Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I have had more sick horses with cholic this year than ever before in my life. We have taken many of them to the vet who has treated them and tried to figure out why we are having so many. I told my range cons that my Grandpa always said that was the first rule. "THOSE THAT HAVE MUST LOSE." So if you aren't familiar with cholic in horses it is a very serious ailment and if the horse doesn't relax its muscles and pass it's bowels it will die. One of my range cons spent all night with this horse (named SHOCK AND AWE) walking him around and around the corrals trying to keep him alive. We got him to the vet right when he opened this morning and he gave him some big time muscle relaxers---he's fine now.

The vet asked us where he was getting the sand he was eating---well we filled the holes in the corrals with sand to keep the horses out of the water when it is wet. Tomorrow we will spend part of the day rototilling the sand into the ground at the corrals to prevent us from having a horse die from eating sand. Who'd a ever thunk a horse would eat sand?


gilbert girl said...

Glad the horse was OK...and what a great name!!

Dee Ice Hole said...

Yeah we got him a few days after we went into Baghdad so we thought it was appropriate---we lost one last winter in a cattle guard we named El Diablo--primarily so no one that didn't know him wouldn't ride him. He was a great horse---

Lindsay-Weaver said...

My puppies ate a bunch of rabbit food today...I hope it doesn't hurt them. Can puppies eat hay? That's all rabbit food is, right? I bet the horse liked the sand because it's salty. Do they have a mineral lick? (Do you (can you) give mineral licks to horses?)

Dee Ice Hole said...

Bunny food is hay and will not hurt dogs---we have a mineral and salt lick for the horses but they seem to be picking up the sand from eating their hay that is fed on the ground to keep the dust from getting in their lungs.

PsychDoctor said...

Duh...everyone knows that horses eat sand..

Just kidding...I never would have known...