The Mouse Mystery

smellshorsey Archive on May 1, 2009, 3:54 pm

How does a dead mouse with some kind of puncture wounds on his back end up dead in the middle of a locked tack room/feed room floor?Hmmm. I knew that since Tiger died the mice had moved into the tack room/feed room, and I've contemplated getting a rejected cat from the pound (I'm on the list for a large aggressive manx female cat who is wearing out her welcome at the pound -- if she gets put on the "e" list they're to call me and I'll come get her for my barn. Barn life
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Goodbye, Buddy (Maybe)

smellshorsey Archive on April 30, 2009, 11:11 pm

The third lady to look at Buddy fell in love. The fourth lady said to call her if the third lady doesn't take him because she fell in love, too, but couldn't make a decision before the third lady was coming for him. Yes, Buddy left yesterday for a week's trial. The potential new owner is a kind, tender-hearted adult beginner with a good, hand-holding instructor. I hope this is a good match, but if it's not, there will be another horse for her and another good home for Buddy. I'm
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Some People are Even Stupider than Me

smellshorsey Archive on April 27, 2009, 9:50 am

And yes, I know that should be, "some people are even stupider than I." But when you're talking about stupid, good grammar is optional. Okay, first you had me with my horse tangled up in the hay net in the trailer, even though I knew better. Then you had the other people at the horse show.Unbelievable as it may be, there are people even stupider than I am. I was walking around the show grounds when I saw two loose horses. Not what you need at a show with so many children, green horses
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Lucy's First Show

smellshorsey Archive on April 25, 2009, 10:30 pm

After the hay net fiasco, the horse show was fun.We love the series of small, friendly schooling-type shows that they have about once a month in the next county. People encourage each other, the show management is relaxed and flexible, and though it is competitive, the support for the other riders and horses is greater than anyone's desire to win. It's hunters in the morning, western in the afternoon, and then a bunch of games classes. Some people ride in all three segments. We found out
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How We Proved that a Hay Net in the Trailer is Dangerous

smellshorsey Archive on April 25, 2009, 9:48 pm

Have you ever noticed that if you don't know something is dangerous, you can get away with doing it. Once you know, God holds you accountable. I have used hay nets for years. About a year ago I heard that you should switch to hay bags because horses sometimes got tangled up in hay nets and the results could be B-A-D. So, I only used my hay nets for when the horse was tied to the outside of the trailer. Inside the trailer I used a hay bag.Except that Lucy didn't like the hay bag. The opening
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Advertising a Horse for Sale the Government Way

smellshorsey Archive on April 23, 2009, 3:37 pm

As I continue to talk potential buyers out of even looking at Buddy, I decided to run a free ad for him in my state's agricultural bulletin, a bi-monthly tabloid where you can sell your goats, chickens, $25,000 Hanoverians, manure, broken tractors, beehives, bulbs and implements I wouldn't know what to do with.I submitted the ad online, which was a pain because of the character count limitation, but I got the ad whittled down to where it was accepted. Then I faxed them Buddy's Coggins.
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New Horse!

smellshorsey Archive on April 22, 2009, 1:27 pm

Markus vetted out. More on that later. Here are a couple of pictures from Lily's lesson yesterday, the first day he was officially "her horse." Couldn't get both of them to look at the camera at the same time.
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Do We Dare Fall in Love?

smellshorsey Archive on April 18, 2009, 1:42 pm

We're over a week into our trial with Markus and so far he is just what we want. Lily had trouble with him in her riding lesson on Monday because the jumps where she takes her lesson are in a large field, and I think Markus thought he was doing cross country. They were supposed to jump two small warm-up jumps, then canter around and do them again. Markus had other ideas. Coming off the second jump, he locked onto a giant roll-top with poles on top of that and that's where he took her.
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Our New Horse! (If He Vets Out)

smellshorsey Archive on April 8, 2009, 8:01 pm

This week is spring break. While the rest of you are escaping to the beaches or planting your gardens at home, we are buying and selling horses.Okay. That's only half true. We haven't sold Buddy but we've found The Perfect Horse (note: calling him The Perfect Horse will ensure he flunks vetting), made an offer and will be picking him up in the morning. He's ours if he vets out. I hate this part. I also hate the part where we're signing contracts and I'm getting insurance and trying to work out problems
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Let Me Tell You Why You Shouldn't Buy My Horse

smellshorsey Archive on April 2, 2009, 5:09 pm

Buddy is a beautiful, delightful horse. I feel like I'm trying to sell my dog. I act like I'm trying to sell this big ugly goat. Buddy is a big handsome guy. He is sound and healthy. Buddy has a good mind and has excellent bloodlines. Buddy is a gentleman and a great fellow. He's only for sale because he has informed me (without the use of a Horse Communicator) that he doesn't wish to comply with Lily's dreams of jumping higher and going further. So, as I've said before,
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Buying and Selling Horses

smellshorsey Archive on March 27, 2009, 2:56 pm

I finally got Buddy's web site put together and have listed him on two horse classified sites. The phone has started ringing. And I'm looking for a horse for Lily.Which are the best horse classified sites? Where should I be listing him?I thought to link to his site here, but I've got my phone numbers and all that other personal info. on the site and I'm trying to maintain some kind of privacy with this blog. If you're interested in an 11-year-old Apx. QH/TB gelding that does
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I Can't Haz a Watermelon!

