Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FOWL Play?!

Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!

Spring is here and the birds are flying north and building nests for their chicks.  Birds are very important for the ecosystem, but in a horse barn, it’s a recipe for disaster!

My buddy Polly (the bird by my stable mate’s withers above) is very pretty and has a lovely voice and would never intentionally hurt me, but the bacteria and pathogens in her body can.  Some diseases I can get from birds (and their POOP!) are salmonella or cryptococcosis (a type of fungus).

Monday, March 10, 2014

Not all clovers are lucky!

Top o’ the morning to all laddies and lasses!

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and even though there may not be a lot of green on my pasture, spring is right around the corner and I’m getting a head start on searching for the rare, lucky four-leaf clover, so I can hopefully meet a leprechaun! However, I need to be extremely careful.  There are many clovers that are not so lucky and are EXTREMELY toxic to horses, especially alsike clover.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"She loves me, she loves me not"

Love is in the air…or could it be a delicious heart-shaped doughnut that I smell?!? 

With Valentine’s Day later this week, I’m planning to spend quality time with my gal pal, Hugme Christi! It took me a long time to figure out if she liked me or not.  I used to pluck the petals off of flowers singing, “She loves me. She loves me not,” over and over again until there weren’t any petals left.  But that wasn’t very scientific of me.  I’m a professor of equine science, so I put my thinking cap on and started to pay closer attention to her behavior.  Learning a horse’s behavior is very important so you know when they are going to give you a kiss or a bite – but don’t worry about me; I only bite into doughnuts and hot dogs!