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by texsuze
Mon May 13, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Your favorite luggage?
Replies: 9
Views: 109

Your favorite luggage?

During an awesome trip to Sedona last week it became apparent that our dependable, years-of-world traveling, excellent condition LLBean pullmans might not be up to the job anymore. The little wheels on DH's piece began to come apart in the Flagstaff airport :D And we were likely the only folks still...
by texsuze
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?
Replies: 23
Views: 278

Re: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?

Our strictly indoor cats get rabies annually, given by vet, although this year we're delaying a few months till house guests and trips are all done. One of our vets implied that if someone gets bitten/scratched by one of our cats (unlikely but possible), we'd be in a better position from a liability...
by texsuze
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?
Replies: 21
Views: 340

Re: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?

If you fly into El Paso, you'll find lots of outdoor activity right here in the great state of Texas :) Guadalupe Mountains National Park https://www.nps.gov/gumo/index.htm Hueco Tanks State Park (rock climbing/ hiking) https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks Franklin Mountains State Park htt...
by texsuze
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Travel insurance companies (for people)
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Travel insurance companies (for people)

DH and I are going to Sedona, AZ to visit friends in early May. First time in a few years we've done a trip together, what with critter care and travel preferences. With elderly cats, elderly horse, and a sick chicken right now, odds are stacking against me for having a relaxing trip, or perhaps eve...
by texsuze
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 972

Re: My rodent problem

FWIW, I bait my electronic traps with the cheapest peanut butter I can find, tucked back into the corner of the trap near the "hot plate". Doesn't take much, but my country mice prefer fresh PB; if it starts to dry out I touch it up with more fresh PB. Mice can be very cheeky.... ;)
by texsuze
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 972

Re: My rodent problem

The electronic traps I use have a green light that starts blinking once a mouse has been zapped inside. As long as batteries are working, they indicate something inside (or not). I have used the no-kill capture traps but one needs to stay vigilant and release the offending rodent before they succumb...
by texsuze
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I got bravER
Replies: 9
Views: 220

Re: I got bravER

Good on you! Don't forget to ride 'with purpose' each time you cross the bridge. And focusing ahead to the other side of the crossing keeps your vibe going forward and not stressing about the bridge itself. One barn where I boarded had acres of wonderful trails, which included a large concrete bridg...
by texsuze
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 972

Re: My rodent problem

Seconding the electric traps, sold by either Victor or D-Con (can't remember), usually at Tractor Supply. Four (AA?) batteries, self-enclosed death chamber, hinged lid to dump mouse body wherever you want without touching or even seeing it, if you work it right. I've been using one in my chicken run...
by texsuze
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Hair accessories for shows & schooling
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Hair accessories for shows & schooling

Free, if you can pay S/H. Must take entire lot of accessories: Two (2) black show bows with attached hair nets (similar to those at State Line Tack). Black grosgrain ribbon, gold horse head accent, French barrette clip. One net is black lace, the other net is heavier black netting. Three (3) hair ne...
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 26
Views: 959

Re: HELP: houseguests...

Paging Xan---did you survive :)
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying good-bye - so hard.
Replies: 18
Views: 693

Re: Saying good-bye - so hard.

Hers seemed to be the perfect pony world--being loved, well-cared for to a solid age, able to reach the potential of her talent while happy to do so, and teaching kids riding/respect/responsibility. She'll be the horse your daughter will keep in her heart forever. RIP Sera.
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup

Yesterday I hauled my oldster for his 3-months-since-last-chemo check up with the eye vet. Vet wasn't too concerned about the tiny little bump in the area of the original lesion. He noted it doesn't "look" like cancer-- I totally get this type of 'gestalt' observation, so hopefully good ne...
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: What to wear in the trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: What to wear in the trailer?

Easy, uneventful trip yesterday. My oldster wore his light cotton sheet, with windows open (except at his face) and opposite roof vent open. No sweat! Trip home was warmer--50F dropping down to 40F by the time we reached our side of the county--and on the sunny side of trailer, so I opened windows m...
by texsuze
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: What to wear in the trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: What to wear in the trailer?

Thanks, these are all very good suggestions. Forecast now (this is TX--things change quickly ;) ) calls for sunny skies and temps that, if lucky, might reach 40's by the time we are heading back home. The trip out looks to be colder than the return trip home. I will factor in all the suggestions, pl...
by texsuze
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: What to wear in the trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 281

What to wear in the trailer?

My horse, not me. Taking my oldster on a 2-hour trip back to the eye vet for his SCC follow-up (see other thread), plus annual dental work, plus a vaccination. As luck would have it, forecast is for temps in the 30's, strong winds, and wind chills in the 20's. Doesn't sound like much to ya'll in the...
by texsuze
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 26
Views: 959

Re: HELP: houseguests...

