Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Oh the joys of winter horsekeeping.

Does anyone else get that warm snuggie feeling when they hear the ring of poop-sicles falling into the wheelbarrow? Or remember fondly the joy of chiseling frozen poop? How about the deep mud holes that have now turned into moguls for horses and humans to navigate. What joy.

It's mornings like this that make me really enjoy my horses. I have to really enjoy them, don't I, or would I continue to do this year after year. The tough part is this is just a very early view of things to come in this year of the 2010 La Nina.

Well, off to hauling down jugs of hot water to even out the ice crusted water buckets. I know that bucket heaters would help but we don't have enough power in the barn to run them. At least all this heavy trudging is good exercise. Good prep for the Thanksgiving feast.

BTW, this will be an especially joyous Thanksgiving because we will have all our kids with us. Now that is joy. And yes, even when I'm flinging frozen poo, I am happy because that means that I do have a horse of my own.

Now that is JOY.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

That's our Hummer

I was just reading thru the current Guideposts Magazine. "the up side" on page 14 had a quote by Actress Jane Seymour, from her new book Among Angels. She said that some people believe in blessings instead of luck. In the same way, she doesn't believe things are coincidences but miracles. I usually call those types of things God-incidences.
This brought to mind an event from last night.

Dennis and I went to beginning sorting at Silver Buckle. We are working on setting a plan of bringing our granddaughter, Emily, with us. She recently had a spinal cord surgery and her scoliosis is getting much worse so we have been bringing her in a wagon, padded and arranged for her comfort. I park the wagon in the corner just outside the sorting pen and she has been our timer - everyone having a good time. I put a barrel next to the wagon to sit on as I keep her company and as a barrier between Emily and whatever is happening in the arena.

Dennis and Hummer had completed a couple of goes and Dennis wanted to get some coffee so Emily and I held Hummer while Dennis went to the refreshment table. We were enjoying visiting with Hummer and he was nicely bending down so Emily could pet him. Emily was keeping time and we were visiting when I felt the barrel bump. I looked up and saw a horse bounce off Hummer while he just stood there quietly. What Emily and I saw was a horse that had somehow pulled off his headset with the bit still in his mouth. He was jumping around while the owner tried to get everything put back correctly.

A friend was watching and said that this horse came toward Hummer and he just stood there and puffed up while the other horse bounced into him. What is natural for a horse is to watch out for himself and get out of the way. What actually happened is that instead of moving away, Hummer just quietly stood right next to me and Emily and protected us from the other horse.

When Dennis came back with him coffee, I told him what happened and I got tears in my eyes. Hummer has walked into me many other times with much less provocation. This time Hummer was protecting Emily. I don't think it was a coincidence that Hummer was standing with us right then. God put him there to protect us. A miracle.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Park Plan Passes

For those of you that don't get The Columbian in print or online, here is the article from yesterday's paper.

County commissioners voted 3-0 on Tuesday to approve the Lower Daybreak Regional Park master plan, acknowledging that there’s no funding in sight but recognizing that formally adopting the plan opens up the possibility of receiving grants for the project.

This is a victory for the horse community in that extensive equine facilities are planned for the area. Clark County Executive Horse Council and interested individuals have worked for may years to get the county to ok something like this. There is no money to accomplish the plan right now but just having it ok'd is a start.

Many thanks to Butch Reynolds, president of the Clark County Executive Horse Council for getting this passed. It is a good thing............

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Horse

Within the warmth of my horse’s breath, I will find the air that I need to live today, I will find the wind to fly to the heights of my dreams, I will find the one I am meant to be.

Colleen Randall
NARHA Advanced Instructor
GaitQuest Therapeutic Horsemanship

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Heat Stroke

I'm guessing that this is the farthest thought from your mind today.

Our grandson asked if he could go down with me to let the horses out this morning and I said no. When he asked why, I said cause the muck would suck his boots off. He then offered that perhaps I shouldn't go there either. I just love the workings of a 4 year old mind. I said that I agreed but that someone had to let them out so they could have breakfast.

But remember last summer? Right now the memories seem to be from a far away land but summer will come and quite possibly, high heat.

As I continually confess, this horse stuff is new to us so if I'm offending anyone by sharing information that is too basic, sorry. We had to start somewhere and I'm guessing that there may be others in the same place. My poor vet keeps getting the "what do I do now?" calls. This article might save someone a phone call.

Plain Facts on Heat Stroke by Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

Summers heat and humidity can be much more than just uncomfortable. They can be deadly. Horses lose their lives every year to heat stroke. Countless others struggle through anything from weakness to colic as a result of inadequate care in hot weather. Don’t let this happen to your horse! read more....

