What Told You Spring Was Here

MidWestHorse Archive on May 5, 2009, 11:41 pm


Well spring finally sprung for us here in Wisconsin and I wish I knew which of the signals told us it was spring1. My yellow daffodils peaking out to make me smile2. The barn swallows buzzing around on recon flights picking out their nest sites3. Being able to go outside in teeshirt without having parts of my anatomy fall off4. Callie getting frustrated because the grass is growing and the Mowers not going5. The roads round here filled with tractors as the farmers start planting ( Our neighbor kicks
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Since We're Sort Of On The Topic............

MidWestHorse Archive on May 5, 2009, 12:52 pm


I took these photos yesterday as I was on my way to the lawnmower shop to get parts. I've watched this piece of property for years now. About 4-5 yrs ago, they expanded this land and built a decent looking barn, lots of acres, 37 acres actually and watched them breed. The property has now been for sale for two years. The horses that once were actually in nice shape now look like this. It's hard to see in this picture, but it's easy for me to spot and anyone who knows anything about horses to spot.
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I Win, I Win!

MidWestHorse Archive on May 4, 2009, 1:00 pm


Needless, to say about a week ago, I put Miss Kola on hoof supplement, of which she turned her nose up at. I had come out with some elaborate plans to get her to eat it, since I've drastically cut the grain down. I've also added the very same regimen to Miss Misty, figured it wouldn't hurt, well except my now more frequent farrier visits, HA! I have been adding a little generic cup of applesauce to their feed and supplements to get them to eat it and even with that, I was still getting the cold
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IN-BREEDING/LINE BREEDING

MidWestHorse Archive on May 2, 2009, 2:53 pm


My Stacy mare is about ready to foal and I have to decide what stallion to breed her to. The stallion that I had chosen does not live cover. I have AI'd her a half dozen times and only had one foal. I have better success with live cover. I know it is a wild idea, I want to breed her to her half brother Spider. I have been reading everything that I can find on this subject. Even though the paternal side is the same the maternal side of the horses doesn't have one ancestor in common. The chances of
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Wordless Wednesday.............

MidWestHorse Archive on April 29, 2009, 2:01 pm


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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

MidWestHorse Archive on April 27, 2009, 1:24 am


\It has been raining and storming all day and into the next couple of days as well!Wet, smelly dogs!My training pen drainage system! It came pouring out!At least they're smart enough to stand in the shelter. Well, being enticed with hay doesn't hurt either!Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Thursdays Happenings...............

MidWestHorse Archive on April 23, 2009, 7:51 pm


Is this really necessary? How does thing work?Please, I beg of you..............Please? Take it off..........I mean the grass isn't even long enough!Oh, thank-you, Mommy............ I don't know what I did wrong...........And what are they doing out here?Anyway, the Vet was out here and YES, Kola is a bit on the fat side. I tried the grazing muzzle and in the end, just didn't have the heart to continue with it. I mean the grass in the pasture really is short and there is just no point in torturing
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Just Another Wednesday.................

MidWestHorse Archive on April 22, 2009, 1:07 pm


All plans for today's outdoor clean-up have been shot to hell, due to the recent rainy crappy and cold weather. I had great plans for clearing the training pen and pulling the grater around, however it is now in a fine state of mud! And the quad has a flat tire, figures!Jackson is now on the shit list as he decided to take the trek up the driveway towards the road, paying no mind to me screaming his name at the top of my lungs! Thankfully, I did get his attention before he made it there, but could
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GREENER PASTURES PROGRAM

MidWestHorse Archive on April 21, 2009, 5:21 pm


I am so happy to see this. It is a program offered by AQHA. They may not be the first, I do hope we see something like this from all the breed associations. I know both Gerald and I will be enrolling for some of our past horses and I will enroll all the babies that I raise. You have to go on the AQHA website to enroll. Thank you AQHA!!!Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for more horse stories, information and resources.
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A Collective Prayer For Us All..............

MidWestHorse Archive on April 16, 2009, 10:29 pm


I've finally taken the time to leave my own little world I've been in recently and read a lot of our friend's blogs. Some of the news is shocking to me and so absolutely sad that there are simply no words. A whole lot of our horse blogger friends seem to be going through all kinds of misery and so forth. It makes my issues seem trivial, yet still you've all rallied around me, of which I am so grateful! I just want to send all of my well wishes and prayers and good energy to you all! Seriously, Blessed
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They Never Fail To Amuse Me.......

