Monday, June 22, 2015

Meet Whisper, Our First Foal




For those that follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you might have seen this beauty from a picture or two or three.  She is the newest addition to the farm and we love her oh so much!  But let me back up a bit and tell you the story of her existence.

My oldest daughter lost her quarter horse mare two years ago.  We believe it was from Impressive (stallion) breeding in her bloodlines.  This world champ stallion, as awesome as he was, carried a genetic flaw that has caused some major controversy over the years. We were unaware of any of this when we got her.  Needless to say, my daughter was devastated.

My kids show in 4-H and with three of them showing horses, we needed another taller horse for the older kids.  We have the shorter, stocky Haflingers.  My husband told me that the only horse he would allow us to get was another taller Haflinger.  They are so much more hardier than most horses and don't require a whole lot of feed.  In fact, we don't even give our Haflinger geldings any feed and they have consistantly kept their weight on nicely, too much at times!

Needless to say, I had my work cut out for me, but I saved money that I earned from online sales and started searching.


After some dead ends,  I found this veterinarian in Ohio who breeds Haflinger mares to her Gypsy Vanner stallion.  The offspring look just like this beautiful Gypsy, Leo, shown below.  She sometimes sells the pregnant mares so that others can experience the awesomeness of the Gypsy Vanner as well as the gentle Haflinger.





That is beyond cool.  But really, could we, should we?  Or was it too much of a dream?


Well, long story short, this dream came true for us.  Now, let me tell you, I have no experience with foals whatsoever.  But, sometimes you just have to dive right in and take chances.  How boring life would be if we were too fearful to step out of our comfort zone!


On April 18th, our little girl was born.  She was a week early, so we really weren't prepared yet and were planning on just letting our mare deliver in the pasture.  But you know, she was just grazing around our fenced in big yard as the pasture was still off limits because of the dry cold weather at that time (now our cellar is flooded...).  Anyhoo, she didn't act any different when her water broke.  


Then I saw a white hoof and started screaming with excitement!  She laid down to give birth.  Holy cow this was really happening!  This was a new experience that seemed like a dream!




Within a half hour, she gave birth to this little girl.  My husband broke the sac around her mouth with his knife, and then mama mare took over like a pro.  Within the next half hour, she stood, bless her heart!






My daughter wanted to name her Whisper.  I thought it was perfect.  But my little six year old wanted to name her Rain.  So we decided on Whisper Rain.  Even better.

This, is what life on the farm is all about.  To stand in awe at how the Creator orchestrates everything.  The beauty of a newborn foal, the instincts He gives them to stand quickly, to run and frolic within an hour after birth, the special bond between mother and foal, her ability to gently nudge the baby's head back toward her udder to help her find the milk.  So sweet, so precious, so perfect!



This.





I am in awe.










Monday, June 15, 2015

When It's Time to Get Rid of Your Buck

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Raising goats is like, hmmm....I've got nothin'.  It's a humbling thing really.  If you struggle with pride, get a goat.  If you think you are the next best thing to God's creation, get a buck.

And that, my friends, is your spiritual lesson for the day. You are welcome.

In all seriousness, owning a buck is quite an experience.  Some good, some bad(especially around breeding time).  They are strange creatures and most visitors to our farm are quite appalled by their behavior.  And I don't blame them.

But, they do have a purpose...to breed. We need babies!  

Most humble goat owners don't keep their bucks forever and for good reason.  But when is it time to let these odd creatures go?

I learned a few years ago when I was thinking about getting our goats registered, that there is no limit to how many times the buck can breed to his close relatives.  Unlike dogs, you can breed mother to son, grandmother to son and so on.  I asked how far down the line can our registered buck go with inline breeding.  The kind lady told me there was no limit.

So, you can breed your buck with his relatives but just remember, the longer you use that buck, the higher the chances of getting his genetic flaws in the offspring.

I have been told that breeding brother and sister is risky, so I've never done it.  I've also been told that breeding no more than three generations with the same buck is a good rule of thumb before changing out the dude.  That seems to work pretty well with us.

