Which Is Better?

MidWestHorse Archive on September 29, 2008, 7:31 pm


As we see the financial turmoil around us , I wonder which would be better .1. Reward the finance companies for complete incompetence with $700 billion + $300 billion already handed out before this bailout2. Share $1 trillion dollars between taxpayers earning less than $250,000 per year estimate 90 million giving the ordinary taxpayers slightly more than $11,000 eachI suspect plan B would provide liquidity to the finance sector , with people paying down mortgage arrears , credit cards, leaving possible
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Biting The Bullet and Spending The Money

MidWestHorse Archive on September 27, 2008, 6:07 pm


Well yesterday after much gritting of teeth we decided we need to spend the extra money on dog food made from meat not the cheap walmart stuff .It was not an easy decision but our new addition Mina has gained fat rolls all over in just the short time she has been with us, and Spot has been losing weight .I started reading around and talked to the dog lady in a proper pet store and learnt some hard facts I did not know1. Cheap dried dog food has no meat in it and the main ingredient is corn meal2.
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Still Cowy

MidWestHorse Archive on September 25, 2008, 3:13 am


The mare out in front starring intently at the corriantes is Sweet Stacy Oak. She is Spider's half sister. I was forced to retire her in 2003 when one of my ex-shoers trimmed her too short and crippled her. We fought with white line disease and other issues, she stayed sound until then. She still wants to get at a cow, she kept creeping towards them. I moved the calf's to my mom's pug pen to eat the grass down. Spider and Cat were pretty excited over seeing a cow on a purple rope. I thought Cat
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Flash Update

MidWestHorse Archive on September 24, 2008, 6:30 pm


Sometimes I think your better off not knowing. The farrier looked at Flash today and doesn't believe his hoof will grow back. He is surprised that he is not lame on it. When Flash is a little older he can put a special bar shoe on to support the heel that is missing. It's going to test my doctoring skills to the limit. He is healing nicely. I'm working on getting him out of the stall into a grassy area. As long as he can move around on it without pain I have to give him a chance. Good thing he is
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It's A Matter Of Trust...........

MidWestHorse Archive on September 22, 2008, 8:29 pm


Building trust with one's horse or horses takes time. And it's an important step. I can only share what I have learned over the years and maybe it doesn't work for everyone, but it has for me. I believe my mares trust me, but it didn't happen overnight. It took years. I know in my heart of hearts that the redheaded Misty mare would do anything for me. She trust's me to keep her safe and the feeling is mutual. Kola, I'm still working on, but then again Kola has only been with for just two years now,
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Jynx

MidWestHorse Archive on September 22, 2008, 1:49 pm


Our little Jynxy did pass away this weekend. Steve and I buried her in the back garden last night. She was 17 or 18 years old and lived a good life. Jynx had some very strange habits, though. She used to thrive on biting our toes.....hard! Can't say that I'll miss that. She was purring until the very end. That tells me she was ready to go and satisfied with her life. Jynx was my only full bred kitty, a Maine Coon, and a rescue from the shelter. And in spite of her bad habits, including missing the
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Just Thursday........

MidWestHorse Archive on September 19, 2008, 3:15 am


These two are becoming inseparable! This little couch sits behind me and my desk. They stay by my side.Did some one ring the dinner bell?Don't start without me!On a different note. I am glad that we fertilized and weed killed the pasture. Should have done it sooner, much sooner! The pasture is so nice now, I've allowed them a couple of hours a day out there.Some of our poor creatures are just getting quite old. Last weekend, we thought this would be old Fido's last week with us, but he has perked
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Will it Grow Back?

MidWestHorse Archive on September 18, 2008, 7:03 am


What a way to end a fun day. My show horse Spider started limping at the show so I put him back on the trailer. I still ended up having a good time with my friend Sue, he daughter Cara and son Colton. Cara is a trainer in Oklahoma and Colton just became a trainer in Illinois. They worked their horses and I used Gerald's turnback horse to help them. I get home and go out to the pen to feed the mama's and babies and Flash is not with them. He is usually first in line. First I thought he got out, I
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The Cumberland Pellet Stove

MidWestHorse Archive on September 16, 2008, 1:52 pm


This is for my friend in France, Le Cheval , who asked what a pellet stove was. The stove we have ordered is this one. It will heat the home using compacted wood pellets, corn, or cherry pits. We will use wood pellets. The pellets we get will come in a bag and is a high quality wood pellet. Below are a bag of wood pellets. Hopefully this will help to heat our home and cut the some of the use of natural gas and help us with our heating bill this winter. Our fingers our crossed! Please visit
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It's One Giant Mud Puddle!

