4 more wasps last night in the barn. I'm hoping it ends soon and we finally get them all. I'm jumpy as heck, if anything touches me or pokes me, I'm flailing about. I stopped bandaging Ever's leg 2 nights ago and it is still looking good. I am still putting Corona ointment on all of the wounds every day.
  12. The Front Porch

    I will *always* be interested in all critters! I can't believe how good Fiona looks post-surgery. She doesn't look subdued or depressed at all, nor even in pain. I think her face/eyes are beautiful.
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    Yay! For full freezers! Guess who got stung by a wasp again? Me! On the arm. Saw a group gathered together where a nest was knocked down so I sprayed them with a can that was nearly out of juice. I didn't grab my flashlight and leave fast enough and it got me on the forearm. I vet-wrapped an ice cube to it and took two benadryl. The reaction is fairly mild - just an itchy red bump. Still on Abx from the previous stings so I think I'm good. PS - I now have a *fresh* can of wasp spray in the barn!
  14. The Front Porch

    Oh, my! I'm glad she'll be more comfortable now. That little calf cart was ridiculously adorable!
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    I went to the doctor this morning because it seemed to be getting worse. She said I have cellulitis from the stings and gave me antibiotics. She drew around the swellings and I need to make sure the swelling and redness don't grow bigger or I'll have to have IV Abx. I'm about 4hrs past my first Abx and can already see the redness decreasing. However, some of the redness at my ankle seems to be "falling down" into my foot and the bottom of my foot feels sore, like it's bruised. I'm hoping that is just gravity pulling whatever fluids were there but I'm going to keep an eye on it during the day. Just after I got home from the Dr:
  16. The Front Porch

    Oh, man, LC! As I was reading I was wondering how good the prognosis would end up being. I'm glad Fiona will recover. Ever is doing very well. The swelling on the inside of his Left cannon bone has gone down almost completely. I have been putting Corona Ointment on all of his scrapes and they look good, with smooth skin underneath. The bandage I put on yesterday was still in place and I think when I remove it tomorrow night, I'll evaluate how he's healing and if I can keep it off or need to continue to protect it. When I re-did the bandage the other night, I thought it looked excellent, so odds may be very good for tomorrow night that it can stay off. In other news .... I've waged all-out war on wasps. After I turned Ever out yesterday and all three went into the pasture, I decided to knock down wasp nests in the barn. I got three nests knocked down and got stung on the outside of my R hand. I ran out of the barn, still holding the manure fork. I went into the feed-side of the barn and knocked down two more nests, dropped the fork and made a run for it. I thought I was good, but at about 20' from the building (and still running) I got stung twice on my left ankle. 12 hours later, I was doing evening chores - which is scooping the 2x2x7 litter chest on the front porch - when I got stung on my R wrist. I shook it off and then felt something in my blouse, pulled the neck away and saw a wasp on my bra! I slapped it out of there and backed away to see where it had come from. Nothing at the ceiling so I tilted up the hanging swing and saw three nests. I went inside and mixed up some spray in a bottle and soaked them, then came inside to give them time to die before I finished my chores. Of course I had swelling but after being on my feet most of the day at work, my ankle is on FIRE and has swollen considerably, even after spending a couple hours in the recliner with my feet up and an ice pack on it. If it isn't improved by morning, I think I'll see the Doctor. ***** GREAT GOOGLEY MOOGLEY! As I was typing this, I felt something on my arm, looked down and there was a wasp! I shook it off and then stomped it. I had just come in from the barn and saw that some were trying to rebuild where I knocked down a nest. I took note so I could hit it with wasp killer tomorrow, after I cover the hay with a tarp and the horses are out of the barn. Do you think it recognized me? Right ankle: Left cankle:
  17. Texas People #6

