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by fergusnc
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: NY Times Piece on Inmates Training Mustangs
Replies: 2
Views: 818

Re: NY Times Piece on Inmates Training Mustangs

I get so sad when I hear if budget cuts to programs like this, or the ones where jails have dogs from shelters come in for training for a few months to live with the inmates/get trained and adopted out. There are so so so many upsides to these programs...and no down sides if you really look at the n...
by fergusnc
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I love Ariel, but
Replies: 5
Views: 1149

Re: I love Ariel, but

What does your bodywork person say about this? I have work done on both the boys. Fergus isn't a mover typically, but some spots/issues/releases happen occasionally that do make him antsy and our person knows when this is the case versus when I hear her say "I know it's hard, but you need this,...
by fergusnc
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So It's Official...the Farm Sign is Up!
Replies: 8
Views: 1827

Re: So It's Official...the Farm Sign is Up!

Thanks all. I do smile every time I look at it. :-) The plan is to plant a nice big garden around its base...one of those planned out gardens that looks sort of free and unplanned. Have an awesome family-owned nursery on a farm nearby with awesome prices and really helpful folks, so will be getting ...
by fergusnc
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Farm/Stable on 16 acres for sale!
Replies: 31
Views: 5995

Re: Farm/Stable on 16 acres for sale!

Lovely! How great to have an office like that! Though I bet I'd get nothing done as I'd be staring out at the farm and critters and surroundings all day! :D
by fergusnc
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I bought the farm!
Replies: 21
Views: 4182

Re: I bought the farm!

Congrats! That sign is lovely, and the name is great. We have moles too. For the longest time they stay out of the horse pastures but they have started to venture in. I read that you should tamp down on the tunnels whenever you stumble upon them. I called our pest contro, company and a) they aren't ...
by fergusnc
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So It's Official...the Farm Sign is Up!
Replies: 8
Views: 1827

So It's Official...the Farm Sign is Up!

Some would say it was official when we had the closing 2 years ago...but we horse people know it gets real when you name the place, and turns official when the sign goes up. :D :D :D I knew the name the first time I saw the place from the road, before DH even knew it existed, before we had even real...
by fergusnc
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 1318

Re: Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress

We get them up in the rafters too...but once we had a piece of OSB nailed to a wall as a stop-gap measure in this never ending Reno process...I glance behind one day and there was a nest the diameter of a grapefruit. And it was the "wall" right beside the stall door where my horse always s...
by fergusnc
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Bliss does something new...
Replies: 7
Views: 1710

Re: Bliss does something new...

Good job Bliss! Has he had experiences with gowns before? Looks like he acted like an old pro!
by fergusnc
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 1318

Re: Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress

Thanks all. I guess now that I think of it, I am not too worried about furry creatures, as all of the wiring in in metal conduit...but what about wasps? I sure hate wasps and the thought of a ton of them in the walls.....ick! Though I guess if they wanted to, they could crawl through those same 1/4'...
by fergusnc
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.
Replies: 29
Views: 5780

Re: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.

Sorry about Gunny but glad that your vet was able to be there for him and you. I'm sure it made his passage so much the easier. maybe he will have new adventures over the Rainbow Bridge! Thanks Sue. It was absolutely the way it was "supposed" to be in Gunny's opinion. Some beautiful momen...
by fergusnc
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 1318

Feedback Please...quick barn reno/stall work question...Work in Progress

Hey all. Working on inner walls in The Little Red Barn as we prep for tomorrow's high winds and we use up as much of our "lumber yard supplies" from the almost-washpit as possible to avoid having to stow more things away. Retrofitting an old cow barn is interesting, LOL. Opinions and feedb...
by fergusnc
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.
Replies: 29
Views: 5780

Re: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.

Thanks everyone. Time heals, but I know from experience the tears hang around for as long as they hang around, and pop up out of the blue sometimes. Its been hard running into the kids who loved him through his book...and the reliable question of "how's Gunny today?". For now I rely on avo...
by fergusnc
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another sad farewell to our gentle giant, Ben.
Replies: 29
Views: 5104

Re: Another sad farewell to our gentle giant, Ben.

Godspeed Ben. You were one of the special ones. Peace to your family, especially your girl. How my heart breaks thinking about how she must be feeling these days...
by fergusnc
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.
Replies: 29
Views: 5780

Re: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.

Last ones...
by fergusnc
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.
Replies: 29
Views: 5780

Re: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.

a few more...
by fergusnc
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.
Replies: 29
Views: 5780

Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.

