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Musings of our Beloved Horses and other Equine Pursuits

Mounted Hound Walk

Mounted Hound Walk

  My younger daughter and I recently attended a Mounted Hound Walk… Our Hunt Club has Hound Walks without horses……. …..and Hound Walks with horses……. Devana is our Huntsman…….and yes…….that’s her alias. A few days ago, Devana and the Whipper-ins worked with an ensemble of young foxhounds along with the more experienced foxhounds in a hunt-like setting on one of our favorite Fixtures which is a beautiful ranch… It was nice being outdoors & in the sun & the wind…

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~~~An Etude Of Worms~~~

~~~An Etude Of Worms~~~

Okay…..parasites probably have nothing to do with music… I was just trying to impress you with using the word “etude”… I was trying to sound cultured… …..I’ll stop now….. But, parasites are a big issue with animals in the sunny/humid/hot/petri-dish we call Florida… Everyone with hooves and paws and claws gets wormed here………….regularly… I think I’ve mentioned before, that when I asked my Internist if we (humans) should be wormed regularly……. …..she just looked at me like I was crazy……….

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Hopeful Headway With Claire’s Hooves

Hopeful Headway With Claire’s Hooves

Well, damn……. …..our skinny blacksmith (Montana)…..you know the one who’s belt buckle is big enough to tip him over? …..he came out the other day……. …..and he worked on Addy……. …..she’s huge…..she’s heavy…..but otherwise, she’s not a challenge when trimming her hooves… …..she’s just a massive project… Montana also did Claire’s front hooves……. I always suck in and hold my breath for that project. …..Montana ran out of steam…..he said he’d come back next week to do Claire’s hind hooves……..

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*****Hairy Clydesdales*****

*****Hairy Clydesdales*****

I know I’ve mentioned this before… …..but it warrants another comment or two……. Clydesdale’s are hairy creatures…….! And I don’t know why or what the purpose is of all of the extra fur…….? I was leading Claire up for the vet the other day……. …..and I just couldn’t resist snapping these pictures……. …..her mustache was just so pretty and pristine and curly and ample…….! Clydesdales and Shires have beautiful and luxurious feathers…..(that need A LOT of constant scrubbing and cleaning)…

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Canoodling In The Country

Canoodling In The Country

Dr. Stevie Wonder made a visit yesterday… He gave us vaccinations for Addy, so that she’ll be well-boostered for her up-coming foaling… We gave the big girl her annual botulism vaccination along with another Pneumabort-K (the name kind of explains the shot)… …………………………………AND…………………………………. Dr. Wonder ultrasounded Claire to see if her co-mingling with Brave has left her in a family-way……. …..and it has!!!!!!! …..Tra! ┬áLa!….. Claire has a bun in the oven! Brave………………………..you dog! Claire is about fifty days pregnant……….

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~~Self-Quarantining During~~ COVID-19

~~Self-Quarantining During~~ COVID-19

This morning I had to go out……. …..(off the property even)……………..wow… I had to drive multiple miles to the clinic of an old vet friend of mine… (I have a lot of old vet friends)…..(both large and small animal vets) I knew I’d been home for quite a while… But, I hadn’t figured out just how long that had been… …..I’ve been home and house-bound a very long time with Molly’s puppies…..or Willow’s puppies…..or Killian’s puppies……. …..since…..forever… I meant it…

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~~~Farm Husbandry…….(with the husband)~~~

~~~Farm Husbandry…….(with the husband)~~~

This last weekend was productive… Some key projects really needed addressing… They were all a decrepit/rotted mess… …..beyond decrepit… Fence repair is ALWAYS high on the list… Fences are never perfect… Fences always need fixing… Did you know those elves or pixies who live in everyone’s dryer……the ones who steal and/or eat all of those spare socks…….? …..well, I’m positive their second cousins are the fence-gnawing gnomes… I’m sure those beasties live in a dead stump out back in our…

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…….it was an even darker and more ominous night in the forest…….

…….it was an even darker and more ominous night in the forest…….

Suellen made it……. She lived to tell the world……. …..well, only after she drove another five miles on firm ground to where there were adequate cell phone bars……. …..the rest of us were all stuck out in the boonies, way back in the woods……. …..Suellen had been able to radio back to us using the radio for the Huntsman and the Whipper-Ins… …..we now knew that there were vehicles totally blocking the exit for the rest of the trucks, horse…

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…….it was a dark and ominous evening in the forest…….

…….it was a dark and ominous evening in the forest…….

Fox Hunters are game for just about any inclement weather……. Several years ago our tried & true club members were actually Hunting during a small(?) named Hurricane……. …..in all fairness it had just been down-graded to a Tropical Storm at that point…… …..(but there was another one on the way)……. …..to this day (when we Hunt on that Fixture) there are still maturing pine trees that have a right-angle growth pattern (parallel to the ground) where the wind blew them…

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~~~The Ball~~~

~~~The Ball~~~

We just had the Hunt Club Ball… We all flicked off the noticeably/larger chunks of mud…..donned formal party duds…….and tried to remember our manners and table etiquette… Some were better at it than others. It was fun watching women who were used to wearing heels versus those who weren’t……. …..in the past, I was in that latter group……. …..I could be seen hanging onto door jambs……. …..or skating & slipping across the waxed/slick dance floors on sprained ankles… …..but I’ve…

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