Saturday, October 31, 2009

Remi's Hay Bag Nabbing Spree

Hi everyone. The sun is shining and it's a beautiful day outside. Remi and the other fur kids are out romping in the mud and having a ball. The month of October has been such a rainy mess that the sunshine and horse's freedom are a welcome sight. The ground is dry enough for them to be out safely and happily without fear of getting hurt. Yet, there are still some moist spots where they can roll with glee and get positively filthy!

Since it's Halloween and he's been rolling in the paddock, I think I might just hook a lead rope to his halter and take him trick or treating as a gigantic mud ball :) I bet the neighbors wouldn't be expecting that one, now would they?

During his time in the stall, Remington, as usual, got quite bored and decided he needed something to do so he chose to partake of Princeton's hay. We put a cross bar up which used to keep him from getting his head around and nabbing the hay, but he figure out a way to get around that barrier so something else had to be done. Everything is constantly changing around that boy!

It seems Remi figured out that he could snake his head around the cross bar and grab the hay bag string and yank it up and over the gate. Once he did this, he was able to swing it closer and yank some hay out of the bag. Poor Princeton watched as his supper was swinging back and forth and the big stomach on stilts was eating it.

So, trainer mom moved it over to the other side of the stall, well out of the big donkey's reach. And needless to say, this was not a cool move for Remington. He didn't like it one bit. Now what was he going to do?

You could see the surprised look on his face when he snaked his head around and lo and behold, there was nothing to nab. Zip, nada, nope, nothing's there big guy. "Hay, what did you do with the bag?" "Can't a guy have an extra snack anymore?" Princeton is very happy with the new location, but Remi doesn't like it one darn bit.

The way he acts, you would think we never fed him. Ha, there's a big joke. But for Remington, if there's not something to munch on 24x7, he's not happy. Poor baby Remipup, the conveyor belt from the hay stall is broken and you're wasting away to a mere shadow of your former self :)

We're hoping the weather will cooperate more so he can start getting more constant exercise. It's time for him to start his pulling sessions so his muscles are nice and built up for the holiday season. In the meantime, I'm sure he'll find something else to get into, because, well, he's Remi.

Stay tuned, stay happy and stay with us!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Remi's Upcoming Parade

Howdy All. We have some exciting news to share with everyone. Remington will be pulling his horsey utility vehicle (H.U.V.), which is actually his wagon, in the Adolphus Children's Christmas Parade. The parade is on December 5th at 10:00 a.m. in Dallas. It will be shown live on Dallas television WFAA as well as 350 affiliate stations throughout the U.S. It will also be broadcast on the Armed Forces Network so our troops can have some holiday cheer.

It's a wonderful parade and all proceeds go to the Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Many of the kids you will see on the vehicles are patients from the hospital and it's so wonderful to see the smiles on their faces and the joy they feel riding in the parade.

For those of you in the Dallas area, the parade is free and lots of fun to see in person, so come on down :) You'll have the chance to see the Big Boy all dressed up in his finest, pulling his wagon and strutting his big stuff!

I hope that those of you who can't come see the parade, will be able to watch it on your local ABC station. We have done this parade for many years and although it's a very early rise for all of us, it's well worth it!

Remi doesn't know about it yet, so mum's the word. He isn't going to be happy about giving up free roaming pasture time to go to work...tee hee. But, once he's dressed up, he'll forget all about it and do a fine job. I'll have plenty of peppermints on hand so that he will have his treat at the end of the parade route.

So mark your calendar for Saturday December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy an hour of holiday fun if you're able to see it. Who knows, maybe we can ask Santa for a big crate of carrots for Remi.

Stay tuned, stay happy and stay with us!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Remi Romps

Hi everyone. Sorry it's been so long between posts, but with the nasty bad rain and the horses in the stalls for 13 days straight, there hasn't been much going on. And, since I've started a new job, I don't get home until pretty late, so there hasn't been much time to post.

Today the sun is shining and the pasture is dry enough that Remi and his brothers were paroled from horsey jail. Can you say jump and buck for glee? Remi led the charge out of the gate and the others followed, running around the pasture like it was recess at school.

I know that they've got to be feeling good about their freedom. We sure feel better that they can be out to stretch their legs a bit. They were getting pretty bored in the stalls and Remington did manage to stir up a little game for himself, which of course spelled breakage :O

When trainer Mom went down to feed the horses and fill the hay bags, she got to Remi's stall and noticed that there was no hay bag there. The only thing left was the string that was tied to the hookeye. Hmmm, where the heck did it go?

She took a look in the next stall where Tuck stays and noticed a big lump in the far back corner. Into the stall she went to investigate only to find that it was Remi's hay bag.

Remington, were you playing hay bag volleyball with Tuck? He must have yanked it so hard it broke, swung his head and tossed that bag over the wall. I imagine Tuck had to duck because he didn't know what that flying object coming over into his room was. Incoming....

When I heard the story, I laughed pretty hard and then it hit me, oh no, I'm going to have to buy him another lunch box. Remi, Remi, Remi. Do you have to be so rough on stuff? The answer, point blank is YES he does!

Never a dull moment with my bouncing baby boy. He's always thinking about getting into something. And when he's not thinking about it, he's gone ahead and done it! But that's the Remipup and ya just gotta love him :)

Stay tuned, stay happy and stay with us!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Remi's Kiss Hold Out

Remington is not happy with me again and he's not letting me give him a big soft nose kiss very easily. First of all, he's been stuck in the stall again for the last several days because of the constant rain and never ending mud pit growth. And we all know how bored he gets when he's stuck inside, and that boredom changes over to major stubborn in the kiss department.

