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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Red Snow

This is something I actually thought about the other day, as I was bringing horses inside at feed time.  And it just so happens that a local vet wrote about this very topic in his recent monthly column that I read just last night!  LOL!  (Dr. J is a great guy, and is my horses' chiropractic vet.  If I did not already have an AWESOME veterinarian, I would use Dr. J as my regular vet!)  

Every year in the winter, I see dark orange or even red urine spots in the snow.  It always jars me for a moment, but it is perfectly harmless.  Why is that??

I cannot remember who told me years ago about why horse's urine turns red/orange in the snow, but I clearly remember being worried about it the first time I saw it!  LOL!  While my mare was totally fine, I assumed the worst.  Usually dark urine in a horse is a sign of tying-up.  But when a horse pees in the snow, mucus or minerals will darken it and certain proteins can oxidize it.  Therefore the urine spot will appear dark orange or even red!  It can be alarming but is no cause for concern, especially if the horse is fine otherwise.


Ahhhhh, the joys of horse ownership!  LOL!  ;-D



Comments

  1. I may have to e-mail that article to someone... No matter how many times we try to convince her it's normal, she panics any time she walks out into the pasture and sees that!

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  2. Yup, first time I saw it, I freaked out!

    Knowledgeable friend set me straight.

    Whew.

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  3. The first time I saw red urine, I freaked out. If you look at the color of a puddle that's sat on a rubber mat for a while, it's rusty too. Urine from a horse that's tying up is practically black.

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  4. I'm used to it now, but it certainly was startling the first time I saw it!

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