Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Rainbow over the fields

Tonight when I went to feed the horses a beautiful double rainbow hovered over the barn. I looked for the pot of gold — always a useful thing to have with horses around — but the only thing framed by the light was them. One of the things I love about taking care of the […]

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Three Young Bucks

Three young Bucks

Freedom has some deer friends that I see frequently in his field. Tonight, there were three young bucks with their small, velvet-covered antlers. Two of them settled down for a nap in the field and the third kept watch, grazing. I wonder, sometimes, when we see deer out hacking, whether they are his friends.  

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When your horse chokes

Choke is the most common esophageal disorder in horses and occurs when poorly chewed feed gets stuck in your horse’s esophagus and the muscles spasm and hold it in place. Unfortunately, some horses, like Curly, are prone to choke. Her owner, Lindsay, documented the most recent incident. Why does Curly choke? Partially it’s because she […]

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Love is in the Air

It’s finally spring in New England. And the mares are in heat. Especially, Curly. She may 26 but she’s still a hussy. Freedom may be 20, but hedoesn’t want to let her out of his sight. In his mind, the girls are part of his harem. He’s always possessive of them, but in the spring […]

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They’re always glad to see me

Glad to see me

One of the rewarding parts about feeding the horses is they are always glad to see me. First thing in the morning, or early evening (like tonight), they greet me with nickers and whinnies. They never complain that it’s the same old grain and hay.  Each day it is equally delicious. Even Curly, who gets […]

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Here’s Mud in your Eye

Whitmore ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.

After every muddy Kentucky Derby, one of my old posts, On a Sloppy Track, Jockeys wear up to 9 pairs of Goggles, always gets a lot of views. Obviously, on a track as muddy as yesterday’s, it’s a real challenge for jockeys to guide their horses to a good trip. I can completely understand why […]

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Treat Problems, not Possibilities

Freedom

Over the last three months, I’ve performed an experiment on my horses. Not an intentional one, but one that is interesting. They got three months of rest and no supplements. Not a planned protocol, but I ran out of supplements and couldn’t leave the house to go to the barn. For Zelda, the experiment involved […]

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