It's been a very rainy, wet, soggy, muddy grey day. Trees down, my bro's property almost lost their roof.......my neighbors. too.....We have a couple of small ones getting ready to drop. It has been a rough week for many many folks, PMR included.
So, How is everybody doing? Wet, soggy. river running thru your property? neighborhood?
Yep us too. 3 trees are down, and the perimeter fencing with it. It's messy and a big chore to remove the Gi-normous trees, and fix the fence, now in 3 places.
We still have not returned to normal since PGE removed all the trees. We are in a state of complete disruption. Makeshift stalls, matts and shelters being moved and reconfigured to keep the horses dry warm and on matts.
The work began back in Sept. and I dont think anybody could have predicted the winter we are having.
PGE cannot come return the ranch to normal until the weather stops....That could be May!
On a lighter note.... I am absolutely thrilled with the showing of Harry and Snowman coming up....I have amazing art and an amazing short video of out BEEEE utiful horses :)Check out the watercolor artists work...Photography coming tomorrow!
Don't think for a moment my disappearing for 7 days was to lie on a beach drinking fruity drinks! I was up in Northern Calif at a Bull and Gelding Sale, helping the Gilroy Barn owner and dear friend run her store. I also was promoting PMR. Lots of horse folk up that way...
Back home and care for the folks keeps me plently scrambled, but I am managing to make some progress for PMR.
Anna Twinney is coming...VERY SOON! Very exciting. Get signed up NOW if you haven't done so. Its a fantastic weekend.(see events tab for details)
Harry & Snowman THE MOVIE is ON! Its a one time showing at the Del Mar Theatre down town. I have the most beautiful horse art that will be raffled off. Just think for a $1 raffle ticket, you may go home with a beautiful print...
I know Harry N Snow man is avail on Netflix, but this is way more fun:
See it in a theatre (It's a true stroy!)
Enjoy the fantastic art and take one home!
Attendees are automatically entered in a drawing to take home a spectacular piece.
Theatre Capacilty is 138 _PRESALE tickets only $20 each. They go on sale Valentines Day :)
Greetings from the mudpit. Yes this rain is hammering down and rivers are'a flowin. We are at the top of the hill, and so..we are surviving. We scrape mats, make sure shelters are holding , provide dry hay and fresh water. A few of the gang need a blanket. Treasure is going to be 30 in 2017.She's a TB mare that is the MOST high maintenance mare we have ever housed. She is also the most expensive...she only has one eye, yes we took the other out (Glaucoma) and she can't seem to figure out turning left. Her injuries, although minor are running into the thousands....Damn Treasure. Problem is she is looking great. her weight is fantastic, her shiney coat looks wonderful...and we all love her....So who is going to adopt this old mare...Probably no one...So we love her, and feed her, and fuss over her..and when she canters up to you and lands her head in your chest, just to visit...well there you have it. Bliss. She deserves it.
On to updates... PGE a party of 6 please....right this way....arrived thursday morning to take a look and have a chat. They were very nice, very helpful and are making plans. This is good. It's all very good. They have completed the removal of over 100 Euc trees towering over 200 feet. There are some remaining and the raptors and owls have returned:)
There is still work to be done. And so, while I am anxious to get the ranch back into operating condition, am also VERY interested in making sure the gas line and the electrical lines are well taken care of. A few more scrub oaks need removal, and.... then we need to address some issues...
We moved here over 10 years ago, and much of the back acreage was poison oak and scrub oaks....We cleared out alot to built portable shelters and pastures, and well.......now it would appear that the time is ripe for the 10 year upgrade.
PGE may well be putting in their own easement and building their own access road. We need at least 2 weeks of sunshine to make an assessment. There is an easement gate at the far end, and our driveway (in much need of repair) that are both easements and accessible. So we will wait out the rain, and when the sunshine arrives...begin to see what the next steps are.
I am not sure if a wine and cheese event will be possible in the early summer...we can cross our fingers! I will indeed keep everyone posted.
Merle the white lab says to Frank.."Don't Trip Sun Chip...The sunshine will come!"
Welcome to this week's HorseConscious Digest.
Well, it's been a busy day starting off with the forecasted snow shower, which meant I was clearing the pavement outside our house at 6:40am this morning as one is legally obliged to do here in Germany.
After going to the gym, it was off to pick up 3 cases of water for Elke's Mum and naturally shovelling snow for her. Then back home and the clearing of more snow, this time for Elke's twin sister's in-laws who live at the top of the road.
Then the egg lady arrived (a story for another day) and finally I managed to jump into the shower before settling down to work. Phew, busy boy.
Meanwhile , back in the world of horses, I received this email from Irene in response to last week's article on tight nosebands, thank you Irene:
"Professors of veterinary surgery - Robert Cook, Paul McGreevy, Sam Franklin and no doubt many other veterinary scientists have found that modern tack can cause severe health problems in horse’s from head to foot.
For example they all found that a tight nose-band (i.e. strapping the mouth shut) restricts or even cut off cuts off blood supply to the face, - so deadening the facial area and the brain and resulting in a heating effect on the eyes which deteriorates eyesight.
Also, they also found that bit induced pain is a cause of problems such as napping, balking, stumbling, pulling, jigging bolting, rearing, bucking, head-shaking and accidents which appear to be unexplainable; to mention a few:
1. The head tossing and stumbling for example is thought to be a central response to severe shooting pains from the mandibular branch of the nerve.
2. The head rubbing, sneezing and snorting are signs compatible with “pins and needles” or frank pain, referred indirectly from the mandibular to the maxillary branch.
3. Rapid blinking and sensitivity to bright light is consistent with pain referred from the mandibular to the ophthalmic branch.
4. Happily Dr Cook reports that such is the case and that removal of the bit is the most rewarding treatment he has yet discovered for this recalcitrant problem.
There is profound cruelty being carried out every day in Britain by well-meaning horse owners who have been informed by the B.H.S. that the equipment used on their horse is fine, – when scientist’s vets have been telling the British Horse Society for 40 years that it is cruel.
Horse riding is the only sport I know which ignores scientific evidence. It would appear that there is no society – not the RSPCA or The World Welfare for Horses - or any other organisation that are willing to call the bluff of the BHS. I have watched for 70 years (I am 80+) as each generation has used harsher equipment & heavier pressure, until now it must be unbearable for horses."
It's not warm living off the Christmas Hwy in Oregon, but tummies are full and the love and care are present. Thankfully Meagan has opened her heart and pasture to these 3 girls. Otherwise, they would have long been sent to Canada for slaughter. I want to take a moment to thank once again all the generosity from the donors who made this possible! Thank you, Bless you! Sending Love & Gratitude ~Lynn
We are an Ikky Ugly muddy wet mess, however we are safe, dry warm and well fed. We re-dug trenches today.They worked spectacularly all night, great water diversion..thank you John and your tractor!
Bruce and I scrapped muddy matts clean, mucked out poop, created fresh water bins and fed hay..We are so grateful for the break today :)
We got Anna all scheduled for her visit at the end of February! Check out all the information on Coming Events Tab!! More soon :)
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