Some of you may remember him from the UDBB days. You helped him win many contests, bringing prizes of dog food and gift cards to the rescue group for which I volunteer...the same group that backed my wild scheme to rescue a mangled, emaciated, probable "bait dog" off of death row in a neig...
by fergusnc
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....
Replies: 35
Views: 8106

Re: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....

Best wishes for a boring storm for you, your mom, and her kitties.
by fergusnc
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Which home owners insurance company do you use?
Replies: 10
Views: 1798

Re: Which home owners insurance company do you use?

We use State Farm as they do not discriminate against owners of well-behaved dogs that the insurance world considers "dangerous breeds". When we bought The Fixer Upper Farm I was worried about what might happen. First year there were no horses here so I didn't even ask. Once I bought the h...
by fergusnc
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Day 1 of vacation, and THIS happens!
Replies: 23
Views: 5756

Re: Day 1 of vacation, and THIS happens!

Great update!
by fergusnc
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Chancellor
Replies: 42
Views: 7690

Re: Jingles for Chancellor

Pit bull jingles heading your way.....
by fergusnc
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Godspeed Boston Dodger
Replies: 20
Views: 4388

Re: Godspeed Boston Dodger

That is just awful....I cannot imagine any vet I know saying such things to anyone close to the animal, ever. So very sorry.
by fergusnc
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys

Thanks SF! The projects have gotten to be of shorter duration, which gives us hope. Looking forward to the heavy work load of "just" maintenance around here some day. :D Dallas is the best pony, just a complete hoot. No question he had demons and kept them locked away when just living his ...
by fergusnc
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys

And from about a year ago before he became my shadow, for a more full body shot as I tell you the DNA results...... . . . . . Keeping in mind that paint and apply will not register as a breed option due to the amount of QH in them, nor will Mustang, and that only the top three breeds present are rep...
by fergusnc
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys

Two minorly successful shots from a bit of a distance...and the last one from back in the Fall just because I love his face and shows a little different look in case you want to guess the DNA results. 8-)
by fergusnc
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

Re: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys

And the common result of trying to work alone and pose Dallas the Rescue Pony, the king of being in your pocket now that he knows life is good. :lol:
by fergusnc
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys
Replies: 9
Views: 2240

The Fixer Upper Farm, Dallas the Rescue Pony, and The King of All He Surveys

Reno and projects continue all around The Fixer Upper Farm with nice progress. In the last 8 months we: finally solved an ongoing water issue in Dallas' stall in The Little Red Barn, releveled the stalls, finished fencing the third of the three pastures, put up an amazing and unexpected amount of ha...
by fergusnc
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pit bull service dog protects owner's head during seizures
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

Re: Pit bull service dog protects owner's head during seizures

This morning DH and I watched the clown-like antics of some potential adoption dogs on P&P episode we DVR'ed last night. I laughed out loud and told DH (who really wants to adopt from a beagle rescue for our next addition, whenever that time comes...he loves loves loves beagles) "that right...
by fergusnc
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Godspeed Boston Dodger
Replies: 20
Views: 4388

Re: Godspeed Boston Dodger

I am so very very sorry for all of you. It boggles my mind how frail and vulnerable such massive, powerful creatures really are...and it terrifies me. I hope those last images fade fast for you. How wonderful you all were to shield Dodger's owner from any pieces of the agony that you could. Tears fo...
by fergusnc
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pasture Rotation....feedback and insight please?
Replies: 5
Views: 1467

Re: Pasture Rotation....feedback and insight please?

Thanks everybody, great info!
by fergusnc
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guess the breed? New puppy after our old girl crossed over
Replies: 48
Views: 9968

Re: Sick dog: Update, she's gone...picture.

I love her spirit and happiness in that photo. Peace to you and your family as you start to figure out life without your girl....it is so very different, even in cases where you have other critters in the family.

Godspeed sweet girl. You sure were loved.
by fergusnc
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pasture Rotation....feedback and insight please?
Replies: 5
Views: 1467

Pasture Rotation....feedback and insight please?

Hey all. Hope it's OK to post again. Tried a different forum but I guess traffic there, so still looking for thoughts... So I have heard everything from two weeks to an entire season as far as rotation schedule. Is there any way to know what is the least amount of time to get a benefit, or are there...
by fergusnc
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: ideas for selling a horse farm?
Replies: 21
Views: 4826

Re: ideas for selling a horse farm?

Sold my place on a land contract with no pre-payment penalty (we all believe they'll sell their place this autumn, but if they don't, I'm getting a healthy interest rate), we all signed six pieces of paper - in total - and spent ten minutes in my attorney's office. My total costs to sell will be ab...
by fergusnc
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...
Replies: 15
Views: 2622

Re: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...

