I apologize for my absence these past couple months. It was heartbreaking to lose my two bettas, and I was not in the right mindset to keep this journal positive, as was my goal with this from the very start. I feel that I'm now in a better place to try and do weekly updates once more.
Rory seems to keep growing. My friends keep saying "That's not a goldfish." I just laugh. He's been helping to keep me sane these past months. Even though I sorely miss my bettas, at the moment, I am unable to handle their shorter life spans. I recently looked at some at PetSmart and about cried when I saw them. They were pretty, lovely, friendly adorable...and I just can't bear the thought of losing a pet within 2-3 years, as that seems to be my limit. Less, really, as I seem to find the ones that have problems/illnesses.
Anyway, back to Rory. He's making me realize that Goldfish seem to have a bad rep with their memory as his seems to be quite extensive in regards to water changes, being picked up/petted, etc. Plus, he's been a great companion to me, watching me when I'm in the room, staying on the closest side of the tank to be near.
Pardon the algae. It's been the bane of the tank. Not sure why the water was cloudy as it's cleared up now (just gave him lunch).
~The Furry Pets~
Lucky has been doing great. I've been slowly introducing him to the horses, which has been going well. He likes kissing their muzzles. Due to my weird hours and the summer weather, he hasn't been out on too many walks. Though he has been on some the past couple days as it's been surprisingly cool out. We haven't been doing much else, otherwise.
Renji is doing well too. He sleeps most of the day, and will sometimes take a nap with me if I've had a particularly tiring day. My mom and I have been a bit frustrated recently, as Pet Smart got rid of his food, and we had a heck of a time trying to change him to something else. Thankfully, Famr & Fleet carries his food, so he's back on that. Little stinker was actually eating the dog's food to get his point across that he didn't like anything else (dog's food is by the same company).
I have been quite busy, along with dealing with my mild depression. Thankfully, I couldn't stay in it too long. Though it's not really something to be thankful for...the owner of the horses I work with fractured his pelvic bone when he took a three-year old colt to a team penning event and pushed him a bit too much. When a bunch of cows came toward them, the colt lost it and bucked. HARD. It was amazing that the owner stayed on as the colt, Rowdy, was not going to stop. That was clear to all of the witnesses (I was not there, I was actually out with a friend antiquing that day). Rowdy, is not a bad horse. He's actually very mild mannered, and even tempered. He was just scared and pushed too hard, the owner admitted that he should have just done the one run and taken out his other horse, Banjo. As it is, for the past seven weeks he's been in a wheelchair. Three out of those seven, he was in the hospital, recovering. Now, he's been given the okay to start walking again, though only household distances for the time being. In the meantime, I've been doing his chores as well as working the two yearling colts.
The yearlings have been coming along nicely. The gray colt, Rusty, is leaps and bounds ahead of the red roan, Moonshine, as he was handled more by the owner (long story on why) and he's got a gentle and calm temperament. Moonshine, or Moony as I tend to call him, is flighty and likes to get his own way, and has not been handled as much as Rusty. That being said, we've made a lot of progress and we're only a step or two behind where Rusty is at. Rusty leads well and is now being taught how to stand while tied up (this hasn't been a problem for him). Moonshine is still learning that he needs to stand while being haltered as well as learning how to lead. He's still being a bit stubborn about it, but he is catching on. If Rusty continues to tie well, I will start lightly lunging him before starting to take him around the property and letting him see new sights/hear new sounds.
I've been full time at my gas station/grocery store job. I make the donuts in the morning working 3a-10a. This actually works out really well with my class schedule as most of my classes are in the afternoon/early evening. I am a bit frustrated as I can't seem to get any of my massage classes due to them having low enrollment. I actually decided this past semester to go for the associates degree in Equine Applied Science, as I don't want to lose the study habits I've regained. I'm hoping next semester I can start doing the massage classes as right now, I'm starting to get disgusted with the college. Why offer the classes if you're not going to advertise the classes well enough to fill them? That's something else entirely though. Anyway...on to the last thing.
The owner did not want to not pay me for helping him out (though I really didn't want payment). He purchased a mostly white, with pinto markings mare before he was injured, and she and I had bonded well. My original plan was to help him out and do a lease to own...he had other ideas. The mare turned out to be my payment. So I am now the owner of an 11 year old mare named Snowflake, who I typically call Little Mare. I kept the name Snowflake, as his oldest granddaughter (3) named her, and I didn't have the heart to take that away. Both of his granddaughters have ridden her, and his great-niece has petted her. Snowflake loves the attention. She's not bombproof though, but she is good for a beginning rider like me. She's fairly level-headed, and when she does spook it's typically a stop or a stutter-step.
Recently, she got thrush, and I've been treating her for that. She's going to the vet tonight to get her teeth floated (grind down hooks and sharp edges) as she's been having a little difficulty eating and has been protesting the snaffle bit when I have ridden her. I'm still wondering if I'm sane/what I was thinking, but at the same time, I'm very excited/happy that I have a horse who I can trust enough to ride and work on improving. Plus, whenever I do get to the massage classes, I will have a horse that I can practice on. I think she's definitely a good first horse, and I look forward to bonding with her more