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 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Horses get their shots and Quad had an abscess

 So, it was that time of year for the herd to get their shots and my wonderful vet, Dr. Lindsey Crowley, came with 2 assistants yesterday.   First of all, I had her look at Quad because Cathy, the ranch owner, said he was lame.   He stood in one spot yesterday, legs stiff, and didn't move.   Poor guy.   Well, Dr. Lindsey took a look at his front hooves and discovered a big, nasty abscess in one of them, so she went to work!   Then she bandaged that one up and looked at the other one and bandaged it up, too.   He has thrush in his back 2 hooves, so I'm going to buy some Thrust Buster today and I'll go back Saturday to drop it off.   By the time she was done with him, he was running and bucking in his corral!    So good to see him back to normal!   She almost forgot to give him his shot!

Gigondas was a GOOD GIRL, as usual.   Scout?   Scout was a brat, as usual.   She didn't want NO DAMN SHOT and she let everybody know!   The doc passed on Sunni because last year he was a complete IDIOT and wouldn't let anybody near him, so Cathy will give him his shot.

I'm glad that is over.   PHEW!   It was 95 degrees up there and I drank a whole bottle of Vitamin water, and I came home and drank...4 glasses of herbal iced tea!   And, I took a nap for an hour!   That warm weather is deceiving even with a nice breeze.

So, they are all done for a year,   Quad, however, will need to get pads and shoes on his front feet.

I'm going out this morning and planting some hollyhock seeds...tis the season!



Quad and Crystal, his neighbor.   He has managed to chew off most of her tail!   HOW RUDE!   He is much more spotted now (he's 16 years old) and his mane and tail and both white now.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

FALL has officially arrived!

 Well, it is 64 degrees on our porch this morning.   Yesterday at this time it was 82 degrees.   I ran around and opened up EVERY window in the house!   The cool air feels WONDERFUL and we will be in double digits for the next 3 days!   Whoo, whoo!    What a relief!

I also filled up every bird feeder and added 3 more this morning, since it is about time for the migratory birds to come through.  They are very busy feeding this morning, but a hawk just flew through the yard and they have now all scattered...sigh...

I have a couple of appointments next week...the vet is coming up to give the herd their shots on Wednesday.   Sunni was a real BRAT last year and the ranch owner had to give him his shots, so if he isn't a gentleman, she will do that again this year.   He mistrusts people, even now.   Let's see...he is now 16 years old, same as Quad and Scout.   We don't know how old Gigondas is, but we are thinking she is in her 20's.

Our water heater died over the weekend, so yesterday the company we bought it from came out and installed a new one, fixed the faucet next to the sink out back, and now we are out $1500.   And, I'll have at least a $300 vet bill next week....OY!   Good thing I saved our tax refund!   The guy is going to come back next week and install a new garbage disposal, since I haven't had one for... 4 years!   YES!   4 YEARS.   I actually don't mind, but it sure would be nice to have a new, working one!   After that, at some point, our refrigerator is a 2000 model, so I suppose it will go out next...sigh...always something, eh?

Take care, stay healthy, be safe, and...  WEAR YOUR MASK!   I noticed the guy had his on yesterday morning, so I ran and grabbed one, too.

Cheryl Ann

Saturday, September 5, 2020

WHEN will fall finally arrive?

 This Labor Day weekend here in California and the Southwest is expected to break all records.   It is forecast to be 120 degrees here in Palm Desert tomorrow and 119 for the next 2 days after that.   By Tuesday, temps will be down 10 degrees both during the daytime and at night.


It certainly isn't here yet and one forecaster predicts that September will continue to have above-average temperatures... ALL MONTH!    I looked ahead at the 10 day forecast and by the end of the 10 days, temps will be back up to 110!   YIKES!   In September!   That's awful!

I'm SO ready this weekend to work on my garden out front, but it is already 91 degrees at 6:30 in the morning, so I don't see that happening.   I'm free from babysitting the 7 year old 2nd grade granddaughter for the next 2 weeks since her other grandma will be coming down to stay with the family.   SOMEONE has to fix her breakfast, lunch, and keep an eye on her during the day while Mommie teaches middle school band online (try that one, eh?)

Horses get their shots on the 16th and I may have to make an appointment with a dermatologist for a raised, bumpy "thing" on my leg.   Oh, joy!   I'm already having nightmares about sitting in a doctor's office during COVID.

Hubby and I WILL be getting our flu shots during my 2 weeks off.

Here are a few recent photos for you: Both were VERY interested in the koi fish pond up at the Idyllwild cabins!