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MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER

After what seemed like the never-ending winter dragged on, we are astonished at fast Spring is moving on by! Wicked Walnut Farms, home of LeadQuine, has welcomed new kids (baby goats) to the farm, and construction on our new outdoor arena is getting underway this month. Our first Taster Event was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and we look forward to sharing the great press we received about it from our friends at the County Press when the link to the article becomes public next month. We are developing a schedule to offer workshops open for individual registration starting this summer, and are excited to increase opportunities for people to engage with our herd and one another! We can’t wait to share everything with you in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Happy May!

WHAT IS LEADQUINE ALL ABOUT?

Activity Overview: Saddle UP
What does one of our activities look like? Check out this one, which we call “Saddle UP” and see an example.

TASTER EVENT APRIL 20TH, 2018

LeadQuine was pleased to welcome about 10 participants to our first Taster Workshop, held on April 20. We were excited to partner with Berkshire Farms to use both their wonderful indoor arena AND their horses! We began with a safety demonstration, and did two activities.

After each activity, we debriefed the group’s experience, made note of horse behavior and signals we noticed, and made the connections to how we move in the work place. While the activities were very simple, the experience was pretty exciting for everyone. We hope to host more of these Taster Workshops in different locations, and possible again at the Oxford site, to give people a chance to see what this is about.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos!

FROM OUR BLOG

DEATH BY MEETING

We’ve all been there—sitting in a meeting that is dragging on too long, wandering off topic, no clear agenda, people droning on and on, going into way too much unnecessary detail, feeling powerless. One of my personal pet peeves—starting late and/or running over the time set for the meeting without permission. Grrrr.

Why do we accept these conditions? I know all the traditional answers. “Because it’s my boss running the meeting.” “Because I don’t want to be rude.” “Well, it’s not my meeting, so I don’t feel like it’s my place to step in.”

Bunk. All of it is BUNK.

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GET A “TASTE” OF LEADQUINE:
MEET THE HERD

If you ever make your way to Wicked Walnut Farms, home of LeadQuine, here’s a few members of the herd you can expect to meet. They got us started in this work, and love people!
 

Duke is our herd boss and the tallest of our horses. He’s an 8-year old gelded Palomino part Arabian horse who leads the pack fairly benevolently. He doesn’t like going anywhere alone, and can often be seen pushing another horse to go out into the further pasture with him for company.

Mocha is never far from Duke’s side. She’s a 10-year old chocolate Racking-Tennessee Walker horse. She and Duke have had a love affair going on since they met two years ago. Mocha is well-trained and tends to mother everyone else.

George is technically a pony, standing around 14 hands high. He’s a 6-year old gelded Appaloosa horse with a very mild and sweet disposition. He’s the calmest member of our herd to be sure.

 


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WELCOME, KIDS!

Wicked Walnut Farm, home of LeadQuine, expanded the collection of animals who call our farm home recently. Last summer, we added four Nigerian Dwarf Goats to our herd—two does (females) and two bucks (intact males). They all have very sweet dispositions. The two does are Anna and Indy.
 

Anna, the Nigerian Dwarf doeNigerian Dwarf goats are known for producing rich milk great for making soap, cheeses, and other products, and we decided to try our hand at it. They also have a VERY short breeding window—about 12 hours. Back in late November, Anna went into heat, so we quickly moved Oliver into their pen to breed. Well, we must have missed her window by a little bit, but not Indy’s, and on the evening of April 30th, we were walking back from the chicken coop and heard the little cries of newborn kids!

Our bucks are smelly, because the does find the scent of their urine to be irresistible, so they are constantly peeing on themselves. We don’t pet them nearly as much as they’d like as a result of this unpleasantness, but they are just so sweet that sometimes we can’t help ourselves. Meet Coal and Oliver.

We have no experience with baby Nigerian Dwarfs, and we were unprepared for how small they would be!


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