Autumn

Scatter, scatter over ground

pitter, patter melodious sound

dance with wind and catch the rain

stick softly to the windowpane

twinkle downwards in the fall

crinkle to the Blue-jay’s call

remind us of the summers past

sun-soaked days are fleeting — fast

rainbow carpet on the ground

apples, pumpkins, spice abound!

Branches quiver bare on trees

all memories should last like these

leaves are falling on the fall

sorrow now is fleeting, small

dry leaves twirling in the sky

it’s a now-or-never chance to fly

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Starlight Song

It was upon a starlit night

a bird set out to see the sights

to travel the world — near and far

more specifically, to map the stars

in the beginning of firefly June,

it was the time to admire the moon

late in the summer month of July

said the swallow,’Let us travel the sky’

so, off he flew, higher and higher

in his mind, just one desire

to touch a star, to hear it sing

feel the melody, take to the wing

High above the atmosphere

melodies drifted clear

the bird felt his wing brush a star

and heard the sweet song twinkle far

he opened his beak and sang along

drifting through the starlit song

a world of melody and grace

to earthbound beings, out of place

tinkling music off twinkling stars

against soft velvet space, stretching ever so far

Never put all your eggs in one basket

Never pin all your hopes on one star

For, if running, you trip and drop it

You’ll find all your hopes won’t get very far

Never wish something something it’s not

‘Though you can wish for something you need

Hard work and dedication can take you far

But pure willpower is not all it takes to succeed.

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Everything Equine

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A tall chestnut horse

makes its way across a nearby field.  With flaxen feathers and a mane and tail to match, you can see even from a distance that this is a powerful, if not lazy animal.  His brass and leather halter has pulled to one side but he has a gentle look in his eye; a draft horse no doubt, known as the Jutland.

Bred in the country of  Denmark since the 1100 a.d., this breed is often thought to be one of the breeds crossed to form the Suffolk Punch.  They may stand a powerful 16 hands high on stocky, heavily feathered legs.  Their shining coats may be either chestnut (sometimes flaxen), black or bay.  Strong enough to carry a knight into battle, these horses are best suited to pulling wagons through the countryside.

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Bits and Facts   Secretariat01

A horse carries 65% of his weight on his forehand-that’s over half!

Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner, entered the Kentucky Derby never having won a race- and won.

The most common kind of colic in horses is Spasmodic or Gas Colic.

The oldest currently living horse is 51 years old. 

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Hyperkalamic Periodic Paralysis- a genetic disorder linked to the sire Impressive and most commonly seen in Quarter Horses- is sometimes called Potassium Induced Periodic Paralysis (PIPP) because it can be triggered by diets high in the mineral Potassium.

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A Wish

 

It was hardly a day ago

when with a pocket of treats

and a head full of hopes

I went to the fence

with hardly a sound

I held out my hand

to see apple turning brown

then over the hill,

the chestnut came

with tall white stockings

-far from plain

a white blazed nose took

a treat from my hand

a forelock that is hardly there-

just a strand

oh, would it be that this horse

would be mine

a long, arched neck and a tail

quite fine

Ride over fields sugar-coated in snow

to win a ribbon- tied with a bow

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Poisonous Plants to keep out of pastures

Day-Blooming Jessamine (Cestrum diurnum) was introduced to the US as an ornamental tree and is most common in California, Texas and Florida.

This dark green, glossy leafed plant grows up to 16 feet tall and has small clusters of trumpet-shaped fragrant white flowers which form into berries, which are black when ripe. Its toxin similar to the active metabolite in vitamin D.  Consumption of Jessamine  results in excess calcium intake, resulting in serious elastic tissue calcification and excessive bone formation.

Symptoms of ingestion include chronic weight loss, stiffness, lameness in all four limbs and lying down for long periods of time (much more than normal).  Lameness results due to calcified ligaments and tendons in the legs.  Recovery from ingestion of this plant is rare so keep horses away from it!  In general, if you see a plant or ornamental tree in your horse’s paddock, a good preventive measure is to check if it is toxic before allowing your horse access to the pasture.

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Did You Know…

Chestnuts (the horny growths on the insides of horses’ legs) are also called night eyes.  Chestnuts are unique to each horse- much like human fingerprints.

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From the miniature to the Percheron,

there are many different breeds in the world- Shires, Morabs, Danish Warmbloods, Walers, Haflingers, Holsteins (not the cow), Andalusians, Cleavland Bays, Gelderlands and many more.  Which is you favorite?  Have you ever  seen one for real?

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Winners of the Triple Crown- In all, There Were Eleven

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1919 Sir Barton

The very first triple crown winner

Gallant Fox 1930

Successful in a winning endeavor

1935 was Omaha

Sired by the winning Gallant Fox

1937 War Admiral

Just like “Big Red” in the starting box

Whirlaway in 1941

Won a grand 32 first places!

Count Fleet 1943

He won 16 out of 21 races

Assault 1946

His wins were short but soon became taller

Citation 1948

Ran  well to the millionth dollar

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Known as the second “Big Red”

Seattle Slew 1977

In the triple crown he was quite far ahead

Affirmed 1978

Alydar could have won, too;

Alydar, he won three reds

barely bested by the great Affirmed’s blues.

Classification of the Horse

The Kingdom is Animalia

to all animals, it’s a home

The Phylum is Chordata

all things with a backbone

the class is Mammalia

all animals warm-blooded

Order is Perissodactyla

where odd numbers of toes are needed

The equine’s Family is Equidae

All horses past, present and future

The horse’s Genus is Equus

(Donkeys and Zebras included)

The Species is Equus Caballus

-All other equines excluded.

Clever Ponies

Over the gate

Across the floor

Around a tack trunk

Out the door

Undoing the latch

-it’s really thick

Scraping with a hoof

That did the trick

Kicking open the door-

Without getting smashed

There- in the middle

A pan of hot mash

Jump up on the floor

Little hooves flying

They got into the feed room

Without hardly trying!

Manes frosted with hay

Noses deep in the grain

These clever ponies

Will try this again!

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