Life on the Farm Continues
Monday, October 16, 2017
When I reread my blog Life on the Farm October 15, 2017 this evening, half of it was missing. My computer some nights doesn't want to "compute" Spark People and it was horribly slow last night and isn't much better tonight. So this is a continuation ---
That's Glitter's head in the background.
U Lift Me off My Feet (I really have to figure out a "barn" name for her--when horses race and are housed at the track the trainers give them a "new" name, something about they don't want to use the registered name for privacy reasons. So this past racing year U Lift Me was given the name Petie--how original -DH's name is Pete but she is a girl or did they not check!!!) She is our 2 year old and only raced a few times, just enough for her to get a feel for what she should be doing and she did very well and is presently at home healing from what we humans call shin splints, only much more serious and which calls for considerable time off. She was a favourite with the stable help due to her lovely disposition and of course she is very pretty. Did you know horses are given treats when they behave and cooperate with stable help? They need to lift their feet when asked, not bite, stand nicely when their tails and manes are combed and their bodies are brushed, and behave when being shod or when shoes are taken off. Yes, they get peppermint treats and all staff have a few in their pockets at all times.
Then there is my Jiggs, the only quarter horse on the property. Hard to get a picture of him too because immediately upon my coming into his view he simply HAD to come over for a chat and hug and maybe, just maybe another treat. He doesn't know anything about peppermints YET!! He has been with us for a number of years, having been born right in our pasture and coddled and yes, cuddled from the very first time I laid eyes on him. His mom was a sweetheart and was always happy to see me and liked to share her baby. I remember times when I would wander out to the pasture to visit and Jiggs would be having asleep in a pile of straw so I'd lay down beside him. He didn't move, the only movement was his mamma coming over to investigate who was laying with her baby. After a sniff she would go back to eating her hay. Many of you might remember that Jiggs beat West Nile Disease last fall. A disease that is 9 times out of 10 deadly. A disease that is spread by mosquitoes that bite an infected bird then bite the horse. We have several neighbours who have lost horses to West Nile.
It was my intention to introduce carrots to the horses today but we were either at one hospital or the other all day long. Tomorrow is another full day of hospital, ultra sound and doctor appointment for DH so no carrots tomorrow either!!! There seems to be some improvement in his leg and at the end of the day that is what really matters.
Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into a day in the life of this farm wife.