Month: January 2016


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Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills

Happy and Sam Blu and B-Rad  Cino, Merlin and Fabrizzio Hesse and Baner Bruno and Remmy Walon Walon and Donovan Silver, Faune and Asterik Johnny and Lighty Hemi and Thomas Thomas and Levendi Chance and Convey Traveller and...

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In Memory of Alex

The unfortunate part of a retirement farm is the ongoing goodbyes that we have to say to our residents. We said another sad goodbye a couple of weeks ago to Alex. Alex had been retired with us for six years and the farm feels very different without him.  Alex and his young rider participating in a costume class, dressed for a Hawaiian Luau Alex teaching his rider how to ride well Alex was a lucky horse, having been with his family for 14 wonderful years. Alex had a coveted position in their family, that of the first horse. The...

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The Snow that Mostly Wasn’t

As you saw in my last post winter storm Jonas finally made it to the farm on Friday afternoon.  We were supposed to have 1.9 inches (4.8cm) of snow on the ground according to our weather forecast. That did not happen. The final tally was  about a quarter inch of snow (0.6cm) with up to a half inch of snow (1.2cm) in a few areas where the wind had made “drifts.” I’m not sure if a half inch of snow counts as a snow drift but I’m not sure what other term to use.  Since the last two winters...

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Sunday Stills

Fabrizzio and Walden Merlin and Bruno Blu and Sam Taco and Blu Sam was being extra wild; Murphy watched and played  Bruno, Lucky and Lightning Murphy and Happy Johnny and Lighty were being wild Trigger and Baby Chance, Grand and Convey Mick and B-Rad Tony Thomas, Homer, Moe and Levendi Maisie and Lily Gus and Roho were being playful ahead of the snow Timbit and Ewen played together in the snow Johnny and Walon were playing in the run-in shed; sorry the picture quality is so terrible Convey and Chance Cocomo Mick and Nemo Friday afternoon Saturday afternoon Sunday...

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Smart Saddle, Jonas

I found this post, about the new Voltaire Blue Wing saddle, very interesting.  Described as the world’s first Smart Saddle, the Blue Wing has some interesting features. The saddle has a smart tree designed to flex with the horse and provide a perfect fit. Voltaire claims, through studies at UC Davis, that the saddle fits so well it lowers the horse’s stress levels. I’m not sure I buy that claim, I would like to see the details of the study myself, but it would be great if it is true. The Blue Wing also communicates with your smart phone...

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Prepared

Tomorrow is our first chance at winter precipitation this season. It isn’t a sure thing that we will get any winter precipitation, only a possibility. However, like boy scouts who live by the motto “be prepared,” any self-respecting southerner rushed to the grocery stores en masse today. I am confident there are not any eggs, milk or bread available to purchase anywhere in middle Tennessee. Jason and I failed to do the rush to the grocery store. Thus, if our potential 2 inches of snow happens in the morning I guess we are doomed until it melts tomorrow afternoon....

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A Year in Pictures

January 2015 Leo, Levendi and Apollo Walon and Oskar Rubrico and Donovan Largo and River Sparky, Griselle and Timbit Silky and Norman Gibson and Silver Hesse, Walden and Remmy Thomas, Moe and Homer Homer, Ritchie and Baby Apollo and Hemi Flyer, Lofty and Donneur February 2015 Apollo, Hemi and Thomas Alex, Mick and B-Rad Bruno, Duesy, Hesse, Walden, Fabrizzio, Merlin, Remmy Calimba, Dolly and Cuff Links Lighty, Sebastian and Sam Homer, Trigger, Ritchie and Levendi Mick and Johnny Walon and Johnny Johnny, B-Rad, Dutch, Renny and Murphy Cuffie, Traveller, Silky and MyLight Ritchie and Hemi March 2015 Grand and...

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Meet Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a large pony mare who joined us for retirement from California over six years ago. Paradigm Farms has been lucky enough to meet two horses from Cinnamon’s family. Cinnamon was the first horse her family retired with us, and we introduced you to Cinnamon’s “brother” Silver in this blog post. Cinnamon and her mom in action There are a lot of unknowns about Cinnamon’s history prior to joining her family. Those involved with her guess her breeding to possibly be a Quarter horse/Welsh pony cross. Her exact age is also unknown, but guesstimates put her at about...

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Beating the Odds

In my last post of 2015 I mentioned that we see our vets a lot. If there is one things we can’t seem to get enough of at Paradigm Farms it is seeing a vet. It stands to reason that when you live with a bunch of horses that are either aged, injured, infirm, or all of the above, you see your vets regularly. Ironically we wrapped up 2015 seeing a vet for one of our cats, not a horse. Jason and I call our pets WebbPets(tm). If there is something that WebbPets(tm) like to do with alarming regularity...

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Sunday Stills

Tony and Trigger Griselle and Bonnie on a frosty morning Convey, Chance and Moe take; Convey was being goofy Convey, Chance and Moe take 2 Cuff Links Toledo Blu Remmy and Merlin George wasn’t into posing either, he tried to look away for take 1 and was slightly more cooperative for take...

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More Numbers, Grass and Pasture Factoids

(post by Jason) Melissa ran some very interesting numbers in her last blog post. Since I’m a science geek, a weather nerd AND a farmer I had to extrapolate on some of her numbers. I should probably say I’m sorry to all of you reading this who AREN’T all of the above because you’ll probably find this post a bit dry. However I could happily talk about this stuff for days……on and on and on…..you get the picture! At any rate, on with the show!Perhaps the only number we have never calculated was an estimate of how many pounds/kilograms...

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By the Numbers

As a new year begins and an old one ends I always find myself reflecting on the past year. If I look at 2015 in numbers here are a few of the statistics: Pounds of grain fed = 114,084 pounds/51,747 kilograms (how is that possible??) Inches of rain at the farm in 2015 = 56.1 inches/1,494 millimeters; converting that to gallons of rain on the farm that is 227,434,572 gallons of rain or 859,702,682 liters of rain Number of stray dogs we adopted = 1 Number of times above stray dog was skunked = 5 Number of days above...

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Sunday Stills

 Lighty and Blu Murphy, Sam, Happy and  Mick Walon and Johnny Chance, Convey and Homer Trigger, Baby and Thomas Rip, Elfin and Hemi Sebastian, Alex and Lighty Oskar and Rubrico having an early morning play session Bonnie Griselle Timbit...

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