Month: September 2014


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Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills

Calimba and Dolly Rip having a good roll with Grand watching Fabrizzio, Duesy, Merlin and Walden Johnny and Walon Slinky and Lucky Silver and Faune Donneur and Asterik Africa, Sam and Lighty Dutch and...

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We Break More Things

It isn’t really accurate to say we broke more things, at least not this time. It was more that we discovered more things that were broken and a minor repair turned into two day job. You know, the usual Paradigm Farms drill.  It all started so innocently. We noticed one of our gate posts seemed a bit wobbly. Jason bought a bag of concrete mix so he could shore up the gate post. He started digging around the post so he could add the concrete and realized the post had rotted. He then had to dismantle two sections of...

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Fall Arrives

Without fail the fall is always our busiest time of the year. I don’t know why but it seems like September rolls around and we move into warp speed and we stay there through mid November. It was certainly highly inconvenient for Jason and I to be sick but we have gotten through it. Thank you to everyone for asking how we were doing. We are both much better although still not 100%. I would say we are both at 95% which feels pretty darn good after every joint in your body felt like it had hot pokers searing...

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Statistically Important

Jason and I have both had bouts of being under the weather in the last few weeks. I was up first and had the oddest symptoms. My symptoms started out mimicing the general crud with a fever and some achiness. This progressed over a couple of days to some of my joints and muscles feeling like they were being constantly seared with a hot poker. My hands and wrists especially were so painful I would literally cry as I was doing chores because it hurt so much. I couldn’t pick Carter up for a week. I just couldn’t do...

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Water Wars

(post by Jason) Like most spousal rivalries the Water Wars began simply enough. When Melissa and I started Paradigm Farms nearly ten years ago we continued with Melissa’s tradition of watering horses in 100 gallon Rubbermaid troughs. At first this wasn’t a particularly challenging or onerous situation. Cleaning a couple extra troughs a few times a week took only a few additional minutes as did topping them off from a hose each day. No big deal. And Melissa liked to tick off the benefits of watering horses with hoses in a trough. She could watch them all drink individually...

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Moving Day Anniversary

September 11th is a date that always stands out to me for many reasons. On 9/11 I always remember exactly where I was and who I was talking to when I heard about the terrorist attacks.  However 9/11 also stands out to me for much happier reasons as well. We began moving the horses to our new (at the time) farm on September 11, 2010. We moved the last group of horses to the farm on September 11, 2011. We purchased the farm in January 2010 and moved the first group of horses nine months later. When we bought...

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Pictures

Romeo, Asterik and George Walden and Merlin Some of the Big Boys on the run. Hemi was in the lead sorry Hemi for cutting you off) followed by Apollo, Thomas, Trigger and Levendi Hemi, Apollo and Thomas Moe saying “wait for me!” Murphy, Renny and Sam George, Gibson and Cocomo Faune, Donneur and Lofty Norman and Lily waiting for breakfast; Lily does not like to wait.  morning sky Romeo and Lotus grooming under the pretty morning...

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Fuel Tank Fiascos

I don’t know why it is, but Jason and fuel tanks look for ways to not get along.  On Tuesday he was putting more diesel in the lawnmower, using one of our brand new diesel cans that we just bought to replace our old, worn out fuel containers. I was standing there talking to him as he was pouring the diesel in the lawnmower. We were having a friendly conversation about something unimportant when Jason suddenly started screaming expletives. Needless to say I was a bit taken aback by the abrupt change in topic and demeanor. He was screaming...

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Labor Day

I’m always surprised when people ask us what we have planned for a holiday like Labor Day, especially when the people posing the question are horse people. My standard response to the question “what are you doing for Labor Day” is always the same, “laboring.”  We run a farm that has livestock on it. They have to be fed and cared for 365 days per year regardless of who is sick, who died, what the weather is doing or what holiday it happens to be. I would hope that every single farm with animals living on it had people...

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Sunday Stills

Chance and Leo Johnny and Toledo Walon and Clayton O’Reilly, Bruno and Lucky Fabrizzio, O’Reilly and Walden our deer are really scared of us Hemi, Elfin and Clayton Baby and Levendi I could barely see Gibson and Lotus grooming in the fot Gus and Faune were also having a foggy grooming...

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