Sunday, September 15, 2019

Finally, Draper's Second Trail Ride

I can't believe it has been over a year since I rode Draper on her first trail ride.  Always big plans but it is hard to follow through.
 J decided it would be a good day to head to the mountain.  He picked Hank, once again wanting his calmness to rub off on Draper. 
 She was a little excited at the beginning because we parked next to a trailer that had 3 other horses tied up.  She was very interested it trying to see them.  So at first, we stuck pretty close Hank. 
 But that didn't last long and Draper was waaaay out in front.
 She would still alert to rocks and logs, but she was very brave and went past pretty much everything on her own.
 We are in the midst of a drought.  You can see how stressed the rhododendron is.
I was really pleased with how calm Draper was for the entire ride.
 Now I just need to get her to a couple of horse shows to get her use to that sort of stuff. 
Another successful ride, thanks J.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Coupon Saturday #33

V has now gotten into couponing too.  She managed to get in on a deal with Airwick that I missed out on. 
 She had one more account that she had clipped the coupon on.  It was B1G1 free, plus there was a sale, B1G1 free, which made 2 totally free.  By the time I realized this, they had pulled the coupon off the site.  Anyway, I think V got them on 3 accounts but was saving one for her $5 off $25 Saturday.  You will notice, there is no Airwick in the picture.
 And her total is pretty high.  She said the store was out of lots of stuff so she had to improvise.  Her problem was, she grabbed the wrong Airwick, so the coupon didn't work.  She ended up returning those so her real total was about $4.
 This was the deal I came up with.  Finally found a store with the free plug, plus the $1 Finish tabs and I had one account with a $2 off Finish, so $1 overage, YAY.
Not too bad, -0.05 made it $1.06 with tax.  I love getting paid to go shopping.  Plus, V let me use her receipt for my Ibotta app, which gave me 50 cents back on the Suave deodorant.  Another score!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Button's New Mom

We had our first calving problem, backwards calf and cow never went into labor.  When J got her up, the calf was dead.
 Button is almost a month old now and growing like a weed.  But it was time to adopt her out to a new mom.
 We had to haul her back over to the farm where the fall cows are.  J didn't want to hook up the trailer,
 so we just tied her in the bed of the pickup.
 She didn't get any breakfast, so she was a bit hungry.  She was sucking on everything while J was putting the calf hide on her.
I don't think she understood why we weren't giving her any milk.
 Once everything was situated, J made the introductions. 
 Button really had no idea what to do, so we got the cow in the chute and helped Button out.
It didn't take her long to figure things out. 
Mom was thrilled to death with her.  J went back this evening to check on things.  He took the hide off and the cow cleaned Button right up.  He said she looked full and acted satisfied.  Hope this makes a successful pair.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Better Than Otoelene?

I may not go that far just yet, but things are looking promising for Draper.  So far her feet are holding up better anyway. 
 At 3 years old, and for the fact that I usually only ride her a couple of times a week, I still lounge her for a little bit before I get on.  Plus, I am old and don't like surprises.  Some days this just consists of w/t/c both ways then done.   Next, I ride her in the barn, usually w/t/c both ways, work on leg yields, side passing, pivoting (not very good yet) and backing.  Then it's outside for a ride around the farm.  So far we have covered about 3/4 of the property. 
 Who needs to go to a Cowboy Challenge with this stuff to pick our way through.
 And instead of being spooked by the uprooted tree,
 she just wanted to see if there was anything edible on it.
 She had been getting a lot better at going down steep hills with more control.
 Some of the horses get really nervous through here.  But not Draper, at least not yet.  Our side is clear, but off to the right...
you can never tell what is on the other side of the line fence.  Cattle could be moving around in there or deer might jump out.
 We did some water and mud crossings today, very calm, never tried to rush or jump over anything.
 Draper seems much  more curious than Otoelene.   She has been very brave and eager to go new places.
 I even let her play in the water for a bit, it was pretty hot.
She loves the cattle.  I'm pretty sure she would love to chase them around, but I am holding her to just walking and standing calmly around them.  Maybe when the weather cools off, we can do some official trail riding.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Record Keeping

We had a new calf today.  Nothing surprising about that because our fall calving cows are in the middle of their calving season.  The surprise was that it was one of the cows we bought that was suppose to have a calf on her that was born in January.  J thought her and two others looked a little far along so he weaned those three calves a couple of weeks ago.  
 Then this big guy was born last night.  (You can just see Button in the background)
 Which means she was bred at the end of November.  It is also suppose to be out of a homozygous black bull.
So much for some people's record keeping or lack thereof.   But with the 2 stags in the group, what could we expect.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Kit Kat Sunday #149

Kit Kat has a pillow on the workbench where he usually takes his Kat naps.
 But this summer, he has taken to hanging out on some cardboard that was just temporarily laying on the floor until I got it to the recycling center.
Well, temporarily had turned into all summer.  How can you deny a cat his nap.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Why I Am Smiling

Can you tell where I am?

Back at the beach for a few days, but missing J back at the ranch.  We have been keeping an eye on Dorian, looks like we will be gone before it gets here.
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