“Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labour and to wait.” Longfellow
This is one of my favourite inspirational quotes. I am going to use it to take a look at my winter season in Florida.
Let us then be up and doing.
Mid December; Biasini and I were off down to Florida. This year to a new barn, Standing Oak Farm. I knew that my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, had moved his horses there so that meant it had passed muster with him. Large stalls and good ventilation, each stall with its own fan above the stall and openings on both sides of the stall, so horses can look out into the aisle, and also out to the outside.
But even the most glamourous barns are useless if the staff is not good. So, when…
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Blog of a Mad Black Woman!
This is great news. Here’s hoping the rest will follow very quickly.
Earlier this year at the bill’s first reading, deputy agriculture minister Huang Jin-Cheng criticised Taiwan’s lack of a law prosecuting people who eat dog and cat meat, calling the change “necessary”.
Jonathan Mitchell, The Evening Standard
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Miniature: A thing that is much smaller than normal. A plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed.
The miniature horse is very diminutive in stature, with height less than 34-38 inches (86-97cm) measured from the ground to the withers. They are considered horses not ponies and were first developed in the early 1600’s. By 1765 they were frequently seen as pets of the nobility. After the Mines and Collieries Act of 1842, in Britain, which outlawed the use of children in coal mines, the minis and also small ponies were most commonly used in the mines.
The first small horses date from 1861 in the US and they were employed in coal mines until the mid 1900’s. By 1960 the general public began to be interested in the minis and they are now used in a number of equestrian disciplines.
Although they are…
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Congratulations to Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust for winning a top award offered by the Canal and River Trust for making our nation’s waterways exciting places to live, learn and spend time.
Perhaps the Canal and River Trust would also like to throw it’s weight behind our campaign to keep an environmentally damaging canal side quarry, on former green belt land, out of the centre of Swindon village just a few miles away? You have after all got a sign on the towpath calling it a site of biological importance. It’s the same sign that tells visitors of all the nice cuddly (mostly protected) wildlife in the immediate area
The quarry is proposed for the field, which has dwellings to three sides, just behind this lock. The entrance will be on the (not very wide) High Street, a stone’s throw from the local shops, community centre, church and primary school. But…
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You know that saying: God won’t give you more than you can handle. Really? Well, I guess it all depends on your definition of “God” as to whether or not you believe that. I would describe myself as a spiritual person but not a religious one. I also believe in free will. I believe we are responsible for the consequences of the choices we make in life. So…having got all that cleared up why am I asking what’s God got to do with it?
I am wondering why I seem to have a history of horses with unusual or interesting or rare health issues. It did not start that way. When I was young my horses were without problems. Then first horse I bought for my daughter was a 17 year old school master when we bought her. She developed respiratory problems and finally when she was retired…
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This is Horse Addict!
I don’t know if Dale Dedrick would describe herself as a warrior but having met her I certainly would. Dale is like those toys with the weighted round base that no matter how often you knock them over they just come right back up. But let me start at the beginning.
Dale was 12 when she started to ride. Her mother paid for 10 lessons. “I was hooked,” she says. Then her grandmother paid for 10 more lessons. That was the beginning. She worked weekends at the local stable, cleaning tack, grooming horses and ponies. And she was allowed to ride: “Anything we could catch.” So Dale and her friends would catch a horse or pony out in the paddock and leap on without a saddle or bridle. Later she moved on and bought a Thoroughbred off the track and taught him to jump and did…
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Ann Cavitt Fisher!
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“According to Apache legend, after creating the universe, the Great Spirit tossed a large pile of leftover boulders and debris on the Big Bend.”
“Oh, so you’ve been to Big Bend . . .”
Yes. I’ve been so many times that I have lost count. I was married in Marathon, Texas, about 70 miles north of the ranger station. When I die, it is where I want my ashes spread.
Poster by Doug Leen and Brian Maebius done in the style of the WPA posters of the 1930’s. Available through the Big Bend Natural History Association.
What is it about the Big Bend?
The park’s name comes from the 100 mile long big bend in the Rio Grande river that forms the Texas-Chihuahua-Coahuila border. At over 1,250 square miles, Big Bend is approximately the size of Rhode Island. It’s so remote that it remains the least visited of the National Parks in…
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