Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Stills

Rubrico saying to River "just stop moving and I'll have this halter off in no time."

Lighty and Mick

Johnny and Walon

River and Rubrico

O'Reilly and Baner

Cinnamon and Dolly


Baby and Tony

Trigger and Ritchie

Levendi and Hemi

Oskar, Donovan and Roho

MyLight, Wendolynn, Traveller and Maisie

Leo and Chance

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's a Bird, It's a Plane . . .

You never know what strange thing will be moving around our farm, at least this appears to be the opinion of the horses here. A little over a week ago we had Ewen running around in his cone of shame terrorizing the horses.  In the past there have been other events that led to much angst and statue-like staring. You might recall that Carter pushing his stroller around a couple of years ago was the cause of much consternation among the horses. 

These are things that one might expect to cause concern to a horse. A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to take some more ears forward, full alert, "that thing might eat me" pictures. What was the cause this time? 

It wasn't Ewen in the cone of shame. 

It wasn't a baby stroller. 

What was it?

It was a horse. 

Yes, you read that correctly, it was a horse. It wasn't a mini, or even a Friesian or a Gypsy Vanner with lots of hair. Just a horse, a standard looking chestnut gelding.  Because the other horses have certainly never seen a chestnut horse before. Ever. They were sure of it. And we certainly never, ever have reasons to lead a horse or two past a pasture. That would never happen, not on a horse farm.

However, for reasons unknown to me, leading this chestnut horse past one of the pastures was the cause of much concern, staring and studying on the part of its residents. I have no idea why. I'm not even sure I want to know why. 

Murphy, Blu, Lighty, Sam and Johnny on the run to check out this strange sighting.

Blu, Murphy, Johnny, Lighty and Sam getting closer

Johnny and Lighty staring hard at this thing that looked exactly like a horse . . . but surely wasn't a horse??

Murphy and Blu

Lighty, Happy and Sam

 MyLight and Wendolynn

Merlin, Walden and Fabrizzio

Rocky and Kennedy

Maisie and Lily having a rainy grooming session

Clayton and Gus

Tony and Ritchie

Levendi and Moe

Homer and Hemi

Norman and Traveller

Rip and Baby

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Faces

In the last three months we have said too many goodbyes. We take comfort in the fact that all of the residents we lost were in their 30's with the exception of Stormy who was about to turn 26. It is nice to know that they had such long, healthy lives.  We hope we are done with goodbyes for a long while, but sadly you never know when it will happen again. 

On a happier note we have welcomed some new faces to Paradigm Farms. Any horse person loves welcoming a new horse into their lives, and it is always fun to see what walks off the trailer. Some of our new residents have been here several weeks, some have only been here a few days. We have some lovely new faces waiting to greet us each morning. We have introduced a couple of our new faces to you already, but I thought I would let you meet all of them, some of them a second time, in this post.


This stunning mare is Wendolynn. She retired from a dressage career.

As he always does, Timbit introduced himself to the new resident

Wendolynn and MyLight


This big guy is Roho (Spanish for red). He retired from a career in 3-day eventing.

When we start introducing new horses into their family groups we set up temporary paddocks using electric tape in their future pasture. This is Roho meeting Oskar in his temporary paddock.

Oskar, Donovan and Roho having a meet and greet.

Toledo, Johnny and Roho


This adorable face belongs to Baner (pronounced like Bonner with a short A). Baner retired from a career in dressage.

Timbit never misses an opportunity to introduce himself

Baner and Carter hanging out

Roho and Baner having fun


This handsome gelding is Gus. I love how he was trying to strike a pose, yet messed up the regal look by flipping his upper lip. Gus retired from a career in dressage.

Gus meeting Johnny and Toledo in his temporary paddock

Gus and Walon

Gus grazing with friends Donovan and Rubrico


Last, but certainly not least, this is Happy. Happy retired from a career as a show jumper. Happy lives up to his name in every way.

In an all too common theme around here, Timbit made sure he and Happy were well acquainted.

Happy and Mick grooming

Happy, front right, enjoying a gallop through the pasture