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Kim Lemmon

Kim Lemmon has been a member of the Ohio's Country Journal staff since 1999. She is currently the manager editor.

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

The Lemmons currently own miniature 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.




Draft horse shows and pulls in Ohio

I have attempted to put together a list of 2014 county fair draft horse shows and pulls. This information was collected by visiting websites for each county fair. Spectators and exhibitors are strongly urged to contact any shows or pulls they plan to attend to verify the information listed below. If you plan to exhibit at a fair, it is also important to contact the fair ahead of time to make sure whether each show is a stabled/pre-entry show or a haul-in show before you finalize your plans.

Although I made every effort to include all shows and pulls, there were some websites that didn’t provide sufficient information to determine whether or not the fair was hosting a pull or show.

Ohio State Fair: Draft Horse and Pony Show, July 28 -Aug 1, 2014; ohiostatefair.com

Ashland County Fair: Draft Horse and Pony Open Show, Sept. 20, 2014, 11 a.m.; Open Pony Pull Friday, Sept.Continue reading

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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 local county fairgrounds near Centreville, Michigan, proved to be a great place to kick off the summer show season. The weather was nice the show was well attended. Seven of the sixteen 6-horse hitches that competed at the show were from Ohio.

Here are a few photos of some of the hitches from Ohio.… Continue reading

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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 time, it became apparent that neither my wallet nor my muscles were up to the task of owning and showing a team of draft horses. I kept my draft mare, but I didn’t try to find her a teammate. Despite not purchasing another draft horse, I didn’t give up on my dream; I just tweaked it a little and started searching for cheaper and easier to harness and care for miniature hitch horses.

I never thought that after four years I would have run through multiple teams and single driving horses trying to find just the right horses for me.… Continue reading

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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 once quality fencing is installed, it seems like from time-to-time something breaks or is torn up critters and the fence requires emergency repair. It is in these emergency and temporary situations that hillbilly fencing engineering comes into play.

The fencing at my house isn’t pretty, but it is cheap and it seems to hold the animals in their pastures — most of the time. Although my ultimate goal is to have professionally installed livestock fencing on the property, I’m not ready to put out a huge chunk of change for that yet so I’ve often had to become creative to keep my goats and horses from escaping.… Continue reading

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“Mountain Monsters”: The inside scoop

Jan. 2016 update: Trapper is not dead. Read the article at this link: http://ocj.com/2016/01/mountain-monsters-trapper-is-not-dead/

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, one of the stars of the show.

Of course I was very excited, but a little nervous. I really like the program and I enjoy letting my imagination run wild as I watch it. I was afraid I might meet a polished actor rather than the man from the mountains that I had grown to admire on the show. Luckily, my fears were not founded.

As I sat down to talk to Trapper amid the forests of Salt Fork State Park, it became obvious pretty quickly that he is just a normal “good old boy” who hasn’t been changed by his television fame.… Continue reading

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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 a barn cat that happened to scamper across my path, I’m dodging a frisky miniature horse.

Most days, all that is required to outsmart the barn gang’s game of the day is a few quick movements to dodge them or forethought to hopefully avoid situations where I’m working around them at all. I often try to feed the cats before I have to maneuver through the barn too much, and I try to turn the mini horses out before I clean their stalls. Usually that is all that is required to make it through my daily chores unscathed unless my draft mare, Julie, decides to join the little stinkers in their fun.… Continue reading

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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 round of extra hair in preparation for show-ready clipping that happens later in the summer before my fair.

I have found it is much easier to do a quick bath and rough clipping in the spring than to wait and remove all the extra hair right before the fair. Due partially to my lack of refined clipping skills, it often becomes necessary for the horses to have an extra month or so to allow for more hair grow so that mane trimming and leg clipping can be revisited at a later date to smooth out the rough patches and even up the hasty haircuts they received in the spring.… Continue reading

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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 the hay stack destruction, and I couldn’t figure out how it was happening. One day, I decided to exert a little extra effort into finding my hay thief. I decided to have a stake out in the barn until I was able to determine the identity of the hay thieving bandit.

