Raleigh the horse

I go down to the EQ center about everyday now. Raleigh is very sweet and kind. I do my job - scooping poop - and then I warm my hands on his soft coat. And when it comes to food he likes, he is very smart and clever. Raleigh loves wild grass that grows just outside his paddock. If the gate isn’t locked then Raleigh can push the gate open and get out. But at least he won’t run off because, like I said, he just wants the grass and doesn't like being away from his paddock. In fact, Mrs. E lets him out and leaves the halter on with the lead rope. Raleigh wanders a little, but if he starts to go faster, then he steps on his lead rope and it stops him. It's kinda like if your shoe wasn't tied, and you tripped on your shoelace.


You have to really make sure the gate is locked, because Raleigh can open it. He would even grab the lock and pull it until it comes out! Like I said, Raleigh is very smart about the food he likes. Also, He has two paddocks that he is using. One is his and the other one is a empty one. He is allowed to go in there to eat the grass as much as he likes.

Lake CA (Where I live)

(Picture took by Renee Harris)

This is a herd of cows, I see them on my walk to the EQ Center


(Picture took by Renee Harris)

This is where I walk over hills to get to the EQ Center


(Picture took by Renee Harris)

This is Raleigh down at the EQ Center

Raleigh, day 1

Raleigh is a 19 year old brown horse. He has black legs, tail and mane. He even has a small white star on his forehead. Mrs E (A different owner that owns Raleigh next to Lena and Peppy) is having me scoop Raleigh’s poop every day. She went down with me once to see how I was getting along and now I am doing it alone. (I do it in the mornings so far.)

And she told me how much to feed him also just in case she couldn’t feed him and I could do that. The whole reason I am doing it is so she doesn’t have to, but mostly because I love being down at the EQ center with the horses.  Mrs. E works during the day and she comes down to feed her horse twice a day. She used to have her horses on 30 acres of property in Cottonwood.  Her daughter used to have another horse named Titus who was a creamed colored horse. 

Anyway, I worked with Raleigh a couple of days now and it’s a lot of fun so far! I even got to lead Raleigh around and I got to run with him. Even in the arena it was fun to watch Raleigh run a little. Today I went really early to say hi to Mrs. F. She comes down early, but for once I was there first. It was cold down there. Frost everywhere! And I forgot gloves! But at least Raleigh was nice and warm (under his mane was really warm!) So he saved me the stiff hands. He stood in the sun while I scooped the poop with the shovel.

I also had a jacket on that has buttons on it and Raleigh tried to nibble them when I pet him. It has being very fun just like with Mrs. F! Also I saw her this morning and she said she needed to take Lena to the vet because something was wrong with her leg.
(Picture took by Renee Harris)

Ears

I have known this along time, but have you ever noticed a horse's ears? 


When a horse's ears are pointing in front or towards you, it means he/she is listening to you. 

When it is pinned back, it means he/she is annoyed, upset, or angry with something. 

Sometimes when his/her ears are back, it could mean he/she is happy and would show off by running around, jumping, or do something wild because he/she feels happy. (sometimes other horses near by will start to do the same because they become happy as well). 


There are also many other ways the ears go, which you can almost read there ears. But it is not only about the ears that can talk. There are other ways a horse can say things with. 

(Picture by Noelle Harris)

Day seven: Watching Cole


Simeon and I haven't been down at the horses for two days. But it really seemed like a week or more. Mrs. Fenwick had her dog, Sophie with her too. We scooped the poop and then we talked about the horses. 

Mr. Fenwick was talking with some other guy. Simeon asked things like how they caught wild horses. Mrs. Fenwick also told us that you can't ride a horse it's at least two years old. I knew all the questions Simeon asked, because I read them in a book I used to read. When we were done, Simeon and I were going to leave but I still wanted to see one more horse. Mrs. Fenwick went to talk to some other people who had horses there too. 