MidWestHorse Archive on September 16, 2008, 1:33 am


It has rained most all last week and weekend. Finally it stopped today. It was still overcast but no rain! It is supposed to be nice and dry the rest of the week! Yay! The poor girls are now caked in mud! I topped of their hay today and should get a delivery in a week or two. Jeremiah, our farrier needs to come and trim this week as well. I will pick up their autumn vaccinations so that when Jeremiah gets here, he can help me give their shots. I'm now paying $4.50 a bale for hay and I'm getting
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Mina's Vet Visit & My Bath Perspective

MidWestHorse Archive on September 11, 2008, 12:27 am


Today was Mina's vet visit. Time for her first visit to our vet and well check-up, three year rabies vaccination and some heart guard. Also a word in for Cheryl the cat who manages an annual allergic reaction to herself and a prescription for steroids for her.Mina was just lounging after her shot and exam as we waited for the Doc to come back with our instructions and pills for said allergic cat. I had her on the floor and she jumped up there of her own accord and just patiently waited. Stephen
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WTF?

MidWestHorse Archive on September 9, 2008, 4:33 pm


Oh, My blood is boiling! The audacity and BALLS! I just received a phone call asking for my daughter by name. I asked who this was and he replied, " The Army office in Burlington.". I said excuse me? This is pertaining to what? And by the way she is at University. He then asked which school? IN which I replied, " I don't think I have to tell you that.". And he said thank-you and hung up. WTF? I have not nor has my daughter ever given this phone number to an Army recruiter. I'd like to know how they
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The Dreaded September Heat Cycle!

MidWestHorse Archive on September 9, 2008, 1:17 pm


Oh Yes and these girls have got it in full swing! It's always worse in September and April of the year. I think in combination with the weather changes, their spring and autumn heat cycles really become noticeable! Kola was a jackass yesterday at breakfast and managed to slip in the mud on her hinds! I watched her throughout the day and afternoon she looked a bit stiff, so I decided to go ahead and give her some "bute". Well that encompassed a 20 minute halter tag game with ears pinned and shitty
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Rainy Days & Mondays..............

MidWestHorse Archive on September 8, 2008, 9:06 pm


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Well, It's Back To Housework............

MidWestHorse Archive on September 8, 2008, 6:19 pm


Silly dogs. I worked my butt off all weekend and basically layed around all day yesterday after a nap. It's raining again today and I'll probably have to mow the lawn again at least one more time before winter. We will take the Mina dog to the vet on Wednesday for her rabies shot and check up. And toenail trim! I'll get some laundry done today and finish the house, so that I have the rest of the week to chill and do what I want. I'll spend some time this afternoon to get around and visit everybody
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Back To Work For Me

MidWestHorse Archive on September 5, 2008, 3:06 pm


Back to work tonight and tomorrow for me. Oh well, I enjoyed my 2 weeks off, really just one weekend. This is a pic of a nice sunny Autumn day last year. Hope we get some sunny days soon. We needed the rain but I like a crisp sunny fall day!Mina and the burr. Last night the dipstick tried to eat a burr and managed to get it stuck in her throat. It was a bit scary for all of us as she panicked and struggled and just looked at me like "can't you help?". I managed to dislodge the burr and it took her
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Sure Feels Like Fall!

MidWestHorse Archive on September 4, 2008, 4:45 pm


The leaves are really starting to fall!It's raining and wet!The poor girls were shivering before breakfast this morning.They like their extra wind block on days like today.The ground is saturated with fallen leaves Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Summer Has Packed It's Bags & Left The Building

MidWestHorse Archive on September 3, 2008, 9:22 pm


Yesterday was 98* and oppressively hot! Today, A high of 68* and packed full of clouds. It really feels like autumn today!Our Poor little Miata! Ya think she might need a bath? She needs a little work, so she stays in the garage until Steve and I can get it together enough to get her repaired properly! We did get her started and back into the garage. I love her winkie blinkie eyes!Our garbage men will hate us. This is all from yesterday's clean out of the garage! Garbage day is Friday! I think they'll
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We've All Been Talking About Being Prepared

MidWestHorse Archive on September 3, 2008, 3:09 pm


In light of all the Hurricanes slamming our friends down south and south-east, so I thought I would share my Horse Medical Kit. In this kit, I have aloe cream for minor scrapes and skin tears, Silvadene ( awesome for healing wounds, helps to prevent proud flesh, prescription only ), a poultice, wound ointment, Betadine shampoo, Betadine antiseptic, joint/muscle pain ointment(kind of like Icy-Hot for horses), Hoof Heal, poultice wrap, gauze, telfa sponges, more gauze, velcro over wound wraps (those
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I'm An Honorary Pony Cousin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MidWestHorse Archive on September 3, 2008, 1:17 am


And this beauty is my award and the distinction of Honorary Pony Cousin! Yippee!Cayay! I won this fine award from the Saddle Mountain Rider at Middle Of The Road by attempting to guess correctly which Pony Cousins won their rodeo, 1st, 2nd & 3rd. Of course I didn't get it quite right, but I was close. So I'd like to thank Saddle Mountain Rider for allowing us to play such a fun game! And having mercy on us as we attempted to guess correctly!Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for
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