Friday, April 8, 2016

My precious, beloved Zenya (aka Zenswept) is no more. She left me a few weeks short of her second birthday.
She has been gone over a month now, almost two, and my heart is still raw.
I found a short video I took on my iPhone of her fetching a silly little toy she loved, and it hurt so much to see her and know I can never hear her mumbling to herself, or feel her silky-soft coat, or find her sleeping under the covers with me in the mornings.
I know in time the pain fades (somewhat), but the scar pulls at my very soul, never allowing me to forget that someone so dear to me was ripped away much too soon...

R.I.P., sweet Zenya. Peace is yours, as the agony of your loss is mine. I love you, and I miss you every day.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Introducing: Zenswept

I had a safe, if long, trip to Houston (I hate driving on I45!) to pick up my new Oriental Shorthair kitten.  What a girl!  She's beautiful and bratty, all at once.

I had kinda thought about the name Windswept, but when my favorite racehorse of all time, Zenyatta, had her first filly on Easter Sunday (previously, she's had two colts), I wanted to name her in honor of Zenyatta--but I didn't want to name her ZENYATTA.  So, her name is a bit of a cross between the two names:  Zenswept (Zenya for short).
Ebony classic tabby Oriental Shorthair kitten Zenswept

What a face!

Friday, May 2, 2014

OK, No Hyperbike. :(

Too many other things requiring $$ to be able to part with about $1800.

Part of it is a new kitten that I will be traveling to Houston for in a couple of weeks!  Since I lost my 19-year-old Siamese in January, and my beloved Mithlin is now 13 years old, I deemed it necessary to add another Oriental, Siamese, or Colorpoint Shorthair face to the feline crew.  A cat show in Mesquite, TX helped me find a lovely lady by the name of Chris Willingham, who has a litter of Oriental Shorthair kittens that were almost ready for new homes.  One of those babies will come live with me when she's old enough.  I can't wait!

Pictures when she arrives. . .

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Life Is . . .

Been a while since I posted on my blogs.  Had some computer issues, but I now have a new one that works.  Made the mistake of having all the data transferred from the old one to the new one.  Might not have been such an issue if the old one hadn't been so, well, OLD.  Four operating systems apart (8 years worth--that's a lifetime for computers!), the new one looked at about 30% of the data and said, "What the hell is that?!?!?"  Some things defaulted to the old version, some to the new.  I'm still working out what went where!  

We got a little income tax money back this year, and I'm thinking really hard about getting a Hyperbike for driving my horses!  It's the only roadster cart built specifically (well, the only CART, period) for miniature horses, rather than being a downsized standard horse cart, very lightweight, and super cool!  Wide wheelbase, so it's less likely to overturn, making it safer.  It comes in 3 shaft sizes, and I'd have to buy 2 of them to fit all my horses.  Easy to change out, so that wouldn't be too bad.  Cheaper than buying 2 carts & better than only being able to use on one or two horses.

I've thought about getting a show cart, but the chances of me actually showing are pretty remote . . .  Waste of money!

Waiting for warm enough (and dry enough) weather to start bodyclipping.  Hard work, mostly standing on my head, but like Christmas, unwrapping beautiful little horses!  One of the things I love about spring!

Now, if I can get enough dry weather to finish tilling the garden, so I can get things planted . . .

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Changes!

It's been a while since I've been on this blog (forgot about it for a bit!).  I've got a 2013 Photo Challenge going on a Wordpress blog (dragonfur.wordpress.com), but I thought I'd update this one a little.

First, the horses:

I lost Bonfire June 20, 2011.  He injured a stifle, and endured a failed surgical repair of it.  He finally began to have problems in his back and his other hind leg (if he had been a full sized horse, I'm sure he would have foundered in the front feet, as Barbaro did--along with the other hind foot), and we took one more trip to the lameness specialist.  Dr. Spencer could come up with no miracles, so Bonfire was euthanized, with his good friend Buffi at his side.  I have had a pendant made of some of his mane & tail hair.  It has one blue stone & one brown one, to match his eyes.  It resides on the box that holds his ashes.  I will miss him always.

We had such a miserably HOT summer that summer, with temps reaching 112º officially.  The thermometer in the barn showed 117º and the one on the front porch showed 122º!

Ladyhawk succumbed to the long, drawn-out heat at the end of August 2011.  The vets said they had more colics the last two weeks of August than they'd had all year.  The  unrelenting heat just wore them down.  R.I.P. Ladyhawk.

Sold Kittyhawk last summer, then added Radar, a grade 38 1/2" rescue pony, a week later!  Then two senior mares, Hope (28" tall!) and Polly (Bonfire's mom), joined me in late August.

So I went from eight to six to NINE!  Never thought I'd have NINE HORSES!  Glad they're minis!
Bonfire
4/23/2003-6/20/2011 

Ladyhawk
6/11/2000-8/28/2011

Radar

Radar
Hope & Polly
in Winter Woolies


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Well, It's Mother's Day 2010

My 2009 Challenge died and went to photography heaven about half way through the year. With all the things that were going on in my life (and most still are), I just no longer had the energy (or time!) to photograph or post on a regular basis.

Life is still overwhelming right now, but I have a little time--I'm on vacation this week (yea!!!). I'm doing body-clipping on the horses. It gets hot way before they're shed out, so clipping helps them keep cooler during the spring and early summer.

So far Buffi, Bonfire, Ladyhawk, and Spirit are done, although Spirit still sports winter hair on his back and hips. (He has sun sensitivity, and must wear a flysheet during the summer--which he HATES--so I leave the protective winter hair until Mother Nature rids him of it. That way he wears his flysheet about a month less than he would if I clipped him like I do the rest of the horses.

Kittyhawk will not be clipped, as she is shedding out so nice and slick already. I cleaned up her head, lower legs, and bridlepath (the mane right behind her ears), and am trying to help the winter coat remaining shed out quicker. She's almost done!

Mustang and Symphony remain to be done. Since yearlings don't shed very well on their own for some reason, Symphony will be left till last. Mustang will get his started tomorrow if it stops raining. (Not getting much, just enough to make me NOT want to run an electric cord from the house to the barn!) Cool mornings like yesterday and today require that everyone clipped wear a blanket (which Spirit also hates), so I'm busy this time of year pulling blankets off in the morning and replacing them at night.

BTW: Symphony will not be known officially as Symphony in Silk, as originally planned. She has turned into a lovely bright red sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail, and will be registered as Sunrise Symphony. Seems to fit her better. Photos coming after everyone's clipped!

To all the mothers who read this (whether you have children or pets!), HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

166 - Larger Than Life


The same day I took the pigeon photos, I captured a hawk moments after he brought down one of those same pigeons for a big dinner. Unfortunately for him, a much larger hawk was gliding nearby, and decided to nab a free meal. He landed near the smaller hawk with his catch, and proceeded to intimidate him with his superior size. After a moment or two, the smaller one conceded defeat and left the kill to the big one. This is the imposing stance the big one took to obtain his pre-caught feast! Might impressive thief, isn't he?!?