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  1. I figured out pictures!

    You are so sweet. I got taller and wider too. lol Fortunately our pasture is excellent so we are currently feeding only 6 equines twice per day, the rest are on full pasture all year. I clean water containers, feeders, etc. on the weekends for all of the critters and only rinse and fill during the week. My husband feeds the equines in the am on week days and I feed the chickens and cats. Whoever gets home first feeds in the evening and whoever gets up first (usually me) feeds in the am on the weekends. I spend, altogether, at least 30 minutes twice a day with the outside critters and the dogs are all in at night so lots of fetch and cuddles almost every night. I cannot wait to retire and be able to waste all day every day with them! Thanks! They are on large acreage and get no grain. Native grass and mesquites are naturally low sugar and all that walking is great for them. The only ones that ever get too fat and soft are Snow and Smokey, especially Snow. Female mules are almost always air ferns and she is so little it hard not to over feed her. They are not out with the herd because my husband is very over protective with them. lol Thanks. Norm is a hoot. He is still pouty with me because I abandoned him for 2 weeks while I was on vacation.
  2. So here goes, just a bunch of pictures of my critters and maybe even a few people. This is Twister, my 2018 colt. He is about 4 months old here. He will stay here. He is out of a big App mare and is destined to be a gentle giant of a horse. He is 55" at the hip right now. Tesla, my 2018 filly. Tesla will be given to my son in the spring. She is out of my TB mare and he has a giant soft spot for TBs. My mini donk, Norm, supervising my husband. Norm is quite a guy! I plan to get him registered as a therapy animal and take him to hospitals and such for visits. He has already attended a couple of church camps, rides in the back seat of the car or pickup, is house trained and is a naturally gentle little soul. My Dalmatian, Colt. Trail dog deluxe! My husband and our youngest grand son. 7 months old! No, he is not wearing a wig, he got his granddad's hair. lol Our youngest granddaughter. She is almost four. She was learning to put the feed bags on the critters while we were camping. Blossom is pretty food motivated so more than willing to be the test animal. lol Norm at a church camp eating up the attention. Too many barn cats! Some of you may remember Tomahawk. He is the one on the outside of the panel. He is 23 or 24 this year and still going strong. The one on the inside is the sire to Twister and Tesla. He is going to make a great gelding in another 15 days or so. lol He is a local bred, nothing outstanding in his breeding but he has an excellent temperament and is not hard to look at. I gave in to my husband and bred two mares to him but he will not sire any more, we need a good gelding for my daughter and he is going to be a great one. Norm in the back seat of the car going through the car wash. lol We still have Snow and Smokey! We were trying out the "stagecoach" my husband built. It has a wheelchair ramp and room for two wheelchairs and two people in the back. Some TBT for you. This is me, in the stripes, my sister and my mother playing the piano. The pony is Midnite. He spent a lot of time in the house and was my best friend for many years. This was around 1970. My son that will get Tesla. This is his OTTB, Scout. See the skier behind them? They are skijoring! My niece and her son riding Lucky and Freckles with my daughter and husband up front. Remember Lucky? 2008 foal, I cannot believe he is 10 already. He is a good citizen and I enjoy riding him. Blossom getting mobbed by the JV Cheerleaders just before a Veteran's Day parade. The more they petted, the lower her head got. Her big ol noggin was bigger than most of the girls! This is my 82 year old FIL on a mule he broke last year. She is a smallish mule that was the result of somebody dumping a little jack in our pasture. That is where Havoc came from too, they are 1/2 siblings. Her name is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs or Cloud and she is a fantastic minded little girl. She drives too and will likely learn to pack next year. I'll see if I have better pictures of her. Me with my three sons at the middle one's wedding last March. They make me look short but I am 5'10". My mother getting carried down the stairs by the Village People. A Sailor, a cop, a cowboy and a construction worker! lol I have lots of pictures like this! The first one is in the mountains and the second one is in our pasture. This is Cloud and my FIL. My oldest granddaughter getting checked over by the herd. She is 9 already! Got Food? This is Twister's dam trying to get some attention. Sometimes they think we should pay a toll to drive through their pasture! lol Thirsty equines. Thanks for looking!
  3. I figured out pictures!

