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Update on the Keebler Shetlands, Update on Topper and a fun video!






I wanted to give you a few updates and a really cute video.

PASTURE PET, EASY KEEPER, DON’T TAKE UP MUCH SPACE, TOTALLY CUTE ADOPTATHON!

Shetlands and Icys, Oh My!…

Smurf before her much needed trim

First, I wanted to update you on the adoptions for the Keebler Shetlands.  Do you remember that story?  Their hooves were so long they looked like elf feet which is how they got their name?… You can read about them here. (pic is Smurf before her trim)

Anyway, the lovely folks at Falcon Ridge were kind enough to contact me to let me know that they have been working with the Shetlands, healing them and placing them.  All but 7 have homes!

Chewie

Do you have room?  I swear, I totally loooove my Shetlands so with confidence I ask you to consider one of these darlings if you can.  I’m sure the folks at Falcon Ridge would

Pixie

give you the complete low down on any of these kids and would find the match for you.

Also, I wanted to tell you that there was a huge seizure of 40 Icelandic Horses as well.  (This Rescue is very busy…!)  I have an Icy and she is wonderful.  Very hearty.  Very capable.  So, you might want to ask about the Icys if a riding horse sounds better for you.  From what I understand, these Icys were in large fields, are well bred but not handled often.  They aren’t wild, just need some TLC.

Teennie

I think if you were in the market for a smaller riding horse of good breeding and easy keeping, this would be a great opportunity.  And, might I add, Icys are usually very expensive…

Here is the direct link for the Icy Roundup.

Trinket

Here is the update on the Shetlands from Falcon Ridge.  As an aside, BOTH of my Shetlands were little stallions when I got them.  So, if any of these little stallions are still stallions by the time you read this, and you are interested, gelding mine was relatively inexpensive and there are NO repercussions for having done it later in life.

FROM PEG WOZNIAK AT FALCON RIDGE:

Smurf after her much needed trim

Please let your readers know that we’ve still got 3 stallions and 4 mares
looking for their Forever Homes. They’re beautiful, intelligent little Shetlands, and will make great pets.
1)  Chewie, although a stallion, is a real lover, he enjoys being
groomed and fussed over.  He has a thick thick mane and soft eyes.
2)  Pixie, a pretty little chestnut mare with flaxen mane & tail, is
the friendliest little mare, always willing to lead the Herd over to accept

Frodo

hand offerings.
3)  Teenie, a dappled silver mare, is quietly alert, ever watchful.
4)  Trinket, the youngster, is a long-legged, white & cream-brown
darling.  She’ll be tall like her mother, Princess Lea.

Darth Vadar

5)  Smurf is the oldest of the mares – a pretty strawberry roan,
already halter broken and well mannered.  A friendly bright-eyed matron.
6)  Frodo, the cutest littliest stallion – is always watching, always
interested in everything going on.  He’s halter broken, enjoys being groomed
and is learning the rewards of interacting with humans.
7)  Darth Vadar, the spirited roan stallion, has bright blue eyes, and
rules the paddoci with intelligent energy that never wanes.

Anyone interested in adopting one of the few remaining Herd members,

Silfur and Halti

please have
them send me an email at:   winnie@roadrunner.com

THE ADORABLE ICYS

OK, now for the two adorable but not rideable Icys that are available, here is their photo.  I’m sure Peg will have word on others that could be rideable. But, if you have room for lovely Icy pasture puffs, please consider these lovelies, Silfur and Halti.  For the other Icys that are available, click here.

If you’d like to see all of the INCREDIBLE horses of all shapes, ages and sizes available at Falcon Ridge, please click here.  I know these horses have had wonderful care and that you would be getting exactly what you see or are told.  Some of the riding horses on this page look awesome!  There is also a very nice mini…  ;)

A FUN VIDEO

The Three Amigos

I found this on Facebook and it made me smile.  This was videoed by a woman who obviously loves her mustangs and also has a sense of humor.  I loved it.  Very sweet!  You have to kinda let it play for a bit but the part where the horses are all singing and she is orchestrating with her finger made me laugh out loud!  Here is the link.  Or, click on the photo.

Their names are Thor, D’Artagnan and Comanche.  Wow.  It only shows you what time, love and smarts can do for a coupla fun lovin’ mustangs and their Mama!

FINALLY, A HAPPY ENDING

TOPPER very sick

TOPPER getting better

TOPPER now

I wanted to update you on Topper.  He was found basically too weak to stand with huge sores from laying in urine. He was undernourished obviously, a 1 on the Heineke Scale and just a foal who certainly didn’t deserve this kind of a start in life.  Luckily, the folks at the Lil Patch of Heaven brought him back to health.  I love these success stories…

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Images Only A Horse Owner Would Recognize… Wanna Test Yourself?






This was a holiday weekend.  Family and friends visited and all of them roamed around the ranch.  Often, they will ask me, “What is that?” or “Why is that like that?”…  When non-horse people come around, there are lots of questions.  You know how it goes.  You probably remember when you had all of those questions… Or, at least I do.

So, today’s topic hits on a few of those cityfolk questions.  I went around and took photos of several of the most popular topics.  I think that you all will recognize these photos in an instant…  OK, here we go:

1)  “Did some animal die here?!” or “I think your animals were fighting over here…”.

Of course you want to brush up the horses when company is arriving… However, the left-over pile of redundant hair scares the bejeezus out of your house guests. I guess I was hoping that the wind would just blow this hair around.  Or, that maybe some bird would create a supernest.  But, it didn’t happen and I forgot about the telltale signs of the grooming carnage.  Of course, after you tell your guests that the hair is just the horses’ winter coats coming off, they ask how come they loose “so much”.  I always retort that this isn’t anything compared to what I get on my barn clothes on a daily basis!   Immediately their faces make that “eewww” contort and I know I’ve said too much.  I guess that isn’t really dinner talk…

2)  When friends see my wall of tattered, but ‘may come in handy some day’ extra fly masks, they usually ask, “Why do you put blinders on all of your horses?!!”

Yup.  The fly mask caper.  I have never understood why anyone would think that I would purposefully put blindfolds on all of my horses and then expect them to pick their way through their pastures unaided.  It amazes me that my guests don’t notice that the horses are doing just fine, running around and not crashing into anything when they are supposedly totally sightless.  And, what possible purpose could blindfolding achieve?  Wha?

I guess I need to be more open minded on this one.  But, it does baffle me.  I’ve even heard them say that they “see these blindfolded horses all the times and it seems so cruel”.  Oy.  Usually, I just hold up one of those nasty blindfolds in front of their eyes and let them see that it is just like viewing through a screen door.  That usually ends the discussion.

I must agree though, it is a good question… why would anyone want to blindfold their horse?  Sigh.

3)  “What do you do with those wheelbarrows? Why are they so big?  Why do you need two?  Why are they different colors?”

I guess I’m glad that I know my way around a wheelbarrow.  Twice a day, everyday, I fill the green one with hay and push it around to all the eager and impatient fuzzies.  It helps my upper arm strength (grabbing, loading and tossing) and makes my work day a bit easier.  I’m not sure why my houseguests don’t understand the workings of ‘such a large’ wheelbarrow.  I think they don’t understand what a large animal eats — large food.

…Which brings us to the other colored wheelbarrow.  I think y’all know what that one does…  ;)

4)  “What is Tecnu?  Why are you rubbing it all over your arms and grumbling?”

Aarrgh.  I have a mare with lots of hair (that rhymes).

To bring her in after grazing, I throw a rope around her neck, unsuspecting.  She walks with me merrily down to her pasture and gladly stands in front of her pasture gate, waiting patiently for me to open it.  I think she is so wonderful that I grab her neck, nuzzle her sweet mane and rub her all over with my bare arms.

About 15 minutes later I feel the tingle.  Do you know the tingle?  Then I race to the house, throw off my boots, run upstairs like a crazed maniac and pour the Tecnu all over myself.  Sound familiar?

5)  “Ugh, what are you going to do with those?!”

Well, I cannot blame them.  My apple core pile is kinda gross. I just forget about it…  It sits on my desk because I usually have two or three apples a day (little ones) and I keep the cores as horsey treats.  You know how that goes, “No don’t throw that away, somebody will eat that!”  Uh huh.  That’s me.  Hubby just looks the other way, poor guy.

I wonder if I am the only one who does this.  Perhaps I should join a group or something…

6)  “Why do you have all that string in the barn?”

I’m making a giant string ball for the Guiness Book.  No, not really.  I’m going to macrame a huge gate.  Naw, not really.  OKOK, I’m weaving a giant twine quilt for the State Fair.

OK, those are things I just think…  I generally just say, “Oh, that is baling twine that is around the hay bales to keep it together.  That bag is a feed bag and I just put the strings in the feed bag because I don’t know what to do with them.  Eventually, when the bag is full, I throw them away.  However, if you’d like them for a school project or your own State Fair weaving contest, please take some.”

7)  “Why does this little chain keep them in?”

Why indeed.  But it does.  That little ‘sideways chain in the little slot’ has stumped horses throughout the ages.  Someday, somewhere, some horse is going to figure it out with his little nubile lips and spread the word through gated horse communities everywhere.  I bet the final Einstein might be my little Shetland pony.  He ponders this famous horse mystery daily.  Rattle.  Rattlerattlerattle. Rat. Rattleyrattlerat.  Some day, he will figure it out.

8)  “Why do you have hotwire?  Isn’t that cruel?”

Yes, as a matter of fact, it is cruel every time I hit it.  Because, the truth is the horses learn faster than I do.  They never hit it after the first time yet I hit it almost every day.  Aaargh.

The reason I have it is because the wire keeps the big horse (Bodhi) from breaking the fence boards.  Other than that, we don’t have wire anywhere.  But, truth to tell, all it really does is make Mommy cuss twice a day.

I sure am difficult to train.

9)  “Why do you have a ball in the tub?”

Well, this one could be a bit perplexing.  I think that unless you are as lazy as I am, you probably don’t have a plastic ball in your waterer.  You see, the trough is really farther away than what it seems in the photo.   I like to be able to know at first glance whether or not I have to fill it or if it is low enough that I should dump it and start over.  So, that wonderful $1.49 yellow ball from Target helps me decide my morning fate from the fenceline view.

Unless of course, Bodhi has had a rousing game of horsey soccer the night before…  Then I have to go even further to retrieve it.  I can hear him chuckling from the other side of the pasture.  He loves to play soccer with me.

10)  “Where did she go?”

I think that if you look at the photo, you could easily be the detective and come up with the answer right away… I’ll give you a minute.  (lalalalallalalalala….)  OK, ready?  Yup, I’m sure you all figured it out or at least figured a likely story.

She was grooming outside on a sunny day.  She must have heard the phone ring, or she needs to call the vet or she needs to use the restroom or something INSIDE because she stepped out of her barn shoes and left the hat and groomer on the porch.  See… easy.

11)  “Who are those three?”

Awww, that’s simple…  Three Happy Mares.

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