Do You Have A Sensitive Horse?

MidWestHorse Archive on July 28, 2008, 4:49 pm

Kola is my sensitive girl. I've learned over the nearly two years I've had her within my company that she is very sensitive. She tends to stress colic with bad storms in combination with heat cycles and I'm now getting better at detecting it and intervening with a dose of pro-bio and banamine. She also has been lower on the totem poll. Misty has always been alpha, however lately the table seems to be turning which surprises me. I've noticed this week, that perhaps Kola is tired of being nipped at
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I'm a Bad Mom..............

MidWestHorse Archive on July 25, 2008, 6:43 pm

Well, I managed to poison my horses, especially evident in Kola. I think I had this info filed in the "asscrack" of my brain long ago but since it never became an issue, I forgot about it. The girls had spent an extra hour out in the pasture yesterday as I had taken Zoe to see The Dark Night in the afternoon. By the way an awesome movie and when I called them in I noticed Kola drop a bucket of "water" out of her mouth. At the time I thought she had just gotten a drink and was holding her water.
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Pet or Livestock?

MidWestHorse Archive on July 24, 2008, 6:57 pm

OK, I'm going to stir things up a bit here and ask all of you out there whether you consider your horse a pet or livestock? I used these pics of people riding cattle because cattle are considered livestock. This question depending on how it answered poses more questions which I will not start here as it is so controversial. I think you know where this can lead, but as that question has been asked so many times during other discussions and yet has not been answered. Should we let the government decide?
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Views From This Week

MidWestHorse Archive on July 23, 2008, 3:58 pm

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Proud To Be.........

MidWestHorse Archive on July 22, 2008, 6:34 pm

So along with the recent "meme's" going around, my darling husband Steve came up with a great idea which is a little different than the normal "meme". He's an idea man! Why not pass a "Proud To Be...." along? So I'm going to start this with six, cuz it's a good number and pass it on to three.1) Proud to be the wife to a great man!2) Proud to be a Mother. Hopefully a good Mother.3) Proud to be a home for so many creatures, the girls, the goats, the puppies, the kitties, and all else who dwell within
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Six Things........Hmmmm.....

MidWestHorse Archive on July 21, 2008, 7:40 pm

I've done this before.... A few times, but I'm willing to think of a few more things to add. Victoria over at Teachings Of The Horse , tagged me for a game of meme. Six things that you may not know about me. So here it goes.1) I am a Pediatric Critical Care Registered Nurse. I've been a Pediatric nurse for 17 years. Most new people I train at work are scared of me at first, so I've been told and then they find out that I'm really a pussycat! Not mean, but anal and set in my ways and a good teacher.2)
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Just a Reminder

MidWestHorse Archive on July 20, 2008, 3:06 pm

Here's poor Spider last winter. I was pretty hot this morning while I was feeding, we have such high humidity here. Gerald found this picture in my pile of pictures yesterday. When I look at this I don't mind the heat so much. We have gotten about 3 inches of rain in the last 2 days. How much snow would that be? I decided it's time to sell the Camaro and find something with front wheel drive. I think we are in for one hard winter! Please visit for more
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Well, Here Is Who We Brought Home

MidWestHorse Archive on July 18, 2008, 1:09 am

Her name is Kadie. She is three years old and was found as a stray. We saw lots of puppies and decided that she needed us most. Of course Zoe and I rushed home to gather up Stephen and Spot as they suggested she meet them as well and of course, only after the meeting did she cough with suspected Kennel Cough and get diagnosed after Spot was exposed, but we decided to take her home with the proper meds and tomorrow Stephen will have to go to our vet and pick up antibiotics and vaccinations for me
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Another Hot Day

MidWestHorse Archive on July 17, 2008, 2:43 pm

It's going to be a scorcher today, up into the 90's and very humid. I really don't like it this hot! Zoe and I are going to look at puppies today. We've decided to add a new family member. The humane society this morning and an appointment this afternoon to look at some Lab/ Retriever Mix puppies. Sunday we will look at some Aussie shepherds. It's going to be hard as I easily fall in love with puppies and stray dogs. I'm going to try and hold out for an Aussie, but you never know. We won't purchase
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A Little Out Of The Realm Of Horses But............

MidWestHorse Archive on July 16, 2008, 1:03 am

Thought I would share this story. I'll first start by saying I moved here to this house on Bowers Road in Spring of 1995. It was fairly warm and we had rented a moving van and enlisted my in laws at the time to help with the move. A very long day and at the end of it, Kathy and I went back to the apartment in Lake Geneva to clean up. We had brought three of Kathy's girls with us. They were little, Meghan 8yrs, Ashley 6yrs, and I think we had Carly, who must have been around 3yrs old. My car was
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I Love Summer.........

