Saturday, June 20, 2015

Six Short Days.....

For three weeks I stayed on baby watch. Scarlett was getting bigger and bigger. I had thought for sure she would have her foal on Memorial Day weekend, but she fooled us. 

 I was nervous and excited all at the same time!
Then out of the blue on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 I went to sit on the back porch
at 10 AM.  I looked up and noticed that Scarlett was doing some odd stretching. 
After the 4th stretch, she laid down and started to push. 
NO OTHER SIGNS BEFORE THAT!
NONE!
ZIP!
She even continued to eat right up to that point!

I read all I could read about foals. But I did not read enough!
This was the first time for me, and it was also the first time for Scarlett. 

I did not know that there was a colostrum substitute you could give your foal within the first 6 hrs. 
I thought Skittles had gotten enough.
Apparently not.
 Although I have a lot of pictures of her nursing in the first few hours.
I really don't think she nursed enough!
She would take a few sips and then put her head down and "chew" her milk!
SERIOUSLY???? it is liquid! But I thought maybe this was just her.
One thing that has really bothered me:
(ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR GUT INSTINCTS!)
Is that when Scarlett stood up, Skittles' umbilical cord did not break off. 
She drug it around for close to 15-20 minutes. 
Just as I was preparing to tie her cord off, it broke off as it should have done a lot earlier!
 This haunts me to this day. That she got infected with a ton of bacteria and then not getting enough colostrum from Scarlett, was the beginning of the end. 

She is a carbon copy of her daddy! A Mini Racer!
 She also had a blood shot eye too that also bothered me. 
Also her one eye if not both, appeared to be a bit cloudy from day one. 
 Her third day on this earth she got sick. 


 I just loved holding her in my lap! She was a lap pony that loved to be snuggled!

 She also slept a lot! I mean A LOT that second day!
 The third morning I woke up to this!
 Scared me to pieces!
 Dr. Barton and Jolin came out to the house. Took her temp, Drew some blood and told me to take her into the office. We were there by 8:30 AM! They put an IV line in her neck. Gave her an IV bag of fluids with some IgG meds that was to make up for the lack of colostrum she did not get.
 She got the WHOLE bottle of this stuff over the course of the first day and the following morning. 
 She seemed to be interested in a bit of hay. 
 She was my baby! My sweet heart! My lap Pony.
I prayed every night she would get better. 
 She even wormed her way into Rick's heart! 
He actually is the one that named her Skittles!
 She had odd sleeping positions.
 Her 6th Day on earth.  I got up for the morning and went to check on her. 
She was weak and listless.
I rushed her back up to the clinic.
 Dr. Sargent and Codi gave her another IV bag of fluid.
 I went home to pray!
At 12:23 PM I got a call to keep my original 1 PM appt, because the doctor wanted to talk with me. 
My heart sunk!
My gut wrenched!
My throat constricted!
At the clinic, They took me to an exam room, and Doc said that Skittles was not going to make it.
He had done a blood draw on her and her glucose did not even hardly register.
There was also something about her White blood cells, and other things that just barely even registered and/or was way off the charts.
I went out back to say goodbye. They called Rick and he came too. Parker was with me, and he got to say goodbye also. 
The tears flowed! My heart Broken! 
 At 1:35 PM I left the clinic and after that doc put Skittles to sleep. At 1:43PM as I crossed the Umatilla River bridge my heart ached bad and the tears just flowed. Skittles left for Rainbow bridge at that moment!
I wanted Scarlett to spend time without a lot of interruption, and they were kind enough to allow her a couple hrs.
At 4 PM We went up to get Skittles and Scarlett. 
We brought them home. I laid Skittles on the blanket. I would go check on her, and cover her up a little bit at a time, so that I did not alarm Scarlett.
At 6 PM I fed Scarlett her vitamins in a bit of oats. While she was eating, Rick removed Skittles.  Scarlett was not aware. She did not discover Skittles gone for another 1/2 hr. I saw that she was walking on the blanket sniffing. She then started to communicate with Racer. She eagerly wanted to go for a walk.
I believe she knew that Skittles was not here anymore. 

