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“…And in the foreground the fields were fixed in fire…” – N. Scott Momaday

   For those aware of the above quote’s origin, please disregard its context. Instead, appreciate that it was the most appropriate burning imagery I could remember. 

   The little dog was an excellent manager today. Morale was high and work continued from dawn until dusk. Technically, she only managed the husband. I was watching over the burning leaf piles. Piles, not pile. We burned leaves in the triangular pasture as well as the new pasture today. The new pasture behind the barn had an enormous pile of brush, and we burned 2/3 of the massive heap. Afterward, the best friend came over and we went to Family Farm and Home. She helped me haul grain and shavings from the store to the car to the barn.

   I had an excellent day. It was spent almost entirely outside, which makes me happy. The husband is always in a good mood during these days. It seems he doesn’t mind stepping out of his comfort zone to help out. He raked leaves and hauled food and moved burnables around like a champ.

    A volunteer came this afternoon and helped out with stall picking and chores this evening. In the middle of all that, she had a lesson, too. She and the best friend rode in the arena together and did a great job communicating and cooperating. (Suddenly I feel like a Kindergarten teacher creating report cards.) In any case, I love how my boarders here are so compassionate for other riders in the arena. They’re caring and kind. I haven’t had a single problem with anyone. Even after Senorita’s owner left manure in the arena yesterday and I teased her today, she razzed me right back–then helped out with chores around the barn. I love my boarders.

   And I love knowing that we’re almost done burning all those darned leaves.

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Shel(ter) Shocked

I owe a great deal to many people after this weekend. My best friend and her husband were the driving force behind the horse shelter. A potential lesson student’s family came yesterday, and the father was instrumental in beginning the project. We also had almost every boarder out to help at one time or another. It’s incredible.

The rest of the shelter will be set up by the workmen who frequently help us out around the barn. They have the ability, the tools, and the training to complete the project. I’m excited we were able to accomplish the enormous amount we did, and floored that so many people were so kind to help out Firefly Farm. It’s difficult to imagine a kinder and more generous group of friends. Thank you all.

I had a delightful ride on Honey this evening after the end of our shelter raising and finishing night chores. I let Senorita and Lexxi out in the back (with seven flakes of hay spread out–lucky ponies!) Then I took Honey into the indoor arena to groom. She was grumpy, but once I started to use the curry comb, she forgot everything except how much she was enjoying her “massage.”

I saddled, bridled, and mounted uneventfully. We then worked on walking, stopping, reversing on the haunches, trotting and western jogging, and cantering. Throughout this entire training session, I worked on getting her nose in and haunches underneath, giving us impulsion. The girl goes really well, and has gotten to the point I don’t have to urge her on. I give her a signal and she goes until I give her a signal to stop. She’s such a delight to train! I love working with her. I’m so fortunate she’s my horse. I have the feeling once she’s trained, she’s going to be sought after as someone’s personal horse. She’s so wonderful, I’d have a hard time giving her up. I’m thrilled with how easy she is to train, and elated she remembers our training sessions no matter how far apart they are.

Tonight we have three horses inside. Braz, as usual, but we also have Melody and Savannah inside tonight. Savannah came in for dinnertime but just picked at her grain. I noticed she was a bit gassier than usual, so I gave her a small amount of banamine. I walked her around, trotted her and cantered her on the lunge line. She had noises from her intestines and passed a movement, so she’ll be fine–she’s just a little gassy. I figured she and Melody should stay inside so when I go out to check on them later I won’t have to search for them in the dark. By the time I left the barn this evening, Savannah had eaten all her grain and was enjoying her hay. She was still gassy, but she seemed to be getting better.

Again, thanks everyone who helped us out this weekend. It means the world to me that we could get such an amazing amount done on a seemingly enormous project. Every person who helped was instrumental in completing as much of the project as we did. Thank you.

One last note–to cousin Erika, I’m delighted you’re now following the blog. I’m looking forward to having you come up to our barn for a week or two. I hope you’re having a great time at your new barn and are eager to see ours. Come visit soon.

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