Month: August 2016


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A Year of Ewen

A Year of Ewen

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the skinny, scared black dog showed up in our driveway. I offered him some water in a pink pail at one of the barns, and then he followed me back to our house. We happened to be dog-sitting my mom’s dogs at the time so I fed him some of their dog food. The skinny, sad dog wouldn’t let me touch him but he followed me all around the farm that day. It was pretty obvious that he had either been on his own for quite some time...

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In Memory of Tony

Last week we said goodbye to Tony. It was a hard day for us as Tony had been a part of our lives for almost nine years. Tony was a horse that had worked very hard during his earlier years and he earned every day of his nine year retirement. Tony We don’t know a lot about Tony’s younger years. The trainer his family was working with had had Tony in her barn for several years when they met him. He had been owned by one of her clients and showed in the Amateur Owner (3’6″) hunters for a...

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Being Horses

I enjoy following Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester on Facebook. If you haven’t heard of them, Carl Hester is essentially the driving force behind the British dressage team, and in addition to be an impressive rider and international competitor himself, he is also the trainer/mentor of Charlotte Dujardin and owner of Valegro. Valegro and Charlotte have smashed every record there is to break. He has carried Charlotte to two individual Olympic gold medals, he’s contributed to Olympic team gold and team silver medals, he and Charlotte have won the World Cup, the European Championships and the World Championships. They...

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Sunday Stills (and a Video)

Moe, Hemi and Apollo splashing in puddles; we finally had real rain over the last few days Hemi splashing in the puddle with Moe, Levendi and Apollo looking on Apollo splashing Moe splashing Ewen playing in the creek Cocomo and Romeo waiting for breakfast Maisie and MyLight Faune and Lotus Johnny and Mick Silver and Gus Walon, Gus and Rubrico Ripley and Johnny Fabrizzio and Merlin Hesse and Baner Walden and...

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Checking all the Boxes

This week has largely been about checking off boxes. We’ve seen the dentist, check. We’ve seen the farrier, check. We’ve seen the vet (twice), check. The best one of all has been rain, check. Needless to say, it has been a very busy week. I’m off to bed. _________________________ sunrises are pretty Traveller and Norman Baner and Hesse B-Rad and Blu Johnny and Rocky Wilson and Walon Donneur and Faune Sabrina and Sparky Taco, Nemo and Mick Cinnamon on the run Dolly and Dawn quickly caught up with...

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Sunday Stills

It always starts out looking very innocent; Timbit is simply standing around watching Sabrina eat but then  . . .  , , , Timbit moves a little closer . . .  . . . even closer . . .  . . . inching even closer . . .  . . . and he goes for the gold (the feedbag) at which point I start screaming and he runs away Rip and Grand Apollo and  Hemi Maisie and Calimba Faune and Gus Lotus and Romeo Mick Traveller and Dolly Charlotte and Cuff Links George and Asterik Trigger and new face...

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Drought

(post written by Jason) We’ve mentioned in several previous posts that we are experiencing a severe drought in our area. There is good news, bad news and interesting news to report on our ongoing dry weather. First the good news. During the month of July rainfall only averaged about an inch below normal. During the first week of August we accumulated another 1.6 inches out of two separate rainfall events. This equals good news on several fronts. Our moisture deficit has more or less stabilized at fourteen inches below normal since the start of the year. The drought, while severe...

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Sunday Stills

Levendi leading the way followed by Hemi, Apollo and Thomas Trigger, Homer and Moe Lily Gibson and Donneur Sparky and Sabrina Oskar wasn’t thrilled to be having a bath Donovan was more accepting of the bath River and Rubrico Convey and Chance Renatta and Charlotte...

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Threes

When it comes to spending money on broken equipment Jason and I have been setting the world on fire over the last couple of weeks. One of our tractors was picked up last week to have some work done on the hydraulics. We had known for awhile that it was going to need to go in for repairs so that wasn’t really a surprise.  Today Jason went to use our little push lawn mower that we use to mow in/around the ditch at the road. The engine seized on it so we now have a new push lawn mower....

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Rain and Dentist

Today was one of those days that was almost perfect. Nothing special happened, or even anything out of the ordinary. Well, I guess it was out of the ordinary given our recent history. It rained for several hours today. Sometimes the rain was very soft and sometimes it was quite steady, but the main point is the rain happened. I’ve mentioned it enough that everyone knows we have been in a drought this spring and summer. The National Weather Service has labeled our drought as extreme. Thus, it was nice that we not only got about 3/4 of an...

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Sunday Stills

Dolly and Traveller Maisie and Lily Gibson and Donneur Cisco and Thomas Moe and Homer were hard to see in the fog this morning Tony and Levendi Trigger and Baby Hemi and Apollo Dawn and Cinnamon Havana and Bruno Rubrico, River and Wilson Elfin and...

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