Author: Melissa

Sunday Stills

Duesy Homer and Apollo Dawn, Penny and Charlotte Missy and Jake Ricardo and Convey Merlin and Fabrizzio Sam and Miel having fun Grand and Rip playing Traveller Ripley Squirrel, Sushi and Rubrico Chance Lighty Johnny Happy Digby, Paramount and Quigly Blu Gus and...

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Jason Goes Dim

I have no idea why, but Jason has gone dim again. Jason plugged in the deer family on Sunday evening and he was back to dim Jason.  His antlers, head and neck were dark while his bum and the rest of his body lit up beautifully. He has remained dim Jason since Sunday evening and our Christmas miracle has ended. I have no idea why. Jason has no idea why. We’ve got nothing, literally, when it comes to dim Jason.  His behavior makes no sense. He partially lit up for a month. He fully lit up for about ten...

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Sunday Stills

Alfie and Bruno Dolly and Maisie B-Rad and Quigly Sabrina, Sparky, Timbit and Innes Miel and Mick playing Digby Taco and Sebastian Hemi Homer and Revy Rubrico Walon and Wilson Toledo and Rocky Roho Gus and Squirrel...

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Another Sad Beginning

It looks like we have another sad beginning that needs a happy ending. We’ve had a few sad beginnings show up here. We kept Ewen who appeared three years ago in August. A little over a year ago we had a sad, skinny, elderly dog show up at the farm. We were very lucky that our wonderful friend Leslie stepped up and gave Abigail Rose a home. As of yesterday we have another dog needing a home. We’ve posted on social media and knocked on doors and have found no owners for this dog. We now have a sad,...

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Dim Jason Lights Up

I never knew that our deer family would turn into a multi-post saga but somehow it did. Just when I thought our dim, misfit reindeer family was all settled we experienced a little Christmas miracle. But before I get to all of that, if you need to catch up on the saga of our reindeer family here all of the posts: The story of how we came to own the deer family   Our first try at plugging in the deer family Our second try at bringing the deer family to life, complete with replacement Jason(s) Now that you are...

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The Misfit Deer Family

You will recall that Jason broke down and purchased the deer family from Costco in October. I outlined in this blog post how Jason skillfully avoided owning the deer family for two years before breaking down. He had valid reasons for not wanting the deer family in his life despite his child’s desperation for us to have the deer family. He knew he would get stuck building the deer family, then dealing with all of the things that went wrong with the deer family. A few weeks ago Jason broke down and built the deer family. It was the usual...

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Sunday Stills

Levendi Hemi and Cisco playing Merlin and Taylor playing Paramount Sam, Johnny and Miel . . . . . . a closer look at Miel Havana, Fabrizzio and Renny Renny and Duesy Lighty, Mick and Miel Magic and Walon Trigger, Chance, Convey, Ricardo and King Rocky and Ripley Dawn, Lily and...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We’ll be spending our Thanksgiving making sure the horses eat a delicious meal – twice! Blu and B-Rad Asterik Asterik, George, Donneur, Gus and Lofty Asterik, George, Gus and Lofty Romeo and Flyer Art, Baner and Havana Cino, Merlin and Bruno Silver, Flyer, Lotus and Romeo waiting for breakfast Traveller, Jason and Dolly were all smiles while waiting for the farrier Ripley Gus and Squirrel playing Norman and Cuffie Penny, Jake, Missy (mostly hidden behind Jake), Charlotte, Calimba and Dawn a closer look at Jake, Missy and Calimba Baby King and Moe Rip Hemi, Grand...

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Sunday Stills

Alfie and Taylor Lotus and Romeo Flyer, Gibson and Lofty Donneur and Cocomo Lofty and Romeo Johnny followed by Nemo and Happy . . .  . . . a closer look at Nemo and Happy Lighty and Johnny Cinnamon and Dolly George and Lofty Fabrizzio and Duesy Levendi and Revy playing Apollo and Hemi were being extra wild Cisco and Levendi playing Timbit, Innes, Flower, Sparky and Sabrina Digby and Ascot Taco Wilson Sushi Roho and Walon eating at the chestnuts only hay feeder . . .   . . . while Rubrico, Toledo and Sushi were at the dark...

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The Most Wonderful/Awful Time of the Year

All of the blankets came out this week. We’ve had some nights where a few horses had blankets on, but this week brought us the first farm-wide blanketing event of the season. I hate handling dirty horse blankets. The only time I don’t at all mind putting on blankets is the first round of the season. The blankets are all so clean and pleasant to handle, so this week I didn’t mind putting them on. They are all coming off again tomorrow, and I dread that. The horses have wasted no time finding any available area of mud to...

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Sunday Stills

Magic and Ripley Sam and Lighty Ascot Missy, Maggie, Jake Penny and Missy Baby and Trigger Cuffie and Norman Romeo, Lotus and Gus Gus, Ripley and Walon Donneur and Cocomo Happy and Sebastian B-Rad and Blu Grand, Rip and Moe King and Trigger Norman, Cuffie and Traveller; pony power Silver Bruno and Havana Sebastian Havana, Art, Baner and Taylor Cino and Fabrizzio Blu and...