I sat quietly in the barn for only a few minutes when it became clear that one of my miniature horses was in fact the thief. Apparently he was able to reach farther into the the barn than I had estimated. Whenever he became hungry, he simply walked into the overhang and reached over to the haystack and grabbed himself a few mouthfuls.… Continue reading

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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 the 2014 hay baling season, 2014’s harsh winter forced me to feed my horses more hay than normal to help them maintain a healthy weight. Since I was forced to feed extra hay this winter, it became apparent in March that I was only going to have enough hay to last until the end of April. There was no way I was going to have enough hay to feed my horses until the 2014 hay crop was ready.

Luckily, a friend of mine literally “baled me out.” He saved some good quality horse hay for me.… Continue reading

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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, but as with raising any type of livestock, my luck ran out. My last couple of years owning goats were filled with injured goats, false alarm pregnancies and many visits to the veterinarian.

The fun was gone so I sold all my goats. Now a few years later, I’ve had a break and some rest, and I started to miss my goats.

I was still helping friends with their kiddings so I stayed well informed about the pygmy goat community during my time away from goats. This spring seemed like the perfect time to jump back in and buy a FEW pets for breeding.… Continue reading

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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 exception to the animals’ ability to predict the weather.  It seemed to me that as fall came to a close, the horses were sporting more winter hair than they had in the past. It also seemed like they were growing it sooner than normal.

I wasn’t too alarmed about my horses’ early, thicker winter hair coats until the weather turned cold in the middle of November and basically stayed that way. Heated water buckets that normally didn’t appear in my barn until the middle of December or even January were permanently in use without interruption from November through the winter and early spring months.… Continue reading

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“Mountain Monsters” — They’re more familiar than you think

Last Spring, I found a new reality TV show that I really liked. The program was called “Mountain Monsters” and featured a group of men that comprise A.I.M.S., Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings. The members of A.I.M.S. travel the Appalachian region of the United States and follow up on reports of sightings of mysterious creatures.

These gentlemen aren’t your average paranormal or mystery investigators. They don’t enter the woods to investigate with cameras; they take guns and set traps. They don’t often run away from the unknown monsters lurking in the dark. They try to hunt them down.

I quickly became addicted to the show last spring. I have a very vivid imagination coupled with a couristy for wildlife and the unknown. I was the perfect target audience for the program. Additionally, this group of hunters is so very colorful and down to Earth, that I enjoyed laughing and screaming along to the program as A.I.M.S.… Continue reading

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PEEPS – The annual Easter argument

I know PEEPS are available more that just in the Spring, but I still manage to keep my consumption of them limited until Spring and the Easter season arrive.

It is well known amongst the staff at Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net that I LOVE PEEPS. I often describe the stress level of my day based on how many rows of PEEPS I’ll be eating when I arrive at my home.

Matt Reese, editor of Ohio’s Country Journal, and I have been friends and co-workers for more than a decade so he likes to annually argue with me about PEEPS. He just really doesn’t see the necessity of PEEPS in a human diet. So Matt, just for you I decided to do a little research on my favorite marshmallow treats.

Matt will be happy to know that PEEPS usually aren’t available year-round. They can only be purchased at Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day,  and Easter. … Continue reading

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Square dance gender confusion

In my youth, I loved line dancing so when some friends of mine started attending the local country dances that included line and square dancing I invited myself along.

I have been lucky enough to attend most of the dances this past winter, and I have had tons of fun. I line dance until I’m exhausted and I laugh and clap along while the couples square dance. I don’t know how to square dance myself so I enjoy that part of the evening from the sidelines.

It is often difficult to find enough couples to complete squares so everyone can dance as the night comes to a close. A few couples generally leave before the dance is finished. It is very disappointing to the remaining couples when they have stayed and want to dance and there aren’t enough couples to complete all the squares.

This was the case at the close of the last dance.… Continue reading

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Don’t get fooled this April!

Warning! Warning! Warning! April 1 is April Fool’s Day.

I enjoy jokes and all of us on the staff at Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net can take or play a joke very well; we don’t need a special date to joke or torment each other.

However, the rest of the world may not be brave enough to play pranks or joke with their co-workers or family members on a regular basis, but most folks probably think it is acceptable to play a HARMLESS prank or two on April Fool’s Day.

