Month: May 2015


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Finish Line

Finish Line

I think I finished my annual Body Clipping Marathon today. I have one more horse that I’m keeping my eye on, but it looks like a couple more rounds with a shedding blade may actually be enough for him. The final tally of 2015 body clips was 12 body clips over a two week period. I have crossed the finish line of the Body Clipping Marathon and I am ecstatic. I have breathed in enough hair and dirt to choke . . . a horse. I am hoping now that I am done with body clipping for the season...

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Five Years

I found myself looking through the file labeled “farm building” pictures on my computer the other day. What a difference five years makes. Five years ago this month this was our new farm. Five years ago there was absolutely nothing here, not a perimeter fence, not an old falling down barn or shed, absolutely nothing but raw land. Five years ago this month Jason and I were totally clueless as to how much work, time and money it was going to take to turn our raw land into a functioning farm. Don’t get me wrong, we knew it was...

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Sunday Stills

Donneur, Romeo and Lotus Calimba and Lily B-Rad and Alex Sebastian and Murphy Jo, Miss Lyle and Mina, the World’s Cutest Fainting Goats Homer, Moe and Levendi Johnny, Rubrico and River Rocky and Stormy Asterik and Lotus Traveller and...

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Foot Stomping

In an effort to help me forget about my cold that I can’t quite seem to shake, one of the horses kindly stomped on my left foot yesterday. I think he wanted to give me something else to focus on aside from being sick, and stomping on my foot definitely did the job. I was actually already starting to feel better thanks to my trip to the doctor but I guess he didn’t believe me. Right after my foot stomping I thought I had at least one broken toe but thankfully that is not the case. I do have...

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Girl on Fire

Today I was the girl on fire, and unfortunately not in a Katniss Everdeen “I’m going to conquer the world” kind of way. For the person that rarely gets sick I feel like I’ve spent more time being sick than not being sick the last few weeks. After enjoying a small reprieve from being sick for much of April I found myself right back on the sick list last week. Finally today I couldn’t take it anymore and I caved and went to the doctor.  I haven’t been on antibiotics for anything in like five years but I am now. Normally...

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Sunday Stills

Flyer and Cocomo waiting for breakfast Fabrizzio and O’Reilly grooming while waiting for breakfast Maisie and MyLight Cuff Links and Traveller B-Rad, Alex, Sam and Sebastian Grand, Rip and Trigger Murphy and Dutch Donneur and Gus...

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Happy Anniversary

(post by Jason) On the face of it, today’s topic may not at first appear to have very much to do with horses or horse care. But I think our clients, past and present, might disagree. Ten years ago today, on a cloudy and showery early spring afternoon Melissa and I were married. We were living on an acreage in central Vermont at the time; us, four horses, two dogs and two cats. I had moved to the U.S. the previous October on a Trade NAFTA visa to take a job with Blue Seal Feeds. Melissa had moved to Vermont...

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Ready, Set, Go

Much to Lightning’s chagrin he got to help me kick off the 2015 Annual Body Clipping Marathon today. After procrastinating as long as I reasonably could I finally had to start clipping today. Lightning was chosen to be the first victim unwilling participant. He did the usual things to express his displeasure. He twitched his skin, he picked up whatever leg I was trying to clip, he swished his tail, he shook his head, he did all of the usual things.  Every year when I clip him I hope he will skip his ritual of urinating in the barn aisle,...

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Sunday Stills

Rubrico, Oskar, Kennedy and River Walon and Stormy Cocomo and Donneur Maisie and Lily Calimba and Dolly Traveller and Cuffie Griselle found the perfect place to scratch, note the pointed nose. Faune made a pretty picture under the morning...

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First Cutting

For the last few weeks we have had what I would describe as pretty perfect spring weather. Like Goldilocks would say it hasn’t been too hot nor too cold, it has been just right. As is normal for our part of the world we have had a lot of spring rain. The rain seems to have abruptly left us for almost two weeks now. We have had ideal weather for getting the first cutting of hay in, however it makes me a bit suspicious about what might be in store for the summer.  For any number of reasons I...

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No Shooting Required

We’ve been busy with rather boring and uninteresting tasks the last couple of days. Since one of my least favorite jobs on the farm is handling dirty horse blankets, last year I outdid myself by waiting until July to get them sorted, folded, stacked and ready to go the lady who does our blanket cleaning and repairs.  I learned a lesson last year. I learned that waiting until July to deal with the dirty horse blankets only makes dealing with them even more miserable. No, it isn’t because they are dirtier or smell worse. It is because wasps think...

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Done and Done

The last couple of weeks have involved an almost non-stop stream of farriers, dentists and vets spending large chunks of time at the farm. It has felt like every day was a long marathon as we started very early (think 5am start time) and finished very late. Today was “only” a 12 hour day and it felt like we only worked a half day or something.  However the good news about working an insane number of hours is you get a lot done. Yesterday we had our last visit with the equine dentist until late summer or early fall....

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