Monday, January 31, 2011

Grin and plow it.

More snow is on the way. I'm not really excited about that, but what can you do? Grin and plow it. (Ha, if I ever get one of those decals for my plow, that's what I'm going to have it say.) It's been really cold again, we got a short break of temps in the 30's but now it's back to the single digits and everything is icy. The paths to the barn are so slippery, I'm worried one of these days I'm going to fall and break my hip. Well, not really my hip, but still, falling on ice carrying full water buckets is not my idea of a good time.

Speaking of not a good time, my truck has been stalling out once it warms up. We figured out what it is and now I'm just waiting for the part so it can be fixed. For now though, I have to keep driving it like that. It stalls whenever I come to a stop. I'm sure people are thinking that I don't know how to drive, but really, it's not me, it's the truck! It's led to some interesting moments. It stalls out and I have to throw in into neutral and start it again and then keep my foot on the gas while it's in neutral to keep it running. I then throw it into drive really fast without taking my foot of the gas and go on my merry way. It's annoying. I've become that redneck in the big truck that revs the engine at all the stops that people hate. Yeah, I'm that guy. I can't wait to get it fixed. Also my plow won't come off. The switch on the jack that lowers it won't work and that means the plow is stuck on the truck. The plow still works, but I just can't take it off. Awesome.

Money wise I'm a little strapped, but I get my pay check this Friday and I'm dj'ing for the next two Fridays, so that will help me out a lot. I need to do my taxes so I can get some money for my hungry bank account! Of course, I'm sure all that money that will feed my hungry bank account will end up feeding my hungry horses. It always does. I need to stock up on hay and shavings and that will cost me. So once again, I leave out my stops to the coffee shops on my way to work and brown bag my lunches for a while. Do horse owners ever buy anything nice for themselves? The answer is no. All their money goes to their horses! I have a farrier appointment coming up too. More money waves goodbye. It's worth it though. I love my farrier and the girls love her. Gypsy's feet are looking awesome, the best I've ever seen them and I think my farrier and the Remission is why. I only have Gypsy on the Remission, but I think I'm going to put Doodles on it too. Gypsy's feet are as tough as nails now and are looking normal. The Remission, I'd like to think, has a lot to do with that. It's great stuff I'd recommend it to anyone with a horse that has bad feet. Really. Check it out! This stuff is really working for me. I had my doubts at first, but now I'm a believer! I won't ever go without it for Gypsy.

Now I'll leave you with some cute pictures of the dogs and Mr. Fluffers taking up my bed.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Changing things up.

I'm going to apologize for the way this blog may look for the next week. I'm trying to change the layout and since I'm not the best at stuff like this, it may look awful for a while. Please forgive my lack of skills.

In other news, my foster dog is now my dog officially. She's fitting in very well and other then a few little problems here and there, she is doing good and quickly becoming a member of the family.

We had a moment where she chased the horses around and got kicked in the head by Gypsy. I slipped under the electric fence, ran to get her, picked her up and carried her out of danger. She was ok but scared. I think she'll think twice about chasing the horses again. At least, I hope so. She hasn't tried again, so I'm hoping she learned something. She and Moe are getting along ok, but they did have a fight today and she ended up with a bloody ear. I cleaned her up and gave her a kiss and a cookie, she seems fine, it's just a little scratch.

I still don't know what to call her. She came with the name Lady, but I don't think it fits her. She is NOT at Lady. My Mom likes Apple, I like Lucy, Emma, Peaches, Shady, or Lily. But I really have no idea about what to call her. Nothing seems to fit. I need to pick something soon. I may just keep her name Lady, but Apple is cute. I just don't know. I need to make her a tag soon and of course I'll need a name to put on it, but I'm still at a loss of what to call her.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An award?!

So I got the stylish blogger award.I don't see myself as stylish but I guess I have some style, it might not be a GOOD style, but it's a style, right? I'd like to thank the person who gave me this award over at There's a horse outside my window. I'm always surprised that people read my blog and are interested in me and my girls. I started this blog to record Gypsy's training and then later, her recovery from laminitis but it's turned into a little more then that. I love that people read and are interested! It makes me happy.

So anyways, the rules of the award:
1.Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3.Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4.Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

I think I've got the first one done, so now I guess it's 7 things about me.

1. I'm a homebody. I don't go out much. Work and home, that's about it. I like being home and comfy. It's kinda funny since I'm a dj at a goth club and you would think that I'd get out a lot more but with the animals and everything around the farm, it's hard to get out for long.

2. I'm a dj. I spin goth industrial music at a local club. I've been doing it for a few years now and am getting ok at it. I have a few really awesome nights coming up that I'm really looking forward to. One is an out of state venue. I like doing out of state clubs, even if it does go against my "homebody" lifestyle.

3. I work at a pet store. I've worked at a pet store for over 5 years now. I love the animals, but sometimes the people can be awful. Most of the time the customers are great, but once in a while you get a bad one. We don't sell dogs or cats at our store, we recommend going to a shelter or breeder. I wouldn't work at a pet store that sold puppies or kittens. The places stores get those animals are often awful places that don't care about anything but the money and I wouldn't want to support that.

4. I love to eat! I love food! Maybe a little too much sometimes. I try and eat healthy but sometimes that just doesn't happen. I like to make fancy dinners with new recipes whenever I can. I like just about everything, there isn't much that I won't eat.

