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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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    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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    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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    They're building a four lane highway over my first horse's gravesite. It's on the first farm I owned, back in Virginia. I thought I would always live there, but I got married and sold it. My own dad, who owns a small property next door, was the one that pushed for development. He has been asking the planning commission to develop his land for years. He doesn't need the money. It's just plain greed. I expressed my dismay, but fat lot of good that will do now. He just didn't think. I have her tail, but it sickens me thinking about those big trucks pushing up her bones and carting them away.
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    I can partially explain the firefighter thing....they are on duty in shifts that last through meals (24, 48, 72, etc...depending on the firehouse). Traditionally male job that required them to cook because they had to be at the station. Grilling was more natural, as was anything meat based. As my husband says, when he cooks, there has to be an element of danger: hot oil, hot grill, spicy food, lol!
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    What's the topic of your museum? Do you guys dress up? I've seen some really well done kids exhibits or simple interactive displays in my travels with LJ. Something as simple as themed accessories for them to dress up in. Nature trails are always good. Is that what you mean by walking tours? Can someone dress up and do a walking tour? Ghost tours are all the rage locally. We're not far from St. Augustine, which is one of the most haunted places in the US..
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    Heidi, I've never been to Tracy. The old Ren Faire was cool when it was out of work actors camping out back there and working on their Shakespeare. I haven't been in years. Is it still good? Last time I went, I was a teen and they had horse games (gymkana). We had to make our own costumes and dress up the horse's tack as well. My mare and I did well. We won pewter medallions as well as purple ribbons. I still have them, lol! The one near us had elephant and camel rides, last time I went. That was a bit sad. Not sure they will do that again. The games were good, but there were three fortune tellers in such a small space, which was a bit much, I thought. Lots of bawdy plays and puppets shows, as well as jousting. It's actually not a Ren Faire. It's a Medieval Faire. They serve locally made mead, for those who like it. Your new boy looks great! How tall is he? RRW, Hope you found a new book. Are you guys exhausted, yet? Seems like a hard schedule.
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    RRW, those are great views, but, I agree about the condition of the train. Are they still working on it? Are some parts better restored than others, or are they satisfied? We have a small boat now. We graduated from a canoe, lol! It is a lot of fun going out on the river and up the little creeks around here. We had set aside money for a pool, but that was just too expensive, so the money went for a boat. If you go early, you see more gators and turtles. They are shy when there are more boats around. We bought a life vest for the puppy. His first trip went very well. I did keep him on a leash in the center, though. No puppies overboard.
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    I think I am getting old, lol! Next thing you know, I'll be telling kids to pull up their pants and take their hats off indoors!
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    My dad lives in Novato, CA (parents were divorced when I was a baby). That town has changed drastically, too. It used to be not really in richie rich Marin County. What town are you from, Heidi?
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    Spanish, lots of museums havecha ged to more interactive formats. Is that the direction you're going in? What kind of puppy? Looks lovely, RRW. At one time, those scenes would have made me homesick, but now, I'm just heartsick when I think of how much Colorado has changed. Between the mining and the drugs and the influx over the last 20 years, well, it just isn't home any more. Old timers used to be friendly there, but they are just tired of all the outsiders that have hijacked the state and expanded the drug culture beyond Boulder.
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    So, let me get this straight, you guys showed up drunk at Parelli's gate? Did you yell through the gate at his pretty horses? Did he shake his carrot stick at you? Well, at least you weren't high, like all the other drivers in Colorado, lol! You guys doing drunk call on Mark Rashid, too?
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    Have you ever heard of the train that calls itself the only privately owned interstate train? It's in Wyoming, but travels to Colorado and then back to Wyoming. Off I-25, south of Cheyenne, and right at the border with Colorado, you'll see signs for Terry Bison Ranch. I worked there as a wrangler back in the 90s. The old man owned it then and it was straight-laced and serious. But the son was a Buffalo Bill type guy. I first met him riding up to the horse barn on a Longhorn steer, lol! The son was also very interested in engineering projects. He built homemade roller coasters and other strange devices. He also built a simple train and put a track out in one of the pastures with the tamest group of bison. The ranch straddles the border with Colorado, so the train loops through, making it an interstate train, lol! You can feed the bison cattle cubes and pass by the grave of Tinkerbelle, the tame bison bull from Dances With Wolves. It is a lot different than when I worked there, but fairly amusing.
