Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cows vs Horses

This is just too good not to share....Last Friday John had the day off to spend some time at home getting things done around the house. Anyway at some point during the day John was gazing outside at his cows and he remarks to me that his cows are so cute...well, I nod and agree, they are pretty cute! Then he comments that he doesn't know why he didn't get some cows earlier...again I just nod and agree. Then he says....and wait for it.....my cows are so much better than your horses! WHAT...did I hear right? surely he didn't just say that!? How on earth can some dumb cows be better than my beautiful regal lovelies?? So I question him as to why on earth he would think such a thing and his reply was that they are just so easy and don't cause ANY trouble. Well, what could I say to that? As lovely as my horses are (and they are!) I have to admit that over the years they have caused an eensie weensie tiny itty bitty amount of grief and trouble (and yes that is the biggest confession you will ever get out of me!)

Well didn't I get a good laugh when less than two hours after John proclaiming his cows don't cause trouble Victor decided to catapault over the fence into the neighbours property! Yep, something my horses have NEVER done!!
As it was going on dark all rescue attempts were abandoned and our neighbour very graciously allowed Victor to spend the night there (after John assured him that Victor was NOT going to eat ANY of his thousands of dollars worth of plants and trees...don't know how he managed to say that with a straight face!!!)
So Saturday morning we were out there in the sub zero temperatures with hail and gail force winds chasing this bloomin' cow around and I thought that now would be a good time to point out to John that "You know honey, if this was a horse we would just be able to catch it and lead it back!" Needless to say I didn't get much of a reply!

Well, all is well that ends well, and this one did, John cut the fence, Victor went back on the right side, and John spent the rest of the Saturday in the freezing cold fixing the fence! And I watched from the nice warm house with a smug grin on my face thinking 'that'll teach him for bragging' In fact I almost wonder if my horses were the ones to push the cow over that fence just to prove a point that horses are better!! Mwahahaha

A photo of John setting up a temporary fence so he could go to the hardware to get things to fix the cut fence. Victor is surveying the damage he has caused and my horses are watching on like two little goodytwoshoes!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

John's cattle farm

John's got his cows! On Friday night John and Hayley went to help Ben and Alyssa move house and came back on Satuday with his new cows, Victor (Angus X) and Tiny Ted (Fresian runt).
Victor's inspiration in life is to grow nice and fat and become a juicy steak! I'm trying not to get attached, I can be a tough farmer...really I can!! *chants that to myself everytime I look at Victor*

The float backed up to the stable getting ready to unload. Do you like our new wheels? We needed it to pull the new float :D haha

John and Hayley eagerly waiting for them to come out, my poor horse had to give up his stable for the night for these cows!

Hayley giving Riley cuddles while watching the cows in the stable

All settled in to their home :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Happy Birthday to the horses!!

Today Hayley was invited to a birthday party for Drew who turned 5! Drew is Mark's son, the manager at Durham Lodge where I worked before having Riley. It was such a perfect day to be at the stud enjoying the sunshine surrounded by horses, very appropriate since it's the horses birthday today as well!
While we were there one of the mares decided to foal (rather unusual foaling in the daylight) so Hayley was super excited to get to see it being born. She saw one being born last year as well but she was a bit younger than so doesn't remember it. Her exact words were "it's sooo cute!"
This was one of my favourite outside mares from last stud season so was really nice to get to be there for her foaling! (outside meaning the stud doesn't own her)
I managed to get it all on camera of course...Mrs Namasaki at it again!!

The minute we arrived Hayley made a bee line down to the pony for a ride

John mucking around with the boys. They were firing toy rockets, Hayley obviously thinks her Dad is more amusing! :-)

Princess Belle foaling, she was taking a bit long and as it was her first foal Mark had to give her a helping hand pulling it out.

The peanut gallery watching on in awe!

Just out! Princess Belle checking out her bubba

First attempts at trying to stand with the sack still on

Mum finally up and saying hi to her baby

This photo was taken as we were leaving, it was finally standing but still a bit wobbly. It was trying to suck milk from the shelter :-P

And here's one that was prepared earlier...
This foal is by Universal Prince (the new stallion) and this is his first WA foal born. It's also the first living foal born in WA this year too as foaling isn't meant to start till the 1st Aug being their 'official' birthday! So technically this foal turned 1yo today :-P The studbook does allow a week or so grace though.

The first two foals for the year down now another hundred or so to go!