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The morning ritual…

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We have a baby!!!!

Well…it’s not Cassidy’s…another mare at her barn gave birth last night! WHOOHOOO!!!! I drove by the barn around 6:30am and parked at the front of Jingle’s pasture. I couldn’t see real clear because it was still a bit dark but, sure enough, there was a baby! I ran up to make sure mom and baby were ok and then got her owner on the phone. I was the only one there with them for a short time and it was special. Wow! I still don’t understand how that big baby came out of her belly. Jingles’ owner, Shaila, arrived in quick time and the barn owner and another boarder showed up, too. My wonderful husband, Scottie, came with his camera to capture the moment.

Once our Cassidy was out in her pasture across from momma and baby she took one look and got all worked up. She was trotting the fence line and calling to them. I had her tied up to groom her and had to let her go because she wouldn’t settle down. She apparently loves babies, which is good since hers is on the way. Shasta’s birth may jump start hers to get on out here. Last night I was poking around the website of the rescue I got Cassidy from and found her past 3 babies listed. I could only get specifics on her foal from last year. It was a filly born on May 10th and was adopted by someone in California. When she has this baby, there will be no more – I can’t handle it!

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Making friends

For several weeks I’ve been taking my cattledog pup, Eva, when I go to the barn in the mornings. This horse thing has gotten in the way of the intense training I had been doing with her so I’m trying to combine some of it. Eva is just 1 year old and very full of herself. But, I think she and Cassidy are becoming friends. When I first get Eva out of the car I do some leash work with her between the two pastures and we play a bit. Then when I’m ready to work with Cassidy I tie the dog to the back of my Scion on a long line. She usually entertains herself with sticks but mostly keeps a close eye on what I’m doing.

When she first met Cassidy, as was expected, she snapped at the horse’s nose. She’s gotten much better about that these days. They actually seem to enjoy hanging out with one another. This is teaching the dog much needed patience and it’s showing Cassidy dogs can be ok. I was cleaning out the pasture a few days ago and Eva was tied in her usual spot next to the fence. Cassidy was done being groomed so she was no longer tied. Everytime before she has followed me as I clean. She stays so close I end up hitting her with my arm as I’m tossing the poop into the wheel barrow. This day, she chose to stay at the fence with Eva. It was nice to see.

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Greetings, Tech Guy!

Scottie is calling Leo Laporte’s show today so he can pick his brain about setting up a live cam to keep an eye on Cassidy while we await the birth of her foal. We figured Leo might want to check out the blog, and of course our girl insisted on taking a special photo just for him (taken before last weekend’s haircut).

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The day after Oprah’s show on puppymills, Scottie uploaded his documentary from 2002 onto YouTube. In two weeks, it’s been viewed almost 7,000 times! He’s also set up a new site, PetStoreTruth.com, that we are going to use to spread the word about pet stores and puppymills. The documentary features our two girls I mentioned previously, Mia and Nellie.

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Butt scratching and a lunchtime trot… what more could you ask for?

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First haircut.

Greetings from Cassidy April Land! Things have been going smoothly with our pretty girl. We’ve gotten into a good daily routine. I spend a couple hours in the mornings, grooming and bonding with her. I quickly stop in early afternoon time to check on her and give her some much appreciated lunch. Then at the end of my client rounds I stop again at dinnertime. Sometimes I only have a short time, other times I just can’t leave and then I get in trouble because I make dinner for us late! Luckily, the barn is 2 miles from my home.  I’ve read my Fjordhorse Handbook and I think I’m about as ready as I can be for this baby Fjord to join us. She’s showing us some signs that she is going to have this baby sooner rather than later.

I’ve gotten the majority of her winter coat out but Cassidy was in need of a haircut. With our days getting warmer, she was simply burning up under all that mane. I know Fjord purists believe the mane should be cut short and standing up to show off that amazing neck but I just couldn’t do it to her. I also didn’t trust myself to do anything with it, since I can’t cut a straight line on a piece of paper. So, I called on my longtime friend (and personal stylist) Micheal to come give her a trim. I’ve known him for nearly 20 years but never knew (or maybe had forgotten) he’d grown up with horses. When I requested he make time for this special horse, he didn’t hesitate. Women generally have to schedule way in advance to get a sitting with him. Of course, Scottie documented the event. Enjoy!

He’s using thinning shears. It cuts the bulk of the hair out but leaves the length.

She was really enjoying the pampering. I think she fell asleep for a while.

When neatening up the tail she reminded him she was a horse – she simply raised her hoof a bit. We got it done with no one getting hurt!

We can actually now see her beautiful face. I think Micheal dug her just a bit.

Friendship has been struck. Now Cassidy will always have her own personal professional stylist. Micheal, you rock!

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