Author: Melissa

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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Sunday Stills

Quigly and Paramount Cocomo, Lotus and Romeo Lotus and Moses George demonstrating typical technique at the water trough;  holding a bunch of water in his mouth with his tongue sticking out. “Walk over here and I will be happy to coat you in water.”  Revy, Cisco and Levendi King and Homer Flyer and Donneur Asterik and Gus Lofty, Cocomo and Donneur Asterik and Silver Gibson and Donneur Gus and Squirrel grooming Thomas and Baby Johnny and Happy Ripley and...

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Thursday Pictures

Taylor and Cody playing Ricardo, Convey, Moe and Baby Moses and Silver Taylor and Alfie Remmy and Havana Cinnamon and Jake Blu and Ascot Mick, Blu and Sebastian Chance and Convey Penny and Dawn waiting for breakfast; the pony pack on the left of Penny, Norman, Traveller and Cuffie. The mares on the right, Lily, Calimba and Dawn.. . . . . a closer look at Lily, Calimba and Dawn Sushi and Magic Sabrina and Sparky Maggie, Dolly and Dawn Bruno and Baner Remmy and...

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Sunday Stills

Maggie and Cuffie Johnny, Ascot and B-Rad Mick and Nemo Walon rolling, Sushi and Rubrico walking, Squirrel grazing Ascot and Miel Baner, Renny and Duesy Maggie, Jake and Missy Maisie, Jake, Charlotte and Maggie heading in for breakfast Duesy, Renny, Art and Baner Sebastian and Digby Rocky, Toledo and Roho Lighty and Taco Chance Apollo and Grand Hemi Trigger and...

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Sun Worshipping, Spring Work

Two weeks ago it was beginning to feel like we were never going to be able to do any of our normal pasture prep work that we do in early spring. In mid to late February Jason overseeds some cool season grass seed in select areas of the pastures. He finally managed to get this done a week ago, a couple of weeks later than he would have preferred. What seemed to be interminable rain kept the pastures far too soggy and saturated to be able to do any kind of field work.  Just putting hay out for the...

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Sunday Stills

Merlin and Renny Havana and Fabrizzio Lily and Penny Paramount and Digby (and Taco and Sam) Maisie and Calimba Baby and Convey Ricardo Maisie and Dolly Remmy, Renny and Bruno Blu and Ascot Magic and Ripley Sabrina, Flower and Innes Missy and Cinnamon Alfie, Taylor and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Renny Sebastian, B-Rad and Mick Wilson, Toledo and Roho Sushi, Walon and Rubrico Walon and Ripley Penny, Cuffie and Maggie Jake, Cinnamon and Charlotte Sam, Miel and Paramount Ascot and Taco Baner, Renny and Duesy Bruno and Art Hemi, Thomas and Apollo Moe and...

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Sunday Stills

Maggie Dawn, Charlotte and Traveller Norman Cuffie Cisco and Levendi Cody and Havana playing Grand and Rip Johnny, Lighty and Nemo Happy and Paramount Quigly and Mick Taco and Nemo Gus, George and Asterik . . . . . . a closer look at Asterik and George Flyer and Silver Cocomo and Moses Flyer grazing, Romeo and Lotus grooming Donneur and Gibson Gus and Wilson Toledo and Squirrel Sushi and Rocky Lofty and...

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Winter Returns

Last week was glorious. We had several days in a row where it didn’t rain(!), it was sunny, and the temperatures were very pleasant in the mid 60s to low 70s (17C-22C). Then Mother Nature decided to puke on us over the weekend. After a nice day on Saturday heavy rain moved in overnight, followed by a dramatic drop in temperature. All of the blankets went on Saturday afternoon so the horse would not be wet while the temperature made its dramatic downward swing. The last three days have at least been sunny, but the highs have only been...

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Sunday Stills

Alfie and Havana Cuffie and Traveller Hemi, Thomas and Apollo Moe, Thomas and Cisco Charlotte, Jake and Dawn Duesy and Remmy Baner and Art Bruno and Merlin Penny, Norman, Traveller, Lily and Dolly Renny, Merlin, Taylor and Alfie . . .  . . . were joined by Duesy Ricardo  Moses enjoyed a roll in the hay pile the chestnuts only hay bale; Ripley, Walon, Wilson and Magic… . . . Magic wanted to make sure I got a good picture of him so he posed with Ripley George and Asterik Asterik claimed a hay pile for himself Rubrico and...

