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A Comfortable Cadence

The tattoo of hoofbeats pounded along the barn. A sharp, youthful whinny exploded from the small horse in the field as she pranced back and forth; her frantic pacing broken only by moments to listen–to find out if, indeed, she’s truly alone.

My neighbor, Katie, asked me to board her pony, Cadence, this weekend. Katie’s riding her other horse at a clinic, and she shipped her mare to Wisconsin this morning. Cadence would’ve been alone at Katie’s barn until Sunday night unless she stayed with me. The young filly’s herdbound to Katie’s other horse. Unfortunately that makes life difficult when there’s no choice but to separate the two for shows or riding clinics.

Cadence arrived at the farm this morning. Even before Katie officially unloaded her passenger, Cadence’s panicked screams echoed from within the metal trailer. She fought to remain with her buddy–but to no avail.

We covered basic rules, and Katie filled out a boarding contract. We discussed niceties and a variety of situations all the way to Veterinary calls. Before she departed, Katie spoke adamantly about not allowing other horses in with Cadence, as she worried about her pony kicking.

I locked the pony in a stall with hay for most of the morning, and then gave her time this afternoon in the RAMM pasture. Poor Cadence ran the fenceline for 30 minutes, calling for any horse within hearing range. The whites of her eyes bulged as she bugled,  and her coat shone with sweat. Her throaty whinnies drove daggers into my heart.

I caught Honey and moved her into the pasture. Cadence’s demeanor changed instantly. She relaxed, grazed, and sniffed. I gave them 45 minutes of pasture time together–all directly supervised. I stayed within a 20 foot radius, ready to separate them in case of trouble.

Trouble never came.

I caught Honey to move her back into Suzie Q’s pasture (her regular digs) for the night, and as soon as Honey stepped out of the paddock, Cadence began calling. She screamed and squealed, devastated that her new friend left.  Honey settled back in with Suzie Q, but called out for Cadence. A cacophony of little-pony-girl screams developed from both sides, since Honey also developed an attachment to the adorable bay filly. I moved Cadence into Phoenix’s stall, since she’s an indoor boarder overnight. This quieted both girls down. They’re contemporaries, so it makes sense that they love each other.

The girls sniff through their stalls. They nicker at each other and nod. Whatever confidences they share remain between them alone. These gentle, bashful little girls are having a slumber party over the weekend. Katie won’t have to worry about separating her horses for a few days. Cadence has a new best friend–and she no longer feels alone.

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Another Perfect Day

Radiant white paint reflects sunshine from each post. Giggles and exclamations of “Hey! You got me!” and “Honey, stop eating my hair!” are shared between friends. The constant swish of brushes keeps time with horse-focused conversation.

Today is Dusty’s birthday. I hope you had a great one, Diesel Dust!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is some sad news on the boarder front. Glory’s potential owner was advised by our vet not to buy her. It was a sad moment. We’ll miss her. She was a lovely horse to ride, and she had an excellent temperament. The owners are not at fault, and neither is the potential owner. Some things just aren’t meant to be. The previous owners took her back this morning.  Though we didn’t know them and do not expect to have future contact with these owners, we wish them all the best in their search for a suitable new owner.

The horses are shedding like crazy. Honey has lost at least 1 1/2 mini-Honeys out of fur.

The farm is perfect in spring. Enjoy some lovely photos of the glorious property and those who live here.

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Mending Fences

   The weather was perfect today. Cool, crisp, clear and cloudless. The husband and I went to Family Farm and Home to purchase more T-posts. We bought some 8 ft T-posts and some 5 ft T-posts. We used up all the 8 ft T-posts shoring up the fences around the property. Once that was done (about 1/3 of the way–it’s a good start!) we cut down branches that were in the way of the new Ribbon Wire fence we’re putting up around the parameter of the property.

  We’ve had so much activity here lately. I have a few lesson students who are interested in potentially getting horses, and others who definitely are. I know how many people this is, and I’ve done the math on how many spaces we have left. It quickly starts to add up to near the amount of horses the township will let us have on the property. Therefore, I’ve come to the somewhat difficult decision to keep Firefly Farm as it is. We won’t be accepting new boarders unless I’ve spoken to the person first and have agreed to take in their horses, OR if it’s a special situation. That doesn’t mean I won’t accept new horses–it just means you should speak to me to find out if we’re FULL or “full.” Right now, at 8 horses here and 3 or 4 on the way, we’re “full.” 

   The current horses are all doing so well. Although Braz has been out with the herd, she has not started to show signs of aggression or injury. Senorita and Melody are hanging out, as are Savannah and Lexxi. I’m so glad they’re becoming friends. It’s been tough to watch Lexxi and Senorita going at it–they dislike each other. It’s more of a kick AT each other than actually kick fight, but it’s still difficult to watch. Coffee and Dusty LOVE each other. They spend all day together, whether it’s eating from the same pile of hay, grazing, or just hanging out. It’s adorable.  

   We finally have gates out the back of the barn. We can open one of three gates to get to the girls’ field, the grassy field, or the driving lanes. It’s exciting. I’m going to get it set up tomorrow to be exactly how I envision it should be. (It’s almost there now, but it still has a little work to go.)

   Winter’s coming. One of the parents of a lesson student came out today and was kind enough to put in an electrical box for me. It’s approximately 12″ outside of the gate–just long enough to be perfect for plugging in the water tank for the winter. I’m arranging the ability to heat every water tank all winter long. We want everyone to stay hydrated all winter.

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