Month: September 2015


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New Faces

New Faces

In the last three months we have said too many goodbyes. We take comfort in the fact that all of the residents we lost were in their 30’s with the exception of Stormy who was about to turn 26. It is nice to know that they had such long, healthy lives.  We hope we are done with goodbyes for a long while, but sadly you never know when it will happen again.  On a happier note we have welcomed some new faces to Paradigm Farms. Any horse person loves welcoming a new horse into their lives, and it is...

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Sunday Stills

Gibson followed by Lotus, Silver, Cocomo, George and Asterik Walon and Toledo Alex and B-Rad Moe and Homer Traveller and Cuffie looked pretty against the rising sun mornings on the farm are often pretty  Rocky and Johnny Mick, Sebastian and Johnny Hemi and Apollo Chance and Leo Levendi; “If I look cute will you get on with feeding?” Grand Thomas with Elfin and Trigger in the...

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In Memory of Renny

We have had far too much practice in saying our goodbyes lately. Sadly we had to do so yet again. Renny, more formerly known as Renaissance, left this world yesterday. He was 30 years old. Renny Renny and his mom first met more than 22 years ago. Renny’s mom and her trainer had traveled from Ohio to Virginia to spend a weekend looking at horses for his mom. Renny happened to be the first horse they tried that weekend. Although he was still green and his mom was still a novice rider at that point the ride went well....

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My Circus, My Monkeys

We’ve all heard the saying, “not my circus, not my monkeys.” In other words, stick to your own drama, you don’t have enough time or energy to get sucked into messes that you don’t already own.The last few weeks, especially the last 10 days, it has certainly felt like I have been living the antithesis to this saying.  There has been a lot going on in the last few weeks. We have lost residents and that is always hard. We have welcomed two new residents, and that is always fun, but also a lot of extra work on the...

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Sunday Stills

Happy, Murphy and Renny Traveller and Cuffie early  mornings on the farm are always pretty Calimba and MyLight Homer and Elfin Toledo, Kennedy and Rocky Oskar, Donovan and Johnny Gus and Kennedy Sam found Lighty to be the perfect headrest River and Clayton Trigger and...

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Reign of Terror

In my last post I told you that Ewen has been wearing the cone of shame for the past week. He was also on restricted activity which meant he found himself tied up on a rope much of the time, or being handwalked by me or Jason on a leash. When we would walk near the pastures with Ewen wearing the cone, the horses responded with looks of both curiosity and terror. They simply don’t know what to think of the moving, leaping lampshade. As of yesterday Ewen was finally allowed to run a little bit so he has...

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Cone of Shame

Our life with Ewen continues to march forward. We seem to have quickly moved past the getting to know you phase and already arrived at the “what have you done now?” phase. Our beloved dog Bear spent most of his life in the “what have you done now?” phase. It took us only two weeks to arrive at this stage with Ewen. Ewen is very young, we are guessing, along with our vet, that he is probably in the 9-12 month range. He has boundless energy, goofy expressions and a total lack of judgement that most puppies (and toddler...

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Sunday Stills

Walon, River and Rubrico Asterik and Silver Gus and Lotus Remmy, Bruno and Hesse Dolly and Cuffie Faune and Flyer Lighty and Blu Johnny and Mick Cinnamon, MyLight and Maisie hanging out, waiting for breakfast pretty...

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Too Much Poop

I will admit that it has felt a bit like the universe has been plotting against us lately. There have been too many goodbyes lately. In the last sixty days we have lost Silky, Largo, Stormy and Dutch. I know it is part and parcel of having a retirement farm. I also know it tends to go this way sometimes. We’ve experienced this before where we go for a long period without having to say goodbye, only to find ourselves saying goodbye several times. Nonetheless, it hasn’t been much fun. Of course in the middle of all this my...

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In Memory of Dutch

We had to say another goodbye a couple of days ago. Dutch’s passing was very unexpected and very sudden. That being said, Dutch, had a nice long life as he was in his early 30’s when he passed. Dutch Dutch was a bay Dutch warmblood gelding. He and his mom first met each other ten years ago. His mom had been taking dressage lessons and she was looking to purchase a horse and start a partnership. One of her husband’s coworkers was dating someone who would regularly go to the local horse auction and purchase horses to train or...

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Sunday Stills

Apollo and Thomas George, Faune and Flyer Dolly and Norman Happy, our newest resident Timbit has already introduced himself to Happy B-Rad and Alex doing some early morning grazing Clayton, Walon and River Maisie Calimba was watching Carter intently Jason with Ewen and Jo Jason and Ewen hanging out with the World’s Cutest Fainting Goats Jo, Mina and Miss Lyle Ewen is skinny but gaining weight daily and seems content Elfin, Tony and Homer Baby and Trigger Ritchie and...

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In Memory of Stormy

Today was a sad day on the farm. We very unexpectedly said goodbye to our resident Stormy. Today was truly a reminder how quickly things can change. In a matter of a few short hours Stormy went from the picture of health and happiness to gone. It was shocking, unexpected and sad. Stormy We first met Stormy five years ago. He made his way from Massachusetts to our farm in 2010. However his story began on Martha’s Vineyard, and in fact that is in part how he got his name. Stormy was by the hanoverian stallion Sandsturm out of...

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End of Summer Vacation

People mark the ending of summer in many ways. For many people summer drawing to a close means the kids go back to school or the days are starting to get shorter. Since we walk to the beat of a different drummer, for us it means the horse dentist is back in our life.  Don’t get me wrong, we like our dentist. But for whatever reason dental days feel longer and harder than farrier days or vet days. I don’t know why since vet and farrier days can be awfully long at times. We’ve seen the dentist twice in...

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