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by texsuze
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant

Yes, Piedmont, there's no point in having a LGD who doesn't know their job unless one wants a pure pet. We are on 173 acres, our house being exactly in the center, and are the largest acreage on our dead-end road. Yet the distances between houses seem so close due to property lines and hilly terrain...
by texsuze
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant

Thanks for the stories; it's no surprise to me that so many of ya'll have had these horrible experiences with dingdongs. I'll check but I seriously doubt there are noise ordinances in our county. We're in rural central Texas, with a STRONG agrarian cultural overlay and history in a state which tends...
by texsuze
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Neighbor dogs barking incessantly--a very long rant

Our pleasant rural way of life became drastically, terribly altered one year ago when our neighbor sold her 11 acre parcel to some people from the City. Our property surrounds theirs on 3 sides. Their house and huge metal barn sit at the top of a hill, with my barn on top of the next hill over. Thes...
by texsuze
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?
Replies: 19
Views: 150

Re: Roadside Assistance Renewal...Feedback Please?

The one time I used USRider in the 11 years I've had their coverage was a good experience for me. So far, no other emergencies, knock wood. I'm down to, maybe 3 or 4 trailer rides per year with my senior retiree. Could you switch to some type of coverage under another existing policy? Auto? Homeowne...
by texsuze
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: donating clothing
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Re: donating clothing

Quality wool skirts....those you don't find anymore! For donations, women's shelters (or their related thrift stores) often need business attire for their clients to wear to job interviews as the clients try to re-start their lives and join the workforce.
by texsuze
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fall wedding season!
Replies: 24
Views: 453

Re: Fall wedding season!

Great dress! There was a white/black storefront close to where I used to live in Dallas. Always on my 'stop in and take a look' list.
by texsuze
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cleaning house
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: Cleaning house

I'll take the Ariat paddocks! (See your FC thread....)
by texsuze
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Free items - Pay shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Free items - Pay shipping

I'm a size 6 foot and will take the Ariat paddock boots :)

Also, what size is the purple Dover cotton sheet? 100% cotton or cotton/poly? Is it a turnout sheet or stable sheet? Can you describe features in more detail please? You can PM me if needed. Thanks.
by texsuze
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fall wedding season!
Replies: 24
Views: 453

Re: Fall wedding season!

Love all the dress possibilities, esp. goneriding's 'Chelsea' style, as I tend to conceal upper arms these days. To be sure, I 'got' muscle under there, but it must visually compete with some skin and body tissue which refuses to remain young. Ah, youth...
by texsuze
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ariel and the new farrier
Replies: 14
Views: 271

Re: Ariel and the new farrier

I agree that perhaps having someone else handle Miss A for the next visit might take "owner input" out of the equation--not unlike, the vet techs who could always successfully clip our dog's nails, yet we could not ;( Having said that, horses can be so used to THEIR routine and expectation...
by texsuze
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Cellulitis
Replies: 9
Views: 309

Re: Cellulitis

Thanks for the refresher course; important information to know, especially with these oldsters like mine.
by texsuze
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...

Thanks, WMW for the nite lite link--looks pretty cool. I like the idea! Although, I'm thinking that with 6 cats roaming the house, the lights would be going off and on like a marquis on the Las Vegas strip :)
by texsuze
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...

Thanks for input on "aging and flooring" concerns. I'm almost more concerned about her 'muscle memory' and what happens when she wakes up in the middle of the night and tries to navigate a new home layout before realizing everything is different. Mom is pretty spry for her age, still drivi...
by texsuze
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Senior Horses/Senior Riders
Topic: Cellulitis
Replies: 9
Views: 309

Re: Cellulitis

OK, lucky (or dumb) here, I've never seen a case of cellulitis, at least that I've recognized. I'd appreciate a brief tutorial, if anyone is willing. My oldster (just turned 28!), has had the occasional stocking up, especially if he has to stay overnight in his stall due to bad weather, but I've alw...
by texsuze
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...