smellshorsey Archive on March 25, 2009, 1:03 am

This is completely self-indulgent. Buddy likes watermelon more than Lucy, but she's the Boss Lady. Notice how he keeps coming back to me to fix this problem on the playground. And of course, I do.If you're not a LOLcat fan, I'm so sorry. I just couldn't help myself.
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Forgive Me While I Learn to Videotape Horses

smellshorsey Archive on March 19, 2009, 10:07 pm

I'm building a web site to give out information on Buddy, who is for sale. Indulge me while I try to learn to make a video and post it. I'm a bit shaky. Plus everytime I try to video him all I get is his nose
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Our New Trailer Meets Our WMD

smellshorsey Archive on March 17, 2009, 11:02 pm

I love our new trailer. So does Paul, my husband. But as far as our new trailer is concerned, he's a WMD.Within the first 24 hours he managed to pop a window out and dent the front. Boy was he mad. He was convinced that I did it because he couldn't possibly have done it, but I assured him that there were no overhanging things on the Interstate, and the horse couldn't very well break out the front window when there is a small tackroom between the horse compartment and the trailer front.
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Time to Change Horses

smellshorsey Archive on March 16, 2009, 10:56 pm

We've been wrestling with a tough decision here for a few weeks. No, longer than that. It's been about three months. Lily's horse, Buddy, has decided that jumping is for other horses, dogs and kangaroos, not for him.Lily says it's not fun anymore. He doesn't want to jump (though he jumps gloriously here at home). She wants to jump. She keeps trying to jump him at Pony Club and other farms. And he has become dead set against it.I don't know how we got here and don't
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Getting Stuck

smellshorsey Archive on March 2, 2009, 10:19 pm

 I haven't been posting because I've been stuck. No, not like the horse in this picture, though this is exactly how I feel. (Photo from here.)Let me first explain what "stuck" is. It's not getting your head stuck in a chair, no matter how coy and attention getting that might be. Stuck is much less dramatic and possibly even less useful. A local riding school has some very reliable school horses. They can be relied upon to do what you ask, or perhaps not. But they won't
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Marsh Tacky Race on Beach Revives Gullah Tradition

smellshorsey Archive on February 23, 2009, 9:23 pm

If you ever get a chance to gallop a horse on a beach, you need to do it. I got to do it all weekend at Holden Beach, N.C., when I was in eighth grade. Riding on the beach was made illegal almost immediately after. We made the newspapers not because we almost ran over somebody (but we missed them so why complain?) but because my cousin, the artist Jak Smyrl, took some awesome photos. My copies are all too big to scan so I can't post them until I get a bigger scanner or borrow one. It was awesome
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Invite Us Somewhere -- We're All Smiles

smellshorsey Archive on January 25, 2009, 10:36 pm

Yes, there's a photo missing. I hate Adobe Photoshop. I tell it where to save photos, and then those photos are not there. I save them again and it says that there are already those very files in that very place. But that's a big fat lie. I have been struggling with this for a couple of months. If the photo had been where PhotoShop and my computer said it is and I was able to upload it to this blog, you would have seen Paul and Lily smiling and squinting at the sun. In the background would
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Pony Club Rating in the Cold, Cold Rain

smellshorsey Archive on January 24, 2009, 9:47 pm

I haven't been blogging because I've been spending the past two weekends at Pony Club things. Last weekend was Lily's rating day. Rating days are expensive, so Pony Clubs don't have them but once or twice a year. The clubs have to pay for the raters to come, so our club combined with the one in Aiken for our rating day to cut costs. And once you've got it all scheduled, you go ahead and have it -- no matter what the weather. So we went to Aiken last weekend for one miserable,
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Too Cold to Ride

smellshorsey Archive on January 17, 2009, 1:01 am

I know that I'm going to provoke a hail of snowballs for this post, but it's too cold to ride. It's almost too cold to feed the horses, but I know that Buddy would come inside and get me so I put on everything I own and go feed him and Lucy.We're having to keep the beet pulp and alfalfa cubes inside the house to soak because they freeze at the barn. The horses have on every blanket they own. Tonight may be a record cold temperature. I've got all the faucets dripping and the pets
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