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Things horses spook at…

I adore Bonnie Timmons, she’s hilarious :)

**from her book Hold Your Horses: Nuggets of Truth for People Who Love Horses… No Matter What

THINGS HORSES SPOOK AT:

  • Lions in trees
  • Tigers anywhere
  • Helicopters
  • Large dogs with big teeth
  • Small dogs ” ” “
  • Dogs ” ” “
  • Dogs that weren’t there yesterday
  • Rocks
  • Thermonuclear devices
  • Rogue nations
  • Plastic bags that flap
  • Bugs
  • Everything else
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The Green Barn – December Updates!

Interested in what’s going on at the Green Barn?  Check out our December newsletter :)

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Why do horses kick?

In the past, I might have said – WHO CARES why they kick?! Just stay out of the way of the flying hoof!  (Easier said than done, by the way!)

But now that I spend as much time around horses as I do, it’s absolutely essential to be aware of the reasons horses kick, and try to limit those reasons when they are within reach of a human :)

Ask my friend Becky, she is well-aquainted with one of the reasons… an annoyed horse due to improper past training and while Becky was attempting to retrain a behavior… you fill in the blank…

Boo!!!  

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Ten exercised to become a better equestrian

  • Drop a heavy steel object on your foot. Don’t pick it up right away. Shout, “Get off, Stupid, GET OFF!”
  • Leap out of a moving vehicle and practice “relaxing into the fall.” Roll lithely into a ball and spring to your feet.
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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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From one interesting (hopefully!) blog to another…

As a new blogger myself, I am drawn to blogs written by other people in which I share similar interests with :)

Meet Leslie Wylie.  She has lots to say!

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The Green Barn – November Updates!

Interested in what’s going on at the Green Barn?  Follow the link to November’s updates!

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To blanket or not to blanket…

That is the question!

It’s getting to be about that time… blanket time.

I’ve been in barns where nobody wears a blanket… EVER…!! “they’re horses!  ummm, hello? they’re used to the weather!!!”

…and i’ve been in barns where we have bunches of blankets… i.e.

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Welcome “Air” to the Green Barn!

I’m pleased to announce an exciting new addition to the Green Barn!

drumroll………

Meet “Air.”

Air, who is a 9 y.o. Trakehner gelding, graced us with his magnificent presence yesterday…

…all 17.2 hh of him!

I’m thinking he could leap right over my car if he truly wanted to… lol!

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Massage therapy… for humans or horses?

I have always been a firm believer in the benefits of massage therapy for MYSELF… oh yes… but for my horse…?

Yes!

Equine Sports Massage Therapy is the therapeutic application of hands-on massage techniques for the purpose of increasing circulation, relaxing muscle spasms, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone, and increasing range of motion in horses.

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You can never be too prepared for colic…

Colic in horses is an umbrella term which specifically refers to “abdominal pain,” more specifically an obstruction or twist within the GI system…

…and if you look at the picture, there is quite a bit of GI system to get twisted!

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Becky’s 1st time on lunge…

Quick video of Becky’s (TB mare) first time on the lunge line… we don’t really have much info on Becky’s past, but we’re attempting to see if/how trained she is… can she be ridden, etc?  Check out the video… she’s looking pretty good so far!  

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