Terry Golson


Hello! It’s time for a quick catch-up. Like many of you, the pandemic has kept me close to home. Here in Maine we’re dealing with winter weather. We’ve had frigid temperatures. I’ve been waking up to really cold mornings. This week it was -5 °F. (That’s -20 °C) It’s also rained (which just […]

Update on This and That


Tonka is stuck in his stall for the foreseeable future. He has a fractured phalanx (a bone deep inside of his hoof) and a bit of that bone is stuck to his collateral ligament. He hurts. He needs a lot of time to heal. Fortunately, Tonka is already in the […]

Haygain Forager Review


Not good news. Back at the end of the summer, Tonka was intermittently lame. Whatever was going on was mild, but it was there, so I went the whole 9 yards. Ultrasounds, x-rays, and finally MRI. The diagnosis wasn’t awful – he had inflammation in his coffin joint, a collateral […]

Affusion Fracture



In 2004 I decided that my family needed a new Thanksgiving tradition. We didn’t have relatives nearby to have a big feast with. It wasn’t worth cooking for the four of us – no one particularly liked turkey and stuffing, and it was too much work for a meal that […]

Pie Party 2021 Recap


A horse drinks up to 10 gallons of water a day, so to make sure that Tonka is never thirsty, there are two buckets in his stall. Each morning, what wasn’t imbibed the previous day is dumped out, the buckets given a quick swish with a scrub brush, and fresh […]

Bucket Fuss


The Goat Boys are ancient. Twelve years of age. I’ve been told by their veterinarian (a woman who specializes in goats) that every year past eight is a gift. For most of their lives they lived in my backyard at Little Pond Farm. When I moved to Maine they came […]

The Goats Need Coats



Rehab from an injury rarely goes in a straight line. After our visit last month to Dr. Bubeck at Tufts (New England’s veterinary school has a clinic) we had a clear plan of action for Tonka’s left foot lameness. Rest, rehab (slowly increasing the amount and type of exercise) and […]

Tonka and IRAP


Like all animals, dogs have innate needs. These needs are both physical and emotional  – and there’s a blurry line between the two. Beyond simple sustenance for food, water and shelter, dogs need social connections, to feel safe in their environment and to be able to explore their world (in […]

Let Little Dogs Be Dogs


The field at Turtle Hill is beautiful. Late season flowers cater to the late season pollinators. Bees of all sorts, and many other flying things, go from bloom to bloom. Plants wave in the wind. Insects add to all of the motion and commotion. It’s a peaceful scene, and yet […]

A Minute in Maine – Autumn Pollinators