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    I hope the cookie thief isn't suffering any ill effects from his adventures. Still doing a horse search. The Paso Finos I looked at were neat, but too forward for our son to ride. Checking out a cute Mustang mare today.
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    I hope Mr. Butters is toning down the drama a bit. It's tough to see them not adjusting as they age. I hope you find a solution that works soon. Our old fellow, Andy, ate just wet senior feed towards the end. It kept him in good weight and health for his last years. His teeth weren't effective anymore, so he would chew the softest hay, but leave wads of it on the ground and have the runs. We finally just switched to an all feed diet and he was happy for those last few years. At the end, he was put down due to melanomas blocking his digestive system (grey horse curse).
  3. Oh no! Prayers for her and her family.
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    Oh dear! What did he do?
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    Glad you made it home safe and the weather isn't too bad.
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    Glad you had fun. Sorry you couldn't make it up a little more north. Libby is enjoying her retirement and Freckles is progressing well, so I'm looking for my own horse. There is a Paso Fino farm I'm going to check out this week. They breed them, as well as rescue. Hoping for a good experience. Saw two horses last week. I knew it sounded like a flipper, but it was rundown and pitiful. Way too many animals. Not neglectful, but borderline bad conditions. The first horse was a 10 year old blue roan QH. She had an attitude right off. After picking her feet out, I guessed navicular. Sure enough, she was a bear about picking up her hinds and had a very choppy gait when the owner rode her. I passed on her without riding. The second was a beat up 15 year old flea bitten grey. She was a cracker horse or a TWH, with possible DSLD. She was gaited, but off. I passed. Honestly, I think the seller was clueless.
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    One fun thing at the beach down here is to look for little coquinas. They are tiny shelled animals that wiggle back into the sand after the wave flows out. Feels weird on your feet. We scoop up a handful of sand and coquinas for a closer look. Doublecheck all your shells. It's illegal to collect anything with a living creature inside. The hermit crabs are the ones you really have to watch for. Also, you see awesome creatures if you go out during low tide. They will make their way back into the water, or get snatched up by a hungry bird. We like to stay in the cottages when we go to Sanibel. There is one that allows you to bring your dog. That is the best! We can"t wait to take our Chessie. He has been for day trips to the beach and he is so much fun! And please don't forget the J. N. Ding Darling park! Silly name, but lots of fun. They have a good visitors center, but the driving tour is where you see the most wildlife. Watch for manatees and otters on your right as you pass the little pier. The inlet is a nice spot for them. There are a few side trails to stop for. Drive through early in the morning or before sunset to see the most animals. I just realized it's federal. I hope it opens while you are there.
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    Oh, you guys are very close to Sanibel Island. The BEST beaches for shelling and lots of charm. We go there in the off season.
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    The funniest part about having the donkey and goat at the vet hospital were the reactions from the students. Normally, you have a vet and an assisstant. There might be a comment or two about a cute animal or a generally appreciative comment about easy the animal is to handle. In this case, we had about six people (vets, vet students, vet techs, etc...) ooooohing and aaaaawwing over the girls. It was like a donkey-goat squee party, lol! Whenever they worked on Rosie, Nancy ran in circles around them. She also tried fifteen different ways to escape (I warned them). She did not succeed, which is a very good thing. I told them she would discharge half the patients if she did. The livestock barn across from the CCU had one very interested billy goat standing on his hind legs against the fence and trying to talk to her. He would have been quite happy to give her a *ahem* tour....
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    Good! Hope he gains weight and feels better.
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    RRW, looks like you're enjoying Florida! We had a few cloudy days and unseasonably warm temps, but it should be more normal the next few days. Too bad you don't have time to drive north a bit. There are some awesome state parks and, of course, our farm is up here. We are about 2 1/2 hours north of Orlando. We don't go that way often. Way too crowded in central Florida. Especially with the Villages. It used to be a lot more farms down there. Rosie the donkey and Nancy the goat cost us some money over the weekend. Thursday night, they figured out the chain on their gate and broke into the barn. They ate grain, knocked over the decorations, ate orchard hay, terrorized the barn cat, and stomped on the spilled ornaments from the little Christmas tree they knocked over. Friday morning, before dawn, the dogs went outside to pee and our half grown Chessie pup barked his big boy bark by the barn. I dressed quickly and ran outside to find the criminals looking as innocent as can be amongst the wreckage of their party. Kept an eye on them until I could call our vet. Nancy showed signs of bloat, so I gave her a dose of baking soda. Rosie looked okay, but the window for laminitis is 8-12 hours. I knew she ate more grain than her little donkey body should have. Her poop was loose and our local vet suggested ice boots, if we had them. We didn't. We also would have a very hard time keeping ice on her feet while the weather was so warm. Since we were still in that window where aggressive prevention could save her from laminitis, we opted to haul her to the university. The university did a great job. They even allowed me to bring Nancy along to keep her company in the same stall. They essentially ignored Nancy, who was burping excessively to relieve her bloat, because she was already recovering when we got there (thanks to the baking soda I forced down her throat). I think Nancy helped Rosie tolerate those ice boots. The vets drained and added fresh ice every 1-2 hours round the clock through the weekend (48+ hours). Rosie had elevated sugars from her grain overload, but she never foundered. Her poops solidified and we were able to pick her up Sunday. The bill wasn't as bad a it could have been. They want people to bring their large animals in for their students to work on, so they keep their prices reasonble. They also supervise their students very well, so, although your horse my get multiple exams from students, the residents and specialists are always supervising. Rosie and Nancy are back to normal. There are now three latches on their stall and the grain is locked up!
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    RRW, Stop by and see us, if you can!
  13. Merry Christmas to all...

    Merry Christmas!
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    Are you guys flying? Which airport?