 I got the halter and fly mask I ordered for Skittles the next day in the mail!
 Beautiful Flowers from The Drs. and staff at the Vet Clinic!
Everyone at the Clinic worked hard for Skittles!
Everyone shed a tear too!
 A beautiful Fern from my Grandson Cody and his Mom, Angela.
 Skittle's Daddy!
This is Skittles' Daddy! 
He never got a chance to meet his daughter!
He would of been an awesome dad too!

There will be no more "Racer" baby's!
He was gelded to become a "nice" pony for the grand-kids.
Little did I know how all this would play out!
And all this time I was so worried about a "red bag" baby!

I won't breed Scarlett again. I can't go thru all this again!
I had a lot of plans for Skittles. 
She was going to earn her keep. If she had her moms demeanor and her dads personality she would of been the best pony ever!

Some articles I found on the internet later:


I don't know for sure but I think in the first Article, Skittles had the
CLOSTRIDIUM ENTEROTOXEMIA.

It kind of fits with the scenario.

Then I come across a video like this:

And my heart breaks all over again!

Racer needs to step up and become the dad he never had the chance to become, and help pay off Skittles' debt!
:)

My heart aches every single day!
I know, Time heals, and my heart will heal, but I will always miss our little Skittles!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Scarlett, Racer and Skittles

We finally got moved in. What a whirl wind of a year it has been. When we purchased this place we did it with the intention of dividing it and selling our youngest son and family a portion so they can live close. Little did we know he would sell his house sooner than planned, and have since been living with us. It has been a long year, but a fun one. Everyone is ready to have their own house. It has been a joy to have two little boys under foot and watch them grow from day to day. I can't wait till there is a well worn path from our house to their house!

Since we moved hubby upgraded his Harley. I upgraded to two new ponies!
Below is Scarlett and she was with foal when I got her.
 Here is Racer of whom was intact when I got him!
 And this is Skittles the product of Scarlett and Racer!
Skittles was born on 6/6/15 but unfortunately we lost her on 6/12/15. We tried very hard to save her but in the end she lost her battle. It was very rough going.  She was loved by all who came in contact with her. Everyone following my Facebook account was very supportive and I thank you.

Unfortunately Racer has been fixed, and so no more babies here.

I will try better to keep my blog updated. Seems that with Facebook my blog gets lost in the mix!

Monday, April 7, 2014

So much to say....yet.....

Well it has been awhile. Been terribly busy. Have a whole lot to talk about yet I have nothing to say right now. We did sign papers on our new place. We get to move in after June first. Yeah! I am sure we will have plenty of time to paint the new place before moving since no one has yet to put an offer on our place yet.

I think we have under priced our place. In looking at comparable property there is a lot of acreage and not much of a house or a very nice house an no acreage. Our place has it all! All set up for humans and critters. Someone will come along I am sure, and they will fall in love with our set up here. The only work that needs doing is mowing the lawn once a week. That of course is a chore in itself!

I will post more as it gets closer. Am excited, yet hesitant. Lots of work to be done on the new place for sure, but it will keep us busy for the next ten years or so! Haha.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

MOVING! What were we thinking?

Things are progressing at a snails pace!
I have been PURGING my house BIG TIME!~
If I have not seen it, touched it, looked at it, forgot about it, never used it,
IT IS GONE!

On February 22nd I am having the grand-daddy of all yard sales!
I am sure there is going to be:
"CRAP U-NEED" 
at this yard sale!

Everything from the kitchen to my craft room will be for sale!

There are some things I can not ever part with of course.
Like, Material! Thread! Quilting things.
I have dabbled in so many crafts thru the years, I have it all!
But recently I have started to quilt.
That alone covers most of the crafts I enjoy!
So everything else is pretty much going.

