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    They tell stories of the saints at John's Catholic school, so he has heard about humility being a virtue. Teaching the virtues by using the saints is easy. It's something that kids would need to be taught. Telling others what they have done comes naturally. They just need to learn to temper it so it sounds more like a story, rather than bragging. I think I learned at public school from kids being mocked if they bragged about anything.
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    RRW, I think the boys would have a lot of fun! We are about 2 1/2 hours north of Orlando. Not a bad drive, though. You are welcome to visit the farm. All the animals are friendly. :)
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    Our son sold two of his registered lambs. A ewe and ram, from different ewes. They can begin a new flock. His intention was to ship them to a farmer in Puerto Rico who lost his entire flock, but the red tape was too daunting. Instead, he is donating the money from the sale to farmers in Puerto Rico. He's a good kid.
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    Heidi, glad your family is okay. I have family close to the Ventura fire. They were the ones that lost their home last year in the fire. They are packed and ready to evacuate. My cousin knows some friends who were at the nightclub shooting (it's all in Ventura area). In fact, they were at the country music festival in Las Vegas for that shooting. Now, they have been in two shootings. This younger generation will be like shellshocked WWII survivors.
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    I whistle for mine when I step through the back door. A symphony of sounds answers: neigh, baa, moo, meeeeh, baa, moo, hee hee hee haaaaaw, baa, moooooooo, nicker,, a roo a roo aroooooo. (Translation: horse, sheep, cow, goat, sheep, cow, donkey with warm up, sheep, insistent cow, pony, rooster with a speech impediment). The only creatures that don't holler at me are the rabbits.
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    Thanks, Magic. I have a tube of that gel. We thought we might need it to transport our old fellow that we had to put down last spring. It was a relatively short trip to the vet hospital where he was put down, but I had it on hand. He ended up having a good day that morning, (not as much pain) so he traveled well. Not sure I will need it again, but it's nice to have, just in case. I do like this new horse. My husband likes him already. He calls him either Freckles or Fred. Fred is easier to say. Anything is better than his two previous names: Lucky or Dakota. I think every other horse down here is named Dakota. Our vet begged us not to call him Lucky. She swore every Lucky has had the opposite fortune, lol!
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    Jesse James, lol! Freckles tried to pull away for the farrier. The farrier is also very good. He knows sore footed horses with some age on them need breaks. So, he could have been a lot worse. I think he's learning because I don't let him pull his feet away either. He looked much more comfy when the trimming was done. I told my boys to let me handle his feet until he is better behaved. I was waiting for the stomp, but he hasn't stomped once since he's been at our farm, actually. It was probably unique to the owners or unique to the situation, which was the vet torquing and flexing his legs, which were already sore from long toes.
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    We voted early. Didn't change our minds either. Thanks, Magic! The only known behavioral issue with him is getting his feet messed with. He had two older owners with physical issues which limited their ability to keep his feet in good shape. He is spoiled. It's his back feet, mostly. He tries to pull away, stomps, leans, and even kicks (saw that during the PPE). I'm sure the owners didn't have the strength to hold on to his feet when he was naughty. He stomps when he is cranky and they let that intimidate them. They used a lead rope with a chain over the nose or under the lip, when he was naughty. Maybe that gets the job done, but I'd like to train him out of it. I will correct him if he stomps. I have been picking his feet almost daily since he's been here. The test is today when the farrier comes. Now, his feet look horrible, so, if they hurt, he's probably cranky. He should feel better after his trim. The daily training will continue until he stop his shenanigans.
  9. We are looking for a family horse and found a very nice Appy gelding. He has done jumping, dressage, drill team, trail riding, etc... He rode out very nicely. I took him by himself away from his home and he didn't show any barnsourness on the way back. He was bright and kind. He's also smart. Tested me a bit here and there, so his brain works. He's light on his cues and works best in a hackamore. His PPE is Friday and I hope he passes. The vet doing it is an eye nerd, which helps because of uveitis in some Appys. He could have some QH in him, but has TB characteristics as well. His head is big, too (maybe for that big brain). The owner broke him to ride, so that made his history easy to know. I've never had an Appy before, but this guy had tons of personality, which I like. I think he's a red roan with a blanket. So, what can you tell me about this breed? Is SpottedTapps still around? I know she's not too far from me.
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    Oh man, that would stink. I saw a show about dogs that had an old farmer bringing his rat terriers to a farm to hunt rats in a barn. Talk about quick eradication. I kind of felt bad for the rats, but the dogs looked so HAPPY! They were clever hunters and knew how to snatch up a rat, whip it around, and break it’s neck. Our dog goes after barn rats too, but she got nipped once.
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    Lol! I’m sure he appreciated the free meal and the fame.
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    Did you just let him leave on his own? That's the best policy. They will fuss at you, but they really very docile creatures. Martha taught us that. If you remove the food at night, he won't stop by.
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    Aw, thanks guys. It is so hard to find a good family horse.
