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Another Baby!

Just realized I haven’t posted the pics of Arlene’s baby girl. She was born the week after little Rhett. I don’t think we’ve settled on a name, yet. She’s all legs and looks like a ballerina. Arlene is being too devoted of a mom, she won’t leave her side to come in to eat! This little girl is more leery of me than Rhett but I’m glad they now have one another to play with and be baby cows.

She’s an elegant creature. There’s no doubt she’s a girl and little Rhett is all boy.

Love the eyelashes!

Got the entire herd in one shot. Idyllic or what?

Maybelline snuggles and kisses Snuffy. Good job!

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A day late, but here are Becca’s birthday pics. Enjoy!

Being greeted at the gate but they got distracted by something. Fly masks are essential right now, especially for Cass. She’s on the left with the braid. Becca on the right.

There’s that face!

Cass wondering why the gate’s not open so she can trot to the barn for dinner…

The stunning Fjord neck is certainly coming out now in Becca.

She’s got a lovely and kind eye.

Am I simply seeing her through a mother’s eye or is she just gorgeous?!

Yep, gorgeous!

This must be her good side as it’s the one she always gives me when the camera’s out.

Of course, our 2-year old wouldn’t be who she is without her stunning mother…decked out in her breast cancer pink.

Cass was getting impatient to eat. This angle is freaky looking!

Wow! Her nose does look huge…

“Do I have to get my food myself? C’mon now!”

“I’ll just scratch while I wait…”

Becca is the only baby Cass has ever seen grow up. She’s at least her 4th and definitely her last! Happy Birthday Girls 🙂

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Two Years Old

Our baby girl is two years old today. She came from Canada to Florida in the belly of her momma. They rode 3,000 miles in a semi with 20 other pregnant mares who were twice Cass’s size. It was 50 below zero when they left Alberta. The trip took 5 days and I’m certain both were scared. Becca was supposed to be born in the stall so all the world could see on the internet. She and her momma had other ideas, though, and she was born in the pasture with the smallest of audiences. Her birth was so easy I had to break the sac off her nose so she could get her first breath of air. That moment is precious and only mine.

(Trying to get her to nurse for the first time wasn’t easy. Once she got it, she got it!)

Becca is becoming a horse, no longer a baby. Sometimes I’m not sure which girl it is at the fence until I take a long look. She is smart, confident, loving, inquisitive and beautiful. She and her mother have a tight bond and she’s the protector over all the other animals. Our baby girl is now two.

(Becca came out of the womb with this zest for life and attitude. It will serve her well. She found her legs quickly.)

Happy Birthday Rebecca Maye!

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This little man will turn one week old tomorrow. We weren’t sure if the other two lady cows were pregnant or not but here’s proof!

Scarlett is the herd leader so I have been extra respectful of her space and letting her dictate how comfortable she is with me around Rhett. She is allowing me to pet him often and trusts I won’t hurt him. He’s brave and even starts chasing after me – it’s too cute!

These cows are living the lives all cows should. They have a beautiful and safe home, get fed good groceries on a schedule and are free to roam around at will. As a reminder, I am simply their caretaker not owner. They are gracious to allow my girls to share their home and in return I make sure they all eat.

He’s still trying to figure out all his parts. Finding his legs was fun! These baby cows grow fast. He’ll be big and strong in no time and he has a good mother keeping him safe.

Hello World! I”m Rhett Bull 🙂

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I’ve been fine-tuning things for the past couple months. We are now in a good groove and my girls make me look like I’m such a good trainer! Every morning I’m greeted at the front gate by Becca and usually a cow or two and the donks. Cass is always waiting at the barn gate. I open the gate and we all walk into the barn together. I hurry and put Eva (the cattledog) in the empty stall and then I open Cass’s stall for her. She’s always standing quietly waiting.

Becca tends to dawdle a bit so I get the donkeys food and they skip with me to their stall. They follow me in and eat their breakfast.

Sometimes they have a visitor who tries to horn in on the grub! That’s the dangers of having your own donkey door, you can get out when you want but those small enough can come in when they want.

By this time, Becca is usually fiddling with things she shouldn’t in the front of the barn. I ask her to walk to her stall and usually she does. Sometimes I have to guide her with the whip but when she realizes there’s hay waiting she’s in. Because of her desire to kick everything around with her front feet I start off with her hay in a bag…it still all ends up on the ground.

What does she see across the aisle?

Yummy! I always like having more than enough for them to eat.

With the big guys in their stalls, I let Eva out so she can assist me in the rest of the feeding. The girls munch on hay while I feed the cows. Then it’s their turn and they waste no time in devouring every bite. I bring Cass a bucket of water and she usually drinks it before I can even set it down. Becca doesn’t go through hers nearly as fast.

Becca & Cass hang in their stalls while I go about my chores. This keeps them away from the bugs and gives them a little rest. In the next few days we’ll be getting fans hung up to blow directly into each stall. It’s already horribly hot here. My girls are cold-weather horses so our heat and humidity is tough for them. When it’s time for them to go back out I groom and fly spray them and put their fly masks on. Cass doesn’t seem like she’d need one, does she? It’s more for her ears, she’s allergic to the bugs so we’re trying hard to keep her comfy.

These tails are professional fly swatters! Cass’s reaches to the ground. I have to keep it slightly trimmed so she doesn’t step on it.

Becca’s as long as her momma’s. Not quite as thick, yet. Hard to imagine when she barely had a little tail…just about time for her 2nd birthday!

They spend the day in the small pasture so they can get in the shed under the fan when they need to. Every night when I drive up for dinner, Cass is always standing under the fan. She’s a smart one. Life is good.

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