Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mini Mania at Mule Days - Columbia, TN

Our first show of the season is next Saturday at the Maury County Park in Columbia, TN. It is one of the many shows and exhibits that will be going on during the world-famous MULE DAYS.

The show starts at 6:30pm and will take place in the Walking Horse Arena. This is a fun show, only TDA rules apply. If you don't want to show, we could sure use cheerleaders! Come on out and bring the family!

For more information about Mule Days, go to: www.muleday.com

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Meet Bella Boo-Boo!

We recently have a client that was unable to keep their beloved kitty due to severe allergies by a family member. Bella Boo-Boo (no, I didn't name her - can you believe it? haha) has been with us for a few weeks now. However, she walked in the door on day one as if she has been here forever.

Bella can be seen from time to time on the barn cam. She stops by the stall to visit the donkeys.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Precious update

Well, I am calling myself "Mrs. Wolf" now! I have had our followers on stall-watch for almost 2 weeks now. I am sorry for all the false alarms - I am not usually this wrong with labor signs. It's the nervousness of not knowing when she is due and that she is a maiden jennet that has done it to me.......... honest!

Precious is showing classic signs now - so, hopefully we will have a beautiful foal for Precious to love (and she will finally know why she is so big) and for all of us to enjoy, in the next couple days.

Read: http://latigo.marestare.com/forum/index.php?topic=13881.0 for the most up to date information.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dung Beetles are back!

I was out doing my morning rounds of "scoop the poop" and I yelled across the pasture to hubby, "They're back!".... of course he just rolled his eyes at me. But, those little insects are amazing little creatures and are just great for pasture management!

Did you know that Dung beetles help control internal and external parasites of equine and cattle? The beetles' activity can reduce nematodes (internal parasitic worms) by as much as 90% and horn flies by 95%. The Dung beetles do not actually kill the parasites. It's their dissipation of a poop pile. They disrupt or bury the parasites so they cannot complete their life cycle. Pretty cool stuff! (ok, I admit, I am a little wierd!)

There are several species of Dung Beetle in North America. The type we see around here most of the year are a tunneler. The adults make a tunnel under the poop pile and lay their eggs. Though we still have to clean the barn stalls, we have tried to create a "dung beetle friendly" environment by rotating our wormers, etc. This past year, (during spring, summer and fall) the manure accumulation in our pens and pastures were greatly reduced. We hope the dung beetles stay happy with us again this year!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

PMF King Coal - Standing at Stud 2009

Our solid black herdsire, PMF King Coal, has a few bookings left for the 2009 breeding season. To learn more about him and his get, click here.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


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Friday, March 6, 2009

Progress with Precious

If you are interested in keeping up-to-date on Precious (she is getting close!) follow our MareStare message board....



Monday, March 2, 2009

Barn Cam is on

We have two jennets due in the next 45 days. We have turned the barn cam back on to start monitoring them.

Precious (dark gray) is due first - we think. We aquired her already bred and all we were told is she is due in the "spring". Precious is a maiden (meaning she has not had a foal before) and she is showing lots of signs. So we want to keep a good eye on her.
You will also see Linzi (sorrel), she is not due until mid-April but a lone donkey is a sad donkey. So Linzi has graciously agreed to be her buddy and help her through all this. (smile)
To watch the cam: click on barn cam on our website OR go to: http://www.marestare.com/slcam.php?alias=pphfarm
We will start a thread on Marestare.com soon. Their message board will be the most up-to-date, as people all around the world who are watching our cam will post. I will let you know when that gets started.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

2009 Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Donkey ASSociation

What a nice meeting we had yesterday in Shelbyville. Our fellow club member, Maria Randall catered the meal and we all decided that she by far was better than any restaurant!! Thank you Maria.

Officers were elected: (left to right) LJ Mix (Wee Ones Farm - Gallatin, TN); Lydia Spears (Miniacre Farm - Hohenwald, TN); Bill Poole (Poole's Paradise Hill Farm - College Grove, TN); Dayle Haworth (Half-Ass Acres - Chapel Hill, TN); Maria Randall (Little Miracles Farm - Wartrace, TN); Theresa Puckett (Crooked Creek Ranch - Gallatin, TN) and Kay Allen (Blessed Assurance Farm - Lewisburg, TN). Not pictured were: Dennis Vonderfecht (Appalachian Farmstead - Jonesboro, TN) and Joe Haworth (Half-Ass Acres - Chapel Hill, TN)

As many of our followers know, we love to show off our donkeys and really have fun participating in parades and other functions with them. Imagine our surprise yesterday when we were presented with the Tennessee Donkey ASSociations "Kerry Little Memorial Rookie Award"! Very special to us! We can't wait to present next year's "rookie" with their award!
Bill was surprised again when he was also presented with the Tennessee Donkey ASSociations "Martha Wilhoit Memorial Driving Program" 2008 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION Award for his donkey "Rocky"! Bill told Rocky all about it as soon as we got home, and Rocky was very happy.... and looking for a little extra grain! haha!

Snow, snow snow

The donkeys (and dogs) are sure enjoying the snow today. Makes them very frisky! We had almost 3-inches.

It is so beautiful - but it is already melting fast.