Friends, Although, Not Kin—-Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lady has a new forever friend.  She is a Quarter Horse and only four years old

Her Name is Adobe Skipun Te Ata—(how you say it is —-well, your guess is as good as mine…the kids call her T.  I try and say Te at a.)

After a little tiny skirmish, where Lady kicked TeAta and TeAta turned around a whopped Lady…

They have become friends!   TaAta is the boss and Lady is letting her.  Lady let Romeo be the boss also.   She is a follower….which is good.  Two lead equines would Not be a good thing.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

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Heaven is on the Earth in the Eyes of Animals—-Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lady is changing by leaps and bounds.  She allows the halter to be put on her face, and IF we don’t come at her face, or try to pet her face in anyway shape or form (she had bloody whip lashes on her face when Shannon got her —and old scars on her rear) she is welcoming to our hands

This is a friend’s little kitty….she is very affectionate and loves hanging right by your feet, joyfully purring the whole time.

Then there is that silly, full of personality, Willow, one of Shannon’s cats…he has started smelling like dried alfalfa for some reason 🙂

Animals…they are such an added bonus to our lives.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

 

In the Growing Warmth of Late Winter and Early Spring—Monday, March 18, 2018

We still have spits and spurts of winter’s blasts.  This Sunday was one of those days, it snowed, it rained and we had sleet. Today’s morning was very chill not really burning off —just as if we were still in February.

Still the works goes on…we didn’t receive enough moisture to muddy up the ground.

Since Lady can no longer have the total run of the farm, we also spent a couple of hours fixing her a spring pasture the other afternoon

Thankfully the day was  warm, Red winged Blackbirds sang happily in the old trees as we worked

The hawks and ravens haunted the clouds way above us.

Lady followed us with picked up ears and her face full of interest in the glittering light on this lovely spring day.

Our oldest granddaughter played her last game of the year…

And always, always everything we do [now] revolves around the opening of the land.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

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Visiting Lady—Wednesday, March 14, 2018

After the loss of Romeo, Lady was distraught and horribly depressed.  It was painful to watch her.

Terry and I and Shannon all took turns to love and pet her, feed her carrots and apples (which she adores) give her lots of brushing and just plain love.

Still it really wasn’t enough—the shadow cast from the loss of her protector and best friend was huge.

We let her back out of the farm where she ran to every place she and Romeo loved to frequent…crying out as she ran.
(This video will give you an idea of her sound.)

Gradually—over-time—with lots of love and reassurance she came to understand Romeo was gone.

Then came the sad, sad day she found the grave.  It really wasn’t far from the barn Romeo loved, but Lady had never given herself time to really notice ‘the spot’.

(Please understand that Romeo was buried in a very deep hole–six feet deep. We love and want to protect his body even in death.)

Shannon said the day Lady found the spot she stood on the grave for a good forty minutes.  Then she gradually walked away, going a short distance, then coming back, standing there a little more, until finally she left.

From that point on Lady started to adjust.  We felt l she had found him, and had come to the point of truly understanding, so she could move past her grief and despair.

(Lady talking to Terry and I—what a cutie)

Today she is moving forward in her little mule life.  She is completely and totally bonded to Shannon (but loves Terry and I also).  She and Shannon are going for rides and are taking riding classes.

From a very battered and damaged mule to a wonderful sweet companion…Lady the mule.

Life on a Colorado farm,

Linda

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday— Shhhh I Have a Secret to Tell You

“Hey, Romeo!  Come quickly!”  Lady brayed!

“Okay…what’s up?”  Romeo put himself in to ‘trot’ gear and headed toward Lady the mule.

“OH, Mom, Dad, and the Beagle are coming up with treats for us!”  Romeo replied. “You stay there, Lady and I’ll go meet them.”

“Yumm apples!”  Lady woofed hers down.

“Yuck!” Romeo replied.  “I only like carrots”

“Hey, Boomer….whisper, whisper, whisper…the next time you come up with the folks, tell you Mom to bring CARROTS!”

“Okay, Romeo…but if you will just go over to where Mom is standing you will see she does have carrots…Just for you”.

“OH!  I guess she does!”

Silly horse!

Boomer

 

 

 

Hair Blowing in the Wind—-Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The other day we had wind!   So much so Romeo didn’t think much of having his mane tossed and ruffled.  It was sorta funny to see him close his eyes and try to endure.

Lady’s mane doesn’t flap about! 🙂  So she didn’t care.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

The Sky is Alive with a Huge Wind/Sleet Storm—-Sunday, January 21, 2018

A big storm blew in last night.  The air buoyant with sleet and cold.

Late last evening we took a wee walk-about, buttoning down all the hatches and feeding the equines some carrots, and giving them lots of pets and love

This morning the sky was gray the air energetic with wind so rough it was almost hard to stand up in it.

It’s sleeting now…coming in sideways from the west…tiny little flakes that beat into your skin and feel more like hail than snow.

If you look outside the things in the distance are all shrouded and filled with mystery–the pearl-gray light making known objects look unreal

The many and varied bird feeders swing wildly in the rush of the wind…no birds clinging to the little wires…hunkered down someplace safe I’m sure.

Terry went with me on my late night walk during the night…this time we only went as far as the equipment area; the wind was too sharp and the visible whirling sleet a tad too much to enjoy the steps and strides.

So for the rest of the day we will hunker down, I will make soup, we will watch football, and take a nap…the world is full of winter today.  (Which is a good thing)

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Meet the Latest Equine to Join the Family—-Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lady is a very pretty and extremely smart mule

She has been abused, but now in a good place. Lady and Romeo like each other, which is a goo thing.  And Lady likes doing things with Romeo.  If she gets to far from him she gets very nervous.

Shannon is wonderful about gaining abused animals trust.  In time Romeo and Lady will go hiking and camping.

Lady lets Terry and I pet her and brush her.  This coming week she will get her feet trimmed (they are terrible shape)

And after a long patient time—Shannon will ride Lady.  Eventually, Lady and Romeo and Shannon and Jason will go camping in the mountains….

Until then it’s lots of pets, brushings, walks, and carrots!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda