Horsekeeping Lucky enough to have a horse. Previous Horse had rules. No. Previous Horse had Rules, with a capital-R. For example, he had a specific show arrival protocol. He got off the trailer. He had a hay snack. He had a nap. I could shorten these to a bare minimum on occasion. Woe betideContinue reading “Follow The Rules”
One of Previous Horse’s hind shoes, circa 2009 at the latest. Pack rat? Moi?
Rodney: New shoes! Feet feel much better! Yippeeee! Rodney is more inclined to gallop over for meals. Rodney: New shoes! My feet are weird! What? Rodney takes about a week to adjust to different. Sigh. He is willing, curious, and energetic. Quick? Not so much. __________________________________________________________________________ Gratuitous Stepping Stone Farm Dog
I’m feeling punk, so I’m rerunning a post from an earlier iteration of the blog. At this point, Rodney had been with us for two months & was still named Roscoe. Roscoe’s Lament (With apologies to Theodor Seuss Geisel) I don’t like my shoe, the one on the right. A nail in the front isContinue reading “Roscoe’s Lament”
A while back I asked my blacksmith what constituted a good client: Someone with many horses and therefore much business? Someone whose horses have difficult but expensive shoes? Easy but low-paying shoes? Someone whose horses behave? All my horses learn to stand for the blacksmith, load on trailers, ground-tie for grooming, etc. I was hopingContinue reading “On the Fourth Day Of Christmas: 4 Custom Shoes”
Holidays are the time to contemplate the great imponderables. Barn Mystery After a blacksmith visit, I use a magnet on a stick to pick up nail bits from our dirt aisle. I do this every time. Why do I always, always find old nails? Cat Mystery While Ghost was recuperating, Blue broke into the ICUContinue reading “Life’s Mysteries”