Harmless is the key word. I’m a person that likes rules and guidelines so I visited http://www.holidayinsights.com to see their advice for participating in April Fool’s Day activities.

Here’s what the site said:

“Any tricks or jokes must be harmless and in good taste for the unsuspecting ‘victim.’ And, we suggest you think twice before pulling one on the boss, even if he or she is known to be of good humor.Continue reading

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Holy horse harness, I know who you are

Since only a small part of my job includes writing weekly blogs, it is easy for me to forget that I’m actually writing for the public. I’ve worked for Ohio’s Country Journal for nearly 15 years, but because I only started writing for the publication a couple of years ago, it often feels more like I’m writing a journal to entertain myself rather than writing for the agricultural community. Because of this, I’m always surprised when someone approaches me to talk about a blog or a story I have written.

If you read many of my blogs, you know that I’m a fan of Craigslist. I like to buy and sell items on the site. About a year or so ago, I came to the realization that I was never going to be able to own a team of draft horses; so I decided to list my team harness for sale and buy a more light weight single harness for my draft mare.… Continue reading

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I’m feeling a little green and I’m not Irish

It doesn’t take much to turn me a slightly lighter shade of white or even green. I’m not known for a strong constitution. While most folks spend  the middle of March at annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, I tend to skip this holiday that can sometimes lead to overzealous eating and drinking.

Even though I’ll be skipping St. Patrick’s Day festivities this year, it is hard not to think of green when you think of March. Due to my naturally timid constitution, that thought of green led me to stumble on to the fact that the third week of March this year is not only home to St. Patrick’s Day, but it is also  National Poison Prevention Week.

Each year, the third week in March is used to promote National Poison Prevention Week. During this week,  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to help you plan and implement activities to raise awareness of poison prevention. … Continue reading

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New sale barn at Mt. Hope draws rave reviews

I wasn’t able to attend the Spring 2014 Mt. Hope Draft Horse Sale, but I think I’ll be making plans to attend their next draft horse sale based on the exciting reviews of their new sale barn. The new building is 240 feet long and roughly 120 feet wide, providing much more room for consigners to present their horses.

In the past, the horses were sold in a small building. It was impossible to find a seat in the old sale barn — in fact, I think they might have all been reserved — and there wasn’t even room to stand and watch the sale. If you wanted to see a specific horse sell or have a chance to bid on a horse yourself, you had to literally crowd or push your way through masses of people to make it inside to place your bid.

The crowded sale barn didn’t take away from the fun of the sale.… Continue reading

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Marching into the month of war

As we begin the month of March, most folks begin to think of Spring and can’t wait for when is time to plant crops and tend to baby livestock. Not me, I think of war.

According to http://www.sacred-texts.com, the month of March was named after Mars, the roman god of war “because of its rough and boisterous weather.” March certainly is a month of transition, and I think the folks that named the month after a god of war got it right because it seems like a time when Spring is warring against Winter so that it can come forth and bring warmer temperatures and new life in the form plants and newborn critters.

For me, March is definitely a month of war. I’m still warring against the cold temperatures and frozen latches and doors, but March brings new problems as well. As things begin to thaw out, I attempt to clean up areas of my barn and barnyard that were unable to cleaned earlier in the winter due to frigid temperatures.… Continue reading

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Celebrate “No Brainer Day”

Do you ever suffer from the “winter blahs” this time of year? Are your body and brain tired from filling out your tax return and shoveling all the snow Ohio has received this winter? Then “No Brainer Day” may be your kind of holiday.

On Feb. 27 each year, “No Brainer Day” is celebrated. It is a day to complete easy and logical tasks that don’t require thinking. According to holidayinsights.com, the holiday even has a special flower, Freesia, and a special recipe, Celery Seed Dressing.

Since neither arranging flowers or cooking sound like no brainer activities to me, and I doubt my employer will be closing the office for this holiday, I think I’ll be celebrating the day after work by ordering a pizza for dinner and watching movies.

Although I don’t celebrate all holidays suggested by holidayinsights.com, “No Brainer Day” is, well, a no brainer for me. I think all of us could use a day to rest our noggins.… Continue reading

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