little cow

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  1. The Front Porch

    On the road, scratching up dinner?
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    Along with the 10# cat. Lol!
  3. Off Site Trial Contract

    Noponies is right. You need a solid contract. Never let your horse leave your control without a notarized contract. Do you remember the story behind my Morgan horse, Libby? Retiree leases farm out to 'friends', along with a few riding horses. No contract. Renters stop paying rent. Retiree goes to the farm and the horses (and tractor) are gone. When she caught up with friends, they had their lawyer call her and say that the horses and equipment were abandoned, and therefore, they were free to sell the horses and the tractor. Never even told her who they sold them to. I bought the Morgan from a man who had her for over 18 months. No vaccines, no treatment for an injured eye, skinny, and scared to death. Miraculously, her papers were on hand (with the original owner's name because she never signed her over to the renters). Guy paid $100 for her and was selling her for $250. She came home with me and I contacted her owner. She was beside herself when I talked to her. She never found the other horses. Never, ever, let this happen to you or your horse.
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    My signature says it all. And I don't consider horses edible! (Though, there was that one port visit to Sicily. The restaurant told me it was steak! Found the fine print later that called it "carne de cavallo"!!! I did not enjoy it, so horses are safe from me).
  5. Off Site Trial Contract

    No, but I was wondering about the same thing. I worry about who would be liable if something happens at the other barn. You have no control over who is getting on the horse, nor any control about the conditions in which the horse is ridden. On one side, i think about racehorses and how they jockeys have their own insurance, or they would never ride horses that belong to someone else. But those people that own racehorses can also hire really good lawyers. And everyone knows jockeys ride fractious horses because it's their chosen career. Then, i think about the trainers that have their own insurance, so they would be covered should they have an accident on your horse. So, if you sent a colt out for training, you could stipulate that the horse is only ridden by _______. Would that be enough protection? Could you insist that only a certain person rides the horse? What if you're selling a horse on commission? The trainer has to evaluate the potential new owner's riding suitability for the horse. You would have to trust your trainer's judgment. You could ask that no one rides without a helmet (that should be in writing) and that no one under 18 rides, I suppose. That's all I could come up with when considering sending a horse out for trial. As someone wise once said to me, "if a child gets hurt or killed, everyone associated with the horse gets sued because what jury wouldn't be sympathetic to a kid getting hurt?".
  6. The Front Porch