    Thanks RR. That poor boy and his sister are going to hate their hair. My husband hated his, always wore a cap in high school, and my daughter hates hers. Super thick and super curly. My kids say I make the critters strange but I really think it is just about how much time I spend with them. I swear the dogs and cats and most of the equines can read my mind better than my husband can. lol These animals are the reason I am still mostly sane. Nothing like taking a walk in the herd or sitting on the back steps with the cats to put my feet back on the ground and smile on my face. I have no idea how to get rid of my accidental quote of my own post!
  4. I figured out pictures!

    Thank you Danyel. I am truly blessed.
  5. Kitty Needs Help Pics added 9/18

    She is really going to be beautiful. Lucky cat to land at your place!
  6. I figured out pictures!

    My son made Chief Petty Officer today. His wife and son got to help pun pin him. I am so proud of him! Edited because they pinned his anchors on and did not "pun" him. lol
  7. I figured out pictures!

    Thanks PD. I have a great life.
  8. Donkey Training

    Freckles, he is 20-something this year, 24 I think/ This is Norm and my husband. Yes, he is standing in my kitchen! Havoc last year. He has faded out some but is still pretty striking. With his dam at about 3 weeks old. Stupid Any of these look familiar?
  9. Donkey Training

    We are pretty careful about how they are fed, none are fat or have any fat pads except Jerry and he came that way. Norm gets grass hay, no feed a the moment. I was feeding him a small amount of mini horse feed as he was weaned a little early IMO at 4 months but I have stopped that. He is pretty fit, wrestles with Smokey all day every day and gets to run around after me and my husband on the weekends. Which one? I have several at the moment: an almost snowcap blanket app, Freckles, an dun app, Stupid and a spotted mule out of a 1/2 arab mare and a frosted spotted jack named Havoc. Those are probably the wildest colored ones. I'll have to see about some pictures!
  10. Donkey Training

    Norm is awesome. I need to try and get some pictures here. He is such a wee little thing and such a big presence! Norm's dam and sire were just the opposite. The jenny was super friendly and loved everybody and the little jack is quite reserved. Unfortunately Norm's dam died about a month ago. I am not sure what happened as she belongs to my MIL and they did not disclose what happened, only told us she died.
  11. We finally almost finished our lying down trick

    LOL! He is adorable. Love that he lays all the way out flat like that. Norm, my mini donk, rarely goes all the way out voluntarily. He is still pretty slow to decide he is going to do it at all but, if I am patient, he will lay down with just a verbal command now. I taught him with the rope on one leg and turning his head away. I am trying to perfect my method so I can teach my FIL's saddle mules to lay down for mounting.
  12. Solo got ridden last night!

    Nice! You do such a good job with them.
  13. Donkey Training

    Very much like teaching a gifted child! I have a mini, Ginormous (Norm, like in Cheers-Hi Norm!). He is 1 year old and 27". He is a mess on wheels but is a pure joy to interact with. So far, Norm ground ties and lays down, leads, loads, is good with his feet, baths, is mostly house trained and is great with people of all ages and sizes, etc. I am working with him to stay with me when I ride but he is really not interested so it has been challenging. I would like to be able to take him to the mountains when we go but he will need to be reliable and stay with me off lead. Is Rosie food motivated at all? Norm is not and can take em or leave em! He is attention motivated so I just have to make sure to give the correct attention at the correct time to reinforce the behavior I want to see in him.
  14. Silly Trot Question...

    Yep. I sit the ones I can sit and post the one's that are too uncomfortable. I would rather sit than post as posting is way too much work for me but sometimes I just have to! A long trot for several miles on rough terrain will have me doing a combination, sit a few strides then post a few strides!
  15. What is your horse's home like?

