Saturday, January 29, 2011

Reining Myself In!

Chad, the dogs, the big girls (horses), the Hee-Haws, and I have now been in our own home for 4 months.  In these 4 months I have found myself bouncing around like a pin ball with my horse care.  Not in a bad way, but in an Oh My God, I only have My Own animals to care for!  And I can do what I want!! 

I can feed and care for them the way I want, without any outside influence!  I can buy hay from who I want and have it be the type I want, grain without fighting 7 others just to catch mine to move them to feed them extra.  Anyone who has had a herd of 10+ horses together at one time knows the anxiety that builds with in the masses when certain horses are caught for "special" care consistently.  (Its sooo much different if the same horses are caught to work...none of the others care about wet saddle pads...)  It gets so dramatic, that you rethink your "good" ideas and usually find it more work than its worth...unless is a quality of life situation, then you just slug it out.  But, when its just you wanting to supplement just in case, it becomes just a waste of time, energy, and money.
I always enjoy/enjoyed taking care of the horses, even at the Land Lords...but now I L.O.V.E. it again! 

 Back to my title of the blog tho... 
My sister has started herself a little business with her horses and in that was doing some evaluating of costs of care.  As we talked through her spreadsheet, I thought to myself...wonder what I have spent in these last 4 months on things I didn't buy at this time last year.
So I opened up my on-line statements and took a look.  No surprise, I had spent 8 times the amount in those 4 months after moving into my own place.  (0:  Ooops! 
I went into my tack/feed room and looked at what I had....
**Whole oats- not good for the horses, or Hee-Haws...I fed it out to the Hee-Haws in small quantities tho, just to be rid of it.
**Generic COB, wet- The corn in it, not so good and some of the other nutritional values not there...not great for anyone.  Finished feeding it out to everyone in low quantities.
**Beat Pulp- my new favorite extra...we will be keeping it!
**Alfalfa pellets- good stuff, but my hay is alfalfa grass mix.  No one needs a double dose of alfalfa...finishing it off to everyone in low quantities.
**NutraCool grain- given to me by the DTF  baby for Christmas to try...Love it, Love it.  We will be keeping this around.
 **Rice Bran- suggested by my sister for Fiona, because she seems to gain weight slowly and then praised by Postcards From Arizona  (and several of her commenter's) for helping her old horse put on weight...its a keeper!

I think I have myself a good meal set up going now.  Without extras that aren't needed in one way or another.  I guess I forgot to add the MetabolEaze Tari's on for her crabby horse tantrums...we will be keeping that too. 
It was good to have Mindy's evaluation help me realize that I had a lot going on that was completely unnecessary and wasteful.  It also helped to know that some of the stuff I was feeding was on track!  (0:
I think that overall the girls are happier here, they get some special treatment without sneaking around Tony, Mave, or Jamison to get it.  I don't know for sure, but the fact that they have nary a bite mark on their butts must mean something....

Do I miss these two?  Ummm...definitely not Tony...Mave, I was there when she was born, cared for her all 8 years of her life, but she is a bitch.  So not so much.  Jamison.  I was there for her entire life too from birth to 5.  She is sweet, but dangerous under saddle and tough on the ground when feeling threatened...  I feel bad for her.  I know her troubles are all man made....
And the big mules, nope. 
Tequila, yes.  She was a PITA and hard on the fences and a bit pushy on the ground, but a good soul none the less.

This old beast, yeup, I miss her, but am sooo glad she is in greener pastures and not at the "Ranch" without me...  RIP Becky Mule.  ( I know she has been gone 4 months, but I still miss her.)


Friday, January 28, 2011

Does Anybody Read Juli Thorson's Horse Talk?

If you do, you have probably read this article or blog post on a horse licensing.  If you haven't, you should read it.  I am not trying to get some raging debate going here...that's not my thing.  I just thought I'd share the post and info with anyone who may not read her blog.  So if you have 10 minutes or so, give it a gander.  If you don't the world will not come crashing down around your ears!  (0:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


At one point, Tari was pulling on this pan so hard it appeared she was taking lessons from the dogs.  She was litterly shaking her head and sitting back a little bit.  I wish I had been ready with my camera when she first started on this thing.  Its been buried for at least two months.  I guess she just wanted to make sure there wasn't any thing good under it.  The damn thing is still there, frozen in place.  I may have watered it the other day just for fun...  (0:



It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old
war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem.
The storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one
ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.
Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next
to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer
from sliding/rolling from under the others.
The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons
unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would
quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make them of
brass - hence, Brass Monkeys.
Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than
iron when chilled.
Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would
shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.
Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass
And all this time, folks thought that was just a vulgar expression?
You must send this fabulous bit of historical knowledge to at least a few
intellectual friends.
I got this from my father-in-law.  And being the age I am, and although I really didn't care for them at all...  I still have The Beastie Boys song, Brass Monkey, rolling around in my head!!  Ugh.  Thanks Jim!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Any Excuse!

Any excuse to run around and act like a maniac!

She doesn't even care if its slick out.

She will still buzz the crowd at a high lope!

She would like to be famous some day, I'm sure...

famous for doing what I'm not sure yet....

...but famous non the less!

Isn't she special???

Maybe special education on some level,

because being silly on this ground isn't really smart.

But Smarts not her middle name.....

its Danger!  Fiona Danger Towslee....

That's her name!!

Or is it Fiona Trouble Towslee?

Its hard to tell some days.

I guess it just depends on how you look at it!

Chad and I have decided that she moves really nice, even on bad ground!

Its always nice when my husband sees what I "think" I see!

Because we all know I'm biased!

Watching her, one things getting clearer....

This girl is ready to go to work!

She is 4 now.

A make or break age for her I feel...

Either she will be able to stay sound now...

or she won't.  All of silliness, makes me think she'll be fine!!

Oooops!  Horse Girls putting a stop to this silliness right now!!!


Saturday, January 22, 2011


We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Friday, January 21, 2011