STICK TO ONE THING
AND YOU WILL BE GOOD AT IT!

DO MULTIPLE THINGS and it is never perfect!

In going thru everything! 
There are a lot of memories too.
My kids' baby books and albums,
Which will be handed off this year.

My moms things. Most I have parted with but some I can not.
She wore scarves all the time.
I found a box in which I had stored her scarves.
After 14 years, it still smells like her.
Ummmm! Memories!

Then I went thru her photo boxes I have stored.
I eventually will scan all the pictures and part with the original photos.
But that will be for a time after we have moved.

Right now, I am scanning doll patterns, that someday I might make again.
I don't want to keep the original patterns, because they take up so much room.
(We are moving to a smaller home.)

So I have been a scanning fool this past week. 

I LOVE SCANS!
You can scan anything,
have it for-ever and live clutter free!

Scanners and Digital Camera's are the best invention in my life time!

So we are still looking for a buyer!

And things are moving at a snails pace!

Since all this began, 
I work very hard in my dreams!
Planning.
Planting.
Decorating.
MOVING!

Yes I wake up very tired in the mornings!
(IF I have even slept at all)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FOR SALE.......

It is OFFICIAL:
Our house is listed for sale:


This is a turn key home! we have already done all the work!
Our house is off to the right.


All underground sprinklers gravity fed from the canal
keeps the lawn very green.
 Circular driveway that goes around the shop. We call it
the "scenic" drive.
 Lots of space to park vehicles.
 1/2 acre yard all fenced off.
 Since this photo there has been a fence added from the edge of the
house to the fence line on both ends of the house.

 Nice covered patio in which to sit out side and enjoy
all types of weather.
 There is two loafing sheds for your critters.
The second one is placed to the left of the above photo.
Part of the circular drive. This row of trees keeps the shop
very comfortable in the summer time.
 Very LARGE kitchen with a pantry. Counter space galore! 
So many cupboards you won't fill them all!
 Living room that faces the river. The door here goes into the master bedroom.
 Window with the river view from the living room.
This is the front room in which we do spend most of our time.
Buddy says: "Who would not want this lovely space? I have an acre and a half that grows such
rich grass, that "mom" has to limit our feeding time on it!"

Plants grow so well in the soil here. 
Rose bushes.
Lavender.
Some bulbs that come up in the spring.
Trees.
Not to much to take care of but enough to make it pretty in the spring and summer.

There is a 50 gallon hot water heater because you need a big one to use the garden tub in the master bathroom!


Second bathroom 

Water is run out to the pasture to water your critters.
Power is also ran to the pasture for water heater or whatever you want to plug in.

Our home is an energy efficient home and power bills run from $60.00 in the summer to about $98.00 dollars in the winter.

Shop is a 24' X 36'.
Insulated.
Electrical.
Electric door opener.
Tinker room with a Game Room to hang your hunters treasures.
Two work Benches.

The house has energy efficient windows and lots of them.
On nice spring/summer days, you can open windows and get a nice cross breeze.
Blinds on all windows.
Doggy door in Utility door for your four legged friends.
Room for an upright freezer in the laundry room.

Master bedroom is very large. A Kind sized bed will fit as well as several dressers.
Living room has a beautiful view of the Columbia River.
Reverse Osmosis system for drinking water. The well does have nitrates that are border line high.
A water softener because the water here is hard.
Water is very good and no sulfur smell at all.

Neighbors are very nice.
One has chickens that come and eat the bugs out of the yard.
Another has cows that are quite entertaining.
And each spring you get to watch little ones enter the world. The babies are just adorable.

The pasture is cross fenced so you can graze your animals smartly.
Electric fence around parameter of pasture.

The property is on a Farm Deferral making taxes a little less.

Just across the road are awesome horse riding trails along the beautiful Columbia River.
No need to haul your horse to go ride.

Nice big pump house to store lawn and garden items.
Container next to shop to store bigger things.
Container near the pasture for a tack/feed room. Windows have been built into it.