Saturday, March 31, 2012

More On the Road

Above Jemez Springs, NM. A Steller jay which are not common here. A rock called Battleship Rock, and a creek.


On the Road

Lots of construction on the road going to Jemez Springs when we went up the other day. Hope it makes the road better when they get finished.

Soda Damn

This little weird natural damn is called Soda Damn and is just above the town of Jemez Springs, NM. Don't know who the people in the photos are but I thank them for being good photo models.

Bradford Pear Tree Blossoms

My little trees did real good this year. I guess it means that spring is here. The White blossoms are of my Bradford Pear Tree and pink flowers are of my peach tree.

Desert Wild Flower

I don't
know what this plant is. It is one of the first to put on green leaves and bloom in the spring. It seems to be a native plant. The flowers are tiny, tiny on a long stem clustter of flowers. Leaves are long and stripped. Not much to look at but at least it doesn't have stickers on it.

Smelling Spring

Trying to smell spring out the window and trying a bite of a flower, plus just being silly kitties.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Gone Home

The little filly we found last weekend has gone to her correct home where she is with two other colts her own age which is better for her. The family seems nice. There are 5 kids to spoil her and from what I saw they will do that. There were also several dogs and 2 baby goats. They have a larger place than we have and it will be nice when they get done building fences and shelters. That is if you ever get done with it as we haven't

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Baby Horse Update

The owner of the baby horse has been found. They were looking despertly for her and the Sherrifs department and Rio Rancho Animal Control didn't have enough since to connect the two cases. The owner did come and prove she was the owner with photos. She had just bought this one and two other young horses on Sat. because she knew they weren't being cared for properly and it escaped and she didn't think it could have gone this far. About 2 miles. We all decided that since the young horse wasn't used to being handled and her husband was out of town until Friday and we will work together to get baby on our trailer and to there house then. I think the baby will be fine once it gets to it's proper home where a teenage girl is waiting for her.

Update on Filly

No one has responded to any of the ways I have tried to let people know I found the little lost baby horse. A man from the livestock board came by today as you are supposed to contact them when you find a loose horse, cow , or other types of livestock. He asked if we could keep her for a couple more days and if anyone came to claim her to call him and tell them they needed to call him. He said there would be a $35 charge to adopt her if we decided to do so, that is if no one claims her.
I did go out this afternoon (in the blowing wind and sand) and stood in her pen and talked to her. Finally she came up and smelled me and let me touch her nose. What a thrill to be able to touch a frightened, wild animal. I tried to give her a horse cookie but she didn't understand it was to eat. Smelled it and left it lay. Time will change that.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another Loose Horse

Here are photos of the loose horse we found on Sunday in the horrible wind storm that went across NM. This one was outside the mares pens when we went to do the morning feed. We figure she is less than 6 months old. And not hand trained. She won't let us touch her. Yet. She will if she stays here. We didn't know what to do with one this little. Was able to slowly work her around so that she entered our yard and then into an empty horse pen. We feed her and she is eating hay and drinking lots of water. She had chunks of cholla cactus in her tail and still does have a few but can't get them out yet. We called the county sheriffs department as we don't have an animal control offerer here anymore. They said they would give us a call if anyone called them. The same with Rio Rancho Animal Control this morning and the livestock board. We put a listing on Craig's List and a sign on the corner and have been watching for anyone that looks as if they are looking for a lost horse. So far nothing. I really don't need another one but couldn't leave her out on the road and hungry. Just hope she doesn't have some weird horse sickness that she will give to mine as she has been nose to nose with all of ours.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Loose Horse

I can not understand why people can't keep their dogs and especially their horses from roaming the neighborhood. Last night, again, we had a loose horse out stomping around our fences upsetting my horses especially my blind mare. And the horse, as usual, managed to do some damage to my fences. I wish I could get the money from who ever lets their horses get loose for having to repair my fences. We are on a corner lot which means that every loose horse running down any of 4 roads comes right to our property and on realizing there are horses here come to see them being the social creature they are. But even though social the process of a 'meet and greet' causes a lot of squealing, kicking, rearing, biting, and destruction of any fences.
     And at 10 at night it is hard to even see the color of the horse for sure. Not only that someone appeared out of the night, caught the horse, and led it off with out even answering when I asked if they needed any help. No answer of a minor apology of any kind for upsetting my horses, or the fence repair that we had to do this morning. NO NOTHIN'!
      And it took me over an hour to get my blind mare to settle down. I have thoughts that she might be in season as it is the right time of the year for all mares to being coming in. And remember that we have caught three different stallions in our yard, two times for each of those three that now don't live near here. Two of those stallions we lost count on how many times we caught them. Then they were gelded and then they moved. Plus we have caught four other stallions at least once. I know one of those is still near here and it is possible that it came to see my mares. Plus a couple of geldings and a four different mares that either we let come in our yard so they could be caught or we went out on the street and helped catch them.
     But if I can manage to keep my horses contained (knock on wood, say prayers that it never happens to me) why can't other people do the same?
      Yes, some readers may remember that a few months ago my QH mare got out of her pen and wondered our yard. I have spent much money, time and effort making sure that all four horse pen gates open into our fenced yard so that if I accidentally don't get a gate shut good the horse is only loose in my yard not out on the street to get hit by a car or hurt a child, or destroy some one elses property.
     I can't understand why the average person around here is of the opinion that all male horses should be left stallions and all mares should have a foal every year. It is only making the over loaded horse population worse. And may of these 'mutt' horses are not animals that should be allowed to breed. The results are animals who do not have good looks or conformation and there seems to be a lot of in-breeding going on which can result in animals that aren't as intelligent. Yes, some of them can be good horses but not most of them.
       I wasn't planning on breeding my 'mutt' mare and when she went blind it made it even more imperative that I not breed her. As she is mostly Appaloosa she could have a genetic gene for blindness and that should not be passed on to any offspring. I wouldn't mind breeding my Quarter Horse mare but would only breed her to another registered horse which means that money wise I can't afford the stud fee, vet fees, and then any doctor bills if she has problems having it plus the additional feed bills for another horse. And no I would never breed to sell the foals as I am such a softy that I could never sell any horse, dog or cat (or even give them away) to any one as I would always fear that it would end up in the hands of someone who wouldn't care for it properly.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sandia Sunset

Moon Over Sandia Mountains

Someday -

- Yes Someday, I'm gonna catch that bird in that TV screen.

Sand Piles that Move

We have had awful wind storms this past week. Here are some of the sand piles that we now have in different places than they were in before. The fence in the first photo used to be 4 feet high, now it is about 3 feet. You can see some dog tracks in the some photos.