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    We took a break and went to the beach for a few days. Good break, but nice to be home with the animals. With all this cutting back on big animals, the budget is easier, but we needed another barn cat for the cow barn. So, we stopped by the pound and found an orange and white adult kitty who was there for too long. The staff had him as a barn cat candidate (found as a stray). We asked if we could pick him up on Tuesday, but they said he wouldn't be there because his time was up. So, we got him set up in a crate in the barn before we left. The petsitter didn't mind checking up on him. His name is Ralph. So, basically, we sprung him from the joint just in time. He gets to be free on the farm Friday. He is very affectionate. I hope this means an end to the chewed up feed bags and drowned rats in the water trough.
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    I'm no help, RRW. Different plants grow way down here. We did a butterfly, hummingbird garden that turned out great. We bought potted plants that were different colors and heights and arranged them around a bird bath. It didn't take long for the butterflies and birds to find it. We also have a bird feeder there which yields sunflowers in the dirt from the spilled seeds.
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    Sometimes the little things can brighten our day. Our cow still has her bra on this morning. She got it off a week ago and I left it off to see how she would do. She chaffed herself again. I got it back on last night and hoped it would stay on. She is healing up already. Looks funny, but it's working. I put an updated picture on my blog.
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    I'm so sorry, RRW. I hope your situation improves. Prayers and hugs for you.
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    RRW, I hope you are okay. I'm sorry for your troubles. Queen, I hope your boarding situation remains peaceful. Thanks for the words of sympathy. We will miss our Morgan princess.
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    She doesn't have uveitis. She had an injury to one eye (before I got her) and the antibodies produced actually affect both eyes, which cause deterioration in the good eye over time. She lost vision over eight years ago and now it appears that the good eye can only detect light changes and shadows (our best guess based on exam). That is why so many horses eventually go blind in both eyes. Even horses without uveitis. Our vet came out for a second opinion today and explained this. HIs verdict is that Libby is not coping well with blindness in both eyes. He agrees that it is time. This really sucks. Many horses can cope well, but she is not. We will try to get it done before the Fourth because she panics with fireworks.
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    Hey guys. I am getting a second vet opinion today on Libby, but she is getting worse. She did not like being turned out in the round pen with her best friend horse yesterday. She has been pinning her ears more at them whenever she is turned out. She hates being out alone, but she's mean to others out with her. She was very relieved to go back to her stall. I don't know what is going on with her. This change has happened over weeks, so not a heat cycle thing. Maybe just not tolerating blindness? Maybe dementia? Anyone ever seen dementia in a horse?
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    A wild turkey hen has joined our flock. She showed up several weeks ago and blends in with our turkey flock (black and broad breasted). I couldn't figure out why I kept counting an extra turkey. We lost one awhile ago and I started doubting myself. I remembered putting the dead turkey out in the woods for scavengers. I even went back to make sure it didn't come back to life, lol! Nope. We had six; now it's seven. The little wild hen even got locked up in the coop at night with the others. She eats the feed out of the feeders and enjoys hanging around with the flock in the yard during the day. She has been with us for weeks now. I don't think she's going anywhere. I can get quite close to her. She watches me, but doesn't worry, since the other turkeys are so tame. Four of the six turkeys we had originally were destined for the table. My husband thought maybe we would add her to the list, but I told him we couldn't. She's a guest. You can't eat guests.
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    Libby can go into the round pen for turn out, but unless the others are in there with her, she gets upset. The round pen is right next to the big pasture, so I thought it would be close enough, but nope. Life is really stressful for her if the others are not in the stall/paddocks next to her. She is happy being out with me, for grooming, etc... but she trips a lot if we try to walk down the road. We can't ride her safely, at this point. Her life is very limited to a few safe places with her pony pals. Honestly, I think we getting to that time. Her quality of life is not what it used to be.
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    I think I get your train of thought, RRW. It really sounds like you have added all the bells and whistles to your place to make it nice. I hope you get enough time after work to let off steam.
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    On another note, the cow with the bra is doing well. Her baby no longer needs bottle feeding to supplement. She is even eating some of the creep feed. Two more cows are leaving for their new home by the end of the month. It's an older lady who wants to milk. We will keep Fiona (and her bra), her baby, and one other heifer.
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    Awesome pictures, Spanish! Thanks for your thoughts, Jubal. Libby has a lot of complications from Cushings and she is lame most days. We don't have a pasture for her that is safe and she needs a special diet. Sharing with our goat is not an option. I wish we had a big pasture for her. I would love to put our horses on turnout, but we don't have enough land. I will not send her somewhere else because I can't ensure she will be safe. Our vet is very good and ethical. She would not suggest putting her down just because.
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    I agree and disagree. I think it depends on the horse. My first mare never gave up until the vet was ready to give the shot. I waited too long, but she was brave for me. Dang near broke my heart when I realized how bad she was. I got so used to seeing her slowly hobble around that I didn't see the forest for the trees.. I wanted her to stay with me. The other horses we've had did let us know. I don't know if it's any factor, but the geldings were the ones that told us it was time to go. This mare is a fighter, just like my first horse. She is a Morgan with all the toughness and heart of her breed. She doesn't know how to quit. I can't tell her what's ahead. All I can do is discuss her quality of life with the vet and make the tough choice myself.
