Thursday, May 28, 2009

Skywatch Friday # 46

From a Bug's Point of View

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I'll be gone until Sunday night.  My friend Laura invited me and Red to go horse camping with her and her gelding Jerico.  We are going to Cuneo Creek Horse Camp.  See ya Sunday if I don't see you there!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lyra's New Boyfriend

There is a new hottie in the general pasture.  His name is Fidel (as in F. Castro).  He is a gorgeous Azteca with a huge, floaty trot.  And guess who he is in love with?  Yep, Lyra has a new boyfriend. 

Barefoot Trimming Abstract AKA My Mess When I'm Done

Wordless Wednesday: Red - Then and Now

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Online Community: Are You Interested in Barefoot Trimming?

Whether you are interested in learning more about how to promote healthy hoof function or have been trimming horses' feet for years, the Horse City Hoof Forum will provide you with some great information and helpful ideas.  This is my number one favorite online resource.  They are a truely nice group of folks who range from those wanting to learn more about hoof care, to those just starting to do their own trimming, to highly skilled trimmers.  All are generous with their ideas and encouragement.  

The photo in this entry is of my mare Lyra's front right hoof which provides me with constant challenge.  It is a wry hoof and my efforts to "follow the sole" sometimes feel like trying to follow an optical illusion.  The lines in the photo are drawn by a Horse City Hoof Forum resident member who has a great eye.  I found them incredibly helpful for getting back on track with Lyra.

Please visit this wonderful corner of our "online community."  Your horse will thank you!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Remember the Animals who Served, Suffered, and Died

The above painting, "Good Bye Old Man" is owned by Britain's Blue Cross.

Today please remember the many animals who gave their lives,
 conscripted to serve humans in war:

Statistics of the heavy, heavy toll of war born by those 
who had no choice (stats from BBC article, 11/24/2004 ).

Horses - Eight million killed in WWI alone, carrying men, arms and supplies into battle
Pigeons - 200,000 used as messengers in WWII. Of 17,000 parachuted into enemy territory, fewer than one in eight returned.
Dogs - used to hunt mines and search for the wounded. Still routinely used today
Mules - used as transport in the Burmese jungle, with their vocal chords slashed to keep them quiet
Camels, oxen and elephants - used for similar purposes elsewhere
Dolphins and sea lions - used today to find underwater mines and protect ships
Glow worms - used in WWI as an aid for map reading

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Grace: the Heart of Yellow

After I could find only one yellow bucket for the Sunday Stills Challenge
I set out to find more yellow.  And I found these amazing iris.  Too late for Sunday, 
but just in time for a Monday entry picturing Grace in yet another wonderous incarnation.

Sunday Stills

The Color Yellow

I definitely need more yellow in my life!
My one bright splash of yellow is from my favorite bucket, I have several of them
They are made by Tubtrugs and are incredibly tough yet flexible plastic.

Find more lovely yellow at Sunday Stills.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Skywatch Friday #45

Sundown over Humboldt Bay

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Synchronized Grazing

Red and Coal in the General Pasture

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Online Community: Where I go for Inspiration

I have to admit that I watch very little TV.  Actually, I don't own a working TV.  Lately I have been reading alot of blogs.  Guess this is my new form of sit down entertainment.  Instead of being a "couch potatoe" I am more of a "blog potatoe".  I rather like this as I am able to combine some of my favorite interests - horses, reading, writing, and photography, have fun, and learn more about my world.

There are days where I have to provide myself with some positive information, something to remind myself of hopefulness, kindness, and effective effort that makes a difference.  On those days when I check in online I first go to read two rescue blogs - first Thoroughbred Friends and then I move on to NorCal Equine Rescue.   Good people making a difference in our world and the world of equines in danger.  They are also honest, reliable rescues that you can support with confidence.

Monday, May 18, 2009


1grace            Listen to the pronunciation of 1grace
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin gratia favor, charm, thanks, from gratus pleasing, grateful; akin to Sanskrit gṛṇāti he praises
12th century
1 a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctificationb: a virtue coming from God c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace2 a: approvalfavor graces> barchaic : mercypardon c:a special favor : privilege grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling> d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency e: a temporary exemption : reprieve3 a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic b: a pleasing appearance or effect: charm grace of youth — John Buchan> c: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing4—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop5: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks6plural capitalized : three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty7: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura8 a: sense of propriety or right grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin> b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
synonyms see mercy

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sunday Stills: Eyes





Red & me

Red & me

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Stories from the Trail: Queen Lyra

Hail Queen Lyra (thanks Fey, for seeling deeply this wonderful horse)!  Look at her shining spirit and glorious confidence!  Lyra has finally completely recovered  from her neglect and starvation, she has fully returned to herself. 

It was almost exactly one year ago that Lyra looked like this (above photo), and still went by the name Zelda.  Amazing how (in addition to good food, supplements, plus consistent hoof and vet care)  love, respect, and feeling like a valued member of the herd can so thoroughly transform the very appearance of a horse.  Just imagine what it can do for human kind.   

 Here she is today!

Lyra sends some love and spirit Coyote Road way!

There go two happy granny horses.  They just ran over to check on me and see if I had any nice things for them.  After they ate all my carrots the two took off running back across the pasture.  Can you hear them giggling?  Lyra is just amazing.  Her status in the herd has changed significantly - from second from the bottom she now bosses over half the herd (hey, how come I've got bossy horses?).  She is strong minded, funny, loves going fast, and is increasingly independent yet sweetly affectionate.  My kind of mare!