    Cute little bugger!
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    Lol! But, my 10 pound pet lives inside. And he knows where I sleep, if I slight him.
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    Ours might get scraps after we eat, but only a little. The worst beggar in our house is the cat. He sits at the table, in HIS chair, and stares at every bite I take with big eyes. He was an orphan kitten that I raised on a bottle from about 2 1/2 weeks old (remember Jacob?). He was too weak to move or meow when he came home. I guess I am his provider. I do give him a scrap or two, but I drop it on the floor. Spoiled brat.
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    Well, after reading a lot about it, I would cook it, if I made my own. But who has time to make their own dog food? I don't trust dog treats, though. Raw soup bones and raw egg is about as raw as I want to do. I still wonder if it was that stupid treat that caused our beautiful Shepherd to have torsion. Never, ever feeding store bought treats. Carrots make good chew toys and beef from our own cows.
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    Research says not to mix raw and dry kibble. I hate the whole pet food thing. It's so hard to figure out what to feed. Poultry poo, ah yes. Our dogs are connoisseurs of poo. Poultry, equine, bovine, caprine, ovine...they could give farm tours of poo for dog gourmets.
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    Queen, your dog gets into more trouble! I am very surprised the deer bone splintered. I thought that was a problem more with cooked bones. Maybe the deer was old and had osteoporosis...
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    Okay. We have extra hamburger and another steer going down for processing. The old steer had a bit of an odd taste, so we were trying to figure out what to do with the beef. Anyone have a good reason not to feed it to our dogs and cats? It is fine, just not as tasty. I was considering mixing it into a plain dry food. Maybe switching over entirely.
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    Or, you could just provide the supplies and let them decorate their own bags. It's fun to see how creative kids can be. ;)
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    We brand of dog food do you guys feed?
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    Do you have pool noodles? They use them a lot in obstacles around here. They even set them up so a horse has to walk between two poles with ten noodles pointing in on each side, rubbing against them. Little Rosie donkey didn't like that.
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    I am so sorry, Heidi. I know how it feels to lose a good one. He was a wonderful horse. You were so attentive to his illness. You knew he needed help and didn't just blow it off. Sometimes a bit of loose stool is nothing, but a horse without an appetite is always a problem. Cancer in a horse? That is unusual. No wonder it was so frustrating. You saved him a lot of pain by getting him to the university. I'm glad you were able to bring him back with you. There is much comfort in having them close. Have the other horses figured out that he's gone? I'm sure you will soothe them over the days to come.
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    Farah, Your girl is adorable! There is so much I love about Leo, but he has to be loved by the whole family. He's done well with his training, but he is a big, burly, dog that doesn't know how easily people fall over, lol! I have not seen any signs of meanness in him. I never used harsh training with him. We use a martingale collar, which allows you to correct them without choking them. He does very well on walks and he was socialized very well with people and animals. I can even call him off the chickens when he tries to stalk them (knot-headed hen flies out of the coop sometimes). He is a good boy. Leo goes off to duck training this week. We're excited for him. He is going to have a great life doing what he was bred to do. I feel like one of those families that raises puppies for service dogs. I hope we gave him a loving start to a great working life ahead of him. Meanwhile, I am trying to get in puppy training mode again. I can't believe how the timing worked out. The GSD breeder, that we got our beloved Luther from, has a puppy for us. He breeds, maybe, once per year and this is the only litter he will have this year. When I called, he was so gracious and kind. We have third pick out of five males. This will be the third GSD I've raised. I always wish dogs would live longer. We pick up our new GSD pup at the end of the month.
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    Wow, poor Leo! I hope his stay is brief and productive.
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    Nice, Jubal!
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    Is anyone else getting any time to ride?
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    PD, sometimes dogs come along when you need them, if it's meant to be. Meanwhile, I'm sure your cat appreciates the lack of a canine presence.
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    That is true. And it wasn't even Leo's fault.
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    RRW, I trained my first GSD in the snowy winter back in Colorado. It did make it easier because we were both cold when we went outside and wanted to go back in. His cue to go potty was, "Hurry up!", lol!
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    Thanks, guys. My husband knows he won't be the primary person for any dog because I do the training. Leo bonded with me as the trainer and LJ as his playmate. My husband does work with him, but weekends just isn't enough. Chessies pick their people. My husband was mourning longer than any of us realized. I think no dog had a chance until my husband's heart was ready for a new dog. Now, he knows that only another shepherd will heal the big hole left behind. LJ and I were ready for another dog before my husband was, so we got that adorable little chocolate colored puppy. Moving to a new place last summer felt insecure and we wanted a good watchdog. We have our dear, sweet Maddie Springer Spaniel, but she's more likely to show intruders to the goods, lol! It felt right for us, but not for him. He kept waiting to warm up to Leo, but I think he couldn't stop himself from comparing him to what he just lost. I kept reminding him of all the rotten things Luther did as a puppy, but it didn't help, lol! It's funny how you forget all those puppyhood indiscretions when your dog gets past the age of two. By the time they hit 5, they have achieved sainthood. And then, there is the quiet nobility of an old dog moving through the house in perfect rhythm with his family. You can set your watch by an old dog's habits. You know their contented sighs. You can give them a quiet loving word from across the room to hear that old tail thump. Sometimes you need more time for the old dog's spirit to move on before the puppy chaos erupts once again. We moved soon after we lost Luther and that process was interrupted. He is here with us, under a tree, but I think everything took longer.
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    Heidi, I really hope you get results quickly from the vet hospital.