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Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:20:53 pm »
4 Boers and 2 La Mancha.

In two weeks two of the Boers go to fair and don't come back. Same thing for the two pigs.


Gidget, the 2 year old La Mancha is going to get bred in November, so come February there will be kids, hopefully.

Goats are like potato chips, apparently.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 19, 2018, 03:40:08 pm »
Sez smello to Agent 009, who is now part of the herd and is in training for the 2019 Riverside County Fair.

He is a bleaty little boy who is currently living with the dairy goats so the big, bad mean Boer goats going to the SoCal fair next month don't beat the ever-loving stuffing out of him.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Some TV show I didn't just see.
« on: September 14, 2018, 06:21:15 pm »
That is two very good things I have to look forward to.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 14, 2018, 06:19:36 pm »
Paul, we got the Cattle Dhog as a puppy and he has turned out very similar to Pi in personality. Part of that is the breed characteristics, but another big part of it is that he's never known a day of worry, fear, lack of attention or a lack of just plain love. We got the King Charles Cavalier at a year old and he was a haunted, broken scared little puppy. Three years later he's managed to erase most of his bad start to become 'the love sponge'.

They're happy, well behaved, well cared for animals, secure in their duties and their places. I'm kinda proud of that.

P.S. Geronimo did just fine. Now to see if he remembers it this evening. hoss operate under what I call the 'rule of three' in that while they may cooperate with something the first or even second time, when they have time to think about it and decide to exert their will, shit can get surprising. You got to get through something clean three times before you can start to unlax on it and move on to adding the next thing.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:12:25 pm »
With hosss they never really get over the response but what you do to work around it is build trust. For example, Oakie is a big fat scaredy-cat, but by now I know what might rev him up and plan for it while we're out and about and with the trust we've built he'll listen to me and go shallower into and come out of panic mode quickly.

My big leap with Geronimo is to get him to trust me enough to listen to my commands when he's amped up so I can keep him under relatively safe control. So far, this is going well, but tonight is a little (big) test of how we're doing.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:05:00 pm »
ALSO: Geronimo is a very good boy, but he's been taking some work. He didn't bond real well with Spouse and when she first got in the saddle for a backyard test he was...difficult.

Scared her enough that she took Coco from me and I got the Geronimo training.

He's a good solid hoss, he just has a high 'flight response' to new shit. After two weeks he will willingly let me take all four feet (at first he was super-spooky about his back feet) and groom him and put on scary flymasks with velcro closures and all the other standard ground work. I got him so he tolerates the fly spray bottle (ohhhh that squirting sound!) and he now whickers at me and comes to the fence when he sees me coming.

I started my advanced 'weird and woolly shit' desensitizing training, where I've been leading him around the back lot and doing goofy shit, like walking right up and over the picnic table and dunking my head in the pool and walking up to the house and leaning in the back door and standing on top the mounting block and putting my knee and full weight in the middle of his back and then leaning over and laying on him in a U shape like a dead man and slapping his belly with my danging hands.

The worst thing that has happened so far is yesterday morning I was putting on his fly mask in the dark before feeding time and Coco, impatient for food, leaned over the fence and bit him in the ass while I had his head in my hands and the mask half-on. He rear up and romped out of range, but he didn't strike at me in his panic, so good. I got the mask on him with a minimal of fuss after that.

I've put him on the lead and walked him through the gates and out to the trails, he handled that fine after a few snorts.

I'm going to put the saddle on him and ride him around the back yard tonight, if that goes well I'll put him on a lead and pony him along behind Oakie for tonight's ride. Going out with his herd partners for the new trails is probably going to be the easiest way to break him in gentle.

If you never hear from me again, it means shit went sideways. Been real, folks.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:56:51 pm »
I gotta say, an Insta-pot is a pretty good take.

Do a corned beef in it and then pull the beef and use the juice to do the veg. Hella tastynessss.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 11, 2018, 06:29:48 pm »
It's OK, 14 good years for one bad day is a hella fair trade. I brought him home from the vet and chopped a five foot deep hole into the clay next to Shep the Sheep and put him home the last time.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: September 11, 2018, 04:16:11 pm »
Come hide with us, we have Honeycomb!

Also, there's something to Paul's take.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:11:58 pm »
At the vet with Bucky B. Dog.

Ain't but one of us coming home. 14 years of being a very good boy.

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 04, 2018, 05:48:39 pm »
The Thanksgiving turkeys get a new home:

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 04, 2018, 05:48:01 pm »
The last of the roosters:

Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 04, 2018, 05:47:29 pm »
Fat Tire is looking like an eater:

Sports & Leisure / Re: Fantasy Football 2017
« on: August 25, 2018, 11:23:14 pm »
P.S. not really sorry.

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