Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Commitment To a Miniature Horse

So you are thinking about buying your very first Miniature Horse!


This is a time of excitement for you and you would like it to be a good experience. So amongst all the excitement, lets not forget to do your homework first, before buying. As a future horse owner, it is your responsibility to do your homework before bringing your fuzzy bundle of joy home.

Miniature Horses may be small and oh so cute but they do deserve our respect and they require our commitment for their caring. Just like in any new relationship, when you buy a horse, you will be making a big commitment of time, money and emotion.

Miniature Horses eat about the same as regular size horses, only in smaller amounts, plus a good quality hay.

Good horse fencing is very important to protect your horse from stray dogs and wild animals.

If you have a stall for your horse, it will need to be cleaned every day. If you don't have a place to turn your horse out every day, to run and play, then you should exercise them 30 minutes each day.

Daily brushing your horse is a good way to bond with your friend.

Hooves should be picked out each day. Regular Ferrier care every 6-8 weeks is required.

Horses need annual vaccinating and at the same time your vet can check your horse's teeth for floating.

Worming is important and should be done every other month. You should rotate the wormer.

Horses are herd animals. If you only have one and he seems to be lonely, you might want to look for a pasture buddy for him. Someone once said: Miniature Horses are like potato chips, you can't just have one.

Okay.. Do your homework, make your commitment and go out and find the love of your life!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

My Grand-daughter Won a Story Contest!

I am very proud of her! She is nine years old!

Her story reads--

Puppy Love
by Brittany age 9

I hopped off the school bus at my house, then I eagerly skipped

down the gravel drive-way. The breeze ran though my silky

brown hair. Then a cheerful puppy trotted toward me. He leaped

up on me and gave me a huge kiss. He gazed at me with his vast

eyes and the next thing I know I'm asking "Can we keep him?" I

was crossing my fingers as Mom announced "Yes."

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Horse's Prayer

To Thee, my master, I offer my prayer. Feed me, water and care for me, and, when the day's work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean, dry bed, and a stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.

Always be kind to me. Talk to me. Your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you more gladly and learn to love you. Do not jerk the reins, and do not whip me when going uphill. Never strike, beat, or kick me when I do not understand what you want, but give me a chance to understand you. Watch me, and if I fail to do your bidding, see if something is not wrong with my harness or feet.
Do not check me so that I cannot have the free use of my head. If you insist that I wear blinders, so that I cannot see behind me as it was intended I should, I pray you be careful that the blinders stand well out from my eyes.

Do not overload me, or hitch me where water will drip on me. Keep me well shod. Examine my teeth when I do not eat; I may have an ulcerated tooth, and that, you know, is very painful. Do not tie my head in an unnatural position, or take away my best defense against flies and mosquitoes by cutting off my tail.

I cannot tell you when I am thirsty, so give me clean, cool water often. Save me, by all means in your power, from fatal disease- the glanders. I cannot tell you in words when I am sick, so watch me, that by signs you may know my condition. Give me all possible shelter from the hot sun, and put a blanket on me, not when I am working but when I am standing in the cold. Never put a frosty bit in my mouth; first warm it by holding it a moment in your hands.

I try to carry you and your burdens without a murmur, and wait patiently for you long hours of the day or night. Without the power to choose my shoes or path, I sometimes fall on the hard pavements which I have often prayed might not be of wood but of such a nature as to give me a safe and sure footing. Remember that I must be ready at any moment to lose my life in your service.

And finally, O My Master, when my useful strength is gone, do not turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner, to be slowly tortured and starved to death; but do thou, My Master, take my life in the kindest way, and your God will reward you here and hereafter. you will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him who was born in a stable.


Author Unknown

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I am excited to announce my newest upcoming book Jadon and Gabe: The Not so Saintly Horses.

From the beginning, Jadon's father teaches him valuable life lessons before Jadon is sold and makes the long trip to his new home and family. Jadon falls in love with his new family especially, Gracie Lou, the little girl that cares for him.
When Gabe comes to live at the ranch, Jadon and Gabe find they have a personality confict and Jadon feels his life will never be the same.
Valuable life lessons are played out within the pages.
Come along on their journey as they embark on a path, finding a life that is truly pleasing to their humans and also to God!
Jadon and Gabe is a Great Family Read. You will find humor, warmth, inspiration and also slight hints on the basic care of the miniature horse.
Look for it's release in June 2009.