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Bill Radford

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  • Blog: Taking on the top killer of horses

    Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    I talked with Dr. Clint Unruh, with Colorado Equine Veterinary Services in Peyton, on Thursday. The topic was colic, a term horse owners all know - and dread. It's the No. 1 medical cause of death in horses. It's not a specific diagnosis but a general term referring to abdominal pain....

  • The Country Life: They're here! Break out the fly swatter

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The dreaded fly season is underway. The home invasion has just begun, and the fly swatter in our kitchen is being increasingly employed. Flies, you've been warned. Outside, the flies have been an issue for weeks for Molly, our mule; while the flies have been biting our horse,...

  • Blog: Invasion of the botfly

    Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    My column on biting flies today did mention another fly threat to horses: the botfly. “These flies,” says Terry Galbreath of Bonny Burn Ranch, “lay tiny little white eggs (‘nits’) on the horse, and you need a special comb to get them out. If left in, the eggs hatch and the larva...

  • The Country Life: Exploring the special bond between women and horses

    Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Yes, there's a long history of men on horseback - from warriors to cowboys to jockeys. But there seems to be something special about the relationship between women and horses. I have seen it up close. My daughter and wife share a passion for horses; in fact, my wife's desire to have...

  • Blog: A home for eggs; return of the chicks

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

        The question was: What do we do with all these eggs?   My wife and I went on vacation last week in Montana. We took the dogs to the kennel and the parrots to a “bird lady” in Calhan. We had one neighbor check on the cats inside and the rabbits, guinea pig and...

  • Blog: 'Guardians' has explosive debut

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Looks like Marvel’s gamble paid off big time. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” was far from a sure thing. Even some comic book fans (me for example) aren’t all that familiar with the rather obscure Guardians. And the team is not your usual high-flying, spandex-wearing group...

  • The Country Life: The strange life of the spadefoot toad

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    I was walking last week through our pasture, which had been transformed into swampland by days of relentless rain, when something jumped from the weeds. I squinted my eyes and spotted a tiny toad on the muddy ground. I scooped it up, and my wife and I studied it. It was, we...

  • The Country Life: 4-H extends beyond rural

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Our kids, Ryan and Hope, grew up in the city, but they've always had a love for the land and for animals; a variety of critters - dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens - were part of their childhood. Still, I sometimes wonder how different their lives might have been...

  • The Country Life: Loading up on hay - and at a lower price

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    If happiness is a full hay barn, we'll be quite happy very soon. We just picked up 30 bales of alfalfa for our mule and are due to get 100 bales of grass hay for our horse - a year's supply. And what we're really happy about is the price: After years of watching prices jump,...

  • The Country Life: The good and the bad are blooming on Colorado's prairie

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    It's another stormy summer evening, and the sky is bruised with forbidding slashes of gray and black. The top of Pikes Peak, far to the west, is shrouded in clouds. But a hole has opened up in the northwest corner of the evening sky, and the last daggers of sunlight are slicing...