Monday, October 9, 2017

Cricket!

Cricket arrived on April 7th at 10:30 PM. IT WAS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION! He is a silver bay and is such eye candy in the pasture! Scarlett had the best and most rich colostrum I have ever seen. Within two days he started to crash and it was Skittles all over again!!!! I thank the Lord that there was a new doc in town and he saved Cricket! He was a very sick boy for awhile but he pulled thru!

Today he is six months old! 

An ornery little cuss he is! But very smart too! 

Scarlett had a difficult time accepting him so she got the shot the put her thru labor again, and since then she has been a very good mommy.

So it should be weaning time, but I have a very hard time taking him away from mom. I am hoping she will wean him on her own and she is doing it a little bit at a time. I want Cricket to have a good mind set about him, so nothing to traumatizing for him. 

He is a lap baby, and I have taugh him to lay down by picking up his front left foot. He is of course to big to lay in my lap now, but he will lay down beside me. 

We are working on leading nice and calm now. Every day we work on leading he does a lot better than the time before. In the beginning he was really a very naughty boy. When he doesn’t get his way he likes to bite you. So we are working on this. Being a little stud colt it is a natural for him to do so. I can’t wait until his Jewels drop! They will go bye bye and that will take care of the biting. He knows he is not to bite, but the temptation is so raw for him. 


This was when was a couple weeks old.




My lap baby!




Crickets moto! 😂


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jay

Oh my! I see that it has been two years since I have written in my blog! MY BAD! It has been a whirl wind. I miss Skittles every single day.  So much so that I needed to get over her. In order to do that, I let Scarlett go on vacation.

While she was away, she met this very nice gentleman, that was handsome and robust.


His name is:
Mountain Meadows Justin Tyme
But every calls him JAY.

She finally took a liking to him and now she is due to have her foal April First! Yes an April Fools baby. Of course it could be a week or two either side of that.

Scarlett A couple Weeks ago.

Some days she just looks so big. I have seen her belly move ever so slightly. So Exciting and waiting is so hard!

Since Skittles looked so much like daddy, I am hoping this baby looks like it's daddy too.

This winter we have had snow on the ground since December 6th 2016! It has been hard. Today we finally got REAL RAIN! Every bit of moisture that we have had over the winter has been in the form of snow! ICK! I am really tired of the white shit!

The critters have all seemed to come thru it so far unscathed like it was just a part of the normal around here. 

SPOILER ALERT:  I have goats! Yes five of them, and they will be making their appearance here too. They have been so much fun that I just can't stand it!  Very entertaining! Very lovable! And just so much fun to have around. I got them for weed control, and if you know me at all, they have become a beloved member of my family!

My new years resolution this year is to keep my blog up. 


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Six Short Days.....

For three weeks I stayed on baby watch. Scarlett was getting bigger and bigger. I had thought for sure she would have her foal on Memorial Day weekend, but she fooled us. 

 I was nervous and excited all at the same time!
Then out of the blue on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 I went to sit on the back porch
at 10 AM.  I looked up and noticed that Scarlett was doing some odd stretching. 
After the 4th stretch, she laid down and started to push. 
NO OTHER SIGNS BEFORE THAT!
NONE!
ZIP!
She even continued to eat right up to that point!

I read all I could read about foals. But I did not read enough!
This was the first time for me, and it was also the first time for Scarlett. 

I did not know that there was a colostrum substitute you could give your foal within the first 6 hrs. 
I thought Skittles had gotten enough.
Apparently not.
 Although I have a lot of pictures of her nursing in the first few hours.
I really don't think she nursed enough!
She would take a few sips and then put her head down and "chew" her milk!
SERIOUSLY???? it is liquid! But I thought maybe this was just her.
One thing that has really bothered me:
(ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR GUT INSTINCTS!)
Is that when Scarlett stood up, Skittles' umbilical cord did not break off. 
She drug it around for close to 15-20 minutes. 
Just as I was preparing to tie her cord off, it broke off as it should have done a lot earlier!
 This haunts me to this day. That she got infected with a ton of bacteria and then not getting enough colostrum from Scarlett, was the beginning of the end. 

She is a carbon copy of her daddy! A Mini Racer!
 She also had a blood shot eye too that also bothered me. 
Also her one eye if not both, appeared to be a bit cloudy from day one. 
 Her third day on this earth she got sick. 


 I just loved holding her in my lap! She was a lap pony that loved to be snuggled!

