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Oooo! Allergy to horses--that would be bad! I'm allergic to cats but I have one anyway. I'm going to try the salt lamp in my bedroom and see if I notice any difference. Let us know how yours works out.

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I've thought about getting an air purifier but I like having windows open in the summer.

I've gotten a nasal spray the has helped a lot & also take allergy pill daily. Stupid thing with allergies they always change.  Really fun when something blows in then passes.

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Update on Mr. Butters....his taped weight is 750. His heart and lungs sound good. He had his teeth floated. He had a broken tooth, the vet removed a fragment that could be causing him some pain/issues. He does have missing teeth and I reminded the vet that he has pulled 2 in the past 2 floats, so we know about those. We discussed grain and decided to switch to Triple Crown Senior, keep the alfalfa and add Rice Bran Oil. Vet suggested getting some square bales of alfalfa or timothy hay and feeding it to him only. I agree, but have no idea how I can do that. Im gonna have to brainstorm for a while on that. I did ask if there is a disposal service in the area (for when that time comes) and there is not, unless I haul him all the way to the state lab. 

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Do you have a corral or pen he could stay in overnight to feed him?  I hope he starts to gain weight now that his teeth are taken care of.

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Yesterday we went to Mt Dora & you get one guess as to what we did.  If you say d train you won.  It was a short ride to the next town where you can get off.  However we just stayed on as everything was closed.  Then we headed our way to Lego land.  There was time to kill after lunch so we found a park.  It was really nice.

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Do you ever get ideas for your own excursion train from the ones you ride on vacation?

Doesn't look like you're getting much reading time.

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13 hours ago, jubal said:

Do you have a corral or pen he could stay in overnight to feed him?  I hope he starts to gain weight now that his teeth are taken care of.

The paddock I would normally use is currently housing someones 4H cows, otherwise it would be perfect. I do have 2 gates/panels that Im playing with in my mind/brainstorming. I have a space outside away from the others I could block off that isnt calf deep muddy..yet. But I dont want him to have to stand in the pouring rain to eat his hay. If I make a stall in the barn I have no doubt the others are going to harass him over/through the gates/panels. I wouldn't leave him "stalled" overnight but would rather give him an hour or two to eat his hay and then turn him back out. It will be easier on my days off. My work days are gonna be a hassle. Ill figure it out. Gotta find some hay, even if I have to buy the compressed overpriced hay at Tractor Supply. 

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QB you'll get it figured out.  An idea will come to you.

Jubal we are now at Lego Land.  We really like it because it is low key.  I get reading done while Shortman spends a few hours in the pool.  Hubby gets to nap in the room.  Even the other guests chill out.

The amusement park ist overly busy.  So nice after being at Disney

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It was in the 60s here today but no sun. Made some tail bags this morning for the minis and my cowgirl and I spent a few hours brushing out manes and tails and putting the tail bags on the minis. Making a bunch more so I can swap out when they need to be washed.

Anyone familiar with/feed the compressed hay bales from Tractor Supply? Wondering what the equivalent to a compressed flake is vs. a regular flake from a regular square bale.

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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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little cow I laughed reading your post but Im happy Rosie and Nancy are ok

 

I got 3 (all I could haul in my car lol) bales of alfalfa at the feed store up the road. Mr. Butters isnt too impressed but he ate a flake this morning.

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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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Yesterday our adventure was 11.5hrs poolside at Lego Beach Resort.  Shortman only got out for potty breaks & a late lunch.  However there was the forced removal of all when someone had upchucked.  The night before it was a doodie.  All I could think about was the doodie scene in Caddy Shack.

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Today we made our way to Fort Meyers.  Along the way we stopped at the Ringling Bros museum.  It was really nice.  They had a model scale circus on display.  It was built by one man.  Very glad we went to this museum.

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The grounds were beautiful & a fantastic mural as you walk in.

Shortman has potential for trick riding.  They also had the private business car on display

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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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We are staying at Sanibel Island Resort tonight & tomorrow will walk the beach.  After that we make our way to Ft Lauderdale to stay at a friends for a few days.

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I LOVE those circus pics! Its crazy to think that there is no more circus, or that there are kids who will never know/see a circus. 

I went to Sanibel years ago on a work trip. It was beautiful. So many shells! I would love to go back one day but I doubt Ill get the opportunity again.

Mr. Butters isnt wild about this alfalfa hay. He wont eat the "stalk" part but would rather push it around and eat the loose peices. I dont know how to explain it very well. Im giving Sonic some as well and he eats it all right up. Tonight I tossed what Mr. Butters had left over the fence where a couple of the minis were more than happy to clean it up.

 

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I remember when my old guy had lost some weight, the vet said to put corn oil on his feed to fatten him up. I don't remember measurements but you could google it.

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