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by texsuze
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?

Bucket cover arrived today. It would make a most excellent kitty cup! I couldn't access the 30% off sale :( but thanks anyway. I only bought one cover for now, since they're not cheap. Will only get to test it in, oh, probably Dec or Jan when we have our first really freezing night ;)
by texsuze
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?

SmarkPak has them advertised now. They're like a snowsuit for hanging water buckets. They'd be very useful for all the times I'm either bringing a jug of hot water to the barn to de-ice stall buckets, or for when I cross my fingers and turn on the barn's hot water, hoping the lines aren't frozen som...
by texsuze
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Book Recommendation
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Book Recommendation

Recently finished reading "Costly Grace--an Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love" by Rob Schenck. Despite the fact that I'm not a religious person, it was a very eye-opening and timely book.
by texsuze
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Should I get rid of the typewriter?
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Should I get rid of the typewriter?

I say 'nope', keep the antique. Ralph Nader still uses a typewriter ;) . One day you can show all the plugged-in, yet disconnected upstarts how things used to be and how folks still survived and thrived even with these primitive communication tools!
by texsuze
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?
Replies: 84
Views: 1060

Re: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?

The decision to retire my horse was made by his physical situation. It was like having the rug yanked out from under me in the spring of 2011 when I finally retired him. In a nutshell: intermittent lameness on the RT front (the sound/unsound roller coaster), non-specific origin, and the resultant in...
by texsuze
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hip replacement who here has had one?
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: Hip replacement who here has had one?

No artificial parts for me....yet. Neighbor down the road (she is very heavy) had hip done two months ago, and my farrier had hip replacement exactly a year ago. I've known several folks over the last few years with hip or knee replacements. All are very happy with results, and the surgeries went as...
by texsuze
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Repurposed materials-- found a website
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Repurposed materials-- found a website

Found this website while searching something on CL. Pretty cool industrial stuff they obtain/repurpose: https://www.repurposedmaterialsinc.com Check out their inventories. Fishing nets, artificial turf, wood floors from railway cars, street sweeper brushes, old firehoses....just thinking of barn use...
by texsuze
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans

Wonderful that you got to see it!
by texsuze
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: I don't think my horse can hear much
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: I don't think my horse can hear much

I, too, have wondered about my horse's level of hearing these days. He'll turn 27 next month. He often hears something (me, driving up in the Gator), but has difficulty determining which direction a sound comes from, looking around, periscope up, then finally figuring out what's going on. I can driv...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans

Red moon, red Mars, longest lunar eclipse in this century! But alas, those of us in N.A. will miss out unless viewing via live-streaming telescope: http://earthsky.org/tonight/centurys-longest-lunar-eclipse-july-27?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=81903a50dc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_0...
by texsuze
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Miracle cure suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Miracle cure suggestions

Any option for getting another set of eyes on this horse? I'm certainly not one to go vet shopping in hopes of finding the 'happy' diagnosis, but for a prognosis as limiting as this seems to be, I'd be inclined to seek another opinion which might either concur, or give another slant on the situation.
by texsuze
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 14
Views: 503

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

OK, just ordered the 6 qt Instant Pot cooker, plus an "official" cookbook :) Will probably order a set of "official" extra gaskets and a second "official" s.s. bowl. DH's birthday comes up in a few weeks, so this will be his gift appliance. He is a meat + potatoes type ...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Geraniums
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: Geraniums

Agree with living amongst wildlife. Deer are the decimators around here, so we've salvaged the +/- 2 acre patch around the house by enclosing it with 6' tall mesh fence. There are few natives down here that actually survive a 'taste test' by deer after deer, so I get where you are coming from.
by texsuze
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

DH wants to get one of these appliances, based on rave recommendations from his brother. My only experience with pressure cookers are living with the antiquated, stove-top, noisy, scary ones that mom used to cook strange food in that I never liked :D My own brother does a hilarious imitation of the ...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 14
Views: 503

Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

DH wants to get one of these appliances, based on rave recommendations from his brother. My only experience with pressure cookers are living with the antiquated, stove-top, noisy, scary ones that mom used to cook strange food in that I never liked :D My own brother does a hilarious imitation of the ...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Geraniums
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: Geraniums

Try going native. Check with your local native plant society or google 'native blooming perennials' for your part of the state to find a plant that is already adapted to your climate, altitude, amount of sun, etc. Then track down a nursery who carries native perennial plants. No fertilizer, no guess...
by texsuze
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pica: your experience, input?/FINAL UPDATE (1st post)
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: Pica: your experience, input?/FINAL UPDATE (1st post)

Final updates on lab work now posted at the bottom of my first post. Thanks for advice and input!
by texsuze
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Dental Question
Replies: 25
Views: 708

Re: Dental Question

Musical,
no special equipment, except my regular vet didn't have a mouth speculum or the type of digital x-ray plates he would've liked to have. He managed to 'eek' out one o.k. film for a tooth extraction, but I then went to a dental vet for a more extensive workup.
by texsuze
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel colicked from the heat
Replies: 16
Views: 541

