Maine to Utah, circa 1849

Imagine my delight in learning a Maine family was among the first white folk to settle in this neighborhood! Meet Thomas and Mary Jane Butterfield of Farmington, Maine. [Photo at right shows the stone and brass monument, erected in their hometown, Herriman.] In the 1830’s, […]

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Dr. Rachel Flaherty opens solo practice

Dr. Rachel Flaherty, for years a popular vet with Maine Equine Associates, has moved on to a solo practice. Flaherty, a 37-year old graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, has opened Back Cove Equine Veterinary Care. At MEA, Flaherty worked alongside Dr. […]

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Dr. Cooper will be missed

The large animal veterinary community lost a beloved and respected figure last week in Dr. E.L. “Coop” Cooper. After suffering a stroke, Dr. Cooper died at the Hospice House in Auburn. He was 87. Read the Sun Journal obituary. Cooper hailed from British Columbia, Canada. […]

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Lombard’s Land of the Horses

Midway through his book, “Land of the Horses: A True Story of a Lost Soul and a Life Found,” Chris Lombard writes about that elusive goal of feel: When you have a soft feel, there is slack in the lead line and slack in the […]

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In the name of horse-friendly open space

Horses need space. Riders do, too. If you look at Swisher, Iowa by satellite, you’ll see lots of open space. When I moved here from Maine, I was excited to explore the 14,000 acres of nearby Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. I did. It was wonderful. […]

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Maine, Iowa, Utah

From Maine to Iowa and now Utah! These past few weeks have been nutty, as I traveled home to Maine, then back to Iowa and now, we’re off to Utah. The time in Maine was too short. I did manage to catch up with a […]

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Barn Buddies seek homes

Just like unwanted horses, feral cats have become a hot button, polarizing, animal issue. Cats spread disease and kill wildlife. But that litter of barn kitties seemed awful cute at the time, didn’t it? Generations later, we have tens of millions of cats living off […]

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Clydesdales Saved

Hats off to the many individuals and organizations involved in the successful move of five Clydesdales from their Maine farm to Connecticut after their owner died unexpectedly. Michelle Melaragno (an instructor for Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) and the Maine State Society for the Protection […]

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Live simply. Include Horses.

Ali Brock was recently featured as a guest columnist with her whimsical House Swap. Recently, we talked about her horses, motherhood and her over-arching approach to life. You may find points of agreement and inspiration here. After all, horse care can have a ripple effect […]

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Fireworks & Farms

Efforts to rein in the use of fireworks in Maine are moving forward in Augusta. Four fireworks bills have been scheduled for Public Hearing on March 11 at 10:00 am with the Criminal Justice Committee. They will be heard sometime after 10am on the fourth […]

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