FRANCIS'S BLOG 11/13/19

Horse high jinks 🐎

Here I am getting my hooves done last Thursday:And here’s Jewel sticking her head into Misty’s stall:She seems to have her eye on something:Oh,She sees a toad. 🐸  And finally, all ears up!Rose and Chezzie see Mary and Ann coming in from a patrol of the far pasture. 🐴

Kitty close-up 😺

Finn is ready for her close-up:Stormy, Misty and Henry are looking sharp today:It’s going to be another nice morning:And we’re all glad Charlie is feeling better:The abscess in her foot has drained and she has a much easier time getting around. 🐎

Movie time! 🐴

First, let’s check out Betty throwing around a mouse:

And now, here’s Henry running around in the front pasture:

He’s the first one in the front pasture and wants some company.

Don’t worry.  Iris was soon out next:It’s a nice, breezy day today, and it’s great to be outside! 🐎

It’s getting warm again 🐴

Hansel is deciding on whose breakfast to help himself:I’d like to go out to the front pasture, like I did yesterday, then slip back under the fence when I wanted to leave.But I wasn’t fast enough.So I’ll just get in line for the far pasture.  It will be easier on the fence, anyway. I know one of these days I’ll break the wire. 🐴

Drizzly Monday 🐴

The cats are wondering, “Where’s breakfast?”It hasn’t occurred to them that they need to get out of the driveway and let people park! 🙀

And Hansel and Baldy have decided to patrol the paddock. 🐓There was a lot of rain overnight.So there should be a lot of worms. 🐴

Everywhere is a cat bed 😺

How would you like it if someone laid down on your breakfast?Cats always like to take a nap where they will be most annoying:Betty won’t get off Farmer Rich’s trailer until it starts moving. 😺

Jewel outdid herself this morning 🐎

Peek-a-boo! 🐎Jewel kicked open her door—again. 🐎It’s bad enough that you wrecked your door.  But, one of these days, you’re going to hurt your legs! 🐎And oh!—While the cat-cops were chastising Jewel, I snuck out the gate and got a headstart on this afternoon’s hay. 🐴

Coolest morning yet 🐴

It was only 60 this morning.  So hopefully Charlie will be a little more comfortable, seeing as she’s spending another day in her stall:The vet will visit her this afternoon.  Her poor hoof still isn’t getting better. 😾 

Cooler Thursday 🐴

I’m nose-deep in hay:Betty and Onslow are “trapped” in the duck pen:Onslow sees something in the tree:He “sits up” better than a dog. 😺

Lucky pigeon 🐦

Tarmac the pigeon has adopted the farm as its new home.  And why not?  There’s plenty of food and good company!Its biggest fans are the cats! 😺

Let’s watch Finn and Betty try to have Tarmac for dinner:


Stormy Tuesday 🐎

It’s a gloomy morning:We’ve got rain and scary lightning:But with the brisk breeze through the stable,We’ll be refreshed all day. 🐴

Let’s check the sick list 🐎

Henry was pounding on his stall this morning. We’ll take that as a sign he’s feeling better.Charlie will spend the day in her stall. She’s still moving a little slowly.They’re both still getting antibiotics and pain pills.Baldy is keeping his friend in the bumper apprised of their conditions. 🐓

More cloudy days 🐴

Charlie spent the night in Rose’s stall. Rose will be back tonight.  She and Mary did well at the show in Cedar Rapids with 2nd and 3rd places.She misplaced her hoof while standing up.More hay for breakfast, of course.Leave some for this afternoon, Iris! 🐎Well, she is a lot of horse, so she needs a lot of hay! 🐎

Cloudy Saturday 🐴

Lots of clouds, but no rain to interfere with our breakfast:The birds are on the road (but they are allowed on this road):Rose is at a show in Cedar Rapids, so Chezzie is keeping Jewel company:We’re having hay, so Henry and Charlie (who are on the sick list) don’t have to walk too far if they don’t want to:Charlie’s front right hoof is infected, so she’s not walking well at all:But Henry, who’s getting over an infection under his tail, is actually looking pretty perky:They’re still on their antibiotics and getting TLC. 🐎

