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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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Memoirs from the All Florida Meet

Memoirs from the All Florida Meet

  I survived.       Lola excelled.         Ruby flew through it.           And Violet hates me……..         There were so many exciting times, exhilarating runs, fresh disasters, good food, rivers of champagne, and better than mediocre bourbon. Let’s not over-look the variety of flasks that would appear out of nowhere with sudden and surprising regularity. They would sprout from Hunt jacket pockets, saddlebags, and inside vest pockets. The…

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The Marathon

The Marathon

      Sore—-sore—-and sore…     We leave tomorrow morning at 4:00AM for a ranch south of here.  That will be Hunt number three in four days.     I think Violet and Ruby are shell-shocked.       But even so, when I woke up this morning they were at the front gate looking eagerly down the road.  And anytime any of us would go outside, they follow us around and ultimately walk over and wait by the…

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Riding Again (with Modifications)

Riding Again (with Modifications)

We’ve established.  I’m not proud.  I will accomplish what I have to, when I have to, and it doesn’t have to be pretty. I’ve hauled and Hunted three consecutive times now in a row.  And I am planning to again this coming Wednesday. I must have some muscles left.  I know this because whatever is left of my phantom musculature is screaming and whining………………..but that’s a good thing………………………it has to be…………..(?)  Throwing in the towel is not an option. What…

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The End of Hurricane Season is Nigh!

The End of Hurricane Season is Nigh!

    The thirtieth of this month is the official end of the 2017 Hurricane Season.                November 30th. Tum!! Ta!! Da!! To celebrate I am taking my newly installed inverter-thingie for my truck to the Hunt on Wednesday along with my household kitchen blender and I will be making Hurricanes for everybody!  Tra!  La!…………Tra!  La! Steve (my trusty diesel mechanic) has already installed the necessary plugs from one of my truck’s batteries through…

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One More Time Around

One More Time Around

  The stronger bit for Violet has arrived!  HA!  Horse! Try spinning me off again! But before that, Ruby will be my steed.  But Ruby is “barn sour”, “pasture sour”, “herd bound”, “buddy sour”………………….by any name, it’s a pain.  And it’s a sorrow. I haven’t ridden regularly for so long, they have all gotten used to reclining in the pasture, eating alfalfa and bon-bons…………………..while sipping on sweet tea.       And then I get my last (hopefully) joint replaced…

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The Big Bounce

The Big Bounce

  Well, I got “that” one out of the way pretty quickly. I “was” worried about what would happen when four artificial joints splatted with their geriatric owner on the ground, from the saddle of a tall horse.Phew!  Don’t have to worry about THAT one anymore. What a relief.   That worry was weighing on me……………….but not anymore!!! So, we’re good? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This last weekend I went trail riding with Lola and Sapphire (pssst……………….Sapphire is not her real name…………………..it’s an…

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Bubble Bath Beauties

Bubble Bath Beauties

  I have my work cut out for me.  I have two big mama’s who need bathing.  Actually, I have more than two…………but today………..it’s just these two. They need scrubbing and hosing and rinsing.  They are equine-examples of the phrase—–“Rinse, Lather and Repeat”—–a lot. I love their socks and feathers.  I don’t love their maintenance.  But alack alas.  It’s one of the perks & troubles of owning a “feathered” breed.  Clydesdales are so very unique and quirky and hairy.  They…

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What We Do—–Horse Breeding——-(but wait, there’s more…)

What We Do—–Horse Breeding——-(but wait, there’s more…)

We have draft horse girls. I took to heart a tee-shirt I once saw that said something like…………..I like draft horses because they make my back-side look small.          Not an easy feat. As a child in Ohio I remember laying on the ground by our side pasture fence with a big old brown horse on the other side.  (I now know as a Belgian Draft Horse).  I had my chin on my hands watching those big…

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Counting Kitties

Counting Kitties

Over the years I’ve found that it’s best not to ask permission. Just wait and see what happens. Having an escape plan is not a bad idea either. Really I apply this philosophy to just about everything, but here specifically I am talking about adding animals to our farm, either livestock or pets. Specifically with this post——-additional house cats. We currently have three main house cats and one apathetic barn cat. Thelma (an overtly fluffy tiger lady) who I was…

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