More Fun With Hats

Alright, this should be the last post with Santa hats and reindeer antlers. πŸ™‚ Should be. I haven’t done a full edit of the pictures, just cherry picked the best ones, so there might one of two more shots to share after this.

Happy Reindeer.

Happy Reindeer.

Hungry Reindeer

Hungry Reindeer

Confused Reindeer

Confused Reindeer

Grumpy Reindeer

Grumpy Reindeer

Though she doesn’t look Grumpy in this shot…
Poor Astrid was having a tough time with the bells on the halter, which is why she was dubbed “confused”.

We had a Santa hat to go with the bells, but only Sable and Astrid wore it…then we had to let Astrid go, after a back rub. She was just too freaked out by her face jingling. Which tells me that I have to make something with bells on it for her to wear, to get her used to it.

She made a heck of a model here...

She made a heck of a model here…

Every time she moved, the bells jingled and she was sure something was sneaking up on her. This ^^^ is a great shot of her though.

We had to use nummies to get Sable to focus on the camera...yeah, she was a little too focused here!

“Nummies!!”

We had to use nummies to get Sable to focus on theΒ  camera…yeah, she was a little too focused here! Finally, she settled down and we got a good shot of her…

"Nom, nom...thanks for the nummy!"

“Nom, nom…thanks for the nummy!”

Sable also wore an elf hat…

Santa's biggest elf!

Santa’s biggest elf!

Ruby was amazing. Kid and Hubby figured it was going to be a rodeo with The Paints. Meh. I’ve been working on haltering them without the corral panels. I walk up, let them check out their halter and slip it on. Yes, they still have their break aways on, but, that’s okay, it’s still progress…5 minutes from out the back door to halter on Paint faces. Amazing!! Compared to Cookie’s first time being haltered here. 4 panels, 3 people, 2 hours.

And this!!

Look at that face, the body language!! All says, "Alright, what would you like me to do?" <3

Look at that face, the body language!! All says, “Alright, what would you like me to do?” ❀

Anyways…like I said, I had faith in our Painted Ladies. πŸ™‚

Ruby and Santa

Ruby and Santa

Had to get Hubby in there with his reindeer. Gotta say, Santa looks cold!

Trying to get Cookie to lift her head.

Trying to get Cookie to lift her head.

She did great, for someone who’s typically scared of everything. πŸ˜‰ My favorite shot though, is the next one. Of the 20 or so shots I took, the next one is the only shot like it, everything else she was fairly relaxed and happy in…

There's my Bitchy Reindeer.

There’s my Bitchy Reindeer.

Hahahaha!! I love that shot! Clearly “Santa” said something to cheese her off! πŸ˜›

F is for Fun

Fun with horses, apple sauce and Santa hats. πŸ™‚

Since our Sable has been needing a refresher on deworming skills, Kid took out a syringe filled with homemade unsweetened, organic apple sauce. After a few tries, she was able to, successfully, get the syringe in Sable’s mouth and fire off a couple of loads. Sable says it tastes much, much better than dewormer! πŸ˜€

After that, we let the girls try to lick the jar…

Ruby figured out real fast how to get her tongue in the jar!

Ruby figured out real fast how to get her tongue in the jar!

Cookie was quite dainty in her quest for apple sauce.

Cookie was quite dainty in her quest for apple sauce.

Astrid tried so hard, but had a tough time figuring out how to get her tongue in there...

Astrid tried so hard, but had a tough time figuring out how to get her tongue in there…

She could smell it…she licked and licked and licked, and just kept getting the edge of the jar. Then, The Kid lifted the jar up a bit and…

Success!!

Success!!

From there, it was another round of fun hats.

Ruby was happy to wear the Santa hat.

Ruby was happy to wear the Santa hat.

Candy cane creme filled cookies helped. πŸ™‚

Even Cookie was willing to wear it...

Even Cookie was willing to wear it…

Astrid, looking beautiful in the sunshine.

Astrid, looking beautiful in the sunshine.

And finally…

MCF Merry ChristmasF is for Fun!!
More is coming…we have a few more hats for the girls to wear over the next few days.

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.

Nightmare Before Christmas…Socks.

