Sunday, May 29, 2011

Song of the Day! City and Colour - The Girl

This is the song that my brother is going to play for me on his acoustic guitar as my dad walks me down the aisle :)

**Section 1**

I wish I could do better by you,
Cause thats what you deserve.
You sacrifice so much of your whole life,
In order for this to work.

While I'm off chasing my own dreams,
Sailing around the world,
Please know that I'm yours to keep,
My beautiful girl.

When you cry a piece of my heart dies,
Knowing that I may have been the cause,
If you were to leave, fulfil someone else's dreams,
I think I might totally be lost.

You don't ask for no diamond rings,
No delicate string of pearls,
That's why I wrote this song to sing,
My beautiful girl.

**Section 2**

I wish I could do better by you,
Cause It's what you deserve.
You sacrifice so much of your life,
In order for this to work.

While I'm off chasing my own dreams, (my own dreams)
Sailing around the world, (around the world)
Please know that I'm yours to keep,
My beautiful girl.

When you cry a piece of my heart dies,
Knowing that I may have been the cause,
If you were to leave, fulfil someone else's dreams,
I think I might totally be lost.

But you don't ask for no diamond rings, (diamond rings)
No delicate string of pearls, (string of pearls)
That's why I wrote this song to sing,
My beautiful girl.

But you don't ask for no diamond rings, diamond rings
No delicate string of pearls, string of pearls
That's why I wrote this song to sing,
My beautiful girl.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Barn Construction!

Super excited! Picked up tin to fix the hole in the roof, bought a power tool kit by Dewalt to get the job done right, bought paint to paint the living room of my new farmhouse, and I have my first boarder who is super awesome about paying her bills on time! We'll be patching the roof this weekend in the barn, hopefully finishing the run-in stalls, and working out leveling ground for the arena if I'm lucky! Can't wait!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Hat!

I just got myself a new barn hat :) Haha, I'm a little excited about it!

Friday, May 20, 2011


We are down in Pensacola for the weekend! Contentment, happiness, and fun!

New Barn Cat! Name Suggestions?

This is our new, ridiculously pretty barn cat. Poor guy is 6 or 7 years old and has always been a housepet, but since he cannot follow a litterbox routine, his previous owners rehomed him with us! He makes me think of a lion because of his tawny coat :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Run-in stalls!

I am excited! They're rough and they aren't finished, but they at least are up and should make feeding a little easier!

Ish ish ish... Ishara?

Amy's pretty girl :) Chowing down, building her weight back up. She's a dear, sweet thing!

It bites!

Mark and I cleared out this old bathtub that we're going to use as a water trough, and we found two skinks! I caught them to release them elsewhere, but one of them bit me! I managed to get a few decent pictures anyway :)


Haha, the new boys (and girl, Cappucina is a mare) milling around the barn. They're so funny! Blaze is a black-bay QH, Whiskey is a chestnut mustang, and Cappucina is a bay arabian. Blaze and Whiskey belong to a client of Amy's, and Cappucina belongs to Amy. I call them interlopers because they're newbies and they LOVE to go where they don't belong in the barn yard!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ivan's First REAL Trail Ride!

Haha, Ivan's first REAL trail ride, as in out on an actual trail through the woods instead of just mucking about in an open field. He was fabulous! Led the way over the first bridge like a champ, allowed himself to be hand led across the covered bridge on the second bridge crossing, then took the covered bridge again under saddle without hesitation! So proud of my boy :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Equine Insurance: Is it a good idea for you?

Equine Insurance for Horse Owners

I am totally going to this. Who's with me?

Tornado Benefit Trail Ride, Pell City, AL 5/28 & 29


MAY 28 & 29, 2011

$10 per ride, additional donations welcome!
All donations go to our
In memory of our dear friend and fellow rider





Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fly sheets are going back on today...

So, over the weekend, we moved in six more horses and one foal of Amy's in at my pasture. I'm actually rather pleased about the addition, they're a lot of fun, but the additional horses does, of course, mean additional POO. Subsequently, the flies have increased around the barn. The fly sheets are going back on today, and I'm going to muck the entire darn barn yard. I think the next investment is going to be fly predators and apple cider vinegar.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Our Latest Arrival!

We welcome Ishara to our little herd :) Ishara was a neglect case and was recently rescued in Montgomery, AL. She's full Arabian and is about 7 years old, according to the vet.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I REALLY need to go ride my ponies. I've been trying to give them time to settle in, but now my only excuse is laziness. It's so hard to get motivated to go do anything because of the flies and lack of company. I really need to go work at least Ivan even if it's only on the lunge line, but he's been such a damn stinker lately. Ah well, looks like my happy ass is going to the barn to work ponies today...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Gnat Killing

The gnats are horrendous out at the new barn. I've started looking up genocidal methods for the pesky buggers. Some of what I've read has been helpful and some of it has just been plain funny. I'm reposting some of what I've come across.