Re: Ariel colicked from the heat

Whew! Keeping tabs on these critters is a full-time job and then some. Glad you were there to put wheels in motion. Keep us posted and keep cool!
by texsuze
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Dental Question
Replies: 25
Views: 708

Re: Dental Question

I second the second opinion, with oral x-rays. One step at a time is the way to go. Be sure to ask this next (vet school) vet about how many cases of EOTRH and/or gum conditions they've seen or tend to see. I had to travel to the next largest city to find a dental vet who (a) had the appropriate x-r...
by texsuze
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A big whine
Replies: 13
Views: 528

Re: A big whine

I've grown up in this state and with warm (often humid) conditions, but I gotta say my tolerance is taking a real dive, probably another of those age-related thingys! My oldster (born and raised in TX!) goes out during the day into a pasture with many large, shady trees, water trough in the shade, o...
by texsuze
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Please make it stop! (storming)
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Please make it stop! (storming)

OK, you asked for it :) Git yerself on down to this "T" state if you want to dry out. Drought, pastures dried up, hot and humid in the mornings, then hot, dry, dusty in the afternoons. This too, shall pass, but send some precip down this way, please!
by texsuze
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pica: your experience, input?/FINAL UPDATE (1st post)
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: Pica: your experience, input?

Vet was out this a.m. and we discussed pica. In his experience, the majority of the cases he's seen are behavior-related, not nutrition. That said, he took blood to send in for CBC and analysis of the most commonly found deficiencies (vit A, selenium, and some others). Some of the more detailed mine...
by texsuze
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...
Replies: 21
Views: 701

Re: Xeriscape update for anyone who remembers when it started...

I remember when this project began. Looks awesome! Have the neighbors 'bought in' to the native/xeriscaping style? Looks like a great demonstration garden for the unenlightened! Do you have any small, "specimen" trees or bushes planned for either front or back yard?
by texsuze
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)
Replies: 34
Views: 853

Re: PPEs: How far do you go? (And does anyone here have a rec for a vet in Columbus, OH?)

The youngest horse I ever considered buying was a 6 y.o. well under saddle. Since it was only a few hours drive, I was present at the PPE and he flexed sound on two different surfaces. I had told the seller and the PPE vet well in advance that even if the flexions looked good, I would continue with ...
by texsuze
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pica: your experience, input?/FINAL UPDATE (1st post)
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: Pica: your experience, input?

Thanks, Chis, I've thought about a grazing muzzle, too. I've always kept my horses slightly on the lean side, seeing plenty of fatties in this part of the state, so will need to evaluate the grazing muzzle in his case. Vet comes in a week's time, so I'm trying to hold off changing anything in his di...
by texsuze
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: The Menagerie
Topic: pet food brands
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: pet food brands

Our 3 cats (ages 11-13) eat an rx dry food due to some of the gentleman's urinary issues. But we give 3 "mini-meals" of Fancy Feast canned each day to all. We use the classic puree', not the gravies, not the grilled or chopped. Their puree' varieties usually don't have the corn glutens or ...
by texsuze
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Pica: your experience, input?/FINAL UPDATE (1st post)
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Pica: your experience, input?/FINAL UPDATE (1st post)

In the last few weeks I've witnessed my coming 27 y.o. gelding eating dirt in the pasture. Recently, I caught him with a chunk of decayed wood hanging like a cigar from his mouth (from one the dying trees in the pasture). And this weekend, he managed to slice open a chunk of the inside of his mouth ...
by texsuze
Sat May 26, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt: August update
Replies: 163
Views: 5019

Re: The Casual Impossible Horse Hunt

Throwing this out there, just for conversation, of course:

https://austin.craigslist.org/grd/d/3-y ... 04768.html

Oops, found another one.....

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/grd/d ... 43240.html
by texsuze
Wed May 23, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Medical alert pendants
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Medical alert pendants

You know, those "I've fallen and I can't get up" alert devices which are typically worn on a lanyard? I'm researching the various types for my mom. Her neighbor fell in her home recently and was unresponsive. Long story, neighbor is back home recovering but the scenario prompted me to inve...
by texsuze
Wed May 23, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Push-behind string trimmers? UPDATE
Replies: 10
Views: 1692

Re: Push-behind string trimmers? UPDATE

Time flies. Nearly a year later and we still have the DR trimmer, which DH has used. He likes the strength of the strings, the ease of string replacement, and the optional little edge guard thingy, which helps keep distance from fence posts, etc. However, he reverted back to the Stihl weed wacker la...
by texsuze
Thu May 17, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Kayaking, anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Kayaking, anyone?