BTDT ;) Get SO to fetch some take out sandwiches for lunch (and you'll open some cans of soup!) and take out for dinner. And cereal for b'fast. Folks don't like it? Then don't bother coming back for a few more years! The "pre-onslaught prep" is what wears me out--cleaning house, cleaning g...
by texsuze
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help naming my farm/soon-to-be-LLC!
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: I need help naming my farm/soon-to-be-LLC!

We are Hidden Ridge Ranch. We wanted to use the name of the road we are on, which also includes a "Ridge", but someone else already claimed that name. Our house is located on a ridge and is hidden from view from the road, hence the name. One of the very first names we considered was "...
by texsuze
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where to recycle large plastic bedding bags?
Replies: 10
Views: 426

Re: Where to recycle large plastic bedding bags?

This article describes recycling silo bags, but I'm not sure if they are the same type of plastic as shavings bags. I reuse my TSC shavings bags for garbage bags, but they still end up in the landfill :( https://www.hayandforage.com/print-article-1364-permanent.html On a related topic, the soil and ...
by texsuze
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does anyone else drive like this?
Replies: 10
Views: 481

Re: Does anyone else drive like this?

Heck, at least you stop at stop signs :shock: DH is the King of Rolling (no)Stops. He must be color blind because he can't see red or yellow ;) Other folks, after riding in the car with him, have remarked on his tendency to slow-roll through such intersections. He hasn't yet decided to proceed throu...
by texsuze
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Horse chewing on wood
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: Horse chewing on wood

Is she chewing/gnawing like the proverbial beaver, or is this cribbing? My oldster started eating tree bark, dirt, dead limbs, somewhat casually, as well as putting his teeth on the hay manger in his stall. No true cribbing observed. CBC with mineral analysis and whatever else that is generally test...
by texsuze
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Did I say we are getting a new horse- of course its another Morgan
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: Did I say we are getting a new horse- of course its another Morgan

Hmmm, methinks you could sell some tack and it would pay for the new guy! Has anyone actually verified those numbers of pieces of tack you are claiming exist? ;)
by texsuze
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Cavaletti
Replies: 19
Views: 846

Re: Cavaletti

Mine are similar to Straight's, but I used landscape poles (flat on two sides, round on two sides, if that makes sense). The lag bolts get loose and need to be tightened, being out in the elements all the time. DH made 4 for me and they worked great. Just roll them along the ground till the crossrai...
by texsuze
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silk comforters?
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Silk comforters?

I purchased a set of flannel sheets (the cardinal and chickadee print) from Vermont Country store and they are the BEST sheets ever. Not too hot, not too cold, excellent. So I'll stick my neck out and say I believe their products are probably very good if you decide to buy their comforter. As down f...
by texsuze
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar Eclipse--Get ready!
Replies: 0
Views: 130

Lunar Eclipse--Get ready!

Another celestial night sky event coming this weekend (Jan 20/21):

https://earthsky.org/tonight/supermoon- ... -395353405
by texsuze
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Seedy toe
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Re: Seedy toe

One farrier told me that putting Campho-phenique ointment in the area can help a bit. My oldster had a bit of seedy toe about a year ago that my farrier managed with the right trimming and his special formula of copper liquid mixture. My guy wears shoes all around since he is not a candidate for goi...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!

Dashing Delwyn ;)
by texsuze
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 41
Views: 1636

Re: So what are you reading?

I also recently read "There, There" by Tommy Orange; not sure if I liked it, since it felt as if the ending was just quickly dumped after a fascinating development of several characters. I didn't feel any resolution to the story. Maybe just me. Don't let me discourage interested readers, t...
by texsuze
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)

Thanks, heddy; no mention was made of using eye ointment by the vets (although it makes sense to me). I'll see what I have in the medicine chest that is "neutral" for moisture. I thought about coconut oil on the lids... ;) This morning his eye looked so clear and normal compared to just 10...
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!

Emergency appendectomy seems like a piece of cake compared to getting all those critters to sit, stay and pose at the very same instant for your cute Christmas picture! :) Presuming no photo-shopping of course.....! Happy Healing (heeling?)!
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Re: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)

Thanks for all the jingles. I've posted a (hopefully) final update in the Veterinary forum.
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 61
Views: 2612

Re: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse

Jingles for getting you and all your horses to a calm emotional place right now where you can breathe and think about things less stressfully, if that is possible. It always seems to come in a giant bundle, at either a weekend or holiday, too. FWIW, for the last several years I've given my oldster a...
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: **********2018 holiday/Christmas/Kwanza etc card exchange
Replies: 14
Views: 1071

Re: **********2018 holiday/Christmas/Kwanza etc card exchange

Thanks for all the cards! Nice variety of styles and sentiments! All are hanging up in the kitchen right now!
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)

Hopefully a final update: took my oldster back to the vet clinic last week to evaluate his eyeball and the upper and lower lids. Lid edges had become very crusty and were losing hair. My take on this was that chemo ointment got on the edge of the eyelids when being applied to the eyeball (can't real...
by texsuze
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: He's home!

