Month: July 2015


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Meet Remmy

Meet Remmy

Remmy is a Dutch Warmblood gelding who joined us for retirement last fall. Remmy was born in Holland in 1998. Remmy is beautifully bred with wonderful jumper bloodlines including Voltaire, Furioso II and Cor De La Bryere.  Despite all the jumper blood in his pedigree Remmy always hated jumping, even walking over poles on the ground, and he found his niche as a dressage horse. Remmy Remmy has a very unique marking on his left side. I asked if it was a scar or if he was born with it, and he was born with it. braided for a...

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Cushings/PPID Primer, Part III

Welcome to Part III of the Cushings/PPID primer. In this part we’ll discuss what you can do after your horse has been diagnosed with PPID. If you have not already done so it will be helpful to read the first two posts on the topic: Cushings/PPID Primer Part I – What is PPID Cushings/PPID Primer Part II – Diagnosing PPID I want to remind everyone that we are presenting information in layman’s terms and as simply as possible for ease of understanding in all of these posts.  As we discussed in Part II, diagnosing a horse with PPID isn’t...

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Sunday Stills

Cocomo and Lofty Cocomo and Romeo under the same sky about 15 minutes later Lighty and Nemo Calimba, MyLight and Cinnamon Dolly and Maisie Lucky, Bruno and Duesy Lightning and Slinky Mick and Sebastian Trigger and Thomas Levendi and...

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Top Names

I was perusing SmartPak’s list of their top 100 names and I decided to see how many names from their top 100 were represented at Paradigm Farms. I’ve done this before but it has been a few years so I thought it was time to see how we stacked up next to the list again.  We did fairly well with 12 of SmartPak’s top 100 names represented on the farm. Here are the names that made both the SmartPak and Paradigm Farms list: Rocky Chance (on the right) Blu. I included Blu based on a technicality. Technically the SmartPak...

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The Rest of the Story

It has been exactly one year since our pet cow Buster passed. I’m not usually much of one for specifically remembering certain dates, heck sometimes I have to take a moment to remember exactly when my own birthday is. But for reasons that I can’t quite put my finger on, Buster’s passing has been much on my mind the last few days. A couple of days ago I told Jason that I had been thinking about Buster a lot and that I though it had been right at a year since his passing. He thought I was a few...

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Sunday Stills

Moe, Homer and Tony Ritchie and Trigger wandering through their pasture Flyer, Faune and Asterik saying “skip the picture and let’s get on with breakfast” Sebastian hay took up a lot of time over the weekend Jason was on the job An empty hay field because all the hay is where it should be, stacked in one of our hay barns  Fabrizzio, Walden, Remmy and Hesse Lighty, Johnny, Mick and Sam Calimba, MyLight and Cinnamon It’s not every day that we see Lily in the middle of the Pony Power Club, it was a picture worthy occasion. Cuffie, Travller,...

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More FAQs

In my last post I covered the frequently asked questions that we get in regards to starting a retirement farm.  We have another set of questions that we are asked multiple times per week as well, not in regards to starting a retirement farm, but in regards to what someone can do with a completely unrideable but otherwise healthy horse.   1.  Are you a rescue?  No, we are not a rescue.  All of the horses retired with us are here because they have a loving owner who is willing to step up and pay for them to enjoy retirement....

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FAQs

We get asked all the time to provide free consulting on how to start a retirement farm.  By all the time I mean we are contacted on average 2-3 times per week asking for advice, guidance, etc. on starting and/or running a retirement farm. While I genuinely wish we had time to assist and answer all these inquiries we simply do not have the time it takes to provide detailed answers. It is not because we don’t want to be helpful, it is because we are way too busy running our own farm and attempting to occasionally carve out...

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Sunday Stills

Dutch, Sam, Murphy and Renny Toledo and Rocky Kennedy and Rubrico Oskar, Largo and Johnny Dolly, Calimba and Cinnamon Rip and Thomas were in a hurry to get somewhere Elfin and Homer Silver and Faune Hesse and Duesy Bruno, Lucky and...

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In Memory of Silky

Yesterday we said goodbye to Silky. At 32.5 years young she had lived a long, full life. However her body was starting to fail her, and over the last few weeks it was becoming obvious that the end was very near.  Silky Silky was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1983. She is an Appaloosa and was bred for racing, sired by Deep South and out of a mare named Go Yummer. Her registration papers have her officially named with the most unfortunate moniker of Strumming Yummer. I have never been able to look at Silky and utter the words...

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Too Much Experience

We had the misfortune of dealing with a couple of water leaks right at Christmas. It was really a great way to spend the holiday week (that was said with sarcasm). We found ourselves dealing with another water line leak yesterday. Of course, per usual, Jason did 95% of the misery work associated with repairing the leak. To say he was not happy about the situation would be putting it mildly. At this point we would both agree we have too much experience in this area. Even I’m beginning to think I could repair a leaking water line and...

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Sunday Stills

River, Rubrico and Oskar Tony and Thomas Ritchie Foggy morning pictures; Renny Mick Taco Mick and Renny Taco, Renny and Mick having a 3-horse grooming session herding mares and ponies in for breakfast; Traveller, Silky, Cuffie, Lily, Calimba, Cinnamon, Norman and Dolly Norman and Silky 2.5 inches (6.3cm) in the rain gauge this morning, and Jason had dumped an additional inch (2.5cm) out yesterday. I’m happy for all the rain but it would be great if the rainfall could spread itself out over more days. It would be a lot more useful that way. this section of our creek...

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Cushings/PPID Primer, Part II

Welcome to Part II of the Cushings/PPID primer. If you have not already read the first post on this subject it would be very helpful to read it first before continuing with this post. You can find Part I of the Cushings/PPID primer here, and in that post I explained what Cushings/PPID is. I also want to emphasize again that I am grossly oversimplifying my explanations in order to make the big picture easier to understand. This series of posts will not be submitted to a veterinary journal. Now that we know what PPID is how do we recognize...

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Cushings/PPID Primer, Part I

Cushings Disease is something that we have a lot of experience with. In fact we have so much experience in identifying, treating and managing Cushings horses we have spent the last few months participating in a clinical study with one of our veterinarians and the manufacturer of the drug Prascend. Many people get confused when they hear the name Prascend, however the actual drug in Prascend is pergolide mesylate, which has been the drug of choice for treating Cushings in horses for many years. Since we test, treat and live with so many horses with Cushings (more appropriately known...

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