"Mount Manure", our compost pile made of soiled shavings and horse manure, produces amazing plants. This cherry tomato plant was living in its pot with our raspberries in old water troughs filled with Mount Manure "product". I pulled it into our bay window room in the middle of last night's freezing rain. Planted from seed, this tomato is an indeterminate variety, meaning it should have multiple growing seasons, and is still full of flowers. I hope the grow lights keep it going through the winter! Read also, Easter 2013: Grandang's Rhubarb, which shows how we use old, leaky water troughs as planters. Grandang's rhubarb, shown below in an updated August photo, is also in a bed created from our horse output. The rhubarb produced like crazy, even after being split earlier in the spring. Arrangements can be made if you are interested in a piece of Mount Manure.
"The Chore Horse competition is a test of skill for driver and horses. There is a prescribed course of different tasks that must be attempted in the correct sequence. The tasks are all things that a working team would have to do in the course of their work. Teams are judged on disposition, power, versatility, precision and agility."- The Cochrane Eagle
Canada rocks when it comes to horse compeitions. They also have a versatility team breed contest, the Telus Battle of the Breeds. Read the full story on the "chore horse" competition in the Cochrane Eagle.
This is what happens when you fail to replace the worn out back-leg stabilizer straps. Bonnie's Soft-Ride boots continue to serve our little laminitis survivor well. Learn more at the Founder Chronicles.
Visit our stable: Poudre River Stables
“Animal owners need to primarily look for any dramatic nervous system changes such as muscle tremors, weakness, lameness, stumbling, or paralysis”
-- Colorado State Veterinarian Keith Roehr
Read also: Rabies, EIA: Colorado on watch ...
Who knew tractors came in so many pieces? It threw a rod in the last big snow storm, and punched a hole in the engine block. A friend found me a replacement block at RobertsTractor.com, and we had it shipped from Ohio. Stay tuned as we find out whether the old John Deere 950 lives on ...
See also: Snowmageddon - 1, Tractor - 0
"They've done a lot more work than we were expecting. It's unbelievable the amount of work they are doing and how cost-effective it is. They've been wonderful."SiouxCityJournal.com
-- Amy Loving, naturalist
True, goats are great munchers, and they especially love leafy spurge. Be careful, however, that you don't put them near something you want to keep. Mine nearly destroyed a small orchard! Click on the Sioux City Journal link above for the full story on the goats who munched through the Davenport weed problem.
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According to The Coloradoan, a retired nuclear physicist's electric fence was connected to a 100-foot extension cord that was plugged into a power strip plugged into another extension cord plugged into an electrical outlet. The contraption sparked a brush fire that consumed 1,348 acres of Colorado's Lory State Park.
Avoid endearing yourself to the neighbors and thousands of other park users -- get your electric fencing right the first time. It's not rocket (or nuclear) science.
Many of our horses came back into the barn soaked after about three hours in Day 2 of Snowmageddon 2013. Their turnout blankets and rain sheets were soaked through. Considering what horse people pay for blankets, you would expect better results. Oddly, it was not a case of popular name v. knockoff. Some big names failed as did a lesser-known model. I also think as blankets age, they lose their water repellency. Watch the video to see what our stable discovered during this crazy spring snow storm!