I Love Your Blog Award!

smellshorsey Archive on May 21, 2008, 10:17 pm

I am touched and deeply grateful that two fellow bloggers, Grey Horse Matters and EveryRider, have given me the I Love Your Blog award! I'd give them the award, too, but they've already won it. I love all the blogs on my blogroll, and then some I haven't put in a link to yet. But it was so much fun to receive the award that I'm going to pass it along to some of my favorites (if they haven't won it already). If you're not familiar with Transylvanian Horseman, you're in for a treat. He and his
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Looking for Hay Alternatives

smellshorsey Archive on May 15, 2008, 2:12 pm

My hay supply is dwindling and although my pasture is green, it isn't enough. I have to feed hay all year. The thought of doing what I have to do -- find hay and stock up for the coming winter -- makes me tired just to think about. The hay fields have been converted to corn fields to make fuel for me to burn in my car. Other countries are buying up our hay crop. I wonder if this summer will be yet another drought? The price of gas and fertilizer will drive the hay prices up whether or not we have
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Comparing Horse (and Pet) Insurance Plans

smellshorsey Archive on May 14, 2008, 9:37 pm

You can buy all kinds of insurance online. I just found out you can also buy pet insurance online, at least if you live and keep your horse (or pet) in the UK and related islands. You can get coverage for other animals, too, including dogs, cats, hamsters (!) and exotic pets. I've done a lot of work over the years for health insurance companies that cover humans. I had no idea about the varieties of insurance you can get for your pets. You can get coverage for the things you'd expect, such as replacement
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Fun with Extra Friendly Horses

smellshorsey Archive on May 12, 2008, 11:15 pm

I'm in love with Albert, son of Gilbert. Best of all, Albert's in love with me. I'll explain in a minute. Jane's farm is so much fun. Here's a photo of Buddy with Jane's six-month-old colt, Albert, from our November visit. We went out there Saturday to look at a horse that Lily's friend may lease for the summer (and keep here so they can ride together). All of Jane's horses were excessively friendly -- except, of course the one Lily's friend may lease. I would love to show you a good photo
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How to Measure Success at a Horse Show or Competition

smellshorsey Archive on May 10, 2008, 12:44 am

How do you measure success at a horse show or competition? Everybody wants the blue ribbon. But if you didn't win it, does that mean you lost? And if you did win it, does that mean you won? We're trying to take the focus off of ribbons. Some reasons for this are practical. Buddy is the cutest thing on four hooves but he's not fancy. He's nice, even handsome to my eyes, but not fancy. He's extra cute, too, when you get to know him. When competing with fancy, cute doesn't win unless fancy screws
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Purina Recalls Horse Feed -- No Public Announcement

smellshorsey Archive on May 6, 2008, 6:29 pm

I just received an e-mail through our 4-H club that Purina has issued a horse feed recall. I don't feed Purina but in case you do you need the following information, as for some reason the recall was issued to dealers but not the public. When I went to the Purina web site to find their announcement, it was in a .pdf file that I couldn't copy and it didn't have a url I could copy either. I was willing to give them some benefit of the doubt before that. They also closed that "announcement"
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Thoroughbred Racing is Playing it Stupid

smellshorsey Archive on May 5, 2008, 4:49 pm

Horse racing needs to change before it's forced to change. Right now, they're playing it stupid, racing too-young horses that have been bred for speed at the expense of soundness. Eight Belles was three-years old and 17 hands high. The average amateur, like me, wouldn't even start jumping her until she was five because her bones haven't finished developing. Am I smarter than the megabuck owners and trainers? I'd have to say "yes." Just look at the outcome Here Eight Belles was on national
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Rehabilitating Racehorses Rehabilitates Inmates

smellshorsey Archive on May 4, 2008, 11:51 pm

The headline could read, "Broken Horses Heal Broken People." The front-page story of the local newspaper was about a Department of Corrections program where prisoners work to rehabilitate racehorses and in the process find something good -- and nurture that goodness -- within themselves. I know my horses do it for me and for Lily. Bonding with a horse can make you a better person. The program has not been an overwhelming success, but it's still going and has helped rehabilitate lots
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Hay Prices to Get Higher in 2008

smellshorsey Archive on May 1, 2008, 9:15 pm

Not good news, but at least we can start to get prepared. According to this article by the University of Minnesota Extension printed in The Horse.com, hay prices are going to keep going up. Here's the text of the article: Prepare for a Reduced Hay Crop in 2008                 The USDA has released several crop reports that indicate the number of hay acres will be down in 2008. The department also reported that the existing hay supply is lower
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How to Keep Dirt Out of Your House

smellshorsey Archive on April 28, 2008, 12:50 am

Some of you live in clean houses. How do you do it? Do you keep your boots in the barn? What about the shoes that take you from the barn to the house? How do you get them into the house without muddying the house? I have a system, and it doesn't work. I've set up several obstacles in an effort to keep the pasture, barn and dirt-in-general from tromping right into the house. First you're supposed to stomp your feet with every step you take across the driveway. I know this technique must be successful
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Some Professional Advice on "To Breed or Not to Breed?"

