Month: April 2019

Sunday Stills

Grand and Vinnie Bruno and Havana Remmy and Alfie Maggie and Cuffie Renny, Baner and Bruno Donneur and Lofty Cinnamon and Charlotte Merlin, Cody and Bruno Blu and Taco Roho and Walon B-Rad and Sebastian Happy and Digby Levendi and Homer King and...

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All Halters Survived

Today was one of the least popular days of the year on the farm, for both horses and humans alike. It was the dreaded vaccination day. The horses are so used to doing whatever they want, whenever they want, they are offended when we show up wanting to groom them, have the farrier see them, or worst of all, see the dentist or the vet. They are happy to see us at feeding time. The rest of the time they’re busy and we can away now. The last couple of years we had gotten slightly smarter and starting breaking...

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The Basics, Part 2

(post by Jason) Many years ago I enrolled in a course designed to improve one’s ability to speak in public. In the first couple minutes the instructor laid out his program. I’ve never forgotten his words. He said you needed to tell your audience what you were going to tell them in a preface, then you needed to tell them, and then at the end you needed to tell them what you told them. I’m going to live by those words in my basics posts too. In essence the basics comprise three major things and several minor things. The...

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Getting the Basics Right Won’t Fix Every Problem

(post by Jason). Melissa asked me to start making some contributions to the blog recently and we talked about some possible topics. I said I wanted to write about how important it is to get the basics correct. Melissa immediately told me that if I wrote about the basics and nothing else, I would immediately get flooded with comments about the exceptions to the rule. After she made that comment I thought about it for a minute, and I can see the accusatory emails now. “My horse has three diagnosed metabolic conditions, he’s 38 years old, he has severe...

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Acer Equus, Maple Horse

(post by Jason) As most of you know I grew up in rural Central Ontario. When the days start to (finally) get above freezing and late winter begins to think about turning into early spring a significant fraction of the rural populace in that place starts tapping maple trees  and boiling off sap to make maple syrup. The Latin name for sugar maples is Acer Saccharum, and this will be important to remember shortly. What does this have to do with horses? Stay with me for a few paragraphs.   A lot of people up home tap maple trees...

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Sunday Stills

Maggie and Cuffie Moses, Flyer and Donneur Gibson, Flyer and Donneur King and Homer Baner and Havana Gus and George Revy and Ricardo Sebastian and Johnny Lotus and Romeo Silver and Lofty Innes, Sabrina and Flower Asterik and Cocomo Duesy and Sport Rubrico Sushi and Wilson Ripley and Magic Vinnie, Rip and Grand Maggie whispering to Dolly, “did you hear . . . “ Jake, Maggie and Dolly Dawn and Maisie Taylor and Alfie Blu and Happy (and Mick) Bear always comes on the run at meal time...

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Wednesday Pictures

Walon and Roho B-Rad, Digby and Quigly Missy and Charlotte Renny and Cody Havana and Merlin Ascot, Digby and Paramount King and Thomas Hemi new resident Vinnie, Moe and Trigger Lighty and Sam Grand and Rip Apollo and Hemi Toledo and Walon Rocky Art, Bruno and Remmy Taco and Johnny Maisie and...

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