    These barn pictures make me a little envious. Mine are 100% pasture unless I need them penned up for some reason. My pasture, partly owned and partly leased, is 1200 acres so if I need to see one regularly, they have to be penned up. I sometimes don't see them for a week or more is my work schedule is crazy. There are pros for sure, I have a very healthy herd that gets lots of movement and has very good forage even in bad rain years. They are fat but I have had no trouble with founder, laminitis or IR. They keep themselves in good enough shape, I can catch them up and work cattle or ride in the mountains without a bunch of legging up before hand. Very low incidence of parasites because of the wide open spaces they graze on. There are cons too. I don't get to see them all of the time. It can be a process to check on them, 1200 acres is a lot of land to go looking. Even my large herd can be hard to spot and it is next to impossible to find them after dark. If one gets injured, it may be several days before we see it. Trespassing is common so we find people's trash as well as their cast off animals all of the time. Everything from folks letting raptors hunt, prairie dog shooters, bird hunters, couples sparking, kids drinking, trash dumpers and thieves. We get them all. I would not trade it for anything though.
  16. We have our first joust this weekend

    Amazing pictures! I think that would have been a blast in my younger years, not so much now. The pony has matured really nicely!
  17. Shampoo Conditioner Ratio

    I have long, thick but fine hair, not straight but not curly. I use more conditioner than shampoo because I only shampoo the scalp/roots but I condition all the way to the ends. I have been using these products for several months and am really happy with them and with my hair. I only wash my hair about twice a week and use only about a couple of teaspoons of shampoos and a couple of tablespoons of conditioner. I can almost sit on my hair, it touches my chair seat when I am sitting, and washing it is a project. With this stuff, my hair does not get oily and still smells fresh and clean after 4 or 5 days. Less hair is coming out when I brush/comb it and I feel better about what is going down the drain. It does rinse easily even in my hard well water and is available in several varieties. The conditioner says not to use it on the roots but I do and have no trouble. It does not leave that slick feeling on wet hair but it de-tangles my mop just fine and my hair is supper soft and very shiny. Shiny is not bad for a strawberry blonde!
  18. Are horsepeople truly nuts?

    1 equine away from becoming a hoarder. Crazy equine lady? I have more unemployed equines than I do employed ones yet I keep them, keep feeding and vetting them and keep saying we will get them broke some day. Maybe.
  19. Sorrows

    Bouviers are great dogs but they do have a lot of hair. I stripped mine while I was showing him but resorted to clipping when we stopped showing. It was easier on both of us and, since he lived in the house, the waterproofing/weatherproofing in his outer coat did not matter anymore. Huggy Bear was, as his name implies, a lover of all people but would stand his ground when needed. Big, booming bark, and at 100+lbs, he was imposing to say the least. Mine had very low drive as he was produced by a breeder of bench dogs, the working dogs from working lines have much better drive and are good stock dogs when trained properly. They tend to be quite heavy boned and between heavy stature and heavy coat are not well suited for the heat in my opinion. When we were looking for a trail dog after our Malinois passed, we narrowed it down to a Dobie or a Dalmatian. I have had several Dobies and love them but the appeal of the Dalmatian won and that is what I have now. I was looking for a short coated, light colored working dog that would have the stamina to stay with the mules in the mountains and would not be too scary to other folks in the camp grounds. I would not have cropped ears on the Dobie, no cropped tail if I got to the breeder early enough to stop it. I don't really have anything against tail or ear cropping, I just like the natural look and think they are less imposing when I am out in public with them. I may still get a Dobie somewhere down the line. My Dalmatian is everything I wanted and more. He is smart, willing and somewhat needy (which translates to wanting to please and having a great recall, lol). He is somewhat standoffish with strangers at first, not aggressive, just not wanting to be approached until he knows you better, is pretty good at herding and has learned to watch the equine body language. He barks when he thinks it is needed and, I have no doubt he would protect us if needed. He is the energizer bunny and is always ready to go and, being mostly light colored, the heat is not as hard on him as on a double coated or dark colored dog. Standard Poodles are great dogs. They are, in my experience, intelligent and willing, have great stamina and are good family dogs. I've never tried to teach one to herd, but I don't know why a person could not. They are high energy and do best if they are kept busy, I've met some slightly neurotic ones on the show circuit but I think that was boredom more than anything. They are easily clipped if trained from the beginning. I removed them from my want list because of the hair and the need to keep one clipped though. Everything in my pasture has stickers, thorns,etc. and, having had a standard poodle before, I knew I would not be up for keeping one clipped so I opted out. Another breed that made my short list was Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I've never had one or really been around them but my research led me to believe they would make good farm dogs if bred well and trained appropriately from a young age. They are hounds though, with all the unpopular hound traits as well as the popular so some serious research may be in order before considering this breed. Short, thick hair, somewhat light colored and renowned for their strength and loyalty they fit the bill mostly. My son went to meet a breeder and see the dogs when I was looking and he has decided that is what he wants for a family dog. He was blown away by this breeder's dogs. I promised myself, I would not get another double coated or dark colored dog as long as I was working full time. They cannot keep up with the equines in the summer in triple digit heat no matter how well conditioned they are and it is not fair to make them stay home every time I have a day off work. I will be outside if I am off work! GSDs and Rottweilers are my breeds of choice but they struggle so in our heat so I am just doing without right now. Maybe when I can no longer ride like I do now, I will get one of each to keep me company in my old age! Our local shelters are also over run with terrier types. I like them but have no desire to own one. Good luck in your search. Whatever you find will have a great life with you, I have no doubt.
  20. Sorrows