Had my second outing this morning, in the borrowed 10' Riot kayak. Worked fine, but a bit on the heavy side compared to the newer kayaks. I like the fit, though. This Riot is over 18 years old :shock: Anyway, I felt comfortable but very inefficient in the paddling department. I'll have to settle dow...
by texsuze
Fri May 04, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Tell me about your colonoscopy
Replies: 18
Views: 715

Re: Tell me about your colonoscopy

Once I get around to getting the rx filled, I'll be doing the Cologuard; no history of GI issues in my family. Maybe one day I'll do the real deal. If you haven't read Dave Barry's column (from the early 2000's) on his colonoscopy, here is a link to what I believe is the abbreviated version. You'll ...
by texsuze
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Kayaking, anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Kayaking, anyone?

Thanks for the input. Researching online and seeing all the styles, reviews, pricing, pros/cons of kayaks reminds me of shopping for saddles ;) My personal trainer offered to lend me her Riot kayak, so I'll test drive that vessel for our May KrAzy YAKers paddle-fest. Stay tuned...
by texsuze
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Kayaking, anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Kayaking, anyone?

I met for the first time, last week, with a gal's kayaking group in a nearby little town. Gray-hairs like myself, gals only, casual floating on the river (about 25 minutes from me), lunch afterwards. Their group is an offshoot of their local garden club. Never met these gals before but thought I'd d...
by texsuze
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Your feeding regimes for the dentally challenged senior

My coming 27 y.o. gelding had his annual dental exam last week with a new (to us) veterinarian, who specializes in equine dentistry. I like this vet; he didn't float my guy's teeth because it wasn't necessary. Took radiographs to assess the possibility of EOTRH, which was present in a very early sta...
by texsuze
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horses does a fashion shoot. Nobody dies.
Replies: 20
Views: 1221

Re: Horses does a fashion shoot. Nobody dies.

What, no pics of the model plonked into the mud?

Your handsome boy will make clipping a new fashion statement ;)
by texsuze
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Paddock Boots
Replies: 5
Views: 654

Re: Paddock Boots

I checked some Craigslist listings in a couple of the major cities in my state. Found a child's sz 4 pair and a brand new in the box sz 10 pair, both Ariat paddock boots. So you might look at CL on the off chance someone has a pair, even used, that will work for you.
by texsuze
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Footing bonanza or waste of time?
Replies: 8
Views: 746

Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Trails or footpath?
by texsuze
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The little things that make you happy
Replies: 11
Views: 859

Re: The little things that make you happy

I got a personal tour of our town's new animal shelter today. The facility was completed several months ago and I kept thinking I need to stop in and take a look. Got there and the sign on the door said they were closed because of an off-site adoption event, but one of the head employees just happen...
by texsuze
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Needlefelting project
Replies: 49
Views: 3789

Re: Needlefelting project

I discovered a fiber arts place about an hour from me. They're having a festival this month:

suzoos.com

Might stop in the next time I'm down there to investigate the needlefelting idea.
by texsuze
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Galapagos Islands...anyone been there?
Replies: 14
Views: 1459

Re: Galapagos Islands...anyone been there?

Well, looks like our ("my" ;) ) big plans have been scrapped for the moment. DH and I were reviewing all the 'can't-put-off-any-longer' projects on the property and realized we would likely need more time to plan such an important Galapagos trip. Then, DH's sister passed away two weeks ago...
by texsuze
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What to do... horse at home, or horse at boarding stable?
Replies: 13
Views: 1124

Re: What to do... horse at home, or horse at boarding stable?

First, so very sorry that you will be sending one of your horses to the rainbow bridge :( That in itself will be difficult. Selling your current property, plus moving, plus decisions about your remaining horse are lots to deal with. My opinion is to board your final horse, and perhaps before your ma...
by texsuze
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Make ahead lunches
Replies: 12
Views: 1016

Re: Make ahead lunches

Way too healthy ;)
by texsuze
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Riding britches
Replies: 13
Views: 901

Re: Riding britches

What size are you looking for? I have some Tropical Rider deerskin full seats (sz S) for sale and a few pair of "freecycle" breeches, too. None are show ring quality, just schooling breeches. You can PM me for more info.
by texsuze
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Needlefelting project
Replies: 49
Views: 3789

Re: Needlefelting project

So cool to see these projects! Tractor Supply has an article on needlefelting in their latest Out Here magazine (Spring 2018 issue, free in their stores). This is the second time I've seen their mag feature someone's work. We are sheep and goat country where I live, so maybe time for me to think abo...
by texsuze
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Galapagos Islands...anyone been there?
Replies: 14
Views: 1459

Re: Galapagos Islands...anyone been there?

Thanks for all the travel outfitter info and feedback from friends/family. I've been exploring the websites ya'll have offered, which look very promising! Trying to kick DH into high gear so we can secure a timeline that works for us. Most daunting thing will be getting things ready on this end for ...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Galapagos Islands...anyone been there?
Replies: 14
Views: 1459

Galapagos Islands...anyone been there?

DH and I are marking our 30th anniversary this year, so I'm looking into getaway trips for us. Would really love to go to Scotland but we're leaning much towards the Galapagos Islands right now. We plan to travel in October, since it makes most sense for us on many levels. Wants: nature-based trip t...

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