August 22, 2011

Jessie and Bullfrogs

Things have been so busy here at Cedar Knoll that, as usual, I am apologizing for not blogging! Jessie as most of you know has been "off". Although her bout with colic has come and gone without too much fanfare, she wound up with a high temp just a day or two later, and we are still waiting to hear the results of blood tests. The vet has numerous suspicions (Lyme being one of them, naturally) and we are in the waiting game stage. Her temp has been normal, however, and her demeanor is good, as is her appetite. We put two loads of sand in the fillies' paddock, to help clean things up a bit (heavy rains haven't helped things around here, in terms of muddy conditions). Although sand in paddocks and stalls can pose a threat to sand colic, the fillies eat out of a hay manger so we think the benefit will outweigh the risk.

My pond garden is growing well, filling in nicely. Again, the rain. What might make a mess in one area of the farm is not only beneficial but mandatory to other areas! The goldfish (barely visible in the above picture) all come to the surface on cool days, and hide when it is warm. We have a whole colony of bull frogs, big enough to be bonafide princes in disguise, but they all jumped in the water as I snapped this shot. I need to sit in the garden not with my iPhone but a zoom lens to capture the wildlife around here!

August 8, 2011

What's New?

There have been a few developments here at Cedar Knoll Farm, one of which is the acquisition of a phenomenal driving pony, whom we named Buttercup. Buttercup's role here at Cedar Knoll will become more apparent to you all as time goes on. Needless to say, we are excited to have him here and are enjoying him!

Another development has been the hatching of three adorable little ducklings, just this morning as a matter of fact. Two yellow and one brown, I believe the yellow shall grow up to be white and the brown will likely retain the feral look of his mama. No ugly ducklings here!

Less happy go-lucky news: I spent the day nursing what turned out to be impaction colic in one of our yearlings, Jessie. Lucky for us I caught it early, took her out of the paddock before she did any damage by aggressively rolling; walked her, bathed her, gave her banamine, called the vet. Friends Linda and Ed, always there when needed, hurried over with a concoction of epsom salts and Karo syrup, an old timer's recipe which acts as a laxative. By the time the vet got here, Jessie was relaxed, her gums were pink, and she handled herself like a lady. The vet did think it was best to check for impaction or a twist, and sure enough, found an impaction. A gallon of mineral oil was administered, and I spent the remainder of the day keeping watch. She nibbled hay, she has passed manure numerous times now (always a happy moment to the horseman who isn't sure if his horse's innards are working properly), and she seems to be well on her way to recovery.

Photos: Top: Terry takes my mother on a "pony ride" with Buttercup at Sunday's Cedar Knoll Party. We had 70 friends here for a BBQ!
Middle: Me and Buttercup.
Bottom: Three ducklings, none of which are in the least bit ugly.