Posts Tagged ‘horses’
We had a fun time out at the ranch today. After having a lively breakfast, horseback riding was the scheduled event. The star of course was Rowan!
Our favorite little nephew dude dragged his parents and his Grandma up to visit Aunty Julie, Uncle Mike and Papa Bill. He was sporting his brand new cowboy boots and told them he just had to go on the long drive to see us. We weren’t fooled though, he really came to see the horses, the chickens and Adolph the dog! We’re all aware of our place in line 🙂 I think the tractor we call “Greenie” has also moved ahead of us..
It was a fun way to spend a sunny morning with loved ones who don’t live close enough to see as much as we’d like. We’re already looking forward to Ro’s next foray into cowboying. Look out Hailey!
Wedgie had a lot of firsts this week – he was FINALLY weaned from his mama, he got his first big boo boo, his first haircut AND he had his first hoof trimming. All pretty much within 48 hours. Little guy’s world was turned upside down.
We had planned on weaning him a couple months ago, but the unbelievably wet weather the last two months made it difficult. We didn’t have any spare stalls or inside pens that were dry, so the pasture was the best place for him and his mama.
|Walking the Wedge|
|Boo Boo wrapped in blue|
|Wedgie’s 1st trim|
|Wedgie’s 1st haircut|
So that’s pretty much Wedgie’s traumatic week. He’s doing fine and starting to enjoy being in the middle of everything at the barn. He has already learned to pull the lid off of the grain bin as he goes by and tries to snag a mouthful of hay when passing the bales. One thing is for certain, Wedgie will be in the middle of things on a regular basis.
Mr. MoonCat’s horse Swifty has yet another admirer……
|Does this photo make
my nose look BIG?
|He really is a looooooooong horse|
A couple of weeks ago the hubby’s folks stayed a few days with us and we dragged them along to a cattle sorting with us and my Dad. Mr. MoonCat talked his own Dad into getting up on Swifty for a few photos. They got along really well and make quite the pair don’t they? ~Mr. MoonCat took these photos so Swifty can’t blame me for the big nose shot… 🙂
|Everyone waiting for their turn|
|Mr. MoonCat & Swifty calmly strolling
Moi & Fella not so much
|The hat’s on backwards….
he must be seriously concentrating
|Dad and Petey sorting the cattle….fast!|
Sorry, no action shots of me this time. But..I did end up placing 5th out of 102 teams!! Not bad for a rusty old fat woman and a rather hyper horse 🙂 We had a lot of fun that day surrounded by family, friends, and furry creatures. Great food finished off an almost perfect day.
Many of you have asked how Wedgie (aka the Wedge, Phantom, and butthead) has been doing. Well, he turned 4 months old on September 22nd and he’s quite the big boy. Dad is talking about weaning him early as he doesn’t nurse near as much as he pigs out on his mama’s grain and hay.
As usual I had a hard time getting photos of him. He either wanted to run and play with me or he wouldn’t get his head out of the feeder. So I only have the two pictures today, but I’ll get some more in the next week or so just to show you what a little pill he is.
This is the only photo I managed to snap of the new addition this morning. We were in a hurry, so hopefully I’ll get some updated shots later in the week with Mr. MoonCat doing his thing. “Swifty” is the name my Dad bestowed upon the new guy. In case you’re wondering, it’s actually an oxymoron. The horse is a bit on the lazy side.. But as usual, if the naming is left to Pops, he’ll name him according to where he came from. The previous owner was named Swift so there ya have it. (I warned hubby…)
I know he looks similar to Whiskey in coloring, but Swifty is actually a registered Paint Horse whereas Whiskers is a Quarter Horse. Swifty is a real sweetie, very gentle and able to teach Mr. MoonCat a whole lot more than Whiskey could. The hubby is excited because this new horse LIKES to work cattle!
So that’s the happenings for now. In closing I’ll leave you with a shot of Adolph (Dad’s dog that he got from his neighbor, yup – named Adolph) sharing his doggy bag from breakfast with the chickens.
|Yummm..biscuits and gravy|
|What is it? What is it?|
The names everyone came up with were amazing! You all are very creative. We’ll have to put it out there again next time we have a baby to name..So without further ado……
Introducing: Phantom Sunday Gambler
The winner of the horse-themed prize is LemonVerbenaLady! She came up with Phantom which is such a perfect description of his little face. The group played with it until Phantom Sunday Gambler came out of the brainstorming. Of course, Pops promptly declared “I don’t care what you put on the papers, I’m still calling him “Wedgie”.
The winner of the random drawing for the notecards is: Susan!
Congratulations to you both and thank you all for joining in on the fun. Be sure to stay tuned as we have a BIG giveaway from CSN Stores later this week! It’s one you won’t want to miss.
And they’re off……….crossing the finish line by the tip of her sneakers is: SewCalGal!
Congratulations!!!!!! I’ll send your info to the publisher. Thank you all for entering the drawing and be on the lookout for more giveaways soon.
In the meantime, be sure to go here for Hayseed’s First Race. Hayseed makes his grand debut in the world today! I’m told they are already working on his next escapade so don’t miss out. Learn more at: http://www.caballopress.com/
I haven’t introduced you to any of the critters in quite a while. This is my girl – Cindy Three Sox. She also goes by Cinderelly and Blondie Bear (sometimes another word that starts with “B” but is not appropriate on a G-rated site!).
If you’ve been with me for a while, you might notice that she looks just like Dad’s gelding, Cinderfella. They are full siblings from the same Palomino Quarter Horse mare (Cinderella Sox) and our Paint stallion – Sunday Sailor.
Cinderelly is a very big, gorgeous girl. She loves to work cattle and enjoys going on mountain trial rides and now playing in the ocean. She and I really bonded when my friend invited me to the coast for a week a few summers ago. I took Cindy even though she hadn’t been off the ranch very much. She is such a good-minded horse that I wasn’t too worried about how she’d act (her brother Fella is a whole ‘nother ballgame!). Horses have a natural instinct for “fight or flight” that has been bred into them from antiquity. Fella is immediate “flight” – he’ll spin around and just leave if he’s frightened by something. This can make for some VERY interesting rides with him. Cindy on the other hand leans more towards the “fight” instinct. If she is startled, she will stop and quickly access the situation. She’ll also take a cue from me to see if I’m scared. She may stand there and shake a bit, but she won’t flee at super top speed like big bro does. When Cindy saw (and heard) the ocean for the first time, she stopped dead in her tracks. We had rounded a bend between two cliffs that lead to the beach. The roar of the surf was almost deafening since it was sort of a tunnel we were walking towards. While a couple of the other horses freaked out and said “See Ya!”, she just stood there shaking and taking it all in. When I gently urged her forward, she obliged and on we went to the sand. The first day I could barely get her to put her feet on the wet sand at the edge of the water. She’d jump back and not let the water touch her hooves. By the end of the week my supergirl was jumping in the water and playing in the surf up to her chest with me on her back. We did a lot of running full-bore on the packed sand up and down the beach. It was magnificent! Just like my Blondie Bear. I love her dearly and enjoy my time with her immensely.Cinderelly may be having a baby next year. We are discussing breeding her again as she had a magnificent foal two years ago. (I’ve promised Mr. MoonCat that we can keep this one and raise it, as we ended up selling “Hank the Tank” when he was weaned.) I will keep you updated on our plans for the Blondie Bear and possible Baby Bear..Note: These photos are a not current. Blondie Bear is currently very shaggy with her winter coat and covered in lots of mud! She enjoys being a dirty, dirty girl….
Dogie’s opinion on Mom being in the hospital I’ll be back with an update and a post when I can. Take care all!