Posts Tagged ‘Wedgie’

postheadericon Woman Eaten by Chickens or Stuff n Such

So, as usual I’ve been a flake.  I guess my only excuse for not posting is that I didn’t really feel like I had anything to say.  I figured I’d better give a brief update on what’s been going on around these parts or you’d think the chickens truly had eaten me.  Bad birds.

Mr. MoonCat has been working six days a week, keeping very busy.  I’ve been working on my new business which is in the infant stages.  I’m excited about getting it off the ground and I’ll have more on that at a later date.  The garden is starting to see some activity.

The hubby’s uncle passed away a few weeks ago after a very long battle with cancer.  We’ve spent a day up in Sacramento for the last two weekends helping his parents clean out the house to get it ready for sale. While it was a sad reason for us to all be together, we really enjoyed visiting with his parents.  Hubby’s best friend/brother from another mother Chris went with us this last weekend to help us move all of the furniture.  We were grateful for the help as there was a lot of heavy lifting involved.

Most of the critters are doing well.  The dogs and cats are happy that Spring is pretty much here.  The chickens are keeping us snowed under with eggs and attitude.  We have a great bartering deal going on with my “other parents” – my best friend Becky’s folks.  They keep kitchen scraps saved up and I weigh them down with eggs.  Everyone’s happy!  Especially the chooks – it is hysterical to watch them dig through the goodies.  They recognize the large plastic ice cream tubs that the scraps are saved in.  When I walk out carrying one of those it is a large squawking herd of mini-monsters meeting me at the gate.  (Remember the Velociraptor Chickens?) They get quite rude and scary!

All is not great though as we do have some cause for concern.  Wedgie’s leg isn’t healing like we had hoped.  Since I posted about his injury we’ve had him x-rayed and found that he had actually fractured his leg.  The vet seems to think it will heal just fine in time, but it’s sure making us worry.  He has to stay in the small box stall and not move around too much.  Poor little guy isn’t taking confinement well, he is horribly bored. It’s really hard for such a curious and mischievous little dude to deal with forced inactivity.  We try to keep him entertained, but it’s a challenge. He is such a good baby though.  He allows us to change his bandages/semi-cast with a minimum of fuss.

That’s about it around here at MoonCat Farms and the ranch.  I will try to post some photos in the next few days – truly.  Wedgie really is getting cuter all of the time.  I know he sends his love to all of you who love him from afar, especially his honorary auntie Lemon Verbena Lady 🙂 (Phantom kisses being blown your way)

postheadericon Wedgie’s Week of Woes

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
The use of a “butt rope” laid loosely around his hindquarters helps teach Wedgie to walk forward while being lead with the halter.  This is a very common training technique we use with foals.
He was actually taught to lead and accept a halter when he was just a few days old.  He was then turned out with his mama and the other mares in the pasture where he was allowed to just be a baby. (The photo above shows him getting a reminder to go forward when led.) 
He’ll be worked with up close in the barn for a few weeks again while he’s completely weaned and then turned back out to pasture to continue learning how to just be a horse.  He’ll now be out with the rest of “the boys” instead of the mares.  At two years old, he’ll be brought up again and start very light training to be ridden.  Their leg bones are still maturing up to about three years old, so heavy riding at too young of an age can actually be detrimental to their development.  He’ll probably be gelded at this point as well.

 

Boo Boo wrapped in blue
Wedgie’s boo boo.  He cut himself on the ankle when he was having a tantrum over being separated from his mama.  We put them in side-by-side stalls when weaning, but he still managed to have a fit and bang up his little leg on the wall.
**On a related note ~ Horses tend to find numerous ways to hurt themselves.  It’s a full-time job trying to keep them safe.  For instance; if you have a mile of fence posts and only 1 has a tiny nail sticking out, the horse will find that 1 tiny nail and cut himself on it.  I think you could put them in a padded cell, cocooned in bubble wrap and they’d still manage to do something!  It’s part of their nosy nature and part of life with horses. 
Wedgie’s 1st trim
Wedgie received his first pedicure or in equine terms: hoof trim.  A lot of times this is a very difficult task as the babies don’t like their legs and feet messed with and lifted off the ground.  This first trimming was made much easier because we got him used to us touching his legs and looking at his hooves when he was just a few days/weeks old.  The more they’re handled when young, the easier it is to do the necessary tasks as they grow.  He was a perfect little gentleman while Dad trimmed his hooves.  He won’t actually get his first set of shoes for another year or so.
Wedgie’s 1st haircut
This photo was more of a snarky comment by my husband on the similarity of Wedgie’s wild forelock and mane and my wooly head.  It was pretty foggy that day and with a lot of moisture in the air comes lots of curls and frizz in my hair!  So yes, the Wedge and I both have naturally out of control locks.  We did manage to trim what is called a “bridle path” for Wedgie (not me).  It is a strip of about three inches of his mane right behind his ears that we trim down to the base.  It makes it much easier for the halter to fit snugly and secure.  It’s also more comfortable for him as the halter won’t be sitting on top of a wad of mane and pulling his hair.

