A Watch Tough Enough for the Barn

smellshorsey Archive on April 9, 2008, 11:41 pm

I'm rough on watches. I've given up on wearing pretty jewelry-type watches and usually wear what I call plastic watches. One for EST and one for Daylight Savings Time since I can't set either one of them. But back when I was smarter and also was eventing, I needed a good, tough watch to keep me at the right pace on course. I'd always check my time at the half-way point, but would be so excited that I'd forget what my half-way-point time was supposed to be so I'd just keep going. (Lily has advised
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Have You Got a Stranger Piece of Horse Equipment than This?

smellshorsey Archive on April 5, 2008, 9:27 pm

Now here's something I don't know what to do with. It's a riding crop except it's not flexible. (Click on photo to enlarge.) It's leather with wire wrapped tightly around it. This riding crop means business. I got to thinking about it after reading about Sue's Amazing and Magical Stick of Wonder at her Flying Changes blog. Well now. I'm not sure whether this is an Amazing and Magical Stick of Wonder, or something else. I haven't come up with a name for it yet, but it would be something along the
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I Have Stunning Yellow Birds on My Feeder -- I Think

smellshorsey Archive on April 3, 2008, 8:55 pm

My eyes aren't what they used to be. I hung up a feeder with Niger seed in it yesterday and today was convinced there were goldfinches on it. I had to ask Lily (who's still missing school from her fall) to look for me. "Are those birds yellow?" I asked. They were. How much fun is it to put out bird seed if you can't see the birds? I'm supposed to wear contact lenses in one eye. That's my reading eye. My other eye is for distances and it doesn't get a lens. However, as you can see from
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I Want to Scare the Hel(met) Onto You!

smellshorsey Archive on April 2, 2008, 11:01 pm

See this helmet? The 12-year-old child (not Lily) who was wearing it walked away with just scratches from a fall where her barrel-racing pony somersaulted over her. WEAR YOUR HELMET. Lily suffered a concussion when she fell off on Monday, even though she was wearing her helmet (which split and I haven't photographed). Lily could still have bleeding on the brain. We have to continue to watch her closely. And she can't ride again for at least two weeks for fear of re-injury. The doctor told me
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The Fall that Broke Lily's Helmet

smellshorsey Archive on April 1, 2008, 5:29 pm

I didn't see it happen, so I don't know if Lily had a concussion or not. Yesterday Lily was riding Buddy with nothing but a halter and a leadrope -- just a quick ride because she'd had to stay after school for violin concert practice. It always happens on the quick ride, doesn't it? She remembers arguing with Buddy over which way they were going. Probably not the best decision for riding with a halter and leadrope. And he got upset and she lost the argument. She landed on her back and cracked
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Where to Get Free Silk Flowers for Your Jumps

smellshorsey Archive on March 31, 2008, 6:12 pm

I'm afraid most of you are right. If I want flowers by my barn, I'd better get silk ones. Or maybe have hanging baskets or something that can be moved out of reach for when the horses are turned out nearby. Which brings me to the subject of today's post: how and where to get free silk flowers for your jumps. The short answer: from a cemetery maintenance crew. With permission. (I'm not suggesting grave robbing here. I'm suggesting that you ask for the flowers that they would otherwise throw away.) I
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What Flowers Can I Plant that the Horses Won't Eat?

smellshorsey Archive on March 29, 2008, 4:33 pm

The tack room is nearly fixed up, though I think I need to pour a concrete pad outside of the entrance or do something so we aren't fighting the dirt. Yesterday we hung up our riding hats, including Buddy's Idiot Hat for trailering. It's kind of funny. Three people helmets and one for a horse all hung together. I'd like to plant flowers by the barn/tackroom. Pansies aren't poisonous but they will be eaten. What flowers can I plant that (1) won't be eaten and (2) aren't poisonouse? I was thinking
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Spring Cleaning

smellshorsey Archive on March 27, 2008, 2:06 pm

Blogging is light because I've been abducted by a 13-year-old on Spring Break who must be channeling my mother-in-law. We are cleaning and organizing the barn. She'd rather do this than go to the beach! Stripping the stalls was easy. Now we're re-doing the tack/feed room. Too much stuff. Too little room. Complicated by having to keep my mother's cat, Dipstick, in there at night and he sprays, so we have to ... well, box stuff up and cuss a lot. Last night we almost decided to evict him and let
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Average 1,000-lb. Horse Produces 9 Tons Manure per Year

smellshorsey Archive on March 25, 2008, 8:44 pm

For spring break, we're doing all kinds of fun things. Today is stall stripping day. Fortunately, my sister-in-law (Saintly Brother's wife) likes to garden so she came over to haul off a truckload of it. (This photo has nothing to do with us but looks better than we did.) Stall stripping isn't my favorite thing, but there's something about good, hard work like shoveling manure that's good for cleaning the soul. My back hurts but my heart is happy. And, in case you ever wondered just why you have
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Horse Abuse Can Get You 20 Years in S.C.

