Month: August 2015


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Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills

Rubrico and River Stormy Lighty and Nemo Remmy, Duesy and O’Reilly Hesse and Fabrizzio Johnny and Taco MyLight, Norman and Calimba Gibson and Donneur Tony...

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum

In my last post I said my goodbyes to Windy Hills Farm. It was certainly the end on era for me, my mom and my sister. However, nature does abhor a vacuum and today, a mere three days after the sale of Windy Hills, a very sad stray dog showed up at Paradigm Farms.  We already have our stray cat Oscar, he’s been around for almost three years. As you all know, Oscar is not just a stray, he is completely feral. However he comes and looks in our kitchen door when he is hungry and we oblige him...

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In Memory of Windy Hills Farm

Windy Hills Farm is no longer the home base for our family as of yesterday at 10am. I have mixed emotions about this. My mom characterized it well when she turned to me and said, “I feel like we just sold your Dad.” My immediate response was to deflect that statement and tell her all the reasons why she shouldn’t feel that way. I hate seeing her feel so guilty about making the right decision. Windy Hills Farm came into existence largely due to the wants of me and my Dad. I dreamed of having my horses at home,...

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Sunday Stills

Moe and Homer Ritchie and Trigger hanging out in the woods Calimba and MyLight Walden and Fabrizzio Remmy, Hesse and Duesy Slinky and Lightning B-Rad Toledo and Donovan Rubrico, Kennedy, Stormy, Rocky, Donovan, Toledo and River Front to back nappers Rubrico, Stormy, River, Clayton; standing up are Donovan, Toledo, Oskar, Johnny and Walon River and Clayton Stormy and Rubrico  Clayton and Johnny with matching poses Donovan, Toledo, River and Oskar Kennedy and Rocky World’s Cutest Fainting Goats; Mina, Miss Lyle and...

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A Contrary Farmer’s Guide to Manure

(Post by Jason) One of the benefits of being a farmers wife is that Melissa gets to listen to me expound on issues like nutrient management and nutrient cycling at some length, particularly when I’m feeling somewhat contrary as I was for much of today. According to many of my farmer peers and extension personnel I am so old fashioned in my thinking regarding making, storing and applying manure that I am an anachronism worthy of careful and very distant respect. In other words, don’t poke the bear because you’re probably not going to like what comes out. Literally...

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In Memory of Largo

Last week we started the week with a farm full of healthy horses and ended the week with one less resident after saying our goodbyes to Largo. It was unexpected to say the least, and a reminder that no day of life should be taken for granted or not lived to the fullest.  Largo Largo and his mom were fortunate to have almost twelve years together. In 2003 Largo’s mom made the difficult decision to sell the mare that she had at the time. She had tried for a few years to get both of them on the same...

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Triumphant Return

Yesterday was an exciting day for one group of horses. One of their family members, Lotus, left a few weeks ago to see if a return to work was going to be possible. Although it became quickly apparent that he was not going to be able to return to work Lotus is pretty happy with how things worked out. His wonderful mom sent him back to our farm so he could resume his previously scheduled life of retirement.  Lotus quite enjoys the retired life. He is very active and is always right in the middle of anything that is...

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Not Bored

I was thinking this morning there hadn’t been much interesting going on around here lately, and really there hasn’t. We have certainly been busy, but not with anything fun or interesting. Mostly it has been Jason that has been kept busy with the extra projects.  Recently when we were spreading all of our composted manure the manure spreader got a flat tire. Jason had the pleasure of dealing with that. Of course it happened when the spreader was full of manure. A couple of years ago Jason insisted on spending a few hundred dollars on some extra special jack....

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Sunday Stills

Rubrico Baby and Tony Apollo and Homer (Baby far in the background) Levendi and Moe Thomas and Hemi Leo and Chance Rip and Ritchie Johnny posing after breakfast Dutch, Murphy and Blu having room service                                                                                                                                ...

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Composting

(post by Jason) One of the main farm activities around here during late July and August is spreading the yearly accumulation of composted manure. Spreading manure in July is something that never fails to baffle my farmer friends from Canada and the northern US. In the climate I grew up in most crops are at or approaching physiological maturity by the end of the July. The growing season is somewhere between 30 and 60 days away from being over with for another year. As such, spreading manure at this time of year would be a complete waste of time and...

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More Clipping

In May I had my annual spring clipping marathon. My total count for body clipping in  May was 12 horses over a two week period. My arms were pretty tired by the end of those two weeks! All of the horses that I body clipped have PPID/Cushings, so it is no surprise that they were being slow to shed or not really shedding at all.  This week I had the opportunity to hang out with my clippers some more. I needed to re-clip Lily, Cuffie and Lightning. All three of them had grown back too much hair, and Cuffie...

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Sunday Stills

Baby George and Flyer I guess Donovan thought the tree tasted good? Toledo and Rocky took turns grooming each other Donneur and Gus Traveller and Maisie Rubrico and Oskar Trigger, Moe and Levendi Gibson and Flyer Remmy and...

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