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There have been changes in my herd.

I get it…

It’s life.

But, I don’t have to like it.

March of 2013 we lost our beloved gelding Gus.


April 2014, my dear little donkey, Tilly.


Both were in their 30’s and I feel blessed that they lived so long.

But what do I do with myself now?

Caring for geriatric animals is part of my daily routine.

My husband even put a divider in my grain bin. One side for maintenance feed and one side for senior feed. He built me a side table to set the supplements on, too.

We’ve added gates and fencing to ensure peaceful eating times for the seniors and I’ve taken my round pen apart to make another stall in the main barn.

To me, making sure the old ones were warm, dry and had a full belly, made me feel content.

Tilly was “rescued” at the age of 21 with her 13th baby in her belly…

Tater Tot 

…and her last baby.

Gus was my old faithful until arthritis turned him into a pasture buddy and babysitter.

Uncle Gus

I miss them. I miss making sure they’re healthy and happy. I miss mixing their meds and supplements, checking their old worn out teeth to make sure they aren’t balling up hay or dropping grain.

I miss brushing them, kissing those gray faces and looking into those big brown eyes.


Why and how is it that they both survived our cold, cold Wisconsin winters but, succumb to failing bodies in spring?

With my fond memories of parades, trail rides, kiddy rides and great escapes, I move on.

Move on to my new daily routine that, for now, consists of not having to close so many gates or mix mash or keep the divider in the grain bin.

With spring, comes changes in life.



Thank you Gus and Tilly Tot, for the memories and the privilege of being part of the last half of your lives.



Until next time…Appy Trails Smile

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Well, we’ve been spoiled this winter season in Wisconsin, with some very mild temperatures and even a GREEN Christmas!




















Don’t get me wrong it’s been great!!










We’ve had some boring days, too.










But now we have snow!! Let’s play ball!!!



     I know it’s here somewhere!!   










Uh oh, the ball is in the horse paddock! I don’t think Sophia is going to throw it back Emma.










Do you think Gus will help?

_DSC7897I’m sure baby Sora will play along and throw it back. Smile










Gunner is victorious! Whinny and Emma? Not so much….

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   GusaGreat kids horse.

Gus6Teaching yearling Feather the ropes.

Gus9All painted up for one of the many parades we were in.

Gus8Taking it easy as a pasture pal.

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My husband just got another new lens for his camera. This is an ultra wide angle lens. You know the lens they use to take photos of hotel rooms so they look big but when you get there it’s a tiny room? You know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, he decided to take pictures of the critters….


This is Sophia. Uhmm…she has a nice personality?

Winking smile




Next is Feather.

It looks like she’s having an allergic reaction!












This is Sora, Feather’s 8 month old moose. Baby! I mean baby!











This is old Gus. He’s a good baby sitter with Sora. From his nose, it looks like he’s quite a drinker!











And finally my little donkey Tilly.

I’ve gotten a few comments on how strange my ass looks…




As you could probably tell, all of our critters are pretty skittish and hard to photograph.




Until next time, appy trails to you.


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