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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
We have been breeding Canadian Horses for 9 years. We currently are taking a break from breeding and are focusing more on just enjoying our horses. We downsized our herd considerably this summer and have kept 4 horses for our own pleasure.
Do you have any pets?
2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 horses....and 19 sheep and 4 steers

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Cortisone and laminitis

Just a warning about the use of cortisone shots in horses that are prone to laminitis. IMO don't use it. Our 17 year old broodmare had a severe bout with laminitis 10 years ago and is probably insulin resistant. She has had hoof problems for years though not another severe bout with laminitis since the original. We had her hocks injected with cortisone to treat inflammation that was… Continue

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Its in the barn!!!

I have lost count of the number of times that my husband has asked the whereabouts of something and my reply has been "Its in the barn". The problem is that inevitably it is a one way trip. For items such as digital thermometers it is understandable... husbands are surprisingly squeamish about using a thermometer that has been used on a horse. "I washed it really well!!???".

The list of what migrates to the barn is as varied as it is long though for the most part they are items from the… Continue

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 7:31pm — 3 Comments

Battling a weight problem

I breed Canadian horses and their tendency to be easy keepers is both a blessing and a curse. I am constantly trying to battle their weight and worry about weight related conditions such as insulin resistance, laminitis, and Cushings. Like with humans there are so many "diets" but what it really comes down to is a well balanced diet with the calorie intake appropriate for the activity level, and exercise.

The horse equivalent of the Canada Food Guide is the National Research Council… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 10:08pm — 3 Comments

Late in Life Beginning Rider - Part 2

When I was thinking about what to write in my blog this week, I was thinking I should write something profound, life changing etc. But no, I think I will write about underwear! It is at this point that all you men can log out since this will be much more information than you really want to know.

When I wrote my first blog, one of my recommendations was to have the right equipment. We all have dreams of the perfect saddle - butter soft, draping… Continue

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 2:53pm — 5 Comments

Late in Life Beginner

Most of the people who know how long I have been involved with horses are often surprised that I am a real beginner when it comes to riding and driving. I got involved with breeding Canadian horses over 10 years ago originally to help save the breed but quite quickly because I loved the breed for its own merits. I was fascinated with bloodlines and breeding for conformation, temperament and movement but with up to 17 horses and a full time job, I had no time to do anything but care for the… Continue

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 12:06pm — 4 Comments

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At 5:19pm on April 20, 2010, Barnmice Admin said…
Will do, Laurie. I've had tons of people interested and am in the process of making up a schedule. :)
At 7:46pm on April 1, 2010, Barnmice Admin said…
We'd love to have you! I'll put you in the featured bloggers line-up and get back to you with more info. about the schedule in about a week.
Happy Easter!:)
At 12:49pm on March 11, 2010, Frances Tufts said…
YEE HAW!!! aren't virtual friends something else???
Will be in Ottawa last week of April. Hope we can get together.
At 7:35am on March 11, 2010, Frances Tufts said…
I Laurie,

Here I am on Barnmice. Will you be my friend????
Great Video of Lucan in training. He is bending very nicely at the canter.
Talk soon.
At 11:49am on February 21, 2010, Hawk Hill said…
Thank you. That is our gelding Lucan.
At 12:38am on February 21, 2010, Alanna P. said…
Your profile picture is beautiful!
At 10:57pm on November 15, 2009, steve critchley said…
Thanks for the info. My wife and I both completed the Horse Breeding program at Old's College this past year which was a great experience. We've been able to set up for AI and actually were successful on our first attempt. Unfortunately the mare resorbed so we tried a second time. She didn't catch so we'll try again in the spring. All in all it has been a very productive learning experience and we look forward to what the new year will bring. Once again thanks for your helpful email.
At 8:12pm on October 7, 2008, Becky said…
Beautiful horses. Thanks for sharing them with us.
At 4:34pm on July 16, 2008, Morgan Sparks said…
i love that horse
At 4:12pm on July 16, 2008, Jennifer said…
You can check out my photos to see what we've been up to! Taking Leo to two Parelli clinics this fall though. Oh I'd love to be able to buy a cart & harness . . . someday, someday . . .

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