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    Our vet asked if we wanted to do that. The vet has helped me a lot with this decision, but in the end, it falls on my shoulders. There is nothing urgent, just a slow, steady decline. I know that many people wouldn't entertain a blind horse. She has done very well for 7 years. She was scared out of her wits and untrusting when she came to us. She has learned to trust again. I guess that's why it's so hard. I've fought to help her along all this time. It's hard to give up fighting.
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    Thanks, RRW. Libby is a dear old friend. I hate this. I will do my best by her for all concerned. I know how Cushings ends. I can't tell her that laminitis might be just around the corner. There are the practical considerations as well. We can't bury her here. Everything is complicated to arrange. Taking her elsewhere would be horrible because of her blindness. I keep thinking of that 'one day early is better than one day late' quote.
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    That is a good thought, but, I think it's just too risky for Libby. She is a spirited horse and reacts with energy. I led her around to show her this new farm, and she can use those spaces, but turning her loose is just risky. If she was a calm old mare, it would be different. I hate to call her a liability, but I am the only one that can catch her and lead her. She used to let others catch her. I don't know guys. Maybe I'm not seeing worsening vision. Maybe she is a little senile. She does react to shadows. I am getting close to deciding to put her down. I hate doing it because she looks good, but she is hard to manage and I can't get out enough. Horses shouldn't be locked up in small spaces. Especially a hot blooded mare. If I am going to to it, I should be before the 4th of July. Reacting to fireworks frequently cause her injuries because she panics. I have a sedative, but the fireworks go on before and after the main day. Since we live in town,. there is no buffer, like there was at the old farm. I spent most of New Year's Eve in her stall/paddock area because she worked herself into a frothy sweat. She hates them. I would have to sedate her every night for hours. Not appropriate.
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    PD, that is a beautiful horse! I’m glad you aren’t so lonely.
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    That would work in most pastures, but ours has trees and is still rough. There are stumps to trip over and little ditches. She tore up her leg last summer at our old farm on the only thing in a very clean pasture. And, she knew it was there.
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    I have a dilemma. Libby's vision is even worse and the Fourth of July is coming up. She has been blind in her right eye since I rescued her. The left eye had some vision, but I am not so sure about that anymore. We use big tubs to feed hay and the horses sometimes scoot them around the stall. Libby can't find hers if I don't put it back in the corner, where it belongs. This didn't used to be a problem. The big pasture is horse ready, but since Libby hasn't been out there, I can't put her out there now that she can't see. I'm afraid she will hurt herself. If I turn Bitsey and the pony out, Libby freaks out. If I turn just the Bitsey out, so the pony can stay in the barn with Libby, Bitsey freaks out because she is alone in the pasture. Libby can only be turned out in the small pasture, where she is comfy and nothing has changed since her vision has worsened. But that pasture needs to grow back now. I tried ponying Libby and it went pretty well, but she trips easily. The Fourth of July is a fear fest for Libby. She hates fireworks. I bought a mild paste sedative from our vet to give Libby. I hope it works. She scraped herself up last year, when she still had some vision. She is shiny and in excellent weight, especially for 29 years old. She gets her Cushings meds daily and no sign of founder. I'd hate to put her down because of her vision, but what is her quality of life if I can't turn her out with the others? Is it right to keep them cooped up because she can't go out? Arrrgggghh!
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    LOL! It's the spandex in the boxer briefs that give her support. Kind of like a snug sports bra. We all know how important support is (well, except for PD). Sounds like a great summer for Shortman. LJ goes to a day horse camp next week. I had to make sure there was at least one other boy (there is). They ride first thing, so I can stay and watch. It will be fun to see him on a horse after he has been riding his Shetland for so long. He rode our old horse that we put down last year, but not recently. His pony gave him heck yesterday when he was riding her bareback. She decided to be barnsour because he rode when I fed the others their hay (I waited on grain). He stuck with her and rode her to another spot on the farm before dismounting and bringing her home.
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    RRW, awesome cake! is Shortman bored, yet? LOL! Queen, glad the minis are sold. Why did your landlord freak out so much about changing everything? He had a good thing going. Was he making money off boarding the 4H cattle? Jubal, nice to hear your horse is going strong. PD, I hope you find a good horse soon. You guys must be in prime riding weather now. The cow bra is holding up! I think I invented a new booby trap. Seriously, though. I think all the cows will be wanting one. It's an udder sensation. Fat man suspenders and boys boxer briefs are perfect support for poor old cows that step on themselves getting up. I couldn't imagine how that must have felt. Poor old girl had wounds on either side of the two front low hanging teats. I wanted to find boxer briefs with prints and fun designs (superheroes maybe?) but our son objected. He said it was bad enough that the cow is wearing his underwear in public. At least right now, she is a bit covert with black briefs and black suspenders on a black cow.
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    Thanks, Heidi! Never a dull moment....
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    I've got to run, but wanted to share what I've been up to the last few days. Here's the story of our cow and her bra, lol!
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    Queen, I guess it depends on the kid. I was a plucky one at that age. I found odd jobs and paid for things that my mom refused to, like vaccinating and neutering our cat (I was ten). My first job was cash paid for cleaning stalls at the farm down the road. Where there is a will...