How to Kill Gnats - 13 Facts

There's clearly a demand for eliminating these pesky buggers, especially at the office, so here are 13 things you need to know about gnats

  1. Simple recipe. Mix vinegar and dish soap in a shallow bowl. They'll dive in - but not out.
  2. Remove fruit and plants from "infected" vicinity
  3. Most gnats live up to four months.
  4. Pheromones are a non-toxic agent that lures gnats to their death. Normally used on thesticky sticks that can be hung. It works for months, is poison free, and sells for about a buck a stick. Females may lay up to 300 eggs
  5. Gnats are attracted to light - so shut that desk lamp!
  6. Spraying hair spray at them will freeze their wings and cause them to suffocate. Notvery kind, but neither is flying up your nose.
  7. While many "filth" gnats do not bite, be sure to look for any excess itching or rednessor changes in your skin condition. Every one has a different take but some gnats do bite!
  8. DEET sprays such as OFF! or Cutter will repel gnats. Poison-free alternatives such asAvon's Skin So Soft can be effective. Some folks disagree, but I've had luck with it.
  9. And NO, I don't sell Avon on the side.
  10. Some gnats fly around your head because they're attracted to carbon dioxide. Theyread the CO2 as a possible snack.
  11. Like any gang, gnats swarm together and might be using your head as a landmark.Stand near the tallest person possible and you might be left alone.
  12. Summer is the worst - gnats multiply by the thousands. Use those vacation days.
  13. No, a sledgehammer won't kill them

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Horse | Thoroughbred "Performance Genes" Further Examined in Study

Whoa, this is big news! Very interesting stuff, and likely to impact horse racing everywhere if it starts becoming implemented instead of just being a case study.

The Horse Thoroughbred "Performance Genes" Further Examined in Study

The genetics behind the athletic performance of Thoroughbred racehorses has been a popular area of research in the past few years. A large-scale study was carried out recently in Japan, the results of which corroborate those of previous studies: Identifying specific "performance genes" on equine chromosome 18 could identify the ideal distance for a Thoroughbred to race. Some industry veterinarians, however, suggest that this information should still be evaluated and used with caution.

Researchers on four separate studies have previously identified a region of DNA on chromosome 18 (which the researchers referred to as ECA18) that they believe could be associated with racing performance. One of the research teams found a specific mutation in the myostatin gene (MSTN) located on ECA18. Researchers also previously evaluated the myostatin mutation and determined that it contributes to muscle hypertrophy (enlargement) and might be useful in predicting whether a horse is better suited for short-, mid-, or long-distance races.

To further assess the ECA18 genes' influence on athletic performance, Teruaki Tozaki, PhD, from the Laboratory of Racing Chemistry's Department of Molecular Genetics in Tochigi, Japan, recently analyzed genetic material from blood samples collected from Thoroughbred racehorses registered with the Japan Racing Association and born between 1993 to 2000 in Japan.

Tozaki's team identified four specific genetic mutations (single variations in the DNA) called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on ECA18 within or near the MSTN gene using standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and genetic sequencing techniques. Then they compared genetic sequences of these SNPs in 1,710 horses with performance records including most successful race distance, win-race distance (i.e., the average distance of races won), performance rank, and lifetime earnings.

Tozaki noted, "SNPs on ECA18 in both male and female Thoroughbred racehorses were clearly associated with performance, most notably optimal race distance."

According to Tozaki, these results indicate that there is at least one gene or a combination of genes or SNPs in this region of ECA18 that likely influences a Thoroughbred's optimum race distance.

"Regulation of the MSTN gene appears to affect racing performance and ... these SNPs could be genetic diagnostic markers for racing performance indicators, as we previously suspected," Tozaki explained.

Presently, Tozaki's team is focusing on the physiologic characteristics of Thoroughbreds with the MSTN mutation and how they relate to racing performance. For example, they're looking at the differences in muscling among young horses not in training, those in training, and horses actively racing.

Although this study is included in a large group of related studies, a recently released statement from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) indicates that industry veterinarians are still interpreting the results with caution: "The interpretation of the tests results may not be simple, and the predictive value of the tests may not be high. The AAEP supports the use of evidence-based tests for medical and performance related genetics if the methodology and results have been published in peer-reviewed journals and withstood appropriate scientific scrutiny."

The study, "A cohort study of racing performance in Japanese Thoroughbred racehorses using genome information on ECA18," is scheduled to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Animal Genetics. The abstract is available online.

The Little Truck That Could (But Nearly Didn't)

It's official, we need a more powerful truck. Mark's vehicle CAN pull my trailer under load up and down hills, but it certainly doesn't do it well. We shoveled out 1 stall of crush from the old barn yesterday afternoon (THAT was a bitch and a half to accomplish), and Mark was kind enough to help dig out and load it on my trailer for me. My trailer is heavy in the first place, around 2500-3000 lbs, and we dug out about 4/5 of a stall that was holding about 5000 lbs! So on the low end, 2500+4000= approximately 6500-7000 lbs that poor little truck hauled yesterday. Given that in its heyday it was rated only to tow 8100 lbs ('94 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L 8 cylinder), that 6500-7000 lb tow yesterday really stretched its limits! Oh well, trailer and crush are now safely at the barn, and the truck is safely at home, no worse for the wear as far as we can tell.