To all of my Friday Funny Farm report fans, I feel that I must apologize as I have not been able to keep this written on a weekly basis like I was doing before, but life has been crazy lately. With the new filly to care for, school starting, and all of the other crazy things that have happened lately it just seems that this report has been put to the wayside. I am hoping now that leaves are beginning to change colors and the temperatures are beginning to fall some, I will be able to spend more time here writing about our farm.
I was thinking about writing this the other day and was thinking that I just need to give an update on all of the horses and animals that we care for on a daily basis. We have thinned down our stock of horses and only have a couple more that we would like to get rid of. I will try to make a short note about the ones we still have or have gotten that I have not managed to write about. Here goes:
Tyson – my favorite horse has been lame most of the summer since we had him shod. I have had him checked for problems with shoes and several other things. We will be taking him to the vet next week as he now seems to be having a problem with a stifle joint or his hip. I love him and I know that he seems to be in pain and that makes me sad. I have spent so much time with him this week since we noticed the swollen area. I am hoping that we can have him fixed and he will be ridable as I can not imagine that he might never ride again.
Fred – he is buckskin that we have had for awhile. We had sold him and the lady never came to get him. I really like him and so I am not sure as to if we will keep him or not. He does ride well and seems to do fine with exercises. He is an older horse that we haven’t ridden much this year.
Sally – this is another older horse that we had sold to the same lady and still have her. I think that she is a good horse as well. She does ride, but I personally haven’t ridden her in over a year. She is more just a friendly face in the pasture.
Lucy – this is the little yearling paint horse that my husband got paid to take from the sale as she was in such poor condition. I was amazed that she lived through the night and I am now amazed at the progress she has made in all that is asked of her. She has gained weight is at a normal weight now. She has begun to look like a show horse and I think that she is going to be wonderful in a halter class next summer for my daughter.
Sugar – my husband’s horse and one that we have been trail riding all summer. She is an older grey horse, but absolutely a dream to ride.
Stormy – my quarter horse that I have been trail riding all summer. She is a little stubborn at times, but rides well. I am pleased with her. We got her after the people we originally sold her to were in trouble for moving to another town and leaving her here. They were still trying to get here to feed her but she was constantly out of the fence and in yards around the house and they could not take her to the new home so were forced to get rid of her.
Abdul – this is my daughter’s horse. She has taken him for her riding lessons, trail riding, and he does anything that is asked of him. He is a Tennessee Walker and pure black. He is a real beauty and we have driven him a couple of times this year with a cart. She rides him almost daily.
Cinnamon – is the mare we bought that recently gave birth that we did not even know was pregnant. She is a really nice horse, but she is only three. She has had 30 days of professional training so she does know a little bit. We actually gave her to a friend of my daughter and she has done fabulous with her care. She is going to be a show horse next summer too.
Vanilla Sundae – this is our new filly. An absolute doll!!
Dream Weaver – this is my newest horse. She is a standard thoroughbred and is trained to ride and drive. I rode her for the first time just a few days ago and I am thrilled with the horse. She may be a little stubborn at times, but I think that she will be fine.
Little Deer – this is the registered miniature horse that I bought at the sale because he was so cute and so little. He was very healthy but just small. He has grown quite a bit now and I am thrilled with him. I am hoping that he will sell soon as I would like to get rid of him now.
I am sad to say that my other miniature was traded off for a bigger horse that turned out to be a horse that I did not like at all. Prince Charming, my mini, was really sweet, but he began to act out every time that I had him out for anything. He even kicked my husband and a friend. We decided that it was time to get rid of him.
We have 6 ducks and several chickens. We are getting about a dozen eggs a day from the chickens. The ducks will come to find me each morning to eat bread. They know that I will feed them if they find me. I enjoy watching them wander around the yard and I enjoy hearing the roosters crow early in the morning.
Arnold, my pot – bellied pig is doing well. I have had him since he was a baby and I am so glad that my family got him for me. He stays outside as I can’t imagine anyone having them inside. I usually have to go out at least once a day to spend some time with him. He enjoys scratches behind the ears. He would really enjoy a little bit of rain since it has been a very dry summer.
As you can tell, it is a very busy farm. It seems that the trips to buy feed in a constant part of our lives. However, we would not give it up as we love being in the country and we love the animals so much. There are days that I wish we did not have to feed and care for them, but I am thankful that we can enjoy them as we do. I am hoping to add a few more things in the spring, but for now this is all we need.
For now, I better close this and get myself out into the farm to feed. I am meeting a friend for breakfast this morning and so I must get busy and take care of my animals first. Take care of yourselves and tell someone that they are important to you today.