From left to right, Cloudy, Yaz, Phebe, Marley, Emmett, and Tucker waiting for dinner.
The horses have kept us very busy. With an aging population, and many dealing with chronic medical issues, we have incurred over $30,000 in vet bills so far this year. These major medical issues completely took us off guard, as our vet bill budget for the year is typically around $35-$40k a year. Cloudy was just recently very sick with two tick-borne illnesses, and the vets were here daily at the farm for over a week treating him as he had very high fevers. We continue to closely monitor his condition
After this snowy winter we are looking forward to the warm sunshine of spring and hints of green blossoming around us. The horses will be happy to have their winter blankets off.
Hard to believe a year of dealing with the pandemic has gone by. Our world on the farm has stayed small; our focus is on insuring the horses’ daily needs are met no matter what the weather.
We had a rough two weeks in February with Scout becoming very ill and Casey colicking. We were up around the clock in the bitter cold and the vets were here regularly. It was a challenge getting Scout, who weighs roughly 2000 pounds, up and walking when he just wanted to lay down.
This year has tested us all with challenges, i.e. dealing with our “new normal” around COVID-19. However, to the horses, life must go on and they expect the same care regardless of what transpires around them. It is hard not to envy their peacefulness, as they have all their needs met on a daily basis -- food, water, shelter and friends.
Perhaps this is a good reminder to us, to remember that what really matters are the very basic things. While we have been limited in taking any more horses at the farm, we have reached out to help hundreds of horses through our Equine Relief Fund this year.
Christmas 2002 - The Definitive My Side of the Fence
'Ok, so they aren’t ridable anymore.' It never ceases to amaze me how many people get rid of a horse that has been good to them for many years because they can’t ride them. It just astounds me that people who have had the same horse for a long time, 10-20 years, just get rid of them like they were never a part of the family. Read More ....