All posts for the month September, 2011
I think I am going to be earning credit for having the patience of a saint soon, in addition to my fine gypsy stallion, Lexington (AKA Boho’s Cold Fusion)!
Me and the photo program on wordpress have not come to an understanding. I upload/insert best I can figure out how to do it, and it just seems to ignore things after I have almost gotten thru with a post and just does it’s own thing! The first part of this, the main story, just got swallowed up in a photo title for some unknown reason, and even swallowed up a photo whole, I just don’t know why it screwed it up so much.
So, I have a couple more photos to share, I’ve given up for tonight and will just plug them in here:
Coming into the home stretch of cleanupYearlings get shornGood little mini gypsy filly
Desi and Ha'Penny next to dad
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 18, 2011
All burrs all dayA few days ago I shared a picture of my bunch of naughty ponies who had broken thru my lot fence and into the old sheep paddock. Well, I had been trying to work the chore of cutting out the burdock for the past month, but the time never seemed to make itself available. Mid July would have been best to get in there and simply cut down those growing weeds and put them on the burn pile. But no, they had to keep maturing and set on a nice crop of seeds. And really, it was not a terrible patch to manage; it might have taken a couple hours to clean up the area but here the ponies had decided to make a fashion statement and it was going to take much more time to pick out those burrs from manes, tails and FEATHER! Deep breath. Today was the day we needed to get this taken care of . The farrier was coming at 9 a.m. and I knew he would not be impressed with trying to trim hooves while working around scratchy, sticky ponies. Of course the stallion in all his glory had to receive special treatment. He was left for last because we decided he didn't need a trim today, his feet were still in pretty good shape. Guess all that road work in August was good for lots of reasons! Let me interrupt my story with saying I am posting my picture again because I don't understand what the program did with it at the beginning of my post. I do want people to be able to see the enormity of the challenge of cleanup. Okay, so the farrier got to work with clean ponies because I decided I just did not have the fortitude to clean them up in the usual way. Even with going thru with butchering the manes and tails on the yearlings, it took more than an hour. So while the farrier was trimming the first half of the 9 horses he worked on, the yearlings were getting shorn. I did not have a camera with me in the morning, but in the afternoon later when we finally tackled Lexington and the last yearling, by the time I got busy with pictures it was getting dark. But, I did want to share some pictures to show why I appreciate my Lex stallion (BoHo's Cold Fusion) SO MUCH! He tolerated pulling on mane, forelock, tail, and all four legs which was a process of TWO HOURS, with only a minimal amount of fidgeting. Okay, by the end of that time he expressed his opinion of the whole thing by evacuating stool and urine, but on the whole, he was an angel. I really have a hard time thinking of any time he has been bad, oh, yeah, except for leaning on the fences last week when he learned he could reach some tall grass and weeds to chew on, and eventually pushing a cattle panel loose so he could lead all the ponies into the weed patch. Yeah, that was a bad pony!!!! But he certainly is the best natured horse I've ever been around, and smart, and listens, is making an amazing driving pony who I could see doing so well in CDE events and such. And his hair quality is exceptional all over his body, being non-fading black and ready to show all year long with no special treatment. Even after this episode of being covered with burrs and the aggravation of having to pull them all out; he had minimal hair breakage and loss, and really with a good wash up is ready to take to a show tomorrow! I just love this pony! About half way thru the cleanup
Home stretch for clean up
Rosie models the new bobtail draft pony look
Cleaned up ponies
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 18, 2011
Well, I need to get a picture of my horses enjoying the fruits of fall…the orchard has a lot of pear trees, and buckets of them end up on the ground and deteriorating faster than Grandma Block can get them made into preserves like canned pears, pear butter, etc. So Grampa spends a lot of time picking up pears and bringing them over to the barnyard. Now usually he gives a couple buckets of fruit a day to our five head of cattle, and they start moo-ing, running for the gate and getting excited about hearing his truck coming as soon as he turns into the lane, and it is a long lane of about 1/4 mile from the road back up to the barnyard. My new neighbor this year has called me in the last couple weeks, asking if we need help getting any loose stock back in, they just couldn’t imagine what the ruckus was all about!
But I started out this post thinking about how the horses get this treat once in a while, too, and I need to get a picture of them with their eyes half closed rather in ecstacy, enjoying that sweet juice coming from crunching on that pear! Actually I suppose the cows have a similar look on their face when eating pears, but I think the horses are a little more obvious about it.
Pears have a long history as part of this farm, there have been pear trees at different parts of the residence areas for probably 100 years. When my husband was a child, they bought a pony for him and his sister, who ended up being a pasture pet more than being ridden. He developed a real sweet tooth I am told, being fed things like jelly beans and such. But in the fall, his passion was pears fallen over the fence into the pasture, and unfortunately was part of his sad story with laminitis and founder. This is the real threat to food-efficient yet glutonous ponies…they cannot be simply left out on lush pasture as they frequently succumb to laminitis from over-eating. Lesson for today, that will be expounded on some other time….