Wednesday, his vet was out to check on Tuck, the new 4 year old, who pulled a ligament in his leg somehow. Don't ask how, cuz we sure don't know. When I arrived home from running errands, Doc was about to leave and I asked him if he had time to give them all their shots, because they were due.

I swear to you, I think Remington heard me, because when I went down to the barn after he had gotten his shots, I walked up to the gate, he turned around and went to the back of the stall and stared out the window and would not pay any attention to me.

I said, Remipup, come give me a kiss. He turned his head over his left shoulder, shot me a look and I could almost hear him say "you sent that man in the hat down here to poke me with a sharp thing, and I don't like it". And he turned his head back around and continued to look out the window.

Remipup, come give me a kiss. Once again, his head turned around and he shot me the glare and turned right back around. Oh, ok, so that's how it's going to be, huh? Well, I guess there won't be any extra carrots coming down from the house tonight. BOOM, he turned around, came to the rail and stuck his head over so I could give him a kiss. I promise you, I am not making this up.

So, no carrot drought for Remi. He still got his carrots. You don't really think he wouldn't get them do you? Of course he would, because he's still my sweet Remipup. Now, if the rain would just go away and the ground has time to dry up, he and the other fur kids are going to be much happier.

Stay tuned, stay happy and stay with us!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


It's never been a secret that each and every animal that lives at the ranchette is a tad bit spoiled and many times Remipup gets a little extra attention from me. That is, when he's not acting like he's spoiled and is his usual sweet ole self.

It seems that he's not very happy with me staying away from the barn for so long and yesterday he let me know about it. I finally hobbled down to the barn to see the big boy and give him a big ole kiss on his nose. He was already in his stall munching on his hay. So, I said my usual "Remi kiss" to him and he started to put his nose out and then quickly jerked it away.

OH NO YOU DIDN'T! Where is my sweet boy and where's my kiss? The words barely left my mouth, when he decided to turn around, move to the back of the stall and just glare at me. WHAT? Are you giving me attitude Remi? What's the deal? Don't I make sure you have carrots and peppermints? Haven't I been saving the apple cores for you? Haven't I blown big kisses to you in the pasture? So, what's up? That makes me sad :(

About that time, trainer mom came around the corner and told me what started the attitude. It seems Remi and Princeton were keeping one of the new kids Tuck away from the hay and were almost teasing him. Busted by trainer mom, Remi and Prince were scolded and put in their rooms a few minutes early. Horsey Time Out at its finest. Oh, oh, oh, they were not happy about that. Their little horse feelers were bruised.

So, not knowing about this earlier, I thought Remi was unhappy with me. Well, no, I guess he really wasn't. He was unhappy with early lockup and the scolding, and I was getting the major attitude pout fest phase. And when Remi gets his attitude going, trust me, it's a plenty big time attitude to deal with. He's not mean, or anything, he's just not a happy camper.

Well alrighty then, go ahead and pout. If you and your brother were being naughty, then you deserve your time out. I'm going in the house and we'll try this again tomorrow. Why don't you think about that one mister. Mom has left the barn!

Today, I was down at the barn again, just to see how Mr. Tude was doing. With the rain coming in, he was in his stall waiting for a new hay bag. Ah Ha, you don't have anything to distract you, do ya? So, once again, I said to my bouncing baby boy "Remi kiss" and out came the nose and I gave him a big ole kiss and a good scritchen. Yippee, he's over his pout fest.

It was good to be around him a little more again. I still can't be out there long, but I'll be back to where I can move out of the way of his big turkey platters again soon, and he'll get kisses and hugs more frequently.

Stay tuned, stay happy and stay with us!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cool Weather Remipup

Howdy Folks, it's that time of year for cooler weather and of course the great State Fair of Texas. Remi and the other horses are enjoying the occasional cool spells, but still don't like the extra rain that comes before it. It certainly is a buzz kill for them, because they know it's horsey lockup time and that means no bucking and chasing through the pasture for a little bit.

I got to thinking about the State Fair and how Remi might stack up next to Big Tex. For those of you unfamiliar with Big Tex, he is a ginormous cowboy who welcomes visitors each year to the fair. Now, imagine taking Remipup to stand next to Big Tex. "Howdy Remi, welcome to the State Fair of Texas".

He would positively dwarf Remi, but I think it would be hysterical, don't you. Of course, there is a corny dog stand right next to Big Tex and by golly, Remi would smell the cooking and pay no attention whatsoever to anything the other big guy in Texas was saying. Or, he might just set his sights on the cotton candy machine. Look Out, Sugar High in Progress.

Great googly moogly, if Remington got anywhere near that cotton candy, it would be a gonner. I mean to tell you, that would be equal to 300 peppermints or more in one fell swoop. And let's see if I could keep him on a lead rope at a walk. Nope, I don't think so :)

That entire scenario will not be taking place however, but I thought it would be funny to share that picture with you. We won't be going to the fair this year. My foot isn't healed enough to walk around, I'd be too dangerous in a motorized cart, and I am lucky enough to be starting my new career next week. I'm going back to work to make peppermint money :)

In the meantime, I hope we don't have the nasty rainy winter they are predicting. That isn't going to make the big boy happy, nor us either for that matter. I keep thinking that if I win the lottery, we can find a place with a big ole indoor pasture for the monsoon seasons. But that's about as likely to happen, as it is for Remington to clean his own room.

So, we'll enjoy the clear cooler weather while we can and enjoy watching Remi's spunky jumps in the pasture.

Stay tuned, stay happy and stay with us!