Hay Thief Caught In The Act! Or maybe just a lonely horsey?

Cheryl heard some bumping around in the barn and looked over her loft edge to see what was going on.  Honey and BaeBee were where they belonged in their stalls, but Cheryl couldn’t see Mairsiedotes anywhere.

Upon further investigation, this is what Cheryl saw:


Mairsiedotes had managed to lay down with her head under the stall wall.  We can only guess she was looking to sneak some of Honey’s hay . . . or was she just lonely???


Once Cheryl caught her in the act of . . . whatever she was doing, Mairsiedotes scrambled back to her own side of the wall.


“Who me?  I wasn’t doin’ nothin’,” one could almost hear Mairsiedotes say.

I guess I’m going to have to add another board to the bottom of that wall before someone gets themselves stuck again!

New Scarf: Valentines Confection Finished!


Here is the finished scarf I laid out at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch the Saturday before Valentine’s Day.  I love how it turned out!  The baby soft alpaca embellishing the soft merino wool creates a kitten soft feel to the skin!

This scarf is different on each side, as seen below, which makes it reversible.


Super fun to make!  The white alpaca softens the bright colors.  Works with many different brooches.


(Snark, snark) If you really love your horse, carpet her corral.

Ha ha! Well we’ve got four layers on the side near the barn now and it’s starting to really work! Each trip to the dumpster behind the carpet store, or to a give away site Cheryl finds online, allows us to put another layer of carpet on half the corral.

I know it’s kind of ridiculous but if we put enough layers on it’s going to work!

How many layers of carpet does it take to keep my horses feet out of the mud?

My sister Cheryl and I were having a conversation yesterday about why we tend to do things in unconventional ways. Why don’t we just do things the way “normal” people do? We think it stems from the necessity of having to figure out alternative ways of doing things as we were growing up due to lack of money.

I remember trying to make a saddle for my pony out of burlap bags and twine because I couldn’t afford a saddle.  I also tried to fence in our backyard with pallets because we couldn’t afford a fence and there were some old pallets sitting back there.  The only reason I was able to even have a Shetland pony and later a Morgan/welsh filly was because people in the neighborhood allowed me to keep my animals on their property for free, and I was able to buy them and pay for their food with my babysitting money. 

Fortunately, they both stayed healthy and I don’t remember having to deal with any thrush. I trimmed their feet myself and don’t remember ever trimming their frogs but they always looked normal and never overgrown or smashed flat. Maybe angels came and took care of that for me, I don’t know.

Dealing with the horses foot thrush I concocted the idea of carpeting the corral. The first layer got stepped on by the heavy horses and created empty little pockets pushed down into the mud.  For the second layer, we found some large carpets being torn out of a business and having two layers worked much better but still, the hooves were creating pockets being pressed down.  

Today I brought some more old carpet given to me out of a dumpster and laid down a third layer. Unfortunately the pieces weren’t as large so they tend to get moved around a bit. We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow!

I would think that with enough layers the horses feet will stop making pockets in it!  

Hey see that certainly is curious about The carpets though. She really examines them when she first walks on them.

Carpeting the corral… um … What?!

I had the brilliant (we’ll see) idea to lay down old pieces of carpet in the corral to keep the horses feet from sinking so deep into the mud. I had Rachel come over today and the missionaries volunteered to help as well. 

We… or I should say … they… smoothed out all the marks and rolled the mud and hog fuel flat, then laid out the strips of used carpet. I ran out of the free carpet I got and will need to go get more.

Everyone I have told about the carpet in the corral thought it was a bad idea. Maybe it is. We’ll see.

We are also getting gutters up to eliminate a lot of the water pouring into the corral every time it rains.

The weather has been so wonderfully cooperative. I’m so grateful for that. The last few days have been pretty dry and even sunny. Today it has held off on any sprinkles too.

I want to go get more carpet so that we can completely cover that area. Hopefully some very large ones. I’ll let you know if my idea of carpeting the corral works or not.

Put together a Valentines confection at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch yesterday.

Scarf confection… A bouquet scarf for Valentine’s Day.
Jennifer and Bill allowed me to sell my scarves at their store at Apacas at Markham Hill Ranch.

I laid out a pretty bouquet scarf as a demonstration at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch today.

I was hoping to sell a few scarves but that didn’t happen.  I did sell one small scarf though and generated some interest in the felting class we will be holding there next month.

Horsey emergency at 3am!

Cheryl came into my room at 3am this morning saying something was wrong with Mairsiedotes.  She was stuck under the stall wall between her stall and Honey’s and couldn’t get out.

I knew there was a gap there of about a foot high but I didn’t think any of the horses would get stuck there considering so many of the horse stalls I have seen are made of bars which do not go all the way to the floor.

I pulled on my robe and warm jacket over my thin pj’s and pulled on my boots and followed Cheryl out into the night.

Mairsiedotes was laying calmly there, belly toward Honey’s stall, all legs under the bottom wall board between the stalls, her front legs almost all the way under.  Cheryl went to her head and continued calming her while I went into Honey’s stall and attempted to bend Mairsiedots’ front legs and get them on her side of the wall.

That wasn’t going to work.  Next, I got a long 2×10 and placed the flat part under her front feet, thinking she might be able to push herself back and out from under the wall.

That didn’t work either.  Then I got the cinch from a saddle to put under her front girth just behind her front legs.  My robe and bulky jacket were getting in the way so I peeled them off and dropped them out of the way.  I had a couple lead ropes to clip onto the ends of the cinch for when we were ready to pull.  Then I squatted down and began working that cinch under her front legs.

I felt Mairsiedotes mouth on my backside as I was kneeling and bending to reach under her legs with the cinch.  “Don’t let her bite me, Cheryl!” I said quickly, coming upright, remembering her old habit of nipping when we first started messing with cleaning her feet.

“Oh, OK!” Cheryl said as she held Mairsiedotes head securely.

I don’t know if Mairsiedotes was intending any harm or not.  Most likely she was just curious about what I was doing, but I was not taking any chances.

I got the cinch under her front legs near her belly, clipped the lead ropes to the ends of the cinch, and Cheryl and I backed up and pulled.  “HEAVE!  HEAVE!  HEAVE!”  Mairsiedotes was out from under the wall.

She sprang to her feet and moved nervously around, as if she were still a bit panicky.  We gave all the horses some alfalfa treats because, after all, they all went through quite a trauma!

This morning when Cheryl got up, Mairsiedotes was all loves and hugs and kisses to her.  She was obviously giving Cheryl big horsey thank you’s in the best way she knew how.