Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thanks to new sponsors for rescue mare:

Just a quick thank you for two wonderful women who have
sponsored our rescue mare. . . (still waiting for the right name)

Thank you:

Sara Wagner

Sharon Yildiz
(of Turkey - it is great to know this mare's story
has made it around the world)

and Lesley Weaver of Ohio!
And update with photos will be posted soon!

Check back!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What is in a Name? Rescue Update

First, I want to thank our farrier, Rick Legg, for the amazing work he did on our rescue mare's feet Tuesday.

Also, thanks to his apprentice, Dave Stephens.

The work was exhausting but the immediate improvement was dramatic. Several hours of back breaking work went into her feet, but you will see, it was worth it.

I believe this has set her on a great road to recovery.
We encountered numerous abscesses, but they are open now and able to drain and heal.

I imagine the pressure being taken off will really help her tremendously overall.

She is sore, but that is expected. We can move on with getting her weight up and address possible laminitis with X-rays.

Let people who care this much and do such great work know they are appreciated by recommending their services!

Now, this mare, I am told, was called Cheyenne, but I believe she probably rarely heard this name from the mouths of those who so neglected and abused her, so I believe a new name is in order.

I am not sure yet. . .but this mare will be getting a new name soon, and it will be one fitting of her new chance at a decent and kind life.

Also, let me thank my friend, Becky Mccomas and her friend Rita Wendell and Sonora Winds for their donations to help this mare recover!

"The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel"
NLT translation of Proverbs 12:10
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The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" ~Jeremy Bentham
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If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. ~C.S. Lewis
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Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. ~Thomas A. Edison
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If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~St. Francis of Assisi

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'For the animal shall not be measured by man.In a world older and more ... murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." -- Leonardo Da Vinci

Monday, July 26, 2010

Horse Rescue is not fun, but someone must do it. . .

I have been aware of this horse's situation through the grapevine for about a month,
but the law enforcement in this country overlooks animal abuse, and nothing was being done.

The owners were not willing to relinquish this horse prior to yesterday.

Today we drove the hour and 20 minutes in the pouring rain to
look for this severely abused and neglected 5 yr old paint mare.

We get to the house the horse is supposed to be located, and it is not there.

Finally, during the torrential downpour, a neighbour says he took the horse to his house to feed it. At least someone cared.

We drive down and when we see this mare, we do not really know what to think. It is amazing she was standing there, in the pouring rain, alive.

She had no shelter, she was tied to a tree, but at least the man thought he was helping.

Until tonight, this horse has never known kindness.

I am told she was kept in a stall for 3 years and never let out.
That is why her feet look as they do.

She was then moved and tied outside with no shelter to a tree.
 She would be walked around every few days to graze a bit,
and then she would be tried back to the tree.

She was ridden in this condition. The owners had decided, before they relented and let her be rescues, to breed her next month!

The laceration she suffered from being tangled in a rope and left for 4 days before being found.

It is sickening that people would do this and think nothing of it, never blink an eye.

We are asking those who feel inclined to help, please contact us for our farrier's number or address or that of our vet -
This horse is going to need MANY visits from our farrier over the next year and a lot of vet care for her injury on her leg.

We would be happy to provide you with the contact information for our vet or farrier if you'd like to donate vet care or a farrier visit. Any amount will help! We will personally thank you in our blog and on our website! If you feel comfortable mailing

She is, finally, safe. We will do all we can to give her a REAL chance!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fresh Cheese COOKING

Just finished a casserole, of sorts, with homemade, fresh goat's milk FETA cheese.

Small, sweet peppers, Red, Green and Orange bell peppers, artichokes, rice and tomatoes finish the dish.

It is now mixed and baking, and if it turns out well, I shall type up my recipe. If it does not, it certainly looked delish!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hay Adventures!

We drove at least an hour and 15 minutes to get hay that was supposed to be 45 minutes away, at most, got lost and had more hay loaded than was prudent:

With great prayers and much anxiety, it stay on until we got home

That one bale teetered on the edge the whole drive!

Jelly and Jam

We still have plenty of Jelly and Jam for sale!