Desensitization. Remember that? Yeah, we do that a lot with the Girls. The latest round was with socks. Nightmare before Christmas (how perfect!!) socks. Have a look…

As always, these things start with Sable.

As always, these things start with Sable.

Then, it was Cookie's turn. She volunteered to go next...really, she was "Looks like Horse, Stick like Glue" with me.

Then, it was Cookie’s turn. She volunteered to go next…really, she was “Looks like Horse, Sticks like Glue” with me.

Oh, Ruby! She is so adorable...happily, she lets us do these things for treats. This is why a simple hay pellet is the perfect treat. Ruby works for food!

Oh, Ruby! She is so adorable…happily, she lets us do these things for treats. This is why a simple hay pellet is the perfect treat. Ruby works for food!

Finally, Astrid. She was rather disappointed all the "fun" the others were having meant having things on her ears. She wasn't so sure it actually was fun.

Finally, Astrid. She was rather disappointed all the “fun” the others were having meant having things on her ears. She wasn’t so sure it actually was fun.

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Oh Sable!

Sable is our weather girl. By that I mean, if the weather is bouncing around temperature and pressure wise, I know to keep an eye on her. It is inevitable, if the atmospheric pressure is wonky, Sable’sΒ  tummy will go wonky too.

I watch for those little signs of equine tummy upset…pawing (she’s not a pawer, so when I see it, I know, tummy is going off), excessive flehmen response or a twitchy upper lip, pacing or walking in circles, turning to look at or bite at her sides, and cranky llama ears. It’s little things, things that most folks wouldn’t notice, if they didn’t know her. We are blessed to have our girls at home, so I watch for these things.

Friday was one of those days. It started with her pacing a large circle, with her head swinging in to look at her right side. I saw it from the living room window, and knew I had to get my butt outside.

When I got out there, she was lying down. Not in distress, but just lying. So I didn’t make her get up, but she did get up as I climbed the fence. She came to me, with that upper lip twitching. Oh boy, I knew I had to get on this fast, or we’d be facing a full-blown colic episode.

I keep the vet’s phone # on speed dial, both in my cell phone and on the house phone. So, a quick call, some advice, and an admonition to call him back and let him know this time! Last time this happened, I was told to walk her for 1/2 hour, and let him know if things got worse-he was more than 45 minutes out from us on another call anyways, so, I had to handle the situation until he could get to us. Well, in the half hour, she dropped a whole lot of manure, and released (what smelled like) a metric tonne of gas! So I didn’t call him back, because we didn’t need him to come out. Apparently, I was supposed to. Okay then. Now I know.

In the time I was on the phone, Sable laid down again. I left her lying, and set about to giving her a back massage. I know full well, I massage her back, and the gas typically works its way out. Boy howdy, did it! Whew. Thank goodness we were outside, because wowzers, the stink! LOL! But, typical horse owner with a horse with a tetchy tummy, I celebrated the fart. πŸ˜›

Oh and did she relaxed once that fart came out! That was a good sign. She dropped her head down onto the ground and dozed. It’s hard on a girl, to have an upset tummy, and it takes a lot of energy out of you. Especially when you can’t burp the gas out, and have to wait for it to come out the other end.

I continued to rub her back while she dozed…once I was hearing snores, I took a few pictures.

Oh, sleepy girl!

Oh, sleepy girl!

You’d never know she wasn’t feeling 100% here. Once some of the gas pressure released, she definitely felt much better.

"Stop taking my picture when I don't feel good!"

“Stop taking my picture when I don’t feel good!”

Stretching...

Stretching…

You can see her belly is wet here…when I first came out I thought it was sweat, but no. It was from her lying in the snow. I had some cloth mitts in my pockets, so that once she got up, I could dry her belly a bit.

She got up shortly after this, and I resumed her back massage. I also tried to push the pressure point in her mouth, but she wasn’t having that. That’s something I have to work on with her more. Ever since her last deworming, she’s been mouth shy. I can’t blame her, the dewormer is yucky, yucky stuff. However, if I need in that mouth, I don’t want her flinging her head up to stop me. I can’t have that. Which means the syringe of apple sauce comes out…have to show her that it’s not always the yucky stuff when Mama wants into her mouth. πŸ™‚

It wasn’t long after that when The Kid came home from school. She grabbedΒ  Sable’s halter and lead rope and took her for a walk…

walkingWe knew Blonde Girl was going to be just fine when she lifted her tail and dropped a huge pile of manure. Kid walked her for a while longer, and once we saw no more signs of tummy upset, we let her off halter and she ambled away. We spent the evening and night checking on her, and as the weather settled down again, she was fine. Thank goodness!