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.

postheadericon Wave from Wedgie

I spent the last few days helping Dad at the ranch.  For once I remembered to take my camera so I could update all of Wedgie’s fans with a couple of new photos.  It is hard to believe the little poop is already 5 months old!  As you can tell, he and Dad’s dog Adolph are the best of friends.  They play together all the the time.

Do you have grain for me?

 

Here I come..
Can you see me now?
Wedgie chasing Adolph?
Adolph resting after the race

postheadericon New Name for a Wedgie

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.

postheadericon 200th Post – Name the Wedgie Contest & Giveaway

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

I can’t believe 200 posts have come and gone! I’m pretty happy to have reached this little milestone with all of you.  Thanks for all of your support.

In celebration, we’re having the contest/giveaway that I have been hinting about for several weeks. It’s a pretty easy one.  It’s called:
“Name the Wedgie”

My name is Wedgie, what’s yours?

The Facts:  Wedgie can’t go through life with such an undignified name.  He needs something a bit more pompous and grown-up sounding.  (Don’t worry, he’ll always be the Wedge – just not on his registration paperwork.)

I’m too cute for my own good.

So dear readers, your task is simple.  Come up with a name fit for a BIG boy.  It can be anything you dream up.  In order to help you out a bit, the way we usually come up with names for our registered horses is to make up a combination with the names of the dam and sire or even older generations. 

For example, Wedgie’s mama is Roulette Gambler and his daddy is Sunday Sailor.  So you can do something with these names or go completely in another direction.  The Lemon Verbena Lady  has suggested Phantom due to his mask-like markings on his face – very cool idea, btw.  Mr. MoonCat took that a step further to come up with Gambler’s Phantom Sailor.  See how that works?  Play with it.. 

My mommy loves me, even when I’m bad
The Big Daddy – Sunday Sailor
If you want even more names to work with, Wedgie’s granddams were Sunshine N Smoke and Sunny Miss Doc.  His grandsires were Patti’s Gamblin Man and Sunday Butcher.  Since Wedge is destined to be a gelding and not used for breeding, his family names aren’t critical, so have fun with making names up!
I’m going to leave this contest open until Monday, July 26th.  At that time, I’ll get all the names together and run them by the boss (Dad) and see which name tickles his fancy and we’ll have a winner!  The winner will receive a horse themed prize package. 🙂  Sorry, you won’t win Wedgie – he’d be a pain to mail out to ya!
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BUT WAIT, don’t put your thinking caps on just yet!  We’re also going to have a random winner just because I want to celebrate the fact that I’ve finally put more cards and new things in my Etsy shop and because you’re all such a great group to have around! 

If you are my lucky random winner, you will get to choose 3 cards from the store.  So there are actually 2 chances for everyone to be a winner in this contest and giveaway.  If you don’t want to wait until the contest is over, I’m running a sale offering FREE SHIPPING when you buy 2 or more items. The sale runs through the end of July.

To enter the contest to name Wedgie, simply leave a comment with your name suggestion.  Don’t be shy, Dad has a sense of humor too so bring em on.  Yours could be the one!
If you want to also be in the random drawing for the 3 cards, tell me which cards you would choose from MoonCat Farms Marketplace if you’re the lucky winner.

Mandatory: You don’t have to suggest a name to be in the random drawing, but you do have to tell me the cards you like best – I’m nosy that way. 

Please be sure that you leave me a way to contact you if your email isn’t attached to your blog profile. 

postheadericon Hodgepodge

Today’s post is basically just that…a hodgepodge of things.  I have nothing profound or thoughtful to share with you today, but I have a couple of cool things to go on about:

Running Horses & Mules
My card was listed in a treasury on Etsy!  I was very excited to learn that The Homespun Loft had put together a collection of animal items and included my card!  I’m shamed to say that I’ve been neglecting my shop lately, but I am adding several items – hopefully this weekend..  Thanks to The Homespun Loft for including my card in her collection – I appreciate it!
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The next order of business is to show you what came in the mail yesterday:

Elona of Wondrousthings and Elona’s Originals sent this to me after my name was drawn as a winner from the Queen’s Castle Bootique.  Isn’t Boo Kitty adorable???  He reminds me of my Porkchop!  Elona has some other darling Boo Kitty items as well as a really cute pincushion/piece of art:

I love Halloween and decorating for it.  For some very creative and fun pieces, be sure to check out Elona and the other great artists who all contribute to the Queen’s Castle Bootique.  Thanks Elona!!!

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And finally, here’s the Wedge.  He was NOT wanting his picture taken today so I apologize for the crappy shots.  I was in a hurry and he was in a mood!
“Since I can’t/better not bite you, I’ll just bite my mama.”
“You and your little camera are annoying me”
“Talk to the tails”
Have a great rest of the weekend my friends!

postheadericon Summertime and the Living is BUSY

Sorry about being pretty quiet for a whole week! I’m back to spurt-blogging (that sounds almost nasty, but it is pretty appropriate.) It seems like we are outside most of the time now and I have tons to do before I can take the time to sit in front of the computer. So I’ll give you an all-around update on life at MoonCat Farms where, as the picture below shows – all is well:

The MoonCats doing what cats do best

Mom is doing pretty well. She has gained some strength and has decided to take up scrap booking.  She’s making lists (and lists and lists) of supplies she wants from the crafts store. My niece and nephew were here on Friday and they all three had their heads together plotting their next few projects. We’re really looking forward to them being around a lot this summer while they’re out of school.  They’re great kids and a lot of fun to have around.  Mr. MoonCat and I took advantage of them being here with Mom and ran off to do some shopping together and take in a show (Prince of Persia – cute movie and even cuter Jake Gyllenhaal.)

