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Attention horse people…

Awww… beautiful… right??

WRONG!!!!!

Horse people… can you tell me what’s wrong with this picturesque scene? (hint, it’s not the brown dead spot where the hay was!)

BUTTERCUPS (aka ranunculus)!!! Every horse owner’s nightmare!!!

These beautiful flowers which cover the fields in a blanket of cheery yellow, contain an enzyme called protoanemonin which is POISONOUS to horses (they cause mouth sores and in extreme cases, colic) and are a HUGE nuisance to the one managing the pasture (ahem, ME!)

Don’t panic though, horses won’t eat the buttercups unless they don’t have plentiful forage available to them (i.e.… Continue Reading

The Green Barn – May Updates!

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

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Welcome “Elmer” to the Green Barn!

So… I know the “welcome to the Green Barn” posts are typically reserved for the ponies who call our barn home – BUT… we have a new member of the family that needs an introduction!!

Although he isn’t a “horse,” he is quite full of “horsepower.”  LOL!!… Continue Reading

Stop… breathe… and enjoy :)

You might remember a post I wrote last week, half-joking while airing my dirty laundry about not being in the best mood and feeling quite overwhelmed… basically just having “one of those days,” or in my case, one of those weeks!… Continue Reading

Vaccination Time!

It’s spring!

In addition to the spring cleaning we all feel inclined to do, there is some spring housekeeping (or “horsekeeping,” lol!) that usually takes place… spring vaccines!

Most horses are due for their vaccines each spring and fall (depending on their individual schedule).… Continue Reading

What a week!!

I definitely need to preface this post by reiterating – “I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!”

I absolutely adore the horses, enjoy working with them every day, and truly am excited to get up every morning and hear their nickers when it’s time to feed them…

…but every once in a while you just have one of those weeks.… Continue Reading

Welcome “Midge” to the Green Barn!

This past weekend, we welcomed the adorable 14 year old pony “Midge” and her super-cutie owner, 6 year old Cecelia to the Green Barn.  Cece (Kim’s daughter) is a primo-hunter in the making!!  Check out that leg position and seat!!  … Continue Reading

The Green Barn – April Updates!

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

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Welcome “Applejack” and “Bella” to the Green Barn!

I am so excited to welcome “Applejack” (left) and “Bella” (right) to the Green Barn!  These 6-year-old mustang beauties are both visiting all the way from Maine, while their owners Marianne and Jon visit the beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee!  … Continue Reading

Here come the carrots!

Sorry that i’ve been MIA for a week!  :)  The thing about having a barn is that when I go missing for awhile, don’t panic!  It’s not actually bad news, it’s just that i’m sooooooo busy I don’t have time to write!  … Continue Reading

Horray for barn work weekends!

This past weekend at the Green Barn I called a “barn work weekend,” basically just asking for volunteers to come out and lend a hand…

…2 hands are better than 1… 4 hands are better than 2… and 48 hands are fantastic!!!  … Continue Reading

I need to take a lesson…

…from Mozart Ozark.  In the following video, Ozark, a 28 year old Thoroughbred at the Green Barn, teaches me about the joys of relaxing in the sun :)

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“Who’s gonna open the gate?” A breed profile :)

Answers to the age-old question: “who’s gonna open the gate?”

  • Lipizzaner: “No need for opening it! When are you all going to learn how to fly?!”
  • Thoroughbred: “Let’s wait for the gate to open – when the bell rings!”
  • Paint: “Yeah, what he said!
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Equine Sports Massage Therapy… Part #2

You might remember a post I wrote several months ago regarding the benefits of Equine Sports Massage Therapy.  Well… benefits there are!! Several months ago a few of our horses had their first sessions, and we are seeing vast improvements in flexibility and behavior.… Continue Reading

The most annoying sound in the world…

…has got to be a cribbing horse.

You walk into the barn, and you’re greeted by the comforting sweet smell of hay and the warmth of the horses’ bodies all tucked in their stalls… the quiet calm of happy ponies munching their dinners… and then…

THE SOUND.… Continue Reading