The horse I wanted to see was a black mustang that I have been watching for along time. Today I finally went over to him. His owner was there too and she was feeding him. I asked what his name was and she said it was Cole. 
(Picture by Noelle Harris)
Then she told us about four or five other horses around her, including their names. She also had a small jar with a gold fish in it. I asked her what that was for and she said it was to clean bacteria out of the water troughs.  
(Picture took by Noelle Harris)
Now that, I have never heard of before! I must say that was smart. So hopefully when I go down again, I would love to ask more about that. She seems very nice too. So then we walked back home.  It was exciting to see and finally know what that mustang's name was. 

Halters

I have seen two different halters on Peppy once. Mrs. Fenwick has two halters I have seen before. There's the normal halter and the training halter. 

(Picture by Noelle Harris)
The training halter has knots tied around the cheek. Thy are tied in just the right places so you could guide the horse and train it better. You can direct the horse while you're training him/her. Peppy and Lena use training halters when they are training. But when they were getting their nails clipped by the farrier, they used the normal halter. The normal halter looks better to me but sometimes it's easier to use the training halter.

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All about hay nets and hoof picks

Hoof pick:

Mrs. Fenwick has a tool called a 'Hoof pick.'  A hoof pick is to help her clean out Lena and Peppy's hooves. It is a metal tool that helps to scrape out dirt and rocks. It looks like a stick with a hook at the end. There is another type of hoof pick that has a brush as well as the pick. 

(Picture by Noelle Harris) 

he brush is to help dust off any extra dirt. You have to scrape the dirt and rocks one direction so you wouldn't pinch the horse. You have to push out towards the ground, not up into hoof. You really have to be careful when you do it. 


Hay net:

A hay net is a net that has hay in it. You don't have to use a hay net. But Mrs. Fenwick does and it is much better if you do. If you just put the hay on the ground, the horse might step all over it or even poop on it. That is bad for it to eat and it could get sick. So it is very smart to use a hay net. 

(Picture by Noelle Harris)

The reason it has the net part is because the horse might pull the hay onto the ground if it was a bucket instead. The nets let the horse work for the food. And there would be only a little bit of hay that falls on the ground. It may look hard for the horse to get the hay, but it isn't really. 

Day seven: Who's the leader


Day 7:

Simeon and I were late today. Now we don’t even have to say anything but “Hi” to Mrs. Fenwick! We just go to work as soon as we get there. It seems like we went there for years and this was just part of another day. 


But the thing was did seem different is that Lena and Peppy where acting whiny around their food. When Mrs. Fenwick tried to pet them once Peppy tried to bite and pull away.

 Now Peppy and Lena almost never do a thing like that to their master. So Peppy got a slap on the cheek by Mrs. Fenwick. Now that may seem mean but it isn’t really. They have to learn from the leader (Mrs. Fenwick). If now they would be the boss and start doing what they wanted. Which is very bad for them.

 Of course they knew who was leader. And after that Peppy looked like a little kid in big trouble. He was stronger and bigger then Mrs. Fenwick, but she was the boss. But after awhile he went back to eating his hay. Mrs. Fenwick said he tried to bite because he didn’t like it when people were petting him while he was eating. 

But she said they have to learn to be around people and let them pet them at anytime. Lena did almost the same thing to Mrs. Fenwick like Peppy did. She didn’t try to bite, but she kept pulling her face away from her. 

And then she started to walk away from her just because she wanted to pet her face. Mrs. Fenwick followed until Lena stopped and let Mrs. Fenwick pet her face. Lena listened after that. 

It reminded me of our dog Diego. He died 2014 October . But when he was still alive, he would sometimes be bossy around the younger kids. He knew they were scared of him sometimes so he could do what he wanted to. 

He was really a very good dog though, but sometimes when he saw his chance he would push or run fast past us. That is sometimes really scary because he was HUGE dog. But when my dad walks out he either runs away if he was caught doing it, or he was sit still as if nothing happened. I really miss him a lot. 

Diego was even bigger than my dad if he stood on his hind legs. He was really strong too. Just like Peppy and Lena where huge and strong but they always listened to their leader.   

Diego
(Picture by Harris family)


Anyways Mrs. Fenwick gave me a magazine about horses. So that is something to read! That is enough for today!

Day six: The Farrier

In the morning Simeon and I went to the EQ center. We scooped poop and gave a pat to Lena and Peppy. Mrs. Fenwick already finished feeding them, and cleaning their shoes. Mr. Fenwick was also there, and the Fenwicks said there was a farrier coming a little later on that morning. 


