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Musings of our Beloved Horses and other Equine Pursuits

We’re Still At It…….Addy & Me

We’re Still At It…….Addy & Me

Remember the ninety (90) pills I’m giving to Addy every day?… We’re still at it… She’s even less happy with me now… She’s developed her own little (?) avoidance habits… …..like putting her head up even higher……. …..I just go up extra steps on the stepladder to reach her……. …..or slowly (because she is an inherently kind horse) pushing her cheek up against me until I have to step back down the ladder (or else get swept off of it…

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~~~Horse Thieves~~~

~~~Horse Thieves~~~

Just like I need more to worry about. Apparently there are horse thieves in our area. Social media and the regular daily news has been helping with information. As gruesome as it sounds, there was at least one horse (a little south of us) who disappeared and was later found in a field as a butchered carcass. What is wrong with people? The advice that’s being circulated is not to leave leads near the stalls or halters on your horses….

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~~~Anja Is The Best~~~

~~~Anja Is The Best~~~

My younger daughter and her new horse Anja continue to bond. It’s great to see their relationship forming. I feel like Anja will learn to look out for my kid. She’s a gentle soul. Anja is still at Suzanne-Annette’s…….she still has one more botulism vaccination before she can come to our farm… …..but she’ll be coming home this month. Tra!  La! It’s winter here in sub-tropical Florida… Suzanne-Annette is a native Floridian… The temperature has dipped occasionally into the 40’s…

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~Twenty Minutes To Go~

~Twenty Minutes To Go~

I made myself a promise that I would post every two days… …..and that I would aim at 300 words per post… I’ve been squeaking in right before midnight all through the Holidays… I’m not about to miss today’s cut-off… Is this post a literary masterpiece? Nope. Are any of them? HA! But the critters are fed… The sink’s fairly devoid of dirty dishes… Everyone who would stand still long enough has been medicated… …..and Molly’s in season… …..and Ben…

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Mister Lawn Jockey

Mister Lawn Jockey

I can write about “him” now… He’s not a secret any more… I was requested by Ester’s husband to paint a concrete lawn jockey for Ester as a holiday gift… …..and subsequently an old lawn jockey was delivered onto my driveway… …..the chickens and I and Patrice were enlisted to paint Mr. Lawn Jockey (a.k.a./M.L.J.)… …..he needed a good wash…..and a scrub…..and then multiple coats of sealant… …..and after a guarded phone call to Ester…..I found out what colors she…

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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

It gets dark at this time of year so quickly… It’s hard to get the outside chores done in the daylight. We’re still medicating Addy twice a day with 45 capsules dissolved in water each time… It’s hard enough trying to accomplish that in the full light of day, much less while she’s jiving and diving in the dark……. …..I don’t blame her…….it really tastes BAD! I’ve gotten that stuff in my hair…in my eyes…lots of it in my mouth…

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The Holiday Sprint

The Holiday Sprint

Maybe the Holidays should be more accurately identified as a Sprint combined with a Marathon… Today for example: Wake up. Brush multiple cats off face. Feed cats; feed hounds; feed puppies; clean puppy kennels. Go outside (take multiple deep breaths to clear my head of the morning house-fumes). Feed chickens/turkeys/rabbits/goats/pigs…….and then the horses. Check on Poppy (who had decided to opportunistically break down the already dry-rotted fence posts yesterday…….and then gorge on a compressed alfalfa block…….and then subsequently colic…….). Yesterday…

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The Horse Psychic

The Horse Psychic

I’m pulling out all the stops… Yesterday I had a psychic come to our property to “read” my horses and the land… Surprised? Oh…….come on……. …..you shouldn’t be by now! …..and here’s a spoiler…….it’s not the first time she’s been here either… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sabrina came yesterday… (alias…alias…alias) She’s crusty…….I like her… Years ago (2004) she was here to read two of our horses… One of which, we were having a great deal of behavioral trouble with……. Sabrina told us…….all she…

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Claire’s Nasty Hoofies

Claire’s Nasty Hoofies

We just finished trimming Claire’s hooves today. She’s the one with hoof canker……..real bad stuff… It’s most probably incurable. It most probably is her death knell. *****Equine Hoof Canker***** It’s not communicable… It’s just poor ole’ Claire’s problem…….in all four hooves. …..Hoof Canker is a nasty anaerobic organism……. I know I’ve said this before, but she so reminds me of Boxer from the book “Animal Farm”….. *****Boxer~~~The Work Horse***** …..he was the work horse that worked so hard supporting the…

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~~~Anja~~~

~~~Anja~~~

I haven’t written about the advent of Anja yet… Anja is now my younger daughter’s new horse. She’s a Norwegian Fjord horse. Just like my daughter’s previous therapy horse, Sonja (who died tragically from botulism poisoning in the Spring of 2018). *****Post-April 24, 2018: “Sad, Sad, Gut-Wrenching & Sad” Plus, Anja is also related to Sonja!              She really is!!! We “happened” upon Anja’s “For Sale” ad…….in a South Dakota newspaper……. …..(okay, I may have…

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