As a side note, the author, Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD, is the standing authority on Equine Cushings and IR and shares a lot of valuable information on the Yahoo web group - EquineCushings.

Stay dry and remember, this too shall pass.......

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I need to tell you all how great I think the 'farm officials' are in this area.

I have had weed questions in the past and I can take in a sample and they'll scramble around until they come up with a name and tell me if it is toxic for horses.

The newsletter that Doug Stienbarger sends out from the Small Acreage Program is great and he keeps us all informed about upcoming events and opportunities.

Contact information:
Doug Stienbarger, Extension Director
(360) 397-6060 ext. 7716

Today I had another opportunity to experience the good service that we receive from our farm folks. I had a concern about the Lupine on the property next to us.

I shot Erin an email and within an hour she sent me a reply. She calmed my fears, gave me a reality check and even gave me an 'atta boy' for being vigilant about the condition of our pastures. We are especially fortunate that Erin is a horse person that grew up here and now she plans and schedules a lot of good classes and workshops for the Small Acreage Program. To see what's coming up, contact:

Erin Harwood, Program Coordinator
(360) 397-6060 ext. 7720

We have a lot of dedicated individuals within our community. Some do it as a job and others get involved as volunteers.

An example of this blend is the Clark County Equestrian Advisory Group. They have been meeting since last November and are working at making this a horse friendly area. The Executive Horse Council has been working towards this for years and that work is paying off. One of the items that the Equestrian Advisory Group is working on is identifying areas that should have an Equestrian zoning. Check out their web site to see what is happening now and to read the meeting notes.

There is a 'contact' form on one of the pages or for more information, you can contact:
Laurie Lebowsky
Clark County Community Planning
(360) 397-2280 ext. 4544

Remember that our county will become more Equine friendly as we continue to be involved and make our voices heard.

Good job everyone!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tack Sale - April 17th

The Outlaws are having a Tack Sale Saturday April 17, 2010.

Location: Clark County Saddle Club - 10505 NE 117th Ave. Vancouver, WA

It will be open to the public at 8:00 AM. Coffee & donuts & a limited lunch menu will be available.

If you are interested in being a vendors, please call Jorga @ 360-521-8532

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sleeping Around

I got this in an email today.....

It's ALWAYS the kids that suffer. His name is Zonkey

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Upcoming Small Acreage Events

I just received this from Erin Harwood, the Small Acreage Program Coordinator for WSU Clark County Extension -

1) Small Acreage Expo - save the date!
2) Sustainable Small Acreage Living Workshop
3) GreenGate Farm Tour
4) Well and Septic Maintenance Workshop

Small Acreage Expo - 5th Annual Save the date! Saturday April 17th 9 am to 3 pm Battle Ground
Great classes on pastures, manure management, composting, weed control, chainsaw maintenance, rain barrels, beekeeping, chickens, business planning, and much more!! Further details available soon!

Sustainable Small Acreage Living - Tuesday March 23 6:30 to 8:30 pm CASEE Center, Brush Prairie
Learn to create an efficient property layout, protect natural resources, establish property management goals, manage water on your property, protect soil and improve its fertility, reduce chore time, and save money. Additional support for this event provided by Clark Conservation District.

Small Acreage Tour: GreenGate Farm - Saturday March 27 10 am to 12 pm Battle Ground
Come see unique manure disposal, pasture rotation, interesting guttering, and mud reduction. Learn how the owners run a small horse business. Gain valuable ideas for your property and take home great reference materials. Additional support for this event provided by Clark Conservation District.

Well and Septic Maintenance Workshop - Wednesday April 7 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Clark County Fire & Rescue, Dollars Corner
21609 NE 72nd Ave, Battle Ground
Learn from local experts how to properly maintain your septic system, prevent costly repairs, and protect your drinking water from contamination. Connect with local experts to have your questions answered. Additional support for this event provided by Clark County Public Health.


Call (360) 397-6060 ext. 0 to register for any event and for directions

All events sponsored by the Small Acreage Program, a joint partnership between WSU Clark County Extension and the Clark County Clean Water Program.

Erin Harwood
Small Acreage Program Coordinator
WSU Clark County Extension
11104 NE 149th Street, C-100
Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Phone: 360-397-6060 x7720
Fax: 360-397-6122

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Horses and Kids

What a grand combination.

When we moved to our place sort of in the middle of town, we figured we would have people, especially kids, come to see our horses. God has sent them and we have enjoyed the experience. The kids all seem to come in 2s probably for courage. The latest ‘2’ came on Saturday.

