Monday, January 14, 2008

Updates on Red Gate Ranch



Hello! Sorry I never got around to posting last weekend...Busy...
Well, something very important happened last Saturday! Genenvieve (I'm guessing) caught her first animal! I came in the clean the stall on Saturday and, there it was, a mole! Believe me, they're very cute, and I don't mind rodents, and I feel bad for it and all, but this is a big step in Genevieve's life, into becoming a real cat! It could have been Gronemeyer, but, to put it frankly, he's better and sitting and eating, and being dumb, and cute, and lazy, that I don't think he would catch a mole. He'd be a better indoor cat, Genenvieve has a more hunting-outdoor-sey personality. This morning I went in to feed (at 5:40 am) and I was passing by Daisy while she ate her hay to fill her water, and I asked her to move over so I could get by. The problem was, the little girl kitty was sitting there, and when I asked Daisy to move Genny thought the horse would step on her! She sprang (literally) onto Daisy's hoof and starting hissing and biting it! She tried to take on the big 900 pound animal! Daisy was startled, but then just let her keep biting and hissing! I yelled at the cat, and she ran away, but MAN, it was crazy! She was out of control!
Do you know that every 2 months a horse has to be dewormed? Probably not. Well, they have to be. Horse's are very prone to getting worms and if they get them they can get VERY sick, and if it's not treated, they can die. So, you buy this stuff called de-wormer. Pictured above are the three kinds I use. You have to rotate the kinds you use between those three so that the worms and stuff don't become immune to them. (Pictures compliments of google, picture cropping and editing done by moi) It's a syringe (Strongid pic. and Equimax show it) that's filled with the dewormer paste, that tastes bad. Horses can smell it and know when it's coming. I take Daisy by the halter and lead rope and put my finger in the side of her mouth where there are no teeth and run my finger over the roof of her mouth a few times so that she starts opening and closing it a little. Then I quickly take my hand out and plunge the plunger in and squirt it in. Normally I miss a little and get it on the side of her mouth, but I did safeguard on Friday, and I didn't miss! It was perfect! So, Daisy will now be healthy for the next 2 months!
Just an update. Hope this post wasn't too boring (and uninteresting)! Have a great week!
P.S.-If you have the time, maybe you'd like to check out Allen's and Sam's blogs! They have some pretty good posts today.....

8 comments:

I Love Jesus said...

Hello!
Congrats to Genny on catching a mole! :) And congrats to you at not missing Daisy's mouth while deworming her! :) And I just thought I would let you know that I love reading all of your blogs and to please keep writing. Bye!

Allen said...

Interesting. I did not know that about horses and worm medicines.

Wanda said...

Melissa: I think you have one of the most interesting posts I read. You information is always new and refreshing and I learn something every time I come.
The only animals I've ever owned or been around are cats and dogs, so I love hearing about horses...and how they have to be dewormed... :{
In fact..I am going to pass on to you the "You Make My Day" award!!
And thanks for your visits on my post. I always look forward to your comments.

LOL :)

Anika said...

YAY Genevieve!!!!!!!!!!! We rotate on a two-different dewormers schedule. Works the same way... so, have you been jumping more latey? we had a snow day on monday...

Bye!
Anika

Abby said...

No, after that post, I couldn't really jump anymore. It started snowing on Sunday night, and all day Sunday I was away-4H meeting, and stuff-so I didn't jump. Now there's snow so I can't jump, :-(.

Mellimaus said...

OOPS, that comment was from MELLIMAUS, not Abby!

Mike said...

Cool post. Lots of interesting stuff in there I didn't know.

misha said...

What did it mean when you said "I went to safegaurd" What's safegaurd? also, congrats to Genny!

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