    I love her watermelon blouse!
  18. The Front Porch

    Watching him take the first couple steps was funny, he high-stepped on all fours for the first few minutes. He figured it out pretty quickly, how to step up and down and last night when I did bed-check, he was laying down and got up pretty well to greet me. I put him on grass today. I can't put another board on top of the manger as then they wouldn't be able to reach the floor. Don't want to put a board they have to duck under as if anyone spooks, they'd crack their head. Ken is mulling some ideas. I showed him something called a "tombstone" panel and he thinks he can weld something similar. I'm glad your surgery went well. I didn't get to see the part of my colon they removed but the Dr. told me that portion was completely diseased over the outside layer. Inside, it looked inflamed like the rest of the colon length, but outside it was clear what the damaged area was. Your stew sounded wonderful! I'm sorry it was the trigger but I'm hopeful it has become the blessing-in-disguise as it prompted the surgery that will allow you to eat again. You know yourself best, start slow and see what you do and don't tolerate. As far as not eating greasy, fried or fast food - I tend to avoid those and can't say I feel as if I'm missing anything. It won't be too big. Vet says I can remove it Monday and I can just wrap the injury itself w/out the standing wrap after that. She did this to help prevent swelling for the first few days after the injury.
  19. Texas People #6

    Whew! Sounded like a mountain of obstacles to overcome but it seems you guys are getting a handle on things pretty quickly. I'm sorry he had a bad day and night, those are no fun for anyone. The person with the pain is feeling it and everyone around them is 'feeling' it too, but mostly wishing they could take the pain away. It is a pretty helpless feeling, no matter which side of the pain you're on. (((hugs for all)))
  20. The Front Porch

    Ugh, as I was peeling the netting away from his hoof, I kept repeating don't-be-broken over and over in my head. I'm just glad I was there to see it. Had it been a few minutes later, I'd have never found him until after I got home from work and by then it probably would have been too late. QB - that is ADORABLE! I love how rustic it is and I especially love that you made it yourself. For displaying things, if you have room in your home, you could use a 2nd china hutch. When we bought this house we had to buy furniture for the formal dining room (which we didn't have at the other house). We found a dining set to and then husband found a gun cabinet from a private seller and when we went to buy it, they had other furniture in the garage and the china hutch they had was very close in style to the dining set we just bought. At first I thought I'd use it for china overflow, but ended up using it to display our "treasures", which are special to us, but probably 'junk' to other people. It has crystal bowls and vases, a fine tea set, our wedding cake topper, two Breyer memorial horses, the cotton rope my Shepherd-wolf played with, a hay-hook from my mentor horseman, things from foreign countries from our nephew when he was in the Army and a couple framed photos of special people.
  21. The Front Porch

    So, I had an equine emergency with Ever today because Chrome was his usual jerk self. I turned Ever out into the corral and he stayed in the run-in shed to eat hay, didn't think anything of it and was going back to the house. Chrome came in and my guess is Ever felt he had no escape except to jump in the manger - with half a round bale in a hay net! I turned back when I heard the scrambling hooves and saw Ever IN the manger on top of the hay, struggling with his hooves. I was loudly shouting Whoa! in hopes of getting him to stop moving but as I came in, he turned himself on top of the hay and tried to jump out. With a hoof twisted in the bale net. He rotated over the manger rail and whomped on the floor on his left side, right front hoof over the top edge of the manger and twisted in the net. I grabbed the box knife and sliced through both ropes of the bale net to release the tension and then used my hands to peel the netting off his hoof. When I freed his hoof, his chest was still against the manger with his left foreleg folded against it so I grabbed a rope to go in and try to pull his head away, or flip him over, so he could get up but before I could climb out of the manger he got himself standing. I separated the horses and went to the house for my husband to help me assess the injuries. The biggest injury on the side of his right cannon looked like I could see bone and we decided to call the vet. Countryside arrived in less than 25 minutes from the time of injury. Dr Smith was pleased to see him using all four legs and the wounds were mainly just scrapes. NO stitches needed! She said it didn’t go through all layers and we could just wrap and keep clean and fly free to heal. She wants me to keep the huge blue wrap on for 3 days and then I can go to a smaller wrap. She left Uniprim to prevent infection and Bute to help with pain and any swelling.
  22. Texas People #6

    *shudders* and yells: Aaaaauuuuuuurgh! That looks painful, though it appears he will heal well. I'm sorry it is going to take the time it takes for him to get back to 100%. I'm sure that's worrisome and frustrating.
  23. The Front Porch

    Man, I don't like that being in your backyard because it seems you'll be dealing (trying to help) with the fallout. I like your approach and wish you great success.
  24. The Front Porch

    Wow, that certainly is small. Will you continue to breed the cows by AI so you have calf crops? I'm sorry your cows are upset with the changes. I hope they adjust soon.
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    *thoughts/prayers* for QB's brother's friend. (((hugs))) for your brother, this must be so difficult for him to be so strong for his friend while his heart is aching over the reality.