I am way behind on my crafting, my photography, my letter writing, my blog visiting, my bookkeeping, and pretty much everything that isn’t related to the garden.  But we’ve been eating some yummy squash, peas and onions the last few days.  Of course dinner hasn’t been until 8pm or after 🙁


 I have a book review coming up that you’ll not want to miss.  I was thrilled to be asked to participate in a TLC Book Tour for Jean Davies Okimoto‘s The Love Ceiling.  My stop on the tour is scheduled for June 23rd when I will post my review and GIVEAWAY ALERT: the lovely, lovely author has generously provided a copy of this fabulous book for one lucky MoonCat Farms reader!  It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down so I’m tickled that one of you will get to enjoy a copy for yourself.  Be ready to get your entry in!

Speaking of upcoming giveaways…For my 200th post in the next week or so, I will run that contest I mentioned to officially name Wedgie.  Keep your eyes open and you could win a special prize!  (I really do enjoy giveaways – especially ones that involve wearing thinking caps..)  Lemon Verbena Lady has already put her hat in the ring with the very creative “Phantom” which could be very interesting when combined with the parents’ registered names…..More info coming soon.

Here’s a gratuitous photo of Wedgie who is becoming quite the little ham – notice the swishing little broom tail:

Is this my good side?

Mr. MoonCat got to spend some quality time with his folks last weekend as they were visiting in the area.  We’ll all get to see them sometime later this week and return the pan that his mom brought filled with delicious lasagna. YUM.  I’m not a big fan of regular over-tomatoed lasagna, but his mom’s is the bomb.  We always look forward to it and it never lasts long!  Mom really enjoys it too which is great since her appetite is still more off than on.

The mad scientist, aka Cindy my sister-in-law, is coming up for a day of soap and paper making.  We’ve both been gathering supplies like crazy so we’ll have many hours of crafting and creating.  We’re really looking forward to it and then to going out for sushi that evening with our hubbies. 

So that’s pretty much it in a nutshell.  Tomorrow I am getting back in the groove with one of my A-Z Herbs posts: E is for Elecampane.  I may just get to the middle of the alphabet by the end of the year 🙂

postheadericon Do YOU Have a Wedgie?

Are YOU looking at ME?
Look what the stork dropped off at the ranch Saturday!  This leggy little bundle of joy (plus piss & vinegar!)  He’s quite the cutie with an attitude to boot. 
As usual, a rather contrary mare decided that it would be great to have the baby while no one was anywhere around.  Dad had called me early that morning saying he thought she might foal at any time.  He had plans out of town that he couldn’t get out of and since I was headed to my soap class, baby watch fell to Mr. MoonCat.   Wedgie is the mare’s first foal, so we were concerned that she might have difficulty.  We’re very grateful that she proved us all very wrong. 
About 4 hours old.
Mr. MoonCat, my brother-in-law, and our nephew checked on the horses shortly after Dad had left the ranch.  He was so excited when he called me! It was a real treat for him to be the one to discover the little rascal, especially since Dad hadn’t been gone very long.  The mare has turned out to be an excellent mama.  (I call her “CB” because the men all call her “Crazy B***h” as she can be pretty nasty at times.  I personally think it’s because she just doesn’t like the menfolk, just my own opinion of course!) 
CB living up to her name
The photo above may look like she’s being nasty to me, but you can’t see from this angle that there is a gelding hanging his head over the back fence of the pen.  She hates this particular horse and was spinning around to snap at him.  She’s very protective of the little Wedge!

My mama loves me
For those of you wondering, “Wedgie” is definitely not his registered name.  His mother’s facial markings are called “piebald”.  When the hubby called me to tell me about the colt, he kept saying that he was a half-piebald.  There’s no such thing that I’ve ever heard of, so I couldn’t quite picture what he was telling me.  When I finally got to the ranch, I told the guys that the little dude was cheated.  He didn’t get a whole pie, he just got a wedge!  So that coupled with the fact that this is going to be one TALL horse who will give people wedgies – or at least split their drawers; has caused the name Wedgie to stick. 
All of our horses have nicknames that many times have nothing to do with their registered names.  Our stallion, Sunday Sailor answers me when I call him “Booger”.  My mare, Cinderella Sox answers to “Blondie Bear”.  So it’s not often that you’ll be able to figure out their papered name by what we’re actually calling them.  Their registered names are usually based on their bloodlines.  To officially name Wedgie, we will probably come up with some combination/variation of the papered names of both the mare and the stallion. 
I’m thinking we might just run a little contest here on the blog to see who can come up with an appropriate and “proper” name for the little cutie.  What do you think???


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