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May 2014

Power line fatality: Duck crashes in middle of horse arena

Duck killed by power line - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Last week, this poor little guy flew into the power lines, let out a loud "Gak!" and fell into our arena, dead. Power lines are hard on the birds, and I can only wonder how much more of this we will see when the power lines across the street are relocated to our historic farm as part of the North Shields St. widening project just outside of Fort Collins city limits. Going underground with the lines would be best, but Xcel does not want to spend the money, according to county and city workers I have asked about the problem. In other developments, rumor has it that the City of Fort Collins is sending the sewer line off of my property under the river and all the way north to Highway 287. If you believe the internet real estate sites, a property about 100 yards from my east border, 832 Wood St., just sold for $2 million. Unbelievable. I can just see all the real estate investors licking their chops.

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Our wildlife photo album

Colorado horse with deadly virus euthanized: Extreme caution urged on rodeo, barrel racing circuit

One of our veterinarian clients just sent me this update:

STATE VETERINARIAN'S OFFICE - Positive EHV 1 Horse in Colorado EHV-1 Update 5/15/14 The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CSU-VDL) has notified the State Veterinarian’s Office at the Colorado Department of Agriculture that the horse which was showing signs consistent with EHV-1 on 5/14/14 tested positive to EHV-1 The horse was euthanized due to complications from the neurologic form of EHV-1, also known as Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). A second horse from the same facility has developed a fever today and considered a suspect case but is not displaying any neurologic signs at this time. This second horse attended some of the same events within the rodeo/barrel racing circuit as the original horse. Because of these developments and the recent history of other EHV-1 cases in other states, the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado recommends that equine event organizers and horse owners competing in the rodeo/barrel racing circuit exercise extreme caution with regards to the planning and holding of equine events. Disease prevention practices and good biosecurity should be implemented. Owners should consider the risk for exposure to EHV-1 at upcoming events to be elevated and owners may want to consider keeping their horses at home to limit their individual risk.

Read about our stable's last experience with voluntary quarantine:

As the Biosecurity Turns: Our stable awaits EHV-1 test

Horse quarantine: A harsh bargain

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A goat's life among the blossoms

Legolas the Goat among the crabapple blossoms - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - CO - 80521


Legolas the Goat enjoys his canopy of crabapple blossoms. The crabapple trees produced spectacular blossoms this year, which are also edible. I've also heard of people drying blossoms to use instead of dried rice at weddings because the blossoms are better for the animals and the environment.

You might also enjoy our Flower Farm photo album.

Crabapple blossoms - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Forgotten rhymes of a homesteader

Elliot C Lincoln - cover - Rhymes of a Homesteader - 1920A new project has required planting tons of flower seeds, and a poem about sunflowers in this collection caught my eye. Does anybody out there know about Elliott C. Lincoln? I bought this 1920 book ages ago at a flea market along Interstate 80. Lincoln's idea of homesteading is very "western", complete with old paint horses, which he mentions later in the book in lower case, not as a capitalized breed. A certain regret surrounding the side effects of progress rises to the surface in "Rhymes of A Homesteader", as later in the book, the automobile and barbed wire scar Lincoln's world. Publishers didn't spend a lot of money on cover design back in those days. Here is the first poem in this rare treasure:

Elliot C Lincoln - Rhymes of a Homesteader - title page - Boston and New York - Houghton Mifflin Company - The Riverside Press Cambridge - 1920 T
The Sunflower Road

THERE'S a land of opal mountains, singing creeks,

    and springing fountains,

A land of magic distances in hazy, lazy light,

Where the pastel greens, and yellows, amber

    browns, and purple shadows,

Make a glory of the daytime, and it's dusty blue

    at night.


Elliot C. Lincoln - Rhymes of a Homesteader - The Sunflower Road
When the summer sun is burning, there a friendly

    road is turning.

Twisting, bending, rising, falling -- just a trail

    among the hills;

But 'tis bordered by the graces of a million golden


And the laughter of the sunflowers frees the heart

    of all its ills.


Elliot C Lincoln - Rhymes of a Homesteader - The Sunflower Road
Now the winter snows are driven through the

    land; the trail is hidden.

Desolate, the white hills glitter under skies of

    turquoise blue.

But in June comes summer weather, and again

    we'll ride together

On that friendly, glowing, happy road, just wide

    enough for two. 

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