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May 23rd, 2006
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when did it become a herd?
I am going over 4 years of scattered vet records trying to update my notions of who needs to have what done to them when, and put the records of who HAD what done to them when all in one place.

I remember (dimly) having two horses and one vet, when all I had to do was make an appointment in the spring and another in the fall. The only thinking required was remembering how to write out a check. But in Herd Life[tm]? No more. Especially when Herd Life[tm] has beasts scattered about the landscape at different farms in different counties, which means (predictably) different veterinary practices. (With, if one is really unlucky, different management recommendations.)

But now I have supplemented this spring's mare spreadsheet with a generic template for adult horses, and an additional "calculator" page for foals (put in the birthdate, get back dates for recommended shots and worming for the first year). Now I can be done with fretting over the state of my horse records, and return to fretting over the state of my horsekeeping (floats! floats for all!). Not to mention the eternal question of where to find a vet that makes routine farm calls on weekends, apparently a vanishing species in my area.

To answer my initial question, I have decided that it's a herd when you can no longer fit all your horses into one trailer and get out of Dodge. (Which led to some hard thinking two wildfire seasons ago, when it was looking like evacuating was a good idea. Fortunately the fires didn't come close enough for me to be forced to decide who to drop off the life raft...) Which means that happened three years ago, when Recap was born. Silly me for not acquiring a 4-horse trailer to start with!

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From:mizkit
Date:May 23rd, 2006 10:12 am (UTC)
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So how many horses *do* you have now...?
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From:ambar
Date:May 23rd, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
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Depends on whether I have to count the two leased mares or not. But in either case, I still don't have to take off my shoes. :D
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From:cjsmith
Date:May 23rd, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
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I was going to ask the same question. That would be a lot of trailers, though!
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From:ambar
Date:May 24th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
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As sunday_silence remarks below, there are always the semi-based horse trailers...
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From:cat_herder
Date:May 23rd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Don't think of it as a herd. Think of it as an EMPIRE.

In terms of a bug out plan, I think there is a way to kind of exploit the situation. Teach them all to pull a Conestoga wagon or a gypsy. That way, the horses self-evacuate, and they will take you and your other pets with them. If the house burns down, you still have a place to live.

Plus, it'd look really cool.
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From:blackswan666
Date:May 23rd, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
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I remember that wildfire excitement all too well... I was stressing about what to do since you weren't home at the time, and I was trying to deduct how to get all the critters out of the area.

Yes, it was a good thing we did not have to evacuate at that time, 'specially since the trailer had a flat. o.O
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From:ambar
Date:May 24th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
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I have since learned to change tires by myself. I can do the Prius in 20 minutes, including getting all my crap out of the back so I can get at the spare. The horse trailer takes more like 30, because of having to jump up and down on the lug nuts. :-)
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From:sunday_silence
Date:May 23rd, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Well, you *could* always get a nice, shiny Featherlite 8 horse slant and a semi. ;)
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From:ambar
Date:May 24th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
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Win the lottery for me, wontcha?

Hey, want to come down some early afternoon (to Morgan Hill) and see the baby? You might get a look at Lightning, too.
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From:sunday_silence
Date:May 24th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
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I prefer playing poker to the lottery -- better odds, less variance. :)

I'd love to come down -- eee baby horses. It's been forever since I've been around foals. I'm not sure when I'll be able to, though -- I can't really drive right now because of the weird neuropathic thing that's going on with my hands, and I'm off for a week day after tomorrow for the LJ Abuse get-together thing and probably hauling right back over to Carson and Silver Springs the weekend after we're back to go look at properties. Definitely want to see her, though -- she's adorable. :)
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From:ambar
Date:May 24th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
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Once you're done travelling, you could take the train down from Palo Alto to Tamien or Blossom Hill and I could pick you up. Don't wait too long, though; I don't know how long I'm going to keep them in Morgan Hill.
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From:sunday_silence
Date:May 24th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
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Oh, that'd be great! I tend to forget that there's public transportation around here -- having lived in upstate NY, rural Massachusetts, and Texas it's sort of a foreign concept to me. I get back the evening of the 3rd, and have one dog client I've kept that keeps me busy mid-afternoon Tues, Wed and Friday, but otherwise I'm pretty free (though I think we're off to Carson/SS the 9th-13th).
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From:ambar
Date:May 24th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
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I'd prefer Thursday to Monday, but -- hmm.

we should probably move this to email, it's getting complicated. :)
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