Saturday, October 11, 2014

Horsey Education

The last three classes we have had, have been on conformation.
This 3rd of the series was on the legs and hooves of the horse.
First an hour of class time then we went out into the barn and pastures to see examples of what we were learning.
Here are a few photos from today's session.

Blue is 18 years old but with several problems and is already retired.

Retired Cassey is the oldest mare in the barn but one of the best put together, conformationally speaking.

We walked way to the back of the pasture because of course, that's where this herd was!!

This is one of Sarah's retired Arabs, Whizkid.

This is an older arab with some back leg suspensory problems.

Here is Preacher, he has all kinds of conformational problems but I love him anyway!

Same with big ol' Echo!!

This is Andrew and is a fine specimen of the Haflinger breed.

One thing is for sure that these classes have taught me . . . take a knowledgable person (like Sarah) with me if I'm looking at a horse and get it vet checked and probably farrier checked before buying!!!

By the way, the barn is Winfield Farm and Forge in Grafton, OH
And is very educationally oriented.
Come and join the Bit's and Pieces Club
We meet once a month on all kinds of horse and riding subjects.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Tomato-Cheese Pie

I have to thank Judy Von Duyke for this recipe!
She is the mom of the owner and trainer of the barn where my horses are.
Judy is about the same age as me.
One big difference.
She  can really cook!!!!
She brought a piece of this pie to the barn last week for us to try.
I loved it so much I made it yesterday again.

I had a big bunch of cherry tomatoes that I wanted to use up so that's why mine is so lumpy!!
All big slices from regular sized tomatoes look so much nicer!
Well . . . next time.

A single pie crust that was baking in the oven first.
Tomatoes, provolone cheese, herbs, and creamy Caesar dressing.
I used fresh basil, oregano and sage from my garden.

 Then you layer it.
I wasn't sure what to start with so I laid down tomatoes first, then dressing and herbs then cheese.

Then repeat layers.

Ending with cheese.

Now just place in the oven at about 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
 See, how lumpy mine is!!!!

And this is after Dexter tasted it because I had it too close to the edge of the counter and he was watching!!

Last night's supper:
Tomato-cheese pie and a turkey burger.
Only 16 carbs in the whole meal!

Thanks Judy.

I hope you hold some cooking classes this winter at your house!!


Poor Eggo!

The hens are molting.
However, Eggo is losing a lot of her big tail feathers and wing feathers all at once.
She is the lowest in the pecking order as it is and I hope no one is 
"helping" her lose any!
The last couple nights when I did my last check for eggs, I saw that Eggo was roasting in one of the nests instead of the normal place on the roasting poles with the rest of the little flock.
So last night I watched inside the coop.  I wanted to make sure that the rest of them, namely Martha, was not being mean to her and chasing her off.  But I saw her try to flutter up to the poles with the rest of them and she couldn't make it because her wing feathers are almost gone.  She may have a couple on one side and not the other so she would fly crooked.
Anyway she couldn't make it so she went back to the nesting box to sleep.
Here she is outside today.
See, almost no long feathers and no tail feathers!

Poor little girl!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Outside Today

I'm taking advantage of this wonderful stretch of warm weather we're having and spent most all of today outside.

This morning was crisp but warmed up into the 70s pretty quick.

 See Dexter racing toward me at 50mph!!

 My herb garden has done really well this year.  I have to cut some to hang and dry or freeze.
I spent most of the morning cleaning up my front gardens and planting the mums that I've gotten.

That's little Pepsi.

One of my daily jobs in the fall is sweeping off the deck.  The acorns are falling like crazy right now.  I've been hit by them several times.
My daughter-in-law and grandkids will come to gather them up to take to feed the herd of deer that come to their yard  They are all over the grass.  It's getting hard to walk.
They are from these huge red oak trees.

Here is the "birth of a buckeye"!
You don't want to get hit by one of these when they fall.  The outer shell has spikes on it and they're heavy!!

Guess what another one of my daily jobs is?
I'll give you a hint.
I have two dogs.
And one is a St. Bernard!
Here's another hint:

That's all for now!

Hope you're having great weather too.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Miss Ellie Has Gone On To Heaven

Here are some pictures of Miss Ellie from 4 years ago when she was a healthy and very obstinate cat!
AND a little fat!

Her personality then was just sort of grouchy, stand offish and sometimes downright mean!
After Squeaker, my other cat died, Ellie's personality took an about face.  She got nice!
She even got on your lap at times!
Obviously she liked being the only cat in the house!
She kept all dogs at bay however.
She was the good mouser of this old house.
I hope I don't get over-run now!!

This past year she started to lose weight.  I took her to the vet for blood work but everything was normal.
However the last few weeks she had lost a huge amount of weight and then it went to not eating and today she wasn't even keeping water down.
She just wanted to sleep.
She lived a good long life.  She was about 14 years old.
She went on to the Rainbow Bridge to be with all my others that have gone before.

Good kitty.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lax Again!

I don't know how I let so much time go between posts.  
I guess my excuse is that my sister was visiting and I don't like to be in here on the computer.
She has gone home now and I'm hoping that we have a nice long Fall so that she can get another visit in before winter sets in!
We've had some wonderfully warm days this past week.
A cold front is coming in tonight and it will only reach 50's tomorrow but then it's supposed to go back up into the 70's for the next week.
That sounds good to me!
So much for the weather report!!
Let's see . . . . 
I had another lesson in showmanship last week.
here's some clips from that.



Then today I was out at the barn all afternoon with my girl friend and her horse Taffy and my two and we were just playing with them in the arena on the ground.
A nice relaxed, fun afternoon.
Here is the only photo I took today.  It's preacher, my grumpy old gelding QH.
He's very lovable though.
He followed me everywhere today as long as the cookies were in my pocket!

We had a wonderful clinic at the barn yesterday about body language of horse and handler.
So we were working with that today.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Carriage Driving Lessons

I had my lesson at the barn again on carriage driving.
My sister was here to take more pictures.
The trouble was though, my phone ran out of storage so she only got to take me driving at a walk instead of at the trot also.
I had to delete some videos and pictures off my phone to free up some storage.
Oh well!
Next time, next week.

Here's a little of what there is.


My helmet?  Yes, I wear one!  I want to keep the few brains I have left!
I have no idea why my pants look this bright blue.  They are really dark blue denim!!


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