How to Treat Yourself When You're "In Foal"

smellshorsey Archive on February 26, 2008, 5:06 pm

Lily turned 13 this past weekend, and I'd write a post about that if I could quit crying. I spent most of my life not wanting children because they looked like a lot of trouble to me (the side effect of becoming an aunt in third grade). But then, I realized I was wrong. Not to get into TMI here, but I had two miscarriages before I got pregnant with Lily. When I got pregnant with her, I was not only hyper-vigilante, I was also afraid to hope. This meant that I didn't do one forbidden thing during
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23 Horses Seized by Humane Society

smellshorsey Archive on February 26, 2008, 2:31 pm

This is not a happy story, but at least there are no dead bodies. Yesterday the Humane Society seized 23 horses from a farm in my part of the county. The good news is that they intervened early enough so that no horses are close to death. Here's an excerpt from the story in The State:In one photo, a foal’s hip bones are prominent, its legs are rail thin, and it has a “grass belly,” distended from the lack of food. Another horse’s face is scarred from a halter left on so long it had become
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Still Vehicle Hunting

smellshorsey Archive on February 26, 2008, 2:14 pm

Paul sold his Passat over the weekend. He thought he had a Dodge Durango lined up for purchase, but it got away. Fortunately, we still have Ben, our '84 Suburban (Sub-urb-BEN), so we each have something to drive, especially if you like to spend a lot for gas. This morning Paul took my Prius because he needed to go more places than I do. I'll be riding in style in Ben today, up high above the world. At least Ben's easy to find in the parking lot since he takes up half of it. That is one giant vehicle,
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Undeserved but Greatly Appreciated

smellshorsey Archive on February 26, 2008, 1:10 am

Npw how did a blog called "smellshorsey" get rated excellent for anything other than odiferousness? Thank you very much, Grey Horse Matters. This is undeserved but greatly appreciated. I'll be tagging others shortly. Apparently there's a naked person in the shower lacking some essential supply who demands my immediate attention and I must run. Smellshorsey is fine around here. Smellslikestinkyperson is not.
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One Way to Do Vehicle Research

smellshorsey Archive on February 25, 2008, 10:18 pm

The farrier was here this morning. He's got the most incredible truck I've ever seen -- it's got a built-in forge and what looks like a complete machine shop in the back. And it's immaculate. Everything about this man is professional, and he's as nice as he can be. Paul's looking for a truck or SUV he can drive that can also be used to pull the horse trailer (my Prius is wonderful and gets awesome mileage, but it's not pulling anything). Paul's never done so much research before buying a car before. I
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Horse Manure Helps Spread Blue Tongue Disease

smellshorsey Archive on February 23, 2008, 8:51 pm

I thought it was a joke when I saw the headline, "Blue Tongue Risk Starts in April." I thought it had something to do with children and blue candy. Apparently, Blue Tongue a very serious disease in sheep and other ruminants. They think that horse manure dropped at shows by international competitors may be part of how it's become a problem and that variants of the disease have spread. Here's part of the story from this source: Horse manure link Vaccination is
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No Mention Sharks

smellshorsey Archive on February 21, 2008, 11:59 am

You're good sports about the advertising posts here, so I thought I'd share a laugh with you. I was considering one sponsored post that was about adventure travel, cultural immersion and water sports. It actually looked like fun and something that I'd be interested in doing myself and that you might be, too. Until I got to the phrase, "Please no mention sharks."
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Why Horses Eat Tree Bark

smellshorsey Archive on February 20, 2008, 10:26 am

See this tree? It used to have bark. Now it has horse teeth marks. Not content with being horses, Buddy and Lucy want to be beavers. I don't know what kind of tree this is but it's one I like. I need to paint it with Tabasco or something. They're also beginning to work on the pecan trees, which may bring out the horse muzzles. Sweet gums they can have because the gum balls get in their feet. But pecans are another matter. If you ask around you'll find a lot of reasons given for why horses eat tree
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A Shower for Do-It-Yourselfers

smellshorsey Archive on February 19, 2008, 10:47 pm

We have two categories of home- and barn-improvement projects around here. Those we did ourselves and those we're going to do ourselves. I don't know whether we're cheap, hopelessly optimistic or take pride in a job half-done. Probably all of these. (Truthfully, I'm astonished at how well some things have turned out. We have one room we did ourselves that came out so beautifully that we call it The Museum and nobody's allowed to go in there. We painted harlequins on the wall. It was far harder than
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How to Take a Photo of Your Horse

smellshorsey Archive on February 18, 2008, 6:15 pm

When you go to take a photo of your horse, you need to approach it as if you were about to take a group photo of a four-year-old kindergarten class. There are so many moving parts. Ears, eyes, head, neck, legs, tail, unmentionables. Plus you've got the problem of perspective. Take a good photo of the front and the rear looks undersized as it recedes into the distance. And the same is true for shots taken too close to the rear. Lily got the go-ahead from Pony Club to keep her horse manual even though
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Backyard Rodeo