Fowl news 🐦

The ducks got their pen moved over some nice new grass:Bill rescued a swallow that got tangled in its nest:We really need to buy a ladder:A stray piece of bird netting got wrapped around its foot.  It will be ok.Oh, and for the past week, we’ve had a pigeon hanging around the farm.  It’s either a homing or racing pigeon, because it has a foot band.You may stay as long as you want, pigeon.Just watch out for the “welcoming committee!” 😺

Pleasant Thursday 🐴

Wake up, sleepy heads!It’s going to be a great day.And our new well is giving us all the clean water we need. 🐎Henry had a nice bath last night.  Please don’t roll in the dirt today, Henry! 🐴

Happiness is a clean duck 🐴

Finally, our new well is hooked up:The ducks are celebrating their crystal clear bath water:And we’ll get baths, too! 🐎

Stay away today, rain! 🐴

We don’t want any rain today, so they can finish our well!

In the meantime, let’s watch Onslow help the cat-cops backup the truck:

Everyone's tired of trucking in our water from East Moline! 😾

Misty Monday 🐴

This morning it’s foggy and steamy—but we’re still glowing from our visit with cousin Georgia!  She’s our favorite Chicagoan and just the best farm girl! Here she is with me!Georgia and Aunt Annie rode Chezzie all around the yard:She is one confident cowgirl!Here she is posing in her Western hat:She also made the ducks happy with lots of mealworms:We can’t wait for another visit!  Hurry back, Georgia! 🐎

Rainy Sunday 🐴

As you can see, it’s raining this morning:Rose, Iris and Chezzie are gossiping about something—they shut up whenever I get close:Last night Bill and Mary noticed that poor Henry had an abscess under his tail.  They worked very hard to drain the swelling. Henry was in some pain, but he was very brave.Here’s Mary injecting the abscess with iodine to help clear out the infection.  Bill has to hold his tail tightly, to keep him from kicking.Then Mary washed the area, including his tail, gave him some pain medicine, and called the vet for advice.Luckily, we have the right antibiotics on hand.Here he was, just after his “ordeal.”  He feels better this morning.  Hang in there, Henry! 🐎

The Department of Horsefarm Security never sleeps 🐴

I’m feeling better today:Iris is sporting her new fly mask:Evil Cat and Major Tom relax after breakfast:And remember—horse, cat, duck and chicken thieves—the DHS is tracking you!Here is Deputy Kanna, keeping watch over the front pasture, late at night:Security is everybody’s job! 😺

I’m under the weather 🐴

Henry is breakfasting outside today,Because I’m in his stall:My right rear foot is sore.I think my hoof is infected.  Unfortunately we missed it when the vet was here yesterday. 🐎So, I’m staying inside until she comes back. I probably just need some antibiotics and a few warm foot baths. 🐴

Dozy Rosie 🐴

I don’t like the look of this—oh no!—it’s the vet!She’s giving shots and taking blood—I can’t watch!And Rose had to have her teeth “floated,” which is a nice way of saying ground down until they are all even.She’ll be ok—she’s just now waking up from the anesthetic. 🐎

Finally, rain overnight! 🐴

We’re lined up and heading out to the far pasture:We hope last night’s rain has sweetened up the clover:Misty will join us soon. . .After she has a lick from the salt block. 🐎

Hot weather is back 🐴

We’re hoping for some rain around Wednesday:Chezzie is keeping Jewel company this morning while Rose is getting ridden.Henry says Hello. 🐎And so does Pumpkin (after she had her drink). 😺

Grumpy morning 🐴

Charlie is in my stall:So I’m not in a good mood:And Onslow is giving us a dirty look:You better stay off his tire! 😾

We’re in the weeds this morning 🐴

There are horses in here somewhere:We’ve apparently discovered something tasty in the weeds by the creek:I’m not going in there:I don’t want any ticks on me! 🐴

Duck disaster! 🦆

An old rag blew down in front of the ducks this morning—so, of course, they were petrified until it was removed:Betty guards the duck water (from nobody):And Chezzie and Iris gossip by the water fountain:They better not be talking about me! 🐴

It’s all about Jewel and Rose today 🐎

Jewel was busy last night:Luckily Mary and Bill were around to put it back on the rails:And Rose is wearing a collar that’s supposed to reduce her neck fat:We’ll see how long she keeps it on.We must admit, it goes well with her fly mask. 🐎

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