On Friday, I flew back from a month in Texas with our son and his family. They were moving back to Vancouver and I was there to help them pack. Dennis and Eric got in last night with the big Penske truck and two cars. Triann and the grandkids and I flew back.
The journey back took us 12 hours because we were blessed with a friend giving us standby passes. We made all the intended flights but had two plane changes and a 5 hour layover. It was a long day but the price was right and it saved us driving for 4 days.

Ok, long story to explain how tired I was on Saturday when I saw 2 young girls come thru the yard. They had been told that they couldn’t go to the horses without asking first. When I opened the door, they asked if I could teach them how to pet a horse. The last thing I wanted to do right then was go out into the field but how could I turn down a request like that. So out we went. The horses were wonderful and came up to visit for just a bit. We talked about how to watch the ears and to see how they communicate without talking. Also did the safety talk. They enjoyed themselves and I was happy that I had gone out to say hello to my boys.

Later that day, I heard a knock on the door and there were the two girls again. This time they each had a bouquet of daffodils. They wanted to go pet the horses again. I declined this time but gladly accepted the flowers.

What a nice ‘welcome home’ gift and one of the unexpected joys of owning horses.

I just love it!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Help find stolen truck

I just received this email.

Hi this is Jacob Anderson. I am just shooting out a blanket e-mail to ask people to keep there eyes open for this truck that was stolen from my yard on 29th Ave. in Ridgefield. The truck was stolen Sunday night 1-17-2010 while I was at the Winter Woolies Show.

If you have any Info please call Jenna cell 360-953-0957 or Jacob cell 360-953-0956

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Budweiser Clydes

I just watched my DVR of the Jan 17th The Horse Show with Rick Lamb on RFDTV. He tours Anheuser-Busch’s 350-acre Clydesdale breeding farm outside Columbia, Missouri. It is Episode 268.

Rick has a link to this program but I found that it took a long time to load so I've included that link here.

He does his usual good interview with some interesting information. There is also some incredible footage of those magnificent animals running. They also show one of their stallions that weighs over 2000 lbs.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


Flying Horseman

I received a link to a video of Lorenzo, the Flying Horseman in my email this week. I have seen it before but it is still breathtaking.

I wanted to find a link that you all could see so I did a search and found several more videos. Each one has something a bit different but still incredable pictures so I'm sending these along also. There are several more so if your interested, just Google Lorenzo and have fun.

In the water in the south of France

Flying Horseman

Free horse

Equitanna 2007

This one is an interview with Lorenzo. If you don't speak Frence, just turn the sound down and watch some amazing video.

If you know of someone who does speak French, ask them to traslate this interview and pass along the script. I'd love to hear it.


Dear Horse,

(from my inbox)

I love you very much, and I truly cherish your presence in my life. I would
never wish to criticize you in any way. However, there are a few trivial
details regarding our relationship that I think might bear your

First of all, I am already aware that horses can run faster than I can. I do
not need you to demonstrate that fact each time I come to get you in the
pasture. Please remember that I work long and hard to earn the money to keep
you in the style to which you have become accustomed. In return, I think you
should at least pretend to be glad to see me, even when I'm carrying a
bridle instead of a bucket of oats.

It should be fairly obvious to you that I am a human being who walks on only
two legs. I do not resemble a scratching post. Do not think that, when you
rub your head against me with 1,000 pounds of force behind it, I believe
that it wasn't your intention to send me flying. I am also aware that
stomping on my toes while you are pushing me around is nothing but adding
injury to insult.

I understand I cannot expect you to cover your nose when you sneeze, but it
would be appreciated if you did not inhale large amounts of dirt and manure
prior to aiming your sneezes at my face and shirt. Also, if you have
recently filled your mouth with water you do not intend to drink, please let
it all dribble from your mouth BEFORE you put your head on my shoulder. In
addition, while I know you despise your deworming medication, my intentions
in giving it to you are good, and I really do not think I should be rewarded
by having you spit half of it back out onto my shirt.

Sometimes, I get the feeling that you are confused about the appropriate
roles you should play in various situations. One small bit of advice: Your
stone-wall imitation should be used when I am mounting and your speed-walker
imitation when I suggest that we proceed on our way, not vice versa. Please
also understand that jumping is meant to be a mutual endeavor. By "mutual",
I mean that we are supposed to go over the jump together. You were purchased
to be a mount, not a catapult.

I know the world is a scary place when your eyes are on the sides of your
head, but I did spend a significant amount of money to buy you, and I have
every intention of protecting that investment. Therefore, please consider
the following when you are choosing the appropriate behavior for a
particular situation:

- When I put your halter on you, attach one end of a lead rope to the
halter, and tie the other end of the lead rope to a post or rail or
whatever, I am indicating a desire for you to remain in that locale. I would
also like the halter, lead rope, post, etc., to remain intact. While I admit
that things like sudden loud noises can be startling, I do not consider them
to be acceptable excuses for repeatedly snapping expensive new lead ropes
(or halters or posts) so that you can run madly around the barn area
creating havoc in your wake. Such behavior is not conducive to achieving
that important goal that I know we both share --- decreasing the number of
times the veterinarian comes out to visit you.

