Hay isn’t Breakfast

I always feed hay before grain. I like the horses to have some forage in their stomachs and hope that it will keep them from gulping their grain. Especially Curly, who is prone to choke. Freedom will have none of it. He always comes up to the gate, but stands with his back to me, […]

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Food as Medicine

Today we are going to take a break from our regularly scheduled equine programming to take a look at another species . . . one that many of you might have in your homes or barns. The house cat. But this is also tale (or should I say, tail?) that I believe can be applied […]

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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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