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What Killed Bell…….(?)…

What Killed Bell…….(?)…

  Well, the lab report on Bell’s liver is back… And the only thing we are sure of is…..that Bell and her baby are still dead. Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid plants are the accused culprits… Okay……………………   As far as I can tell, there aren’t any pyrrolizidine alkaloid plants in the pasture where she died. And believe me, I’ve checked…   But here’s a paper that explains this sort of plant poisoning………………….. *******USDA Report******* And if that wasn’t confusing enough, here’s another…

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Bell Has Died

Bell Has Died

  There’s just no easy way to say this… Bell has died… Quite suddenly. I left the house for errands at 10:00am, and everyone was just fine. …………….when you have livestock, you always count heads when you leave the property……………I did. You make a mental note of how everyone is looking.  What their attitude appears to be…………..their energy…………..their aura……………whatever word works for you… When I left in the morning, all of those markers were all right.   Two hours later,…

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Sprinkling Ponies

Sprinkling Ponies

  It’s been unusually hot and humid this year. This weather has been dragging on longer than what anyone expected. I’m thinking that there is a cooler weather front that is on its way………….stalled, but on its way… In the meantime……………..the horses are really uncomfortable and blowing. Chantilly (who has breathing issues right now anyway) is huffing, but so is fat-Poppy, who is puffing away… A couple years ago, I made a tall PVC attachment for one of our hoses………………a…

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Out-Smarting The Clyde (s)

Out-Smarting The Clyde (s)

  Chantilly & Claire are fitting in quite comfortably here at home.     I have them in the front yard right now……………….double electric-fenced from Brave.   It’s not a good time of year to consider pasturing them together. Having foals in eleven months time would not be a good thing.  It would still be way too hot for a baby to be born…………….foals don’t thermo-regulate very well when they first arrive.   My plan is to let them “co-mingle”…

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Final Report

Final Report

  We just received the final results from all of the testing. Becky’s necropsy was performed at the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory with the Florida Department of Agriculture in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Thank you Lola, for insisting on & paying for the necropsy). The mare was transported, post mortem, in a very timely fashion to the lab. It was concluded that she did die of poisoning. All seven of our horses, and Annie, died with the same symptoms.  The first…

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Perigee Moons

Perigee Moons

  Between December and the last day of this month, there have been (or will be) three full moons in perigee.  (Quick definition:  Perigee means the point where the moon’s (or anything’s) orbit is the closest to the earth.) So the last three full moons in a row have been at their closest point in their normal orbit around the earth, which means they look super big. Hence they’re are called “Super Moons”. They’re Super.  Super bright.  Super close.  Super…

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You Know You’re Tired When………..

You Know You’re Tired When………..

    Got up.  Dealt with bounding house animals. Checked tea pot for left-over tea.  Started new kettle.  Washed out tea pot while nuking left-over tea from yesterday.  Thought about composting tea bags.  Decided not to (again).  Dealt with newly-found dirty dishes in sink.  It’s magic how they materialize after midnight. Used hot water to clean gathered eggs found in a pail by the sink (that one’s on me, I left them there).  Lined up cleaned eggs to air-dry on…

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Fun Bonfire

Fun Bonfire

  You never realize that your life is different than the predominant suburban family until you have guests.  My daughter had a bonfire last night. A fun one. Not a clean-up-after-Irma-crying-and-wringing-of-hands-before-the-next-hurricane-hits-kind of bonfire. There were S’mores, multi-flavored Doritos, donuts(?), nachos, pizza, Twinkies (now that’s a good Hostess), sodas, and alcoholic beverages (but no MoonPies)………………. I learned about fish-bowls………………….. Over the last few years, I’ve learned so much about fish bowls and what (and how many) fish will fit in what…

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Bell

Bell

Bell is my favorite riding horse. She is a monster of a black Percheron mare. My definition for the horses on our farm is that they need to be rideable, drivable and breedable. Bell fits that definition on all fronts. Monarch is her beautiful tri-colored spotted son who is a perfect example of our warm-blood cross breeding that we are trying here. Plus, she’s sweet but she’s not the brightest crayon in the box. That’s really all right with me…

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