Mip

We’ve been seeing more and more of Polo’s kittens. Yesterday, The Kid and I had a chance to get our hands on Mip.

See who's peeking out from the long grass?

See who’s peeking out from the long grass?

We’ve named her Mip as a short form of MiniPolo…she looks darn near exactly like Mama.

Polo and MipThere have been a few times that I’ve mistaken her for Polo when seeing her by herself. They are an adorable pair, for sure. 🙂

Caught in a yawn...

Caught in a yawn…

While The Kid and I were petting Polo, Mip was brave enough to come over for some pets and scratches too…her sister Peekaboo hid just inside the garage door hole, calling. I told her to come out for snuggles too, and at one point, she was half way out, but dashed back in when she saw Daphne.

Later today, I’ll go out with some scrap meat (we save cut offs and scraps for the cats) and see if I can entice the kittens to me.

Finally…what’s a blog post with out a horse picture? Here’s Sable enjoying some of the garden carrots…they’re too bitter and woody for humans, but are just right for equines. 🙂

Kid had put them int he trough for Sable to bob for...she didn't like that, and Kid had to fish them out and hold them for her.

Kid had put them in the trough for Sable to bob for…she didn’t like that, and Kid had to fish them out and hold them for her.

Scavenger Hunt Monday

Yeah, yeah…I know it’s supposed to be on Sunday, but it’s been a busy couple of weeks. As y’all can tell by the lack of posts. 🙂

Between goose hunting, working with The Girls, chasing trailers and silk poppies, slipper making and deliveries, clothing repair and general housework, and fabric shopping for saddle pads, well, blog posts are the one thing that has suffered…well, that and my kitchen. My kitchen stays clean for maybe 2 or 3 hours at a time.

Ahh, such is the life of a busy Farm Wife. 🙂 I am not complaining!

This weeks prompts are Paint, Pumpkin, Family, Looking Cute and Photographer’s Choice. Shall we move on to the pictures?

Paint

Regular readers must know by now…a prompt like paint is going to mean pictures of my pretty Paint girls. What else could I do?

Ruby Girl

Ruby Girl

My Cookie

My Cookie

Pumpkin

I bought my pumpkin last week…not that we have trick or treaters out here, but not having a pumpkin is unthinkable at Hallowe’en! Besides, it gives the pumpkin coloured cat something to investigate. Along with the garden gnome-who bears a striking resemblance to my Father!

Pumpkin and Max, my pumpkin coloured cat. :)

Pumpkin and Max, my pumpkin coloured cat. 🙂

Family

This is one of my favorite family shots. I love the connection between The Kid and Astrid in this one. I also love being able to give my family the chance to grow with the horses…and soon to come other farm animals.

Family

Looking Cute

It doesn’t get much cuter than this…Princess Sabrina drinking coffee from my cup. She is definitely looking cute!

Sabrina Coffee

Daphne’s version of drinking from a cup and looking cute is vastly different…

Oh Daphne!!

Oh Daphne!!

Yes, she’s drinking the same water she’s standing in…sometimes, she drinks the water at the very same time she’s peeing in it. LOL! Our Daphne is an uncouth Farm Dog, for sure!

And just for the record, I change that pan of water every time she goes in it, because it’s for the horses to drink out of. No one wants to drink dog pee water. Except Daphne.

Photographer’s Choice

As much as I love this prompt, it can be, sometimes, very hard to choose a photo. Today’s choice is of Sable, enjoying the salt lick. Eyes closed, tongue out, and smile on her face, Blonde Girl was definitely enjoying the salt. Not hard to see why this one was photographer’s choice. 🙂

photographers choice

Sharing with Scavenger Hunt Sunday hosted by Ashley Sisk.

Who’s That Cookie?

Way back in May, I did a post called “Sharing Clothes”.

In that post, I showed y’all my new saddle blanket Hubby bought me as a Mother’s Day present. It was supposed to be for Cookie. If you remember, in that post, everyone wore it but Cookie.

Dork. 😛

Ahh, but yesterday, after months of trying, and a week or two of sleeping with the blanket, this happened:

Look at that, would ya?

Look at that, would ya?

Miss “I Ain’t Ever Gonna Wear That Stupid Blanket” is wearing that blanket.

Time, and patience, folks. Gets you there every time!

