Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vaccines !

4.12.14

Last week, I gave my personal horses their first installment of spring vaccines. Everyone was fine with my giving them 'shots' and got horse cookies right afterwards... I swear, some look forward to them .
"Ok, I stood still while you poked holes in me- can I have my cookie now ???"

Abby, who for all her size and power, is the most scared of getting shots. Anything that smells the least bit of rubbing alcohol makes her nervous. This year she really was quite wonderful. ( and yes, she got her cookie ;)

The new girls, Cherry & Rose, were Very well behaved. Cherry, who wears her heart on her leg, was a little nervous about it all, but a peppermint helped her get over it. Rose ? Not a problem at all- she just stood there, gazing at what ever horses look at when asked to be still. Tomorrow, I HOPE to get at least one of these girls hitched and driving. I can't Wait !

This morning, in addition to our equine vet coming to administer vaccines, we had a reporter from a local newspaper visit. She had been asked to do an article on what we offer here and she snapped a few photos while Lynn was out in the crossties being groomed. Then we sat in the tack room and chatted about misc items going on at our farm this year. I HOPE it turns out really well and am excited to know we will get some positive advertisement too. It is so nice that folks find out about this farm as it's So different from many horse farms in the area. Here, we have fun learning- yep, I even learn some new things... and when seriousness is required, we can be serious too. Its' hard work though.

Ever since the April diary in Farm & Ranch Living magazine published the diary I kept, we have met some super folks. They have been calling or emailing to find out more of the farm, and to say how much they enjoyed the diary!  Last week, there were some fellows who stopped over- they brought a great little guy named Luke who really loved horses. I took them on a short tour of the pastures, and barn, introducing them all to the horses. Luke, being short and deformed, had a tough time seeing the Percherons, but our full view doors made it more simple for him to meet them all. It was nice that they decided to stop over.

Spring has Finally sprung here ! It's been warmer ( which feels soooooooooooo good after all of that cold) and the daffodils have bloomed by the house. The very small Holly bush is bouncing back with teeny green leaves forming. ( Lynn had been " tasting" it during the winter, and I thought it had died)  It will be fun to see all of the perennials returning too.

The hens have been wandering about, searching for worms. Yesterday, during the rains, there were a few down here actually finding some. I imagine the Robin sitting on the metal gate wasn't so happy to see someone else finding "their" worms, but the hens sure liked it.  Who ever said that chickens didn't eat "meat'' is SO incorrect ! These hen love hamburger, all sorts of bugs, and of course, the ever popular worm snacks.

2 comments:

  1. Love your blog. Would you please inform us how many 'shots' you provide your animals every year with details schedule? Thank you!

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  2. They get a 5 way vaccine that covers tetanus, equine encephalitis, many types of flu & rhino,including the EVH-1. ( which only Helps) Then our equine vet gives WNV and rabies. I would do those too, but I like having her check out the horses each spring. When they get the vaccines, I try to give them a week or so apart, so it's not such a big 'hit'.Then they are all watched carefully for negative responses for a day or so. Hope this helps some- thanks for the comment !

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