Mom had a meltdown after reading the rigid-core vinyl plank manufacturer's 'care and maintenance' info. She misinterpreted it to mean the floors could not be vacuumed (?!). Declared that she cannot have this type of flooring and was ready to abort the entire relo mission. I calmly related my convers...
by texsuze
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Surprise Visitor
Replies: 8
Views: 366

Re: Surprise Visitor

Beautiful! Reminds me of a Texas indigo snake.
by texsuze
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Vaccine reactions
Replies: 16
Views: 416

Re: Vaccine reactions

Over the years I've had to modify my gelding's vaccine protocol. As a youngster he could handle a 3-way (or more) shot each spring with no adverse reactions. After he started having a variety of reactions to the shots, I pared down the number of vaccinations he gets, based on his exposure potential ...
by texsuze
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary today
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary today

Fifty years ago today I was 9 years old, sitting in front of the TV with my family, watching the broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Dad had one of those old reel-to-reel tape recorders going to record the sound. He was a computer technician at NASA; started with them before they even had the M...
by texsuze
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?

Thanks for all the input. We meet with a general contractor (female) this coming week to go over the 3 things we'd like to have done to the house. We'll factor her input in to our threshold for destruction :) Based on what I've read, I'm pretty sure the closet and room doors could all be undercut a ...
by texsuze
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?

Mom isn't too worried about the threshold height changes between flooring material, since her current home has some. And I know the doors would need undercutting but that pales in comparison to the chaos/dust of busting up/removing all the tile. The two guest bedrooms (+/- 10' x 12') are currently c...
by texsuze
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What's good in your world?
Replies: 34
Views: 1297

Re: What's good in your world?

My 87 y.o. mom has finally come around to the idea of relocating (5 hour drive) to be closer to us. We're under contract for a house for her now and she told DH, "...I'm going to start a new life!". We'd been chipping away at this with her since Dad passed away in 2014. Fingers and toes cr...
by texsuze
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Installing new flooring over ceramic tile?Nixed by mom...

Who has done this successfully? We're under contract on a house for my 87 y.o. mom; she has finally consented to leave her house of 50+ years to move 250 miles to be near us (that would be another thread ;) ). House is circa 1993, standard ranch-style, very nice little 'hood, 3 br/2 bath, single sto...
by texsuze
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: About skin cancer.........
Replies: 18
Views: 853

Re: About skin cancer.........

Jingles for a benign pathology report. Did your doc feel this was skin cancer? Two years ago, DH had a tiny black dot removed from the back of his neck which came back desmoplastic (?sp) melanoma. Dermatologist went back and did more resection. So DH is now a 'statistic'. His melanoma might recur, b...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Real Estate Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 2330

Re: Real Estate Discussion

DH and I bought our first house in 1993. Realtor took us to a classic "Leave it to Beaver" style, red brick, white trim, dormer windows, two story, majestic live oak trees in the front yard. The interior was a 1973 time warp with sculptured mustard yellow carpet, lime green kid's bedroom u...
by texsuze
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Fans for inside trailer
Replies: 12
Views: 639

Fans for inside trailer

At our vet visit yesterday (follow up for my oldster's recent excision biopsy), I saw a trailer in the parking lot with a little round fan mounted in each of the top front corners of the horse box. The fans pointed downwards towards the horses. The trailer was a nice little goose-neck stock trailer ...
by texsuze
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Facial scurf
Replies: 8
Views: 548

Re: Facial scurf

Use a damp hand towel and a tiny bit of MicroTek shampoo for entire face. Rinse the towel and go back over her face a few times with a few more towel rinses. Follow up with MicroTek anti-skank spray--put this on a small puck sponge and wipe specific scurf areas and leave to dry. Best to do after rid...
by texsuze
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--Another UPDATE: post-excision path report (scroll down)
Replies: 28
Views: 2187

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--Another UPDATE: post-excision path report (scroll down)

Last week my oldster saw the eye vet again (6 mos. since his first visit and biopsy). Vet did another excision --I guess this is the correct term--because the bleb in question seemed to have re-formed. I feel the vet got more material removed this time around compared to the initial biopsy; followed...
by texsuze
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Anhydrosis - your experience
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: Anhydrosis - your experience

When I retired my gelding several years ago, he quickly developed anhydrosis. He'd always been a good sweater when in work. Beer didn't help; nothing did, really. Over the years he's gone back and forth from sweating in the "usual" places at the "usual" times, to waiting for an h...
by texsuze
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: UPDATE BELOW: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?
Replies: 30
Views: 1392

Re: UPDATE BELOW: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?

