Thursday, June 25, 2020

A new face at the farm

And no, it isn't a corgi puppy!  lol

The last week has brought a new equine face to my little farm!  
So cute...
Ivy is a 13yo reg'd paint mare, owned by a friend of mine.   My friend would like to eventually breed this mare, but for now, she is living at my place and I'm going to help ride her and see if we can get her going decently under saddle.
New girl on the left. Notice Copper hiding behind Fred. lol I'm in love with this picture - I might have to get it blown up and printed or something.

She has been good to handle so far and has adapted to my routine without much trouble.  She and Copper had a bit of a rough start for some reason, but she is ok with him now.
Not much grass left and it's only June!

All we know about her under saddle training is that she is a) broke to ride and b) the previous owner saddled her up and went on trail rides.  Not a lot to work with!  lol  Another friend might come over and help if I run into any major issues.
She gets an A+ for standing in the cross ties and for being groomed

 We actually know more about her early and  most recent years, with a big gap in the middle.  She was bred and shown in halter by an acquaintance, so we were able to track down some cute foal and show pics!
The picture for her registration papers 

Weanling Ivy - at a futurity in the US

She was sold and then bought by another acquaintance several years later and he used her as a broodmare and had 3 foals off her.  He sold her last fall to a lady a couple of hours from here and my friend bought her just last week.
Ivy on the far right with a neck ribbon

I had the farrier out on Monday as she was in desperate need of a trim.  That alone made her look better and move better.  The vet will be out in a couple of weeks to get her caught up on shots/dental, etc. as I have no record of her history.

She is in need of some TLC and some good feed, but other than that she is a nice little mare. I might actually have a "between the ears" pic sometime soon...  I'm normally a gelding person, but there is always time to change and try something new, right?  lol

Thursday, June 18, 2020

An update of sorts

I've been having a heck of a time getting myself motivated to write something here.  So this post will just serve as a bit of a photo dump and catch-up of sorts. 

I was very lucky to have a friend loan me his tractor for a week back in late May. I quickly got to work cleaning up my manure piles and scraping the problem spots in the paddock.   I love tractors AND clean paddocks, so I was pretty happy to get this major job done for this year.  I like to have a tractor in once a year, as our equine friends happily keep producing manure!
Not quite a between the ears view, but the next best thing!
It took me a bit to get the controls down for the bucket and the box scraper, but after a couple of hours I got more agile and quicker with my work.

Fred was very curious the whole time I was working outside. He is such a funny guy.  I was trying to get an "after" picture, but Fred kept sneaking in to the picture, so I just went with it.  I told him he couldn't poop in the new cleaned up area, but I don't think he quite got it. lol
So clean and smooth! 
With some help, I have both pastures all set up for grazing.  We fixed the fences and made sure all the fencelines have lots of juice, in case Fred decides to lean on the fence.   The horses sure seemed happy to have more room to wander and lots of grass.  Copper is in a grazing muzzle, since he can't handle that much grass. 
As is the case with a lot of my pictures, when Fred hears/sees me outside, he comes over to say hi. 
So cute...
Things are slowly opening up here in our province, so a friend asked me to go with her on a road trip to a neighbouring province.  She had sold a mare and bought a new filly and needed to deliver the mare.    The farm we visited is a well known AQHA and APHA breeder and I had met the owner a few years ago at a show, so I was interested to see his farm.

And yes, this is a pic of a horse butt.  lol  What can I say?  My friend asked me to take this picture, so I was just doing as asked.  This is a cute little double registered AQHA/APHA filly that my friend is hoping to show next year.

These people also breed corgis and border collies, so I spent a lot of time cuddling cute dogs and even a few puppies.  Luckily all were sold, so I didn't come home with a new creature.  ;-)

I snapped this from the side of the road on an early morning drive - this time of year in this part of the world is pretty amazing - I try and find time to appreciate that.  The long days of sunlight make up for the opposite that we get in the winter.
5:40am drive
On the other end of the spectrum, the sun doesn't set until around 9pm and the sky is still light until 9:30 or so.
And finally, a picture of my peonies, just about to bloom.   I've been busy with the horses/barn/pastures, but have sort of neglected my flower beds.  Clearly gardening is not my favourite thing to do...!  This house has way too many flower beds for a place that has horses to take care of.  My goal before the end of the month is to get the outside of the house tidied up as well.

Hopefully this post will help me get back into the routine of posting...we'll see! lol

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Black Lives Matter

I wanted to take a short moment to post something here - I've been waffling on what to say for many reasons - but those don't matter.  I'm sure I'll make mistakes, but you can't start out perfect.

My anxiety has been high this week - as I do work for the police and police actions are a part of my day to day life - but that's ok, I'm just trying to sit with the feelings and not judge or hide, but learn.

Anyway, I'm reading, listening, learning and trying to find ways to to take action to become an anti-racist.  Cause, guys, racism exists here too.  And just saying it is only a US problem is not good or remotely true.

Please check out L. Williams post, if you haven't already - she generously shared resources and her story and for that I am beyond grateful.

In addition to US resources, I'm making it a priority to find and support Canadian groups/charities and resources to further my awareness.

Edited to add:

Huffpost article - Cdn resources

Farewell Rip and Spunky (alternate title: What a f**ng awful week)

 I've had another spell of radio silence here.  This time for good reason. On Wednesday, October 20th, I lost Rip to colic.  He had just...