Monday, May 30, 2011

Jr Naval ROTC

Joseph got awards for Aptitude and for Conduct and Bearing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finally Settling

After two days of frantic pacing, Maggie is finally settling down. She is eating and resting. I tried walking her but she was too stressed and kept walking into me. I tried Janow's harness on her for fit. It's too big. Getting it on was tricky because she was antsy and pawed the whole time.

It was hard for her, coming from a large herd in pasture to being all alone. Horses are herd animals and being alone is hard for them.

I only tried it on because someone in SoCal on carriage driving list had a Smuckers synthetic small pony for sale at a great price. I needed to find out if I should pursue this one. Turns out that not only is the cob too big for Maggie, but the woman with the small pony harness actually needs a cob size. I'm sending her the Zilco, we are trading straight up.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Maggie is here

She's here, in one piece, in quarentine. I don't know for how long. Different vets have different recomendations and they are changing.

Friday, May 20, 2011

More rumor than fact

There were more rumors than facts last night and I panicked. It didn't help that search engines are stupid and that some idiot spammed equine herpes virus-1 with a photo of their horse.

Lots of people said "You shouldnt have gone any where." I didn't, she left Monday, hours before the news went out on the west coast.

Someone else said: "Just don't let anyone come on your property." Great, I board. There are 196 horses there. I don't have control.

And somebody else said: "You probably need a Coggins test." Duh.

So, she will cross into CA this am at about 11:00. Due to arrive in Milpitas for 14 day quarrentine that is more important for everybody's comfort than actual disease control.

And Now for some Lydia:

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Now there are rumors that the California borders may be closing, but I can't find any specific up-to-date info. Maggie is supposed to cross into CA at about 11am tomorrow.


Maggie is on the way.


There is always a butt.

She will arrive in Milpitas on Saturday. Indian Hill is not allowing horses to come onto the ranch. Even if they live there and just went for a trail ride down the road.

Maggie got on the truck Monday, when the virus was rumors, far away, and reining horses only(or cutting horses?)

There is good news. The owner of Indian Hill owns other property up the road. Maggie will stay there and be the only horse for 14 days of quarantine. I will have access.

This will give us time alone to bond. No house warming or nosy people.

And then...........

Dave said he wanted a dog, so we went to the shelter and looked at pit bulls and Chihuahuas. Then we went to a different shelter and saw more pit bulls and Chihuahuas.

We selected Lydia, labeled as a one year old Chihuahua Pekingese mix. She is now taking over our house. We think she is Doxie, not Chihuahua. Her body is too long, she is too interested in smells and her eyes aren't bulgy enough. She is a peek-a-dox.

Joseph was ecstatic. He asked Dad why we got a dog. Dave said:
"Mom wanted one."

She has tattoos, by her spay scar. You can sing the song............

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Maggie is comming!

Maggie got on the horse transport yesterday.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Vineyard Classic CDE

My son and I went to the Vineyard Classic Combined Driving Event in Woodland CA. We volunteered for two days and camped in a tent. It was fun. He gets the hours counted as community service. I don't think my body could hold up to competing in a CDE!

I didn't take pictures. boo hoo

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Porder is as typo

I meant to type 'order.' My typing is mostly typos. I have to go back and fix them. Sometimes I miss. The nerve impulses travel down my left arm and my right arm at different speeds. If I type with two hands, that means trouble.

I went to Kokovoko Farm in KY to shop for a pony. go here for Kokovoko Farm I had read/heard that the Gotland temperament was great, so I went to see for myself. You guys saw the pictures I took while I was there.

Maggie is the pony I chose. A 9 year old mare trained to drive singles and pairs and ride. Unflappable and attractive. She is 13.2, slightly larger than the average Gotland, she is a Gotland Sport Pony with a thorcheron mare somewhere in her pedigree. I am not very experienced at driving, so unflappable, trained, and with a few years on is a good thing.

Her fancy name is Kokovoko Magnolia.

She has a new departure date of May 17th. This is actually a good sign. When you are transporting horses across the country, things can happen that you did not plan on. If my pony is in the trailer, I would prefer you take the time to deal with things rather than push on as scheduled no matter what.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Eagerly Awaiting Maggie

Maggie is due to arrive here between the 15th and 20th. It's a long trip from Kentucly to California, and the departure date depends on other trips the trailer is making.

I ordered some stuff for her, including a halter plate. I know Janow's bridle will not fit her. The pony ones at Kokovoko were mostly on the last holes, but Janow's is a horse size. The rest ofhis harness is cob size, so it may for Maggie, or at least parts of it will. I will porder the new parts I need when I order the bridle.

In the meantime I ordered a cob size Wintec bridle. My tack storage gets too hot in the summer to store leather, so synthetic is good.

Maggie is trained under saddle and Joseph has expressed an interest in riding her. I may ride her too. She is calm enough that there may not be a problem. Janow was never totally calm. He was laways prone to Lipizzan Leaps that were hard on my back, so I stopped riding him. Maggie doesnt do this.

Eagerly awaiting Maggie........