Month: February 2016


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Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills

B-Rad, Sebastian, Murphy, Mick, Sam and Lighty were having a lazy day . . .  . . . a closer look at Sam and Lighty . . .  . . . a closer look at B-Rad, Sebastian, Murphy and Mick . . .  . . . and a closer look at Murphy and Mick Timbit and Griselle Donneur and Gibson Asterik and Lofty Rocky and Toledo Traveller Everybody wants Maisie to groom them. She was sandwiched between Calimba and Lily, both were grooming Maisie and she alternated grooming them. You can see some of Lily’s white hair in her...

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On and Off

The rain that I bemoaned in our last post came and went. The front dumped another two inches of rain on us Tuesday night while simultaneously pushing the temperature down from about 55 degrees at 5am to somewhere in the high 30s by the end of the day. Jason and I went around and sheeted/blanketed everybody to prepare for the dropping temperatures mixed with the lingering rain that stubbornly hung around all day yesterday. We took a few of the blankets/sheets off today and tomorrow morning we’ll be taking the rest of them off.   I keep telling myself...

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Come Back in August

I will admit to feeling a bit curmudgeonly as I sat down to update the blog tonight. I’m usually a glass is half-full kind of person, and aside from cold I’m not not much of a weather complainer. However, when I looked at our forecast this morning, my thought was “seriously?” Our original forecast wasn’t too bad. For a few days the forecast had been saying “periods of rain” with a high in the mid 50’s tomorrow. Not great but it could be worse. After all, periods of rain would indicate that there will also be periods without rain....

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Sunday Stills

Romeo, Lotus, Lofty and Donneur having a lazy afternoon Sam Cuffie and Dolly Norman and Cinnamon MyLight and Calimba Hesse, Remmy and Baner Apollo and  Hemi Trigger and  Homer Miss Lyle and Jo were ready to greet the day; Mina, not so much Mina saying “get out of my face, I’m not ready to get up” Faune pretty...

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In Memory of Ritchie

A few weeks ago we said a sad goodbye to our friend and resident known as Ritchie. Ritchie was a paint that failed to get any paint markings. Aside from a small star on his face and a tiny white anklet on his left hind leg he had no markings at all. Ritchie Ritchie was a very lucky horse. He spent the first 19 years of his life with the same family. All three daughters rode him, he was the family horse extraordinaire. With his first family Ritchie did everything from 4-H shows to trail riding, costume classes and...

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Then and Now

I’ve been going through some of my saved pictures as we get ready to give our website an overhaul. It is fun to see then and now pictures of our residents so I decided to share a few of them. Apollo being a dressage horse Apollo (right) grazing with his buddy Hemi; to give a perspective on their heights Apollo is 18.1 hands and Hemi is about 17.2 hands. They are both big boys. Apollo (left) grooming with Thomas Asterik and his mom Asterik (right) playing a clasic game of halter tag/removal with Cocomo Murphy and his mom showing...

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Taking a Hay Sample (Part 1)

(post by Jason) Today’s blog is something a bit different than the serving we usually dish up. I want to talk a little bit about the importance of regular forage sampling. I know some horses are getting a complete feed but most are not. Most horses in most places get the majority of their calories, protein, minerals and vitamins from a forage source most of the time. In some cases and at certain seasons this forage source may be primarily pasture grasses, long stemmed hay, hay pellets, hay cubes, or a forage substitute like beet pulp. At the end...

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No Snowman . . . . Again

Carter was pretty excited this morning when we he got up and saw the snow coming down. He was convinced that today would be the day to build his snowman. Jason and Melissa were less enthusiastic since the farrier was scheduled to be here for a couple of hours this morning.  It is very rare that Jason and I ever reschedule a service provider, be it a vet, farrier or dentist. We didn’t reschedule today either, the work must go on.  Despite the presence of on and off flurries most of the day by this afternoon you couldn’t tell...

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Sunday Stills

Griselle and Bonnie Trigger, Elfin, Homer and Moe; all hanging their heads dejectedly because they were not thrilled about getting blankets on this afternoon Rocky and Rubrico River, Kennedy, Roho and Gus a closer look at Gus a closer look at Roho Faune and Flyer Romeo and Lotus Happy and Johnny were having fun Murphy and Blu “Oh hey, nothing to see here, just hanging...

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The Circus Continues

I have discussed before that I have those moments when I realize this is my circus and these are my monkeys. The monkeys have been very active lately. Very active.  A few days ago I spent some time collecting some of the bones that Ewen had strewn about our yard. I had a nice pile after walking around collecting bones for a few minutes. In case you are wondering, I wasn’t loving the fact that I was walking around collecting bones in my front yard. I have decided that every deer or rabbit in the county that exits this...

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The Joys of Country Living

(post by Jason) Since many horse people live in urban or suburban areas one of the first things visitors say when they get out of their cars upon arrival at our farm is how peaceful and quiet it is. Some probably love the idea of emulating our life and others probably can’t wait to get back in their cars and make tracks for places less rural than this. To each their own, right ?!  I’ll step right out and say that rural suits me in nearly every way. Most of the time if I had my way I’d choose...

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