Author: Melissa

Sunday Stills

Apollo and Thomas Revy and Homer Hemi and Thomas Moe, Levendi and Apollo Baby and Trigger Baby, Convey and Chance Cisco, King and Ricardo Roho and Toledo Walon and Rocky Sebastian and Indy Blu Walon and Roho Rubrico and Magic Roho and Gus Ripley and Magic Rubrico, Sushi and Squirrel Wilson, Gus and...

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Bad Fences Make Good Neighbors

Every day is a new day when living on a farm. My plans today were to feed horses in the morning, work with the farrier for a few hours this morning, then ride my horse, do afternoon chores, and be done with outside work and and start on inside work. Instead we had thunderstorms move through our area last night, and heavy winds came at the beginning of the front. The heavy winds were short lived, less than 5 minutes, but the wind speed was definitely high for a couple of minutes.  The net result was one big downed...

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Wednesday Pictures

Mick, Lighty and Sebastian Bruno B-Rad and Sebastian Cody and Sport Missy and Jake Maggie, Dawn and Penny Baner and Art Alfie and Taylor Innes and Sabrina Havana and Renny Jake, Penny and Cinnamon Jake and Norman Dawn, Maisie and Calimba Traveller and Cuffie Charlotte Maisie, Lily, Cuffie and Diamond Maisie and Lily Merlin, Duesy and Remmy Cisco Diamond Rip and Grand Maisie and...

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Sunday Stills

Homer and Apollo Moe and Levendi Baby and Trigger Magic and Ripley Hemi Thomas and Apollo Homer and Revy Blu and Indy Gus and Roho Rubrico and Sushi Squirrel Hemi and Vinnie L-R Convey, Thomas, Chance, Apollo, Ricardo, King Wilson, Toledo and Rocky...

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The Year of the Skunk

Every year on the farm it seems to be the year of something. We had the year of the deer a few years ago. The farm was literally overrun with deer. One evening as we were driving along our driveway towards our house, Jason had to stop the car because a herd of deer were blocking the driveway. He honked the horn at them and they took their time moving out of our way. We’ve also had the year of the turkey. The farm was covered in wild turkeys. I learned that mommy turkeys with babies in tow will...

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Sunday Stills

Dolly and Calimba Jake and Charlotte Sparky and Sabrina Art, Havana and Baner Trigger and Cisco Duesy and Merlin Sport, Renny, Cody and Duesy Duesy, Cody, Sport, Bruno, Remmy, Alfie and Taylor Maisie and Dolly Dawn and Penny Convey and Chance Grand and Rip Traveller and Dawn Maggie and Cinnamon Indy and Sebastian Sam and Lighty Paramount and Digby Norman and Diamond Lily and...

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Sweating Through My . . . Phone?

Summer in the south is always hot, it’s the one season of the year where we can reliably predict what the weather will be. However, even by southern standards, the last couple of weeks were ridiculously hot. The actual temperatures didn’t look horrible on many days, but the humidity levels were so high it made the “real feel” quite awful. It is no secret that I can’t stand cold weather, live for warmth, and don’t sweat easily. The last couple of weeks I was sweating easily, much too easily. We always start crazy early in the summer and are...

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Sunday Stills

Gus and Lofty Lotus, Silver and Cocomo Moses Romeo and Gus Flyer and Gibson Sebastian and Bear Taco and Lighty Asterik and Gus George and Asterik Quigly and Happy Mick and Taco Johnny, Taco, Happy and Quigly Lily and Diamond Baby and Chance Donneur and Gibson Donneur and...

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Marathon, Round Two

We spent the last few days having our second round of body clipping. We did the first round in late May, and ended up clipping around 25 horses. Round two was a lot easier since we “only” clipped ten horses this time. My shoulders had barely recovered from round one, and they’ve let me know that ten horses was plenty for round two. As always, the horses we are having to clip have PPID/cushing’s, and they never stop growing hair. Some horses we clip once during the season, others up to four, it varies from horse to horse. It...