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The Deer Family (Mostly) Comes to Life

You might recall that a few weeks ago Jason had a moment of temporary insanity because he was blissed out at Costco. Costco is Jason’s happy place, and after a few weeks of missing out on a Costco trip Jason had the holy grail of Costco trips: he got to go alone. The endorphins clearly caused Jason to temporarily lose his mind, and he sent me a text telling me the deer family was back at Costco. After two years of skillfully avoiding the deer family, he voluntarily brought home the deer family. One of his reasons for avoiding the...

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from the Webb family! As you can see, we went with a Star Wars theme this year as Carter wanted to be a storm trooper. The original plan was for Jason to be BB8 and me to be Chewbacca. Unsurprisingly, grumpy Jason had issues with this plan. He put on the BB8 costume, turned on the air pump, and then immediately announced he couldn’t wear it because it was “too claustrophobic and he felt like he was breathing plastic.” I was quite looking forward to being Chewbacca, but I made the switch with Jason, put on the...

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Sunday Stills

King, Hemi and Trigger Cisco, Chance and Convey Fabrizzio and Havana Alfie and Taylor Merlin, Duesy and Bruno Baner, Alfie and Art Nemo and Johnny Sebastian and Mick Wilson and Toledo Cocomo and Lotus Silver Gus, Cocomo and Silver Lofty Romeo Grand and Rip Magic Gus and Squirrel Miel and Lighty Rubrico and Walon Norman and Calimba Ascot, Taco and...

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Meet Homer

Homer is an Irish Sport Horse who was bred and born in Galloway, Ireland at an internationally known breeding and sales barn. He was born in 1993 and he was bred to be a jumper. Once he was started under saddle it became apparent that he was a beautiful jumper, a beautiful mover, and too slow to be competitive in the jump-offs. Homer showing with one of his trainers in a professional divison Homer and his mom showing together; I love her big smile When Homer was seven he was imported to the United States. The trainer that imported...

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Sunday Stills

Moe and Cisco Maisie and Charlotte Chance, Convey, King and Ricardo Trigger and Baby Missy, Maggie and Jake Paramount, Digby and Johnny Ascot and Blu Rocky, Toledo, Gus and Roho Maggie, Jake, Calimba, Charlotte and Missy Traveller and Penny Hemi, Thomas, Apollo, Revy, and Levendi Sabrina, Flower, Timbit and Sparky Cinnamon, Penny, Cuffie, Maisie and Calimba Dawn and Maisie Gibson...

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Thursday Pictures

Sebastian and Happy Johnny and Quigly were in sync the faces of “starving” horses, at least in their minds; Apollo, Hemi, Thomas, Rip and Revy sunrises are always pretty Silver enjoying the retired life Lily, Dolly and Cinnamon Sparky, Sabrina and Timbit Sam, Johnny and Miel Roho, Squirrel and Sushi Renny and Remmy Rubrico and Ripley Gus and Rocky Sam and Lighty Merlin and Bruno Lofty and Donneur Asterik and Gus Moe, Levendi and Baby Homer and King Cocomo and Asterik George and Asterik Lotus and...

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Monday Stills

Sabrina and Sparky grooming Dawn and Cinnamon grooming Roho, Gus and Wilson Calimba with some birds hitching a ride Walon Toledo and Magic Alfie, Taylor and Renny Baby, Homer and Revy Sam Digby Ricardo, Chance and Convey Havana and Cino Ripley and Roho Taco Digby and Quigly Mick and Blu B-Rad, Nemo and Taco Cuffie and Lily Ascot, Blu and B-Rad Lofty, Romeo and Lotus Maggie, Jake and Penny Lily and Norman anxiously waiting for breakfast Miss Lyle and Jo Rip and Grand waiting their turns with the farrier Havana, Fabrizzio, Duesy, Remmy and Cino Art and...

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The Deer Family

Two years ago, as Jason, Carter and I were wandering around Coscto, Carter asked me to go look at the Christmas decorations with him. Before anyone gets all wound up about it, I’m completely on board that Christmas decorations should not be out in September, but on the other hand I don’t really care when anyone wants to start decorating their home for Christmas. Whatever makes you happy. Anyway, two years ago in Costco Carter saw the Christmas decorations and wanted to look. As we walked the two aisles of Christmas decorations (in September . . . ) Carter...

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Monday Stills

King and Revy Rubrico and Sushi Convey and Chance Rip and Grand Silver Asterik Asterik and George Sushi and Squirrel Rocky and Toledo Sushi and Squirrel standing; Toledo, Rocky and Gus napping Johnny, Paramount and Happy Moe and Levendi Lofty and Donneur Merlin, Bruno and Fabrizzio Johnny and Lighty Hemi and Apollo Homer and Ricardo Gus and Cocomo Romeo and Lotus Mick and Miel Quigly Baby and...

