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Nose to the Ground May 07 Issue
August 12, 2007

A warm welcome to old friends and new subscribers.
I hope you'll find this issue of Nose to the Ground interesting, useful, and fun to read.

Hot, hot weather though we've had a bit of a break the past couple of days. It has been hotter in Montana than in Texas and Arizona for much of July!

It's definitely a time to move a bit more slowly and on some days not much gets accomplished. We did give the horses their West Nile virus shots today. Better to be safe than sorry. The number of occurrences of west Nile in Montana and neighboring Idaho is up from last year but still relatively low compared to some other parts of the country.

Received responses to several Montana Horseback Vacations links earlier this spring. I hope none of you scheduled a visit in late July to NW Montana (despite any recommendation I may have made) as we're in the midst of an outbreak of forest fires including three rather sizable ones in this part of the state.

A couple of times we've had ashfall (from 30 miles away) and day it got so dark that mounting headlights on the horses seemed in order. Of course the horses aren't worked when the air gets that bad.

At least we haven't as yet had to consider evacuating them to another location. The fires will die down soon and in any event Montana is wonderful horseback vacation country (a very good source for horseback and other types of vacations is at

Three Web Sites to Visit

When I'm introduced to a new online business that has something promising to offer, and these are for the most part small niche businesses, I like to share with you. Here are three interesting websites, the first I think you'll find particularly unusual, at least as far as horse art is concerned.

Horse Art

United Kingdom artist Heather Jansch has created some truly fantasic equine artwork using drifwood. I first encountered her work in an e-mail my daughter forwarded These aren't pieces of wood cobbled together to somewhat resemble a horse, these are truly beautiful art forms. The image of "Beethoven" shown here is just one example. Take a trip to Heather Jansch's website and be prepared to be impressed!

Horseback Vacations

In recommending horseback vacation destinations I usually stick pretty close to home with places I know best. Once in awhile I come across a spot that I know I'd like to visit if I had the chance and maybe you would too. I located such a place in the UK and will pass it on to you. If you've been thinking of some horseback riding in that part of the world a trip sponsored by the Epworth Equestrian Community might just be your "cup of tea".

Horses for Sale

Our Fjord Nessi, true to form, is starting his winter coat, just after the warmest July on record and several weeks of hot weather still out there. Again, true to form, he'll probably start shedding in January well before the end of the cold season.

A wonderful and amazing breed those Fjords. Nice gift too if you've a horse in mind. Willow's Edge Farm in Western Washington, not far from where we once called home, breeds Norwegian Fjords. They have a new website which you ought to see to find out more about the breed. You can also see our article on Fjords for additional information.

In Memoriam

"Boo" 1997-2007

It's difficult to lose a beloved pet, Early this montn we lost Boo, our oldest beagle and the initial inspiration for this newsletter.

Boo was 9, a bit too young to leave us I think - but that can happen. When pets become ill they often take a sudden turn for the worse. I'll keep her picture on the web site . Roving reporter Clancy now has to handle the work of two beagles. He's a goofball at times but I'm sure he's up to it.

Submit an Article

If you've authored an equine article you'd like to share, please contact us. Of course you'll get full credit and a link to your website when it's published.

Links to Past Articles

  • How to Build an Inexpensive Round Pen - Some posts, electric braid, a home made gate and a touch of green paint produced this "world class" pen.

    See you next month.

    Bill Savage

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