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IS YOUR HORSE SUPER PARTICULAR ABOUT HIS/HER WATER? Dalton is the KING of water tasting.


Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | Filed under Dalton




I am always amused when I see ranch horses drink out of filthy, algae ridden troughs.  So often, I’ve heard people say that horses shouldn’t be fussy about water because they never know when they will find water again… or something like that.

To me, I kinda agree with the horses.  I hate it when my water tastes like soap or rusty pipes or chlorine.  I like a nice, cool glass of water.

So, even though I have been very frustrated by Dalton’s water issues, I understand.  He just wants it the way he wants it.

Me, too.

Here is a pictorial of the issues so far… except I think, I think I finally have it figured out.

MY SHERLOCK HOLMES INVESTIGATION OF DALTON’S WATER HABITS.  WHY?!

This huge trough was initially Dalton’s water source. It was only filled halfway so that I could dump and refresh it easily. He wouldn’t use it. I have no idea why. It must have smelled like plastic or something. Since he wouldn’t use it, I tried a different trough.

This was my next trial trough. It is lower and smaller, but had enough heft to get him through a summer day. … Dalton stood in it. He wouldn’t drink from it.

Then I gave him this different, mid-sized bucket. I figured he couldn’t stand it in, and it had enough volume to get through a summer day…. He kicked it until it came loose and then he rolled it around in the mud (hence it’s condition). I retied it daily for a week, and he did this every day. I think he wanted to cool down so he played in it.

Then I tried two smaller buckets, thinking that if he played in one, he’d still have the other. … I was wrong. He dumped them both, daily. I started to worry that he wasn’t getting enough water!

THEN, I saw Vivienne drinking out of the two buckets. UGH. I would hate dog slobber in my bucket, too. Maybe Vivienne has been drinking out of Dalton’s water for a while?! (Vivienne has lots of opportunities for water other than the horses’ water.)

I gave Vivienne a special bowl of fresh, drippy water – right outside of Dalton’s paddock, hoping to dissuade her.

I also got a hook-over bucket and filled it with water – to hook on the fence – and see if Dalton used it, or threw it off the fence as he does with his grain bucket (daily).

On the first day, he left the water bucket on the fence! He also drained it. So as I was refilling it, he bit through the hose and started playing with the water.

Now it has been a week and he has used his red water hook over bucket religiously – and has not flipped it off of the fence! And, he drains it almost daily. (I fill it at lunch and dinner). I’d like to get a bigger one, if they make them…

So it took a while, but Dalton finally got his point across. He doesn’t like Rubbermaid and he doesn’t like dog slobber. I get it! Finally! He wants fresh water, in a bucket not made by Rubbermaid, and up high enough that the dogs can’t use it. Got it.


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GRAPES and SILLY GELDINGS!


Monday, September 9th, 2019 | Filed under Dalton




Today, I don’t have much to report except some silliness and some fruit around here!

FIRST, THE SILLY GELDING.

As you all know, Dalton is only 6 and still very, very playful.  Today, while brushing him, he picked up the brush I wasn’t using… and brushed the dirt with it.  Nice!

SECONDLY… MY GRAPES!

OK, so I don’t water these vine… I don’t tend to them.  I don’t stake them.  I don’t weed around them.  I do nothing.

This year, the vines are again LOADED with green grapes.

I have searched and searched but cannot yet determine what kind of grapes there are, based on their leaves.  If any of you know, please inform me!!

(I actually think that no weeding around them keeps the critters and birds off of the vines.  There are thistles all over and no one goes in there to steal grapes!)

Around here in wine country, harvest isn’t for a few more weeks.  But here, our grapes are very close to ready!

This is two vines that lay on the ground… they crawl and get bigger every year. When we purchased this place in 2016, the vines were tiny. I think he had just planted them.  Anyway, they have no water and I don’t tend to them.

As you can see, there are weeds and thistles growing all around and inside of the vine canopy, which I don’t trim. Here is a fresh cluster of grapes.

LOADED. Here I’ve just stepped back to show you how many juicy, huge, fat clusters are in just one little section of vine – with NO WATER. Amazing.

 


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