5. I have a few pet snakes. I got into snakes in high school and ended up with one. It then blew up into a full grown reptile addiction! At one time I had over 30 snakes and reptiles. Now I only have a few. Life in a cold drafty farm house doesn't really allow for snakes. I still like them, but I'm just not as into them as I once was. Maybe someday I'll get back into them like I was, but for now I'm happy with them just being around and pets.

6. I don't ever want kids. The animals are enough and kids just aren't my thing. My boyfriend is ok with this, though I know he would like kids, he knows it's not gonna happen. The animals have become our kids in a way. The dogs and the horses (and snakes even) need us and we provide everything for them. We defend them and protect them, they our family and our children. Human kids are loud, smelly and annoying. Animal kids are cute.

7. I worked as a body piercer in a tattoo shop for a few years. As a result, I ended up with a number of piercings and tattoos. I liked piercing people, it was more like working in a doctors office then a shady tattoo shop. All of the shops I had worked at were clean and well run. Sadly, the money wasn't the best and I couldn't live off of it.

Ok now for 15 blogs. Some of these people already got this award and aren't recently discovered, but I'm going to list them anyhow.

1. Living A Farmer's Life I love her cute Friesian/Quarab Colt and dogs.

2. A Fearsome Beauty Saxony reminds me a little of Doodles.

3. Hoof Prints Of Enzo Enzo is eye candy!

4. Sofie Learns Dressage Sofie is a cute paint.

5. Adventures of the Painted Creek Farm More paints!

6. Five Acres Enough She hasn't updated in a while but still a fun read.

7. All the Pretty Little Horses Another one that hasn't updated in a while, but I LOVE her layout!

8. Bitless horse: Science Vs Tradition I've learned a lot about going bitless from here.

9. Sweet horse's breath Sweet Laz also went through laminitis and is doing well now!

10. Eventing-A-Gogo! Gogo is a star!

11. Green n Green=Black n Blue I think the whole horse world loves Denali and her Mom!

12. Tacky tack of the Day I love me some tacky tack!

13. SOME Pit! A blog devoted to helping pit bulls!

14. Dogs of the ARL How I found and fell in love with my new dog (more on that to come another time)

15. Cedar View Paint Horses Even more paint horses!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snow snow snow.

More snow is on the way but such is life in Maine. I will get pics this time. I will not be lazy, I will not be lazy, I will not be lazy. That is my new mantra for the week.

I'm going out early tomorrow hopefully before the storm, to pick up a foster dog. Her name is Lady (yeah, dumb name, I know) and she's a pitbull. She got along well with my male pit during our meeting so I agreed to foster her for the weekend. We'll see how this goes. Crosses fingers and hopes everyone comes out alive.

Doodles didn't eat all of her beet pulp this morning. I thought it was just because I was doing stuff in the barn and distracting her, but she also didn't eat her beet pulp dinner. I'm not sure what's going on but I'm going to keep an eye on her. She's eating her hay and drinking water but her beet pulp us going untouched. She seems fine otherwise though.

Gypsy, is of course eating her beet pulp and everything else for that matter. The white monster is a hog. She's been feeling good and it shows. There is no sign of lameness at all! In fact after watching her run around today, I feel confident in riding her again. Not that Ive done much riding lately. It's been too cold and icy and I'm busy. Damn excuses. I need to get out and ride those horses! Then maybe this blog would be interesting again....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

After the storm.

The snow storm hit us hard. We got more snow then they expected. My morning was spent by feeding the girls and turning them out and then jumping in the truck to plow. I spent at least and hour plowing. Now not only do we have the big driveway to to plow but also the road to the barn and behind the barn. It's double the plowing now. After I got everything plowed out, the truck had to go in to the dealer to be looked at so I wouldn't have the truck for the day. That was ok though since once my Mom picked me up from the dealers and brought me home, I had lots and lots of shoveling and snow blowing to do. And that was my day. Out in the snow all day.

I'm still getting used to not having Eve around. It's strange not having her next to me while I'm on the computer. Before her leg got really bad she used to sit on the couch with me, but once her leg got bad she couldn't jump up on the couch with out being in pain. Moe, my other pitbull has stepped in and taken Eve's place on the couch and the bed. Moe hasn't left my side since Eve left us. He seems to know that he's a only child now.

Gypsy has been practicing her airs above the ground and her best Lipizzaner impression in the snow. It's nice to see her playing and feeling good. She's been doing really good and her feet look great. I need to get a pic of her feet sometime. Doodles is just being Doodles and trying to stay out of Queen Gypsy's way.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

sad times.

Sorry I haven't been here. We found out Eve had bone cancer when she went in for her acl surgery and we decided to have her put to sleep. We could have amputated the leg, but the cancer was through out her body and it only would have given her another few months at best. I made the hard choice and had them put her to sleep. I'm sad, but I'm ok with my decision. I couldn't see her living in pain and being unhappy. I'd rather have an animal put down a day too early then a day too late, if that makes any sense. She lived a good and happy 9 years. She was a good dog. It's been strange not having her around. I miss her.

Here in Maine right now we are getting a massive blizzard. I tryed to get to work today but failed because the roads were so bad. Even though I didn't make it to my paying job, I had a lot of work around the farm to get done. Plowing, shoveling, feeding animals, there is no snow day on a farm. In fact, that just means twice as much work.

Gotta love winter in Maine.

Anyways. I'll try to update you all of the storm and it's clean up tomrrow. Now, I need to bring fresh water to the girls.