Oh, and while she was wearing it, Hubby picked up her back feet. Had them in hand for about 30 seconds. Yeah, she’s come a long way!

One Year

Today makes 1 year since we met our Painted Ladies, and they stole our hearts. 1 year since we made the 2 hour drive from the farm down to the place where the Rescue had the horses. 1 year since we put down a deposit to make them ours. Here are pictures from the day we met them…

Cookie...so wide eyed! This has become known as the "Crazy Paint Eye".

Cookie…so wide eyed! This has become known as the “Crazy Paint Eye”.

The Crazy Paint Eye happens when she’s unsure of what’s going on around her. This happens less and less now…that’s a good thing.

Ruby...head in the grain bucket! LOL! Not much has changed. ;)

Ruby…head in the grain bucket! LOL! Not much has changed. 😉

Another one of our Ruby...of course, she wasn't ours yet.

Another one of our Ruby…of course, she wasn’t ours yet.

Fast forward a year, and here are some new pictures of them. At home. Their Forever home.

At attention.

At attention.

I love that long, thick mane of hers. It’s so beautiful…her white is transparent. ❤

Girl sure know how to pose.

Girl sure knows how to pose.

Watching the geese.

Watching the geese.

This giant Dork had a long thick mane too…she’s been pushing fence and has yanked so much of it out. 😦 It wasn’t quite as long as Ruby’s but it was much thicker. *sigh* I still love her though, mane or no mane. Cookie 1 Year3

Enjoying the mineral block...she kept trying to bite pieces off...this is the only shot where she was actually licking.

Enjoying the mineral block…she kept trying to bite pieces off…this is the only shot where she was actually licking.

Munching.

Munching.

She's gorgeous. I don't know a lot about equine confirmation, but to me, she's perfect.

She’s gorgeous. I don’t know a lot about equine conformation, but to me, she’s perfect.

Munching together.

Munching together.

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

I like big butts and I cannot lie…

I ❤ them Quarter Horse bred paints. 🙂 Finally, I had the chance to take a few portrait style shots of Cookie. In editing, I realized, I had a photo bomber. Surprisingly, it wasn’t Astrid.

Oh Sable...

Oh Sable…

Hahahaha!! She so enjoyed that roll. :D

Hahahaha!! She so enjoyed that roll. 😀

Here’s to many more years of fun, learning and love with our Painted Ladies. (Sable and Astrid too!) Sharing with the From the Farm Bloghop, Farmgirl Friday, and Friendship Friday.

Tongues and Yawns

We see a lot of tongues and yawns around here. From the dog to the horses…yawns and tongues are everywhere!

Like puppy tongues, when she's jumping...

Like puppy tongues, when she’s jumping…

Sable's tongue, drinking from the hose.

Sable’s tongue, drinking from the hose.

Cookie's tongue at the beginning of a yawn.

Cookie’s tongue at the beginning of a yawn.

^^^ I love this one so much, it’s the screen saver on my phone. ❤

Oh yeah, there's the end of the yawn!

Oh yeah, there’s the end of the yawn!

You saw Ruby's yawn yesterday...here's a close up. :)

You saw Ruby’s yawn yesterday…here’s a close up. 🙂

There's the licking after a good yawn.

There’s the licking after a good yawn.

Astrid tries to lick treats out of the bottom of the bucket...

Astrid tries to lick treats out of the bottom of the bucket…

Still trying for treats. One day I'll catch her in a yawn too!

Still trying for treats. One day I’ll catch her in a yawn too!

Oh Daphne!! A girl has to cool off somehow...pools are perfect for hot dogs. :P

Oh Daphne!!
A girl has to cool off somehow…pools are perfect for hot dogs. 😛

Sable enjoys the mineral block...

Sable enjoys the mineral block…

"Yes? Can I help you? Why you take pictures of me licking?"

“Yes? Can I help you? Why you take pictures of me licking?”

Sweaters on a Warm Day

I’m working on that Cookie.
She doesn’t like things on her back. Back related tack scares the bejeezus out of her. She goes sideways, snorts, and shakes.
So, I’m starting small. I put my gloves on her back…no problem. I put a body brush on her back…just fine. Yesterday, y’all saw the crown on her back. Didn’t even lift her head from eating.
Yesterday afternoon, I pushed her boundaries even more…I push until she’s uncomfortable, then hold there until she relaxes…here, I’ll show you pictures of what I mean, using my sweater.