MidWestHorse Archive on April 16, 2009, 1:12 pm


Thought this was hilarious. After feeding the girls their grain this morning, I decided to let them out and although it's not unusual for the girls to have a little tromp, the dogs ususally don't go with them. However, curiosity got the better of Jackson and he decided to follow and see what it was all about. Of course they made thier turn around and started heading back. You can see little Jack change his mind and make a bee-line back asap! I laughed inside and stayed very quiet, but I busting
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I Think I Need More Bluebirds!

MidWestHorse Archive on April 15, 2009, 10:40 pm


Two fat girls after a day in the pasture, now they're sleepy. But Stephen and I were gone this afternoon to his Ortho because the lovely Jack pup, 35 pounds hit him at full speed last night in the back yard and where did Jack body slam Stephen? Yep, you guessed it full on, full speed into his broken ankle. This just set him back a couple of weeks, Good news is x-rays still look ok. Then on our way back home, two marvelous Jackasses , one in a huge SUV and one in a Pick-up decided to have a little
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Maybe Things Will Turn Around..............

MidWestHorse Archive on April 14, 2009, 2:16 pm


This is our first Bluebird of the year.............Hope he sticks around. They have been depleted from this area over the decades but are now making a comeback.Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Monday.......Blahs!

MidWestHorse Archive on April 13, 2009, 12:57 pm


Pywackette (that black kitty ) passed away early Friday morning peacefully in her sleep, she was nearly 18yrs old and I knew it was coming, both Steve and I held her Thursday night and cuddled her closely and by morning she was gone. Rest in peace, Pywackette............I let the girls out this morning, hopefully they'll stay out of the burrs. I really must hunt those things down and get them on the burn pile.It's due to rain, so the goats are not happy, I put their hay inside their shelter this
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Happy Easter Y'all!

MidWestHorse Archive on April 12, 2009, 8:00 am


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Cricket and Robin

MidWestHorse Archive on April 10, 2009, 2:17 am


I took Cricket back to the auction for a 2 year old competition. It was for the best broke 2 year old. Out of 18 horses mine was the only one that did not have a bit in her mouth. I start them with a halter then use a side pull until I think they are ready for a bit. Cricket was injured pretty bad. She cut her leg to the bone on her ankle just above the hoof. Had she had softer hoofs she would have done the same thing as my little colt that lost part of his hoof. I was real scared on this one.
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The First Baby of the Year

MidWestHorse Archive on April 9, 2009, 3:19 am


Here she is, a week late and worth the wait. She was born Sunday night. We think she will turn gray. She has dun markings. Gerald and picked up this mare to breed to Spider. I haven't had a Spider baby in awhile. This little girl is all go. I have never seen one with so much energy. Her Mama will be run ragged.Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Been Meaing To This For Awhile Now.............

MidWestHorse Archive on April 8, 2009, 9:17 pm


1. How old were you when you first started riding? I was three years old when I was first put on a horse, I really started riding when I was about 9yrs old and that was at Girlscout Camp.2. First horse ridden: I can't rember his name, but it was again at girlscout camp.3. First horse trotted on: Same as above.4. First horse cantered on: That would have been when I was about 11yrs old and Jess and I used to spend the weekend at a riding stable in which they gave us the rankest horses and let us out
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This Is What I Get..........

MidWestHorse Archive on April 7, 2009, 8:41 pm


For lettin' them out in the pasture. Kola showing off her burr mowhawk!Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Where There Is Death, There Is Also Life..........

MidWestHorse Archive on April 6, 2009, 12:58 am


Stephen's Grandson, Joseph James Heelan was born yesterday, on his Uncle Tom's birthday as well. He is the spitting image of his Mother, Becs. Red hair and all! A big boy like his Dad, 9 pounds, 8 0z. In the end born by C-section. He is a handsome little baby, don't ya think? So at 46, I'm a step-grammie! And I'm going to call him, JJ! Too cute! Welcome little Joseph to this big wide world!Please visit http://midwesthorse.blogspot.com/index.html for more horse stories, information and resources.
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