August News Letter ---
morning as I woke up there was a hint of fall in the air, a little bit of a nip, a different smell in
the air, I also noticed that the sun is coming up a bit later each
morning, and that the late afternoon shadows are becoming
different, and the sun is starting its journey south again as we
head to the fall!
Oh how I cannot believe that it could at all be
possible that it is August, right
Where are the days going and where did they all go??? My
friend Kate and I were remarking about that just the other day, we
have been so busy all summer, us both with all of the remodel
projects at both ranches, and all of the extra work, and working
with the horses, it seemed like it was just May yesterday!
For those of you who follow us on Face Book you will
all know that we found our forever "mini", and we ran a
sale to help bring her home, and so we did, and were able to on
Wednesday July 24th! We had initially named her "Epona" as she was to be the friend and
protector for Destinee.
After we got her home we realized that "Epona" was a pretty "big" name
for such a cute little girl, so we went about asking her what she
would like her name to be. Everyone kept getting
"Rose" in some form in the name and we asked her what she
would like to be named and it is Annie Rose! The sweet little
She told Auntie Lydia Hiby she wanted
a purple halter and lead rope, and we had one for her, but the mini
size was too small, so we have had to send it back to Parelli for the next bigger size. We
found a regular mini halter at the feed store and that was too
small, so then we tried pony halter and that was too big, so we got
the suckling size, and had to add a hole till we get our Parelli halter, hopefully soon!
Then as I went about looking in my tack trunk for an
old halter and baby things from Destinee
and Cheyanne I found the sweetest
lavender one with small flowers that needed fixing and a shoe maker
was able to do that, punched two more holes in the leather break
away and she has a halter fit for her! It is similar to the
halter in the photo below that was taken by the people who rescued
her in from Iowa, in a little herd of 20 mini's that quickly became
22 mini's when two unexpectedly had foals!
Annie Rose did great in the trailer, which we made in
to a "min" stock trailer by taking out the center panel, Destinee greeted her when she came off the
trailer and then nuzzled her mane, so that everyone could be
introduced slowly I had her in Echo's in and out stall next to Destinee in Cheyanne's
in and out, so she could settle in, with no one on one side of her,
but the dogs could come by and see her safely if they wanted, Tess
and her touch noses often; then on the second day I allowed Cheyanne and Echo some supervised visiting time
through the end of the fence, and Echo let her know in no uncertain
terms she is the "Alfa" mare! It took about 3 days
before Echo decided she was ok, however there is still the
occasional mare squeel from Echo!
I have been taking Annie Rose on little walks, rubbing
her all over, have been able to brush out her mane and used Cowboy
Magic to get all the tangles out, she has a new fly mask, and now
she greets me with her little low whinny in the morning when she
sees me --- it is so so cute, very
Since we "Walk Our Talk" I had a fecal run
within days of her arrival and she was loaded with parasites so
had/ was forced to do a chemical wormer, and will follow up with a
couple weeks of Paratox, then the Herbal
Wormer on the full moon of August and hopefully we will have caught
the cycles and she will be parasite free! That explained the
dull and rough coat on such a cute little girl! Luckily I had
kept her separate from the other horses until we got the fecal, she
has been on Equine Zyme and colostrum, and had obviously never had a
"bucket" before she moved here and loves Braggs Apple
Cider Vinegar in her little bucket! Also had her teeth
checked by an Equine Dentist and they were fine, and had her feet
trimmed before we brought her home.
She is a sweet little mare, needs some training but is
willing and wants to please --- we are working on leading, and also
picking up feet, playing the Friendly Game and have yet been able
to brush her tail --- in due time it will all come together!
She and Destinee are fast
friends and lay down together for their sun baths late morning and
late afternoon before dinner!