Of course, if you think your buck is not improving your herd genes, by all means, sell him!

That is one of the reasons we are selling our black buck in the picture above.  He just isn't producing an improved doe.  In fact, he isn't producing very many does at all, which brings me to my next reason.

If you are getting a significantly larger amount of bucks than does, it's time to change up.  That is the other reason we are getting rid of our buck.  We are barely growing our herd because we want girls and we're consistently getting more boys!

Now if you are raising meat goats, this might not bother you as much, but we're dairy people.  

Another reason to say adios to your buck is if he is too ornery.  In other words, if you're scared to be within 50 feet of the guy, let it go. Oh no.  Those three simple words...  Here comes that song in my head for the next week.

Our buck can be ornery, but I've wrestled him to the ground in sweet revenge more than once, so he's not too bad.  His big behavioral issue is acting like it's breeding season all year.  Not fun.

So it's three strikes for this crazy goat of ours. 

Hopefully this will give you a better idea of when it's time to pack up the testosterone on hooves.  Do share your billy goat stories!



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Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to Make Your Own Fly Repellent for Your Dog's Nose

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So far this spring, the flies are out in full force.  Usually they don't get too bad until a little later in the summer.  Unfortunately, our Great Pyrenees seem to attract the flies, mainly on their noses.

I've tried vaseline, I've tried nontherapeutic grade essential oils and a few other remedies that I found on the internet.  I've even tried the nasty fly spray out of desperation, but quickly felt guilty because of the toxic chemicals.  Besides, it didn't really work anyway.

This year I decided to try therapeutic grade essential oils which are in their most purest form.  I use doTERRA oils and really do see a huge difference!  After experimenting on just the right blend, I've come up with one that works for us.

If you are skeptical about the effectiveness of therapeutic grade essential oils(I was!),take a look at this picture of one of my Great Pyrenees's nose before I applied the oil blend.  Notice the scarring from previous summers when nothing worked.  Sometime these flies just make me angry.  This is a conservative amount of flies, usually there are more.




After applying the repellant that I made to her nose and about an hour later, here is the result.




I could've waited longer, like around two hours longer, but I was a little impatient and wanted to take the picture before I forgot about it.  Let me tell you, the flies here are horrible and probably aren't the norm for most, so my guess is that it would probably last longer for those that don't have it this bad.  But, about every 2-3 hours, I apply more of the blend.  Sometimes, just once a day is sufficient!

I also want to note that it is important to keep an eye on your dog for a few minutes afterward because they just might try to rub their nose in the dirt and wipe off the oil. Although the oils absorb quickly, the dirt will rub much of the scent off.

I like to use a 4 mL roller bottle instead of a spray bottle for this issue.  Dogs don't particularly like to get sprayed on the nose!  I just rub the oils directly on the top part of their nose(not the nostrils), or rub on my fingers first then quickly rub on their nose.  You can get roller bottles here.

Ingredients:

5 drops Terrashield(Repellent Blend)
5 drops lavender
2 drops lemongrass
3 drops Peppermint
Fractionated Coconut Oil or any food grade oil you have on hand such as olive oil or grapeseed oil.

Put the above oils in the roller bottle, then top it off with the coconut oil.  Always remember to shake the bottle a little bit before you use it.  After you apply it to the nose, pet your dog with the remaining oil blend that's left on your hand from the forehead on down to the length of their back.  This helps repel flies from their body.

My Golden Retriever and Golden Pyrenees don't get flies on their noses, but those little pesky things will land on their backs at times.  I rub the roller bottle on my hand, then pet them down their back to keep the flies away.  This is done only once a day.

Although the dogs don't particularly enjoy getting the oils put on, especially so close to their sniffer, they are able to snooze peacefully without having to swipe their noses often.     

Nontherapeutic grade essential oils did not do squat for me last year.  So, this is really exciting for me to see such amazing results with doTERRA oils.  I'm having so much fun experimenting with my oils here on the farm!  If you would like to learn how you can get started using these therapeutic grade oils, go here




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Monday, June 8, 2015

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