Today we are rejoicing that Roni (her name means rejoice) is back with our herd. She was one of her favorite does and I have always regretted selling her. The woman I sold her to has the opportunity to go work at the South Pole so we are going to be keeping Roni for her for the next couple of years.
Ari in particular is glad she is back as she was always one of his favorite does. And I'm excited to get to milk her for the first time. Her udder isn't perfect but she is easy to milk and she has great production!
We also have Roni's beautiful chocolate daughter from this year here and will be offering her for sale shortly as I just don't have the room if I hope to be able to keep any kids next year. She was born in March of this year and is very people friendly. Roni is a very good producer and I expect that her daughter will follow in her footsteps.
Linn County Animal Rescue has so many horses right now that they are waiving adoption fees for this month. We were already approved to adopt with them but hadn't selected one yet.
I went out Friday to take a look and met 7 year old Abby who is a halter broke POA with a very gentle disposition. She loves attention and being groomed.
I also met Sadie who is a 10 year old POA and Emperor who is an 8 ear old Abab gelding. Since there are no adoption fees at the moment, I figured what we had saved up for that, could go to pay for the upkeep on a second pony. But we were ONLY going to get a pony if our trainer approved of them. He rejected the gelding as being more horse than I am ready to work with, and although Sadie has a bit of a pony attitude he thinks I shouldn't have too much trouble convincing her that won't work. And while Abby is just halter broke, she is very smart, and he thinks it "wouldn't take much for her to be ridable."
We still need to fix the fence that April walked over, so it will be a few days before we can move these two girls in. They are already friends that hang out in the big pasture at the rescue together so no worries about them getting along.
Sadie was previously exposed to goats, and got along with them fine so we are hopefully that there will not be any conflicts between that ponies and goats.
While neither of these girls is very tall, they are stout enough for me to be able to do some light riding and training with them. They are also both "easy keepers" and don't require anything extra in the way of feed.
Maple has been getting up on the milk stand on her own without any problem for almost a week now, but until this morning we have had to go and catch her, lead her in and point her in the right direction.
This morning all that changed. She waited for her turn and when I opened the gate she RAN in and jumped up on the milk stand without any hesitation! I gave her lots of praise and loves and I'm praying things have finally clicked for her and that she will continue to repeat this as it makes milking time go so much easier for me. Plus when the goats willingly come in and hop up it means they aren't stressing about the process either.
In other ranch news, the chicks are getting all feathered out and are in that awkward stage between fluff and fully feathered. They are showing a lot of their daddy's blue coloration and I'm really hoping that the ones with the most interesting color patterns will turn out to be hens.
Maple is a very sweet but shy little doe. She kidded back in the beginning of April, and until today I had never managed to coax her into getting hopping up on the milk stand on her own.
This morning she was her usual self and had to be caught and brought to the milk room, but once in there she shocked me by hopping up on the milk stand just as if she had always done it. I know the real test of her compliance is if she continues to hop up on her own in the future, but after months of trying to convince her to do it, I am going to celebrate this small achievement!
Today we traded Sparky Joe for Basil. The two are related, as Sparky Joe is a grandson of Tuppence Buckshot Blues and Basil is a son.
He is a petite buck, with a VERY wide rear stance. His dam had good production and we are looking forward to seeing what this little blue-eyed guy will produce for us.