Thursday, September 17, 2020

EOTRH Round 2: Follow Up

Okay yeah this is really late, his follow up was a while ago haha. His second round of extractions last month took place on my busiest day of the year at work, and then after I scheduled the one week follow up the vet office called back to move it (and I had about 4 other appointments that same week, so things got away from me). At any rate, everything looked as it should, and the vet was pleased with how the holes were healing up. She brought a fresh group of students with her that day, and showed them the healed over upper gums from the first round of extractions

Ruby was super interested in the goings-on in the aisleway

He wasn't fully feeling the sedative yet, haha. 

Yeah I know the halter is in his eyeball. It's a little too big, he's got a new one coming. 

Mmmm teef holes

Sleeping off his sedative in the aisle after they left

He's a cheap date!

She told me to keep flushing them for another week, and keep an eye out for any issues, but other than that, we should be good to go until his next dental in the spring of 2021! He's eating well, still putting away decent amounts of his fancy alfalfa every day. We should be picking up this winter's worth sometime this weekend -- spoiled horse! I'm still hoping to pack a few more pounds on him before the temps drop in earnest, but we'll see. It will probably help when we drop round bales and switch them back to dry lot turnout during the day, which I'm hoping will be this weekend (if the new bale spikes coming today fit the tractor like they should, fingers crossed!). 

I'll never get tired of tongue photos though, which is good, since it's probably permanent at this point haha. 

Love this old man!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WW: Rose Gold Edition

 I still hate trying to blog from mobile, it put the pictures out of the order I wanted, grrrr. 

Cinna better not pretend to be scared of the goats ever again, she worked Monday night with Sam's head in the arena 90% of the time.

She needs a fresh roach and a tail wash day

My flowers are still blooming. 

Clearance plants FTW

I got some exciting mail yesterday

A few weeks back, Pearlescent Pony was having a big bridle sale. And after filling then discarding my cart no less than 8 times, I bought this rose gold piped bridle and then a bonus "mermaid

Immediately swapped the bonus browband onto my PS knockoff, can't wait to photograph it in action.

Ruby got to be my bridle model last night.  

She was less than enthused. 

Close up of the details. I like it! It's nicely padded, anatomic monocrown, the leather is a little stiff out of the bag but I think it'll break in really well. 

I originally ordered a full size, then a day after I placed my order I saw a note on their website that the bridles run big, so I emailed in to see if I could change my order to cob. The owner was SUPER responsive and immediately got that updated. She was also very responsive the day I ordered when a discount code wasn't working. TWO THUMBS UP for good customer service. 

I was hoping the bridle would fit both horses, and it should. Ruby is on some of the bottom holes and Cinna will be up in the middle somewhere. If I was going to order another one, I might take a chance on full size.

(I had a really good ride too, if that matters. And I think the Pivo tracked me the whole time, although I was too tired to do more than a cursory glance at the footage)

Hazy skies from the smoke out west blowing east. Thinking of all my west coast friends ♥️

Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday Madness: Tractor Edition, Take Two

Well, anyone who knows my DH will know that the minute he knew the last tractor wouldn't work for him, he was already off and scheming trying to find the next one. We had quite a few leads on promising ones due to comments on my FB page, and then we both took a partial day at work Friday so we could spend the afternoon cruising some dealerships again (clearly not the one we bought the last tractor from). We got a good tip from the dealer we actually bought our ancient (1940s) Ford 8N/brushhog from back in 2009 when we bought this property -- their dealership down about 2 hours southwest had just (as in a few hours before) taken in a Case IH that sounded like it would fit the bill. We didn't have anything planned, and the horse trailer was in the shop, so we decided to road trip down and check it out. 

This must be the world's most expensive way to collect a bunch of tractor brand hats..... lol. 

