Friday, April 1, 2016

Random Friday

1.  Brett has been busy building a climbing "toy" for the goats.  He has two of the three levels done and its already a huge hit with the goats -- especially Bear.  I'll take pictures of it, completed, this weekend.  He is building it next to the pile of rocks in this picture.

2.  Tex has been a good sport about taking his ulcer paste.  We have a routine: I go into the pasture, halter him, show him the tube of paste and let him get a good sniff so he knows exactly what's coming, he steps backwards one step and says "ewwww", then he stands quietly and accepts the stuff.  Next we walk to the gate where his bucket of magnesium mixed with sweet feed is waiting.  He loves this part, and licks all the way around the bowl when he finishes to get every last morsel.  We only have five more doses of ulcer paste left.  He has also been started on ulcer medication.  Sweet feed wasn't enough to make it palatable so I add a smidge of molasses and that does the trick.  I'm hoping that as he gets used to the taste, he won't require the molasses.  He'll be on this medication for three months.

3.  We have a beautiful weekend on tap and I'd really love to ride Lucy but don't think its in the cards.  My sciatic is better, but not gone.  Every time it stops hurting, I do something stupid like lift a pail of rain water and set it off again.  Grrrr.  Somehow, I don't think trotting is going to be a happy thing for my back if I can't even lift a bucket or take off my boots without pain.

4.  We've been keeping Jackson in the small arena, next to the pasture where Tex and Flash hang out.  He stays pretty sound (he's always gimpy when turning) as long as the weather is dry.  But, with each of the past rainy spells he has gotten an abscess.  I don't like to put on trail boots because his feet get stinky, wet, warm inside which is a prime environment for thrush.  We are looking into lowering a section of the wall around the covered round pen.  That way, he could stay on dry footing but he could see outside to his buddies as well.  Right now, he doesn't mind being in there as long as the other horses are in the barn. But, that is rare and the roundpen is super claustrophobic with its high walls that go all the way around.


7 comments:

  1. The "goat toy" will be done this weekend? Talk about pressure. Thank you for reminding me.

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  2. It's all good! Can't wait to see the goat toy!

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  3. Just saying 'Hi!' And I love watching goats climb: it's like they have glue on the bottom of their feet!

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  4. Hi Allison! We used to have big boulders at Aspen Meadows for the goats to climb and we loved watching them. This will be the next best thing. Goats are great entertainment.
    And, Brett... I know how you work when you get your teeth in a project. I'm just stating the inevitable.

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  5. That is a bummer that you have to rest on a beautiful weekend. :( I sure hope you get better soon so you can enjoy some rides!!

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  6. The goat stand is so cool!! Sorry to hear about your back

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  7. I didn't know you have goats. For some reason I missed that. I love them, they are such fun and I know the will enjoy their new play place.

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