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    Thanks, PD! A lot of people don't like Appys. They tend to be smart and the coloring isn't always something people like. I follow the old adage about a good horse never being a bad color. I like his markings, personally, but I know many people would not.
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    This is Freckles. His hooves are way too long and he has thrush, but the farrier is coming on Tuesday. Thrush meds daily will help. His owners recognized that they are not physically able to keep up with hooves, grooming and riding, so they did the selfless thing by letting him go to a new home. He did well on the prepurchase exam. Eyes were sound. Flexion tests went well. Nothing unexpected for his age. He does need his teeth floated, but that will be fine. Temperament is very good and he is very amusing. LJ was leading him around this morning. My husband might do a quick ride on the farm tomorrow, but his feet need to be done before we can take him out for a trail ride. At his old place the first time I looked at him: Home at our place:
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    Awesome, Queen! Wait, you have a kid that can feed for you? Imagine the freedom, lol! She learns responsibility and you get a little time now and again. Sounds like a winner!
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    We bought the Appy! Pictures tomorrow. It’s rainy and yucky tonight.
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    When you raise cattle, people say you need to know how to make tough choices. Well, we've been doing this long enough to do that, but sometimes it's still hard. There isn't a single cattleman that doesn't get attached to the old ones occasionally. When we moved to a smaller farm, I was anxious about our herd, even though I had cut back the number of cattle. We still had too many. I needed to let a few more go, but I either have young heifers or old mama cows. What to do with those old mamas troubled me. I put my big girl pants on and checked out the auction prices. Dismal. Absolutely some of the worst prices in years. $50 for an old cow! And the unknown end to my long serving mama cows. It wasn't good enough. I looked at a bullet and burying, (we could do that at our old place) but it isn't an option on our new farm because of the water table. Well, after an ad placed, I found a man and his wife with too much pasture and winter hay (they grow their own) and a love for Dexters. Tara and April will join other old cows to give this gentleman his tax break and get a more dignified end. The third old mama cow has arthritis. Her end will be at our local slaughterhouse. She is fairly young, but she is the only dwarf Dexter we ever had. Never again. They get arthritis early due to the dwarf gene. She is probably bred back but having her go on with the pregnancy would be wrong because she is beginning to have trouble getting around. I wish more horse breeders would show the same compassion for lame old broodies that they keep breeding back. I hate seeing that.
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    No one can tell you how long to mourn. If your heart is ready, follow where it may lead you. There are ways to protect your daughters and still enjoy companionship.
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    PD, I hope there is something you can do in your community that gets you out and about. I lived with a widow in college. I was her roommate. An older lady in her 60s does not usually have a college kid as a roommate, but she was reeling from the loss of her husband and advertised for a roommate to live in her finished basement. We developed a lifelong friendship She is our son's godmother. She also met another man about the time I moved on. He has been wonderful to her. She never thought she could find happiness twice, but it happened. They were married after only a few months (she told me that when you are more experienced, you figure it out quickly). One of her friends commented on the quick engagement in a bit of a catty way. My friend looked at her right in the eye and deadpanned, "I'm pregnant". We still laugh about that.
  21. Appaloosa folks. Please share your experiences

    Awww! I know what heart horses are like. Mine is in the avatar. Buckskin mare. I hope he is a Cochise type horse. My husband will be his primary rider. He wants to call him Freckles, lol! I know that is common, but his real name is even more common, so it will probably be changed. I still have my spirited Morgan. Rode her today and you would never know she is 28. But I would get to ride the spotty horse during the week to -ahem- keep him in shape.
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    Rode a nice Appaloosa yesterday. He might be the right horse. PPE is Friday.
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    RRW, thanks! The puppy is now five months old. He knows many commands and is really doing quite well. He gets plenty of exercise, so that helps. Someone said that a tired Chessie is a great dog, lol! Delilah is great. Her fur is about medium length now. She is probably long haired, but we'll see if it stops at medium. She is an absolute love. She is also a little pudgy now. QB, you are doing great with the kids! It takes a lot of energy, but they will always look back fondly at their time with you. Just out of curiosity, how are they doing in school? Do you have any rules about homework first or keeping their grades up to play with the ponies? I know you may not be privy to that info. Jubal, down here, we have a lot of little feet, downhill builds, and bad feet. Some is the trimming, but a lot is the breeding. The good, sound ones are 6K plus. We don't have that sort of budget.
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    Well, the family horse search is on! So far, we have a Mustang and an Appy in the running. We are avoiding QHs and Paints. Used to love them, but finding one that will stay sound is too much of a challenge. Phoenix broke our hearts. No more. We will go with a smaller horse with good feet. Our wish list is an Arabian (calm one), Appy (not too many QH lines), Morgan, mutt, or Mustang. We are not very big people, so a little horse is fine. Nothing gaited. Just not our thing.
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    Our old farm had no service. It was great. Guests were aghast. We sent them out to the road to do their phone calls. It got better the last few years, sadly.