Well, something old: Rooster wouldn't let me catch him today. Kinda. It all started out fine; I went out to catch him, he walked up as pretty as you please, and put his nose right in the halter. And then something happened. I'm not really sure what it was that happened, but it was something.
Rooster spooked out of the halter (it wasn't buckled yet) and bolted across his paddock. I have no idea if it was the fact that I had my riding helmet and sunglasses on (both black and shiny today, not my normal blue one) or if it was my coat. I've noticed that some horses hate red. My coat is black and red. My coat also has more zips and velcro on it then you can shake a stick at. Ok, plus it's thin, form fitting, and kevlar padded in all the right places (made for dirt bikes, perfect for horses!).
What ever it was, Rooster was having NONE of it. Hey, it could have just been a bad day. Either way, I spent 30 minutes trying to catch that bad boy. When I finally did catch him, it was as if it never happened.
And as for the new... well I have a lot of it! Here's a small example:
Yeah, it's that cute little kitten up there. Don't know where he came from, but we can guess. Feral cats often have litters around our place, and wean the kitties in the barn. Well, since there's always cat food out, it kinda makes sense. So the little fuzz bucket was shivering, cold, and VERY vocal about it. Jae managed to wrangle him up, and come to find out, he's as sweet as can be. Poor guy was cold too, and shivered for almost 2 hours after making it inside.
So sweet he's cuddling with my neck as I am typing. He was also in kinda bad shape. Fleas SO bad, plus ear mites, plus worms. His little gums were almost white. Now, after all those are handled, he's eating like a pig, loves all the dogs, and still screams a ton. Any time the food bowl is empty, he's mewing at someone. Spoiled brat! And he sleeps a LOT. I am pretty sure he was anemic.
He will be properly vaccinated, and neutered just as soon as possible. I said he's going to be a barn cat, but I'm rethinking that. This one isn't smart......
Because he has never met a stranger, regardless of species. Such as the next new thing around here:
See, I've always said that I wouldn't refuse a blue merle dane, but the only problem with danes is that they have tails. Too many tails in one house, and things get wrecked! Well.....he is blue merle, he's a dane, and he had his tail removed because he kept injuring it.
I got a call from Amy, one of the ladies who takes lessons from my mom. She says "so, I know you aren't into little dogs, but what about a dane?" Within 30 minutes, I was like, okey dokey! (Sure didn't hurt that Jae is like, Yeah sure, why not?). I figure, I am "down" a few dogs, since we've lost a few to old age, and I've been pretty lucky since my standards are "bigger then what I have now". Kinda easy to rule out 90% of dogs with that.
So, Moose has made his way into my life. Ok, I didn't need another dog, but... he sleeps on the bed! He's adorable. I mean, look at the stupid ears! I just love that.
And then, there's the new client horse in for training:
This is Hanna. Not the best picture of her, but she didn't want to be caught AGAIN today. I tried tieing her up for the picture (hence the halter) and she was only giving me lovely rump shots. So, here's the best for today.
Hanna is a coming 3 year old paint filly, who's here to be trained to go under saddle. So far, her main lessons have been in the very basics. Getting caught, no really, getting caught, standing for all of the normal things like grooming, picking feet, bridling, and such (she doesn't want to stand still) and the very basics of lunging. Hanna does not like whips, so um, we have 2 speeds: super fast, and stop.
She will be with me for about 90 days, and y'all will get to read all about her progress.
And the last thing that even qualifies as new, is a friend's horse that I am working on selling. This is Nakai:
He's a cute little (like 14.2) black mustang. Very sweet boy, but a bit of an attitude. I have been putting time in on him, and so far he's coming along nicely. He stands good tied now, he just got a trim all the way around, and he takes the bridle like an old pro. Now that he's safe to work with on the ground, I think I will be adding in some hours to get him riding.
See, Nakai and his owner are just one of those pairs that don't click. It's not either one's fault, but they need "someone else". I'm very proud of his owner for admitting this, and hence, am working hard to help her find Nakai his own home.
And soon... I'll have one more new thing to be proud of.....
Not much longer, and we'll start hanging farm signs around the place. I'm really pretty excited!