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Here it is, as promised! Better late than never ūüôā Part 2 of Poisonous plants!¬†

Poppies are so dramatic. I'm thinking of crocheting a new Poppy Lariat soon. #flowers

Poisonous parts: Leaves/Roots
Symptoms: dermatitis, blurred vision, nervous signs
Onset: 12 hours

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Poisonous Parts: whole potato
Symptoms: Nervous signs, colic, choke
Onset:  Unknown

privet hedge.  good for privacy for my future back yard plan bye bye ugly neighbors siding

Privet Hedge Plant
Poisonous Parts: Leaves & Fruits
Symptoms: Diarrhea, colic, in coordination, weakness, convulsions, death
Onset:1-2 hours after digestion

Rhubarb plants thrive in full sun or in lightly shaded areas
Poisonous Parts: Leaves
Symptoms: Red colored Urine, salivation, colic, diarrhea, staggering
Onset: a few hours
Oxalis pes-caprae (Bermuda buttercup, African wood-sorrel, Bermuda sorrel, Buttercup oxalis, Cape sorrel, English weed, Goat's-foot, Sourgrass, Soursob and Soursop; (Afrikaans: Suring) [1]) is a species of tristylous flowering plant in the wood sorrel family
Poisonous parts: All Parts
Symptoms: Calcium imbalance, kidney damage
Onset:2-4 weeks

Wisteria...love the look ..hate the plant!  It is invasive..seriously invasive & can grow up the porch & into the attic...guess how I found that out...sigh...
Poisonous parts: seeds, pods, clippings
Symptoms: Colic and Diarrhea
Onset:6-24 hours
Yellow Oleander tree got it from Moms house last year. This is its first flower.
Yellow Oleander
Poisonous parts: Leaves & Clippings
Symptoms: Heart attack, digestive upset, sudden death
Onset: Sudden Death
Ancient Yew Tree..... would like this tree in my garden...

Yew Tree/Ground Hemlock:
Poisonous parts: Eating the tree parts, trimmings, green or dry
Symptoms: Trembling, incoordination, heart attack, diarrhea;
Usually found dead next to source
Onset: Sudden death within 5 minutes of ingesting.


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Hi guys! First let me say I’m sorry I haven’t added the second part to the poisonous plants-I haven’t had time but I haven’t forgotten!


Second, just a brief update. ¬†We had a setback with Murphey’s feet. Both my farriers have taken a look at him and it was just impossible to do-he has taken to dropping forward onto his knees when I try to lift the foot and we couldn’t trim that way-even with an full tube of Dermosadan. So the plan is just to take a step back and work on every day stuff again and see if we can’t break through some of his fears. ¬† The alternative is to lay him down with a tranq and I really want to avoid that if at all possible.


So today we worked on many things!

Flyspray! I wasn’t sure what his reaction here would be, I’d never sprayed him before but the flies were just eating him alive. ¬†To start with, I filled a spray bottle just with water and got him used to the sight and sound while giving him treats when he showed curiosity rather than fear. ¬†This worked well and I was able to spray all his legs enough that the flies lessened and he really took it in stride! YAY! (Meaning he didn’t try to kick my head in, and he didn’t bolt away!)

We also worked on me touching his feet.  Not his legs or picking them up, but actually touching his hoof wall and putting some Hoof Alive on them.
Trying to prepare him with simple everyday steps, this made him surprisingly uneasy, but we got through it and I managed to get enough HA on it to cover most of the hoof wall.

We also tried to put my sidepull on him today–he wasn’t quite ready for that step yet which is okay.


What I am most proud of today was desensitizing him to a saddle blanket.
I started off with it on the ground with cookies and timothy pellets spread out on it.  He was wary at first but he took a chance and was soon eating off of it and even put his feet on it.  After that he showed no fear of it and even allowed me to rub it on his neck, shoulders, and back.  Finally I folded it over and laid it across his back and then his neck.  Though a little nervous to walk with this object over him, he managed it without a single spook.
It gives me hope that there is some wonderful potential hiding out in his big donkey brain!

