Monthly Archives: December 2015

Travel day two…done…

Everyone was up and on the road to make the border crossing and the vet check early yesterday.

Lindsey ran into a bit of problem. Luckily I was near my computer and could fill in the US Border Agent with more documentation. I thought we had the right documents along (that was on my “border crossing” list) but found out we need to add more details to make it work. The agent was very helpful and a quick email to him from my desk solved the problem. Now both trailers were headed to the vet check and then back on the road!

Winter Coutts

“How easy it is to find and appreciate the beauty of a cold winter morning when you are living your dream!!!!” Iris 

two trailers

The weather cooperated and the roads were good. The passes over the Rockies were clear and now the horses are all bedded down in their second overnight horsey hotel. They are all triple blanketed overnight as the stable is unheated. In hindsight, I am a bit thankful that we clipped them early this year. They are all quite fuzzy and will need to be re-clipped in California but sleeping in Idaho Falls, in an unheated stable…the fuzz will help keep them cozier!

Today is the big travel day. Idaho Falls to San Diego. It’s going to be a very long day. Salt Lake City, Vegas, Los Angeles and then the gorgeous drive into San Diego. At least the roads will be clear of snow and ice the further south they drive…

So looking forward to seeing the arrival photos of all six horses (and 4 humans!!!) at Arroyo tonight…ohhhhhmmmmm……

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The Lists…oh the lists…

The lists that make it able for us to get out of here on time, with ease and without leaving anyone behind are basically endless…

So one of the lists includes my truck. New tires, all fluids/ inspections /TLC that the dealer can perform and a thorough cleaning…it’s tip top ready to go.

Leaving

Peter and Lindsey called last night, 6 hours into the first leg of the trip. “The truck is making a whining (intermittent) sound. All the gauges are reading fine but when we get over 110 kms/hr, it whines. Have you ever heard this before?”.  Ivars and I are now scratching our heads trying to figure out what could be wrong. My advice is to keep going and at the next fill up we’ll take a closer look at things.

Peter and Lindsey call again, 1/2 hr later…laughing.  Whew…good sign I think.  “We found the source of the sound. It’s the antenna!” The whining, intermittent sound is coming from the external antenna on the truck vibrating while coated with a thick layer of ice. The ice build up on the antenna is due to driving in heavy fog in very cold winter conditions. Ahhhh…winter.

So first leg now done.

Next stop is the US/CAN border crossing, an appointment with the Federal Vet and then on to Idaho Falls for the night. Today they will be travelling all the passes to get over the Rockies in Montana. They’ll do this in the warmest time of the day so the roads will be the least treacherous…that’s the plan! (That’s on Peter’s list…)

Off to refill my tea cup..

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Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan…

And they’re off…(or will be later today!!!)

Just about everything has been checked off the list for the trip  south to Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego. We’ll finish the last of the details today and then both trailers are headed south down the highway.

It’s been a exciting time this year as Flying Colours has expanded to enable us to take client horses and clients to Arroyo. Gezz, Samara and Sardonyx, along with their owners Merle, Jayne and Iris will be at Arroyo this winter to train with Lindsey and to take in all the learning that goes on every day at Arroyo Del Mar. It’s going to be a very amazing winter for all of us!

So back to the details of getting on the road today…

Dan (Dan Sullivan…amazing farrier extraordinaire) was here to touch all their feet up yesterday (they are all barefoot).

Kirsten (our resident extraordinaire acupuncturist) was here to check on my work and give us notes for follow up in San Diego (Merle was taking the notes!!!)

Maria (Maria McDowell, Muscle Matters…equine therapist extraoridinaire) will be here today to get them comfortable for the ride.

And as always my super amazing (I really don’t know how he does it…) husband Ivars packed the trailer with amazing ability to neatly arrange and fit in everything we need for all the horses for 4 months and left space to get in and out of the tack room safely for travel items needed on the trek.

And he (most importantly!!!!) left room for his bike and Peter’s bike to travel safely and arrive without a scratch for a winter’s worth of riding the hills around San Diego.

Off to tick off more items on the “last day before travel” list…

What are you willing to give up

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Merry Christmas…

Our heartfelt gift to you this Christmas our dear friends and clients, is a donation to the Christmas fund in Kuglutuk NU.

Kuglutuk is a village of 1450 people on the Arctic Ocean, 430 of them under 12 years of age. The Kuglutuk Christmas drive is to provide food hampers and a gift for every child in the community under 12 at the Christmas community event this week. We also sponsored a small family of two children who are having a tough time this Christmas. We have purchased food for them from the Kuglutuk Co-Op and sent a parcel north of gifts and clothing as well.

 

From our family to you and yours…wishing you a very merry Christmas.

Northern Lights

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Why organic?

Why organic for humans and equines?

This is from http://www.soilassociation.org…

Their thoughts on a new meta analysis from the British Journal of Nutrition…

Crops

The most up-to-date research shows that organic crops are of a much higher nutritional quality than their non-organic counterparts. The peer reviewed research, a ‘meta-analysis’ of 343 previous studies by Newcastle University, and published in the British Journal of Nutrition, has found significant differences between organic and non-organic farming.

The research, presents strong evidence that switching to food produced using organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants, without increased calories, as well as a reduced intake of potentially harmful cadmium and pesticides. The message is clear: how we farm can affect the quality of the food we eat. Organic is different.

The key findings of the study were:

  • Production method affects quality: The analysis is the most extensive and reliable to date and clearly supports the view that the quality of food is influenced by the way it is produced.
  • More antioxidants: Organic crops (cereals, fruit and vegetables) have significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants/(poly)phenolics compared with non-organic produced counterparts. This includes more phenolics (19% higher), flavanones (69% higher), stilbenes (28% higher), flavones (26% higher), and flavonols (50% higher). A switch to consuming organic crops would allow a 20-40% increase in antioxidant/(poly)phenolics consumption without an increase in calorie intake.
  • Fewer pesticides: The frequency of occurrence of detectable pesticide residues is four times higher in non-organic crops. Non-organic fruit had the highest pesticide frequency (75%), compared to non-organic vegetables (32%) and non-organic crop based processed foods (45%). By contrast pesticide residues were found in 10% of organic crop samples. The best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides in all foods is to buy organic. Certified organic food including all fruits and vegetables will overall contain fewer pesticides. Many people don’t realise over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and these are often present in non-organic food.
  • Less cadmium: The analysis detected 48% lower concentrations of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in organic crops.
  • Less nitrogen: Nitrogen concentrations – linked in some studies to an increased risk of certain cancers such as stomach cancer – were found to be significantly lower in organic crops.

It is clear that organic farming delivers real differences in nutrients between organic and non-organic crops.

…for humans and for equines…

We stock Genesis Organic Horse Feed. Certified 100% Organic. We feed it, we sell it, we love it.

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If you are interested in Genesis for your horse..contact me for more details 780.361.7062 or flngclrs@incentre.net

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