Sunday, February 20, 2011

I Got To See My Girl!

I didn't have a chance to get my hand on her, but I did get to put my eyes on her while she was grazing on the lower pasture of the Homestead.  I quick snapped a picture through Ripley's window, but it did my heart good to see her.


Ida moved the entire herd today to the fat pasture, where they will all put on some weight before we bring them home.  Tomorrow, Bill and I will be visiting them at the fat pasture to treat them with tick stuff - apparently they're infested with ticks, which happens every year.  It doesn't seem to bother them, but it bugs (pun intended) the heck out of us.

More pictures of the herd are on Mom and Bill's blog and hopefully I'll have more to post after tomorrow.

9 comments:

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Winter ticks! Yuck!!!

Yes, definitely treat ASAP. Winter ticks carry Aniplasmosis (not sure if that is the correct spelling, spelled it like it sounds) and although it has not been completely identified that it can kill horses, there have been reports that horses have died as a result of the tick infestation. Possibly from anemia.

Aniplasmosis is fatal to deer, elk, moose and cattle. We had a horrid outbreak of winter ticks in SD starting several years ago. Four winters ago, we noticed thin deer and some dying. Three winters ago, the deer were dying off in droves and then people started loosing cattle. There were also reports of horse fatalities, but never could get anyone to confirm that it was Aniplasmosis.

But, I am glad you guys all got to see your kiddos. April isn't going to come soon enough is it?

GunDiva said...

We'll get that tick stuff on them posthaste!

Last year, one of Ida's horses lost a ton of weight and was probably anemic because of those darn ticks. She treated him and he's, you know, healthy as a horse now :)

Rachel said...

Umm, do those tick things work on humans? ;)

Cheyenne said...

Read this with serious interest, due to our horses here in the UK being sucked on by Ticks! I found the young ones had or were losing weight quite fast. Checked them out and found one in particular had 43 ticks!!!!! Thast the ones I could find. The vet here reckoned it was due to a sudden warm wet spell a few weeks ago. But we treated them and cant find a single tick! You do well to treat them now.

Mrs Mom said...

I *hate* ticks. Need to go shower now, as I *swear* I can feel the little bastards crawling on me.

But YAY!!!!!!! PONIES!!!!! Most Excellent news!!!!!! Dang it will be awesome to see Estes and the crew back in action giving you giggles again ;)

Linda said...

I never had a problem with ticks until we moved the horses to the property we're on now. It was a new experience for me. :(

Glad you got to see your girl!

Tj and Mark said...

Yes, we have the tick problem too and have had 3 horses and 2 bulls that have become seriously sick requiring iv antibiotics. What we have discovered though is that once they get exposed they don't seem to get sick again. I am looking forward to Late Spring when I will bring mine back in and begin riding in earnest. Have Fun.

Funder said...

Yay for spotting Estes! And boo for ticks. My little herd got ticks on their summer pasture in Mississippi, but that spot-on stuff for horses worked quite well. After the treatment, the horse that was prone to ticks anyway still had a few, and the others had none.

Momma Fargo said...

Yippee! So glad you got to see your fine friend! Looks like you don't have much snow up there. Yikes! Winter is almost over for you...just starting for us. ugh. Happy trails with your horses and I would help with the ticks...but I'm sure I'll be tied up that day...