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Sunday Stills

Maisie Dawn, Jake and Missy Cuffie and Dolly Vinnie, Hemi and Thomas Dawn and Jake Cisco Walon and Rubrico Gus, Rocky, Sushi, Toledo and Squirrel Rubrico and Wilson King Levendi and Moe B-Rad, Blu and Ascot Traveller and Dawn Magic Maggie and Cuffie Roho and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Sebastian and Bear Romeo and Lotus Paramount and Mick Johnny, Lighty and Happy Mick and Bear Silver, Lofty, Cocomo and Donneur Silver, Cocomo and Lofty George, Asterik and Gus Chance, Convey and Baby Flyer and Gibson Moses and Donneur...

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Sunday Stills

L-R Charlotte, Penny, Dawn, Cinnamon, Calimba L-R Sport, Havana, Cody, Renny, Taylor, Alfie, Duesy, Bruno Moe and Homer Blu and B-Rad Taco and Blu Taco, Happy and Sam Sabrina and Sparky Digby Apollo and Thomas Merlin, Duesy and Art Norman and Cinnamon Lily Trigger and Baby Merlin and Remmy Havana and Baner Grand, Vinnie and Rip Revy and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Gus and Rubrico Cisco and Hemi King Baby Cuffie having a double grooming session from Dolly and Maggie Jake and Traveller Ripley and Magic Ascot and Bear Squirrel and Sushi Wilson and Walon Rocky and Toledo Roho and Toledo Missy and Jake Moe and Levendi Calimba, Penny and...

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Sunday Stills

Romeo and Lotus Gus and Donneur Lotus and Silver Flyer and Gibson Cocomo and Silver Donneur, Asterik and George Lotus and Donneur Alfie and Taylor Duesy and Remmy Cody and Havana Lighty Johnny and Happy Blu and Quigly Sebastian and Paramount Bear and Mick Convey and...

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South Africa and a Stray Kitten

In late May the Webb family departed from Tennessee and traveled to South Africa for two weeks. Going on safari somewhere on the continent of Africa has been something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. It took some convincing to get Jason on board with this trip. Although we’ve done plenty of international travel together, to say he’s not a fan of flying would be an understatement. I was asking him to get on one of the longest flights in the world, Atlanta to Johanessburg, for sixteen hours. We purchased our plane tickets in...

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Sunday Stills

Dolly Cisco and Levendi Walon and Magic Ripley Mick, Sam and Ascot Toledo and Rubrico Sushi and Squirrel Cuffie, Maggie and Charlotte Ricardo and King Jake, Missy and Maggie Hemi and Baby Traveller and...

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Thursday Pictures

Donneur and Asterik Gus, Romeo and Lotus Cocomo and Asterik Trigger Convey and Chance Lotus and Moses Cocomo and Silver Flyer and Gibson Paramount and B-Rad (and Digby) Sebastian Bear seemed impressed by Lighty’s rolling technique Lofty and Donneur Asterik and George Remmy, Alfie and Taylor Havana and Renny Ascot, Happy and Johnny Quigly and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Lily and Cuffie Jake and Maisie Moe, Homer and Revy B-Rad and Blu Hemi and Thomas Norman and Lily Roho and Gus Cinnamon and Dawn Vinnie, Grand and Rip Wilson Walon and Rocky Digby, Taco, Happy and Johnny Sam, Ascot and Lighty Ricardo and Cisco Calimba (note the mouthful of grass) and Penny Baner and Bruno Havana, Renny and Duesy Alfie and Taylor Cody, Sport, Art and Merlin Bear and Lighty Apollo and Thomas Sabrina, Sparky, Flower and...

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Sunday Stills

Charlotte and Dolly Rocky and Rubrico King and Levendi Baby Rocky and Toledo Cisco and Revy Ascot and Taco Mick and Sam Sushi and Squirrel Magic and Ripley Traveller and Maggie Missy, Maggie and...

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Meet Blu

Blu is an Oldenburg gelding who was bred and born in Germany in 1993. Blu’s sire, the Oldenburg stallion Insider, was by the foundation stallion Inschallah. Inschalla was an Anglo Arab, and Blu’s mom thinks his little ears and regal neck came from him. Blu and his mom   Blu was imported to the United States as a young dressage horse when he was five years old. He was purchased by a gentleman who showed him extensively on the Florida circuit. He was then purchased and dearly loved by the person who eventually sold him to his mom. Blu...

