As usual, life is keeping us pretty busy. I spent a good share of New Year's eve, dreaming about parties, dancing, pretty clothes and lots of sparkles, as I spent a very cold hour digging through ice and snow with a shovel and a flash light, to find the hose that I had so carefully drained. It has been awhile since we had a "real winter", and although I remembered to leave the faucet with a drip so it wouldn't freeze, and I remembered to drain the hose, I forgot one really really important fact. You have to actually be able to find the hose to use it. But it was another great lesson of how we need to improve our winter prep. I have to say there will be many things that we will do much better next year!! :)
The horses are all doing well, although we are feeding about twice as much as normal due to the cold and snow. But everyone is happy and the youngsters are growing quickly. Romeo and Rocky have the cutest "winter jammies", and the Rock Star has actually mellowed out quite a bit. I think being pushed around all the time by Honey Bandit has crushed his little fantasy that he was "it". He and Romeo are pretty equally ranked, and although they will both push each other around a bit when it is time for grain, neither one of them seems to be the boss of the other. They are more like brothers, pushing and shoving but never in a serious way. I think mainly they are sticking together to stay away from Honey Bandit as he is being quite bossy.
As I looked out in to our winter wonderland, I cannot ignore the beauty of where we live. The snow is frozen, and sparkles endlessly on the trees and in the sunshine. The icicles bring back warm childhood memories of days passed. There is something so magical about looking out and seeing icicles glistening along the eves. It looks as though everything is covered in diamonds. (I just love the sparkle). The air is crystal clean, the sky a brilliant blue and the world feels clean and beautiful. I can hear the crunch of hooves as I see a resigned Donkey trudging through the ice and snow. You can tell by the way he looks that once again, this is not his idea. He is followed closely by the Rock Star and Romeo, and bringing up the rear, all puffed up and proud, is Honey Bandit. Honey Bandit normally seems like my little old man, but he seems to be thriving in this cold winter weather, He absolutely loves pushing the others around and making them crunch through the snow. He is getting a little too pushy around the food though and is almost ready to go back in with the "grown up horses", who will put him in his place. But for now, he gets to be the boss and think he is a "big shot".
We had taken HB to the Palo Cedro Christmas celebration, but this time we left him in the trailer, instead of putting him in his pen. He was extremely irritated and promptly turned his butt on me and proceeded to pout the rest of the evening. Needless to say, he will be back in his "corral", available to mingle with his adoring public next year. He has been going through a big growth spurt lately and is turning in to a very handsome young man. It makes me sad though, because it is as if that year of 24/7 care never happened. He doesn't seem to remember much of anything we did back then. He acts like he has never seen a blanket before. PTL he does not need one, but it amazes me that after spending nearly 24/7 with him for a year, and actually moving out and building an attached bedroom so we could sleep with him, it is like it never happened. Rocky, on the other hand, remembers everything. But I guess it was just the extent of HB's condition that made him forget, kind of like when you have surgery and don't remember much. But seriously it would be nice if he remembered as it would make him one of those "bomb proof" ponies. The Rock Star isn't scared of much. Romeo is still extremely sensitive around his head, and when he was sick a few months ago, he seemed to have one of his little times when he couldn't remember much. But he has been doing very well and as long as we are gentle and soft with him, he will have one of the softest heads around. Rocky, Romeo and Chilly Pepper are all available for adoption.
The nursery is turning out to be absolutely adorable, and we won't have to use "diapeys" on a regular basis. It is also going to be a Godsend as it is the one place that I will be able to bring in the babies for hoof trimming and winter training. The stall is large enough for 3-4 "critical foals" (if there are any left by the time NDoA gets through), so we are getting the place much closer to where we need it. We cannot thank you enough for being part of this and making all of this possible. Even if you cannot actually adopt, please feel free to come and visit the babies and the rest of the critters. We love the visits and will never forget that this is your rescue and we are just lucky enough to be hands on. God bless y'all and we thank you in advance for your continued support, prayers, visits and love for the critters in 2013. We will be sending pix soon, so you can share the smiles.
We also have several miniatures that we are trying to help place. So if anyone has been looking for a mini, look not further. Just call us at 530 474 5197 or 530 3339 1458 for more information. I also want to thank everyone again for the help and support as we were able to get the tank warmers that we need. It is so amazing to have water instead of ice blocks, and it is crucial for the horses' health to drink enough water. So many horses colic simply because they don't drink as much water in the winter. So thank you - you guys rock!!!