A reiner at a dressage show.

FEI World Cup Dressage, Omaha, Nebraska, March 2017 I have to admit…I feel a bit out of place.  Aside from attending a small schooling show this is the first dressage show I have attended with the intent of being an avid spectator and fan of the sport. I have had a...

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3 Ideas when you can’t keep your horse

"I have a mare bred very well that is too talented to stand in front of a round bale. I have been wondering what to do with her and I was watching her in the winter pasture. She makes a big circle and sends herself does a sliding stop rolls back. She did this five or...

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Building a Pinterest Friendly Barn

When we started the project of building our new barn and home (yes, in that order) I asked for only one thing; every area where it was practical I wanted something impractical (but still functional) to be there. Yes, I just used practical and impractical together…I...

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How I view goal setting and New Years Resolutions.

Happy New Year! Is it possible to write a blog post on New Years day and NOT write about New Years Resolutions? I contemplated another topic (maybe tomorrows blog?) but I kept coming back to resolutions. Do you make New Years Resolutions? I do. Do I keep the...

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Update on foals and building

Thank you to everyone who keeps asking me for updates. It's been busy around here, which is not an excuse but has been my reality, so I have been slacking.  The building process has been much more demanding than the foals have, they in turn have provided me with much...

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Orphaned foals: From Milk to Grain

This photo shows how I have spent much of my time since adopting Presto and Justice. There are three things to notice here: #1- my right hand is mixing the foal milk (click for video) #2-my left hand is putting away my cell phone (I was probably Snapchatting) #3-the...

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Video: heartbeat of foal at 28 days gestation

This is a pretty cool video clip. Do you remember that in the blog where I announced that I was going to adopt from Last Chance Corral, I also showed a photo of the ultrasound confirming that our mare was in foal? This is the same mare.  This short video is from...

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Day 4: Bucket Feeding Foals-Milk Recipe

If you ever find yourself with an orphan foal for whatever reason you will need to be prepared to offer them the nutrition that they need. The two foals that I have were taught to drink from a bucket for several reasons. The first is that the foals like to drink small...

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Day 3: Feeding and care of nurse mare foals

Adopting these two has been remarkably like bringing home a child. Expect them to sleep, wake, pee, poop, eat, sleep...repeat! Throw in some play time and it pretty much sums up the days for now.  Although it is fun, watching the foals right now is also critical. The...

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Day 1: Bringing the nurse mare foals home

A quick blog, late at night, to update everyone on the foals... ...as of 3:15 this afternoon we officially loaded up our nurse mare foals and headed home! Both foals came with names that Last Chance Corral had given them. The little draft cross on the left with the...

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