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 16, 2011
The theme for today will probably through time encompass lots of concepts, related to hunger and thirst. Food and agriculture should be my focus after my recent AgChat conference experience where I got lots of good advice and training about social media opportunities, as well as met so many great people; but people also thirst for other things….many people think of thirst for power, for example. But today I focus on my personal recognition of my thirst for success (financial). I have always tried to be a really good person. But sometimes it seems like being a good person does not help you be successful in life, which has always puzzled me greatly. So I continue to ponder. But at this point in my life I am devoting tons of energy and focus towards making my dream of the miniature gypsy horse come into being. I am amazed when I run into opposition to the idea. But that is a really long term effort on my and my family’s part. And I have to be thankful for the successes (non-financial) in life which I have had, including being blessed to have a supportive family.
Short term goals for being successful right now include being involved with a business family I am really impressed with: Visalus.
This company, Visalus, has amazing people as leaders. The primary product of the company is a protein (soy) based powder meal replacement that is of the highest quality available within the competitive market. This recent few months have seen a bunch of athletes and body builders get involved, because of the opportunities the product and the company offer. Personally, I and my family use the protein Vi-shake to help limit calories since we are “easy keepers” like our cob ponies….but it is a product that is a nutritional supplement not only for those who want to build muscle mass, but those who need to maintain muscle mass without the extra calories, those with health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol or digestive issues such as post gastric surgery. But the most magical thing about the Vi-shake product is that is tastes SO GOOD! and of course, you can use it as the basis for a multitude of fruity or frozen shakes to build variety in your diet (as well as adding it into other food dishes to add nutritional value!).
To find out a little bit more about Visalus, please visit my website:
And to see one of the three founders of Visalus at work, watch this: (I guess making flip videos and driving is not against the law in California!)
I am also currently involved in a CEO course offered by another of the three founders of Visalus (Ryan Blair), and at the beginning I am being reminded of the things that make people successful: unwavering commitment to success. I will likely be sharing some of these Youtube videos quite often because they really do contain information that cannot be disputed contain great advice for anyone. But it reinforces why I believe Visalus is a great company and I agree with Blake Mallen in his video above; this company is going far. I invite you to join with me on the ride!
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 15, 2011
Burdock is a curse
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 14, 2011
Our purebred gypsy vanner baby this year is a top quality specimen for sure. He is now three months old and thinks he is the cat’s meow himself, thank you very much! He hangs with our 12 hand tall half gypsy pony, QT (Quite The Pony) and apparently is tolerated to an amazing degree; he looks very bossy at times with her and with our very nice half gypsy, half mini colt, Lil’ Lex. But never fear, we have found they soon settle down after this stage and age and become calmer and very sensible like a gypsy horse is supposed to be, and are easy to handle weanlings.
Truffles' 2011 colt likes to hang with "QT" and "Lil' Lex" and mom
“Cool Rush” is getting bigger and more beautiful as he grows. He went to a couple of gypsy horse shows in the fall here in the midwest, Indiana and Iowa, and did very well. We are proud to offer him to a discriminating buyer.
Growing well, he's a high quality colt.
He's sure to have a winning mustache as he matures; not all yearlings get mustaches!
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 10, 2011
Frustrated Friday night by running into junk and possible virus while trying to post and refresh some horses for sale on internet sale sites. One site has a ton of new “fake” horses listed which is easier to decipher probably with the gypsy horses especially since some of the beautiful pictures they steal and give fake names to with posting for sale are actually rather well known already among the gypsy horse community, anyway. I just can’t imagine the rewards for all the time spent messing up web pages….
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 10, 2011
Well, today will have to be an introduction to the idea….hopefully each week I will be able to find photo or video that does not need any other words added by me.
I believe I will start the theme with an inspirational video:
I think every 12 year old boy who has the physical ability should get to build a brick wall during summer break!
Have a great day!
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 7, 2011
My goal for Tuesday posts is to bring in someone other than myself to present a topic for the day. I want to invite people who have special talents or gifts to showcase what they know. My mother-in-law is an amazing cook and is retired from a career as a Home Economics teacher, which has become something rather lost in today’s educational system. She spends every summer enjoying the work of having a huge garden, and starts canning jellies even before fruit of any kind is ripening. This year she made dandelion jelly which I had never had before, and surprisingly, to me it tasted very much like honey! I think people such as MaryAnn Block have so much to share!
I hope that you will enjoy visiting my page on Tuesdays to see my special guest for the day.
Posted by minigypsy1 on September 6, 2011