Month: March 2015


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Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills

I never get tired of views like this Alex, Nemo, Taco and Sebastian Elfin and Chance Mick River, Largo and Rocky Trigger and Apollo Baby, Rip and Hemi mares and ponies coming for breakfast; Maisie, Lily, Silky, Cuffie and Norman Dolly and Norman coming on the run this bird has started showing up at feeding time in a couple of the pastures; here he is keeping Lofty company waiting for a crumb he’s learned that I shake the crumbs out of the feedbags and he is ready and waiting to eat...

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Christmas Fail Revisited

Some of you might recall our Christmas fail back in December.  We decided we were going to do our best Clark Griswold impersonation and deck our house out in Christmas lights. You might recall that this did not go as planned. This was what we accomplished: 1. One skipping, cursing child.  Who can forget Carter skipping up and down the porch yelling “goddamn, cheapass lights!” I can assure you we cannot forget . . .2. Jason hanging precariously from a ladder that was an unwilling participant3. One dark spot in the middle of our one small strip of icicle...

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Doing All The Things

I always know that spring has really arrived when Jason and I go from “normal” busy to warp-speed busy.  We’ve been warp-speed busy the last few days. Today we had our first visit from the dentist in 2015. The horses were cooperative for the most part and several of the horses had their teeth floated. In order to be ready for the dentist at 8am I had to start working at 5:30am. Nine hours later, at 2:30 in the afternoon, I sat down for the first time today and ate my first meal of the day. That type of...

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Sunday Stills

Early morning hay eating; Calimba, MyLight, and Cinnamon in the front with Cuffie, Traveller and Lily in the back Merlin rolling; Fabrizzio and Duesy eating hay George, Asterik, Silver, Cocomo and Gibson Gus and Gibson Chance and Leo Trigger, Hemi, Levendi and Thomas Renny, Dutch, Murphy and B-Rad O’Reilly and...

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Herd Dynamics During Introductions

We get lots of questions about herd dynamics, especially when we have a new horse.  Transitioning new horses into a group is always an event that owners worry about. We stress over it as well although for different reasons. The owners worry about the social aspects (will he/she have friends?  Are the other horses being nice to him?) while we worry about someone getting hurt. Through the years and with a lot of horses, we’ve never actually had an injury happen during group introductions. However, you never know when the streak will end. We are talking about horses after...

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How Things Change

It is hard to believe that ten days ago we were waiting for the snow to melt from our third snow/ice event in a two week period. We went from not really having winter, to three weeks of winter, to spring.  Last week it rained every. single. day. for I think seven days in a row.  Sometimes it rained most of the day, some days we only had a couple of random showers, but it rained Every Day. However it was warm and the grass, trees and flowers responded to the warm rain with a smile. It finally stopped...

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Sunday Stills

pretty sunrise Timbit is at it again, letting himself into the pasture with the new horse. Timbit, Nemo (new resident) and Sebastian all following Timbit’s lead and running around the paddock. Of course Timbit left after he had Nemo and Sebastian all worked up. Lighty pulling on Africa’s tail and saying “play with me!” Merlin Bruno Trigger, Baby and Ritchie the pet cows; Apple in the front A better view of Apple’s face; she has the perfect mac symbol on her forehead and we call her our iCow. Gibson and Gus A group run; Romeo, Lotus, George, Cocomo, Donneur...

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Feeding Old Hay and Other Hay Questions

(post written by Jason) A couple of our blog comments on my last post asked questions about the management of feeding hay, with particular interest in feeding stockpiled hay. I will attempt to answer some of these questions in this post.  The first question is what type of hay do you feed ?We live at the bottom end of the transition zone….the area where northern C3 grasses give way to southern/tropical C4 grasses. Most hay in this part of the world that’s cut before the end of May will feature a mixture of C4 cool season grasses. In a...

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Hay Planning

(post written by Jason) This is the time of year when farmers really start to look closely at their hay supply relative to when they think that livestock….horses or cows…..will get most of their forage consumption from pasture. The older generation did this by eyeballing the situation; my grandad was genuinely good at guessing a couple months ahead of time when he could stop feeding hay and let the pastures take over. I still eyeball the situation too, particularly in terms of how much green grass is available relative to how much hay I have left in the barn....

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Sunday Stills

Dolly napping; MyLight, Cuffie, Traveller, Lily and Calimba in the background a closer look at Cuffie and Traveller Silky and Cinnamon Chance Lotus and Silver Ritchie, Homer, Trigger and Apollo Flyer, Gibson, Faune and Asterik Johnny, Africa, Alex and B-Rad Walon and...

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March Madness

As much as I would like to get off this crazy train that has become the weather the last couple of weeks I am, unfortunately, still aboard. The last 36 hours were bizarre. We basically had four seasons packed into the span of one day yesterday.  This picture floating around facebook pretty much nails our weather over the last 36 hours. I think we had all of this in our forecast from Wednesday morning through Thursday. Yesterday morning it started off quite pleasant. We reached our high temperature for the day at about 10am, I believe it was 68F/20C....

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Three Legs

I feel like I am seeing too many animals walking around holding up a leg lately. Most of you will recall we had some adventures with Oscar about three weeks ago. Oscar is our stray cat that we have been feeding for two years. Oscar is feral, wishes to remain feral, and has no interest in cultivating a relationship with us. He only wants us to feed him . . . canned food and table scraps only please.  When we noticed that Oscar was only using three legs we got lucky and managed to trap him. He went to...

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Sunday Stills

Donovan, Oskar, Kennedy and Toledo were all enjoying some downtime Grand, Leo and Elfin enjoying the sunshine Lucky and Fabrizzio waiting for breakfast under a pretty morning sky; Gus, Lofty, Cocomo, Lotus, Romeo and Donneur Sparky, Timbit and Griselle Calimba and Traveller Trigger, Ritchie, Levendi, Homer, Leo and Chance coming in for breakfast Lighty and Mick were playing again Sebastian and...

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