View Full Version : My Labor Day trip - all sorts of animals!

09-07-2004, 06:18 PM
I went to my cousin's 100 acre farm in Morehead, KY for the Labor Day holiday. She breeds Kentucky Mountain horses. I have to say, she's an even bigger animal lover than me! :eek: She's in school for it (I forget what her degree program is called), and has lots of pets of her own! I thought I'd share a few pictures from this weekend. I have never seen so many different types of animals in one day - unless I went to a zoo!

So here's some pictures!
First, the dogs.

Free, a supersweet mutt

Adonis, the doberman - a total cutie-pie

Sadie, my aunt's 14 year old mini schnauzer

Rachel is a friend's dog (not my cousin's!!) who obviously has a thyroid problem. Have you ever seen a bigger black lab in your life?? :eek: Sweet dog though.

Finally, Queen of the Farm, Xena, my cousin's beautiful pit bull. She's six years old. I love this dog so much. She's so sweet!

Sniffing a rock :)

"Pweeeze pway wiff me!!!" Can you believe those eyes??

Tongue (I seem to have a knack for getting tongue shots!)

In the barn, still begging to be played with. She'd play 24 hours a day if she could!

Watching over the farm.

Kitties and lizards in next post...

09-07-2004, 06:26 PM

Itsy Bitsy, the three-legged wonder. Itsy Bitsy is quite accident prone. Falling out of the loft in the barn, getting into fights...who knows. She broke two of her legs on two separate occasions, and the third time she broke one so bad it had to be amputated. It's her back left leg, and she gets around great without it! However, Itsy Bitsy is purely indoors now. She's SO sweet!! She never left my side the entire time I was indoors. Loves attention.

"Pet me!!"

"Meow, pet me!!"

Scallycat, the newest addition, is a four month old male. He has tons of fun stalking bugs, frogs, and butterflies in the fields.
Here, he rests up with a quick snooze on the porch.

Darby is a long haired wonder. At least 15 pounds, my cousin's not sure if he's Norwegian Forest Cat or what, but he's huge!!

Here's Tuff, a lack and white, relaxing on the porch. I love his face colorings!

Finally, my cousin has five tiny "skink" lizards. You can't tell in the pictures but they have bright blue tails. They're one month old. My cousin hatched them from eggs she found in the barn (probably growing on horse poo or something)!

Next comes horses!!

09-07-2004, 06:32 PM
The foals from this year, all Kentucky Mountain horses of course:

On the left is Captain, the roan is Boogie, and on the right is Moon. Moon was just weaned from her mother on Friday.

A nice shot of Captain

Belize, one of the yearlings, getting a bath

Beauty, a mare

Shine is the champagne and Sissy is the grey. Sissy is Moon's mother, and whinnied for her baby on and off all weekend.

How'd ya like to have THIS view from your front porch?

More horses coming...

09-07-2004, 06:37 PM
Me on the farm stallion, Spider
I love Spider. He's so sweet and so beautiful.

Another one of me and Spider.

Tequila (the chestnut) and Spook like to hang out together.

Sissy and Shine grazing.

Here's Lucy, a mule my cousin rescued. She was abused, then put up for auction when she could no longer work. She's in great health now, and is getting used to people again. She currently lives at a friend's farm.

One more post, full of random animals...

09-07-2004, 06:42 PM
A peacock we saw wandering around in the middle of the road...

We saw this huge bull wandering around on the open road. As we drove by it, it jumped into the barbed wire next to the road, and I managed to get a picture at that exact moment. He managed to untangle himself in a few seconds, though, and was eventually caught by his owner and put back in his pasture.

And finally, a view of my cousin's back property, taken while standing on the back porch, which is basically everything you see in the picture.

I'm working on getting two videos (one of Xena and one of Itsy Bitsy) done tonight!

Hope you enjoyed ;) You can see the full album here. (http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=3953345093)

09-07-2004, 06:51 PM
Great pictures!

Oh i've just fallen in love with Xena. There's nothing better than a Pit Bull. :D I bet she's a sweetheart.

09-07-2004, 06:55 PM
Wow. So lovely. Makes me want to drive out to the countryside.

09-07-2004, 06:55 PM
Great pictures and what a wonderful farm! I bet you had a blast this weekend.

It would be awesome to have enough land for all the animals I wanted.

09-07-2004, 07:10 PM
Oh my - what a wonderful place to live. If I lived there, I would NEVER leave!

And your pictures are beautiful - thank you for sharing.

09-07-2004, 07:12 PM
Gosh, I would love to have all of those beautiful animals!!! Your cousin is a very lucky person! It has always been my dream to live on a huge farm and have TONS of mutts running around!!

09-07-2004, 07:32 PM
Great pictures Lizzie!! Your cousin has a wonderful place. That is a dream to be able to have the space to have all the animals you want.
What a great place to spend the weekend!:D :D :D

Sweet Sixy
09-07-2004, 07:34 PM
Oh....I'm jealous....the foals are beautiful...and Spider, wow he is a lovely stallion!!

09-07-2004, 07:54 PM
Beautiful pictures,
I would love to have a lot of land.
(I would need one of those sit down lawn
mowers) ;)

Edwina's Secretary
09-07-2004, 08:15 PM
Fabulous place, really fabulous! And you rode a stallion bareback. WOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!

09-07-2004, 08:59 PM
Now that's my definition of "Paradise"! What a gorgeous peaceful looking area, and all the animals look so well loved and cared for. :D I don't think I'd ever want to leave LOL!

