Wednesday, February 8, 2012

look an elk!!

todays post is simply a fun post.... nothing too deep. I love to help people with their horses. I love giving free lessons! I love to see someone with a smile in place of a previously scared to death going to shit my pants look lol.
My friend tabatha is new to the world of horse ownership. She moved to my barn after months of not being helped at the barn where she was at. The only thing they succeeded in teaching her was that the horse world is cruel and political. Its selfish how people lie to get what they want. seriously... they used her to get clean stalls and never lived up to their end of the bargain and helped her in any way what so ever.
I have seen her blossom the two times i have helped her. Today she rode her for a half an hour! minimal help and her mare went from freaked out to happy ploddy plow horse with my verbal direction. I am so proud of her and I am glad to call her my friend!
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

the guts and glory of horse slaughter

With each article I read, each blog I read, each video I watch I'm starting to change my opinion about horse slaughter.

Seriously... Is it truly avoidable? Will it hurt things in the long run? Is it any different than euthanizing unwanted pets? I think humans have really screwed things up for all animals. But is it better for unwanted animals to stand in feedlots and die? I'm on the fence. Don't yell at me right now. Let this very young developing thought grow and base its eventual decision on my own education, which will come in time. I do not agree with the abuse... At all...
here are some facts to ponder:

horses have continued to go to slaughter plants, despite the cessation of processing nationally. However, due to economic recession following the cessation, extreme doubt in the south, massive fires, etc. hay crops were damaged, water not available and feed prices skyrockted. The already damaged economics made it almost impossible for people to keep the horses they had. The horse market could not keep up or manage the huge influx of horses. In the 80's, the processing plants had an increase of horses to 350,000 a year to balance out the recession. But when this recession hit, even with horses going to Mexico and Canada, it still wasnt' enough to absorb the horses needing a place to go.

" In terms of it being humane, I truly believe it can be done correctly and it can be done humanely. But it requires training, excellent facility design, 3rd party oversight, etc to be possible. Temple Grandin, the foremost authority on livestock behavior stands behind that it can be done humanely and I agree with her. But it will take work to get there.

I think and agree its important to work towards giving people options, but regulating breeding, besides being economically infeasible to enforce, brings the very real question of who gets to decide what "reputable" breeding is. That single question is the biggest hindrance and why in lieu of trying to determine that, that we have excellent animal welfare laws. Some of the best in the world. We simply need the money and bodies to enforce those laws. Right now, many law enforcement agencies have given up because they cannot get the help they need to house, feed and care for those neglected, abused horses. Why? because many rescues who uses to fill that role now focus on buying slaughter bound horses. And with less available homes due to economics, those purchased horses sit in rescue ware housing awaiting homes that may well never exist.

To truly deal with this problem we have to tackle many issues, from humane regulation to processing, stimulating the horse economy by giving a base value back to our horses, regulating non profit rescues and working towards letting the market stabilize. It won't happen over night. Banning domestic slaughter or the transport of slaughter internationally will not improve overall horse welfare because statistically rescue organizations cannot fill the gap or provide the number of homes required to take all the unwanted horses.

And lastly, when a horse no longer has a home and cannot be recycled into a new use (race horse to hunter prospect, retired show horse to trail horse) ...then what? Horses are not dogs and cats who are easily afforded into their elder care, so why not allow them to fulfill an end of life purpose by allowing their use as a food source, even if that meat being eaten internationally.

here is the deal.... we cant avoid slaughter. There are just too many people out there keeping thier colts stallions in hopes that they will catch their big breaks using is sperm to get rich. reality hits, and boom.... on horse can parent hundreds of unwanted animals. Think about it. If a dog bites someone... we euthanize it... if a horse is going to be put on the same level as a dog... BOOM lets euthanize every hors that has ever bit or kicked someone.

I am deeply sorry to those of you I have offended... horses are majestic and kind animals, when treated as such. but there are too many that stand in feed lots and starve every year.