Take a look:
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Good Afternoon fellow Equine lovers!  I had a concern this week.
I was going through my nutrition book in school and it was talking about poisonous plants and horses; as I was reading I realized I don’t know what many of these plants look like so I wouldn’t know how to keep my horse away from them-and believe me with some of the side effects that come with eating these plants I want to be perfectly aware. ¬†So today will be a short introduction to a series of posts I will be doing about poisonous plants, the symptoms if they are eaten, and the effect.

I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful!



Heart Attack, Death
Sudden Death if Eaten

   Azaleas/ATTRACTS: Brown Thrasher birds. Important during migration. WARNING-All parts harmful to children and domestic animals.      

Internal bleeding, Death
Fatal within 24-36 hours of eating


   Daphne Delight @Emma Hathaway since you were looking at fragrant flowers. This one is amazing!

Castor Oil Plant
Diarrhea, Colic, Liver & Kidney damage
Onset 6-48 hours

Castor oil plant


Delphiniums (come in many colors!)
Salivation, Convulsions, Death
Onset depends on the amount eaten
Delphinium, Plants perform best in cool summer climates with little wind and adequate moisture. They may rebloom if flower stalks are cut back after flowers fade.  Light:Sun,Part SunZones:3-7Plant Type:PerennialPlant Height:1-7 feet tallPlant Width:1-3 feet wideLandscape Uses:Containers,Beds & BordersSpecial Features:Flowers,Cut Flowers,Deer Resistant


Diarrhea, Nervous signs
Onset 6-24 hours
Cestrum aurantiacum #1 by J.G. in S.F., via Flickr


Heart Attack, Nervous signs 
Sudden Death after eating
Foxglove, a stately classic for your cottage garden. Perennial; these grow up to 5' tall and can be grown in part to full shade. They bloom in early summer.


Nervous signs, paralysis, convulsions, colic, death
Onset 2 Hours-2 Days

Moon Frost Hemlock - Plant Library - Pahls Market - Apple Valley, MN

Sunburn, Diarrhea, Liver damage
Onset occurs when animal stands in shade,
Depends on how much is eaten        

Landmark Sunrise Rose Improved Lantana. Loves heat and drought tollerant once established.


Salivation, Convulsions, Death
Onset: Sudden Death

RHS Plant Selector Aconitum napellus (Monk's hood). perennial to 1.5m tall, with deeply divided, dark green leaves and tall spires of violet-blue, hooded flowers in mid and late summer.


Digestive upset, heart attack, sudden death
Onset: 12 hours fatal

Double Yellow Oleander, 'Mathilde Ferrier', copyright © almostedenplants.com


Diarrhea, convulsions, blisters on nose, death 

poinsettia ... may all of you and your family be blessed in this brief  season dedicated to JOY and PEACE ON EARTH.... good tidings to all... <3


Sunburn-type lesions
Onset 12-24 hours

Parsley - Italian Flat Leaf' | Buy Italian Flat Leaf Parsley Plants | The Growers Exchange


So, many of these are brightly colored flowers and are noticeable enough that you wouldn’t let your horse eat them. ¬†I’ll get into stealthier plants soon. ¬†I hope this helps, feedback is great!

Happy (and safe) Trails!


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The bitter truth my friends? ¬†Before a little over a year ago…I had never tried cheesecake. ¬†The logic of my five year old taste buds was-I like cheese….and cake is okay. ¬†But CheeseCake? No thanks.

However, after learning to trust Boyfriends judgement- one day last year I tried a bite of a simple, ordinary cheesecake.
Last week at a Sushi place, I got a Creme Brulee cheesecake for dessert that was to die for.
This weekend-I made my first ever.

Needless to say, he made a believer out of me that cheese and cake do in fact–go perfectly together! Though I believe it’s really more of a pie than a cake so we’ll settle on “Pake” *cough* Drop Dead Diva*cough*


Behold my friends:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake!