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    North Platte! That's where my family worked.
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    Looks like fun, RRW! My great uncles worked on the railroad in western Nebraska. My grandma's cousin actually died when he fell off a train he was working on. I guess they didn't have safety harnesses back then. There is more to the story, but that's the gist of it. My Uncle Jim, on my dad's side, worked on trains in Idaho. He's an older fellow now, but he used to take trips to railroad museums after he retired. He is a Korean War veteran, so he's much older than my dad.
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    Maggie is home! She is on bute for about a week, then, she will get to try hay. In the meantime, she has her mashes and hand grazing. They expect her to quid for a few days still. The vet said the teeth came right out. Hopefully the neighboring teeth don't destabilize.
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    Jubal, Maggie is almost 20. She raised one kid and is working on LJ, lol! I had to keep our niece updated because she was Maggie's 'first child'. I signed LJ up for a weeklong horse day camp this summer. It's western focused and they raise QHs. He knows he will likely be the only boy, but he's cool with that. This is to help transition him into riding horses. He is comfy with Maggie, but he will outgrow her in the next year or two. RRW, that sounds like fun! I stayed overnight at a horse barn in Ogden once. It was when I took my old mare with me to college at CSU. Last stop before tackling those Rocky Mountains. Hope Shortman does well doing the reading. Can another parent video for you? Can he practice it ahead of time? At LJ's school, they only get to practice right before mass.
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    Good news about Maggie! She has two bad teeth, way in the back. Our vet just couldn't tell from a regular exam. The vet school surgeon saw some packing of feed back there and took x-rays. She has dying roots on two upper molars, one on each side. Poor little pony! He's also going to even out her wave mouth a bit more. Our vet has been working on it over the years, but it is pretty bad. The vet school has pony sized equipment, so that will help. She stayed with them overnight and will get the bad teeth pulled this morning. I'm headed back there after I drop LJ off at school.
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    Sounds like me when I touch timothy hay. Maggie the Shetland is having issues. She hasn't been cleaning up her hay very well. and I found quids in her stall last Sunday. We did soaked pellets until Thursday when the vet came out. She did okay, but never finished her bucket. When she eats hay, she quids. She just wasn't getting enough food. Vet checked her teeth (which were just done in December) and ground down a few more points. She removed a big chunk of tartar from one of the front teeth, too. Nothing obvious during her exam. No fever, no broken teeth, no swelling. She is very happy to try to eat, but doesn't like swallowing the grass or hay. So, the vet tubed her to see if there was a blockage or resistance going down. Nothing obvious. No discharge, so not guttural pouch issue. Checked her for neck pain, but nothing. She gave us banamine to give her over the weekend to see if it would improve her appetite. Maybe something hurt that she couldn't find. No improvement over the weekend. She was not making much poop because she wasn't getting much down. Vet wanted to scope her this week, but they are all booked up with the scope. She referred us to the university for scope because she doesn't want too much weight loss before we find the answer. The university vet wants to focus on the teeth and face. She wondered about TMJ. Not sure if she will get a scope, but I don't think I'm allowed to feed her this morning. We're taking Maggie there today at 10:00.
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    Wow, he looks much better, Heidi!
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    Thanks for asking about Zeke. He is awesome! Socialization is going well and he is learning all of his basic commands. He is a really snuggly pup, too! He and John run laps outside and he is getting very good with the cats. The livestock don't intimidate him and he is showing curiosity towards them. He will be 11 weeks old on Friday. Looks like a good farm day for those girls, Queen. :)
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    The bull leaves today. We are loading him up and taking him to be collected for two weeks. Then, straight to the slaughterhouse down the street. The steer will join him the same day. Meanwhile, the little calf that missed her friend is bonding with us instead.
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    I hope the vet is able to get him straightened out and on the road to recovery. You need good news after everything you've been through.
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    He will blossom under your care, Heidi. It's probably just the angle, but that left hind angle looks funny to me. Maybe just a gaited horse thing?
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    Happy Easter! Hope it was a good day for everyone! Nice to 'see' you, PD ;)