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Hay/Pasture Sampling, Ration Balancing – The Basics, Part Four

Jason is back with another installment in his series on the basics. If you would like a recap on his other posts in this series, follow the links below: Getting the Basics Right Won’t Fix Every Problem The Basics, Part Two The Basics, Part Three, Forage I was going to write a lengthy post about how to take a hay sample/pasture sample and where to send it. Thankfully, before I went to all that trouble I reviewed the website at www.equi-analytical.com, which is where I recommend sending hay and pasture samples for analysis. If you are sincerely interested in...

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Meet Cisco

Cisco is a Holsteiner gelding who was born in 1999 and has generations of outstanding jumpers in his pedigree. He was sired by Candido, and thus part of the famed C line of Holsteiners reknown for their impeccable jumping technique. Cisco learned how to be affectionate with his mom Cisco and his mom Not a lot is known about Cisco’s younger years. What is known is that someone spotted his incredible jumping technique and knew he would make an outstanding show hunter. He competed in the high performance hunter divisions and also in the 3’6” junior hunters. Cisco was...

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Sunday Stills

Bear, Sam and Happy Cinnamon and Jake Taylor and Art Duesy, Alfie and Sport Vinnie, Grand and Rip Igor is a very spoiled barn cat Dawn, Cinnamon, Maisie and Jake Cuffie and Lily Norman and Calimba Sam, Happy and Digby Moe and Homer Apollo and Hemi Roho and Gus B-Rad Blu and Sam Sabrina and Sparky Bruno and Cody Remmy and Duesy Merlin and Taylor Cisco Ricardo and Thomas Walon and...

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Marathon, Round 1, Complete

Today we finished our annual spring body clipping marathon. The final count was 25 body clips, almost all of them on PPID/Cushing’s horses. Sparky the donkey won both the most hair and the best behaved award. Norman finished a close second on thickness of hair, and Gus finished third in the hair department.  Technically Apollo won the most hair award. When you’re 18.1 hands tall you have a lot of everything, but going strictly by thickness of the coat the rankings are Sparky, Norman and then Gus. The common them from the horses we clipped this week was the...

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Sunday Stills

Renny, Baner, Sport and Art Flyer and Donneur Lighty, Sebastian, Johnny and Paramount Dawn and Dolly Maggie, Jake and Penny Art and Havana Flyer and Gibson Trigger and King Trying to get the big boys to come for breakfast is an aerobic exercise lately. Can I get anyone to acknowledge my screaming, maybe just a raised head to say, “we heard you?” Anybody? Bueller? I usually resort to throwing sticks to get them moving.  Igor and Charlotte Gus Silver and Cocomo Moses, Lofty and Romeo Lofty, Lotus and Romeo George and Lofty Asterik and...

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The Marathon Begins

Monday kicked off our annual spring body clipping marathon. The majority of the horses don’t need to be clipped, but almost all of the PPID/Cushing’s horses need to be clipped, plus a couple of extras that are either being very slow to shed or just not quite finishing the job. Some of the PPID/Cushing’s horses will need to be clipped continuously through early fall as they grow hair year round. Others will only need a spring clip. We clipped on Monday and Wednesday and did it in go big or go home style. We clipped thirteen horses over two...

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Sunday Stills

Maisie and Penny Lighty and Mick Cinnamon and Jake Traveller and Lily Rocky and Gus Missy, Lily and Norman Paramount and Sebastian Roho, Wilson and Sushi Levendi, Homer and Revy Cisco and Convey Thomas and Hemi Dolly, Penny and Calimba Hemi and Apollo Grand, Vinnie, Cisco and Ricardo Toledo and Rubrico Rip, Grand and Vinnie Magic and Ripley Squirrel and Sushi Blu and Ascot Bear and...

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The Basics, Part 3 – Forage

(Post by Jason) In my last post I wrote a little bit about forages with a focus on forages growing on pastures. Today my focus is forages with more of an emphasis on hay. For my first two posts on this series of the basics you can follow these links: Getting the Basics Right Won’t Fix Every Problem The Basics, Part Two I have already mentioned more than once that I think it’s imperative for most horses in most situations to have ready access to forages, preferably 24/7. Horses spend hours and hours every day grazing so ideally these...

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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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