Month: April 2014


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Moving Boundaries

Moving Boundaries

Jason and I made use of some temporary fencing when we had Vaccination Day 1 and Vaccination Day 2 in the last couple of weeks.  We watched the Big Boys paced along, stared at, and generally looked disgusted with their temporary fence that took away their option to be Runners as we waited for the vet on Vaccination Day 2. None of the horses liked being trapped with their halters on in their temporary paddocks (Don’t you people realize there is a veterinary professional on the way? We need to run!) but the Big Boys were the most expressive...

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And Then There Were None

Vaccines that is. Today was the second half of Vaccination Day and we are officially done and everyone is vaccinated.  As I mentioned in my post last week about our first Vaccination Day Jason and I decided to work smarter instead of harder this year when getting everyone vaccinated.  Actually I said Jason and I were being a combination of lazy and smart but that doesn’t have such a nice ring to it.  We decided to to vaccinations over two days instead of one this year.  We did the first four groups last week and did the last three...

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Fish Out of Water

Jason and I have accumulated a reasonable bank of knowledge about caring for horses over the years. However we are re-visiting the beginner experience these days, athough with a fish and not a horse. We acquired a new family member over the weekend, a still unnamed Betta fish.  It is a freaking miracle that this poor fish is still alive. The fish was a birthday present to Carter from his Aunt and Uncle. Since Carter already lives with a menagerie they thought a fish might be a nice addition to the farm and also make a nice birthday present for...

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Sunday Stills

Asterik and Cocomo playing hard with George watching Flyer and Silver were also being rowdy Rip and Tony Johnny and Bergie Lucky’s nose was covered in white hair after grooming Lightning Homer taking a nap Clayton and Largo Walden and...

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Halfway Done

I’m not sure if Jason and I are getting smarter or lazier or both, but we made some significant changes in how we approached vaccination day this year. For starters we decided to break vaccination day up into two days. We vaccinated the horses in the first four pastures yesterday.  We will be vaccinating the horses in the last three pastures next week. This was not our only change to vaccination day. In addition to breaking up vaccination day into two days we also set up temporary fencing with step-in posts in two of the four pastures to reduce...

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Barn Drama Makes the Wall Street Journal

Everyone knows the saying that the horse world if full of crazy people and that if you don’t know a crazy horse person then it’s you. You are the crazy one.  Good thing I know lots of crazy horse people so I can rest assured that *I* am not the crazy one.   Apparently non horse people also think we are crazy, to the point it was worthy enough to write about in the Wall Street Journal. I love the subtitle to the article: “People Who Board Horses Know That Misbehavior by Human Owners is Common Hazard.” I’ll preempt everyone who...

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Sunday Stills

Something had this group’s attention but I never could figure out what it was, probably dead people. Lofty, Gibson, Faune, Flyer, Lotus and Romeo all staring hard. Then they had to do some milling around and re-positioning; Faune, Flyer, Silver (and Cocomo hiding behind Silver)  Romeo, Lotus and Donneur doing some more staring Then Silver, Faune and George had to do some re-arranging. Like I said I never could find a cause for all of this staring, re-arranging, and more staring.   O’Reilly and Bruno Wiz and Sam B-Rad starting to look like spring Dolly and Cinnamon; this picture...

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Odd Jobs

Some of the things we spend time on our pretty obvious like anything to do with hands on horse care. It is also no surprise that we spend a lot of time on farm maintenance as well. Pastures need to be mowed, re-seeded and fertilized, fences need repairs, etc. Other things might not be quite as obvious.  I spent a couple of hours last week breaking down cardboard boxes and hauling them off. We get a TON of boxes. Between monthly SmartPaks, routine supplies that we order, replacement items sent to us by our clients (such as blankets) and...

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Halter Effects

Whenever we have a scheduled event such as a farrier day, dental day, etc. we always put halters on the horses that will be participating in that day’s activities at morning feeding. I don’t know what it is about halters going on but it seems to make the horses on this farm very tired. There is something about the halters going on that equals horses laying down and napping. The thought pattern is apparently something like “Oh no, they put the halter on me. This means that I might not be doing exactly what I want to do every...

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Sunday Stills

Walden and Lightning Faune and Lofty Baby and Ritchie you can always tell where a grey horse has rolled these days Maisie and Lily grooming; Maisie was getting a ton of hair off Lily. It will be time to break out the body clippers for both of them (plus several others) in a couple of weeks.  All the Cushings horses have a date with the clippers every spring. Chance napping in the sun Wiz was worried that we might not know it had rained overnight Asterik and George were being goofy and also were doing their part to make...

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Progress

As I mentioned in my last post I have achieved an expert status in a few undesirable areas. (I should remind everyone that I have also achieved expert status in highly desirable areas as well such as telling Jason how to run his life.) Lately I have fallen off the wagon of my annual spring mane taming. I worked away steadily for a few weeks and then I just . . . quit. I tamed manes like crazy and got to the point of only having one pasture left. I was good to go on the first six pastures...

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Expert Status

There are certain things that I have achieved expert status in. Some of these things are productive and helpful such as telling Jason how to run his life (he doesn’t even have to ask, I just offer!) or loading the dishwasher like I am the heavyweight champion of the world at Tetris. These are truly useful skills to have achieved expert status in, at least I think so. Jason might not agree with the first one.  The problem is I have achieved expert status in finding reasons not to do some things as well. I have been working my...

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