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Retired Racehorse Metro Meteor Paints for Charity

A combination of two of my favorite things: horses and art! It doesn’t get any better than this, does it?

Check out the original article here:

Racehorses Paintings Compared to Jackson Pollock : Discovery News.

The famous racehorse art is being compared to famous abstract impressionist paintings. Racehorse Metro Meteor is now retired and painting after bad knees ended his racing career.

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Metro Meteor painting for charity!

His owners taught him to paint with treat training techniques. After Metro’s success in painting, his owners realized that this could help all racehorses. Money earned from Metro’s paintings goes to a racehorse adoption program to help retired horses find a safe haven. Horses are rehabilitated and placed into adoptive homes.

I wonder if I can teach any of my horses to paint? This horse is amazing! Not only is he getting crafty, but his art is helping fellow retired racehorses stay out of slaughterhouses and auction. Kudos to Metro and his wonderful owners!

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Rubber Fencing?!

I recently discovered this company that recycles old racecar tires and makes them into fencing material. Intrigued, I scoured their website for weeks until I decided to ask for a free sample of the material. Check out their site for yourself (below)!

We Recycle Tires – Home.

Once we received our sample in the mail, I was even more impressed. The rubber material is durable, strong, and SAFE! There are no sharp edges and I have been unable to think of any way a horse could injure themselves on this fencing material. Plus, it’s recycling–or upcycling?–old tires that would likely end up in a landfill anyway.

Okay, so I must admit I was sold on it at this point…but I had to convince my loving husband. When I checked the prices, my jaw hit the floor. Not only is this material incredibly safe and eco-friendly, but it is cheap to buy and claims to be easy to install!

If you’re in the market for safe, affordable horse fencing, you NEED to look into this product. We put in an order for enough material to fence a small 305′ x 290′ rectangle paddock. Our order will be delivered next week!

You can bet I’ll be posting about installation of this fence. If all goes well, we will continue to use this product! Stay tuned to see how this fencing project goes. 🙂

CVHR Spring Hay Fundraiser

central virginia horse rescue dollar hay fundraiser

 

Don’t you wish they did? LOL Sometimes I do! Horses are expensive to feed and maintain. Central Virginia Horse Rescue has kicked off their Spring Hay Fundraiser with this funny picture! Donations can be sent via snail mail to CVHR at 389 Boydton Plank Road, Brodnax, VA 23920 or via PayPal to donations@centralvahorserescue.com .

If everyone who sees this sent $1 to CVHR, they would have enough hay to feed the rescue horses for a year! A dollar isn’t much and every little bit will help feed the horses. Now, off to find a stamp… 🙂

Derecho Learning to Lead

As you may recall, last summer a loose stallion turned up at my farm. He was surrendered to CVHR and is being fostered here indefinitely. Derecho has settled in nicely and is learning how to be a polite horse.

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Derecho July 2012

He came with very little, if any, training. Derecho was pushy and did not understand how to give to pressure. After just one short week, he is now respecting my “space bubble” much better and very sensitive to the slightest pressure. He isn’t scared of anything and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. Derecho is one of the sweetest horses I have ever encountered.

Teaching an 1,150 pound 3 year old stallion to lead is NOT easy. We had foals when I was a kid and I helped teach them to lead…but this was a completely different task. Derecho knows he is bigger than me and did not like the idea of being led around. Although he wanted to follow me around like a puppy dog, he didn’t like being tugged on with a lead rope.

Since he resented being pulled forward so much, I decided to work on other directions first. We have nearly perfected backing already! He willingly moves back a step at a time with the slightest touch now. I can get him move away from me to the left and right, although he is much more supple to the right than the left. Derecho also lowers and raises his head easily for me with gentle pressure either on his poll or under his jaw.

When I want him to move forward, I began by simply encouraging him to follow me with the lead rope long and loopy. He does well following at a respectful distance most of the time, but occasionally he still gets too close and I have to stop and send him back a few steps. After a week of practicing multiple times a day, he took his first willing steps beside me moving forward. I was thrilled!

We made 3-4 large circles in each direction in his paddock. I began by walking beside him and apply the slightest forward pressure to the lead. Derecho followed the pressure willingly and lead beside me like a champ by the end.

Check out the rest of his year in pictures below! He’s adjusted really well and is a super nice boy.

Derecho makes a great gelding

Derecho in his recovery stall after being gelded.

Derecho with other horses at feeding time

Derecho finding his place in the herd in the lower field–after he became a great gelding, of course!

Derecho giving me a cuddle

He is such a sweetheart! ❤

Derecho the stray stud is a great gelding

Derecho saying hi to Annabelle.

Derecho loves Coda

Derecho and Coda having a drink in January 2012.

Derecho in the snow

Derecho and his best girlfriend saying hello during our March 2013 snow storm.

