Author: Melissa

Blog Issues Persist

I am still unable to upload pictures to the blog. There are currently two ways to view the pictures. You can visit the Paradigm Farms Facebook page by clicking here. You can also visit our old blog located on blogger, I am currently posting the pictures there as well. Click here to visit that...

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Wednesday Pictures

I am still unable to post any media (pictures/video) to the blog. Since I cannot add pictures to the blog I am posting the pictures twice per week to the Paradigm Farms Facebook page. The farm facebook page is public and you DO NOT need an account to view the pictures. Click here to visit the farm Facebook...

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Blog Issues Continue

I am currently unable to upload any pictures or videos to the blog. While we work to rectify this problem I am uploading the pictures to the farm’s Facebook page. The page is public and you do not need an account to see the pictures. Click here to go to the Paradigm Farms Facebook...

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Blog Issues

I am currently unable to upload pictures or videos to the blog. Please visit the farm’s Facebook page to see current pictures. The page is public so you do not need a Facebook account to view the pictures. CLICK HERE to go to the Paradigm Farms Facebook...

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Thursday Pictures

Elf, Bear and Taco Happy and B-Rad Gus and George Cocomo and Silver Quigly, Johnny, Happy and Digby Sam, Blu and Ascot B-Rad and Lighty Bittersweet and Indy playing bitey face with a photobomb from Lighty Donneur and Gibson Calypso Doni and Fendi Ascot, Elf and Bear Sebastian, Bittersweet and Bear Moses, George and Ralph Doni and Buddy Romeo, Calypso and Doni Paramount and B-Rad Silver and...

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Catch Up Post 2

This is another catch-up post due to the issues we had updating the blog. These pictures were posted to the farm’s Facebook page on August 16th, but we were unable to publish them to the blog until today. Taylor Alfie Art and Sport Art and Renny Remmy and Merlin Bruno and Merlin Maddie, Maggie,  Maggie and Charlotte Jake and Maggie grooming Bruno and Duesy Cody, Art and Baner Dooley and Havana Maisie and Lily Missy and Gracie Penny and Dawn Charlotte and Diamond Traveller and Missy Cuffie and...

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Catch Up Post 1

We had issues updating our blog for a little over a week. This is the first catch-up post. These pictures should have been posted on August 13th. Cisco and Ricardo Faisal and Rey Cisco and Faisal Ripley and Tucson Thomas and Inti Roho and Toledo Rubrico, Sushi and Squirrel Roho and Rocky Franklin Moe and Hemi King, Revy and Rey Baby, Chance and Convey Apollo and Hemi Wilson, Toledo, Furb and Roho Inti, Moe and Levendi Rey, Trigger and...

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Sunday Stills

Silver and Cocomo Lighty and B-Rad B-Rad and Paramount George, Cocomo and Ralph Bear and Indy Ascot, Bear and Digby Doni, Fendi and George Doni, Moses and Fendi Sam, Blu and Ascot Johnny, Quigly, Happy and Taco Gibson, Donneur and Doni Ralph and Gus Sebastian and Sam Bittersweet, Digby and Ascot George, Buddy and Calypso Romeo and Lotus Johnny, Happy, Elf and...

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Water Woes

Over the weekend Jason had the (dis)pleasure of dealing with a big water leak. You will recall that several years ago this happened too often. One of the many times we’ve had the lesson of, “if you want something done right do it yourself” driven home to us is with our water lines. We have more than a mile of water lines on the farm with several branches off the main line going to each barn and water trough. The first half mile of water lines we did ourselves and we paid someone to install the second half. Over...

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Sunday Stills

King and Ricardo Hemi, Levendi and Thomas Thomas and Moe Inti and Trigger Apollo and Inti Revy and Faisal Trigger, Rey and Moe Cisco and Levendi Baby, Convey and Chance Furb and Wilson Furb and Ripley Tucson and Rubrico Roho and Franklin Sushi and Squirrel Rocky and...

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Technology Meltdown

Last week found me having more than one toddler-sized temper tantrum as my computer officially decided to melt down. I have everything backed up to the cloud but there is no way I am going to attempt to manage my insane volume of pictures that I take every week on my phone. I was also completely unwilling to blog from my phone.  I guess unwilling was a steady theme with me as I found myself without a functioning computer.  I vented and had tantrums and expressed my unhappiness and inconvenience to Jason nonstop. In the midst of my gnashing...

