Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Broken Calm!

Last evening as the sun was going down,
creating a wonderful hue to the light,
I sat on my porch playing "words with friends" on my borrowed iphone.
It was hot and a slight breeze had begun to move the air.

Thru my concentration,
a dog barking in the back ground brought me back to reality.
I looked up just in time to see Sassy
following something that was waddling,
along the yard fence line.

As it arrived at the gate,
The waddler stopped and faced Sassy.
For just a half a second they were nose to nose!

I called Sassy back,
obediently she turned to come to me.
Then, faster than lightening this
black and white waddler
slips into the yard at the bottom of the gate!
No way was it going to let this dog get away with barking.
It has come to challenge Sassy!

Sassy wasn't going to bow down to this so she raced to meet her challenger!
My screaming fell on deaf ears!
From the right, comes Taumee to see if she can offer up any help.
In charges Sydney from the left,
grabs that brave teenage know it all skunk,
and shook it for all she was worth.

Then it sprayed!
It was like a dog with a waterhose in its mouth!
Sydney managed to coat EVERYTHING!
Patio furniture, concrete blocks, rug,
All three dogs and one cat!

With that, everyone ran their seperate ways.
Dogs rolling in the grass...
Skunk running for dear life, (to the front of the yard, and where we have no clue!)
Screech standing on guard, looking around with this:
"which way did it go" look on his face!

Out comes my magic solution which has worked wonders on Screech.

I am choking and gagging as I go grab my quarts of Hydrogen peroxide.
One quart at a time,
I generously shake in some baking soda,
and lightly drizzle Dawn Dish Soap in the mixture.

Taumee is the first!
I soak her with water first.
Then pour, rub and rinse her with the solution.
Dry her off best I can....
Put her in the house!


Because, with Sassy who was second,
I put the solution on her BEFORE I got her wet.

Worked on her pretty good.
Same with Sydney.

But Taumee REEKS!

I did not want them staying outside over night for two reasons:
1.  They had managed to rub 'skunk' all over the grass.
2.  No idea if that skunk will come back.

As I sit at my desk,
With just the slightest movements,
aroma of "skunk" reaches up and gently strokes my nostrils!

Think I will make myself scarce today!

Thursday, August 2, 2012


There is a new additon to the pasture.
Her name is SAIDEE!

She comes to me as a free lease 
from my instructor.

They love her dearly,
and knew that I missed
Izzy's presence in the pasture.

Saidee can't give lessons, nor can she do gaming or hard riding.
She can only do light riding.
Which is perfect for me,
because my riding is mostly walking,
and sometimes a trot, and not for any distance.

When Saidee was 3, she got a very small one inch cut on the back of her front hoof.
It was just deep enough, it injured the tendon.
She is not in any pain, and has a slight limp.

Also Saidee developed a habit of 'sucking wind'.

Read about Neville Bardos and his wind sucking horse HERE.

She started doing it when she was recovering from her tendon injury.
Mostly out of boredom, because recovery was quite a long time.
It does not hurt her.
She won't get sick from it.
She does have a collar that keeps her from doing it,
but with all my sprinklers I just don't want her rubbing her head on one, and getting it caught.

She is quite cute about it, cause I will catch her doing it, and say:
"Saidee! STOP IT!" 
She will turn her head and look at me with this look of:
"Were you talking to me?"

 I was offered to have Saidee,
because her mama knew she would get lots of love and attention in my pasture.
And I need Saidee.

Libby is awesome, but she is not an attention hoe.
I miss that, and Saidee fits the bill.

As a 'new' mom, of course I was very nervous, and I agreed to a trial 
stay at my house.

I N T R O D U C I N G:
She is quite plain in color,
but she has a blaze that is oh so cute.

Her mane and tail are a flaxen color that sets her aside in the beauty department.

 She is also, Fluid Beauty when she moves!
Her mama said that she is the only horse she knows of that gets dreds in her MANE!

Saidee is very inquisitive.
Knows her name.
Loves attention!
The first to greet me!
Will hang out with ya.
I can lead her with just my hand under her chin!
Saidee loves to take passengers for a ride.
Enjoys a good belly scratch and will scratch your back/butt in return.
Enjoys lots of kisses, and will lick your hand in appreciation.

Saidee, though, 
has not made very many points with her pasture mates she has moved in with.

LIBBY: "Shed hog! That use to be mine till you moved in! At least I would share with the donkey's!"
Saidee:  "Get use to it!"
As time has moved on, Saidee WILL ALLOW one of the others to share...
but only ONE at a time!

Next on the adjenda is to add onto the lean-to so all can have shade.

They like it in there, because for some reason, 
the flys do not bug them in there.

So far, Saidee is a keeper.
Libby, Star and Buddy might think otherwise.......