An Update.................

MidWestHorse Archive on August 4, 2011, 1:14 pm

Wow, Has it been a month already? Not a whole lot has been going on around here, other than battling the heat wave that has been sweeping the nation this summer. I actually didn't mow the lawn for nearly 3 weeks as it was dry and weedy. And the extreme heat and humidity has made it nearly impossible to do anything outdoors than what was actually necessary. The goat children are doing fine. The boys have shed out beautifully, however Miss Jenny is still a bit hairy. Not likely she let me catch her
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Innocent? I Think Not!

MidWestHorse Archive on June 27, 2011, 3:52 pm

Innocent and sweet looking faces? Perhaps......... However, apparently these two decided to make a break for it. Naturally, I was at work. Well, I came home from work Saturday morning to discover a patched together barricade in front of what's left of the small portion of electric fence in the paddock and arena. Recently, I've been working on fixing the pasture fence because I have caught Kola leaning over it and since she breached the portion of the AC electric fence that also manages the pasture,
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Another Busy Week.................

MidWestHorse Archive on June 13, 2011, 1:56 pm

Jeremiah will here on Wednesday to trim these girls, a long time coming...........They definitely need it. And of course the weather is finally nice, not too hot, not cold and rainy, but now I'm sick with some sort of respiratory virus.........figures...........And it's time to order hay again.Stephen and Zoe managed to revive our little backyard pond. I'm not too sure how I feel about the over abundance of gnomes..........The box gardens are going mad! We've plucked spinach and lettuce already,
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Pardon My Language, Friends.............

MidWestHorse Archive on May 24, 2011, 12:23 am

But y'all know me by now and when someone p*sses me off, well, you know how it goes. So here it goes................TO the F*CKTARD named Michael Swaim who attempted to leave a vile inappropriate comment...........................The answer to your question is to check under your nose, d*ckface! Sorry folks, needed to be saidPlease visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Well, It's Been A Busy Few Weeks

MidWestHorse Archive on May 19, 2011, 4:48 pm

First, I have to say, although this was quite an investment, I think we'll save on hay over the summer in the long run. This stuff is great. Stephen invested in a handy little tow behind the tractor sprayer and we bought some of this stuff. A few weeks ago, Steve sprayed the pasture. Our biggest concern, other than Burdock and the multitude of other weeds, is the fact that more often than not, I end up locking the girls out of the pasture because of the "slobbers" they manage to get every year from
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Chapter 1. Reflections From A Brit After 10 Years Living In The New World

MidWestHorse Archive on May 10, 2011, 1:18 pm

One of the most common questions I am asked after people hear my British accent is "was it a big change to move to the United States"Well after 10 years and a couple of trips back to England, I thought now would be a good time to write down my perceptions and changes to my life. The first thing to remember and possibly the most important in how my life has changed is by all accounts I was a city boy in England and here we live amongst farmers, crops and wildlife, so these changes reflect city to
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Country Living and Birds In The Garden

MidWestHorse Archive on May 8, 2011, 7:55 pm

One of the wonderful joys of living in the country and working from home is the wide range of birds I can see from my office window.I thought I would share just the first 10 today or the page will load to slowly, I may well do a further post laterAmerican Goldfinch ( Always brings a smile to my face when I see them due the bright colors )Baltimore Oriole ( Highly Unusual this year we have 2 pairs who come to the feeder )American Robin ( To Many to count and to a Brit even after 10 years they blow
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Back From England Again!

MidWestHorse Archive on April 27, 2011, 6:38 pm

Stephen and I went back to England for a visit for two weeks and we just arrived back home this past Monday. I have tons of pictures again, however, since this is a horse blog, I thought I'd start it off with some new friends I made while I was there.It was getting toward the end of our visit and we hadn't gotten to the New Forrest again this time and I hadn't gotten my fix of horsey lovin' yet, so Stephen indulged me on our way back from the Marwell Zoo and we took a few country roads near Wickham
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Found this Humorous & Mostly True.........

MidWestHorse Archive on April 7, 2011, 10:30 pm

What they say v.s. What they mean Started -- Rode Once Green Broke -- Rode Twice Ready to Show -- Green Broke 10+ Loper -- Can't Jog 10+ Jogger -- Can't Lope Good Mover -- Stumbbles Occasionally Barrel Racing Prospect -- Just Off the Track Hunt Seat Prospect -- Should Be On the Track Western Pleasure Prospect -- Too Slow for Barrel Racing Cutting Horse Prospect -- Turns & Runs when frightened Reining Horse Prospect -- Spins & Runs when frightened 15.2 hh -- 14.2 hh 16.3 hh -- 15.3 hh Attractive
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Sometimes Ya Just Have To Laugh.........

