All About Horses

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All About Horses

How do you know you are a horse lover?

Is your first and second favorite animal, a horse?

Is your bedroom covered with horse posters on your walls and horse models on your shelves?

Would you rather muck out a stall and groom your horse, than clean your room?

Then you are absolute, undeniably a horse lover.

When you go to bed, wake up in the morning, with one thing on your mind, “horses” well for sure you are horse crazy.

Enjoy it, you know you are a horse lover.

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If you have a horse lover in your family, you most likely have had horses around and in their life for many years.

Riding horses is a very popular sport, there are many horse lovers that spend their weekend or a day away trekking along tracks and thick bush.

Lot’s of mothers do this, my daughter, grand daughter, and great grand daughter do, it’s a very good way of relieving stress after a hard week, let dad look after the household for a day, and enjoy the ride, you will feel like a new woman, after your ride. Enjoy.

Megan Hagley

The terminology used to describe horses of various ages!

Foal: a horse of either sex less than one-year-old.

Yearling: a horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.

Colt: a male horse under the age of four.

Filly: a female horse under the age of four.

Mare: a female horse four years old and older.

Stallion: a non-castrated male horse four years old and older.

Gelding: a castrated male horse of any age.

My Grand Daughter with her horse 

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Horses Digestive Systems

Horses are herbivores with a digestive system adapted to a forage diet of grasses and other plant material, consumed steadily throughout the day.

Horses are not ruminants, so they have only one stomach, like humans, but unlike humans, they can digest cellulose, a major component of grass.

Cellulose digestion occurs in the cecum, or “water gut”, which food goes through before reaching the large intestine.

Unlike humans, horses cannot vomit, so digestion problems can quickly cause colic, a leading cause of death in horses.

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Horses Sleeping Pattern

While searching the internet about horses, I read this, which surprised me as I have been around horses most of my life and I never realized this. So I’m sharing it with you.

Horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down.

In an adaptation from life in the wild, horses are able to enter light sleep by using a “stay apparatus” in their legs, allowing them to doze without collapsing.

Horses sleep better when in groups because some animals will sleep while others stand guard to watch for predators.

A horse kept alone will not sleep well because its instincts are to keep a constant eye out for danger.

Unlike humans, horses do not sleep in a solid, unbroken period of time but take many short periods of rest.

Horses spend four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest, and from a few minutes to several hours lying down.

Total sleep time in a 24-hour period may range from several minutes to a couple of hours, mostly in short intervals of about 15 minutes each.

The average sleep time of a domestic horse is said to be 2.9 hours per day.

Horses must lie down to reach REM sleep.

They only have to lie down for an hour or two every few days to meet their minimum REM sleep requirements.

However, if a horse is never allowed to lie down, after several days it will become sleep-deprived, and in rare cases may suddenly collapse as it involuntarily slips into REM sleep while still standing.

A 450-kilogram (990 lb) horse will eat 7 to 11 kilograms (15 to 24 lb) of food per day and, under normal use, drink 38 litres (8.4 imp gal; 10 US gal) to 45 litres (9.9 imp gal; 12 US gal) of water.

Today domestic horses are found all over the world, with a population estimated at around 60 million.

Short Tale Challenge #1 Free

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Short Tale Challenge #1 Free

To Participate in this Challenge: Here is the Link

“Each Tuesday, Edwin Ronald Lambert will be putting up a prompt and you can simply publish a post on your own blog responding to the prompt.

The task is to write a short tale in no more than 100 words.”

Today’s prompt is “Free”

I’m Free

All I need in life I have, a relaxed mind, body, and soul with no fear

I’m the ruler of my own body and can do with it exactly as I please

In touch with my darkest moments and vibrations of nature’s spirits

Words do not worry me any longer, as I take nothing personally

My soul remains quiet, the past has gone, now living only for the moment

Love fills my body, a human individual that enjoys life and I’m Free.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 60 – Space & Dream

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 60 – Space & Dream

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “space & dream” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem using the words “space & dream”.

forest to the left
northern lights shine in the sky
colors reflexions
like a viral dream drifting
through space upon a spiral

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 59 – Portrait & Lady  23 August 2017.

Mick E Talbot – Tanka 1   He loves peace and writes interesting poetry, also has his own challenge.

Mick E Talbot – Tanka 2    He loves peace and writes interesting poetry, also has his own challenge.

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

Quiet Muse has four children, three dogs, a snake and a tarantula, that’s a grand family, check out her blog you may be surprised.

Lynn – A poem in my pocket lady, I enjoy her poetry.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Reena Saxena Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Miriam Hurdle – Shower of Blessings lady a very active writer on WordPress, writes about many subjects.

