Monday, September 21, 2009

To Be,or Not To Be......

Me and Hubby went to a chili festival this weekend and look what we saw. Isn't that the cutest thing?

They had a few horses and ponies pulling carts of people around the streets of Huntington. One street over, there were thousands(okay,maybe not thousands) of people cooking chili. You buy a cup of chili for a dollar and all of the money goes to the Ronald McDonald House. That's a great charity. My cousin had to use it when his new born was in the hospital for a few weeks. That was a few years ago, and the baby is fine now. But, he wouldn't have been able to stay with his child if it wasn't for the Ronald McDonald House. They provided a place for him to stay.

Anyway, me and Hubby had a nice time there. Until it got too crowded. And, boy, it got crowded. So we went home to where we could breathe. lol. Here's another picture of some of the horses.

We had a few people needing more details about the horses that we are trying to fatten up. We took the pictures of Red and Scout at our house. We have plenty of grass for them here. The place that they were at WAS over 100 acres, but, it was all hills and trees. No grass. There was just a little bit of grass around the ponds and down on a small flat by the road.

This is what the horses look like that have been kept at our house.

Fat!!!!! Or are they expecting? We had one of our neighbors stud horse break out of his fence. It wasn't hard for him to break out. It was an electric fence that they had turned off 3 days before. Okay, let me explain to you if you don't know anything about horses. Stud horses(stallions) "laugh" at electric fences if there are mares around. Especially, if that electric fence has been turned off for 3 days.

Anyway, their stud horse came up and visited our mares, at 4:00am in the morning, back in November of last year. He didn't get into the fence, but it is just a barb wire fence. One strand was broke. It snagged Hubby's mare's leg and made a huge gash on it. We had to doctor it for a while. Once again, I was not a happy camper. The neighbor that I'm talking about, is not the good neighbor moving in across from us. It's a neighbor that moved in down the road from us a few years ago.

Here's a picture of the mare in question. Now, she is fat, I know. But is it baby or not? Only time will tell. If she is, can you get child support for a colt?

Yes I know about the flies, we have fixed them. I also know about the fence being loose. We have fixed it too. Please, no bad comments. All has been taken care

So until later.....

Small Farm Girl, horse caretaker.


Kelle at The Never Done Farm said...

Looks like she'll be a mama to me, I persue that foal custody and foal support issue *wink*
Has this mare ever foaled before? It will be exciting to see what you get!

The flies are horrible here right now, our evening temps are low and they are half dead, so stick to anything warm. We've been through fly wipe like there is no tomorrow and it isn't cheap either*sigh*
Blessings for your week,

Faith said...

Oh, no wonder, with it only being trees and no grass. :(

Flies are bad this week here. We've not had to use much spray this year for some reason, but I noticed today they were all over.

Your horses look healthy and happy. :) And those little cart pones are adorable!


Sarah said...

Couldn't say if she's a mommy to be or not...but I hope so! Foals are alaways fun...and more work...but fun!

On the one hand, I'm sorry its most likely starvation that made your horse skinny. On the other hand, its nice that you don't have other issues like parasites, illness, etc...hopefully! Keep us posted!

soni said...

next time i come down we shld take rides on the horses. Its been awhile since we've done that. Just make sure Ray doesn't touch any,, he'll die,, But it wld be fun to go riding sometime,, its been a long time

Anonymous said...

She looks like she is going to foal to me! lol
Barb wire can really take it's toll on horses. Any way you can just put electric up? We took all the barb wire down in a 23 acre field and put up electric and hung baggies around here and there so they could tell the boundy line. You are lucky to have your horses. I just love looking out into a field and seeing horses...even better when they are yours...debbie

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

She sure does look prego to me. She's been wormed regularly, right?
My neighbor's Arabian gave birth 4 months ago to a little filly. We watched the entire birth. It was terrifying and amazing! Foals are lots of work and need so much training. I was considering breeding my mare, but won't because I don't know the first thing about training and raising a foal.
If she is prego (get a vet out there and they'l tell ya for sure) I'd go and ask for compensation from the stallion owner. It's their responsibility since they allowed their stallion to escape and trespass onto your property.

The barbed wire is scary stuff, for sure. I had my mare on several hundred acres of leased pasture for 3 months and she kept getting scratches and gashes from the barbed wire. And it was 'good' barbed wire, 4-string tight and straight, but those barbs are vicious, especially if the horses are kept in a field with other horses. Other horses can chase a horse right into the barbed fencing so easily. Scary.


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