We’ve been letting him take some time to be a part of the herd since he learned how to lead. He has also learned how to pick up all 4 feet, behaves politely for the farrier, and stands nicely to be groomed. This spring we are planning on starting him under saddle. Stay tuned for more Derecho updates!

Blog Inspiration: 11th Picture in a Google Image Search for the Term “Derecho”

This activity was fun and inspirational! I enjoyed seeing the different photos of the Derecho and writing about the 11th one for this prompt.

Derecho storm over Kansas

Amazing clouds from the Derecho over the summer!                                                                                         (Image Credit: http://www.sott.net/article/247451-DC-Derecho-Disaster-Explained)

Today I did a Google Image search on the word “Derecho.” I chose this word because we were affected by this type of windy thunderstorm back in June. That storm inspired me to name our “stray” stallion Derecho.

The 11th picture on the image search is an amazing photograph of a Derecho sweeping across the plains of Kansas (above). These storms are absolutely incredible to look at because they are an eerily beautiful phenomenon. A Derecho is basically a huge storm system that moves rapidly across land in a straight line. The after effects of a Derecho are often catastrophic, leaving trees uprooted, debris everywhere, and many people without power.

Power lines down in Crozet, VA after the Derecho!                                                                                              (Image Credit: http://www.sott.net/article/247451-DC-Derecho-Disaster-Explained)

We decided to name the stallion (now a Great Gelding, thanks to CVHR!) Derecho because he showed up a few days after the storm. Fortunately, he is not wild and crazy like the storm was! He is just a beautiful creature that happened upon us one summer morning.

Our Derecho!

Do you remember the Derecho from earlier this year? Were you affected by it? It certainly was scary for us here in Virginia!

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Miniature Horses from Person County | Central Virginia Horse Rescue

CVHR helped with an Animal Control seizure in Person County, NC and took in 15 miniature horses. Over 100 animals were seized from the 10 acre residence.

Of the minis CVHR rescued, they are all in poor health and 10 of them are stallions in need of gelding. Initial vetting is expected to cost over $200 PER HORSE! The gelding surgery costs $250-300 per stallion.

CVHR expects costs to reach over $5,000 in the first month while rehabilitating these ponies. These minis need our help–please network and share, we can help them if we all work together!

Miniature Horses from Person County | Central Virginia Horse Rescue.

Rescued!

Today I wanted to share a couple of pictures of the two horses my good friend rescued from Camelot yesterday. I am happy to say that these two lovely horses are now safe! Thank you to my friends at Equus Springs Farm for giving these two beauties a second chance. ❤

2 horses rescued from Camelot

Pretty girls, aren't they?

These two mares will be quarantined here on my farm for a few weeks before they go home to ESF. It’s going to be a fun few weeks taking care of these two! I am very impressed with how calm and sweet these two are. They have been through so much! Despite the stress they’ve been through, they act very calm and inquisitive about all the new sights, sounds, smells, and things here.

ESF rescues

Tinker finishing up breakfast

ESF's 2 recent rescues

Bay mare eating breakfast

Taking care of horses is part of my dream life. I am so happy to help these mares by caring for them for a few short weeks. Our little farm is so blessed! Here are some pictures of the rest of our horses (and maybe some of the other critters) that we are so thankful to love and care for. 😀

ESF Twist of Tyme

Princess being hand grazed on a sunny day

Our dogs

Sage and Malachite ❤

Cody's Bright Bar

Coda grazing out in the field

Malachite Jr

MJ looks so much like a little bear cub!

AKA A Perfect Storm

Mom's new (dirty!) horse Cowboy

Big puppy!

Butters burrowing in some old hay

Our rescue

Our rescue pony Gamble

Marley

Little Marley puppy posing for a picture

Sparklin' Money Bars

Our senior resident Money

ESF rescue

That's all, folks!

I hope you enjoyed looking through all of these photos of our horses and dogs! This is just a glimpse into daily life on our farm. 🙂 It sure is a zoo out here, hahah!

Have you ever rescued an animal? Please share your story in the comment field below! 🙂

Building a Round Pen

It’s raining today. So, I’m inside spending some time catching up on some writing. It has been so beautiful lately that I could not justify spending very much time on the computer! I’ve been itching to start some serious training with my mares, but I really need an enclosed training area for the most effective training. The need for a training area forced me to start planning something big.

Horse Training Wattie Adams, exercising one of...

Horse Training Wattie Adams, exercising one of his horses in readiness for the racing season. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the last few weeks I have been planning my next big project. We are going to be building a round pen for training the horses (and the kids…). I’ve surveyed the area for the pen, measured it, removed a portion of existing fence, and calculated the cost of materials for building the pen.

Closeup detail of a safe woven wire fence, sui...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I plan on using the round pen for both free lunging and riding, it needs to be bigger than a typical 60 foot round pen. We decided that an 80 foot pen would be big enough for riding comfortably but small enough for effective free lunging. To measure the area I needed, I found a good center point for the pen. Then we placed a stake in the center and measured 40 feet straight out from the center with a long tape measure. As I walked around the circumference of the pen, I used some spray paint to mark the area.