I would raise horses to sustain my family if it were possible.... shit i even think it tastes kinda ok.

before you vote down horse slaughter, realize this... you vote it down and 100 horses will starve to death because no one, not even those resues that try their damdest to save all horses possible, can save these animals.

lets stop breeding animals that will eventually become "unwanted."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

a new year!!

its been a while i know! life has been crazy. I finally got my hands on my dream horse. she is a little too fast and a little too crazy for most but i love her!
She now officially has 30 days under saddle and is doing amazing! we walk, trot canter and back up... move off of seat control... but she needs adjusted.

the new brood mare will arrive in may... I dont get the first baby but the second one is all mine!

IMA wonder lilley is going to be a life long adventure.... so excited to keep you all posted.

now if only i had my own facility so i could start training... man wouldnt that be great?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

tuesday on the farm

so today i finally got the phone call I have been waiting for... stress will go down... lives will be happier... I GOT THE JOB! so for those of you wondering... its a caregiving job for the state of Oregon. WOOOO.... is all i have to say!

things have changed here on our little 3 acre piece of property. Miss Zita had to be moved to a bar since her desire to attempt to throw me off in the pasture far outweight the benifits of having her home. She is now enjoying life in her 12x15 stall with daily turn out lol. She is fat and shiny and healthy as an ox! Now if i could just get her front end to catch up to her back end I will have an easier time riding a less downhill filly.

our little baby chickens are now big georgous hens that lay an egg a day! Our ducks i believe both ended up being males... its ok because we love them. They eat the snails.. and in the begining.. the tomatoes... lol...

Well im off to the barn to bug the horse face and make her do stuff she doesnt really want to do.

I hope you have a wonderful night!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

man oooooo man

thursday beautiful sunny thursday! where have you been my whole life? ok so yesterday was by far one of the funniest walmart incidents ever in my trekking with beau. He decided i needed to buy him a semi truck toy that seconds as a match box car carrier. he was IN LOVE! so i gave in... i mean why not? what could it hurt?? except my ankles and heals in the middle of the night!

we got up to the cash register and the girl asked him how he was and he responded with " my truck is totally bad ass!" SERIOUSLY??? wow i need to watch my mouth, but how can i be mad at that cuteness?

so far he told the ducks that they are going to taste good with rice and that i needed to shut up and listen to him. OOOOh to be 2 years old again lol.

anywho... zita... the little brat decided a few days ago she didnt want to be worked and kicked out and somehow my stupid self convinced my hand to fling itself up into the flying hooves of destruction and i got kicked in my index finger,(which still hurts,) and my thumb..... MAN O MAN was i angry.

so i worked her until she was dripping sweat and licking her chops like no other. Hopefully i have cured the kick at lacy incident to where it will never happen again.

i havent ridden her in 3 weeks... slacking i know...

so i will get on here tomorrow and blog yet again so you guys can be privy to my life lol!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

oh for the love of spring!!!!!!!!!!!

FINALLY!!!!!! spring is here! lets see how long this beautiful weather sticks around.

I have oh so neglected you guys! Alot has happened! spence and i are getting married in 68 days... can you believe that??? sheesh! zita is well started under saddle and going very well concidering she can be a little jerk lol. she does all the finer things under saddle from walk to trot to a very gangly out of controle bumpy ride of a lope hahaha, but hey, she does it!

we picked up a new pony... literally a pony that is on her way to being bred this next week to the crankiest little frustrated miny stud ever.. but they are going to make the sweetest little baby!!

tomorrow i get to put up hotwire to get the pony sectioned so she can graze! she will be happy, and I get to ride my darling zita... ok so maybe im going to work on trailer loading and see what happens... hopefully she will go in my trailer so i dont have to sell it once it is paid off.. ugh .. anywho... back to the daily grind! i will keep everyone posted!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


so its december, i have not been on here in a while. lots of things have changed around here! i no longer have vixen. she went down the road to bigger and better things. in her place I procured a red dunn filly. I like her alot but she is in limbo until my bankruptcy clears so they cant take her from me.
beau turned 2 and we had a wonderful party for him! he got soooo many presents!

so the plan is to fix the fences around here and build the coop so i can get some chickens back. plus do some majoy fixing up of the front yard, first thing being trap the dogs in the back yard so my front yard can be beautified!

on a lighter note... my house smells like peaches!
you all have a great day!
peace out!