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It is a generally accepted rule that horses that are in good health and are neither very young nor very old, do not need a winter blanket. There are always exceptions to the rule; if the horse doesn’t have a thick hair coat, or is thin skinned, or perhaps is a show horse who is shaved, then you would want to put a winter blanket on them when it dips below freezing.

However, what about senior horses with health problems?

I frequently feel the disapproving eyes of ” blanket skepticals” when the temperatures are halfway decent and I’m dragging out my lightweight blanket for Molly. What they don’t know, is not only is Miss Molly 25 years young but she is Insulin Resistant which is diabetes, more or less, and blanketing is recommended in temperatures of 40 degrees or less. The reason behind this is that horses with IR cannot keep themselves warm in the same way that healthy horses can, and the cold can have adverse effects including but not limited to foot pain that can lead to Laminitis or Cushing’s.

I would never in a million years have blanketed my horse in such warm weather in years past, however last winter in 2014, Molly scared the hell out of me. Since she’s always been an easy keeper (affectionately called Mooolly by some) watching the weight just fall off of her was dreadful and highly concerning. I thought it was going to be my last year with her. I couldn’t figure out what was causing the weight loss except she had what seemed like constant muscle spasms but was otherwise healthy. The weather started to warm and I hoped the “shivers” would disappear but even on 45-50 degree days she was still shaking.

It finally occurred to me, like a smack in the face, that it was probably her insulin resistance that was contributing to the problem. I worked hard all summer to put fat and muscle back on her and was very successful; she is now at a good winter weight and I purchased 2 brand new winter blankets. One is a lightweight for when it’s dry but still dips into the high 30s and a polar blanket for when it’s wet and/or in the teens or negatives. She seems very comfortable in both and so far has kept her weight on and there have been no signs of her shivering.

Just for reference, she is fed a low starch/low sugar high fiber diet of soaked timothy pellets (I sometimes add alfalfa/timothy for extra warmth, but don’t recommend it as a daily feed), along with Platinum Performance CJ, and about a cup of corn oil for extra fat. She does very well on this diet.

I guess my point is just to pass along that not every horse is the same. Some need blankets, some need shoes, some need special diets. Always treat each horse as an individual and remember that what works for one horse may not work for another, and don’t call out another horse owner for a practice you don’t agree with until you know the reasoning behind it. Most importantly, as in everything, just use your common sense.

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It’s been a busy summer and one of my best, so sorry I’m not sorry for not writing for a while. I’ve been busy starting over again and having some amazing adventures.

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I spent a week in Wyoming on my own, testing the waters of solitude and finding it incredibly relaxing.

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The start of my trip was spent in Teton national park

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I spent a good chunk of time riding a fat horse named Crosby and helping out on some trail rides at the resort I stayed at. Probably the best part of my trip!

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I spent a full day exploring Yellowstone and was constantly amazed at the size of its lakes

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and the end of that day resulted in me getting very lost in this beautiful place. Well worth the extra hundred miles I hadn’t planned on…

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I got to enjoy some old fashion fun at the Cody rodeo Nites. Then saw the college pros in thermopolis by happy surprise!

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I got to see friends at the Granby rodeo, went horseback riding in the mountains and white water rafting on a big ol river and gained a love of it and many more wonderful things and places.

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And most important of all my summer activities has been bonding with my babies. I’ve got my heart for riding back and that’s been the most freeing thing of all.

Its been the summer I’ve been dreaming of for years and all those prayers and wants and wishes have been answered. I’m excited to see what the coming seasons will hold.

Keep you posted friends, Happy Trails!!

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Tuesday June 9th, 2015

A memorable day!! Murphey got wormed, straight in the mouth for the first time ever! I usually put it in his food and worry about its effectiveness.

The icing on the cake though was getting the saddle on him.

It’s not cinched up but it is on h im and we walked around with it and he got plenty of treats and praise! I was a proud Donkey Mama! We’ve made a lot of progress, and my goal is to get him rideable by the end of the summer. Stay tuned.

