Tales from Winsong Farm

IMG-20160508-00472Sunday we went to visit Red Robin and Whisper. They’re young miniature horses. I had some toys in the van because I’m visiting another miniature, Noel, once a week in preparation for the fundraiser for Equine Guelph June 26.

Bill and Ron went with me to play with Red Robin and Whisper. They both noticed that the miniatures weren’t like horses! I asked, “In what way?” and they said, “They’re not afraid of things. You would think at their size they’d be worried about predators, but they are inquisitive and happy.”

We introduced the Spanish Walk to Red Robin and Whisper. We also taught them the big smile. Whisper has a GREAT one! Red Robin really enjoyed being a “riding horse” and carried around the duck with great pride.

Both little ones are on the brink of holding an object. Once they can do that they’ll easily learn how to carry things, then fetch things. Such fun! The only one who had a horse-related mishap was Bill. He announced, “A mini stepped on my foot.”

 

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Spring on the Farm

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the horses is?

Well, in Erin, Spring has NOT sprung, and our horses are hanging out in our ‘sacrifice’ paddock, making their way through the muck to get to their round bale and the water trough.

At Can-Am Equine Fair on the weekend, I came across an amazing product that I hope will help us to control the footing and reduce the muddy areas around our barn.  It’s called EcoRaster, and its a surface reinforcement system, that click together, and fills with pea-stone gravel.  It’s a sustainable plastic product (made from recycled plastic bags), and can hold a heavy load such as horse traffic and farm equipment.  For photos and a better explanation of how this works, go to their website at:  www.ecoraster-horse.com.

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Spring on the Farm

Almost time for a trail ride….

  • It’s muddy now, so remember to put your horses into a sacrifice paddock to save your fields
  • Keep lots of hay available, and leave that water heat on until temperatures remain consistently above zero degrees C.  Cold water is one of the contributors to colic.
  • Winter Coats–one big hairy ride!   Their winter coat/ hair will start to fall our naturally as the weather warms.
  • Provide mineral supplement to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need until the new grass is in.
  • Start off riding slowly–both for your horses to get in shape, and for yourself!
  • Oil tack to get rid of the winter dust and to ensure it is protected against moisture.
  • Get back in the saddle and out on the trail!
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Fire Prevention & Safety Tool

_EquineGuelph_Equine Guelph have shared a very valuable link & free checklist to download on Fire Prevention.

Click here to read the full article and download your free checklist.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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