No More Cold Hands

No More Cold Hands

Wouldn’t it be nice to have no more cold hands when working at the barn? Winter in New England is all about the cold. The forecast for the next few days is overnight lows in the single digits and daytime highs that are less than 20. About three years ago, the cold started to really […]

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Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra Born at Rancine Zoo

Hartmann's Mountain Zebra

Get ready for an overdose of cuteness with this Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra foal, born at the Rancine Zoo (in Rancine, Wisconsin) on Christmas Eve. An incredibly important addition to the dwindling population — there are fewer than 100 Hartman’s mountain zebras in the US and are liisted as “vulnerable” in their native habitats in Southern […]

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Old Billy, the World’s Oldest Horse

Old Billy, the World's Oldest Horse

Who would have guessed that the world’s oldest horse lived from 1760 to 1822 — that’s right, he was 62 years old and lived to that ripe old age at a time when horses were work animals and veterinary care was primitive at best. Even today, the life span of the “average” horse is only […]

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Healing is Happening Here

Healing from ulcers

After 28 days of force-feeding Zelda her ulcer meds, I’m happy to report that the latest endoscopic exam showed that healing is happening. In fact, she is able to taper off the Omeprazole over the next week, and will finish off the container of Sucralfate. Zelda has been a very good girl but she is […]

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Golden Afternoons

Golden afternoons

It may be winter, but we still have golden afternoons. Even with no leaves on the trees, the sun caresses the branches and stops you in your tracks with the sheer beauty of nature. My horses’ barn is one of the loveliest places, and I feel privileged to visit it every day. Especially now, when […]

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Feeding to Prevent Ulcers

Feeding to Prevent Ulcers

Treating ulcers is only the first step of fixing the problem; preventing them from recurring is the tricky part. For the last few weeks, as I use medication to heal Zelda’s ulcers, I’ve been thinking about feeding to prevent ulcers in the future. The tricky part for me is that Zelda doesn’t fit the mold […]

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Pony is a Four-Letter Word

pony is a four-letter word

Although they can be very cute (and this one is), never forget that pony is a four-letter word. Of course, I can totally see Zelda behaving the same way. She wouldn’t be spooked by any of the elements but would totally try to eat the shrubbery. We all need something to make us laugh today. […]

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Reflecting on Friendship

Curly

Yesterday, Curly and Zelda staged a jailbreak, knocking down the electric fence and wandering through some thick brush. When the ground is frozen the electric fence doesn’t work that well, and with winter blankets to protect them, I doubt they felt much of anything. Unfortunately, Curly did not emerge unscathed. She managed to slice her […]

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