Catching up

Not too much to write about. I’ve basically been sick since my last post (bronchitis or possibly pneumonia though we didn’t do x-rays so don’t actually know) so not much has happened. Still recovering… Haven’t ridden in weeks due to being sick and with a high of 17 this week, chances are I won’t be riding again… Haven’t cancelled 3 lessons in a row in a super long time. I miss Ranger.

My nursing crew (sleeping on the job)

The boys are starting to get into a routine. Some days Subi is a gentleman to lead, other days he’s a rearing mess (more at the end)… But, he seems to be OK in the stall. He more or less eats his dinner (we’ve been feeding breakfast outside) and picks through hay. Sometimes he drinks, sometimes he doesn’t.

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Tiny holes don’t stop Batt!

Batty is a stall pig, but seems to love his stall. He was inhaling too much hay so he was downgraded from the 2″ hay net to a 1″ hay net. That hasn’t stopped him… But, thankfully he still has a little hay left in the morning.  He has free choice hay outside and stands and eats all day. He really doesn’t need to eat 15+lbs of hay in his stall. Not sorry about limiting his hay AT ALL. He’s a pig. He’s also a messy pig. I switched him Saturday from shavings to pellets and HOPEFULLY that will help. Thankfully the pellets aren’t dusty either so… With his heaves, I worry about stalling in general, but he seems ok. I do want to start steaming his hay, just need to build him a steamer…

Jiminy is fine, but likes to poop RIGHT under the storage room door. Maybe next weekend I’ll add another mat there so that I stop messing with the screenings. Thanks Jiminy, very inconvenient.

I also can’t wait until I have electric. Doing stalls by headlamp isn’t the easiest, but oh well. It works?

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Fun key chains from Painted Flanks (though a little bigger than I thought)

Yesterday, the farrier was out and the boys had there feet done in their stalls. Subi was VERY good considering the change of routine. My farrier was very happy not to be trimming on a hill or in the mud. Batt had several abscesses in his front left — not surprising–but overall, everyone was pretty good.

Turning back out after trimming was another story… Subi was a jerk, and proceeded to take his rearing to another level. I did a little ground work walking to the field as I could feel him on edge (he acts up more when the ground is mushy–he doesn’t like the unstable ground), but outside of the gate he proceed to explode, rearing about 6 times and freaking Batty out. I did get after him and maybe overreacted, but… He exploded once he was free (after halter was off and I was safely out of the field — he’s good about that). When we brought in a few ours later in the dark, the ground was harder and he was a bit better. I halted and backed him every once in a while. He rushed the hill where the footing is a bit…slippery, but otherwise was decent. I did extra halts and backs anyways. This morning he was…strange. Extra slow and cautious. I felt like I had to drag him to the field. I’m thinking he’s feeling yesterday? Regardless, we’re doing halts and backs every.single.day. while walking to and from the barn until he can contain himself.

5 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. it must be so nice having the barn but yes horse’s quirks come out when they are stabled (Ask me how I know!)

    A routine is good and I am sure it will get better.

    As to stalls and cleanliness. UGH . it does not happen. Glad the pellets are helping with Batty. Remus is only allowed on them no shavings due to how piggy he is.Tate is allowed both. UGH half the time when my stalls are horrid it is because of stupid is and stupid does spinning in their stalls at imaginary spooks. I can’t even imagine if my barn was a shedrow.

    And ha on Batt being a hoover 🙂 even with 1″ holes!

  2. I have a 1″ hay net all ready to install in Carmen’s stall- I just haven’t gotten there yet so she’s still on the 1.5″. Irish has been a bit of a jerk lately- I suspect he has an abscess brewing (not unusual for him with the thaw-freeze cycle). I’m glad that things are going well in the new arrangement. Sorry that you are sick though. It’s not been a good year for that!

  3. establishing the routine can take time especially with opinionated horses. It will get better as they get more and more used to the new normal. How great to have the option now though. The weather this week is supposed to be so so cold for everyone up north.

  4. There’s a horse at the barn I board at that likes to act like an idiot when she’s being brought inside in the evening, so now the second she misbehaves, she has to turn around and back all the way from the pasture to the barn. It takes FOREVER (I’ve had to do it a few times) but is working! Silly horses- when will they realize that good behavior is rewarded and bad behavior = more work?

    Hope you feel better soon!

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