Friday, September 28, 2012

A special treat, and my husband's first week of work

A co-worker gave me some carrots from her garden yesterday--the garden partly fertilized by Lim's manure! Circle of life and all that. So I made a little arrangement for Lim for dinner last night--sliced carrots, apples and grain on a bed of carrot top greens. She loved it!

My husband has completed his first week of work at the barn. The verdict so far is that the work is hard--and boy is he sore!--but he does enjoy it. He likes being around the horses, and enjoys the super-short commute and shorter workdays than what he's accustomed to. I told him that his body will eventually catch up to the workload and it will breeze by much more easily.

He cleaned Limerick's stall the morning the above photos were taken!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

My husband's new job

This hasn't been made official by my barn owner yet, but I doubt anyone from my barn reads this blog (I am sure they would've mentioned it by now). husband has a new job--at the barn!

He worked as a hostler at the Union Pacific rail yard in Joliet, but the contractor he works for was becoming rather unappreciative of their employees. To make matters worse, some of his co-workers were slacking big-time or making mistakes, which cast the entire company in a bad light. He was tired of facing threats of company-wide firings every week, so the search was on for a new job.

Last week, my barn owner sent out a barn-wide email saying she was looking for a new full-time guy at the barn. The guy would feed and water the horses twice daily, turn them out and bring them in, clean stalls, and do other farm work/maintenance.

I let my husband know about the job's availability and he was interested. He enjoys the barn, he already works outside year-round, doing manual labor (and prefers that sort of thing to just sitting around), he knows the basics of horse care and handling, and the barn would be an incredible commute--just 1.4 miles one-way, door-to-door.

We found out that the pay is $1 less per hour than what he makes now, but the greatly-reduced commute would save us $200/month, not to mention wear and tear on his car. Add in the raise I got in July, and we'll be back to where we were in June, financially, which isn't bad. He will get a raise with more experience, which will help.

After some discussion, the barn owner hired him. He starts Monday September 24, although his regular schedule will be Wednesday-Sunday (7am - 3:30pm). I am very happy for him! It sucks when your husband isn't happy with his job, so it's about time he has a chance to enjoy one.

And of course, Limerick will get to see her "daddy" 40 hours a week!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dara/Dharma's races from YouTube

My dad asked me yesterday if there are any races of Dara's online that he could see. I remembered that Arlington usually uploads races to YouTube so I did a search and found several. I've linked them below--they are in order by date, with her finish position and number.

It's kind of strange seeing her as a racehorse again, even though that is how we knew her for three years before we picked her up from Mountaineer. She was a complete professional as a racehorse, and that is a quality she carries with her in every other aspect of her life.

On this note, I got a message from her new owner the other day saying that Dharma is doing very well! I'm still trying to coordinate plans to stop by and visit her sometime soon. 5/11/2008 (1st) #7 6/8/2008 (2nd) #6 6/28/2008 (4th) #3 7/20/2008 (10th) #9 8/8/2008 (3rd) #3 5/7/2009 (1st) #5 - First race we saw her in! 6/4/2009 (8th) #4 7/3/2009 (6th) #4 8/29/2009 (1st) #1 5/14/2010 (4th) #4

Another false pregnancy?

Lim began dripping witch's milk last night while I was grooming her.
If past experience applies here, that means she had a false pregnancy this summer. Interesting! I plan to email this photo to the reproductive vet.