Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Marathon Begins

The annual Paradigm Farms Body Clipping Marathon began this week. The first four horses of the marathon were clipped on Thursday and Friday. We are officially four down and quite a few more to go.

We kicked off the first day with the two hairiest horses, Renatta and Norman. Despite the fact that I have spent hours with a shedding blade taking massive amounts of hair off Renatta, she still won the hairiest horse award. Norman came in second in the hairiest horse (or in Norman's case pony) award, but he doesn't shed at all in the spring, so every bit of his winter coat gets clipped off of him. Norman is fabulous to clip, not only because of his perfect manners but also because of his Teflon coat. The clippers glide through Norman's hair and you go from coarse, thick, faded winter coat to a shiny summer coat underneath.

We finished the week up by clipping Lily and Renatta. Lily was dethroned from the hairiest horse award this year. She had her usual crazy amounts of hair for her winter coat, but did a much better job shedding a lot of it out this spring. Maisie is another horse that is a pleasure to clip. Things always look hopeless when you start clipping her thick, dull, winter coat. But waiting underneath is always a shining, gorgeous, rich bay coat. You feel like you are unwrapping a pretty painting as you clip Maisie.

I'm looking forward to taking the hair off many more horses over the next couple of weeks.


Despite the fact that I have removed enough hair off Renatta to keep ten horses warm over the winter, she still wins the hairiest horse award. Here she is all scrubbed up and waiting to be rinsed.

If you didn't know better you would think Renatta hadn't done any shedding at all prior to being clipped

the finished product; Renatta was over it all not wanting to go back to the pasture which is the usual theme of the after pictures

Norman doesn't shed his winter coat at all so he had plenty of hair that needed to be removed

Norman clipped and ready to return to his ladies

Lily and Maisie drying after their baths and unaware they are about to be clipped

We got a lot more hair off of Lily with the shedding bring than usual this spring so clipping Lily wasn't as big of a job as usual but she still had too much hair left

Lily after clipping; I don't have any good pre/post pictures of Maisie

 Happy, Taco and Mick

Sparky and Sabrina

Donneur and Cocomo


Wilson and Donovan

Grand leading the way in for breakfast followed by Rip, Apollo and Hemi

L-R Remmy, Baner, Hesse and Walden


wet horses (yay for rain!) trotting through the pasture; Johnny, Blu, Miel and Paramount

Asterik, Gus and Silver

Renatta and Dawn

Dolly and Cinnamon

another day, another grooming session for BFFs Cuffie and Norman

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Vaccinations Done

We are officially done with spring vaccinations as of this morning. We have gotten vaccination days down to a well oiled machine over the years and they go quickly and smoothly. We do have the occasional "runner," but thankfully it is usually short lived and the runner gives up after a few gallop strides. We have been having a weekly visit from the dentist the last few weeks and we are making good progress on that front as well. Our final frontier in the spring is always body clipping, and tomorrow we will begin the spring body clipping marathon.  I can feel myself itching from all the horse hair just thinking about it.

Our main concern at the moment is perfecting our rain dance. April has been quite dry at the farm thus far. Areas north of us have gotten quite a bit of rain while we have been passed over. Since Jason and I are pretty scarred from last year's drought even the thought of being dry is almost more than we can handle right now. There are a lot of rain chances in our forecast over the next few days so here's hoping we get wet.


Bruno, Duesy and Walden

Havana, Hesse, Remmy and Baner


Thomas, Apollo and Hemi

Homer and Moe


Cuffie and Norman

Taco and Sam

the morning fog was pretty on the hills

George took full advantage of our brief rain shower yesterday. It was barely enough moisture to get the dust wet but that was all George needed.

Cinnamon and Dawn

Maisie and Calimba

Miss Lyle relaxing in the sun


Wilson and Ripley

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Stills

Calimba and MyLight

Dolly and Traveller

 George, Cocomo and Asterik

Donneur and Cocomo

Merlin, Bruno, Duesy and Cino

Sam, Happy, Paramount, Mick and Miel waiting for breakfast

B-Rad and Blu


Rip, Convey and Chance

Elfin really enjoyed his grooming/de-shedding session

Levendi and Trigger

Baby, King and Cisco

Revy and Apollo