 

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Took myself out on a date this afternoon, movies-popcorn-candy, the whole shebang.  On my way to the theater, after a really shitty day, I had a meltdown in my truck.  Questioning all the decisions I’ve made the last couple months and the reasons I made them.  I don’t like where I am right now, I don’t like who I am right now.  I’m trying to be patient and not rush anything, but it’s hard when all I really want to do is beg forgiveness from God and everyone else that I’ve dragged through the mud of my messy life.  Still, I wait.
After my movie (Cinderella-great movie!) on my way home-I swear my truck is my refuge from the world-I realized that what I really need to do before anything else, is just get me together.  Put back the pieces that I have either put aside or left carelessly lying around, then and only then, can I start making amends for the mess that I’ve made.  Maybe my heart will be waiting on the other side.

So here’s to getting our shit together, friends!
Pray hard, and take it one step at a time. Keep your heart and your ears open to the things God has planned for your life!

Sincerely,

A  God Believing-messy-sinning-but still trying, crazy woman!

Happy Trails.

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Our purpose in this life is to (try) and enjoy every moment.

I can feel my life beginning to move again.  It’s almost like it’s been winter, not only in season but in practice as well and though winter has it’s time and I loved it and the warmth and comfort of the person I was wrapped up in it with,fiercely and undeniably, now the ice is beginning to melt and the rivers and streams of my life and my blood are starting to flow with new life and new passion.

There is a sort of chaos going on that is very tangible and it has me very excited, a new chapter is beginning.  All I seem to be able to focus on is getting out and gleaning new experiences in new places with new people.  My ache to explore has reached a height I haven’t experienced before and I find myself overwhelmed with anticipation for what this summer will bring.

Not all of the change in the air feels good; but it all feels like the beginning of a new journey.  I don’t know God’s plan for my life right now, and I’ve bargained a little that he let me off leash, however I can’t help but feel him pulling me in a certain direction and I can’t resist his call for very long.
So I’m sowing some wildflower seeds in the springtime but come summer, it feels like there is a very specific path I will be on and I can’t contain my excitement to find out what it is.  Bear with me y’all, I’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, Happy Trails.

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It feels good to be lost in the right direction

Plans for Summer 2015:
1. Lose Myself
2. Find Myself

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Our house smelled just like a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday night!
Boyfriend and I had planned on making some enchiladas with some green sauce we had at home, my brilliant self decided we should look at the code date before we started and surprise surprise! We were over a year past due on those lil babies-so to the store we went! This girl had not eaten anything since breakfast, and even though it only took a short time to make them, it felt like hours and hours before I got to put our masterpiece in my face!

lasagna

Yield:6  Prep time: ~1 hour  Cook time: 20 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

START THE SAUCE FIRST:
Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour
  • 1 jar (16 Ounce) 505 enchilada sauce (trust me)
  • 1 1/4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro

THEN THE MEAT:
Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced
  • 2 cans (4 Ounce) Diced Hatch Green Chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

TORTILLAS:

  • 6 Corn Tortillas (You might make a couple back ups in case they tear)
  • Corn Oil

OTHER STUFF:

  • 1 1/2 cups Grated Enchilada cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Cilantro

INGREDIENTS ASSEMBLE!

START THE SAUCE FIRST!!!
(I’m yelling this because I didn’t, which made my wait time way longer than it had to be and I don’t want you to suffer.)
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil and flour and whisk together to make a roux, cooking for one minute. Pour in the enchilada sauce, chicken broth, cilantro, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30-45 minutes.

2. COOK THE MEAT
Brown the meat with onions in a skillet. Drain off fat if desired or remembered. Stir in 2 cans diced green chilies and salt.

3. TORTILLAS
Over medium heat, use just enough corn oil to coat the bottom of a small skillet. Once oil is hot, one by one-using tongs- fry tortillas in oil until soft, not crispy. 20 seconds per side. Set aside on paper towel lined plate.
4.ASSEMBLE
Pour a 1/2 cup enchilada sauce in bottom of medium-sized baking pan. Spread evenly to sides of pan. Dip (do not soak) each tortilla into enchilada sauce, then remove to work surface. Spoon meat, grated cheese, and green onions in the center of tortilla. Roll up and place, seam down, in baking pan. Repeat 6 times. Pour extra red sauce over enchiladas. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.

5. BAKE
20 minutes, top with remaining green onions and cilantro.
Perfection!

We didn’t want anything heavy with these so we had Salsa with “Hint of Lime” tortilla chips, but make it a fuller meal with beans and rice!

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