Friday, October 24, 2014
Don't mind the high winds but don't like the possible (probable) power outages. We seem to always be the first in the area to lose power and the last to get it back. It's bad enough to not have lights but no power at our place also means no water since we are on a well.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I was going to write a Post about the end of the summer/fall season and share some pics of the day early winter arrived but decided to share how things are going with Galileo.
"The boys" are usually not far apart.
They share the water trough. But there is an issue at the feeder in the loafing shed. Galileo doesn't play nice and won't allow Elvis near the hay.
When Galileo arrived there were no issues. For the first four days the two horses stood next to each other munching hay which we always offer in addition to free grazing.
On Saturday I decided to dole out some grain. Call it a stupid gesture with Elvis already plump and Galileo filling in nicely. I separated the buckets quite a distance to allow the horses to keep to their own food, which worked out fine.
It was after that when Galileo started chasing Elvis out of the loafer via barred teeth or turning his rear at him and trying to kick him should he get too close to the hay.
Poor Elvis. He's a lover, not a fighter and yes, Galileo is the dominant horse. Elvis was perplexed about all of this behavior and stood outside the loafer looking forlornly at me whenever I was outside.
It was apparent that Elvis wasn't getting any hay so I started carrying a flake out into the field for him. Initially Galileo chased Elvis from that flake and also the loafer. Elvis would wait until Galileo went back into the loafing shed and then sneak back to his pile of hay.
A few days later our beautiful summer/fall season came to a close and the wind and rains moved in. I went out to check on the boys and was relieved to find that Galileo had backed off on his aggression and allowed Elvis in the loafer (as long as Elvis is facing outside with his back to the feeder).
So far the rains have come after Elvis has had a chance to eat the hay I leave out for him. However, it's only a short time now before I'm putting a flake of hay out in pouring down rain and I don't want to start having to feed my horses out in the rain.
I'm hoping things are settling down and I can keep to my plan of wintering the boys in the loafing sheds in peace. Our loafing sheds are all huge with rubber mats. We've always used them to winter our horses in the past. It's my hopes Galileo will realize there's no threat of going hungry, relax and allow Elvis back to sharing the feeder as he initially did.
If not I guess I'll have to use our stalls this winter - something I don't want to do as I think it's better to keep them outside not to mention that means cleaning stalls daily and spending $ for lots of shavings.
Hoping this is a short-term issue. Last night I observed them sharing Elvis's hay in the field. Maybe Galileo will play nice once again.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
A friend of Lisa's raised Galileo and used him for Dressage, trails and competitive trail events. When the friend had a baby she lost interest in Galileo as well as his care. Lisa had known and liked this horse since he was a baby and stepped in to relieve her friend and save Galileo.
At a recent Cowgirl Pal potluck I stood in line with Lisa and when I shared that Elvis was lonely and J was looking for a riding horse, she offered Galileo to us on the spot saying she knew he would have a good home and be loved.
We went home to "think" about it. A text message from my Frainer a few days later after putting a few rides on Galileo said that this would be a perfect horse for J. Calm, well trained, good manners and just a sweet guy.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Elvis can't see any other horses from our place. Our neighbors have a horse but it's behind their place. A few weeks ago Elvis caught a brief glimpse of it and went into a full tizzy, flying around the pasture until he was exhausted and soaking wet. I stood watching helplessly, worried about the large rocks that pop up from the ground due to living at the feet of a dormant volcano.
Once Elvis ran out of steam I haltered him up and led him to the barn where I hosed him down, paying extra attention to his legs. No harm done but...that behavior answered my questions - and I don't like the answer.
This was to be his first winter at home, with savvy Bob to show him the ropes and keep him company. How is Elvis going to handle being here alone when the winds are roaring at 60 mph and the rain is sideways - or when the temps hit single digits?
Board Elvis? Don't want to do that. It would result in having zero horses at home. It's hard enough to look out the window and see one horse. I can't imagine looking out and seeing none.
Have someone board here? Don't want the hassles of additional insurance or lack of privacy.
Get a cow/goat? Not for us.
So what option is left?
As we enter into a new chapter of our lives without children at home, Hubby and I have discussed another horse for him to ride. Not a rescue horse or another yard ornament (and we've surely hosted many) but a steady, anybody can get on, low-key Gelding.