smellshorsey Archive on April 19, 2008, 2:49 pm

Thanks for all your comments on "To Breed or Not to Breed?" Breeding a nice mare to a nice stallion and wanting to keep the offspring (assuming said offspring lives, etc.) in spite of what Fugly says has many benefits, ranging from just plain fun to learning about life to, as MiKael pointed out, being allowed to follow your dream. Is there anything more important than that? So, I called my niece, the horse vet, for professional advice on what to do next and her opinion on the whole
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To Breed or Not to Breed

smellshorsey Archive on April 17, 2008, 6:27 pm

Lucy's a smart girl. Here she is hoping for something. Food. An adventure. Maybe a boyfriend? True, she's got Buddy to boss around. But perhaps she'd like somebody more studly. Like a real stud. Lily has been dying to breed Lucy for several years. And now I wish we'd done it last year. At some point, Lily is going to want something fancier than Buddy. That could be Lucy, since Lucy is a lovely mover (though not fancy fancy). And she is as athletic as a cat, and way too smart. Lucy is 9, I think,
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A Little More on Marsh Tackies

smellshorsey Archive on April 17, 2008, 4:53 pm

The local paper came out with  a little more on the story about Marsh Tacky horses today and had some more photos in  the print version of the newspaper. Unfortunately, they didn't do much more online, but here's one photo where you can see them a little better. Click to enlarge.
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S.C.'s Endangered Horse Breed, the Marsh Tacky

smellshorsey Archive on April 15, 2008, 1:28 pm

UPDATE 10:12 a.m. Really good story about the horse's history and efforts to save them at American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Click on the link to the right ALBC Works with Owners & Others               to Conserve the Critically Endangered Marsh Tacky Horse This photo is of a Marsh Tacky stallion, an endangered breed of horses descended from Spanish horses. There are only 150 of these tough little horses left. Though I live in S.C., I've only
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Is Eventing Becoming too Dangerous?

smellshorsey Archive on April 14, 2008, 10:27 pm

I just got an e-mail from Pony Club about the high number of eventing deaths in the last year. Pony Club was calling for all leaders and participants to make sure that members are competing at the appropriate level. They cited the following story, which I will excerpt here, from the New York Times: A failed jump by one of the world’s finest riders and a spate of deaths have unnerved the equestrian community. Darren Chiacchia, 43, who helped the United States Olympic team win a bronze medal
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What Kind of Stall Flooring Do You Prefer?

smellshorsey Archive on April 13, 2008, 3:39 am

I should probably have a whole category called, "Things I Wish I'd Done Differently." One is the "flooring" in our stalls. We have no floors. We have dirt. I initially used straw for bedding on top of the dirt floor until Lucy got into the feed storage (another topic for my category of "Things I Wish I'd Done Differently) and had to be kept in the stall with butterfly pads in her hooves and all kinds of anti-founder precautions. Thank the Lord and our good vet, she didn't
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Sometimes You're Forced to do Things You Don't Like

smellshorsey Archive on April 12, 2008, 9:13 pm

Quite a few years ago my husband, Paul, was pulling out of an office driveway in his Diesel VW Rabbit when a city police car traveling at a high rate of speed without its siren on around a blind corner slammed into him, spinning him across four lanes and into a tree. Paul's head shattered the driver's door window and the backseat of the car was crushed, but Paul survived and in fact turned out to be okay. People stopped to help and the policeman who was driving the car interfered with them, ordering
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One of Abused Trexler Horses Dies, Bones Found Were from Horses Starved to Death

smellshorsey Archive on April 11, 2008, 2:43 pm

Apparently good, restorative care isn't always enough to save an abused animal. Horse #47, Jabask Gdancer, pictured here, of the Trexler herd has died. This is an excerpt from today's story, which you'll find here and here:There are new developments in the case involving the Trexler family horses. The agency says that a female Arabian horse named Jabask Gdancer passed away about two weeks ago. Josh Gowans with the Humane Society says the animal developed colic, and could not overcome what the agency
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Camden May Get Year-Round Horse Arena

smellshorsey Archive on April 10, 2008, 5:04 pm

Good news! Camden, S.C., long a center of horse activity, may get a year-round equestrian arena. Camden already has the Carolina and Colonial Cup Steeplechases at Springdale Course, the National Steeplechase Museum and a foxhunt with lots of preserved acres for hunting or just riding. The city itself is very horse-friendly, though there are signs that say, "Horses Not Allowed on Sidewalks." Here's the news: Kershaw County Council voted to give $150,000 over three years to a year-round
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Horses Give Freedom to All Kinds of Riders

smellshorsey Archive on April 10, 2008, 3:29 pm

I ride horses because of the freedom they give me. The physical freedom of their power and ability - -and the mental freedom of entering their world. For some people, horses bring even more freedom than I can possibly appreciate. Many of you already know about DreamRiders and other organizations that offer horses as therapy for people with disabilities. My only experience was watching a girl whose unregulated growth (I'm sorry I don't remember the name for this) was causing her hips and other
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