Posts Tagged ‘horses’

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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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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Sunday was a success!

We Finally got Murhpey’s front feet trimmed. I also learned that he’s a little clubby in this right front, but with proper hoof care that shouldn’t be an issue.

I was so very proud of my boy.  It took about an hour for the tranq to affect him, and even then because of the abundance of activity at the Ranch and because we had to move him once, it didn’t knock him as low as I’d expected.  He was still very much alert. All the more reason for me to be so proud of him.

I ended up holding his hoof and leg (and most of his weight) while my Farrier worked on his feet, another person held the lead rope, while the Boyfriend alternated between feeding him bits of timothy pellets and keeping Molly out-of-the-way.  Another student helped to balance Murph, and after many stops and starts-many near falls, a rearing up, and a lot of sore limbs later, we ended up with an inch-to an inch and a half off of his fronts.  We even managed to get a little rasping in.


He’s up off of his bulbs now and though he’s still back on his heels, he is already walking better. I’m curious to see if he’ll still hop like a bunny rabbit when he runs.



The mission now is to get him used to holding his legs longer, get used to the sound of a rasp, teach him to hold his foot up on the hoof stand, and most exciting! Get him out of his daily, old, worn out black halter and in to his brand new chocolate-brown halter.  Which he will NOT be wearing in the pasture.


For those of you who may not know, keeping a horse-donkey-pony haltered in pasture can lead to all kinds of things, the scariest of which is strangulation, a broken neck &/or death  if they can’t break away from it.

To say nothing of the other horses using it as a chew toy, a horse getting a foot through it, getting it hung up wrong around the head and neck, or even having it embed itself into your horses flesh and/or having his nose rubbed raw if it fits poorly.   There are a lot of reasons not to leave a halter on all the time, and if you’re like me, and it’s  a training issue-work on it as soon as humanly possible. I’ll keep you guys posted!

Happy Trails!

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Barn Time Hoodie

My Mama got me this hoodie for Christmas this year (From Saddle Up magazine) because she knows her daughter.

I don’t like my barn  time. I don’t want my barn time. I NEED my barn time, like I need air- like I need food!  It is amazing how completely sideways I get when I’m not out there for a couple of days.  When I was in high school I never missed a day no matter the weather, and I didn’t understand how anyone could NOT go see their horse Every Single Day. But now I’m a big girl with a big girl job and responsibilities and sometimes my babies don’t get the love and attention they deserve.
It bothers me the most when I don’t get my Molly time.
This weekend I almost had a meltdown, two weeks ago I basically did.
I get quiet, and I get antsy, and edgy and Lord help you if you look at me sideways or say something in the wrong tone of voice, I’ll either start bawling, or get pissed off and then start bawling.  And it’s usually Boyfriend who gets to deal with this psycho who stole his girlfriend.  And I’ve finally figured out the root of this madness.


I need to check on my horse and my donkey and feed them and love them and make sure that they’re whole.  I need to ride and I need to make progress with Murphey.  Should I be shut in for more than a day I begin to lose it.

Don't Push Me Penguin

Does anyone else experience this?   That yearning to be outdoors with your animals?  In God’s creation with fresh air,  away from the computer and the tv and responsibility and the walls around you?

freshly baled hay

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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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Oh you know, Just hanging out with a Suffolk Punch.  
Only the biggest draft horse there is.  
They’re not as tall as say a Shire or a Clydesdale but they are much more massively built.  They were bred for agricultural work.  This is Gizmo. 

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