- By the same token, the barn aisle was not designed for the running of the
Kentucky Derby and is not meant to serve as a racetrack. Dragging me down
the aisle in leaps and bounds is not how "leading" is supposed to work, even
if someone happens to drop a saddle on the floor as we're passing. Pulling
loose and running off is also discouraged (although I admit it does allow
you to run faster).

- I assure you that blowing pieces of paper do not eat horses. While I
realize you are very athletic, I do not need a demonstration of your ability
to jump 25 feet sideways from a standing start while swapping ends in
midair, nor am I interested in your ability to emulate both a racehorse and
a bucking bronco while escaping said piece of paper. Also, if the paper were
truly a danger, it would be the height of unkindness to dump me on the
ground in front of it as a sacrificial offering to expedite your escape.

- When I ask you to cross a small stream, you may safely assume that said
stream does not contain crocodiles, sharks, or piranhas, nor will it be
likely to drown you. (I have actually seen horses swimming, so I know it can
be done.) I expect you to be prepared to comply with the occasional request
to wade across some small body of water. Since I would like to be dry when
we reach the other side of the stream, deciding to roll when we're halfway
across is not encouraged behavior.

- I give you my solemn oath that the trailer is nothing but an alternate
means of transportation for distances too long for walking. It is not a
lion's den or a dragon's maw, nor will it magically transform into such. It
is made for horses, and I promise you that you will indeed fit into your
assigned space. Please also bear in mind that I generally operate on a
schedule, and wherever we're going, I would really like to get there today.

For the last time, I do not intend to abandon you to a barren, friendless
existence. If I put you in a turn-out pen, I promise that no predators will
eat you, and I will come back in due time to return you to your stall. It is
not necessary to run in circles, whinny pathetically, threaten to jump the
fence, or paw at the gate. Neither your stall mates nor I will have left the
premises. The other horses standing peacefully in adjacent pens amply
demonstrate that it is possible to enjoy being turned out for exercise.

In order to reassure you, my dear horse, I have posted the following message
on your stall door:

"Notice to People Who Complain About My Horse"

1. I like my horse a lot better than I like people who complain about her.

2. To you, she's an animal; to me, she's a big, hairy, four-legged daughter
--- and you know what they say about coming between a mother and her

3. This stall is her castle, and you are expected to treat her as the queen
she thinks she is.

4. If you don't want her to steal your carrots, don't walk by her with the
carrots sticking out of your pockets.

5. Horses are better than husbands or kids. They eat grass, don't smoke or
drink, don't expect an allowance, don't voluntarily get their body parts
pierced, don't hog the remote, don't waste the whole weekend watching
football with their friends, don't talk back to you, don't compare you
unfavorably with their friends' owners, don't keep you awake with their
snoring --- and no horse ever left the toilet seat up after going to the

Finally, in closing, my strong and gentle companion, I would like to point
out that, whatever might happen between horses and their people, we humans
will always love you. In fact, our bonds with you help create new bonds
among ourselves, even with total strangers. Wherever there are horses, there
will be "horse people", and for the blessings you bestow upon us, we thank

Most sincerely yours,

Your Owner

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hope you are off to a good year. Of course, regardless of our personal situations, how we look at them as our choice so we can always be having a good year. I have friends that groan every time I say that. Not too long ago, I had a friend jump at the chance to remind me of that same fact. It made her day!

Now down to business.

I just got my order of a new RED saddle pad and boring brown leg wraps from Horse.com. Dennis and I have been drooling thru the catalog that came in the box and there are some really good deals in there. They’ve got pads and blankets and vet supplies and ointments and tack and clothes…….
Just a heads up to look them up on line if you’re needing to restock any of your trunks.

I’m sure there are plenty of other good deals around this time of year. If you find something really good, send it to me and I’ll pass it along.

Dennis has been home sick for a few days now and we are zipping thru our list of DVR programs. We watched Rick Lamb’s program last night and he had a lady that was a professional body clipper. She admitted that her job can get a bit boring and to liven things up, she started clipping in designs into the horses coats. She used a manila file folder to cut out a template of a diver. She taped that to the horses neck and then clipped around it and added some freehand ‘bubbles’ up along the mane line and then as the horse walked, the diver and bubbles moved. Now that’s making lemonade out of a lemon job! Talk about making choices about how you look at a situation.

Well, off to making some chicken soup for lunch.