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Wednesday Pictures

Art and Baner Bruno and Remmy Dooley and Sport Havana and Sport Renny and Baner Cody Alfie and Taylor Jake, Cuffie and Penny Duesy and Merlin Maggie and Maddie Cinnamon and Jake Diamond and Dawn Charlotte and Traveller Maggie and Missy Maisie and Gracie...

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Sunday Stills

Levendi and Thomas Revy and Moe Franklin and Rubrico Toledo and Rocky Roho and Toledo Sushi and Squirrel Levendi and Cisco something had the attention of Inti, Rey and Trigger Cisco and Ricardo Apollo Rubrico, Furb and Tucscon Ripley and Wilson Faisal and Trigger Hemi, Trigger and Faisal King and Moe Baby, Chance and...

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Webbs in the Wild, Part Two

You might recall that Jason and I decided it was long past time to spy on the wildlife on our farm. We’ve had many sightings of everything from deer to mink to a bobcat and decided it was time to try and get some pictures. If nothing else, this never ending quarantine has given us the time to do some fun things like install our game camera and obsessively look at the pictures.  Our driveway crosses over a spring that originates on our farm and we installed the game camera at this point on our driveway.  Our game camera...

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Sunday Stills

Alfie and Taylor Lily and Cuffie Remmy and Bruno Maggie and Missy Penny, Traveller and Jake Dawn Maggie, Maddie and Maggie Cinnamon Gracie and Diamond Charlotte and Maisie Renny, Merlin, Remmy, Sport, Baner, Cody and Art Havana and Dooley Duesy, Merlin and Remmy Baner and...

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The Problems with Protein

(post by Jason) Is a 16% protein feed the right thing to feed my horse? The short answer to that question is I don’t know. I’m going to spend the rest of this blog post explaining why I don’t know, and why protein is perhaps the most misunderstood and mysterious nutrient in most equine enthusiast’s toolbox. I want to start by saying protein is *important*. It’s impossible to build or repair muscle, adequately oxygenate blood or muscle, or do any number of other things if protein is deficient. The good news is that protein is very rarely deficient in...

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Sunday Stills

Johnny and Indy George and Gus Fendi and Doni Romeo and Lotus Donneur and Moses Blu and Taco Quigly and Happy Gibson and Ralph Gus, Silver and Cocomo Sam and Lighty Johnny, Happy and Taco Digby and Sebastian Elf and Taco B-Rad and Paramount Bear and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Penny and Dawn Alfie and Taylor Remmy and Duesy grooming Duesy, Bruno and Baner Remmy and Merlin were happy to graze in the rain Baner and Art Cody and Dooley Renny and Cody (and aAlfie) Cinnamon and Jake Maddie and Diamond Maggie and Charlotte Maggie and Gracie Penny and Missy Jake and Missy Penny and Diamond Lily and Maisie Havana and Sport Cuffie and...

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Sunday Stills

Moe and Revy Toledo and Roho Squirrel and Sushi Wilson and Toledo Levendi and Moe Trigger and Faisal Hemi and Apollo Faisal and King Cisco and Revy Rey and Levendi Baby and Convey Chance and Convey two different grooming sessions; Inti and Ricardo, Thomas and Hemi Thomas and Hemi Toledo, Ripley and Furb Rubrico and Franklin Rocky and Roho Sushi and...

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Understanding Hay Test Results, Dry Matter and Energy

(post by Jason) Today we’re going to explore our hay test in a bit more depth. Last week I wrote at some length about measuring fibre levels and digestibility in hay and why those things might be important in terms of balancing equine diets. I want to focus today’s blog on talking about energy level and why that’s probably the most important number on your hay test. In order to do that I’m going to start with a few equine nutrition facts. Although it’s a bit unwieldy I’m going to use mostly US Standard units of measure for today’s...

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Sunday Stills

Dawn and Diamond Maggie and Gracie Charlotte, Maggie and Missy Maddie, Missy and Maggie (and Charlotte and Jake) Penny and Diamond Sport and Bruno Art and Baner Cinnamon and Jake Diamond, Maggie and Maisie Lily and Traveller Cuffie Duesy and Merlin Remmy and Renny Havana and Dooley Cody and Baner Taylor and...