Wearin’ the Toque

Happily, I did get outside to take some pictures yesterday. I used Hubby’s Winnipeg Jets (hockey) toque. We had gone to The Kid’s Christmas concert at school earlier in the week, and he won it in the silent auction. First thing I thought of was horses wearing it for a photo shoot. Strangely, he wasn’t surprised by that. At all. πŸ˜‰

Astrid

Astrid

Sable

Sable

Cookie...looks thrilled, doesn't she?

Cookie…looks thrilled, doesn’t she?

Ruby wore it beautifully...gave us forward ears and everything!

Ruby wore it beautifully…gave us forward ears and everything!

And then she decided she was done, and shook it off.

And then she decided she was done, and shook it off.

^^^ I love this face so much!! ^^^

Meanwhile, Daphne was thirsty…

Having a DrinkHeated waterers…not just for horses!

Alphabe-Thursday…E Edition

The last month or so has seen a push for getting projects done. That time before Christmas is a busy one for anyone who makes things for sale, and that includes me. I pulled a few all-nighters to get slippers done for mail-out, and at least one to finish some saddle pads for sale.

Then there was the big excitement of the Santa photo shoot at the stable. That was awesome! Exciting, a great experience, and the joys of pushing my skills in editing. I’ll share a few of the animal shots with y’all…I can’t share the ones with people in them because I don’t have permission to do that. You’ll just have to trust me that they turned out fabulous. πŸ˜‰

Marco

Marco

This guy hung around for repeated Santa hat treatments. Actually, he just wanted to sleep on the straw bales we were using as props. That put him in the line of fire, because no animal goes un-Santa hatted during a photo shoot!

Joe

Joe

Joe was rewarded with a few good slurps out of my coffee cup for sitting so nicely.

Samson

Samson

This is the StableMistress’ horse, and he is just the sweetest boy. Yeah, he looks a little grumpy, but he just got in trouble for not standing still. lol!
It’s more of a pout…”I’m standing here for this becauseΒ  Mom told me to, and because I’m a Good Boy…but I don’t have to like it.”

As for editing…I got to remove bird poop from a wooden wall, remove someone’s arm from a shot, and play switcheroo with a horse’s head. Pretty cool stuff. πŸ™‚

This past Monday I got up and realized all my projects were done, and off the table. That’s when the wall hit me, and the exhaustion caught up with me. I spent 2 days just wandering around the farm aimlessly. Tossing the kong for Daphne, rubbing horse bums and backs, and just decompressing. I discovered that the exhaustion went so deep that I haven’t picked up my camera all week. Yeah, that’s something strange for me.

Yesterday I found the malaise was pushing down a little too hard, and tried to figure out the best way to fight it. Then it dawns on me, I have the very best therapy for fighting off the darkness.

So, I suited up in my winter gear, locked the pup up in her kennel, and went out to the pasture, where I brushed and rubbed my Girl. When I was done with that, I just leaned on her while she dozed. Which brought to mind my very favorite Fergus the Horse comic…

Fergus "Smell the Horses"When this was uploaded to the Facebook page, it had this caption with it…

“Dear horses everywhere,

You might think that all humans are the same. But they actually have very different personalities, just like horses. Some want you to work. Others will just put their face into you mane and breathe deeply.

http://www.cafepress.com/fergusthehorse

Always let them do that. It’s good for them. Kindest regards, Fergus”

Yeah, that was what I needed to do. Enjoy the scent of my Girl, and ground myself.

Cookie and the Dog ToyToday seems to be much better, but then, an hour out in the cold, leaning on the bestest horse ever will do that for you! I think once the sun is up, and the inside chores are done (or close to done) I’ll grab my camera, a Santa hat, Hubby’s Winnipeg Jets toque, a bundle of silk poppies, and we’ll see what happens.

I’m glad to have my energy back. πŸ™‚

E is for Excitement, Experience, Editing, Exhaustion, and Energy.

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday.