Thought These Were Beautiful ...........

MidWestHorse Archive on May 19, 2010, 4:11 pm

These photos were emailed to me the other day and I just thought they were so beautiful and it would be fun to share.........So enjoy!Please visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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We Have A New Family Member

MidWestHorse Archive on May 17, 2010, 2:57 pm

This is Kota, pronounced "Koda". He is our newest family member. Koda is an 8yr Aussie Shepherd. He came to us yesterday afternoon. He is a very good boy and has already adopted Stephen as his and has become the office foot dog. He seems to be adjusting fairly well considering he spent most all of his life with his former family. Everybody, meaning all dogs are currently establishing their pecking order. So far, so good. He has eaten dinner and breakfast fine, pooped well outside and is peeing ok.
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One Solid Week Of Cold & Rain

MidWestHorse Archive on May 13, 2010, 10:16 pm

Finally some warmth and a little sunshine. Hoping things will dry out soon................ And to think if our neighbor hadn't have scraped out this paddock and arena, it would have been knee deep rather than the ankle deep muck that is there. The goats have been particularly noisy today for odd reason. The dogs got fresh raw femurs and are happy working the marrow out of those. We're hoping to adopt a new dog, an Aussie Shepherd. We'll just have to see if it pans out or not. If not, I have a feeling
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Happy Mother's Day!

MidWestHorse Archive on May 9, 2010, 10:42 pm

For all us Mom's out here...........Happy Mother's Day! Human Moms and horsey Moms as well. Hope your day was as great as mine!Please visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Scenes From This Week..............

MidWestHorse Archive on May 6, 2010, 9:13 pm

Misty moving pretty well. Maybe her glucosamine is beginning to work for her.It's still quite windy here this week................For once Kola relaxed for our self portrait.......................Misty always does................They're so tolerant of me............A stupid plum tree seriously bit me while I was mowing the lawn. And it still hurts loads!As I said, still quite windy here this week............Mina showing off her ears!Please visit for more
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I Swear This House Will Blow Down!

MidWestHorse Archive on April 29, 2010, 9:14 pm

My Lilac bushes or should I say trees are blooming beautifully in spite of me doing a super cut on them early this spring. They were getting so bottom heavy, they were beginning to break, so Steve and I set to really cutting them back. I cannot believe how much lawn we managed to reclaim just from that. I think the Lilacs themselves are at least 20 years old.It is so ridiculously windy today, the girls have been spooking all over the place. A little apprehensive coming in for dinner this evening.
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Well, I Think Miss Misty............

MidWestHorse Archive on April 21, 2010, 9:52 pm

Is headed for an early retirement.......... She's semi retired anyhow as I only ride in the arena here at home these days, but she definitely struggles after that early December knee injury. I can see it when she sprints out to pasture. I know there is scar tissue inside interfering with her flexion of that knee, no brainer there. But it doesn't take much for her to tweak it. Doesn't really swell up, but I've been watching her for weeks and I can see the ever so slightly detectable lameness in that
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Quick Update on Sky

MidWestHorse Archive on April 20, 2010, 2:05 am

Joe is a good horse Daddy and had the Vet out yesterday......... She is malnourished from too high of a fat content. He had been feeding two gallon containers of grain and corn oil with weight builder and a half bale of hay a day. He has been given a list of supplements and fresh veggies and fruits to give her and will drop down on the grain and up the hay. Her teeth will be floated next week and the Vet will see her again in three weeks after new diet. He will send me pics again to track her progress.Please
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Alright, Folks, Need Some Help Here........

MidWestHorse Archive on April 19, 2010, 4:54 pm

This is Sky, an approximate 6yr old Thoroughbred mare.........She is owned by a young man, Joe, I introduced last year. Clearly he is having some issues and I am trying to help him. I am waiting for a total confirmation as to exactly what he is feeding and how much, however, I have spoken to him and he has told me he feeds a high percent grain with corn oil and endless hay, but here we have still a lack of weight gain problem, which seems to be getting worse. Also note the hair loss to the skin.
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Our Special Little Man

MidWestHorse Archive on April 15, 2010, 11:46 am

Some photographs of our special little man Joseph and our first grandchild on his first birthday,It has been hard over the last few years , kids have grown up and they have their own lives and careers making it harder for them to come and visit , plus little Joseph has spent quite a bit of time in and out of hospital.Due to the immigration cock up We have not been over there for quite a few years missing many important things in Toms and Becs lives including seeing Joseph bornLooking at the photos
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Once Again, Another Busy Week.........

MidWestHorse Archive on April 13, 2010, 11:01 pm

Yesterday, Jeremiah came and trimmed up some feet and helped me with the rest of the girl's vaccinations. They actually were kind of funny when getting trimmed, almost as if they were sleeping while the job got done. Jeremiah also brought his new little Border Collie pup with him. What a delight! I kick myself for not taking a picture. He was too cute, like a mini me of our Spot.Kola was unimpressed with the red "horse" ball that Spot threw into the arena. The look on her face tells it all. She
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OK, It's Been A Very Busy Couple Of Weeks....

