The City Girl Farmer


Horse Love
May 28, 2009, 7:37 am
Filed under: Horses | Tags: , ,
Jazzmin & Rachel

Jazzmin & Rachel

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Magical Moments in the Barn
May 8, 2009, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Horses, Other animals

I’m a little behind in blogging.  I’ve been a bit under the weather lately, and no, I haven’t kissed any pigs.  I took these pictures during the last heavy snow we had.  Our gate was open and our neighbor’s cows huddled for shelter with our horses.  The little white calf was just a few days old.

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Jazzmin munching contentedly

Eeyore with the calf

Eeyore with the other calf

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Our Spring Blizzard
March 27, 2009, 3:02 pm
Filed under: Horses, Other animals, Weather

This was really no big deal as we had over 24 hours notice.  We just made sure we had groceries and battened down the hatches.  It lasted for about 24 hours.  Here are some pictures of what I saw when I went to check on the horses this morning.

A woodpecker warming himself after the blizzard

A woodpecker warming himself after the blizzard

Mouse eating Jazzmin's hay.  Barn cat must have migrated to Florida.

Mouse eating Jazzmin's hay. Barn cat must have migrated to Florida.

The girls in the corral

The girls in the corral

Snow drifted on the north interior wall of the barn

Snow drifted on the north interior wall of the barn

More drifted snow in the barn

More drifted snow in the barn

Chicken coop in the background almost completely obstructed by a drift.  The drift is covering the future garden area.

Chicken coop in the background almost completely obstructed by a drift. The drift is covering the future garden area.

The cars

The cars

Thomas atop a drift

Thomas atop a drift

Looking south over the garden area

Looking south over the garden area



Meet Julie
March 20, 2009, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Horses

I am so flattered to learn that people miss it when I blog!  In my last post I alluded to more farm-related news that was waiting for me to find time to post.  Unfortunately, I needed to vent and you, poor readers, were forced to suffer!  I’m feeling much better now. 🙂

Julie

Julie

It’s about time I introduced you to Julie.  She’s a sweet 28 yr. old Arabian mare who likes to keep her feistiness under the

Julie and Jazzmin

Julie and Jazzmin

radar.   Don’t let her age fool you!  We actually got her just before Christmas to keep Jazzmin company and to have another horse to ride since it seems Thomas has taken a liking to horses.   She is missing her back teeth so she has to be fed horse food that’s the same consistency as someone in a convalescent hospital might require.  She can gum carrot slices, though!

It has been very helpful to me to see how horses interact with each other.  They are really not very nice to each other.  Jazzmin is the dominant one and constantly threatens Julie by pinning her ears or nipping.  One night when I was out feeding Julie had her belly full, spun around and nailed Jazzmin in the belly with a nice kick.  Jazz looked kind of stunned, shook herself and left Julie alone—until later.

I had Julie out for a ride a few weeks ago and she is the easiest horse to get going.  It doesn’t take much at all to get her into a trot or even a canter.  She leads beautifully.  It’s great to have a gauge for training.  After riding her you can see how green Jazzmin is.  Hmmmmm.  I wonder what they think about me?



That Bad Horsie Chucked Me Off!!
November 20, 2008, 9:38 am
Filed under: Horses | Tags: , ,
So sweet and innocent

So sweet and innocent

Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!

Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth

I had my first horse accident as an adult a couple of days ago. I’m only blogging now because my pride is hurt. I’m pretty convinced that it is simply because she thinks I’m an idiot and sees no reason to do what I want her to do. Unfortunately, there are no pictures but Thomas saw it and described it to me. We were taking turns “riding” her while the other one led her by her halter rope. Kind of like those little pony rides you find in a park. The idea was to get her used to us and used to being “ridden” until we had the tack we needed to go for a real ride. Well, I climbed on her and she decided that wasn’t what she wanted. She started bucking and Thomas let go of the rope (good boy!) and got out of the way. He said it looked like the rodeo, only somewhat less violent. I probably stayed on 3 seconds. I remember not being able to see very well and deciding not to try to hang on anymore and the next thing I knew I had landed on my right side, head and butt, glasses gone. I was a bit stunned for a few seconds. Was I wearing a helmet? No!!! Had I been told to wear a helmet? Yes!! OK, so now I’m going to buy a helmet. I landed in the gravel in our driveway. Thomas came over to me asking if I was OK and I said yeah. I was just a bit dizzy from being whacked on the head. Then he noticed I was bleeding, so I went inside, calmly informed Juliana that Thomas said I was bleeding and that she might have to do the first aid and went upstairs to see what I could see. I saw a trickle of blood down the right side of my neck and figured I had a scalp laceration. I explained to the kids that scalp wounds are usually pretty small relative to the amount of blood they produce so not to worry. I got out the first aid kit and told Juliana what to look for and she patched me up. (Typical home school mom: when life craps on you, turn it into a home school lesson in first aid.) I am a little sore today. My neck feels like I was in a rear-ender, a little rodeo whiplash, my head is scabby (I think there is more than one cut) and I have a bruise on my right hip. It was a cheap lesson. I think I will talk to someone about getting some basic horsemanship lessons just because the learning curve will be too slow and potentially dangerous if I do it myself. And yes, I’m not getting on again (nor is anyone else) without a helmet.

One of the cuts in my head

One of the cuts in my head

 

 

Ouch!

Ouch!

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Jazzmin’s got a BF
October 27, 2008, 10:42 pm
Filed under: Horses

I couldn’t understand why she wasn’t being so nice and then I found out it was “that time of the month.”  Poor girl.  I was trying to insist that she be in horse school and she wanted to go text her boyfriend across the fence.

It was a little dark when I took the picture of them sneaking a kiss, so I blurred it like one of those romantic wedding pictures.

Isn’t he a handsome guy?  And yes, I have been spelling her name wrong all this time.  Ya gotta love breeders and their fancy horse names.



We Got Jasmin!
October 21, 2008, 8:01 am
Filed under: Horses | Tags: , ,

Our beautiful Arabian mare, Jasmin, arrived Monday. IMG 0117Here she is with her boy. Turns out that Thomas really likes horses, too. Who knew? It was never something we could really explore living in the city.

Each day since we ‘ve had her he has insisted on getting up early (generally anathema to teenagers) and helping me groom her and walk her around to get her acclimated to her new home.IMG 0118 You can see that she is quite beautiful; a very dark bay with a little star and a hint of a sock above her left rear hoof. More endearing than her goodl ooks, however, is her sweet (and sometimes mischievous) dispositioIMG 0122n.

During the adjustment period where she’s getting used to her new digs, Thomas and I have just been leading her around after she’s done with her morning spa treatment. She’s so spoiled! Cocoa, our dog, is quite jealous. She thinks Jasmin is just a big dog getting all the attention that should be going to her. Cocoa is learning not to crowd her as she has been stepped on a couple of times. The last time was pretty sad because the horse had not a clue as to why this dog was yapping, seemingly in pain. Jasmin had a hoof just enough on Cocoa’s foot to keep her from being able to move. Cocoa was fine and didn’t even limp away. She acted like she was dying, though.

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