Before we start with the weekly horsie update, a HUGE thank you to the very few volunteers we had this last Saturday- but what they had in number they really made up in work!! We got so much done- the 40-yard dumpster that Danny got for us was FULL by the end of the day, and the place is really starting to look great! 🙂 Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard! 🙂
A few announcements:
1. On Saturday, Oct. 23rd, there are two rallies going on- one is in Del Mar to protest horse slaughter, the other is in LA to protest the BLM roundups. Please see the Hanaeleh blogs for more information! (Links are on the main webpage: www.hanaeleh.com)
2. Remember our Hanaeleh Halloween Costume Contest October 30th! We will be having a volunteer meeting at 8:00am, and we will be having a special guest to help discuss fundraising ideas at 8:30am. After that, we can clean and get the horsies ready for the costume contest! 🙂 The contest will start at 11am and go to about 1pm. We will be having a BBQ- hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and sodas/waters will be served Some people have asked if they should bring anything… if you would like to bring a side dish to share, please feel free, but you don’t have to. Invite your friends, family, and anyone you think might like to come out! 🙂
3. It’s RAINING! ARRRRGGGHHH! OK… yeah, summer’s now officially over. You might want to break out those muck boots, and dump out all of the critters that might have taken up residence in them.
One of the more difficult things to deal with in the rain are the muck buckets- the best way to keep the rain from filling them up and making them impossible to lift is to use the smallest buckets FIRST, and then flipping a larger bucket on top of the smaller buckets to keep out the water.
4. We are still trying to raise money to build Charley’s run! We estimate it will be about $300-$400 to complete. We have $40 in donations already, so we are just looking right now for about $260 to get the run built! Even $5 will help!
5. We are working on building the hay shed- it will start to go up this weekend!
6. Finally, we are planning on having a WORK DAY on Saturday, November 6th. If you can come out, we could really use the help- we are going to be really focusing on winterizing the stalls!
7. Many of the horses will probably be fighting thrush during the winter months. We have some extra thrush medicine you can put into the foot- if you don’t know what thrush is, or how to use the medicine, please ask!! It’s important to treat thrush as soon as possible!
And, without further ado, your horsie update:
Charley- We’ll start at the top this time. He’s continuing to gain weight and is looking great. He came to us too thin and too late in the year, so he has no winter coat, and we will have to blanket him- we will start that within the next few weeks.
Rio- He was a very good boy at the horse care clinic on Sunday!
Annie- She is doing awesome with the bit, and so now is being silly with the saddle again. One of these days we’ll get them both together. 🙂 She was good on Wednesday when she was used in a lesson, too.
Reno- His heaves seems to be better with the wetting down of the hay! Yay!
Gypsy- She seems to be in a good mood again, and has been learning to go over trot poles and cavaletti.
Raphael- His infection seems to be going down, but now he has a hematoma on his belly. It never ends….
Ella- She has had to stay in the paddock with Raphael this week to keep him from running around if she left, but she seems to be OK with it. 🙂
Sapphire- She was looking awesome, and then tore off part of her hoof Friday night. Did I mention it never ends?
Nevada- VICTORY!!! Finally, after more than a year, we got to pick up one of his back feet! He picked up both for us, but the right hind he let us hold and pick out… the best part was that he was so calm and relaxed… no tension or fear at all. Woo Hoo!
Tamahome- Nevada took out a chunk of hair from his shoulder, and gave him a pretty good kick in the arena this week (which is why we don’t turn out the horses with other horses who have back shoes), but he still holds his alpha position in the paddock. Oh, and did I mention that he’s cute? 🙂
Thank you again for all of your help this week, and hopefully the rain will let up for a few weeks until we’re actually ready for it! 🙂