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Thursday Pictures

Squirrel and Sushi Lofty, Gus and Romeo Silver, Cocomo, Gibson and Donneur Taylor and Fabrizzio George and Donneur Nemo and Quigly Lighty and Miel Paramount, Happy and  Mick Digby and Taco Baby, Trigger and Thomas Walon and Toledo Rocky and Gus Levendi and...

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Rain and Floods

Let me say right away that our farm is not in a state of emergency and all is well. However, Tennessee has been declared in a state of emergency due to seriously heavy rainfall and flooding, with the brunt of this happening in the middle and eastern part of the state. I think everyone is aware that 2018 was, in many places in the U.S., the wettest year on record. A good portion of our excess rainfall came in the last few months of 2018. In our part of the world the fall is our driest time of the...

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Meet Taco

Taco is a Connemara/Thoroughbred cross who was born in Ireland in 1991.  Taco started his riding career in Ireland as a foxhunter. For those who aren’t familiar, the Irish are serious about their foxhunting. Their horses have to be brave, surefooted, and willing to jump big obstacles from tough terrain. Despite his relatively small stature at about 15 hands, Taco proved himself to be a very capable foxhunter. Taco’s prowess as a foxhunter was spotted by an American when he was five, and he was then imported to Virginia to continue his career as a foxhunter. Taco with his...

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Sunday Stills

Duesy and Merlin Levendi and Chance Charlotte showing off some frisku moves followed by Maggie, Missy and Traveller Squirrel and Ripley Renny and Remmy Alfie and Baner Sabrina and Sparky Hemi, Apollo and Thomas Grand and Ricardo Lily and Dolly Paramount, Ascot and Miel Sam Wilson and Rubrico Mick and Johnny Cocomo and Donneur Norman and Cuffie Traveller and Trigger Havana, Taylor and Alfie Maisie Rip and Apollo Art and...

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Thursday Pictures

Igor and Ewen having cuddle time Maggie Paramount and Happy George and Lofty Sushi, Squirrel and Walon Rocky, Toledo and Gus Gus Lighty and Digby Moe, Cisco, Thomas and Levendi Thomas and Levendi Magic trying to help Walon out of his halter Rubrico and Roho Nemo and Taco Johnny and Quigly Nemo and Ascot Hemi, Cisco and Revy Gibson and Moses Levendi and Baby Bruno and...

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The Picky Eater

When we meet new residents, it is surprising how often their owners tell us that their horse is a picky eater. The picky eaters tend to fall into two categories with the first one being the horses that will eat well for awhile until one day they don’t. So their stressed owner does what I call the “feeding gymnastics.” They change their horse’s feed, they remove or change the supplements, they treat the horse for ulcers, often all of the above. They finally hit on the right mix and the horse settles on a new, acceptable feeding regime, at...

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Thursday Pictures

Cuffie and Traveller Calimba and Lily Mick, Miel and Sam Squirrel Ripley and Magic Paramount Sparky, Sabrina and Timbit Fabrizzio and Havana Art, Renny and Baner Bruno, Merlin and Remmy Convey Chance Maggie, Charlotte and Missy Traveller Digby Donneur, Gibson, Asterik and Flyer Dawn and Penny Romeo, Lotus and Moses Blu and Quigly Baby and Revy Duesy Asterik and...

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Monday Pictures

Missy and Penny Dolly, Cinnamon and Penny Magic, Toledo and Rocky Norman and Cuffie Apollo and Levendi Happy and Johnny Taco and Blu Jake and Traveller Maisie Gus and Roho waiting for breakfast Moe, Thomas and Trigger Gus and Gibson Jake and Maggie Revy and Homer being silly Wilson and Sushi Fabrizzio and Taylor Lighty, Nemo and Miel Walon and Rubrico Hemi and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Asterik, Donneur, Moses and Gibson Bruno, Remmy and Fabrizzio George, Asterik and Cocomo Toledo and Magic Trigger, Ricardo and Cisco Sparky and Sabrina Art, Havana and Remmy . . . . . . a closer look at Art and Havana . . . . . . a closer look at Remmy King, Moe and Levendi Merlin, Aflie, Havana and Taylor Lofty and George Maggie and Charlotte Ascot, B-Rad, Blu, Sebastian and Nemo Romeo and Gus Duesy, Alfie and Renny . . . . . . a closer look at Alfie and Renny Bruno, Art and Baner Grand and Rip...