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Sad Beginning, Happy Ending – One Year Later

It has been almost exactly one year since we had our sad stray dog show up on the farm. Her circumstances were certainly unhappy when we met her. She was wandering around one of the run-in sheds, and so disoriented she walked into a fence two times. I got a leadrope and led her to the barn, and when I offered her water she drank and drank and drank. Two things quickly became apparent. The first was that no one was looking for her. We posted aggressively about her on social media, lost and found groups and anywhere else...

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Sunday Stills

Sebastian and Paramount Nemo and Taco Cinnamon and Dolly Thomas, Hemi and Cisco Dolly and Norman Calimba and Maisie Merlin and Remmy Alfie, Taylor and Renny Cuffie, Missy and Calimba waiting for breakfast Cino and Remmy (Duesy in the background) Flyer and...

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In Memory of Elfin

Elfin was a bay, off the track thoroughbred whose original destiny in life was to be a race horse. Elfin’s racing career can only be described as brief since he ran a grand total of one race. I find nothing surprising about Elfin’s brief racing career. Elfin had very strong opinions about everything in life and he was not shy about sharing them.  I have no doubt that a young Elfin made it overwhelmingly clear that being a race horse was not for him.  Somehow Elfin made his way from the track to a hunter/jumper trainer that was based...

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Sunday Stills

Lotus and Cocomo coming through the fog for breakfast Fabrizzio Squirrel, Sushi, Toledo and Rubrico Nemo, Johnny, Happy Quigly and Blu having a rainy day grooming session Levendi and Apollo Gus, George and Asterik Thomas and Chance waiting for breakfast Baby and Revy Elfin, Grand and Rip Lofty and Donneur Ricardo and Convey waiting for breakfast Homer and Moe  Sam, Miel and Lighty Renny and Bruno Mick Romeo, Lotus and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Taco and B-Rad Dawn and Cinnamon King and Revy Remmy and Duesy Baner, Art and Remmy Rubrico, Gus and Roho Walon and Wilson Magic and Ripley Trigger and Elfin Digby and B-Rad grooming Charlotte and Maisie Rocky Maggie and Renatta Sparky, Sabrina, Flower and Timbit Cuffie, Renatta and...

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Sunday Stills

Calimba and Renatta Happy, Johnny and Lighty Merlin and Havana Paramount Cuffie and Traveller Bruno Taylor and Alfie George coming for breakfast Cino, Alfie, Taylor, Havana and Art grazing before breakfast Quigly and Sebastian Charlotte and Norman Cisco and Revy Flyer and Gibson Traveller, Dawn, Renatta and Cinnamon Hemi, Thomas and Apollo Lily, Dolly and...

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New Faces

We have been very busy over the past week. After having to say some sad goodbyes over the summer, we have gotten to say some hellos over the last week. Ricardo, Renny (not to be confused with our other resident Remmy, both chestnuts and in the same pasture!), Maggie and Missy. Ricardo, Maggie and Missy’s people have all been long time clients at Paradigm Farms so we were thrilled to meet new residents from them. Renny’s mom probably knows many of our clients so his connections to Paradigm Farms are strong as well. Everyone arrived at civilized hours on...

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Sunday Stills

Remmy and Duesy grooming Gibson Charlotte and Renatta grooming Baner, Art and Havana Gus and Rocky Ripley and Rubrico Roho, Wilson and Walon Quigly and Digby Nemo and Lighty Sabrina and Sparky Apollo, Trigger and...

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Compost and Deep Thoughts

(post by Jason) Last week I finished servicing the manure spreader and getting the smaller tractor ready to haul composted manure. I moved all the equipment……tractor, spreader and loader tractor……to the front pasture and worked a few hours to spread the first (and smallest) pile of composted manure on the farm. As long as the equipment holds together spreading composted manure gives you lots of time to think, and as is often the case my brain went back to my boyhood. When I was a boy up in Ontario due to some combination of mud, frozen ground, cold and...

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Sunday Stills

Sam Miel, Lighty and Happy Charlotte Magic Dolly and Lily Cinnamon and Dawn Rubrico, Squirrel and Sushi Donneur and Lofty Grand and Rip Convey and Chance Levendi and King Baby, Trigger and Thomas Toledo and Rocky Romeo, Lotus and Silver B-Rad and Blu Taco, Johnny and Happy Mick and Miel Maisie and Calimba Sabrina and Sparky Moe and...

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Life with Igor

Like all cats, Igor assumes he is in charge of everything in his kingdom. He particularly enjoys supervising us and the horses during morning chores. Igor doesn’t miss anything, and I’m certain he could tell us about every last thing that happens on the front half of the farm. Igor and Jason have a little ritual during morning feedings. Jason calls Igor very loudly, Igor goes running over to Jason, then Jason picks him up and carries him around for a few minutes to assist Igor in his supervisory duties. Keep in mind that, in his own words, Jason...

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