Thursday, September 22, 2011


I visited the local fiber festival this weekend, dropped off some fleeces to be processed, ran into fellow breeders and fiber enthusiast, and saw some beautiful animals.  Different in the focus of their breeding maybe but all beautiful Shetlands none the less.  The best part was coming home and knowing that what is in my pastures suit my purposes very well.  Not indiscriminately but very intentionally.  Not necessarily logically to the outside perspective but completely logical to me.

The fiber festival had to share the weekend with my other favorite fall event:  The New York Morgan Horse Show.  My friend called me 58 days before the show and said get your horse ready and come with me.  Although my first instinct was that I didn't have enough time, I decided to try to pull if off to be with my friends.  Long and the short it was not enough time and I ended up scratching from my classes after one that could have ended tragically but luckily did not. My horse was showing signs of suffering pain.  Now finding her source of pain...farrier, chiropractor, saddle fitter, all lined up to help me sort it out.  Vet didn't find anything when I had her up before the show.  I suspect back pain due to unbalanced shoeing and possible hoof pain for the same reason.
 Finn has been fixed and has a broken toe (from chasing the cat), poor guy feeling under the weather.  Started his bird dog training previously though and he is a natural!
Did you know that a red sex link second generation of being crossed, reverse their colors, the roos being red and the hens white?  The lone chicken I got from my friend's child's class is actually a rooster.  Crowing and all!  These two are the same approximate age.  Note the differences.


  1. You didn't mention having a good equine veterinarian lined up. Many chiropractors (except the few that are also DVMs), farriers and saddle fitters think they are as good as vets at finding and fixing problems, but they do not have the amount of training nor the equipment to ferret out and treat what's wrong. Hopefully you have access to a good one in your area.

  2. One that is coming I believe is a DVM. Very highly recommended by upper level dressage trainer in the area. I am also a short ways from Cornell, so that is always an option. My vet is good so I will have her come up again too. I really think the shoeing is the key, did I mention she has a quarter crack starting?! Now I get the expression no hoof no horse.