smellshorsey Archive on March 22, 2008, 2:38 pm

I've tried to follow the Arabian horse abuse case by the Trexler family since some of the horses found were hidden in a barn at the end of my road. (I never saw the horses -- they usually had one chestnut gelding in fair but not robust shape who was very friendly and was kept in the pasture. I didn't even know they used their barn, which from the street is a cute little traditional barn. So much for me being a nosy neighbor or even an aware one.) Anyway, the local paper has a summary story about
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Lucy's Personal Trainer

smellshorsey Archive on March 20, 2008, 10:08 am

I wish I could snap a picture, but if I go outside the horses will stop what they're doing and come to me. Here's what they're doing:Buddy wants to play (always). Lucy doesn't (always, which means never). So Buddy's following Lucy all over the pasture, and she's having to walk fast to stay out of the way of his all-set-to-nip lips and teeth. If she breaks into a trot, he'll break into a canter and deliver the bite. He doesn't care if he gets kicked in the head (that's our problem). So she's walking
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Do Horses Increase or Decrease Your Stress Level?

smellshorsey Archive on March 19, 2008, 9:57 pm

I love this cat photo. I love cats. Big cat, little cats. Aloof cats, bossy cats. Cats that are superior but still deign to let me clean out their cat boxes. I've never seen a survey, but most horse owners I know also have cats. (Or dogs.) And now there's a study that's found that having a cat lowers your risk of having a fatal heart attack by 40 percent! Here's an excerpt from the BBC story :Cat owners appear to have a much lower risk of dying from a heart attack than their feline-spurning counterparts,
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How to Tell if Pearls Are Fake

smellshorsey Archive on March 17, 2008, 11:04 pm

I'm a great believer in mixing fake jewelry with real jewelry. If your rings are diamonds, surely your earrings are too, right? I think you can get away with a lot, though I'm so stupidly honest that if somebody compliments me I'll say, "It's fake. I got it at Target." Plus I'm fickle so I don't want much that lasts. My grandmother had a very valuable very ugly piece of porcelain. I was so pleased when someone else wanted it. What a burden -- it's my grandmother's, it's worth a lot of
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Golden Acres

smellshorsey Archive on March 17, 2008, 9:56 pm

The dear,older neighbors who live behind us are having some scary times. The husband, who is a French history professor, author and former army ranger, has been in the hospital first with heart problems and now with pneumonia. He's been in the hospital for at least six weeks. I've always said I wanted to come back as one of their horses. They have four elderly horses and jokingly call their house "Golden Acres." One of their horses has heaves so he spends the summer in an air-conditioned
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Horse People Are Just So Nice!

smellshorsey Archive on March 14, 2008, 9:14 pm

Last week I bemoaned the fact that I had to pay $11.99 for hay. Today, I'm very happy to report that an unknown source (at his request as he is having to turn down customers delivered 50 bales of Coastal Bermuda at $7.00 per bale. I hope that will get us through to first cutting because this is all he can give me. This doesn't look like much, but here's my new 50 bales stashed away behind the hot-wired gate. Yahoo! (Click on all photos to enlarge, though I can't imagine why you'd want to.) Horse
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Tiger Stows Away to Riding Lessons

smellshorsey Archive on March 13, 2008, 11:10 pm

Second outing with the new used Yukon. Everything is great. Buddy hopped in the trailer with extra energy. We got off on time. We pull out on the highway and I glance over my shoulder before I change lanes only to see something that almost makes me scream: Yes, Tiger is in the backseat on the way to riding lessons. He's quite comfy and not at all bothered. It's too far down the road to turn around. So while Lily has her lesson I cat-sit Tiger. It wouldn't do to have him "Christen"
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The Old Pictures Meme Part Two

smellshorsey Archive on March 13, 2008, 5:57 pm

There were several horses after Spot. Joe was the one I had the longest. He was too fast and too hot for the camera to capture him, so I'm not going to show any photos. He was out of a mare who won the South West championship as a polo pony. Joe was fast and agile like his mother and was being trained to be a polo pony (and had already been sold) when they got to the final stage where they actually used a mallet. Nothing doing. No mallets for Joe. No nothing for Joe. You couldn't even move in an
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The Old Pictures Meme

smellshorsey Archive on March 12, 2008, 11:02 pm

I got tagged ages ago by Jackie at Regarding Horses  and also by Strawberry Lane with what I'm calling the Old Pictures meme, which was started by Transylvanian Horseman but I think in that iteration it was more of a pictures from a previous life. Transylvanian Horseman has me beat because he was a London subway engineer before moving to Romania.  Of course I can't find the pictures I've been looking for for over a month (swimming with horses in a pond and in the ocean, riding as a baby
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I Thought I Was Paying for Misspelling Insurance

smellshorsey Archive on March 11, 2008, 2:09 am

The local video store that closed always tried to sell me "play guard insurance" in case I messed up the tape or DVD. They could make it sound really scary, like I was going to owe them zillions for messing up their already scratched up merchandise that wouldn't half play on my DVD player anyway. But I'm vulnerable to these kinds of sales tactics because I'm a clumsy person -- I managed to break my foot once while standing on flat ground watering a plant. Insurance is probably a good idea
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All Dressed Up with No Place to Go

smellshorsey Archive on March 10, 2008, 2:16 am

Buddy and Lily need to get out more, so we planned to go yesterday to the next county to school at a lovely, private farm that was open for schooling because of the horse show they were having today. So, after school on Friday Lily polished and bathed Buddy as if they were showing. People would see them. New people. Buddy needed to look his best, and he did. He even got to wear all of his duds in an attempt to keep him clean. (Put on your sunglasses before clicking on photos to enlarge.) Buddy
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