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Sunday Stills

Fabrizzio, Bruno and Remmy Wilson and Roho playing Moses and Flyer Oscar looking especially grumpy Squirrel and Sushi Gus and Rubrico Maisie and Calimba Lotus Lily and Maggie Mick and B-Rad Baby and Ricardo Penny and Dawn Miel, Sam, Quigly, Lighty and Digby Baby and Thomas Revy and Ricardo Toledo and Walon Moe and Homer Mick and Paramount Sebastian, Digby and Quigly Magic and Ripley enjoying the...

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Thursday Pictures

Johnny and Happy Gus and Roho Taco, Quigly, Nemo and Sam Gibson and Lofty King and Moe Charlotte, Traveller, Norman and Lily Hemi and Apollo grumpy faces from Rip and Grand Walon and Rocky Cuffie, Jake, Penny, Cinnamon and Maisie . . . . . . a closer look at Maisie . . . . . . a closer look at Penny and Jake (Dolly and Missy behind them) . . . . . . a closer look at Cinnamon and Cuffie . . . . . . a closer look at Dolly and Missy Revy Chance and...

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Sunday Stills

Gus Bruno, Baner and Renny Silver, Gus and Romeo George and Asterik Havana and Alfie Moses and Donneur Remmy Cocomo and Donneur Art, Baner and Renny Lighty and Happy Lofty, George and Donneur Trigger and Baby Moe and Levendi Sabrina, Flower and Sparky B-Rad, Ascot and Blu Fabrizzio, Merlin, Taylor and...

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Thursday Pictures

Cisco and Levendi being wild . . . . . . King was not impressed Chance and Convey Moses Rubrico and Roho Magic and Ripley Homer and Hemi being silly Miel and B-Rad Lotus, Romeo and Moses Flyer Lily and Missy Rip Fabrizzio and Havana Traveller and Norman Sushi and Squirrel Walon and Ripley enjoying one of our temporary water features that appeared after yet another day of rain Rocky and Toledo Paramount and Taco Magic and Wilson King and Cisco Penny and Cinnamon Mick Digby, Quigly and Nemo Cinnamon, Charlotte, Dawn, Maggie and...

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Sunday Stills

Timbit and SparkyPenny and Jake Sam and JohnnyDuesy and Alfie Dawn and PennyGibson and Asterik Remmy and RennyThomas, Apollo and Convey Remmy and BanerTaco and Sebastian Gus and Rubrico playing Johnny and LightyNorman and Cuffie Homer and GrandNemo and Taco Missy, Dolly and Maggie CalimbaRipley and...

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A Year in Pictures

January 2018 Romeo and Lotus Bruno, Havana and Fabrizzio Miss Lyle playing on the teeter totter Walon, Johnny and Wilson George, Lotus, Romeo, Donneur, Gibson, Silver and Lofty Walon and Sushi Thomas, Apollo and Moe (and Ewen) February 2018 Happy Moe, Revy and King Cisco and Hemi Calimba and Dolly Taylor and Havana Rocky and Toledo Charlotte Dawn and Cuffie March 2018 Cocomo and Asterik Cuffie and Dolly Hesse and Art Remmy, Alfie and Taylor Chance and Convey grooming Jason spreading fertilizer Carter and Timbit having their horse show debut Dawn and MyLight Rubrico, Rocky, Sushi, Gus, Wilson and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Lofty and CocomoLotus, Romeo, Donneur and Silver HemiSilver Levendi and RevyThomas and MoeB-Rad and AscotRemmyBruno Havana, Taylor, Alfie, ArtArt, Merlin, Renny GibsonSabrina keeping a watchful eye on Sparky, Timbit, Flower and Innes Trigger, Baby and LevendiNemo, Blu and B-Rad Maisie and NormanGeorge, Asterik and Gus Ascot, Quigly and...

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Sunday Stills

Sebastian and ParamountAscot and LightyMagic and GusSquirrel and RohoSilver Sushi and SquirrelSushi and SquirrelSushi and Squirrel Mick and MielWalon and WilsonRipKing, Moe and HemiTraveller Digby and NemoHavana and ArtHavana and ArtRenny and FabrizzioToledo and Wilson Cinnamon, Lily and CharlotteMoses and FlyerChance and ConveyRocky and Magic impatiently waiting for Jason to put out more hayCisco and...

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In Memory of Cino

Cino was a big, grey Selle Francais gelding who was born in France in 1991.  From his beginning in France Cino ended up leading a long life with a lot of horse show wins to his credit. Early in his career Cino boarded a plane and moved to the states, and somehow he made his way to Beacon Hill Stables. For those that are not familiar with Beacon Hill, their name is synonymous with winning at the elite levels of the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Their riders have won every major equitation final and prestigious class many times. One...

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