Josette I feel your pain (see description of my oldster's reactions up at the top). In my experience, the rabies vaccs are the toughest on horses. If you didn't start pre-medicating pony with banamine a few days before this vaccination, I'd suggest that protocol for the next shot he's scheduled to g...
by texsuze
Mon May 13, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Your favorite luggage?
Replies: 9
Views: 625

Your favorite luggage?

During an awesome trip to Sedona last week it became apparent that our dependable, years-of-world traveling, excellent condition LLBean pullmans might not be up to the job anymore. The little wheels on DH's piece began to come apart in the Flagstaff airport :D And we were likely the only folks still...
by texsuze
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: UPDATE BELOW: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?
Replies: 30
Views: 1392

Re: Do you vaccinate for Rabies? How often?

Our strictly indoor cats get rabies annually, given by vet, although this year we're delaying a few months till house guests and trips are all done. One of our vets implied that if someone gets bitten/scratched by one of our cats (unlikely but possible), we'd be in a better position from a liability...
by texsuze
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?
Replies: 26
Views: 1234

Re: Any folks familiar with NM and/or CO?

If you fly into El Paso, you'll find lots of outdoor activity right here in the great state of Texas :) Guadalupe Mountains National Park https://www.nps.gov/gumo/index.htm Hueco Tanks State Park (rock climbing/ hiking) https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks Franklin Mountains State Park htt...
by texsuze
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Travel insurance companies (for people)
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Travel insurance companies (for people)

DH and I are going to Sedona, AZ to visit friends in early May. First time in a few years we've done a trip together, what with critter care and travel preferences. With elderly cats, elderly horse, and a sick chicken right now, odds are stacking against me for having a relaxing trip, or perhaps eve...
by texsuze
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 2451

Re: My rodent problem

FWIW, I bait my electronic traps with the cheapest peanut butter I can find, tucked back into the corner of the trap near the "hot plate". Doesn't take much, but my country mice prefer fresh PB; if it starts to dry out I touch it up with more fresh PB. Mice can be very cheeky.... ;)
by texsuze
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 2451

Re: My rodent problem

The electronic traps I use have a green light that starts blinking once a mouse has been zapped inside. As long as batteries are working, they indicate something inside (or not). I have used the no-kill capture traps but one needs to stay vigilant and release the offending rodent before they succumb...
by texsuze
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I got bravER
Replies: 9
Views: 646

Re: I got bravER

Good on you! Don't forget to ride 'with purpose' each time you cross the bridge. And focusing ahead to the other side of the crossing keeps your vibe going forward and not stressing about the bridge itself. One barn where I boarded had acres of wonderful trails, which included a large concrete bridg...
by texsuze
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My rodent problem
Replies: 52
Views: 2451

Re: My rodent problem

Seconding the electric traps, sold by either Victor or D-Con (can't remember), usually at Tractor Supply. Four (AA?) batteries, self-enclosed death chamber, hinged lid to dump mouse body wherever you want without touching or even seeing it, if you work it right. I've been using one in my chicken run...
by texsuze
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Freecycle Forum
Topic: Hair accessories for shows & schooling
Replies: 0
Views: 172

Hair accessories for shows & schooling

Free, if you can pay S/H. Must take entire lot of accessories: Two (2) black show bows with attached hair nets (similar to those at State Line Tack). Black grosgrain ribbon, gold horse head accent, French barrette clip. One net is black lace, the other net is heavier black netting. Three (3) hair ne...
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 26
Views: 1656

Re: HELP: houseguests...