Let me warn you…this cheesecake is RICH RICH RICH!
It’s also very simple to make and in a whopping four days, every bite was gone. ¬† So let me share:


I got the recipe from recipe.com


1 1/2  cups chocolate graham cracker squares, finely crushed

1/2 C melted Butter

2 tbsp sugar

2 8 oz packages cream cheese

1 cup creamy pb (I used natural-the BF doesn’t like jiffy or skippy-and it turned out just fine!)

1 lightly beaten egg (I didn’t read this and so, didn’t beat my egg. ¬†Turned out a little dense but still delish)

1/4 C sugar

1 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tbsp milk

~1/2 tsp vanilla (I always use a little more than called for)

2 eggs,  lightly beaten (again, missed this step)

Peanuts for Garnish (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine crackers, melted butter, and the 2 tablespoons sugar.
Press into the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan; set aside.
In a large bowl beat 1 package of the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in peanut butter and the 1/4 C sugar until combined. Fold in the one lightly beaten egg; set aside.

2.In a small saucepan cook and stir chocolate pieces over low heat until melted.  Cut the remaining cream cheese into cubes; stir into melted chocolate until smooth-careful not to burn chocolate.
Stir in milk and vanilla. Fold in the two lightly beaten eggs. Spread half of the chocolate mixture over crust. Spoon peanut butter mixture over chocolate layer. Evenly spread remaining chocolate mixture over peanut butter layer.

3.Bake about 45 minutes-cool in spring-form 15 minutes.  Remove spring-form and cool completely.  Cover and let chill in refrigerator for 4 hours. Let it sit out for about 15 minutes before serving with coffee or milk!



When I cut this piece out Boyfriend asked me “Have you ever seen anyone cut cheesecake before?” I ignored him and proceeded like sized servings–he was right-it was too much cheesecake at once! ¬†But I still ate it.

Every bite.

Hope you enjoy!
Happy Trails

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Last week began Murphey’s desensitizing lessons. ¬†After I made¬†a sudden move in the arena a few days prior, Murph took off running, making me realize we need to take a break from the hoof work and focus on teaching him that the world is not going to eat him.

So naturally we began with the dreaded plastic bag.


I tied one to my stick and began simply tapping the bag on the ground, a fair distance away from him with my back turned away.  His initial response:

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Then I got him to follow me around the round pen while I tapped the bag on the ground. He did pretty fair.

After some of this I stopped and gradually tapped the bag until I was facing him, and continued to tap in front of him.   A little wary, but  mostly okay.

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Progressed to waving the bag around in the air! He was curious but by no means terrified-yay!

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Then we had a moment…

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So we took a break and moved on to something he’s more comfortable with.

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After our short break he followed me around while the stick and bag waved in the air…

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then I returned to tapping on the ground, this time much closer to him.

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He’s such a good donkey. ¬†Ultimately I got him to walk over and next to the stick with the bag still attached but the camera died.

Next step will be touching him with the bag, which is the goal for this weekend. ¬†I’ll keep you posted.

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Prayers Please?

Friends & Readers,

I request your prayers! My college has decided to discontinue not only my program for Equine Management but all of the vocational programs they currently offer-in all of their campuses.  Many people are out of a job, many students will be SOL on their schooling.

My own teacher is trying to get us into another community college, so there may be hope yet! Please pray though, for those who won’t be able to complete their degree. ¬†Pray they find a way to continue!


Thank you all for listening.


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The Princess

Since the Murph entered the picture, my MollyGirl has not been getting the attention she deserves on the blog!

So since today was the first perfect day of spring thus far, we took some pictures of grooming time, and hammed it up a little.


Before Lunch, looking a little ragtag and unkempt.




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Looking for the bowl that she knows should be right there any second now.

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After lunch, looking a little neater with some toe oil on.  (I use hoof alive, if anyone is interested-All natural ingredients.)

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Showing me what she thinks of my picture taking skills- and just being a ham

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No matter how many donkeys and horses enter my life, nobody could ever replace my Sweet MollyGirl – my first love!


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