Friday, August 28, 2015

Skinny Chicken Taunts

It is late summer so the Roadrunners are hanging around the deck and yard. They pop up to look in the sliding glass doors and windows quite often. These are cell phone shots as I sat at the kitchen table eating my lunch.

 Goofy bird!

 Some smears on the window...you'll see why in a moment.


Baron and BB demonstrate on this cell phone video why the windows are so full of doggy schmutz and smears. The birds taunt the dogs so badly they dumped over the plant table in the corner (so I just put the potted plant back in the upside-down table.) Skinny Chicken is definitely not afraid and it irritates the pups to no end.
video

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Good Fences #75

An entrance gate with nothing to say (I'm guessing the name was removed from the overhead ranch bar).
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Sister Synchronicity

First, there's one.
Thelma Jean
 Then, there's two.
Thelma and Louise
Then two in tandem, "What, Mom?"
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Good Fences #74

A before-sunrise moment last week, looking across the front yard to the hay field.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

I Need a Dose O' Whistlers

These photos are from last year about this time, although I did see a 'pack of marauding juveniles' stop here recently to dine on the scratch feed buffet line (I just haven't processed those photos yet.) So here's a rambunctious young bunch from August 2014.

Just love their blue bills and dried leaf-colored feathers.










 There were some parental units hanging nearby.
After snacking 'til their bellies were full, they retreated to the edge of the pond to rest and preen for a while.

 And then a little while later, stormed back up from the pond like a gang of thugs to dine again. :)
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Good Fences #73

Just an average looking country place with buildings and pasture fencing.
 But wait, there's a large metal saguaro cactus parked out in the field!
 Just a bit of Texas quirkiness.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Don't Like Dentists? Consider Being a Horse.

One of my least favorite times is when the horses need their teeth floated (filed down). The saying "long in the tooth" (which means getting up in age) comes from the fact that horses' teeth never stop growing. Often, sharp points will form on the horses' teeth which prohibit them from properly grinding their food. These points need to be filed down or broken off by the equine vet or the horse may begin dropping weight as they can't get proper nutrition. If more extensive dental work is needed, an appointment with an equine dentist will need to be made (they typically travel within a regional territory they serve.)

The horse is given a sedative to keep them calm, but they still have to remain standing (and often get pretty wobbly). A special halter is put on them with an iron mouthpiece that allows the vet to keep their mouth cranked open. Their head is raised and their chin is rested on a stand that always reminds me of the music rests band members use.
Here Gem is getting a rotten molar extracted. It took a lot of pulling and wiggling back and forth with a pliers and the vet's hand to finally break off the last root to remove the molar. Yes, I spared you the blood. :P
Here's Zim getting his teeth floated.
Open wide!

He's pretty out of it.
The vet has an electric rasp in her right hand and a small flashlight in the left. The electric rasp (file) has a foot-pedal operation and seems much easier on the vet and horse than the old manual rasps. Those always seemed to move around in the mouth and cause more bleeding and injuries (yes, more blood.)

To check the look of the teeth, the vet will grab the horse's tongue and yank it to the side so they can see inside the mouth better. After they think they've got all the sharp points and uneven ridges filed down, they'll take that mouthpiece off and move the horse's jaw in a circular grinding motion to see if they'll be able to grind down feed, grass and hay without catching a sharp point. If it doesn't feel smooth enough, back in they go! After they're done filing, they squirt several rounds of water into the horse's mouth to rinse out any loose tooth pieces. The whole process always gets me a bit 'squicky' (i.e. squeamish and icky). After the vet is finished, the horse dozes off a bit, and then resumes grazing like nothing happened. Thank goodness. :)

So, the next time you're squirming in the dentist's chair for a cleaning or cavity filling, consider it could always be worse.
Not Gem's tooth, but one extracted from an old mare we had previously.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Good Fences #72

How about a few town properties for some fence shots?
A nice backyard.

The front yard of the same place.

Across the street.

Their nice old gate.

Come set a spell on the porch. :)
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