Author: Melissa

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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The Basics, Part 2

(post by Jason) Many years ago I enrolled in a course designed to improve one’s ability to speak in public. In the first couple minutes the instructor laid out his program. I’ve never forgotten his words. He said you needed to tell your audience what you were going to tell them in a preface, then you needed to tell them, and then at the end you needed to tell them what you told them. I’m going to live by those words in my basics posts too. In essence the basics comprise three major things and several minor things. The...

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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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