Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Blessings.

Well, Christmas has come and gone, again. Sheesh - does time fly. Nothing major special happened this Christmas with either of the boys... which is a very good thing. Both boys got their heavy blankets on now. It's just so cold out... it's only right to put on their heavier stuff.

When I was out yesterday (Christmas) to visit Gringo, I noticed that the snow-rim pads he's sporting on his front were actually coming out of the shoes. So, unfortunately that means another call in to the farrier. Hopefully it's a cheap fix and I don't have to pay to get them totally reset. Not my fault (nor Gringo's) that they only lasted two weeks or thereabouts.

Gus seems to be doing okay. Definitely need to get an email into the vet about his stifles. I’m thinking it’s past time to reinject them. I’m hoping that’ll be the “cure-all”… it’s always been the miracle drug in the past. He’s still very much off, but it’s just so cold out that he’s got a hard time keeping his joints moving… so who knows? I also am looking at doing an ACTH Stim Test this January. That’s a test to see if Gus has Cushings disease. I really hope not, but unfortunately, he shows a lot of symptoms commonly associated with Cushings. I also need to do a new thyroid panel. So, I’ll probably do both of those at the same time this next month. There goes all my hard-earned money. Gus is worth it though.

So, on to something other then the boys. I was surfing thru Craigslist the other day and came across this:

Project horses looking for good homes. - $75 (Pillager, MN)
Reply to: [?]Date: 2008-12-22, 1:11PM CST

My Sweet Cherry Wine: 5 year old liver chestnut registered Saddlebred mare. Approx. 15.2 hands tall. Excellent disposition. Leads, ties, trailers, lunges. Good mother. Sound and healthy. With more training would be an excellent riding mare. $275

Ironically, I know this lovely mare. Cherry, as I know her, was born at Gus’s boarding stable five years ago. My BO owned a third of her dam, as did two other women at the barn. Cherry was the first of three foals that Babe had.

Well, I could not let this mare slip by. I sent an email to the BO and one to the rescue where she currently resides. Turns out that Cherry will soon have a new home again. I’m so excited. I absolutely love this mare. She’s very nicely built and had a wonderful personality. I’m under the impression (according to an email I got from my BO) that I’ll have the opportunity to work with Cherry this winter/spring. Should be a lot of fun.

So, look for more blogs on Cherry in the future. Here’s the two photos that were posted on the rescue’s website. I hope to get some new ones/better ones once she arrives on Monday.

This lovely mare was saved from an unknown future… she had been picked up by the rescue at the Verndale auction. Though it’s a more reputable auction, it’s an auction nonetheless, so who knows what her outcome would have been had she not been picked up. So, kudos to my BO for doing the right thing by this mare. I'm ecstatic that she's a responsible breeder .

So, more to come on the lovely Cherry in the future!

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