I took of my hoodie, and put it on her back.

I took off my hoodie, and put it on her back.

You can see, she’s not super bothered by it, but the ears and tension in her front half tell me she’s unsure about this plan. So, I talk softly, tell her she’s awesome, that she can do this, and rub her neck, her back, her bum. In reality, it doesn’t matter the words I use, it’s all in the tone and the hands.

Here she's relaxing...my tone and hands tell her that thing on her back isn't scary, and can't hurt her.

Here she’s relaxing…my tone and hands tell her that thing on her back isn’t scary, and can’t hurt her.

It also helps that the sweater has my scent all over it…well, mine and hers. Everything I wear smells like her. 😉

And there...from scary thing to "oh I might as well have some water" in less than 5 minutes.

And there…from scary thing to “oh I might as well have some water” in less than 5 minutes.

The key is reading her body language, and figuring out how far I can push her boundaries. When that pretty head goes way up in the air, and there’s tension on the lead rope, I know, I have to move slowly, talk quietly and reassure her. As the head comes down, the tension eases, and she relaxes under what ever is happening to her. Also, when she is unsure, I don’t take away the thing that’s causing the pressure. I want her to relax and know that if I say “Hey, this is fine” with the scary thing in place, then she knows that scary thing just isn’t. Once she relaxes, even if only enough to sniff the thing, then I take away the “scary thing”.

~~~~~~~~~~~ Small tangent~~~~~~~~~~~

I use the same methods when asking for her feet. And I’ve made progress there too. From not wanting to give me her feet at all, to giving it her best try. I can lift fronts up and clean them out, and we’re working on balance. It’s been a while for her, so she’s re-learning basics, like how to balance with a foot in the air, without falling on your human.
When it comes to backs, there have been huge strides (haha!) there too…I handle her back half just as easily as her front now, only she hasn’t given me a hoof yet. It’ll come, sooner, rather than later, I know, because she’s shifting, and going on toe, but not quite a lift yet. Again, it’s reassuring her that giving me her foot isn’t scary, that if she needs it back, she’ll get it (after all, it’s her foot!), and I’m not doing anything weird back there.

One thing I love…and so many horse people take this tiny move for granted…is I can now walk all the way around her without the worry of being booted. I use the universal technique of keeping one hand on her bum while going around her rear, and she’s 98% relaxed. Couldn’t do that with her before. She’d go sideways, or swing her bum away and watch me. Now, she stands, and lets me go around her. 🙂

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Once she’s comfortable, then I let it go. Take the sweater off her, put it back on, and she sniffs me all over. But, before I take it off her, I take pictures, and I get this look at the end…

Really? Must you take pictures of all the humiliating things you do to me?

“Really? Must you take pictures of all the humiliating things you do to me?”

Oh yes. Yes, I must. 😛

While this is going on, Ruby is doing this…

"Oh lawdy, that child done wore me out!"

“Oh lawdy, that child done wore me out!”

Kid made her work and think too…it’s good for her.

A Crown for All Horses

Sable…

Crown Sable1

“Yes, I am very pretty with my crown.”

"Okay, so it slipped..."

“Okay, so it slipped…”

"Fixed. Now I can nap."

“Fixed. Now I can nap.”

 

Astrid…

"*sigh* Must I wear this?"

“*sigh* Must I wear this?”

"Last picture, right?"

“Last picture, right?”

 

Cookie…

"Look at me!!"

“Look at me!!”

"I. Am. Awesome."

“I. Am. Awesome.”

"Oh yeah, Mom does these *artistic* shots with me...*sigh*"

“Oh yeah, Mom does these *artistic* shots with me…*sigh*”

 

Ruby…

"I am Queen Ruby. Feed me!"

“I am Queen Ruby. Feed me!”

"What?!? No nummies!?!"

“What?!? No nummies!?!”

"No nummies, no crown. "

“No nummies, no crown. “

"*sigh* You owe me, Woman..."

“*sigh* You owe me, Woman…”

Sharing for Wordless Wednesday at Crafty Spices, Create With Joy, and Blog Paws. Also sharing with Farm Girl Friday.