Well, another busy week on the farm as summer has arrived and so have flies and many other insects. As anyone with horses knows, flies can be very annoying for both horses and owners. As I am trying to clean stalls and fields, I realize just how annoying those can be. I am thankful for Bronco spray as it seems to really help to control them.
I guess my biggest news this week is that my youngest daughter started riding lessons this week at a ranch just a couple of miles from home. She is very skiddish of the horses and seems to be very nervous when she is with them and I am not a trainer. I will not admit to be an excellent rider by any means and so I do not want to try to teach her to ride. I have tried to train her to do things that I know have to be done. She does know how to clean their hooves and how to properly feed them and general care of them. She knows how to clean stalls and she knows how to give them baths. However, she jumps and seems to become very nervous when they are moving near her. The instructor is a 21 year old young lady who is a coach with the county 4-H and has been riding horses and training horses and riders for several years. She is very knowledgeable and my daughter seems to really connect with her.
As I mentioned we sold my daughters’ pony, which she was really too big for. Instead of buying her a new horse, she decided to try to ride one of the horses we already had. His name is Abdul and he is a 12-14 year old Tennessee walker mix. He is a black gelding and is really a very calm, laid-back horse. Seems to be the perfect horse for her to learn on, although I personally like Quarter Horses better than any of them. He is about 14.5-15 hands high and is just a really nice looking horse and about the perfect size for her. I think she will really like him once she gets some confidence about riding. I truly believe that her biggest problem is the fact that she is scared of heights.
The ferrier was out this week to trim hooves and get our two favorite riding horses ready for the summer season. My horse, Tyson, was in dire need of a good trim as we had done the trims through the winter. He had to work on three of them and I believe that he is going to have to be back out this week as we have a yearling that looks to need some real work done too as I noticed today that she has cracked a couple of the hooves and has since broken a piece of the front one off. It seems that they always need something.
Of course, it is worming season too so it has been a week of giving wormer to all of them and we will do the same schedule again in a few weeks. I am assuming spring shots will come in a week or two also. My husband will do those or we will have our local vet out to take care of them. Speaking of vets, if you know any young adults who are looking for an aspiring career, I would recommend large animal science as it is extremely hard in this part of the country to find a large animal vet.
We personally have a favorite vet, Dr. Brewster, but he has recently been under scrutiny due to a lawsuit that someone has filed against him. I personally think that although is an older man and does use some of the much older methods of treating animals, he is one of the best. He also does things on a walk in basis as well as appointments. He will make farm calls and he is very inexpensive, which is extremely nice for this area. I believe that a lot of the commotion is being caused by other vets in the central Indiana area, due to the fact that he will see many more patients in a day than most vets do. He works long hours and is friendly and always seems to be very caring and kind. I would hate to see him lose his license as people come from many miles away to have him treat their animals and he is very well known around this area.
We have a fairly new chicken as we finally had an egg hatch. It is a cute little black chicken but you can’t really get near it as the mother is very protective, but I do see it in the yard occasionally during the day. It seems to follow its’ mother around and she does a great job of hiding it.
We have had a coyote in our yard recently and we have been losing chickens nightly. I believe that my husband was finally able to shoot it this week. I hated for him to do it, but I feel that it was best for the animals’ safety as well as our own. I hate to have to kill any animal but I guess that is just part of living on a farm like this.
Well, I believe that I have talked long enough so until next week, Y’all come back now and visit our funny farm!