Tape measure

Tape measure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once the area was marked I was able to clear the existing fence within an hour or so. Next I measured around the circumference in 10 foot increments. I knew that I would need to find 25 points around the pen because the circumference of an 80 foot circle is 250 feet. Once the area was all measured I could really imagine how the round pen would look. It is the perfect size for what we need here!

Newton Mill A horse training area

Newton Mill A horse training area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The hardest part for me is calculating the cost of materials…not because I can’t do math, but because I dread learning how much this whole thing is really going to cost. I decided to compare the costs of post and board fencing, woven wire, and vinyl coated wire.

Budget and Spending

Photo credit: Wikipedia

The pricing of each type of fence includes 25 6 foot posts, which will cost $125.

  • Woven wire fencing: $275
  • 5 rails of vinyl coated wire: $299
  • 2 rails of 2″x4″x10′ boards: $315
  • Woven wire with 1 rail of  boards on top: $370
  • 3 rails of 2″x4″x10′ boards: $410
Knighton, horse training ground At Knighton Fa...

Knighton, horse training ground At Knighton Farm, with outbuildings to the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I still can’t decide what we should go with. In light of the economy, I’m tempted to go with the cheapest option available…but I need to consider maintenance, additional hardware needed, and repair costs as well. The cheapest now is not necessarily the easiest to maintain or repair.

Wire fence,(broken) and stile On a path coming...

Wire fence broken (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At this point I’m considering paying a little more up front for the vinyl coated wire. It is highly visible, has little to no maintenance once installed, and it flexes. Including additional special hardware necessary for this type of fence, it will probably end up costing $350 or so. That’s not too shabby!

Now all I have to do is make an extra $350 so I can afford to buy the materials! Any ideas on making some extra money? Seriously…I need help, haha!

Ponies with Personality!

original art by Jeni

These caricatures capture our horses' personalities perfectly!

Howdy! This morning I felt compelled to turn out some quick sketches of my horses. They each have a distinctive personality, which I tried to illustrate for each horse. It almost looks like a comic, haha!

Gamble, the newbie, is surprisingly bold when it comes to new things. Although she is still a bit spooky at times, she approaches new situations with ears perked forward and a bold forward stance. This is a good sign! Hopefully…

Coda is…well, she’s special. One moment she is the most loving, affectionate horse in the field. The next second she has jumped four feet in the air and teleported to the other side of the field because a leaf moved. That’s okay, I love her anyway.

Princess is prissy. She knows that she is obviously the best and is the first to let you know what she thinks. Princess is so fancy she thinks in cursive.

Money is the old guy in the bunch. He is content to stand around and eat all day, every day. He’ll do what you tell him to do, but his first concern is always eating.

The caricatures I drew this morning are based on actual, real-life events. After I took blankets off this morning (because it’s supposed to be in the 70’s today…really!), Gamble started showing everyone how brave she was. She began approaching the strange blanket, snorting at it, and generally checking it out. While Gamble was doing that, Coda noticed it (even though she saw me put in on the fence 5 minutes earlier) and bolted across the field in 2.3 seconds. Princess looked at them like, “You morons. It’s a blanket, deal with it…” Money is the most easy-going of the herd. While the girls were making a big thing out of a blanket on the fence, Money just flicked one ear towards them while he munched on his breakfast.

Those are our horses! Do any of your horses have a very distinctive personality?

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Is Squidoo Profitable?

Have you heard of Squidoo? I found this blogging platform after searching for more ways to make money online by writing at home. Upon the initial discovery I read many stories of wild success, so I was quick to sign up and try it out.

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For about six months I have had an account on Squidoo. It is supposed to be a profitable online blogging platform. Squidoo partners with other online entities by providing affiliate links to Amazon, eBay, Zazzle, CafePress, Etsy, and so much more allow writers to earn commissions when sales are made.

Sounds great, right? Well, to be honest with you I have had a hard time with Squidoo. I like to see results quickly…but I think this platform is more of a long-term thing. I enjoy writing “lenses” as they are called on Squidoo, but I quickly lost interest after I first signed up.

Well, Squidoo didn’t forget about me! Thankfully I have decided to take part in a training session of sorts called “RocketSquids Bootcamp.” It is great because I’m learning how to use the platform better and how to make more profitable lenses. This past week we were directed to create a product review.

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If there's one thing I know, it's horses and horseback riding!

Product review articles are the most profitable because you can provide direct links to the products in a professional-looking manner. My article focused on the Best Horse Supplements in my opinion and experience. You can check out my product review here and let me know what you think, any honest feedback is appreciated!

Although the point of this type of article is to sell a product and earn a commission, I don’t really feel like I am a  sales person so to speak. I just wrote about supplements because I felt that I could give an honest review of the products I mentioned.

Have you tried Squidoo? If not, would you?

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