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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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Dueling Blonde Brats

   We started the day with two very large deliveries: all the wood was first; then all the metal we need for the run-in shed we’re building this weekend. Everything was delivered to the driving lane next to the pasture where the shelter will be built. I’ve decided to un-tape the ribbon wire in that section of the pasture. Then we’ll move everything inside the pasture as needed. We’re also fortunate to have the indoor arena. There’s a heater to help keep it, and the main section of the barn, warm. We’re fortunate to have a heated tack room, kitchen, and bathroom, too. Hopefully we’ll be able to accommodate any people who help us build tomorrow.

   I fed the ponies breakfast right after the wood materialized. The first delivery was at about 8:15am this morning; the second, metal, was at 2pm.  The husband arrived home during the metal delivery. It was nice to see him, as I’ve been alone here at the farm. He’s been spending extra time with his family, but is home now. Because they live so far away, sometimes I feel as though I share custody, but I get him most of the time. It’s difficult to get away now with the business, so we “trade off.” I’m grateful to have him home.

   This evening takes the cake, though. There was no incident whatsoever with the boys or bringing in the horses. It happened once I put the girls out. All the girls, with the exception of one, trotted out into the field to munch their hay. Everyone except Honey. I clapped behind her rump, and she started to trot out to the pasture. Then suddenly, she turned around and gave me a sassy pony grin as if to say “Nope. I’m enjoying myself right where I am, thank ya very much.” Then she galloped over to the hay bales and began eating once more.

   I calmly walked over to my carrot stick and string, picked it up, and swished it at nothing in particular. She gave a little buck and galloped out the door. 

Honey:0, Sarah:1.   I always win in the end.

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