• What's Up with West?

    DIY Horse Cake

    I don’t have much talent in the kitchen, but once a year I put on my apron and get to work. Naturally, that’s for West’s birthday. Because I’m a health nazi when it comes to my animals, this is typically the only day of the year that West gets anything over the top. Of course I have to go all out for that. There are several companies who sell horse cakes, but 1. they’re outrageously priced, and 2. what fun is that?! Ingredients for my DIY cake cost right at $10, and only about an hour – hour and a half to make. Plus, it’s fun getting messy every now…

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    Off with the mane!

    It’s true, the mane is gone. All of it. 🙁 I’ve been playing with the idea of roaching for a while now, but it’s really been on my mind the last few months. Most of you know, (because you’ve seen me bitching all over Instagram about it) but West’s blankets rubbed out a nice big chunk of his mane over the winter. It happened in late December, and it’s now May and we still have no new growth. The blanket situation was addressed, but the hair still wasn’t growing back in. You know how when you shaved your legs for the first time, the hair grew back thicker? That’s what…

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    Roach Progression

    I roached West’s mane on May 1, 2019. I will be taking photos and measuring every Wednesday until it grows completely out (if I let it) and they will be posted here! Make sure to check back weekly for growth updates! May 1, 2019 May 8, 2019 – 1 week May 15, 2019 – 2 weeks

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    Dr. Nonella aswers all your Equine Gastric Ulcer questions!

    I caught up with certified equine nutritionist Dr. Kelsey Nonella this week to chat. Dr. Nonella received her PhD from West Texas A&M in 2014, and has been working for Horse Guard since! Not only is she a medical professional, but she is an avid equestrian and competitor as well. She and her husband Roger actively compete in team roping all across the United States! March is Equine Gastric Ulcer Awareness month, so I had my followers send in any questions that they might have about the pesky condition. Dr. Nonella and I picked a few of our favorites, and she answered them for you! 1.Q: What are gastric ulcers?…

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    West’s journey with EPM

    EPM. Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis. EPM is an invasive neurological disease that affects the central nervous system and spine. If not properly treated, it can be fatal and extremely dangerous to both horse and rider. EPM has no vaccine or prevention – it is spread only by opossums. Even once treated, EPM can come back (and has a bigger chance of coming back) at any time. I should probably start with the fact that my veterinarian suspected EPM in West over two years ago. We did the blood test, which came back negative – and we moved on with our lives. Looking back, I’m convinced it was a false negative (…

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    What’s in West’s dinner bucket?

    I get asked ALL the time … “What does West eat?” “Which supplements does he get” “Do you feed this or that?” “What’s your favorite grain?” I’m so excited to publish something that answers ALL of these questions! This is an inside look at what West eats on a daily basis. He eats twice a day, breakfast and dinner. Supplements are included with breakfast only, grain and forage remains the same with both meals. To start, grain. West eats Purina Ultium Gastric Care grain. It is a high calorie feed designed to meet the daily protein needs of performance horses. I like this grain more so than others because it…

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    Full Gallop Farm : A Nightmare

    I want to start this post with a disclaimer — I am not one to publicly bash a specific place or venue, especially after only one visit. I’m a believer in second chances, just not this time. This was by far the WORST horse show experience I’ve ever had, and I felt the need to share. After such a successful show at ATF on Thursday, and with my birthday on Sunday and no plans – I entered last minute for the Horse Trials at Full Gallop Farm Thursday night. I emailed first to make sure that they were still accepting entries, it wasn’t quite the cutoff yet, but I was…