MidWestHorse Archive on April 5, 2010, 1:13 pm

First of all, Our little Grandson, Joseph, has turned a year old yesterday! Happy Birthday little man Joseph! We will finally get to see him in September!Kola continues to look good. I've started her on a Vitamin E & Selenium supplement. And with a little apple juice added, she manages to stomach the bitter powder. Misty has been started on Glucosamine as well. I released Misty from the barn, only being stalled for 2 weeks and she seems to being doing well. I will not ride Misty this year at
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Important Lawsuit Could Affect Bloggers

MidWestHorse Archive on March 23, 2010, 11:20 pm

I am not sure how many of our readers embed fun YouTube videos on their blogs but thought I would write a post talking about an important Lawsuit currently happening.Viacom VS Google LawsuitBelow a link to a summary of the caseArs Technica ArticleAnd below is how I believe it will affect me and other webmasters and bloggersEmbedding Youtube Videos Possible Impact on WebmasterIt is difficult to summarize all the information, but if any of you remember the days of Napster and the outcome including
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This Dipstick

MidWestHorse Archive on March 22, 2010, 1:23 pm

I tell ya, if it isn't one thing , it's another. Yesterday evening, Stephen went outside to feed the girls for me and sure enough, he comes in, "You better check Misty, she hurt her leg again." "Hurry, Darling". Good grief, I thought and sure enough, a three legged horse. And just after a relatively clean bill of health. Stephen helped me get her into the stall. I gave her a dose of Banamine and filled up the water and hay and proceeded to poultice her knee, yet once again. By this morning, she
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Well, We're On The Fence.........

MidWestHorse Archive on March 18, 2010, 11:26 pm

Kola and Misty had there Equine Wellness visit today. Misty's body score a 4.5 /9 and Kola a 6/9. Last year Kola was scored at an 8. That being that, Dr. Schreiner isn't convinced that Kola is Cushings, short of doing the steroid test which puts Kola at risk for laminitis. At this point in time, since we're all on the fence with this, it was unanimous to hold for now and see how she sheds out. The Doc with very pleased with our progress with Kola's weight loss and of course once the Doc was here,
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Happy St.Patrick's Day

MidWestHorse Archive on March 17, 2010, 2:57 pm

Well, Vet isn't coming until tomorrow, my mistake, doh! Anyway, Wanted to wish everyone a Happy St.Patrick's Day! Although my heritage is not that of Irish, but rather Scottish, it gives me the excuse of putting up some bagpipe music. Forgot how much I love it. My Dad used to play the pipes. They are quite loud at 7am outside and directly under your nose, LOL!Please visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Good News & Suspected Bad News

MidWestHorse Archive on March 15, 2010, 9:24 pm

Well, during the first days of March, I was very pleased to see Kola coming out of Winter not nearly as fat as she was last Spring. Slightly overweight, but not bursting at the seams. She looked good and then what seemed to be overnight, she blew out in a bunch of extra long hair and her face looked odd, but I could not put my finger on it. She was still eating & drinking normally and acting her goofy self, but she doesn't look quite right. Pretty soon, like this past week, I noticed some muscle
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Old Horse Books

MidWestHorse Archive on March 14, 2010, 8:10 pm

Callie bought me a Barnes and Noble Nook for my birthday and I have been looking round at some of the old out of print books on horses at Google Books, One of the reasons I wanted a Nook was to read some of the old classics and old history books, but while checking I decided to check what old books about horses were availableFascinating readingThe horse by Isaac Phillips Roberts published 1905The Gentleman's Farriery: or A Practical Treatise By J. Bartlet Published 1773 The modern art of taming
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I consider myself Liberal BUT !!!!

MidWestHorse Archive on March 3, 2010, 3:47 pm

Some may be very offended by this post BE WARNEDI like to consider myself a liberal , but sometimes I wonder if I am really at heart,After reading Mrs Mom's Post Dealing With Thugs, and watching our daily local news of gang shootings, drug dealing and Robbery and Murders it makes me think maybe I am much more right wing than I think I am,Let me talk first about what being a parent is and should be,Loving, Nurturing, Life Teaching, Providing For and teaching your children between right and wrong
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It's Warming Up!

MidWestHorse Archive on March 2, 2010, 3:32 pm

It is finally warming up a bit around here. Supposed to get to the 40's by the weekend so I decided to remove blankets this week. Misty looks great and Kola, well, not as bad as last year. A little on the overweight side but not nearly as bad as she was. I noticed although she has her fat pads over the tail region, her shoulders look much better. Last year, she actually had huge shoulder creases, this year not so much. I'm looking forward to warmer weather, however, I do dread the results of it.
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