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Glamour Jobs

Jason and I have been doing some true glamour jobs around the farm lately. Today’s was particularly glamorous as it consisted of cleaning out a run-in shed so we could spread new gravel in it. Since it hasn’t rained in about a month, and we’re currently about 17 inches below normal rainfall for the year, it would be an understatement to say there is a lot of dust. A LOT of dust. Everywhere.  Armed with shovels and the front end loader of one of the tractors Jason and I created an epic dust cloud as we cleaned out the...

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More and More

(post by Jason) This week I once again got to feed my long term gravel addiction with nine loads for spreading around gates and in feeding areas in several pastures and six loads for part of the driveway. I don’t know exactly when gravel got expensive but I know we spent many thousands of dollars on these loads, and history suggests we’ll get to do so again in the spring.  Gravel is one of many costs that most folks don’t take into account when they’re figuring up their board prices and we think this is a mistake. In my...

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Tuesday Pictures

Levendi, Moe and Homer Hemi, Apollo and Thomas Elfin Johnny, Donovan and Oskar hanging out Rocky and Toledo Sam and Lighty Rubrico and River Revy and Chance anxiously waiting for...

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Sunday Stills

Convey Dawn showing what retirement should be like – a happy horse with a mouthful of grass Asterik, Cocomo and Gus Romeo and Lotus Cinnamon and Renatta Walden and Fabrizzio Johnny and Mick Lily and Cuffie Cino, Duesy and Merlin Donovan and...

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Oscar Returns

On occasion our feral cat Oscar likes to go awol on us. We’ve been feeding him for four years now but we’re still not allowed to touch him. Over the past year he has, at times, lived on our porch 24/7. He eats an insane amount of canned cat food while hanging out on our bistro table on our front porch, usually four cans per day, and he isn’t close to being overweight. Currently he is happy with the Meaty Bits selection of canned food, but as we all know that is subject to change.   Two weeks ago...

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Tuesday Pictures

Maise, Calimba, Dawn and Cinnamon having an after-breakfast grooming session Hesse and Baner Johnny and Sam Miel, Happy, Taco and Murphy 3 grumpy expressions as the Pony Power Club naps; Cuffie, Norman and Traveller Chance and Convey Revy showing off perfect rolling technique; roll on the first side . . .  . . . sit up and dogwalk . . .  . . . roll on the other side . . . get up . . .  . . . and shake it off Wilson and Ripley George waiting for breakfast Donneur and Gus Flyer and Cocomo having a...

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Sunday Stills

Remmy and Merlin playing Havana and Bruno grooming  Baby and Apollo  Trigger, Baby and Revy  Cuffie and Lily Johnny and Happy Murphy and B-Rad  Sebastian and Sam Walden and Fabrizzio Silver and Gus  Faune and Lofty Cocomo and George say “why eat all of that grass when you can eat the trees instead” Rocky, Donovan and Toledo  Hemi, Apollo and...

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Servicing Equipment

(post by Jason) I spent most of today oiling, greasing and servicing nearly every piece of equipment on this farm that has an engine. This doesn’t sound epic and really it wasn’t that bad. However, it is quite a bit more involved that it might at first appear, thanks to the number of pieces of equipment to be serviced and the number and quantity of oils, filters and greases it requires.  The first thing on the agenda is to find a clipboard and some lined paper. When I’m walking around checking equipment I can make notes as to what...

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Sunday Stills

Traveller Norman leading the way out to the pasture after breakfast followed by Calimba, Traveller and MyLight Traveller and Maisie Renatta and Norman Renatta Dawn and Dolly Sparky Happy B-Rad and Nemo Gus and Roho George and Lofty Cocomo and Donneur Rubrico and Donovan Silver, Flyer and Faune waiting for breakfast Homer, Cisco and Moe Grand, Elfin and Rip, also known as the three amigos Sam and Miel Sebastian Chance and Convey Rocky galloping in for dinner followed by River and...

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Grand Finale

Today was our grand finale of 2016 with the dentist. Since we like to go big or go home we had Sparky the donkey as one of our final dental patients today. Sparky is actually a champ about having his teeth floated and he’s great for the farrier. He stands like a statue to get his blanket on in the winter and he’s generally a very easy donkey to live with. We should know since he’s been in our family for 21 years and counting.  Sparky really only has two things in life he doesn’t do. He doesn’t happily...

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Tuesday Pictures

When the slave drivers that run this retirement farm insist you wear a halter and wait for the farrier in a paddock you must find ways to pass the time. Grooming was the popular choice today. B-Rad and Blu. Sam and Murphy Remmy and Duesy Miel and Sam Chance and Convey Cisco and Trigger Thomas watching Apollo roll and have a belly scratch Wilson and Ripley Charlotte and Norman MyLight and Calimba Dawn was unimpressed by Cinnamon’s belly scratching Revy and...

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Sunday Stills

Timbit hiding under Sparky Nemo, B-Rad and Blu Faune and Lotus Romeo and Flyer Lofty and Cocomo Murphy and Taco Timbit and Sabrina The chestnut club; Walden, Hesse, Remmy and Baner Gibson and Donneur my camera struggled to capture this early morning grooming session between Fabrizzio and Havana Cino and...

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Round Three

This week has brought round three of body clipping. I will admit to being past ready to be done with body clipping for the year. With any luck I might get my wish. In round one of body clipping we did 16 horses. Actually round one was 15 horses plus one donkey. Round two consisted of body clipping seven of the original group again. The third and hopefully final round brought five more body clips. Four of the participants were being clipped for the third time, and Cuffie was being clipped for the second time.  For anyone who does...

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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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Thursday Pictures

Sabrina and Bonnie Romeo and Donneur Lofty and Flyer  Apollo and Hemi  Mick and Miel Roho and Gus George and Gus Levendi and Moe Tony and Baby Johnny, Lighty and Happy  B-Rad and Nemo Wilson and Ripley bath time for Walon Rip and Grand; Grand was letting  me know exactly what he thought about having a...

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Meet Moe

Meet Moe, a Hanoverian gelding who joined us for retirement five years ago. Moe was bred and born in Argentina. They don’t know at exactly what age he was imported to the U.S., but they do know he competed in dressage for several years with his first U.S. owner and did very well. His next owner rode him in the hunters and equitation, but they had multiple horses and Moe was simply one of many horses in the barn. Moe Moe and his future mom crossed paths when she was on the search for her next mount. Moe’s mom...

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Sunday Stills

Renatta, Charlotte and Cinnamon Walden and Fabrizzio Gus and Donneur B-Rad and Blu Sebastian Bruno Merlin Homer Hemi and Thomas Traveller Romeo and Faune Flyer and Asterik Gibson and Lofty Cocomo Cino Hesse Ripley was the latest napper on a compost pile. It seems like the piles would be hot but all the horses seem to think otherwise. a new face; Dawn  our other new face,...

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More Pony Wars

The picture of Charlotte and Norman grooming below is my pick for picture of the week. It isn’t a particularly good picture as far as the quality of just about any aspect of the picture, but the content of the picture is what is so surprising to me. I was grooming some of the horses in Norman’s pasture and happened to look up and see Norman and Charlotte having a grooming session. I was at the opposite end of the pasture and had to use the full zoom on my camera, but I was not letting that moment pass...

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