Shockingly, both of the turkeys are still alive. We really only got two with the expectation that one would die because they are supposedly very fragile birds to raise from chicks.
They are also massive. I wish I’d weighted them when we first got them so I could compare, but their size change has been incredible. I’ve never seen an animal grow this quickly. I can barely hold them at this point.
I know no one enjoys it, so this will come as no surprise, but I hate saddle shopping. I have a very long thigh in comparison to my calf (I can wear a regular or even a short calf in boots despite being 5’8″) so dressage saddle shopping is a nightmare. A jumping saddle would be a easier to shop for because those are supposed to have forward flaps but dressage saddles aren’t designed like that. Levi’s not an easy horse to fit either. I’ve done a consultation with Jen the Saddle Geek and tried out 2 of her suggestions, both of which have been failures.
The first trial was a Sommer and it was ridiculously too small for me. Like my knees wanted to stick a few inches past the flap and were only held back by the knee blocks.
Next I tried a Prestige which is probably big enough for me (it’s an 18.5) but does bad things for my position. It really made me feel like I was riding in a bareback pad with stirrups and needed to use every muscle in my body to keep from sliding all over the place. And I’d still prefer a more forward flap.
Anyone have any suggestions for a forward flapped dressage saddle? I really don’t want to go down the custom route, but I’m also really tired of saddle shopping (these are the 2 I took on trial and don’t count the dozens I’ve sat in at tack stores).
As it’s now fall, the rodents are seeking out new homes. We have some rats living in our tack room. For a while I was catching and killing them pretty regularly, but now they’re evading all of our traps. I also found a few droppings in the truck and I don’t want them moving in there again. We’re not allowed to use any sort of poison at the barn (because the cats and the terrier also kill rats and mice) and I don’t want to use poison in the truck since our dogs stay with us in there and would inevitably get into it somehow. We also have no electricity so I can’t try those high pitched sound repellents (that I’m dubious about anyway). There’s no food in the truck and there’s no food they can get to in the tack room so they’re just nesting in there. Does anyone have any good advice for repelling rodents?
The Mustang that our barnmate adopted was examined by our vet during fall shots and it turns out he’s only 2.5 years old, not 3. She’s going to take it really easy with him until he’s a bit older. The vet and seasonal trainer agreed that he’s fine for light rides a few days a week so she’s going to keep his training going, but not push him too hard. He’s such a sweet horse and doing really well. She’s even been riding him bareback.
Yesterday was National Mule Day and Nilla spent it doing the same thing she does every day:
I basically turned her out to pasture and have been ignoring her. I was supposed to take her back in after 60 days for another ultrasound, but ultrasounds are very expensive and there’s no way she’s healed in 60 days. I can still see the swelling on her leg and she’s still ever so slightly off. She gets plenty of exercise in her pasture and occasionally I take her for walks.
She’s pretty happy with her life. When I re-homed Dijon it was because he hated not being ridden; he’d be jealous of me taking Nilla out because he really wanted to go for a ride. While I fully plan on rehabbing Nilla and riding her again once she’s healed, I don’t think Nilla minds her current situation. I think she’d be pretty happy to spend the rest of her life napping and eating. Can’t really disagree with her either.