Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, April 2014. The roses are blooming!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The end of summer...

It seems this MAY be our last blast of summer.  It was 114 here Friday, 110 Saturday, and maybe down to 109 today.  After today, the temps will fall a degree or two.  I'm hoping that this weekend's blast of heat was the LAST of the summer, which really wasn't that bad.  We didn't have any days at 120 (that I recall), and only a few at 118.  So, it was a relatively MILD summer here.

I went for a walk at the city park this morning and was surprised to see so many people out and about.  A lot of them were out walking their dogs.  One gal was feeding the turtles.  Somebody else was collecting the recycle cans and bottles.  It was good to get out and do a 45 minute walk!  I may TRY to squeeze in a morning walk now that my school starts 20 minutes later this year.

Not much going on here today.  I visited the horses yesterday, AND, for the first time that I can remember, I got all 5 of them out for some exercise!  I haven't been able to do that in over... 2 years?  3 YEARS?  Last year I had bronchial asthma...the year before, I had bronchitis pretty much the entire school year, so maybe 3 years?  I did take Friday off from school as I had some kind of virus that led me to have dizziness, a headache, and body aches.  Fortunately, it only lasted 24 hours (hubby had it, too).  We think we got it from our daughter and granddaughter (oh, joy!)  But, by Saturday, I had bounced back (fortunately).

All the horses, including Quad, seem to be doing well.  He and Sunni are now on Bermuda/alfalfa pellets.  GOOD.  I'm glad they won't be scarfing up alfalfa from the ground, even though both of them have rubber mats.  Frankly, I wish all of them would be fed pellets.  I just can't see the need for them to have alfalfa.  Every time I visit, they get a snack of Bermuda and Timothy pellets, along with Integrity Senior (which has probiotics, yeast, and beet pulp).  It is the most expensive pellet mixture, at $22.00 a bag.  Bermuda/alfalfa pellets are at the local feed store for $11.00 a bag, but the ranch owner bought me 8 bags at $8.00 each from her supplier.  That will help cut down my board bill.  The Timothy pellets are, I believe, about $18.00 a bag.

I'm pleased that each horse got some grooming time, some SWAT (the flies are HORRIBLE right now), and some R&R.  I hope I can keep up my energy level.

Here are some pics from yesterday:
 Quad in the arena.  I spotted him running a few minutes later, but I didn't have my camera on me at the time.  He IS feeling better!
 Lucille ~ I took her up to the round pen.
Sunni has always been good at self-exercising!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quad has made it through his colic! Phew!

This was a bad one.  His colic wasn't nearly as bad as Cali's and she didn't survive.  I miss her every day.  He's back to his normal routine:  kicking his corral and making ugly faces at Sunni!

We are switching him to Bermuda/alfalfa pellets, with a little Timothy added.  HOPEFULLY he won't fling his pellets all over the mats. YES, he has 2 huge rubber mats!  The feed store has some, and they are $50.00 each, which I can't afford right now, but as soon as I get my first paycheck, I'm going to buy MORE.  Every horse has at least 1 rubber mat under their feeder, but Quad has 2 already.  Either that, or let his manure pile up and he can eat off his manure!
  He's the horse that our grandson wants to ride, the one who will start kindergarten next Tuesday!   :-)  So, I HAVE to keep Quad safe and healthy!  :-)  I didn't sleep for 3 nights worrying about him, goofy boy!

Quad standing patiently for the farrier. He's so used to so many things!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quad has colic...

Quad has colic (again)...he had an episode a couple of years ago.  This one seems to be much worse...he definitely is in pain, even after a visit from the vet, and a shot, and a mineral oil tubing.  He HAS passed some poop, but not enough.

Please keep him in your prayers.  Here he is enjoying a romp in the arena, from earlier this month.  His head was down today, he was stretching and looking at his side...

Thank you.
Cheryl Ann

Saturday, August 23, 2014

HA! I made it through the first two days of school!!!

We had students only two days last week~Thursday and Friday.  Of course, on the first day, they are ALL on their best behavior.  By the second day, however, one boy just couldn't contain himself.  He blurted.  He bothered other students in his group.  He couldn't sit still in his chair.  Now, mind you, I've had hyperactive kids before.  This little guy is OFF the charts!  I had our resource specialist take a look at him, and she agreed.  Hm....he is going to be a handful this year!  I remember seeing him in the office nearly every day last year.  I don't want that for him and I usually find time to sit next to him and chat with him.  He's fine with math, but needs help with reading, so I may have him come in early a couple of mornings for tutoring.  He had a male teacher last year and I'm not sure how well they got along, so I'll also talk to that teacher.  He definitely needs HELP!  The rest of the class is extremely well behaved and calm and...POLITE!  :-)  I am really going to enjoy them this year! (Phew...not like last year's WILD BUNCH)!  That class nearly did me in.  But, it's funny...5 of them have already come back to say hello.  Kids seem to really calm down once they enter 4th grade...isn't that funny?  I'm hoping their 4th grade teachers survive this year!   :-)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A new school year

A new school year begins today.  Just like the kids, my stomach is in knots.  What will they be like?  Surely they won't be like the group last year that nearly did me in?

Our weather has been cooperating, at least!  We had monsoon moisture yesterday.  It actually poured over our house 3x in the morning before I had to leave for a prep day and it was cloudy all day.  More of the same today and temps only in the double digits.  The usual high for August is 108, so that's a break.  And, more "cooler" temps for the next week!  Whoo, whoo!  I included this photo from the Toro Peak webcam, which is at 8,000 feet in the Santa Rosa mountains.  The webcam takes photos from all directions, all day and night.  This was taken a couple of afternoons ago, as the monsoon clouds gathered in our valley.  Gotta LOVE those clouds!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Visit to the horse ranch

Well, I FINALLY got to have a visit with the horses yesterday.  Unfortunately I also drove by a fatal accident up on Highway 74 involving a Toyota Rav and a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist didn't make it.  I saw him lying face down on the highway.  I stopped and asked the people if they were able to call out (there are zones up there with NO cell coverage), and they said yes.  Minutes later, I saw a fire truck coming up from Palm Desert and another one coming down from Pinyon.  Alas, another life lost on that damn highway because PEOPLE WON'T SLOW DOWN!  I was pretty shaken by this accident, since it happened right before I drove by and a life was lost.

By the time I got to the ranch, the horses were neighing in their greeting!  :-)  I let Scout out into the arena and put SWAT on Sunni.  He actually cooperated!  In fact, he was the most joyous in his greeting!  He nuzzled me, he nuzzled my hair, he wouldn't leave me alone!  I would have let him out next, but by the time I cleaned out water troughs, 2 hours had gone by and it was noon and it was HOT!  I headed back to the desert for lunch and a siesta!

Scout, of course, was her usual adorable self.  She didn't pull on the lead rope at all and was a GOOD GIRL!

I'm glad I got to see the horses.  School starts on Thursday this week, so maybe one afternoon before then I can return and see them again before the weekend.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Arizona photos

One afternoon we drove out to the fire tower near Black Canyon Lake.  Instead of a herd of wild horses there, we spotted a herd of cattle.  Last year it was horses.  This year it was cattle.  We did spot some horses out near the road on our way out, however.  The grandson has never seen a fire watch tower like this one before.  He kept asking, "Why can't we go up in it?"  (a 5 year old...sigh...) I tried to explain to him that the gate was locked, but he wanted to climb up its stairs RIGHT NOW!  Then we drove out to the lake and he wanted to go fishing!  Such is the world of a 5 year old!