After test driving it a bit, and chatting with the salesguy, DH decided it would suit our purposes. It's a smidge smaller than the last one (something like 50HP instead of 60HP?). It's also only 2WD, but with the massive savings between what we spent on the last one and this one, we can lay down a gravel road for where it needs to drive to drop round bales (which we wanted to do anyway), so not having 4WD shouldn't be an issue. The 8N also doesn't have 4WD, and we've never gotten it stuck, despite some sticky situation, so I think it should be okay. This one came in on trade from the pilot who owns/maintains the local airstrip, and all he used it for was mowing and plowing snow off the runways -- it was METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED, the stickers were still on the tires, haha. It also came with a microfiche of the parts list (along with a manual) that DH is going to see if he can have the inmates at work transfer to a DVD or PDF. It's a '91 or a '92, like the last one, but in WAY better shape. The only downsides were it didn't come with a bale spike (which we ended up buying online last night, so no biggie), and it had turf tires instead of ag tires. We're probably going to run it with the turf tires for a bit and see how it goes -- if it seems to struggle, we can always buy a set of chains, or swap them out for ag tires. Either way, the price of the tractor meant it was worth a little extra effort for the spike and tires (if we need to change them). Next we had to figure out how to get it home. This dealer regularly runs trucks between their dealership and the one closer to us, but DH didn't want to wait that long. There just so happened to be a U-Haul across the street, so we popped over to see if they had a car hauler. Lo and behold, they did, so we did some creative loading, and took the tractor home that day!

I don't have any photos of DH running it, but he did go push back the manure pile a little more to test the turf tires, and he went and poked our round bale stack with the bucket, and he thinks it has more than enough power :) hopefully the bale spikes arrive soon, and then I can get some action shots of him dropping round bales (since it's getting close to the time I pull the horses off the pastures and we swap back to dry lots). He messed with it quite a bit over the weekend, and no leaks, so it already seems more promising than the last one! 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

LDW 2020

I've got good news and I've got bad news -- I'll drop the bad news first, womp womp. The tractor, which was dry as a bone with no leaks when DH inspected it at the dealership prior to purchase, definitely sprang a minimum of SIX concerning leaks after his day of light use on Saturday after they dropped it off. Thankfully, we parked it on concrete and were able to catch them quickly, so he called the dealership first thing on Tuesday morning before they even cashed the check. Despite assuring him at the time of purchase that they would work with us if there were any issues, they were uninterested in fixing the leaks or giving us enough of a refund to have it done ourselves... so the tractor is going back to them (to be run through an auction), and my check is coming back to me... DH is very sad, he LOVED that tractor for the several hours he ran it over the weekend. I guess the good news is he did get the round bales stacked and the manure pile tidied up before the issues became apparent. Back to the classified ads for him!

Like a kid on Christmas!

I'm not giving them their hats/drink coozie back though... Just sayin'

Might have some trouble getting those back down if we don't replace the tractor soon though... yikes!

Old trusty 8N dragging the arena later that day. He said it felt like a toy after driving the big one!

The good news is that we put up another few hundred bales of hay over the last few weeks, and have our alfalfa for Jack on reserve, just waiting to go pick it up :) always nice to be comfortably set on hay heading into the cooler days of fall. Especially since fall temps have made an appearance this week! 

The hay guy showed up around the time the tractor was being unloaded -- it was Grand Central Station at our place for a little while. But another 115 beautiful bales of brome put up in the barn before noon!

We also got to have a fun riding excursion over LDW. My mom came over Sunday and we hauled out to the Katy Trail. It's not the most exciting trail in the world, but since my mom was riding Jack, we didn't want to do anything strenuous. Upon checking over the trailer before leaving, we discovered that one of the bearings needed to be replaced (why is it always something?), so we ended up borrowing my neighbor's trailer instead (thank God for him, right?). It was a low key ride and the horses has a good time (minus the time we got passed by some recumbent bicycles and Ruby was SO SURE they were going to murder us all haha). 

Someday I'll actually get to ... drive them together. With horses on board. 

His tongue. I die. 

Monday we thought we would be picking up the alf, but that got delayed a little, so we headed out for what might be the last weekend on the river! Since it was going to be a short trip and we hoped for a relatively empty sandbar, we took Cici along. She is getting practice at being a good "river dog" :)

I see you have a hot dog. I too, am a hot dog. Plz share?

Her favorite parts were running around on the sandbar like a lunatic and begging for hot dogs (but turning her nose up at chips and pretzels -- so spoiled!). Her least favorite part was the small child who insisted on petting her and then smearing sand all over her (even though both his mother and I told him to stop). I feel ya Cici, children are also my least favorite part of the sandbar. 

She slept so hard that night!

What a lovely weekend full of so many of my favorite things! Annnnnd then back to the grind Tuesday. Womp womp. At least the weather has turned lovely and fall-like -- I spent Tuesday evening sitting on my porch reading a good book listening to the rain. It was lovely. I think the sunrise is finally late enough that I can use my Pivo in the mornings, so maybe I'll try that out this week!