Contact us for information!

When you feel like throwing in the towel

I have put off updating for a bit because I had nothing "fun" to write about, but honestly, the things I can write about that can be of use are tangled up in the problems we encounter. It can help those with livestock learn.
I think it is inevitable that, when dealing with livestock and horses,

you will get periods of time where the critters are determined to find ways to try to kill themselves and leave us at a loss for investment, never even mind the sweat and tears and love involved.
We have just had such a time. Money is tight, as it is with most people,
and we've had, in this order, in the past 8 weeks (I couldn't begin to tell you what we've had in the last 9 months, so we will just go with the last 8 weeks):

Meggie, a Nubian doeling, with a serious dog bite injury that required expensive antibiotics and a debridement surgery
It has since closed, the hair has grown back and all looks well!
This was the mid point of healing, after surgery. It had looked much, much worse.

What to learn from our calamity: 8lb dogs can do extensive damage in a much larger animal. Dog's mouths are full of dangerous bacteria. Just because it doesn't look too bad, doesn't mean you should treat it as minor. I'd have saved a lot of money if I had made certain to clean these tiny wounds 100% to being with. I should have shaved it, cleaned with a needle-less syringe each wound and covered in betadine while using an antibiotic to begin with. I did, at least, give a Tetanus antitoxin when it occured!

Bo, our Nubian yearling buck, had a bout of polio that required our vet our after midnight, a bottle of RX Dex and Thiamine

What to learn from our calamity: If your goat appears to loose his vision and is down or standing around starring at the sky with obvious loss of vision, treat with RX Thiamine, and do not wait until this happens to have RX Thiamine and Dex on hand from your vet.

Dusty, our Aussie, keeps getting hot spots even with the use of frontline and allergy shots from our vet

What to learn from our calamity: LOL - That stuff didn't help us. He still has the hot spots regardless of flea treatment and meds.

Lady Ann got choked and required a vet out (Dr. Brown wasn't in town that day) last Monday to the tune of $300 with no success in treatment, meeting with Dr. Brown for more banamine and injectable $50 per dose antibiotics to prevent aspiration pneumonia on Tuesday and a meeting - because he could not make it out - Wednesday to pick up what it took to tube her ourselves since the choke wasn't resolved, which was traumatizing, but a success! I had opted to not renew her insurance policy just the month before! She is still recovering, but we hope and pray all is well.

What to learn from our calamity: Just soak your pelleted feeds. It is easy and quick and can save their life and you a lot of $$. Never feed anything not soaked that is dry - beet pulp, alfalfa pellets or pelleted feed. Also, DO NOT forgot or opt to not renew your equine insurance!

Summer Breeze was clipped too short and got a rough sunburn on her neck, and it is healing, but it looked rough and required a lot of ointment!

What to learn from our calamity: Use a 2 guard when clipping and if you clip too short - put a t-shirt on the goat or sunscreen 2x daily ;)

Then JC hurt his right leg in some manner - nothing visually amiss other than a limp - but that required some Bute and stall rest.

What to learn from our calamity: Stallions like to hurt themselves - period.

But I believe there is always bound to be a respite after such rain - surely!

It all had me pretty down. The expense is almost insurmountable! The toll it takes on one's mind and spirit is equal to the expense, but truly, the joy of living with the animals and on the land with a goal of homesteading - in reality - is worth it and nothing anyone hoping to work toward sustainable, self-sufficient living has not felt at some time or other.

Raising children in this way is simply the only manner I can fathom!
I grew up with dreams of such an life, and I am determined to provide it for my children and to see it through for my own self, too

Friday, July 2, 2010

Jelly Battles

Much Jelly has been in the works here about. . .

and a Label has now been designed!

This is just what I happened to picture in my head

when we began this Jelly and Jam extravaganza, and so

I decided on this as our Jelly label for the mixed berry.

My husband was a good sport about it:

We also picked more berries

To make individual flavors instead of mixed only

Red Raspberry Jelly and Jam

The husband showing off his
soon to be famous Jelly/Jam face

Our son really liking the Jam!



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington