Anyone need a really nice leather trail riding hip pouch?! I have 2! Do you want one?

A while back, I met a trainer who had this really cool leather hip belt with pouches on it.
She had everything she needed in that belt!  In one zipper pocket, she had her phone and the other inside zipper pocket had a hoof pic and some fly wipes and the big, outside pouch pocket had treats.  It was perfect because she never lost her phone and she always had what she needed, no mater where she was on the farm… and she was hands-free!

Wow!  I loved it!  She said she got it from a local artist who was also on Etsy.  So I looked up the artist!  The exact hip belt purse was there!  So I asked for it for my birthday.

Well… I got 2 … and I had purchased one for myself because I didn’t think anyone was listening.

So, now I have 3..

Would any of you like one?  Half price.  Brand new.  (Well, one I wore, once, but it looks brand new…)


  1.  Here is a link to the first one on the artist’s website.  She charges $132.  Mine is brand new – never used.  Size Small.  I will sell it for $65.  *I wear a size 27 jean and  I wear it on the last (smallest) rung or second to last.

Email me and I’ll send you my Venmo.  First come first serve, but please indicate which purse you’d like.  This purse is #1


2)  The other hip purse is by the same artist but the outside pouch is slightly larger.   I did use this once.  But it appears brand new.  It is also a size small. *I wear a size 27 jean and  I wear it on the last (smallest) rung or second to last.   The artist sells this for $132 .  Here is a link to that pouch.

I will sell this one for $65 plus shipping.  email me I’ll send you my Venmo.  First come first serve, but please indicate which purse you’d like.  This purse is #2


My purse is the same as #2.

I hope you enjoy and use it as much as I do!

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Those hard times with Mama Tess left me with so much…

Three years of laminitis and founder with Mama Tess taught me so much…

I remembered that this Sunday when Norma Jean – my 30 year old donkey – was ‘off’ and laying down under an oak tree.  This was not normal.  Norma never laid down unless she was in her barn.

Her ears were up and she seemed OK, but she never laid down outside.  I watched her for an hour and made the call.

Even on Sundays, our wonderful equine hospital has vets on the ready 24/7 (Thank you Loomis Basin Equine Hospital!).  So I called in an emergency.

Very quickly, the vet arrived.   Neither of us could figure out what was ailing Norma.  We thought colic but it wasn’t colic… we thought old age… we thought organ failure… we thought arthritis pain… we thought liver issues… but we never thought laminitis because there is no green grass (yet) and she doesn’t get rich food.

… and then, when Norma stood, we figured it out.  Although she wasn’t standing in the laminitis stance, she didn’t want to walk.  Her pulses weren’t elevated, she had no temp and her feet were not hot to the touch nor to the hoof testers, but she was sore – no doubt about it.  And, donkeys are stoic – so if they show pain, it is probably worse than it appears.

Norma never lays down outside. She wasn’t in colic, but what was wrong?!


Luckily, I had all the necessary tools on hand because of Mama Tess.  (Regrettably, I sold my Theraplate when we moved, but I had almost everything else.)

We made little cushion boots out of garden kneeling pads, vet wrap and duct tape.  (Soft Ride boots are expensive – these homemade boots work and are relatively inexpensive to create.  I got good at it with Mama Tess…)

I started soaking hay in a small-holed hay net drenched in hot water.

The vet gave her IV banamine and took blood just to make sure there was no other issue.  (The blood work came back fine.  She’s old but good.)

I opened all of the shavings bags I had and made a big, cushy area for her.  I brought water there and hung her wet and tasteless hay (she ate it) for her.  I also gave her the other meds before she started eating…  I always like to give meds on a full stomach, with a clear mouth.

After the vet left, I ran inside and ordered more supplies.  On Monday, I raced down to Loomis Basin Equine Hospital because they have Soft-Rides on hand (with no shipping costs).  Although Soft Ride hopes to come out with a donkey size, they haven’t yet… so I got the best size I could and will make due.

Thank horsegods that Norma will survive this – and I thank Angel Mama Tess for teaching me so much.

Put a small holed hay net in a bucket and fill the net with hay (or stuff hay into a net and then put the net in the bucket), add hot water and mush it around. The water will turn brown. That brown is sugar… let it soak for 20 minutes. Then hang it up and they will eat it.

I have these garden kneeling pads on hand – from any hardware or garden store. I cut the shape of the foot and then vet wrap it on and put on an equine slipper, or make a duct tape bootie.

I only had one equine slipper in her size so she has one pad in a duct tape/vet wrap bootie and one in a slipper.

I ordered more supplies and they came the next day. I also ran down to the vet hospital and got the Soft Rides.

Her stall was deeply bedded. Here she is, mad at me for giving her medicine

Although she protested, I hung up the wet hay without all the sugar, and she ate it.

Here are the new Softride boots for her. They aren’t made for donkeys, so I will have to modify the width, but I think they will work. We will see in the morning. If they don’t work, I can keep making the homemade boots – but these are easier.


Well, there was a patch.  I went looking and found it.   There was a tear in an irrigation hose where I couldn’t see it… I think some rodent bit through it… Norma found the wet spot and the green grass.   It was obvious that she had been feasting there.


Grazing muzzles are great!  Norma always protests but she wears hers all Spring and the start of Summer.  In this way, she can still roam around – which is so good for her mental and physical health – but not get in trouble with the green grass.  I also limit her outings when there is lush grass.  (If you buy one for Spring, spend the little extra money to get the muzzle that fits like a halter.  If not, they can wriggle out of them.  Also, get one with a small hole.  If not, it defeats the purpose.)

It needs to fit snug, like a halter. This one is adjustable with velcro, which I like.

Also, make sure the bottom feeding hole is small.




FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $25 (Thank you!)   We’ve saved POWDER PUFF 2/7/22 ($800),  EDDIE 2/9/22 ($1200), SURSHA 3/16/22 ($780),  BABY FRED 4/7/22 ($650), “CC” Close Call  5/17/22 ($550), PACIFICA  5/22/22 ($780), DONNA 7/25/22 ($600), MAXIMILLIAN 11/8/22 ($1300), “TJ” 1/8/23 ($1000), SWEETIE 1/8/23 ($700), MAMA and BABY 5/9/23 ($500), SHANGHAI  8/23/23 ($1200),  VICTORIA AND PIXIE  10/8/23 ($1000)

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