09-07-2004, 09:01 PM
I wouldn't wanna leave either!! LOL PARADISE IS VERY NICE!! lol :D
OMG Merlin would L-O-V-E it there!! All that grass is an ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET!!!! lol He would TOATALLY FOUNDER AND WOULD LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!! lol Looks like you had Tons of fun!! :D

09-07-2004, 09:06 PM
I would love to live there, it's beautiful. I like Lucy.

The Blue tailed skinks (if they are the same as we have in Florida) are poisonous. They effect the nervous system of animals who catch them. That's what happened to my cat Roxy.

09-07-2004, 09:17 PM
KBlaix - I didn't know they were poisonous!! :eek: :eek: Good thing she keeps them in an aquarium. I'll have to ask her about that.

Oh yeah, and I said it wrong. The breed of horse she breeds is the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. If anyone is ever interested in one, PM me. ;) :) Aren't the foals beautiful? And can you believe the size of that black lab? :eek: :eek:

I tell you all what, I was in heaven all weekend. I grew up going to that place as a little kid, riding ponies while my little brother hopped on the back of their Great Dane. The house they have there was built in the 1840s. It's a log cabin. It needs a big overhaul in terms of floors and ceilings, but it's really neat. :D

09-08-2004, 12:07 AM
Thank you for sharing such lovely pictures. I would definitely never want to leave that place! Gosh, as if the kitties aren't wonderful, I am crazy about horses!!!:eek: :D

09-08-2004, 12:44 AM
Very adorable animals. I bet you had a great time in that animal heaven! I love visiting my friends who have acreage and lots of animals. I love petsitting for them even more :D

09-08-2004, 09:10 AM
:D that was great! Thanks for the tour. If I lived there, I sure wouldn't leave for the world!

09-08-2004, 09:25 AM
Originally posted by Edwina's Secretary
Fabulous place, really fabulous! And you rode a stallion bareback. WOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!

Yeah well you notice, he's got a lead rope on...my cousin is just out of the picture holding it! ;) He's really a sweet horse though, I wasn't afraid he would throw me or anything, just afraid I would fall off b/c I hadn't ridden bareback in so long! :D If I did fall though, good thing he's only like 15 hands! :)

09-08-2004, 09:29 AM
Great photos!:D
It is such a beautiful farm with so many wonderful animals.
I'm jealous, I spent Monday at my friend's farm but she only had 3 horses, 2 dogs, a few cats and a rabbit.
Just a smaller piece of heaven compared to your cousin's farm.;)

09-08-2004, 10:29 AM
Awesome, I'm originally from Morehead! All of my family is there, I just moved away from there last August.

Love the pics! Rowan County is so beautiful . . . I guess it's just a KY thing!

Those horses are beautiful!!! My uncle raises/trains TN Walking Horses in Morehead . . . They're HUGE but I love watching them!!!

Samantha Puppy
09-08-2004, 10:33 AM

Looks like a Maine Coon to me.

09-08-2004, 10:49 AM
Christa - Cool! My cousin lives way out in the county, you might know where it is. I'll PM you just for the heck of it to see if you know where she is. ;)

Samantha Puppy - I thought Maine Coon too! Check out the hair in his ears!! :)

09-08-2004, 11:01 AM
All animals are beautiful.

I esp. liked the kitties :)
She's so cute :)

I could just kiss those whiskers

Darby looks liek Pichu

What is more beautiful than a cat with black fur

09-08-2004, 11:45 AM
I am so jealous! You are very lucky to have a cousin that loves animals like that. I've never heard of a Kentucky Mountain horse before. Are they gaited horses? Love all the pics. Thanks for sharing.

09-08-2004, 12:44 PM
Yes they're gaited. They call them "soft-gaited," which I guess means they have three gaits: a trail walk, the canter and a saddle gait. They're very nice to ride. You can read more about them here (http://www.kmsha.com/). I think they look a lot like the Rocky Mountain Horse.

Here's that picture of Beauty:

Here's a Rocky Mountain Horse for comparison:

Vio&Juni - I just loved Itsy Bitsy's green eyes. She's so cute!

09-08-2004, 12:54 PM
Wow! The horse featured on the main page of the site is gorgeous! Eli's Chocolate Diva. Going to have to do a search on her. Even the name is great. If I could afford more than one horse, I would love to have one. Are they very expensive?

09-08-2004, 01:00 PM
Wow! What great pictures!! I love them all, and gosh that's such an awesome place she lives at :D

09-08-2004, 01:03 PM
I don't really think so, guess it depends on bloodlines and age and training. I think it varies. I know Spook (the grey) is for sale, asking price I BELIEVE around $2,200 and he's a fully broken gelding. But I'd think mares would be more expensive...check out this link for more. http://www.naturalgait.com/classifieds.html

Buddy Blaze Lover
09-09-2004, 09:27 AM
Wow, those pictures are GREAT! Those mountain ponies are gorgeous too! I think Kentucky is just a beautiful state! Where did you visit again, and what part of Kentucky is that? (I've never heard of it) Eastern KY I'm assuming! :D

09-09-2004, 09:44 AM
Wonderful pictures!!!!

Can I go visit now?!?:p

09-09-2004, 10:32 AM
Originally posted by Buddy Blaze Lover
Wow, those pictures are GREAT! Those mountain ponies are gorgeous too! I think Kentucky is just a beautiful state! Where did you visit again, and what part of Kentucky is that? (I've never heard of it) Eastern KY I'm assuming! :D

Morehead, Rowan Co., KY


Rowan County is here:


09-09-2004, 10:58 AM
I think your cousin's place would be the ideal Pet Talker's holiday resort- of course I loved especially the kitties but all the other animals as well. I had never seen that tiny skinks:D