I have heard of a farrier before in a history book, but I forgot what it was. Mrs. Fenwick told us it was man who put horse’s shoes on, or clipped their nails. In fact, a couple of days ago there was a farrier who came down to the EQ center and was changing a horse’s shoes. So Simeon and I said we would be glad to come down and watch the farrier clip and take off Lena’s and Peppy’s shoes. 



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Simeon, Caleb (our older brother), and I walked down to the horses to watch the Farrier. Caleb is very interested in metal stuff and knife making, things like that, so he wanted to watch (and maybe get a few old horse shoes). Mrs. Fenwick was holding Lena still while the farrier took off Lena’s shoes. 
(Picture by Noelle Harris)
He also filed her nails. 
(Picture by Noelle Harris)

Then Mrs. Fenwick told me to put Lena back and get Peppy for his turn. When I was leading Lena, I noticed she was walking weird and half limped on the way. Mrs. Fenwick told me she was barefoot and she wasn’t used to it at all. Mrs. Fenwick also said she had something wrong with her right leg. 
Peppy is always trying to eat the grass on the way when I lead him for his turn. Mrs. Fenwick showed me to pull the lead every time he does that because he wasn’t supposed to eat on the way. 

The farrier did the same to Peppy as he did to Lena. And I must say their hooves look very clean. Caleb talked to the farrier a lot too. At the end Caleb even got Lena and Peppy’s horse shoes to make knifes out of them! And not only that but the farrier gave him old rasps (the file things that was used to clip there hoofs). It started to rain and so I put Peppy back in the paddock. I called my dad to pick us up, because it was really wet. And we would be SO wet if we walked all the way back up the hills to our house. 

So that is what happened today! Not only that but Mrs. Fenwick said we could come down in the afternoon 4:00pm! Mr. Fenwick came after the farrier left, and he talked to Caleb about the black smith knife making stuff. So me, Simeon and Caleb had a GREAT time! 




Day five: Hand feeding

This morning Simeon and I walked down to the EQ center. Mrs. Fenwick as usual was already down there hooking up the hay nets. She cleaned their hooves with a hoof pick. 

The little metal thing sticking out of the side is to help clean horse’s hooves. The metal stick is used for scraping dirt and rocks out of a horse’s hooves. She cleans them two times a day. Most people do it once a day, but Lena and Peppy like to play around and get dirty fast. Mostly Lena does that though! Anyway, the brush part of the tool helps dust any dirt out of the horse’s hooves. They both do the same thing but the metal pick help mostly. Mrs. Fenwick also has another of the same tool, but it is without the brush. In fact she has a couple of them. 


When Simeon and I were done with scooping the poop, Mrs. Fenwick finished with cleaning the hoofs. I am an expert with scooping the poop now! I can get a lot more poop on my rake than ever before! And I know how to get the big rocks out easier and faster! I know where the hardest place to scoop poop and I am getting much faster! Lena seems to be the hardest when it comes to poop scooping though. She always poops in the hardest places! Peppy on the other hand is WAY easier. For one thing he doesn’t poop in random places like Lena does. He always has it in two places (which are easy places) and we know where to go scoop poop instead of wasting are time looking all around in the paddock. 

Also today I brought two pieces of apples with me. I had cut a apples up for my breakfast today and I saved two pieces for Lena and Peppy. I knew that I should make them small pieces or else it is harder for the horses to eat it. You have to put their hand out flat so the horse can eat it, and not your hands also. If you don't he/she might also eat your fingers. 
(Picture by Noelle Harris)
 I used to be VERY afraid a long time ago when I used to give an apple to a horse that was owned by a friend. (I ended up throwing it on the ground instead of hand feeding it to the horses) I was always afraid the horses would bite me. But now it’s like an every day thing! And it makes no sense that I was so afraid! 

So we petted the horses and then my mom and dad came to see if we wanted a ride back up. Well, we where done anyways so we rode in the car back home. Mrs. Fenwick told us that every morning at 8:00am we can come down to the horses! And 4:00pm in the afternoon we can also go down! So this is it for today!