Tag Archives: Janice Ecclestone

old farm plow

Memories

Memories

Whether an old farm implement or a one-horse sleigh, perhaps a lyric from a song, or even a familiar smell, our senses of sight, hearing and smell can bring back memories of places and events. A one-horse sleigh (or cutter) now resting on the Inukshuk farm lawn is just a relic, now weathered, but spilling

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Zoie and Emmy

A Precautionary Tale

Colic kills horses. Most horse owners have heard of colic and know colic (abdominal pain) is a symptom of something wrong and not a diagnosis. How many horse owners are aware that a common material like string on bales of hay, left in the paddock or on a round bale, can potentially result in a

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Horse in paddock

Camping with Horses

Not clouds, rain or slippery slopes dimmed our spirits as we set off on our horse camping adventure!  Each day we saddled up and headed to the trailhead (where all trails begin) – which included a daunting slippery slope to a water crossing.  Luckily our horses enjoyed the water, which led us to the challenging

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John Wesley McLean and horse in field

History and Horses

What would it be like to step back in time, as horse fanciers, to experience Canada’s Confederation on July 1, 1867.    Certainly we can assume that in 1867 everyone had a relationship with horses. My mother was born in 1923 and although that was 56 years after Confederation it was still a time when

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Horse in a car

Is it Horse Whispering or Listening?

Now and then, if we are lucky, we meet someone that inspires us and makes us wonder, “How do they do that?” As an Inukshuk Farm group, we had that inspiring experience when we attended the Can Am Equine Fair this year, and watched the Bobby Kerr Mustang Act from Hico, Texas.  What made this

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Spring … At the Farm

There is excitement in the air … the sunshine lasts longer, the breeze is warm and the crows are calling their welcome to spring!  As horse people, we are particularly enthusiastic about warmer weather.  No more snow load sliding off the arena roof, or the bitter cold winds of winter blowing and creating an atmosphere

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Blue: Brave, Bold and Blind

There is something immobilizing when our visibility is taken away. We fear what we cannot see.  What would it be like to be surrounded by darkness every day? This is the reality for a horse at our farm … Blue is blind.  Blue navigates his dark world well … in fact, so well his blindness

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Samara’s Story

Unlike Black Beauty, a classic fiction novel by Anna Sewell dated 1877, Samara’s extraordinary story is a true one.  As a young horse, she – like Black Beauty –  galloped across open meadows but Samara knew no halter, stall, or human touch until much later.  What she did know was the footsteps and voice of

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