My husband has a meat processing plant. The wet floors (blood/water/fat) could make for some very dangerous situations. So we have a floor that is the same type of material as is the rhino liner in a truck bed (it is called rhino floor). It washes easily but does not get slick with water. Military ...
by fergusnc
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...
Replies: 15
Views: 2622

Re: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...

they are called button mats, they are about half inch thick and have button like bumps on them. they are a bit of a pain to clean but they are not at all slippery Chisamba, would it be like this mat, if it were flipped button side up? https://www.southernstates.com/catalog/p-12667-red-barn-max-stal...
by fergusnc
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...
Replies: 15
Views: 2622

Re: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...

Thanks gang. Boots...Gunny doesn't need any more mats, we have that handled in the house. DH just didn't factor in sneakers vs dog paws when he thought ramp in garage was fine. The nonslip paint he bought actually works great. And why I was wondering if anyone had ever painted a concrete floor or wa...
by fergusnc
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...
Replies: 15
Views: 2622

Re: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...

Thanks Chisamba. When you say rough textured mats, do you just buy regular stall mats and flip them so that the rough side is facing up? Or are they different mats altogether?
by fergusnc
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...
Replies: 15
Views: 2622

Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...

Planning way ahead, especially since concrete was poured 1.5 years ago, and water was run/capped off a month or two later, but we are nowhere near having a finished tackroom which would allow water hook up and the wash pit is lovingly referred to as our "lumber yard". :lol: Life at the Fix...
by fergusnc
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 5 acre property layout and poop
Replies: 17
Views: 3991

Re: 5 acre property layout and poop

Another thought....if it will go across turnout or pasture areas, run the water and power as far ahead of your horses coming home as possible. Give the ground time to settle and pack after trenching, allow yourself time to have more dirt brought in or touch ups done. It will help avoid the horses si...
by fergusnc
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Day 1 of vacation, and THIS happens!
Replies: 23
Views: 5756

Re: Day 1 of vacation, and THIS happens!

That sucks. I was afraid it was going to be waaaay worse, especially when I saw you'd attached an X-ray! It's amazing how much we are affected by a "little" injury though...makes you realize how involved a toe or finger are in so many daily tasks. And reminder of how quickly we can get hur...
by fergusnc
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Witnessing a Choke Death
Replies: 16
Views: 3918

Re: Witnessing a Choke Death

How horrible for both of you. You are a better person than I for co trolling your emotions and your words that day. FWIW, as I read your description, I got the feeling that the mare knew you cared and was so thankful for your efforts and for not being alone. I know that sounds "out there" ...
by fergusnc
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 5 acre property layout and poop
Replies: 17
Views: 3991

Re: 5 acre property layout and poop

Congrats! How exciting! The following got lengthy, and may be way more than you wanted, so please ignore as needed. :lol: Our place wasn't from scratch but was/is a major redo. I echo that weather and climate is huge. We are in NC, so take that into account with my story. I am thrilled with my shedr...
by fergusnc
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My daughter's new mount!
Replies: 21
Views: 4180

Re: My daughter's new mount!

I. ❤️. Sawyer!

Congrats and I hope you all enjoy each other and all of fun that will come your way.
by fergusnc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I FINALLY rode Phoenix!
Replies: 21
Views: 4856

Re: I FINALLY rode Phoenix!

You guys look great!
by fergusnc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A sad postscript
Replies: 26
Views: 4238

Re: A sad postscript

Godspeed Osiris. And hugs to your family.
by fergusnc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guess the breed? New puppy after our old girl crossed over
Replies: 48
Views: 9968

Re: Sick dog; there's no hope, is there? Update, not so great.

Enjoy those sweet summer days with your girl. If you're willing to share, I'd love to see the portraits sometime. Hugs in this difficult time....
by fergusnc
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Ariel 3, halters 0
Replies: 10
Views: 2493

Re: Ariel 3, halters 0

Just curious...why does she wear her halter when turned out? Barn policy or your preference?
by fergusnc
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guess the breed? New puppy after our old girl crossed over
Replies: 48
Views: 9968

Re: Sick dog; there's no hope, is there? Update, not so great.

I am so sorry. Glad you have a diagnosis. Hoping the consult with the oncologist will give you and your DH the info you need to make the best decision for your girl.
by fergusnc
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Guess the breed? New puppy after our old girl crossed over
Replies: 48
Views: 9968

Re: Sick dog; there's no hope, is there?

It's so hard to wait for answers. Be sure to communicate with your vet...if she is only eating "ok" and still not getting up/down like she was, they may want to increase her pain meds and possibly give her a tummy med or appetite stimulant while you wait for results. Especially with office...

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