 She also slept a lot! I mean A LOT that second day!
 The third morning I woke up to this!
 Scared me to pieces!
 Dr. Barton and Jolin came out to the house. Took her temp, Drew some blood and told me to take her into the office. We were there by 8:30 AM! They put an IV line in her neck. Gave her an IV bag of fluids with some IgG meds that was to make up for the lack of colostrum she did not get.
 She got the WHOLE bottle of this stuff over the course of the first day and the following morning. 
 She seemed to be interested in a bit of hay. 
 She was my baby! My sweet heart! My lap Pony.
I prayed every night she would get better. 
 She even wormed her way into Rick's heart! 
He actually is the one that named her Skittles!
 She had odd sleeping positions.
 Her 6th Day on earth.  I got up for the morning and went to check on her. 
She was weak and listless.
I rushed her back up to the clinic.
 Dr. Sargent and Codi gave her another IV bag of fluid.
 I went home to pray!
At 12:23 PM I got a call to keep my original 1 PM appt, because the doctor wanted to talk with me. 
My heart sunk!
My gut wrenched!
My throat constricted!
At the clinic, They took me to an exam room, and Doc said that Skittles was not going to make it.
He had done a blood draw on her and her glucose did not even hardly register.
There was also something about her White blood cells, and other things that just barely even registered and/or was way off the charts.
I went out back to say goodbye. They called Rick and he came too. Parker was with me, and he got to say goodbye also. 
The tears flowed! My heart Broken! 
 At 1:35 PM I left the clinic and after that doc put Skittles to sleep. At 1:43PM as I crossed the Umatilla River bridge my heart ached bad and the tears just flowed. Skittles left for Rainbow bridge at that moment!
I wanted Scarlett to spend time without a lot of interruption, and they were kind enough to allow her a couple hrs.
At 4 PM We went up to get Skittles and Scarlett. 
We brought them home. I laid Skittles on the blanket. I would go check on her, and cover her up a little bit at a time, so that I did not alarm Scarlett.
At 6 PM I fed Scarlett her vitamins in a bit of oats. While she was eating, Rick removed Skittles.  Scarlett was not aware. She did not discover Skittles gone for another 1/2 hr. I saw that she was walking on the blanket sniffing. She then started to communicate with Racer. She eagerly wanted to go for a walk.
I believe she knew that Skittles was not here anymore. 

 I got the halter and fly mask I ordered for Skittles the next day in the mail!
 Beautiful Flowers from The Drs. and staff at the Vet Clinic!
Everyone at the Clinic worked hard for Skittles!
Everyone shed a tear too!
 A beautiful Fern from my Grandson Cody and his Mom, Angela.
 Skittle's Daddy!
This is Skittles' Daddy! 
He never got a chance to meet his daughter!
He would of been an awesome dad too!

There will be no more "Racer" baby's!
He was gelded to become a "nice" pony for the grand-kids.
Little did I know how all this would play out!
And all this time I was so worried about a "red bag" baby!

I won't breed Scarlett again. I can't go thru all this again!
I had a lot of plans for Skittles. 
She was going to earn her keep. If she had her moms demeanor and her dads personality she would of been the best pony ever!

Some articles I found on the internet later:


I don't know for sure but I think in the first Article, Skittles had the
CLOSTRIDIUM ENTEROTOXEMIA.

It kind of fits with the scenario.

Then I come across a video like this:

And my heart breaks all over again!

Racer needs to step up and become the dad he never had the chance to become, and help pay off Skittles' debt!
:)

My heart aches every single day!
I know, Time heals, and my heart will heal, but I will always miss our little Skittles!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Scarlett, Racer and Skittles

We finally got moved in. What a whirl wind of a year it has been. When we purchased this place we did it with the intention of dividing it and selling our youngest son and family a portion so they can live close. Little did we know he would sell his house sooner than planned, and have since been living with us. It has been a long year, but a fun one. Everyone is ready to have their own house. It has been a joy to have two little boys under foot and watch them grow from day to day. I can't wait till there is a well worn path from our house to their house!

Since we moved hubby upgraded his Harley. I upgraded to two new ponies!
Below is Scarlett and she was with foal when I got her.
 Here is Racer of whom was intact when I got him!
 And this is Skittles the product of Scarlett and Racer!
Skittles was born on 6/6/15 but unfortunately we lost her on 6/12/15. We tried very hard to save her but in the end she lost her battle. It was very rough going.  She was loved by all who came in contact with her. Everyone following my Facebook account was very supportive and I thank you.

Unfortunately Racer has been fixed, and so no more babies here.

I will try better to keep my blog updated. Seems that with Facebook my blog gets lost in the mix!

Monday, April 7, 2014

So much to say....yet.....

Well it has been awhile. Been terribly busy. Have a whole lot to talk about yet I have nothing to say right now. We did sign papers on our new place. We get to move in after June first. Yeah! I am sure we will have plenty of time to paint the new place before moving since no one has yet to put an offer on our place yet.

I think we have under priced our place. In looking at comparable property there is a lot of acreage and not much of a house or a very nice house an no acreage. Our place has it all! All set up for humans and critters. Someone will come along I am sure, and they will fall in love with our set up here. The only work that needs doing is mowing the lawn once a week. That of course is a chore in itself!

I will post more as it gets closer. Am excited, yet hesitant. Lots of work to be done on the new place for sure, but it will keep us busy for the next ten years or so! Haha.