Here’s a laugh for you: a group photo of Saffy, me and Miss Rosie. I’m the one on the right, with the messed up hair. I’d been chilling with the mares, when Saffy decided I needed a groom. She ruffled up my hair before I took this shot.

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Zeph is five years old now and such a quirky dog. I’ve had eight dogs in my life (including Zeph and Zsa Zsa) and I have to say Zeph has the most individual personality of them all. He’s a very expressive dog and a creature of habit. Every night, at around 7.00pm, he rushes upstairs and barks. For no reason at all. Then he rushes back down and looks at us, as if to say Well?

He’s also a very social dog, unlike Zsa Zsa, who is more reserved. Zeph loves to be cuddled and adored, and he likes meeting new people. I love this photo of him with the daughter of a friend of mine. He is camera-ready!

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We were up in the North Island last week, the Far North region to be exact. It really is very different from the South Island. Lots of large ferns and palm trees, as it’s sub-tropical. People were complaining of the heat and mugginess. Since I grew up in Sydney, I was more than able to handle it, although it made sleep a bit restless.

This was the view in the morning from the hotel balcony. As much as I like the snow-covered mountains of the South Island, I have to say I could get used to this view.

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I nearly had an accident the other day in Christchurch. I drove by a billboard and saw Zsa Zsa. I didn’t know my little girl had a modelling career on the side!

IMG_7920It’s a billboard ad for selling sections (what New Zealanders call a block of land) in an estate community. At first glance, I thought wow, that looks just like Zsa Zsa. Great to see English Pointers being used in advertising.

Now, wonder how I can get Zeph into dog modelling haha

How was your Christmas and New Year? I took a short break from social media and blogging, but basically Christmas and New Year was quiet and I’m not complaining. I spent plenty of time with the horses and Zeph and Zsa Zsa.

The young girl who rides Karma came over a few times and Zeph decided it would be a good idea to get up close and personal with the chestnut mare. Zeph is very comfortable around the horses and they tolerate him extremely well. I’ve taught Zeph not to walk behind a horse, but he doesn’t always listen. Depending on Saffy’s mood, she might flatten her ears at him and look threatening, but usually Saffy and Zeph are the best of friends.

So Zeph decided to go up to Karma and have a chat. Karma bent down to sniff his head, which Zeph seems to enjoy. In the photo I snapped, it looks like Karma is about to bite his head off! IMG_7783

If you have horses, then you’ll know that thrush can be a problem. It’s a bacterial infection that eats away at the frog on the horse hoof. You know a horse has thrush due to the smelly hoof and a blackish crust or ooze on the surface. Thrush is caused by moist conditions (such as horses hanging around in muddy paddocks during Winter). It can also be triggered by dirty areas, such as stables that aren’t cleaned out regularly.

Over the years, Karma is my only horse to suffer from thrush. Whilst it’s just a mild case, it’s something I’ve wanted to knock on the head. So I’ve tried the standard treatments: Thrush Buster, Stockholm Tar, White Lightning, copper sulfate and Milton tablets. Copper sulfate is the best of the bunch, but it still didn’t kill off the thrush.

What did? Something out of the bathroom. Listerine! Yes folks, I’ve found another use for good old Listerine. I was looking at it one day and thought – it’s antibacterial and is said to “kill germs that cause bad breath.” So why not kill germs that cause thrush?

I slapped some on Karma’s front hooves and, within two days, the thrush was hasta la vista baby. I held onto her hoof to let the Listerine dry and that was the treatment. Easy. Since the other treatments can be expensive, I’m going to continue to use Listerine to combat Karma’s thrush (should it return).

None of my horses are stabled (despite having stables) and I keep them in a race or paddock paradise (which you can read about here). This minimises the possibilities of thrush but, of course, when the rain sets in and mud is around, you have moist, damp conditions.

Hopefully, Listerine will come to the rescue now that I’ve found such a budget-friendly, easy solution to nasty thrush.

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Saffy hopes she doesn’t need to receive The Listerine Treatment.

 

Merry Christmas to you. Or..Happy Holidays if you prefer. No matter what your faith or religion, I hope you have a wonderful day with friends and loved ones.

Saffy is four years old today. Yes, she was born on Christmas Day 2011. I cannot believe how fast time has flown by. Normally, I put reindeer ears on her and she poses for a cute portrait. The other day though, I noticed how mature-looking she has become, so decided to take a photo that shows how beautiful she is.

Saffy is an amazing mare. A tad bossy and we still haven’t quite got the horse/human space business worked out, but she is affectionate, curious, bold and highly intelligent. She seems to really enjoy her schooling and has now been ridden under saddle five times, with no hissy fits. In fact, she’s taken to the saddle like a duck to water.

So Happy Birthday sweet Saffy <3

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