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Murphy’s Law

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Murphy’s law is an adage that is typically stated as: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Let me introduce you to the newest addition to our (small) equine family.
Ladies & Gents; this is Murphey.
You might think it’s strange to name a donkey after such a pessimistic saying, but it fits this little boy.
Murphey is a standard size donkey with kind but wary eyes, and the softest muzzle I’ve ever nosed up too.
He is also: skittish, head shy, has feet I can’t yet trim, and yes friends-he is stubborn.  The Icing on the Cake though?  You can ride him! But you cannot catch him without a fight.  Imagine that.  Hence his name!
As an accidental joke, Eddie Murphy was also the voice of Donkey in Shrek 🙂
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Despite all of these issues, and any I haven’t found out yet, I am smitten with him.   I am looking forward to the new challenge of training a donkey.
Our goal (My goal?) is to teach him to drive/ pull a cart, but we’re a long way from that.

First priority is getting him to let me catch him without his freaking out, and to get his feet trimmed and he probably could use a worming too.

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The best news is that Molly is the Donkey Queen and I’m pretty sure she adores him.   The first day they met, I put them together in the arena and they flew off together like two bullets out of a gun!  Love at first sight.

I will keep y’all posted, and if anyone with donkey experience has any training or keeping advice I would love to hear it!
Happy Trails in the New Year!!

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Friends, I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but temps here haven’t been above freezing in over a week. I’m not built for this nonsense!

The upside though, is that nobody,  including the horses wants to work, meaning we didn’t have any appointments on Sunday so I got to spend the day with my man. I had the urge to cook while we lazed around so I asked him to pick a recipe from one of my boards on Pinterest (Yay Pinterest!) and I would make dinner  while he watched the game.

Well dinner ended up being lunch because this recipe is super quick and easy. I did have to improvise on a few ingredients but if anything it added it the taste. There were one or two things I would tweak:
First, the recipe called for sun-dried tomatoes or paste, we used sun-dried tomatoes and in the future I would seek out the paste. I think it would stand out more in the soup.
Second thing I would change would have been to not use onion bits. We were out of powder so I used the bits and Boyfriend liked them but I did not. I’d have even prefered real onion. Other than that though, this recipe is tasty, easy, and fast.  I will be making it again!

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

(Recipe adapted from http://recipeswagger.blogspot.com/)

Ingredients:

2 dollops garlic paste
2 Tbl Olive Oil
2 10 3/4 oz Cans of  Tomato Soup
2 Tbls Of Sun Dried Tomato Paste
2 cups Half-and-half
2 cups Chicken Stock
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 Tsp Basil
1 Tsp oregano
1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt & Rosemary* Optional
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 whole 9 Oz Package Of Cheese Filled Tortellini
(we used chicken & bacon & cheese filled)
3/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese, for garnish

Directions:

1. Saute garlic with the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat until golden. Don’t let it burn.

2. When the garlic is done, add tomato soup, tomato paste, half and half, chicken stock and spices.
3.Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, drop tortellini into the soup.
Read Package for directions. Don’t cook too long or the tortellini will bust.
After tortellini are cooked, serve and garnish with parmesan cheese.

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I don’t know about you all, but it’s 7 degrees here with a high today of 14!
This is our first real taste of winter so far this year and personally, even though I am a hater of the being cold, I am ready for it. There is something about breathing in that icy chill that makes me feel clean and invigorated.  Truth be known, I even like shoveling snow and working the horses in it.  Ever been mucking stalls on a chilly winter morning with the sun coming up and you can see your breath and your horses breath and its just…Ahhhhhhh. It’s nice.
But these temps?  A little cooler than I’d like.

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We kicked off the coming “storm” (I think we got about 3 of the 8 inches we expected) with chili dogs as we do every year and I experimented with a cookie recipe of my own devising. I was pleased with the result.

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Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:
1. Brown your butter on medium low heat, let it cool for about 5 minutes then carefully pour into medium mixing bowl.
2. Pour brown sugar into medium-sized bowl, add egg and vanilla, mix well.
3. Add brown sugar mixture to your cooled brown butter and beat until mostly combined. (I couldn’t get all the oil from the butter to combine completely. )
4. In separate small bowl add flour, salt, baking powder, whisk to combine then pour half into the brown butter mixture.  Mix until mostly combined then pour in second half of mix.  Mix well.
Add in Toffee Chunks or you can put them on top of your rolled cookie dough.
5. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop rounded tablespoonfuls an inch apart.
6. Bake 8-9 minutes, let cool, and enjoy with a big glass of milk!