Susmita Mukherjee – Attempts at creative writing – nice lady

Sarah Whiley – She writes short stories, poems, interesting website

Magarisais a pen name, I like her writing and poems, Tag Line – Getting out of my own way.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

Sammi Scrabbles – Sammi Cox lives in the UK and loves writing, she has a new weekend writing prompt.

Edwin Ronald Lambert – He is a 20 years old college student, and lives in Aluva, Kerala in India.

Carpe Diem’s Vision Quest revived #1 deep silence

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Carpe Diem’s Vision Quest revived #1 deep silence

Vision Quest to find the purpose of your life.

Three days being one with nature and nature alone.

In deep contact with nature, feeling the vibrations of nature’s spirits.

And that’s what I hope this Vision Quest will do with you.

Maybe not that deep, but I hope it will give you the possibility to improve the “one-moment” skill of haiku.

in deep silence
surrounded by nature’s spirits
finding the path

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Well … I hope you will participate in this Vision Quest, three days of writing haiku (only haiku), within 24 hours. 

The Vision Quest takes three days so you have to create three haiku, every day one haiku.

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My response to Carpe Diem’s Vision Quest revived #1 deep silence

Day 1 – The Vision Quest

deep within nature
sinking to spiritual level
a strong form appeared

Day 2 – The Vision Quest

colors richness showed
darkest blood hues slithered through
extending arms out

Day 3 – The Vision Quest

soul did not flutter
knowing the day had arrived
rejoicing heaven

Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – Week 4 – Beauty & Nature

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Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – Week 4 – Beauty & Nature

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “beauty & nature” write a Haiku poem.

Haiku poetry consists of three units, with the following pattern of    5-7-5 which is syllables.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished Haiku in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks as I receive them.

My haiku poem  – using the word “ beauty & nature”.

unforgettable
vision nature and beauty
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Bloggers that wrote for the Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – Week 3 – Under & Growth 22 August 2017

Reena Saxena Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Miriam Hurdle – Shower of Blessings lady a very active writer on WordPress, writes about many subjects.

Magarisais a pen name, I like her writing and poems, Tag Line – Getting out of my own way.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

Sammi Scrabbles – Sammi Cox lives in the UK and loves writing, she has a new weekend writing prompt

Perennials Suitable for any Garden

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Perennials Suitable for any Garden

Lilies are tall perennials ranging in height from 2–6 ft (60–180 cm).

The weather is warming up, I have been out weeding, enjoying the shrubs budding, the magnolia tree has its first flower appearing. Today I’m writing about my love for natures beauty – Flowers

What are Perennials?

Perennials are plants that grow for more than two years. Although trees and shrubs are perennials, the term is used to describe plants that have soft top growth. Those that have foliage that dies down in winter are herbaceous perennials.

Well, known examples are delphiniums, astilbes, and gypsophila. Other perennials such as kniphofias (red hot peppers) hellebores and agapanthus are evergreens.

Many perennials have the relatively short flowering period, but often this is made up for by the beauty of their flowers and the quantity produced. Such as the tall varieties of delphinium, are real garden aristocrats.

Every few years perennials should be lifted and divided, this should be done in winter or early spring.

Popular Perennials

Some of the showiest of garden plants are perennials, they add the distinctive charm to gardens large or small. Many have extended the flowering period, if chosen with the care they will complement trees and shrubs and provide a colorful display year round. Whether plants are required for sun or shade, there are perennials suited for the situation.

The following perennials I have grown and recommend with enthusiasm.

Delphinium, Dahlias, Agapanthus, Chrysanthemums, Primulas Aster or Michaelmas Daisy, Peonies, Red Hot Poker.

Hope your garden will be blooming as the seasons go by, as even in the winter you can have shrubs flowering in some areas.

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Dahlias

Dahlias is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial, there are at least 36 species of dahlias, they make a striking summer autumn bedding display with colors ranging from white and cream to yellow, orange, pink, crimson and purple. These plants appreciate organic manure in the soil and this should be dug in well before planting out, they thrive in sunny open areas, in well-drained soil. When the plants have made five or six good leaves pinch out the tip to encourage shoots from the axis which will ultimately flower.

Tubers are usually lifted after flowering and stored to dry, I have lost many beautiful plants by not lifting them and the rot in the wet cold winter soil. When replanting the tubers, make sure the danger of frosts is over, as their new shoots will die. A sunny sheltered spot is best.

When they have had their first flowers, I cut the dead flowers off and the second growth of flowers will appear in a very short time, extending their time of beauty.

