Farm Life

Welcome “Raker” to the Green Barn!

Last week, this precious boy arrived at the Green Barn!

“Moneypenny’s Moonraker,” or “Raker” as he prefers to be called, is an 11 year old Anglo-Arabian (part Arabian, part Thoroughbred) gelding, who is relishing in our “Every Day at the Spa” stall package.  … Continue Reading

Hungry Horses!

What’s better than an afternoon snack arriving on a truck?  Nothing according to hungry ponies at the Green Barn.  You would think they are starving the way they swarm the hay… and I assure you, they’re not!  Special thanks to Triple L Ranch for their super yummy and excellent quality hay!… Continue Reading

Winter horse hoof care – be proactive not reactive!

I am definitely just about OVER this crazy Tennessee winter… cold, ice, snow, and worst of all, MUD.

Repeat with me… “just a little while longer, just a little while…”

One thing that’s making the winter slightly more bearable is keeping up with proper horse hoof care.  

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Even southern ponies like the snow…

Even 7 years after relocating to Franklin, TN from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I continue to have a hard time swallowing the “winter” weather here… basically a bunch of cold, yucky rain and muddiness from Nov-Feb.  I have MISSED the falling snowflakes, the trees outlined in white!!

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Horse bedding 101… I like wood pellets :)

There are tons (no pun intended) of types of bedding available for use of stalled horses.

…and the list goes on.

When trying to decide what type of bedding is going to be best for you AND your horses, it’s important to educate yourself, and make your decision based on cost, time spent cleaning, waste and most importantly how healthy and comfortable it is for your horse.

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Who likes to clean their tack?

We do, we do!

Actually, as you can see from the look on Eliza’s face, it may not be the MOST fun thing she’s ever done, but it is definitely a necessity!  Yesterday, Eliza and I spent a good 2 hours soaping and scrubbing…

Though tiring, the feeling of accomplishment afterwards and enjoying clean tack is great!

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The greatest invention of all time… trough heaters!

I have heard mounds of horror stories regarding taking care of horses in the winter… that even as far south as Tennessee, one would end up spending hours breaking up ice in the water troughs with a sledgehammer.  That water lines freeze and horses get dehydrated.  

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Five steps for winter grooming

All Tennessee horse people dread the winter for 1 main reason…

WINTER = MUDDY HORSES

We are seeing LOTS of this at the Green Barn and we haven’t even reached Turkey Day yet!

Sighhh…

So, in preparation, I am reviewing my protocol* for healthy horse winter grooming:

  • Maintain skin health – a curry comb and a shop-vac does wonders! 
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It’s round bale time!

The horses have told me it’s time for hay in their pastures…

…and I wasn’t terribly concerned about this because I have a FANTASTIC hay supplier with great prices. :)

However, i’ve changed my tune a bit as in 4 SHORT DAYS we went from this:

to this!

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Managing manure (does anyone want to know about this?)

I tend to write from my own experiences… meaning, when I learn something – YOU learn something!

And this week, i’m learning about manure… how to manage it, where to put it, what to do with it… lol

One thing is for sure, with 12 horses on the property, there is no shortage of manure.

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When your arm gets in the way of your horses teeth…

Poor Jolene’s eyes bugged out of her head when realized she “accidentally” took a chunk out of my arm… to her credit, she was aiming for Smoke :)

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Introductions… exciting AND frightening!

A little bit of preparation and a LOT of stress goes into introducing new horses to an already-established herd.  Just like the new kid at school, many thoughts are present… “will they like me? …accept me? …try to eat me?”  The answer is maybe – to all of the above!

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What’s more difficult?

Caring for 9 horses on a 25 acre farm day in and day out or getting the sign to hang straight?  LOL!

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