Here’s to the girls with working hands. 🙌🏻
Hands that are calloused, chapped, and worn no matter how much lotion you use.
Hands with nails clipped short, unpainted, and often dirty.
Hands that are both strong and gentle in equal turns. ❤️
Sometimes clashes are inevitable.... The other day when I was out with the Brokenheart bronc horses they were worked up because of the incoming storm. I know from experience that even when I am shoeing horses storms get them on edge. Horses that are tough to get by are even tougher. Horses that are normally good, are all the sudden white eyed, ears perked up and ready to bolt at a tenth of a seconds notice. My theory why they react the way they do is because of lost senses. Their ability to smell and hear are hampered by the wind. If you are a creature that in a natural environment relies on critical senses to stay alive, losing them is kind of a big deal. The herd tends to get restless and tensions rise. Which is what I seen in this picture when I took it. Or, they get spooked and kick the farrier across the barn when they hear the wind slap a loose piece of siding against the barn.... .
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Well at least it’s a good day to by sick, it just started snowing.
I am going through my phone looking at some of my favorite videos and pictures. This is definitely one one of them. Just having a play with super star Piper ❤️
We may have won the first week of calving, but the next few weeks haven’t been as great. We’re calving on stalks this year since we didn’t get any rain so hay is super expensive. This particular heifer ended up not being claimed by her mama so Dax will have a bottle calf this year. Two calves haven’t made it, one was born dead and one had Omphalocele so his intestines were outside his stomach when he was born. You always know you won’t get them all, but it still hurts when it happens. At least this heifer will have a happier ending and Dax will have a 4H project. #MusgraveCattle
I can’t wait to have my boys at our new facility! I am really looking forward to putting more time into my personal horse’s development. Here is Romeo, he will be 5 this year and for the past 6 months has been on the back burner due to my hectic teaching schedule! My goal for this guy is for him to be the first horse I develop from start to finish all the way to a spade bit, a finished bridle horse. He is in charge of the timeline but I am looking forward to the journey with this handsome steed! #TheSavvyEquestrian
My most favorite feature I’ve ever written is the cover of today’s @parademagazine in your local paper. LINK IN BIO.
Be sure to also read the related links in the feature—to an interview with kidnap victim @jayceeleedugard on her equine therapy and foundation. And an interview with the Shatners @leizshatner and @williamshatner, on Elizabeth Shatner’s All Glory Project saving veterans with purpose. [swipe]
7 years ago, a litter of absolutely devastated puppies were transferred to me in the parking lot of Tehachapi Vet. I will never forget the smell, but my most indelible memory is that they made no whimpers and were actually trying to clean one another despite being in agony and burned over 80% of their bodies. No dog had ever been burned that severely and survived.
I was frantic to save them and so was the staff. We lost a few of them and, like a knight in shining armor, came Dr Grossman of the Grossman Burn Center! He took over their care and brought every major burn technology to the table. Bovine skin grafts, hyperbaric chambers meds we could only dreamed of affording. It was a grueling several months, basically living down in the valley to help raise money and care for the two surviving pups. In the end, because of a Herculean group effort, we pulled it off, and both Phoenix and Natalia went on to act as ambassadors for pediatric Burn Camp which takes place every year for survivors! I count this rescue and all that went into it as one of my greatest successes. I don’t take accolades or acknowledgement all that well, but for these girls, I was very proud of myself. -Zach
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