Author: Melissa

Blinking Lights and a Code Red

I feel like Jason and I should have some kind of infamy at this point due to all of the trouble we have with Christmas decorations. I recently posted about the continuing saga of the deer family. For any who are wondering I am still strongly considering getting Cousin Eddie his RV. I just don’t know that we need any more problems from decor. This is us, and it won’t be as simple as take the RV out of the box, plug it in, and watch it light up. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we decided it was time...

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Sunday Stills

Moe Convey and Baby Toledo and Rocky Trigger Chance, Convey and Ricardo Homer and Faisal Toledo and Wilson Roho and Gus Gus Hemi and Thomas Rey, Convey and Chance King, Apollo, Revy and Cisco Cisco, Revy, Apollo and King Levendi Ripley and Walon Sushi and Rubrico...

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Wednesday Pictures

Cocomo and Donneur hanging out and making silly faces Romeo and Lotus B-Rad and Indy Lighty Sam and Quigly Taco and Bear Happy, Ascot and Paramount Silver and Gus Blu and Sebastian Moses and Gibson Paramount and Digby Mick Johnny and Happy Ralph and Fendi Moses and George Fendi, Donneur and...

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Sunday Stills

Art Gracie, Diamond and Dawn Duesy, Remmy and Alfie Missy, Dolly and Maggie Charlotte and Cuffie Penny and Dawn Duesy, Cody, Renny, Alfie and Taylor Merlin Jake and Cinnamon Dooley and Sport Duesy and Havana Baner Sport and Cody (Art and Remmy were also playing) Bruno Gracie, Maddie and Diamond a closer look at Gracie and Maddie Maisie Lily Traveller and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Trigger and King Levendi and Revy Faisal Apollo and Faisal Homer Squirrel and Gus Moe, Trigger and Thomas Hemi and Cisco Levendi and Thomas Baby, Ricardo and Convey Rey and Chance Squirrel and Sushi Roho Ripley and Wilson Walon Toledo and Roho Rubrico and...

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Sunday Stills

Ascot and Mick Lighty, Sebastian and Taco Paramount and Quigly Digby was really enjoying eating hay with Johnny Sam and Quigly Johnny and Blu Donneur Ralph and Romeo Flyer and Lotus Gus and Gibson Fendi Gus and George a closer look at George Cocomo and Fendi Bear Flyer and Silver B-Rad, Happy and...

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The Deer Family Returns

You might recall reading about the Deer Family on the blog last year. Last September, after two years of displaying all of his avoidance skills, Jason finally gave in to Carter’s wishes and purchased the light-up deer family from Costco. To say that Jason didn’t want the deer family would be an understatement, and you can read about all of Jason’s reasons to not own the deer family, as well as the end of Jason’s resistance, in this blog post. Eventually Jason had to break down and assemble the deer family. This happened with minimal fuss as these types...

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Sunday Stills

L-R Ripley, Sushi (partially hidden), Squirrel, Wilson and Rocky . . . . . .  Sushi decided not to hide anymore Levendi and King Thomas,  Hemi and Ricardo Rey, Baby and Revy King and Trigger Homer and Moe Hemi and Faisal Homer and Apollo Chance and Convey Levendi and Cisco Toledo and Rubrico Walon and Toledo Gus Wilson and...

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Wednesday Pictures

Ascot and Bear Bear, Indy and Lighty B-Rad and Taco Blu standing, Johnny, Mick, Ascot and B-Rad napping Happy and Mick Sebastian and Blu Digby and Paramount Lighty, Johnny and Mick Sam and Ascot Quigly Silver, Cocomo and Moses a closer look at Silver and Cocomo a closer look at Moses Ralph, George and Gus Fendi and Gibson Romeo and Lotus Flyer...

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Sunday Stills

Dolly, Lily and Maisie Sport and Taylor Cody, Renny, Remmy and Bruno a closer look at Cody and Renny Alfie and Taylor Dawn, Missy and Cinnamon a closer look at Cinnamon and Missy Jake and Cuffie Maggie, Penny and Gracie Duesy an Merlin on one of our frosty mornings Art Charlotte and Lily Diamond and Dawn Baner and Cody Traveller Havana and Alfie Dooley and...

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Fencing, Fire Ants and Boxer Shorts

Jason and I are once again working on one of our least favorite projects, rebuilding the mile of fence that Maury Fence Company built for us. For those who have missed my many posts complaining about this problem here is the short version. We have six miles of fencing on the farm, the majority of it being four board wood fence. Maury Fence Company built the first mile, and thankfully ONLY the first mile. Only four years after they built the fence a majority of the posts started to fail. The boards were fine, the posts were rotting, some...

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Sunday Stills

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

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Amish Visitor

When I came rushing out of the house Monday afternoon to pick Carter up from school I stopped dead in my tracks when I realized an Amish buggy was parked behind my truck.  The driver was walking toward me and a very polite Amish man introduced himself and asked if any of our horses were for sale. I attempted to explain to him that all of the horses were retired and were not for sale. I apologized profusely as I explained to him that I was running a few minutes late to pick up my son and that unfortunately...

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Sunday Stills

Moe and Levendi Homer and King Baby and Rey Faisal and Revy Hemi and Apollo Cisco hiding in the woods Trigger, Convey and Chance Grand and Ricardo Ripley and Ricardo Thomas Rubrico and Toledo Sushi and Squirrel Gus is living his best life a better look at Squirrel Roho and Rocky...

