Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It Takes a Village

In light of celebrating Thanksgiving in a couple of days I was thinking about how many people Jason and I rely on to run the farm. As with most things in life it really does take a village. We are lucky to have attracted a group of the best clients the horse industry has ever seen.  It is a real luxury to be able to tell one of our horse moms or dads that Dobbin needs "X" and know that it will be provided, no questions asked. The other obvious people that we would be completely lost without is our amazing team of vets and farriers. They are so valuable to us it would be impossible to put it into words. 

There are lots of other people that we would be really lost without as well. When you have well over 100 blankets to clean and repair every year suddenly the person who agrees to take on the task of washing and repairing said blankets is your new BFF.  We are so lucky to have a fabulous feed store to work with. Our feed deliveries always show up on time as promised.   I've also learned to really appreciate SmarkPaks. I cannot imagine having to open and scoop from a bazillion supplement buckets every day.  We would be lost without our equine dentist.  I think Jason would feel that life wasn't worth living without our gravel guy. These are just a few of the crucial people that keep us running.

It absolutely, positively takes a village and a mountain of supplies to keep the wheels turning here.  I'm grateful to have so many good people on our team. And I'm ever so grateful to the inventors of vetwrap, duct tape and baling twine. I can provide at least a temporary fix to 90% of the things that go wrong around here with vetwrap, duct tape and baling twine. How did people ever manage to run farms without them?

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Apollo watching Hemi splash in the puddle



Walden, Merlin and Fabrizzio


Africa and Mick


Taco and Dutch


Faune, Donneur and Lofty


Stormy and Rubrico


River anxiously waiting to be fed


Maisie using the tree branch as a scratching post


Levendi, Moe, Apollo, Hemi and Thomas thought there was something scary in their pasture



4 comments:

Kate said...

Even with only a handful of horses, I seem to have a last cast of service providers. Having good ones is so important.

Lori Skoog said...

I am very curious, how many horses do you generally have at Paradigm Farms? You and your husband outdo yourselves giving them the best care possible.

Jenny said...

And the horses are Thankful for YOU! I know the one with the bad molar was very thankful for his dentist.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Out here in self-reliant land, I totally envy your support system.

Nobody deserves it more than you and Jason. Just knowing there are folks like you two giving horses the kind of retirements they earned is very comforting.

(Rigged a "manual shutoff" for the mini tractor with hay twine yesterday lol ;D)