In recent years I have not cut the dead flowers off, just let them go to seed and they will feed the birds for a while in the early winter.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus is a genus of herbaceous perennials that mostly bloom in summer. The leaves are basal and curved, linear, and up to 60 cm (24 in) long, they, are arranged in two rows. The inflorescence is a pseudo-umbel subtended by two large bracts at the apex of a long, erect shape, up to 2 m (6.6 ft) tall.


They have funnel-shaped flowers, in hues of blue to purple, shading to white.
Some hybrids and cultivars have colors not found in wild plants. The ovary is superior. The style is hollow. Bulbs should be placed deeper in the soil and mulched well in the fall. Agapanthus can be propagated by dividing the bulbs or by seeds. The seeds of most varieties are fertile and very easy to grow.

In some regions, one or more species of Agapanthus are invasive plant species.
In New Zealand, Agapanthus praecox is classed as an “environmental weed” and calls to have it added to the National Pest Plant Accord have encountered opposition from gardeners.

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Carnations

Around 1996 a company used genetic manipulation to extract certain genes from petunia and snapdragon flowers to produce a blue-mauve carnation.

In 1998 a violet carnation called Moonshadow was commercialized.

As of 2004 three additional blue-violet/purple varieties have been commercialized.

Most carnations are perennials.

Do not manure the soil too heavily as this encourages vegetative growth rather than flowering carnations.

Heavy soils can be improved for carnation growing by the addition of lime and sand.
Carnations respond well to mulching producing better blooms in hot dry weather.

If planted in a green house with the careful attention they can be persuaded to flower all the year round in warmer districts.

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Chrysanthemums

Modern chrysanthemums are showier than their wild relatives. The flowers occur in various forms and can be daisy-like decorative pompons or buttons. In addition to the traditional yellow, other colors are available, such as white, purple, and red.

Chrysanthemums are not fussy about soil type, but they prefer a well dug, free draining soil with a high humus content, in a sunny open position. If you intend to cut your chrysanthemums to use inside you should pinch off the main shoots once or twice during the growing season to foster a bushy growth habit. Because chrysanthemums are not strong plants, they need to be staked carefully and new growth tied regularly to the stake.

Aster Amellus

Michaelmas Daisy

Aster, or Michaelmas Daisy?

Asters are valued in the garden for the fact that they provide late summer and autumn color in shades of blue, pink and white. Spring is the best time to divide these plants into rooted pieces, this is necessary if fine flowers are to be produced year after year.


There are miniature forms of the Michaelmas Daisy which grow to no more than 30 cm,(12 ins) and these make attractive borders or rock garden plants. They require a rich soil to produce their best display of flowers.

Peony Bush

Peonies

Peony or Paeony is a name for plants in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 to 40, most are herbaceous perennial plants 1.5 – 5 feet (0.5 – 1.5 meters) tall, but some resemble trees up to 5 – 10 feet (1.5 – 3 meters) tall.

From the Northern Hemisphere, preferring cooler climates. General opinion seems to consider peonies difficult to grow. Any good garden soil, however, can grow and flower peonies provided it is dug over very deeply and well enriched with decayed animal manure. Good drainage is the key factor.

Peonies are gross feeders and every year as soon as the flowers have finished they should be heavily top dressed. They should not be manured in winter and spring when the new growths are appearing as they may be affected by a fungus disease (Botrytis paeonies) which is sometimes called bud rot or bud blast. Coper-base sprays will control this disorder.

They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer, flowers do not appear in the first season.

Peonies can be classified by both plant growth habit and by flower type.
Plant growth types are Herbaceous (Bush), Tree, and Intersectional (Itoh).
Herbaceous peonies die back in winter and regrow in spring, while tree peonies lose their leaves in the winter but leave woody stems which shoot new growth in the spring.
Propagation, if required, is by root division in winter, but it is preferable to leave this slow grower undisturbed.

Check out this link – Spring Gardens

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Plastic Super Market Bags

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Plastic Super Market Bags

To Participate in this Challenge Here is the Link.

The piece you write can be prose, fiction, a form of poetry that you are comfortable with, or any other experimental format that you devise. There is no restriction on the length either, except that the whole piece should appear in one part. Chain posts disturb the flow.

What is it that you are avoiding at this point of time.

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Plastic Super Market Bags

Plastic should be a high-value material and super market plastic bags are a no no to me.

Some plastics are all right, those in products, that last a long time, and at the end of its life, you can recycle it.

If you can’t reuse a plastic product, like supermarket bags, and it is just landfill at the dump what’s the sense of using it, I use heavy duty reusable shopping bags and get a refund of 5 cents a bag at my groceries check out.

In our wonderful part of the world down-under we have a good recycling bay, special containers for paper, cardboard, tins, plastic bottles, and glass bottles, picked up twice a month.

