Thursday, July 11, 2013

Just What We Needed....

More rain!

NJ is being inundated again, so I'm holed up in the house.  It's raining hard enough that the horses are also holed up in the barn, which rarely happens.  They usually prefer to be out grazing when it rains.

I have five stalls, and four horses that obviously can't count.

This is a 10x12 stall, and those horses are all over 16 hands.  That's 3600lbs of horse crammed into 120 square ft.


All three geldings cram into one stall, while Matilda gets her own.

Clever little mare.

Since I'm holed up in the house, I've been messing around on the internet.  I should probably be cleaning or something, but the internet is more fun.

My internet wanderings have led me to David Ramey, DVM's website and I've been reading it for hours.  It's really good stuff!  He offers a science-based look at equine medicine and maintenance, which is refreshing and informative.  Equine husbandry relies too much on voodoo, snake oil and "But, that's how we've always done it".  It's past time we started demanding some proof, or at least decent evidence, that the crap the industry is shilling actually works!

I could go on for several more paragraphs on that subject, but that's a post for another day.  The rain just stopped, and the sun is peeking through the clouds.  I think I'll go ride a horse or two.


16 comments:

  1. Lol I love the geldings pic. I will have to peruse that site, always avoid cleaning ;)

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    1. Cleaning is the bane of my existence....

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  2. Love the gelding pic, but could do without the rain. It spoiled at least one of my precious Harley time outings this week, and I don't get that many right now!

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    1. Oh no! That's never good, I remember how precious those outings were when my kids were in their larval stage.

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  3. You know that thing your blogger friends do where you're just quickly browsing blogs before getting erady for work and then they link to some compelling site and you find yourself wanting to call in sick so you can keep reading the site?

    Yeah, you're doing it.

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  4. Everyone is getting doused except for us! I WANT rain!

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    1. If I knew how to send you some, I would! If it's any consolation, it hasn't rained in two days and South Jersey is so sandy that I'm already having to water the garden!

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  5. I am SO tired of the rain. My guys have all been cramming into one run even though they have three available...

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    1. They really do prefer to be together, and don't care much about personal space. It seems to me that individual stalls are for the comfort and convenience of humans, not horses.

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  6. Bahahahahahaha love that they are all together! :)

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    1. Birds of a feather flock together... I just hope they're not plotting anything!

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  7. Maybe the guys just don't want to irritate the "woman" of the group? :-)

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    1. Haha! They certainly don't want to irritate her! She's all of 9 hands tall and runs the herd.

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  8. Just did a quick survey of Dr. Ramey's website. I have to disagree about his assessment of chiropractic and acupuncture. Chiro works wonders for me--acupuncture was less effective. But for my horses? I've had some amazing results with acupuncture. Not for systemic illnesses, but for muscle soreness. Anecdotal evidence is not scientific enough to be proof positive, but it works for me.

    I think your little girl has established herself as the matriarch of the herd with her own special palace there. *lol* As for the boys? Two of mine do the same darn thing. I have no idea what that's all about.

    And the rain? Today I was swimming while it was raining and didn't notice it in the AM. Later, though...enough already. When I fed the Boys late night snack it sounded and felt like a tropical jungle out there. The sounds would do one of those jungle movies justice, to say nothing of the soggy air. *sigh*

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    1. I had to go back and read his sections on chiro and acupuncture, as I had focused more on his essays on nutrition and supplements. But, when I read them, I did have to agree with his points...

      What he says is that there is no basis for the extraordinary claims made by some practitioners. And many practitioners do make extraordinary claims. I have seen well done studies that show that acupuncture and chiropractic care can alleviate pain, but no studies that support some of the other claims practitioners make. And that's what he's saying, that these people are making claims that aren't supported by independent studies. They are no different then the big pharmaceutical companies schilling their drugs as "the only cure" based on studies performed by their own company.

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