MidWestHorse Archive on July 14, 2008, 7:16 pm

But I feel like it's already winding down and I find that depressing. I like warm summer days with low dew points and this week is going to get hotter and stickier. Steve and Zoe have gone to the mall today in search of some Apple software for Zoe and probably out to lunch. I opted out of going as I have some house work and just didn't feel like it. I thought I lost Stephen's dog, Fido, just awhile ago when I went out to let the girls out in the pasture. He usually wanders about the yard and then
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What Music Does Everyone Listen To?

MidWestHorse Archive on July 14, 2008, 4:24 pm

I'm curious as to what everyone listens to. My girls have a large loafing shed and it is connected to the electric fence so there is electric to it. I have a radio propped up in the rafters and the girls a serenaded to the sounds of popular country. Of course at Christmas, that station sometimes gets changed to the Christmas music station and once in a while I'll put on the classic rock station. But I soon tire of that and back on goes the country. I'm probably the only one in the world that drives
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The Dreaded Mosquito!

MidWestHorse Archive on July 10, 2008, 9:20 pm

I for one am glad I had the girls vaccinated for West Nile virus! Since we've had the record spring rainfall, there has been standing water in the neighboring farm fields. The mosquitoes are just vicious! Once they discover you out there, it's as if they tell the entire swarm and then you're under attack! I don't think I've ever seen so many! How about all of you? Are you dealing with numerous mosquitoes? And are your horses protected?Please visit for
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Scenes From This Week, My Wordless Wednesday

MidWestHorse Archive on July 9, 2008, 9:35 pm

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Late Night Thunderstorm

MidWestHorse Archive on July 8, 2008, 3:23 pm

It's really hard to get a pic of a lightning strike! But I managed to get this one of poor quality from the living room window at about 11pm last night. The girls were huddled together and not in their shelter. The puppies were panting and drooling over our heads in bed most of the night which made it difficult to sleep. Little Lilliput cat will hide in the bathroom under the old claw foot tub. Finally everyone settled down and Stephen slept right the way through it!Please visit for
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Absorbine Ultra Shield Fly Bonnet

MidWestHorse Archive on July 7, 2008, 9:08 pm

I have finally found a fly mask that we are all happy with! I bought these the other day at Tractor Supply Company. The girls actually put their heads down and allow me to place the masks over their ears without an argument! They also protect against the sun's Ultra Violet rays! Awesome product! Love it! And the horses are pleased.Here's the product information! " The UltraShield® Fly Bonnet has been specially designed to provide maximum protection for your horse's face, ears, and jowls, and
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Not To Change The Subject Or Anything..........

MidWestHorse Archive on July 7, 2008, 3:32 am

Who else thinks that Kola may be directly related to this particular Giraffe? Just changing the subject a bit to lighten the mood here. I've been working over this holiday weekend and unable to moderate, so Steve has taken over. Thank-you my Darling. I see in the comments many opinions on the state of this country and all that's been on going. And I must say that we here value every one's opinion and will never stifle anyone who comments here, but I just want to remind everyone to respect one another
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$10.00 Worth Of Gas OUCH!!

MidWestHorse Archive on July 5, 2008, 11:10 am

The only words I can use to describe these two graphics is OUCH!!!The graph was from the governments energy information site ( Why wouldn't they have it updated with 2008 price ) so I had to put it on myself, hope it does not go up to much more or even my graph would look pretty dumb if gas goes to $5.50 before the end of the year.I did some checking back in history from my own site for figures after the last oil crisis in 1978 and I was shocked not because of the price but the percentage as well
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Happy Independence Day!

MidWestHorse Archive on July 4, 2008, 4:07 pm

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July! We celebrated with a nice dinner last night and rented a couple of movies. I have to work tonight, but the pay will be good! Steve and Zoe will mill about at home and watch the fireworks from our deck. We can see about four different towns fireworks from our deck! Cool! So everyone have a great holiday!!!Please visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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So What's Really Going On?

MidWestHorse Archive on July 3, 2008, 1:45 am

Above is a graphic that provides an idea in relative terms of some of the wonderful wild life supported on public lands across the USThe pictures are semi relative in size to the number of animals that can be foundEstimated Deer Population US 25 million Coyote Population US 1 millionEstimated Black Bear Population 465,000 bearsCurrent Estimates Of Wild Mustang Population of 33,000 wild horses on Bureau of Land Management which administers 264 million
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