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Wednesday Pictures

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

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Sunday Stills

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

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In Memory of Calimba

Calimba was a beautifully bred Holsteiner mare who was born in central Germany in 1996. Her hometown, Sulingen, is famous for their knives. Calimba’s pedigree read like a Who’s Who of Holsteiner breeding – Coronado/Lenz/Calypso I. She had both of the foundation sires Cor de la Breyere and Ladykiller in her pedigree. Calimba was bred to jump, and she lived up to her pedigree. Calimba and her mom In Germany Calimba had a very successful young horse career and was a winner at every level. She was ridden for much of her early career by the girlfriend of the...

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Sunday Stills

Homer and Revy Thomas and Hemi Chance and Convey Cisco and Revy Walon and Rocky Rubrico and Rocky Ripley and Gus Sushi and Squirrel . . . . . . a closer look at Sushi . . .  . . . a closer look at Squirrel Rey and King Grand Baby and Ricardo Levendi and Moe Faisal and Trigger Apollo Toledo and Roho Wilson was hiding . . . . . . then he came...

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Caddyshack

A few weeks ago Jason told me that he saw a huge groundhog getting into the feed at our back barn. We knew something had been getting in the feed, and since it seemed to so nimbly remove the snap on lids to the feed cans we assumed it was a raccoon. Jason was convinced the groundhog was getting into our feed as he kept telling me how big it was. Frankly, I didn’t believe him. I believed that he saw the groundhog, I just didn’t believe it could be THAT big. About a week later a representative from...

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Sunday Stills

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

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In Memory of Lofty

Lofty was a bay dutch warmblood gelding who was bred and raised in Virginia. Lofty was destined to be an outstanding hunter as his sire was Aristos B. Aristos B sired many famous hunters including Rox Dene, a horse that many people consider to be the best show hunter of all time. Lofty and his mom  Lofty Lofty living up to his name over a jump Lofty and his mom hanging out together Lofty and his mom Lofty came into his mom’s life almost thirteen years ago.  After outgrowing her first and only pony, Lofty’s mom had been riding...

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Sunday Stills

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

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Wednesday Pictures

Silver George, Asterik and Gus Silver. Asterik, Cocomo and George Digby and Paramount Indy and Sebastian Quigly and Taco Mick Quigly and Happy Bear and Lighty Blu, B-Rad and Ascot Lotus, Romeo and Moses Quigly, Johnny, Happy and Taco Sam and Lighty Gibson Flyer and Gus Silver and...

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Sunday Stills

Revy and Apollo Charlotte and Traveller Jake Maisie and Lily Hemi Cuffie and Jake Baby, Chance, Convey and Trigger Homer, Moe and Levendi Maggie and Dolly Charlotte, Dawn, Penny, Maggie, Missy and Cinnamon Cinnamon, Diamond and Traveller Sabrina and Sparky King, Ricardo, Faisal and Cisco Rey and Cisco Ricardo and...

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Thursday Pictures

Art and Sport doing some early morning grazing Taylor and Alfie Baner and Renny Squirrel and Sushi Toledo and Rocky Roho and Gus Rubrico Bruno and Duesy Wilson and Walon Magic and Ripley Remmy and Merlin Havana and...

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In Memory of Norman

It is hard to imagine Paradigm Farms without Norman. His adorable looks and endless pony antics had ingrained themselves into the fabric of our daily lives.  We have sadly found ourselves trying to adjust to life without Norman the last couple of weeks. Norman and his mom Although Norman’s exact breeding is unknown, he was bred in the Chicago area and stayed in that area for many years. He was a champagne and white pinto with amber eyes, and his striking looks were part of a very fancy package. Norman didn’t just look cute, he was a fancy mover...

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Wednesday Pictures

Quigly and Happy Sebastian, Indy and Mick Cisco, Grand and Rip Bear and Digby Taco and Johnny Paramount, B-Rad and Ascot Paramount, Quigly and Sam Mick and Lighty Donneur and Gus Silver and Cocomo Asterik, Gus, Gibson and Moses George, Gus and Asterik Romeo and Lotus Gibson and Flyer Ascot, Blu and...

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Sunday Stills

Art and Havana Merlin, Taylor and Alfie Remmy and Duesy Renny and Baner Baner and Cody Duesy and Bruno Cinnamon and Cuffie Sabrina leading the way followed by Flower, Acer and Innes Traveller and Diamond Dawn and Penny Missy, Calimba and Dolly Jake, Dawn and Cinnamon Maisie Maggie Charlotte and Jake Lily and Traveller Merlin and Duesy Sport and Havana Charlotte and...

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Round Three

With the many other things that have been happening around the farm over the last couple of weeks, we also managed to squeeze in a third round of clipping. It is impressive how much hair some of our PPID/Cushing’s residents can grow over the course of a year. We had several clips in round three and I’m hoping we might be done for the year. I’ve got my eye on a couple that we didn’t clip in round three but might need to get clipped in the next week. Generally I don’t like to clip anyone after early September...

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Sunday Stills

Mick, Johnny, Quigly and Taco a closer look at Johnny and Quigly Quigly Mick and Johnny Bear and Happy Sam and Mick Asterik and Cocomo George Cocomo Silver and Moses Flyer and Gus Lofty, George and Gus Donneur and Cocomo Blu, Ascot and Bear Grand and Rip B-Rad and Lighty Digby and Paramount Gibson and Moses Romeo and Flyer Lotus and...

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Circle of Life

The last couple of weeks have made me wonder why I thought having a retirement farm was a good idea. We all have stretches at work or in life generally where it seems that despite doing everything right, you keep getting the wrong results. In the last ten days we have lost not one but two residents unexpectedly and the circle of life has felt a bit to real to me. In some ways it seems silly to say unexpectedly given that one of the residents we lost was 32 years old and had been with us for more...

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