    I am sorry for your loss LC. They burrow so deep in our hearts and leave us way to soon.
  21. NRA versus Gun Control

    When I have seen realistic suggestions for changes to gun legislation, I will discuss them with an open mind. I think limiting magazine or clip capacity is a good start, 10 round per clip is plenty really. I cannot see any realistic way to ban semi-automatic weapons. Do you guys have any idea how many are out there? How many are out there unregistered, unaccounted for? How will LE every get control of them? I have several, bought from private sellers, inherited, traded for etc. How will that be regulated? Are we going to send the military door to door to find them all and confiscate them? I would rather my tax money go to making the schools safer just like we do for all those "other" important places. It is so sad to think there are schools that don't have the budget to fix the roof, let alone install measures to protect the kids. I just can't fathom how that even happens. I don't think there is an answer to this, or there are multiple layers of answers to this. What happened between the time my husband made a rifle in high school shop class and people killing children in school? What happened to us? We have turned into such an intolerant and judgmental society. Our solutions are often to attack those we disagree with. What does that solve. You hate firearms, I love them; who is right? Whose feelings and emotions do we cater to? Whose feelings do we protect? Better to figure out how to keep bad people from doing bad things and stop worrying about what they do those bad things with. I work in a prison. I see the criminal justice system at work every day. I see criminals get far more time for theft, fraud and forgery than for taking a life. This is what is wrong with us. How did that even happen? How does one driver with 15 DUI's get probation (again), while an old man with his first DUI gets 18 months in prison? How does embezzlement get 25 years and murder gets 8? This is what is wrong. The criminal justice system is broken and there is no justice.
  22. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    From the linked article: “We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility,” the Gravy Train statement said. “We will take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not occur again.” The brand also explicitly said that its products do not include meat from euthanized animals, including pets. Apparently, the only food the drug was found in was cans of gravy train, 60% were positive. The levels were not enough to "pose a health risk". The other brands mentioned and tested were voluntarily re-called and the test samples were negative for any traces of phenobarbital. I read something about this somewhere a coupe of days ago. Some woman lost one of her two dogs to this but I had never heard of the brand of food and cannot remember it now.
  23. Would you adopt a BLM animal?

    I would have done it years ago but we don't meet the fence requirements. I still might adopt a burro some day but I do not have the time for one right now. I've never been overly impressed with mustangs but I adore the burros. They are so clever, I'm surprised they even catch them!
  24. ELD mandate

    I'm glad your cost did not increase.