Month: January 2015


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A Hard Diagnosis to Take

A Hard Diagnosis to Take

I read an article by veterinarian Dr. David Ramey a few days ago that I found very interesting. His bottom line in the article was that sometimes the best thing you can do for your horse is nothing.  Obviously Dr. Ramey isn’t advocating for ignoring a horse that isn’t 100% perfect, he is simply saying that sometimes spending lots of money getting to an exact diagnosis isn’t going to change anything (and of course sometimes it will change things which is why you should always work with your veterinarian). We’ve seen this scenario ourselves a few times with our...

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Discussing the possibility of contaminated feed

(post written by Jason) Lately every time I turn on my computer it seems I come across another story and embedded discussion about contaminated equine feeds. There have been a couple incidents of monensin/lasalocid contamination in the past few months that seem to have opened up a veritable Pandora’s box of worries among horse people, barn owners and others in the equine industry. As someone who spent the better part of twenty years in the feed industry before coming home to board horses and farm full time I hope my experiences in various parts of Canada and the US...

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Sunday Stills

Hemi licking snow off the gate. It snowed a little bit during the evening on Friday night so I rushed around taking a few “snow” pictures Saturday morning. I had to really hustle since all evidence of snow was gone by 9am. Chance and Thomas Ritchie and Homer  Apollo, Elfin and Rip Grand and Moe Silky and Norman; as you can see the snow was melting rapidly at this point Cuffie and Traveller Timbit, Sparky and Griselle Duesy and Lucky Remmy and Hesse Bruno, Merlin and...

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30 Days

After enjoying what can only be described as truly perfect January weather the last few days things are about to change. After several days in a row in the mid to high 60’s (20C) we wiped the smiles off the horses’ faces today when we put sheets and blankets back on. Tomorrow evening is even bringing with it the possibility of a little bit of snow. This time the snow has at least been mentioned several times and middle Tennesseans are having a more normal response to the possibility of frozen precipitation.  As I was putting on blanket after...

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1,000

I can hardly believe I made it to 1,000 posts for any number of reasons, but when I published my last post I noticed that I had published 999 posts so far. And now with this post I have made it to 1,000.  Who would’ve thunk it?  I realize 1,000 posts is nothing for some people, but given that I make time for this around my “real” and very much  more than full time job I’m pleasantly surprised I made it to 1,000. I think the thing that surprises me the most with this blog is that a few...

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Let It Snow . . . Barely

Yesterday was yet another failure in the world of weather forecasting here in middle Tennessee. As you can imagine Jason and I obsessively check the weather forecast about 27 times per day. When you work outside it is nice to have an idea of what Mother Nature might have in store so you can attempt to dress appropriately.  Not a lot seemed to be accurate about yesterday’s forecast, especially as snow flurries started falling from the sky. It was about 6:30am and all of a sudden it was snowing. I had been working for over an hour already at...

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On Aging Horses and Choosing Euthanasia

I want you to imagine with me our “average” client. She/he lives in an urban area and they board their horses at very well managed stables. However because of land prices turnout at these stables is limited. After years of competing he/she feels her horse has earned the right to live out their days being a horse, free to move around with his friends on large, well managed pastures preferably in a temperate climate. The client contacts us, comes to visit, falls in love with the farm and our program and sends their horse to us. Years go by...

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Sunday Stills

Sam looking suspiciously innocent It is hard to groom with blankets on but Lily and Maisie gave it their best shot Mick and Africa Stormy and Toledo Taco, Murphy and Dutch Silver and Donneur Flyer and Gibson Alex and B-Rad Duesy and Bruno Largo and...

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Oscar Returns, Now With Brothers

We had not seen our stray cat Oscar for several months and were starting to assume the worst. Then, as we sat down to eat dinner a few weeks ago, Carter pointed out to us that Oscar was at the kitchen door.  After an absence of many months there was Oscar meowing at the door and waiting to be fed. He has us well trained.  I immediately leaped up from my chair and dashed to the pantry to get Oscar some food. Some things never change and Oscar would eat the canned cat food and the chicken we were...

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A Year In Pictures

January 2014   Lighty and Murphy a January 2014 sunrise handsome Donneur Faune and Flyer Sam doing his tongue/nose licking routine after eating Noble and Lucky February 2014 Lotus, Romeo, Lofty and Flyer Sparky the donkey and Timbit the mini being wild foggy February morning Walon grooming a napping Clayton Gibson and Gus Fabrizzio, Noble and Walden on our one snow day of 2014 MyLight and Silky March 2014 Largo and Oskar Elfin doing his signature dogwalk so he can roll on the other side Apollo, Trigger and Thomas Alex and Darby Johnny and Rocky Bruno World’s Cutest Fainting...

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Sunday Stills

Some of the big boys decided to go for a run. Leo giving a “whee” buck followed by Levendi and Apollo Levendi, Apollo and Moe Trigger and Thomas Ritchie Levendi and Homer  Tony, Hemi and Thomas George, Faune and Asterik Alex, B-Rad and Sebastian Flyer and Donneur were being...

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Happy New Year

It is hard to believe that another year is in the history books and a new one awaits us. Where does the time go? Most of the time was spent with the usual things such as morning and afternoon chores, farrier days, dentist days, vet visits and the never ending farm maintenance. A few of the things that happened in the last twelve months: Last winter was the Winter of the Polar Vortex and we were placed in a State of Emergency by TEMA, and then we were in a State of Emergency again and again. I should point...

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