MidWestHorse Archive on April 6, 2011, 9:08 pm

Can you read my horses? Misty calmly waiting for dinner............Kola mounting frustration.............. Misty now irritated with Kola..........thinks if you just stand quietly, it will come......because it always does. Not fast enough, says Kola............ I'll chase you down lady! And get that darned dog out of here! Oh, what great entertainment............The horse does not lack for food.........Neither of them do, but it was 4:00 PM and that means dinner, not a photo shoot! Please
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A Quest For More Self Sufficiency

MidWestHorse Archive on April 2, 2011, 5:03 pm

Over the years We do the same thing each yearGo to Garden Center at spring time and buy plants to put in our pots and some hanging baskets, Plus few tomato plants and that has been it ( plus Callies Roses etc. )Loved the idea of a salad garden and a vegetable garden because I love fresh vegetables straight from the garden but hated the thought of weeding, weeding and more weeding because the chances I would not know the difference between a vegetable plant and a weed.Plus has anyone else noticed
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When Is A Truck, Not Actually A Truck

MidWestHorse Archive on March 21, 2011, 4:28 pm

No offence to anyone who owns one of these, but Stephen and I had one hell of a giggle this morning as we stopped at Tractor Supply Company so that I could pic up the horses' wormer. Mind you we already had 100 pounds of grain in the Jag........Anyhow, we watched as the couple before us attempted to..........................put one of these in that white (truck?) . Between the two of them, they had many attempts at it. It would not fit in the back or bed or whatever one would call it. It would not
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Compare Your Inflation

MidWestHorse Archive on March 20, 2011, 9:26 pm

I thought I would share a table I have created on The People History, Part of running The People History is keeping prices for everything from food to Gas Prices over the last 90 years and I created the table included to monitor how inflation has changed over the last few years. Click The Image for easier to read full size image.While I was at it I created a comparison basket of goods from 2008 to this month , I was surprised at the basket shown belowWe update the figures every 3 months monitor
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Happy St. Patrick's Day & A Little More.............

MidWestHorse Archive on March 17, 2011, 2:33 pm

I stole this pic, but Happy St. Patrick's Day to all.............I personally do not go out and drink and celebrate..........Haven't done so in decades, but for those of you that do, please be safe and enjoy!The girl's U-Guard I ordered has come and not a moment too soon. They always get tummy aches and are particularly "pissy" with each other during their spring heats and as usual right on cue. I find that U-Guard once started and into a week of it seems to help with gut aches and crabbiness.........Use
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Happy Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras & Finally A Hint Of Spring!

MidWestHorse Archive on March 8, 2011, 5:54 pm

Will some one please explain to me, how Miss Kola can freak over a white plastic horse eating bag and yet graciously dress for the Mardi Gras occasion and pose............Mind you, the mask kept falling in her face. She was quite enamored with the purple boa............Hilarious!Misty was not quite as pleased, but played along anyhow.........I never did get her hat donned. Both girls' blankets came off today and I'm quite pleased to see their body scores.........Not so bad. Jeremiah will be here
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Status Quo...........As Usual

MidWestHorse Archive on February 24, 2011, 3:47 pm

We leave in mid April back to England and there is so much to do before we go. Besides the spring chores of removing posts and such.........There is the spreading of fertilizer and weed killer in March, so hoping all this snow melts soon..............I will not put up with another year of "slobbers" secondary to clover and humidity. Not sure if I'll have everyone vaccinated before we go or if I'll wait until we're back. Besides the mounds of outdoor chores, Stephen has decided to patch and re-paint
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Murphy's Horse Laws

MidWestHorse Archive on February 5, 2011, 10:21 pm

Murphy's horse laws- Jeremiah sent me this, thought it was funny! *If you do a thorough check of your trailer before hauling, your truck will break down *There is no such thing as a sterile barn cat No one ever notices how you ride until you fall off *The least useful horse in your barn will eat the most, require shoes every four weeks and need the vet at least once a month *A horse's misbehavior will be in direct proportion to the number of people who are watching *If you're wondering if you
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WTF? Welcome To Wisconsin!

MidWestHorse Archive on February 2, 2011, 11:11 pm

Our attempt at a goat rescue this morning. It was successful and Jenny goat is safe after we had to did her out. She was buried in her small goat house. And we had to dig out the water which was still warm water under a pile of snow...go figure...................The 3 foot drift in front of the door on the deck.........yay, had to shovel that out as well!The horses made a path and this evening look better. All eyelash icicles have now melted!Before the goat rescue and dig out........Where the hell
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Well, Here Comes The Real Winter Blast!

MidWestHorse Archive on February 1, 2011, 1:42 pm

Well, it started with round 1 last night and I woke to 5 inches of snow to shovel down the stairs. A Border Collie chasing the snow I was attempting to shovel and turning the corner to see these normal "feed me" antics!After they ate their pelleted grain and I threw the hay in front of their barn so that they may have a little protection, it was total chaos as the horse eating wind noises caused the dopes to flee several times in between bites.................They made several attempts and this
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MidWestHorse Archive on January 25, 2011, 12:36 am

Well, Winter continues and I find it annoying lately! It's been sub-zero off and on for a couple of weeks...........Horses are coping well enough and just got my hay delivered to find the delivery cost has gone up 50%, oh well.........I'll be starting the girls on their 2011 Equine Wellness Program soon. Jenny, the new goat has mixed in well with the boy goats......Everyone seems to be getting along. Nothing really new so far. Steve and I are planning another trip to England in April for about 12
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