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.
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    I thought I'd read this old blog of yours to get to 'know you'. Are you still on this ranch... have the horses? I miss my youth, around horses and riding them. My Grandpa had 34 Standardbred which he trained and drove in the races; won sometimes too. I grew up in Windsor, Ont. and he would pick me up several times a week, after supper, to go to the barns and 'see to the horses'. Anyway, it's a long time ago... good memories. Thanks for the friend add; I'll add you too. My photos show what animals I've had in my life. emoticon
    579 days ago
    So glad I found your blogs about the farm! This was fascinating to me. What a relief it must have been when Jiggs survived West Nile disease. I see that there is a lot of drama and much heartache on a farm, but what a rich array of experiences you have. It must be fulfilling, though I know it involves a lot of hard work and few holidays.

    Thanks for this peek into your farm life. With stories like these, you could write a book that I'd love to read!
    1078 days ago
    Your farm looks so interesting. do yu have lots work--I mean YOU?--- I dunno--2 Germans here and a cat--seems like I have a farm too-Lynda
    1113 days ago
    How about Celine for a barn name for ULIFTME.... I thought of that song she sings You Lift me Up Or how about Dione for her last name and call her Dee or Deedee for short? I love to name animals! Just such beautiful horses! My uncle used to own a retired Barrel Racer Quarter Horse-Whoa, was he a handful!
    Hope your husband has a speedy recovery and no more issues in the future! Take care and thanks so much for spending the time on the blog and showing us life on the farm. emoticon
    1132 days ago
  • BJK1961
    Good health to you and yours. Lovely photos
    1135 days ago
    Wishing a full recovery to your DH. Glitter and Jiggs are emoticon
    1135 days ago
    Yes names, we have registered miniature horses, and they have names with many words also. Every year is was a struggle to come up with names. Our home raised stallion, now gelded,, was LLK'sBandolarosWeeWillowWonka, just Willy. Couldn't breed him anymore, cause all the mares we have are all his off-spring, or over there prime breeding age, and we retired from breeding, no use in adding to the over population of unwanted minis. You are lucky if you can get $40 now for them. I got a couple of the older mares out there that were a couple thousand and now they are worthless, and I think are to old to let them have a colt again, they just get to run down. Enjoyed your blog, LOVE THEM HORSES.
    1135 days ago
    OLD FRIENDS, a Thoroughbred Retirement Farm is near here. They have tours and go through many buckets of carrots; as a highlight is feeding the horses carrots as you walk the farm; supervised of course. Not all are polite. Many really ham it up! Fun to visit.>
    Love the visits to your farm too!
    1135 days ago
    Horses are so beautiful but can be a bit scary since they are also so big. Hope your husband heals soon.
    1135 days ago
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    Hope your hubby mends quickly.
    1135 days ago
    1135 days ago
    Love the horses Verna. They are my favorite animal of all . Sending best wishes out to your hubby for a speedy recovery.
    Hugs Susan emoticon

    1135 days ago
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