“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Red Snow?

 It seems we are caught in a cycle of frigid weather with repeating snows.  

Another inch fell yesterday morning.  Just about the time that an old snow starts to look dingy, a new one covers everything up and makes the world clean and bright again.  It's lovely.  (If we don't proclaim the wonder of these little snowstorms, we might bemoan the disappearance of the earth beneath our feet.)  Ice cleats are the fashion statement of the month around here!

Every time it snows, I come across this phenomenon in the dry lot. 

Red (or orange) urine in the snow. 

 Many new horse owners have telephoned their veterinarians in their first winter, fearful that their horse is passing bloody urine.  It's a common question asked of vets.   And happily the answer puts all at ease.

This is a completely normal phenomenon that occurs after the urine is exposed to sunshine.  Plant metabolites, known as pyrocatechines, within the urine, react with the sun and turn shades of pink, orange, or red.  Personally, I think that every new horse should come with a tag stating this possibility.  New horse owners would gratefully be saved from undue stress and anxiety!

With yesterday's snow, I have precious little to...


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