Plastic bags can create unsightly litter blowing around the township ending up in rivers and beaches and harmful to the wildlife, an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the ocean due to escaping the garbage.

Because plastic bags have the potential for causing suffocation, they are especially dangerous around young children.

It is said that non-compostable plastic bags can take centuries to decompose.

So at this point of time, I’m avoiding using and buying any plastics that cannot be recycled.

Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

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Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

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To Participate in Sammi Cox Challenge, here is the link.

The prompt – Emptiness

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a 50-word story inspired by the image above.  What is it? A blank screen edged in static? A chalkboard with no writing on it?  The strange view out of a window, perhaps from a spaceship?  You tell us.

Bonus point for including any of the following words: emptiness, void, or abyss.

Poetry Challenge – Write a haiku on the theme of “emptiness”.

emptiness thats void
true haiku is a vision
see nothing blank screen

Six Sentence Stories – 60 – Border

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Six Sentence Stories – 60 – Border

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To participate in Six Sentence Stories here is the link.

This week cue is Border

Time has a border around every hour.

For example, if you are a nine to five worker that is the border for your working hours unless they are changed.

Sleep is another eight hours for you to get your beauty sleep another border around time.

The weekend is the special time of a border around time for you to do as you please in work or play.

If you own a business there is no border around time as you work every hour of every day to build your business.

So summing it all up there is a border around time wouldn’t you agree?

Six-Sentence

Memories Abandoned Hut

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Memories Abandoned Hut

Photo that brings back memories

Now there was something spiritual stirring in my heart, it made me feel very restless.

I remember a scene just like the photo above in the1940’s as a child.

Maybe it was because of living in a tin shack with my mother and father and three sisters right under a mountain, the winter days were nothing but mist and clammy cold frosty weather, we never had much warmth.

It was during the war years and there wasn’t a lot of money or food around, we lived on coupons, friends and neighbors would swap and give my parents what they could spare to feed us.

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Old poster that suits the situation

Double Pneumonia

I was always sick and one particular time I was having a nightmare about big spiders climbing up the wall and attacking me, I had a very high temperature, ended up in hospital, with double pneumonia.

That was due partly because of living in that tin shack under the mountain.

Back to the Picture of the Abandoned Hut

Yes, it was the scenery I seen for many years, there was a wet soggy swamp down the bottom of the shack, that was always worrying me as I got stuck in it once and never ever when back to it, as it scared the living daylights out of me as swampy ground still does to this day.

The thought is that I should sink right out of sight and never be seen again, I can assure you that over the years of breaking in second growth bush back into dairy land, I did see a cow do exactly that, sink in quicksand type of mud.

I went back to that tin shack in the 1960’s to check it out, it was still standing, someone was storing bales of hay in it, it still gave me that uncanny feeling of despair.

Still looking into the distant while standing by the fence right there in my memory, I can see this photo of my first ten years of life, the only difference is that this picture is a stone shack, my home was corrugated tin, I still have that feeling of something lost I cannot quite place it in my memory.

Something terrible had happened there, I don’t know what, but it’s in the fog of my mind, I want very much to find it and set my body to rest.

Who did those footprints belong to that will not go away in my mind?

Footsteps In A Snowy Forest

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 Abandoned 

While looking into the mist,
Appearing around the corner of the old shack
a monster loomed up scaring me half to death
The picture to this day I haven’t seen it again.

There were big eels slivering along the grass in the daylight
I came upon one once all nine inches in girth as long as the eye could see.
As my cousin thought it fun to scare me by letting it slip through his hands
Maybe that was the monster that frightens me in my sleep.

I don’t think so.
Or was it a rat?
They were as big as cats in those days they would sneak out of the river bank,
Grab any food they could they were not afraid of anything, even me.

Maybe it was just a rabbit popping out of his burrow
looking for a nice crisp bit of bush clover to eat
No, it was not that, rabbits were cute
No one could be afraid of them.

Or was it Bigfoot, what does he look like?
Would you see footsteps in the snowy forest?
So many stories about that creature.
I’m just guessing, not knowing if there is truly such a thing as Bigfoot

Whatever lurks in that fog
I sure don’t want to meet up with it.
No snakes or bears or wolfs in our land
Wish my memory would tell me what lurked there in that mist, so many years ago

I think I will abandon the thought and go back to dreaming.
Maybe that creature will appear again in the distant future
Settle my thoughts of severe, stress of things gone wrong.
Something terrible happened there in the mist beside that abandoned shack.

Abandoned house in MD 3 – The shed

Have you had a picture that brings back bad memories from the past?