Friday, January 31, 2014

Bring Sunny Home

The first part of December was unusually cold and snowy around here.  I had been keeping Sunny at my trainers so that I could just go to lessons and she would be there... I know lazy on my part, but the other side of it is she was also getting extra attention and training of her own.  Greg called and wanted to know if he could bring Sunny to me.  There water was froze and they have plenty of there own horses to take care of.  Sure, why not? She's my horse I can take care of her. 

He brought her down to my parents and I stuck her in the field with the other horses. She was stressed.  Pacing non stop. I kept a close watch on her all day.  I went home and my Mom kept on eye on her.  I fell asleep and woke up to my brother calling me... he told me, I'm pretty sure your horse is in the middle of the road.  I jumped out of bed and grabbed my boots and made it to the truck before I decided I should at least put pants on. 

The temperature was hovering around zero degrees. Burr! I didn't have to go very far,  about half a block before I found my brother and his friend had Sunny cornered in someone's yard.  She was terrified, had crazy eyes. I got her calmed down and put a harness on her.  Sunny was going home, she was on her way back to Greg and Shana's house.  My brother told me that they followed her and watched her cross the highway. Scary! She got to the highway, stopped, looked both ways and proceeded to cross. At least she looked both ways.

At this point we were only about one country block away from my parents and the field that I keep my horses in. I decided I would walk her home (my horse trailer was in the shop getting some work done to it).    My brother walked her part of the way.. and I walked her the rest of the way.  It was icy, Sunny and I both were slipping and sliding all over the place. I gave her a piece of my mind as we walked.

After what seemed like forever I got her home and tied her to a fence post... got in the truck to warm up and watched her.  I decided that was not a very good place to tie her up because she was freaking out and was still having a panic attack.  So I decided to walk her across the field to some old corrals and tie her up in there.  Did I mention how cold it was?  With snow up to my knees I walked Sunny across the field, in the dark and uphill.  I'm out of shape.  Walking in the snow is hard.  Walking in the snow, uphill in the dark is even harder. hah!

I left her for the night and slept very little.  First thing in the morning I went over to check on her.  She had tore up her legs getting through the fence the night before.  My brother and I went and bought panels to make her a corral and fix the fence were she had gotten out. Needless to say Sunny spent some time in the corral and I learned a lesson.  Don't turn a horse out when you first get them, let them get used to the area in a corral.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm Back!  Been super busy.... and I'm not sure why because winter is normally super boring in the evenings!  Have added some new animals to our family... and lost a few... sad day at the Frankovich farm!

We "rescued" a cute little sheltie from the pound here and decided to call her Zella. She won my heart over when I went to the pound to see her, she was a stray and I can't believe her owners didn't claim her.  We just love her.  Other than her barking.  We are working on that, but she is super talkative.

Zella, not sure how anyone could resist this face!
Zella and Miss Cleo in matching sweaters, they are BFF's!
 In November, we acquired two new mini horses.  Penny and Gus.  Penny is 4 and Gus is 2, they are brother and sister and Gus was in pretty rough shape when we got him.  I've been working on fattening him up and his little personality is really starting to show.  They have been so much fun!

On a cold day in December, I went outside to check on my chickens and to my dismay... there were a lot of feathers but only 2 chickens.  We live on a canal so I went to investigate and see if they were playing in the dry canal, which they like to do in the winter.  More feathers, blood but no chickens.  I lost 12 chickens in one night.  Sad! Not going to lie, I cried! I had lost my porch rooster, Hope the week before and now I only have 3 lonely chickens (my brother brought a lone chicken over that they had).

We brought Sunny home from Dry Fork.... more on that later!


We are trying to sell our house.  (if you know anyone that's looking) We are currently working on house plans to build a new house.  But we need to sell our house before we can start building. I'm so excited for our new house!  We will be living with my parents if/when we sell our house so I have to stop getting new animals for awhile... says my Dad. I can't wait to have our horses in our backyard! That day can't come soon enough!

House plans with redline changes

On a side note... I hate the new editor for pictures on this blog site... anybody know of a good app to add text to pictures?  I've tried a few but haven't found one that I like.