Saturday, March 22, 2008

Goat baby update, week 4

The kids are now 4 weeks old. They are growing fast, nibbling grain and eating hay. Carlotta and Dreamer have both fainted, after jumping onto a slippery plastic lawnchair. Here are some new pictures:


Dreamer's first faint.


Yum, jacket! Let's see if I can take it off...

Who needs toys when you have mom to climb on...
Dreamer prefers climbing people...
How does that hat taste?

Hey, that's not a goat!

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Stay tuned for more serious posts...

Carrie

www.carrieeastman.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Introducing Lucky, Arabian horse




For a change of pace from goats, I thought I'd introduce another family member. This is Lucky. His registered name is To Catch a Thief. He is a 9 year old Arabian gelding, bred to race but retired from the track when he bowed (tore) a tendon. I used the basic Dynamite program with Lucky, and I have to look hard now to even find the old bow. He is sound now and very athletic. Last fall a local trainer (Teresa Parnham http://www.parnhamyard.com/ ) did some basic work with him, just to get him going again. We took the winter off from training, but with the weather warming up, I am starting to work with Lucky again. I had Prudence Heaney, a saddlefitter, come out and fit a new saddle to Lucky's back. He is very suspicious of saddles. Prudence did an excellent job, and was very patient with his suspicions. You can read more about Prudence's work at http://www.twotimetack.com/



I am using a combination of Clinton Anderson's techniques and TTEAM to help Lucky release his old feelings about riding and training, as well as fill in any gaps in his education. I am not sure what Lucky and I will ultimately do together. Maybe endurance, maybe dressage. I'm waiting for him to tell me what he enjoys most and is best at. I don't know yet how his old leg injury will hold up to jumping, or even if he will enjoy jumping.



This is a picture of Lucky being ridden by a friend when I first got him.



I have been using a natural horsemanship rope halter with Lucky, sometimes a regular halter with a TTEAM leadrope. I may switch to a bitless bridle for riding. My ultimate goal is to ride without any bridle at all. Speaking of bridleless riding, the ride posted at http://www.westfallhorsemanship.com/index.php?page=seeus&action=category&id=2 is amazing! I don't know anything about her training techniques or nutrition program, but the riding sure is inspirational.


Carrie
www.sharethecause.com/eastman for an interesting video on environmental toxins

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Goat baby update, week 3


Well, it's not quite 3 weeks, but they are growing so fast I decided to post early.



Carlotta and Dreamer are eating hay now, as well as nursing. Carlotta is very athletic and agile, able to leap several feet while spinning and twisting in midair. She likes being softly scratched in her armpits.






Dreamer is a bit slower, and much bigger now. He likes having his throat scratched.






I may have found another buck to purchase as a consort for Mimosa and Carlotta. I am also starting to look around for a dehorned doeling for Dreamer.
I have put up a new website devoted to the goat business at http://www.oakhillfaintinggoats.com/

A note on dehorning: some find this practice very inhumane. There are arguements in the goat community in favor and against. I admit to being torn about the procedure myself. However, some shows require dehorning, and if I am selling kids as family pets I believe they have a better chance of staying happily with their family if there are no horns. Hopefully most of our kids will be polled and I won't have to put them through the procedure.
Carrie

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Goat baby update

The kids are now almost 2 weeks old!

They are growing fast. Jackie, the buckling (photo to right), has been renamed Dreamer. He is a cautious contemplative little buckling, and the action star name just didn't fit his energy level. His colors have darkened a bit, and no horn buds so he is polled. His eyes are hazel.









Carlotta, the doeling (photo below), is very different than her brother. She is very active, more shy, the first to try everything but less trusting of people. She is also much smaller. She has remained a true black with no horns (polled) and hazel eyes.










Both kids are still nursing but also eating timothy hay and just starting to become curious about mom's grain.

Guy has proved to be a tolerant "uncle" to the kids even playing a bit with them.

Mimosa is still getting the basic Dynamite program I outlined in previous posts. She also continues to get Waiora Natural Cellular Defense to neutralize any heavy metals or toxins before she passes them on in her milk. I have also started her on Dynamite Excel in the evenings.

Dreamer is hard to photograph, as he tries to jump in my lap for petting or nibbling my clothes as soon as I enter the pen. He is a real love, and enjoys petting, especially scratching under his chin and under his chest.










I've started researching goat training and handling, as I want to teach them both to lead and stand and maybe carry a pack. I found some interesting goat training sites.







I haven't tried the methods yet, so I can't comment on their effectiveness.
In my next post, I'll introduce one of the other animals.
Carrie
www.carrieeastman.com