Paging Xan---did you survive :)
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Saying good-bye - so hard.
Replies: 18
Views: 1371

Re: Saying good-bye - so hard.

Hers seemed to be the perfect pony world--being loved, well-cared for to a solid age, able to reach the potential of her talent while happy to do so, and teaching kids riding/respect/responsibility. She'll be the horse your daughter will keep in her heart forever. RIP Sera.
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--Another UPDATE: post-excision path report (scroll down)
Replies: 28
Views: 2187

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: 3-month post-chemo checkup

Yesterday I hauled my oldster for his 3-months-since-last-chemo check up with the eye vet. Vet wasn't too concerned about the tiny little bump in the area of the original lesion. He noted it doesn't "look" like cancer-- I totally get this type of 'gestalt' observation, so hopefully good ne...
by texsuze
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: What to wear in the trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 637

Re: What to wear in the trailer?

Easy, uneventful trip yesterday. My oldster wore his light cotton sheet, with windows open (except at his face) and opposite roof vent open. No sweat! Trip home was warmer--50F dropping down to 40F by the time we reached our side of the county--and on the sunny side of trailer, so I opened windows m...
by texsuze
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: What to wear in the trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 637

Re: What to wear in the trailer?

Thanks, these are all very good suggestions. Forecast now (this is TX--things change quickly ;) ) calls for sunny skies and temps that, if lucky, might reach 40's by the time we are heading back home. The trip out looks to be colder than the return trip home. I will factor in all the suggestions, pl...
by texsuze
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: What to wear in the trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 637

What to wear in the trailer?

My horse, not me. Taking my oldster on a 2-hour trip back to the eye vet for his SCC follow-up (see other thread), plus annual dental work, plus a vaccination. As luck would have it, forecast is for temps in the 30's, strong winds, and wind chills in the 20's. Doesn't sound like much to ya'll in the...
by texsuze
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HELP: houseguests...
Replies: 26
Views: 1656

Re: HELP: houseguests...

BTDT ;) Get SO to fetch some take out sandwiches for lunch (and you'll open some cans of soup!) and take out for dinner. And cereal for b'fast. Folks don't like it? Then don't bother coming back for a few more years! The "pre-onslaught prep" is what wears me out--cleaning house, cleaning g...
by texsuze
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I need help naming my farm/soon-to-be-LLC!
Replies: 8
Views: 682

Re: I need help naming my farm/soon-to-be-LLC!

We are Hidden Ridge Ranch. We wanted to use the name of the road we are on, which also includes a "Ridge", but someone else already claimed that name. Our house is located on a ridge and is hidden from view from the road, hence the name. One of the very first names we considered was "...
by texsuze
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where to recycle large plastic bedding bags?
Replies: 10
Views: 827

Re: Where to recycle large plastic bedding bags?

This article describes recycling silo bags, but I'm not sure if they are the same type of plastic as shavings bags. I reuse my TSC shavings bags for garbage bags, but they still end up in the landfill :( https://www.hayandforage.com/print-article-1364-permanent.html On a related topic, the soil and ...
by texsuze
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Does anyone else drive like this?
Replies: 10
Views: 899

Re: Does anyone else drive like this?

Heck, at least you stop at stop signs :shock: DH is the King of Rolling (no)Stops. He must be color blind because he can't see red or yellow ;) Other folks, after riding in the car with him, have remarked on his tendency to slow-roll through such intersections. He hasn't yet decided to proceed throu...
by texsuze
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Horse chewing on wood
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: Horse chewing on wood

Is she chewing/gnawing like the proverbial beaver, or is this cribbing? My oldster started eating tree bark, dirt, dead limbs, somewhat casually, as well as putting his teeth on the hay manger in his stall. No true cribbing observed. CBC with mineral analysis and whatever else that is generally test...
by texsuze
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Did I say we are getting a new horse- of course its another Morgan
Replies: 13
Views: 1190

Re: Did I say we are getting a new horse- of course its another Morgan

Hmmm, methinks you could sell some tack and it would pay for the new guy! Has anyone actually verified those numbers of pieces of tack you are claiming exist? ;)

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