Let me know what you all think if you give this recipe a try!
Stay warm y’all & Happy Trails!

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Breathe

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Good Morning to all,
This bright and shining November morning I would like to talk with you about what I am learning this semester and some books that may interest you.
It’s not a topic I’ve discussed on here before but just let it be known for the record, I love to read.  Historical fiction & Mysteries are my favorites and right now I’m neck deep in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  Two words:Read It.

But I digress.  Onto the real topic at hand. This quarter my classes are:
Careers in the Equine industry & Equine Management 2: Horse Keeping/Ranch Management. 

The book for the first class is called The Complete Guide to Horse Careers.

I ordered this on Amazon for about 4 bucks, used.  It is awesome.  There are so many jobs in the industry that I had never considered and this can really open your eyes to all the opportunities for any interest and skill you might want to put to good use.  Some involve working directly with horses, some indirectly.
My main goal at this point, is to become a horse trainer specializing in Trail Riding, Ground Work  & Retraining horses, but this book may open my eyes to some other aspect that I never considered and I would highly recommend it.
It’s not like a school text book either, it’s an engaging read.

The Second book is Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage by Cherry Hill.

I’m sure all of us horse people have dreamed of owning a home with acres of land and our horses in the backyard.
Maybe for some of you that is even a reality, no envy on my part, more power to you and God bless your hard working hands.    I’d love to be in those shoes, but on the other foot it’s an amazing amount of work.  I don’t doubt that every second is worth it, but I’ve come to appreciate how much work the people at the ranch do to keep our horses for us.

For those of us with little to no land, this book can be a tremendous help.  Whether you want to bring your babies to your home and need a hand getting started, or you work on a small farm or ranch, this book is a gold mine of practical information.
In my class we will be visiting some boarding facilities to see how they are set up, both good and bad, and then will be asked to design our own facility down to the last little detail.  This book will be our guide.  Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage cost me about 20 bucks, more or less, on Amazon and it was brand new.
Again it’s an engaging read and has practical advice and horse care tips.

You all should see my growing library of horse knowledge 🙂 I’m quite proud of it.
Happy Trails!

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If you’ve been with me here at Horse Country very long, then you probably know about my new found love for miniature donkeys.  I’ve said more than once that going out to trim “The Donkeys” is one of my favorite things/places to go.

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I’ve learned a lot about handling unfamiliar animals from these little guys.  I am the official donkey wrangler when we go to trim them. It used to be quite a chase to get them all haltered, but after two years, we’ve finally found a level of trust.

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These creatures are just the most loving animals you could possibly want to meet.  Their owner takes a lot of time to desensitize them to people.  I am comfortable (but still watchful of course) sitting on the ground in the round pen with them surrounding me.

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While we are trimming it is not unusual for them all to be in our pockets or pressed up against us for scratches and love. They don’t bite. They don’t kick.  Buster licks, but that is just a nervous habit, no harm done except soggy shirt tails.   The Donkeys, the Mule, & the Minis are all the sweetest little equines, and that is fairly unusual.

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Often times, small horses or donkeys are the most abused in the horse world because people don’t give them proper care.  Remember that while they are all equines, they’re not just small horses and they do need specialized care.

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Be kind to them and work with them just like you would with any horse, just because they are small does not mean they are any easier to handle and often can be harder to manage.

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Most people I know who are afraid of horses, its because of a bad experience as a child with a pony.  These experiences can be remedied if we could teach people the proper care for small horses.  Work with them on picking up their feet, leading, standing, round penning, teach them to ground drive so they have  a job and a purpose, and make sure they have proper nutrition.

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More often than not mini horses and donkeys are over-weight because of poor nutrition, over feeding, and lack of exercise.

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These animals can really be a blessing and a joy if taken care of and trained properly!

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Funny Halloween Cartoons For A Crazy Laughing (11)

Good morning ghosts and ghouls,
If you’re all like me you’re running around like a headless chicken trying to get your costume ready for work and/or your kids ready for the school Halloween party!  I’m going to work as  a witch, hoping that everyone else is dressing up and that their might be some candy *cough* butterfingers*cough* laying around to nosh on since I’m to old for trick for treating 😦
I hope that everyone has a safe Halloween no matter what tricks you might be up to this haunted evening.
If anybody dressed your horse (dog, cat, goat, etc) up, I’d love to see it!
Happy Halloween!

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