Thanks for all following this saga and lending jingles. Question for those who've been in this boat: is eye pain to be expected post-chemo? My oldster is still highly sensitive to anything near his treated eye. Also, the exterior edge of the eyelid looks cracked and crusty, he has eye boogers in the...
by texsuze
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Re: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved?)

It has been a week since I brought my oldster home from being boarded while getting his chemo for SCC. He had his post-chemo exam from the vet ophthalmologist right before we trailered home, and vet was pleased with the results of treatment. A second round of chemo (to be administered by me, here at...
by texsuze
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: He's home!

Brought my oldster home from "eye camp" yesterday after a final exam from the ophthalmologist vet. Heck, what a day. Vet was pleased with the response to chemo (despite having received only half the prescribed dose for the first week of treatment--see my post in Obs...). The normal pigment...
by texsuze
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Re: Fit to be tied.... (long, get ready)

Thanks for all the input and support. I went to see my guy yesterday. He seems depressed, understandably. We walked around the clinic grounds, did some grooming, feet care, treats. I told him the chickens said 'hi' and that we are all ready for him to come home, and to hang in there for a little whi...
by texsuze
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)

Another rant, if you will. Bear with me.... My oldster has spent the last 8 days boarded at an equine clinic (2 hours away) so he could receive chemo ointment on his eye (squamous cell ca) and be monitored by the vets there (see my thread in the Veterinary forum). The vet ophthalmologist (who rotate...
by texsuze
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 61
Views: 2612

Re: I hate colic

Jingles....
by texsuze
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post
Replies: 9
Views: 548

Re: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post

Relieved to hear about all the folks (and their horses) who have overcome the valleys and speed bumps of life. I stand humbled. Thankful for competent veterinarians within driving distance of me. Thankful for a DH who, despite not being 'horsey', totally understands and supports, in all ways, where ...
by texsuze
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: SCC confirmed

Thanks for all jingles. Took my guy to "eye camp" yesterday. Met one of the vets I had not met before. The entire staff plus vets (except for a dental specialist vet) are gals, so lots of touchy-feely around! Two veterinarians live on-site while they complete an internship there, so lots o...
by texsuze
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: SCC confirmed

Thanks, heddy! I got one of the UV super duper fly masks from the website you listed above. Almost too nice to wear ;) Might order a second one to have in reserve.
by texsuze
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any Lake/River Kayakers?
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Any Lake/River Kayakers?

I bought a Perception Tribe 9.5 (sit on top) a couple weeks ago. My plan is to kayak on a river which is about 25 minutes from me; we actually have nice warm days (yesterday sunny, 60F) sprinkled throughout winter. No insights, since I'm a total newbie, but for me, I plan to use either a full or par...
by texsuze
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites
Replies: 15
Views: 760

Re: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites

I had one a few years back that I believe I sold to someone on either the 'former' or the 'current' DBB. It was 100% wool, navy with baby blue trim, from somewhere in England, I think. Great weight and construction but I never actually used it myself. Maybe current owner will chime in if they read t...
by texsuze
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: yep, confirmed

NEW UPDATE: biopsy results came back positive for SCC. No evidence of lymph or vascular invasion and no cells in the submucosa per path report. The 5-F chemotherapy ointment has been ordered and plan is to take my gelding to the equine clinic on Monday (2 hours away) for what I am calling "eye ...
by texsuze
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rabies
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: Rabies

Rabies is the first vacc I have given to my oldster gelding each year, although vet told me last year I'd be able to skip in 2018 since my guy has had annual rabies each year forever. Our strictly-indoor kitties get rabies vaccs each year, also. Rabies is endemic in our part of the states, mainly fo...
by texsuze
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Winter is here....
Replies: 23
Views: 1094

Re: Winter is here....

Oh, very sad that baby started out ok but met with trouble...

Keep us posted on details of your move down here, if possible!
by texsuze
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Long over due Twins update
Replies: 44
Views: 1916

Re: Long over due Twins update

Delightful update on the twins! Do they realize they have this huge fan club of folks they've never met? ;)
by texsuze
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup
Replies: 27
Views: 1346

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: biopsy done

Took my oldster on a 4-hour round trip jaunt to the ophthalmologist vet. Vet didn't want to commit to a diagnosis, but seeing the little bleb on my gelding's eyeball leads him to cautiously suspect squamous cell ca. He did, however, mention the possibility of habronemiasis (?sp)-("summer sores&...

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