smellshorsey Archive on February 15, 2008, 3:31 pm

So Lucy's supposed to be in rehab. The goal for today was to walk in a straight line for 30 minutes. How about if I truss her like a chicken and leave her on the floor of her stall? Would she keep from re-injuring herself that way. Lucy is not cooperating with her rehab plan. It's cold this morning (30 degrees for you people in Minnesota and Translyvania and places that might not have realized that 30 is cold) so those two idiots, who were wearing turnout rugs, put on a backyard rodeo. I would
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Horses Never Worry if Their Butts Are Too Big

smellshorsey Archive on February 14, 2008, 1:50 pm

Buddy and Lucy never worry about whether or not their butts are too big. In fact, they are dedicated to making them as big as possible. They don't even mind getting photographed from behind. I have to admit a certain fascination with plastic surgery. We sometimes watch the procedures on TV. While I won't be signing up for a  Breast Enlargement (web site displays mature content), there are still some things that call my name, especially as I get older. If it were magic instead of plastic surgery,
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Pony Club

smellshorsey Archive on February 13, 2008, 2:24 pm

Lily was a member of the United States Pony Club for a couple of years when she was younger. I was also a member when I was a young teenager, though they weren't nearly as organized or picky then. I've written a little about them before here. Pony Club is why we have so many blue buckets. Lily's 13th birthday is coming up and what she wants most of all is to re-join Pony Club. So I said yes and began the process. I remember the people from before. They are horse moms who volunteer their time
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Lucy's Rehab is Messing Up My Hair

smellshorsey Archive on February 10, 2008, 1:11 am

I'm supposed to ride Lucy in a straight line (she can't walk in straight lines) on solid but not hard ground at a walk everyday, building up to 20 minutes by this coming Friday. It's messing up my hair. Lily's 4-H group did an outstanding job of scaring the bejeebus out of all the kids (and the moms) who watched the safety video about the importance of ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wearing your helmet. Before this, I only wore my helmet when I jumped. But Lily made me promise NEVER to ride without a
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People Who Fool with Horses Need Insurance

smellshorsey Archive on February 10, 2008, 12:42 am

When I was just out of graduate school and had my first real job, I declined health and life insurance that my company offered because "I don't get sick." Fortunately, that was true and I also didn't get hit by a truck or take a bad fall from a horse. This was the same stage of my life that when I took my new kitten to the vet and the kitten died, I was astonished that I was expected to pay. (And I paid.) Ah me. Foolish, if over-educated, youth. Now I know better. You have to pay to
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Go Visit Lily's Squidoo Page

smellshorsey Archive on February 8, 2008, 2:42 pm

Groovy is the only person I know who Squidoos, and I don't know much about it though I do remember her saying she got a check, which is always a way to get my attention. Lily asked if she could start a blog and I said she could as long as she kept herself anonymous. The next thing I know she's got a Squidoo page called "Buddy's Best Friend" and says it's written by Experienced Horse Teen (she's not officially a teenager yet though it's coming soon) because Somewhat Experienced Horse Teen
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The Difference Between Mules and Horses

smellshorsey Archive on February 7, 2008, 6:09 pm

I don't know much about mules, which is why I'm fascinated with Sheba the Breyer Horse/Mule. If you are also mule-ignorant, you might want to go to Lucky Three Ranch for their interesting and well organized information about mules. I especially loved the section What are the ass' mental characteristics? (For all of us who thought we knew.) For instance, I didn't realize that mules are more difficult to train than horses, according to Julie Kennedy. Or that they're stronger and therefore, harder
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It's Not Even Raining

smellshorsey Archive on February 6, 2008, 11:30 pm

I let the dog on my (rarely) clean floor and now it's not even raining. Oh well. Just glad I didn't paint anything on the horses.
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Preparing the Horses for Severe Weather

smellshorsey Archive on February 6, 2008, 10:03 pm

The line of storms that spawned those tornadoes that have done so much damage is on its way here. The last time I checked, we're most likely to see high winds (50-60 mph) with the possibility of tornadoes, though nothing like what's happened elsewhere (we hope). It will just last a few hours, during which time I will be regretting that we built our house with so much exterior glass and no basement. It's hard to know what to anticipate because the only thing the media loves more than the Super Bowl
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To Become a Breyer Horse, Win Everything

smellshorsey Archive on February 5, 2008, 7:37 pm

Many of us horse people -- and our horses -- are one-trick ponies. We pick a discipline and we stick to it, more or less. I sometimes think I do well to approximate my chosen discipline, much less diversify. One way to become a Breyer Horse is to win everything, and that's what Sheba did. Here's a photo from a magazine showing her tied outside of her stall at the 2003 BreyerFest, where she was a guest horse and one of the stars. Sheba dislikes stalls so Julie usually ties her outside the stall
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