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Blog: Kim Lemmon

Kim Lemmon has been a member of the Ohio’s Country Journal staff since 1999. She is currently the manager editor. This position requires her to position the advertisements and articles in each issue. She is also required to write a weekly blog and schedule advertisements on the website.

Kim graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a major in Agricultural Communications and a minor in Equine Science. Kim and her husband, Mark, reside in Morrow County.

The Lemmons currently own a Percheron mare and several mini horses. They also breed and raise a few pygmy goats each year.

Kim has owned horses since she was a child and has been involved in many aspects of the horse industry since that time. From 2002 until 2010, Kim operated her own riding lesson program that included coaching 4-H members, adults and a college equestrian program. She is also a former 4-H horse judge.

Eagle Creek Percherons was one of seven Ohio 6-horse hitches competing in the show.

Ohio well represented at unofficial start of summer draft horse show season

The Centreville Classic Draft Horse and Pony Show in Michigan is often recognized as the unofficial start of summer draft horse shows. This year, the show drew 16 draft horse hitches from throughout the United States. Belgians, Percherons and Clydesdales competed during the two-day show held on June 21-22. This outdoor show held at the [...]

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This is a view I hope to see more often this summer since it seems like I have finally found a couple of trustworthy mini horses that work for me.

At what point does determination become stupidity?

For the past four years, I’ve been working toward the possession of several quiet and experienced miniature driving horses so I can hook teams and larger hitches at home and at my fair. I have always dreamed of owning and showing a team of draft horses, but after owning my draft mare for a short [...]

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The ground was uneven under this section of fencing so I used cinder blocks to keep goats from going under it and broken off plastic posts were tied to it to so electric wire could be added to keep goats off of the fence.

Hillbilly fencing

It would be wonderful if every livestock owner had the pleasure of owning permanent, high quality fencing for his or her animals, but often that is not the case. It seems like it takes years to save up the money and have the time to install nice looking, yet functional, livestock fencing at home. Even [...]

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The AIMS team with an eyewitness of Perry County, Ohio’s Grassman monster. Photo provided by Destination America.

“Mountain Monsters”: The inside scoop

I was fortunate enough to have one of my April 2014 blogs (“Mountain Monsters” — They’re more familiar than you think) catch the attention of the folks at Destination America who produce the show. A few e-mails were exchanged and before long it was all set up for me to have an interview with Trapper, [...]

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This mare doesn't mind having a wheelbarrow pushed under her belly during daily barnyard games at my house.

Barnyard Olympics

Does it ever feel like just completing your daily chores in the barn requires athletic talent? It often does at my house. The critters like to gang up on me on days when they are bored as they try to make my job of taking care of them more challenging. If I’m not hurdling over [...]

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A bath is the first step in equine spring makeovers at my house.

Spring makeovers of the equine type

Every spring when the temperatures start to rise, all the critters at my house start to shed their winter woolies in preparation for the coming summer hot weather. I let them shed most of their hair naturally, but there is still large amount of spring grooming and clipping that is necessary to remove the first [...]

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Identifying the hay thief turned out to be pretty easy as he became bolder with his thievery.

The hay thieving bandit

When you’ve spent quite a bit of time and effort stacking hay in the barn, it is very frustrating to find part of your hay stack dismantled. Day after day I arrived to find a bunch of hay strung out inside the miniature horse pen. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to stop [...]

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This photo was taken when I realized I was in trouble.

Just where was the voice of reason?

I am one of those people who is always stressed about running out of hay. Several years ago, when hay harvest was delayed until almost July, I nearly ran out of hay, and I vowed at that time that it would never happen again. Despite my best efforts to conserve enough hay to last until [...]

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We’re baa…baa…baa…back: Pygmy goats

I owned, showed and raised pygmy goats for about eight years until about two years ago when I needed a break. I decided to cut back and sell all my goats to avoid cleaning goat stalls and making constant calls to my veterinarian. The first several years of breeding goats went very smoothly for me, [...]

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This little horse didn't start shedding any hair until the middle of April in 2014.

Livestock haircoats: The natural weather predictor

If you are a livestock owner, you may pay closer attention to the thickness of the hair coats on your livestock than you do the calendar when you try to predict future weather. Animals have of a way of knowing how and when to best prepare for future weather. The winter of 2013/2014 was no [...]

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