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Understanding Hay Test Results, Part One

(post by Jason) Since we got our hay tests back today I am going to begin sharing some of the information we use to evaluate the forage portion of our horse diets. That’s the first and most fundamental step in designing a grain and mineral ration that complements your forage and thus *really* balances the diet. I’m not kidding or exaggerating when I say that each line of the hay test shown below could easily turn into a blog post. Equine enthusiasts tend to focus heavily on the level of crude protein and the mineral levels in hay, particularly...

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Sunday Stills

Happy and Quigly Lighty and Sebastian Blu and B-Rad Johnny and Ascot Blu and Taco Sam and Lighty Paramount and Digby Ascot, Indy and Digby Bear and Elf Donneur and Moses Cocomo, Gus and Gibson Silver and Fendi Lotus and Romeo Ralph and George Doni and George...

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What We Want to Know About Hay

(post by Jason) A lot of people don’t realize that in addition to farming I spent fifteen years putting my education to good practical use balancing rations and troubleshooting for large feed companies in Canada and in the USA. As a consequence of my experiences helping farmers balance the diets they feed to match the nutrients livestock actually needs to perform optimally, our approach to balancing horse diets here at Paradigm Farms is significantly different that what gets done on most horse farms. On most horse farms as near as I can tell people feed hay of widely varying...

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Sunday Stills

Thomas and Apollo Hemi and Levendi Convey, Chance and Baby King and Thomas Toledo and Franklin Rubrico and Sushi Furb and Ripley Rocky and Roho Sushi and Squirrel Wilson and Ripley Ricardo and Inti Levendi and Cisco Revy and Faisal Trigger and Moe Rey and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Moses Elf, Paramount, Ascot and Indy Indy, Digby and Paramount Lighty Happy and Bear Quigly and Taco B-Rad and Sam Blu and B-Rad Bear and Johnny Sam and Sebastian Cocomo and Doni Romeo and Lotus Silver and Gus Gibson (and Donneur and Moses) George and Donneur Fendi and...

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Sunday Stills

Gracie and Dawn grooming Maggie and Maggie grooming, Cinnamon watching Traveller, Missy and Gracie Penny, Dawn and Cinnamon Charlotte and Cuffie Jake and Charlotte Diamond and Maddie Lily and Maisie (and Penny) Dooley and Sport Art and Alfie Havana and Renny Cody and Dooley Baner Bruno and Duesy Taylor and Dooley Remmy and...

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Vaccination Day

The pace of life has been pretty hectic at Paradigm Farms over the last couple of weeks. Body clipping was in full swing. We clipped 21 horses and only have Sparky the donkey left in the clipping queue. Jason fertilized all of the pastures. Yesterday was extra busy as we vaccinated all of the horses. To make vaccination day go smoothly it takes a lot of advance planning. I coordinate with the vet clinic and give them an exact count for each vaccine.  On vaccination day I print out instructions and we each have a copy. The horses are...

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Sunday Stills

Cocomo and Ralph Bear and Quigly Digby and Paramount Johnny and Blu Happy, Sebastian and Blu Bear and B-Rad Taco and Sam Ascot and Lighty Indy, Elf and Digby Moses and George Fendi Gus and Gibson were not interested in taking perfect “after” pictures to show off their body clips Bruno being clipped Silver and (a freshly clipped) Gibson Gus and George Donneur and Ralph Romeo, Lotus and Doni Romeo and Lotus Paramount wishing he was anywhere except separated from his friends and being clipped Paramount and Sebastian showing off their fresh...

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Spring Clipping Marathon

Towards the end of last week I started the annual spring body clipping marathon. From a temperature perspective we’ve had a really nice spring which meant there has been no rush to start clipping the non or poor shedders. With only one exception every horse we need to clip has Cushing’s/PPID.  As of today we’ve done thirteen body clips and have about 10 more to go. I don’t clip every day as, of course, we also have other things to do, and on my clipping days I clip 2 to 4 horses per day. When I’m done I undress...

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Webbs in the Wild

Even by farm standards in our area (as opposed to subdivision standards) I think our farm has a lot of wildlife on it. This is definitely due to the permanent water sources located on our farm. We have a spring that originates on our farm. The spring has never gone dry, not even in severe droughts. The spring feeds into a small creek on our farm, which feeds into a larger creek after it leaves our farm. Jason and I often take an evening walk on our mile long driveway and we see the usual deer, turkeys, coyotes, foxes...

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