A Girl and Her Horse

I was going to write about how wonderful my thanksgiving was, which it was.  I had planned to include a wonderful turkey brine recipe (we will get that up soon).  Today calls for a different story.  I sprained my right ankle very badly at the beginning of november.  As luck would have it, it right ankle I was stuck at home and could not drive, not to mention the crutches or the giant boot I was supposed to wear.  All of these things combined meant that I could not ride my horse or couldn’t even drive to go see him.  This made for a very long month as I am used to seeing Ace several times a week if not every day.  Well, this last week I have been hobbling around without the crutches and driving short distances.  I woke up this morning after my husband left early for hunting and thought I’ll go see Ace.
I figured if I was going all the way out to the barn I should just ride him, why not!  Well, I thought to myself maybe I should’t use the stirrups that might be easier on the ankle.  Then I thought maybe use the english saddle instead of the western saddle as those stirrups are less clunky and I can just flip them over the saddle.  This way they won’t knock Ace in the leg or my ankle.  I loaded up the car and headed to the barn to hobble out and catch my horse.  What could possibly go wrong?
Anyone who knows me has heard about Ace, I tend to talk about him a lot.  On my way to the barn I’m realizing what a terrible idea this may be but that didn’t stop me.  I was thinking how on earth am I going to lunge him?  Ace doesn’t lunge in pretty circles around me while I stand still in the middle.  Ace tends to lunge in large ovals and squares while I walk in a smaller ovals and squares.   Occasionally just for fun he will pretend he is going to run into the wall.  He will then stop just to see if I am really going to make him keep lunging (the constant struggle of who is really in charge).  Then, I remember its end of November meaning my wonderfully behaved horse has turned into to demon spawn.  Ace will think of every bad thing he can do until he decides I’m serious today we really are riding.  Well, by now I’m convinced I may die this morning but at least I will get to see my horse first.  When I walked (limped) my way out to his pasture and called him he came running over to the gate (yup I taught my horse to come when called).  While I was trying to open the gate he was trying to push it down while knickering.  Once we managed to get the gate open and shut with Ace through it he got his favorite banana cookies.  This is when my 15.3 hand horse decided he missed me so much he rubbed his head all over me trying to pull me close all while knickering and snorting.  It was pretty cute.
We walked up to the barn and I put Ace in the crossties and brushed him.  This is the point I busted out the english saddle (we have been riding western for almost a year now).  I put the saddle pads on and the saddle at which point I buckled the girth on one side.  When I walked around to buckle the other side I realized my horse has gotten fatter since the last time we rode in this saddle.  I told ace to suck it in!  I put my helmet and then his bridle.  We walked to the indoor arena which was thankfully empty.  After making Ace suck it in some more we went over to the mounting block.  This is when he gave me that “Are you sure you know what you are doing look”?  I ignored his look and told him to stand still and I climbed aboard.  We started at a walk reminding Ace I do know how to ride, and I am still in charge despite my absence.  We practiced yielding off my legs and neck reining as well as stopping and backing up.  At this point I thought this was going really well so lets try at a jog.  I kept waiting for the point where Ace turned into a monster but all the hours and hours of training in the summer seems to have truly paid off.  My horse was an angel (a fat one) but a completely different horse than he was last winter.  Last winter I wouldn’t have even thought about riding him without lunging him especially without stirrups.
I could not have asked for a better day after thanksgiving.  Today I realize how thankful I am to have my horse.  We had a rocky start as a team but landed at a wonderful barn with wonderful people who have helped us along the way.  Today I saw a horse that has realized I am not going to get rid of him and that I love him.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
― 
Winston S. Churchill

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Here at Cacia Farms we wish you the most wonderful thanksgiving!  We hope that you are surrounded by loved ones and filled with food.  I always remember my family saying “Happy Turkey Day”. We usually spent thanksgiving day at my grandparents where my mom and my grandma would be cooking all morning.  I remember going into the kitchen to sneak bites of mashed potatoes and those crispy fried onions!  When I was very little i always thought turkeys came from the grocery store.  I didn’t realize until later that the “gobblers”  were also the turkeys on the table.  We hope that you turkey day is wonderful and amazing.

Biscuits and Gravy

As a kid I have many fond memories of biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  The gravy of course was sausage gravy made from venison with biscuits from scratch.  I remember when my family would all go out hunting for deer season. We would bring home several deer at a time and this would be our meat for the year.  Processing the venison was always a family project we did together.  I enjoyed being in charge of the grinder and making the breakfast sausage.  My dad always tells me the story of when I was very little I came out into the garage and said “Chop chop chop gonna eat you all up big buck!”.

Biscuits this recipe is great to make ahead and freeze then cook when you want them.

4681551_orig.jpg 3 c flour
1/4 c sugar
4 t baking powder
1/2 t cream of tartar
3/4 t salt
1/2 c butter
1 egg beaten
1 1/8 cup milk

Combine all dry ingredients.  Cut room tempature butter into slices and cut into dry ingredients until mixture resembles course crumbs.  Add wet ingredients, mix until dough forms a ball dump onto lightly floured surface knead 10-12 times. Roll out a little less 1/2 the thickness of the desired biscuit size fold dough over (this makes them come apart easier when cooked).   Cut out busciuts I usually use a floured glass.  Grease a baking sheet and place biscuit in freezer to freeze. Once frozen put them in a ziploc bag to take up less room.  Cook at 425 for 12-15 minutes.  If you are eating them right away you skip the freezer steps.

​Then you enjoy while the labrador cleans up for you!

Love and Loss

PictureI was with you for a while
We laughed and cried
But now you are gone

They say you are in a better place
I really hope you are
You will have no more suffering

Someday again I will see you
We will be together again
In that better place

I will remember you always
The good memories will stay forever
And this is how it will be till the end
​-Kimberly Cacia

For those of you who knew our sweet Sammy he went to heaven last tuesday.  He was the most loving and bouncy dog I have known.  Despite the bad experiences he had before coming to us he trusted unconditionally until the end.  The world will miss you but, most of all I will miss you. The house just doesn’t quite seem the same without you.

We love you Sammysaurus Rex

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Stewart Freeze Dried Treats

As a dog trainer and wife of a veterinarian I always strive to find high quality treat that are not only affordable but palatable.  I have been using Stewart Freeze Dried Liver treats for some time now.  We got our border collie last year and he is a very picky eater.  He enjoys working for liver treats and rarely gets bored with them during training.  I also love how they come in many different sizes so I can use them in different ways.  I stuff the largest pieces into kongs for my dogs which occupies them for a while trying to free the treat.   My husband is a veterinarian and likes that they have a single ingredient of liver.  They come in seven different flavors and are made with no preservatives or additives, which makes the husband and picky border collie very happy (and the cats).  I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.  Gus gives this treat 9 out of 10 paws he wishes more flavors came in the giant bucket.

The links below will bring you to their website and you can also follow them on instagram, twitter and Facebook.

 

Canning Chili

My ever so wonderful border collie decided yet again that the appropriate time to wake up is in fact before the sun….even on the weekend.  I decided to take this time to can some turkey chili for myself.  I personally love a good bowl of chile with a fair amount (really actually a lot) of cheddar cheese in the winter.  All my canning supplies are in our basement so I carted up all my jars, lids, rings, pressure canner, and cans of diced tomatoes.  Then I went down and got more jars since I apparently have a fear of not having enough jars.  I put all my lids and jars in the dishwasher while I dumped all the chile components in the pot.  I use the regular chili recipe found in the ball canning book.
I should mention as a side note jack our orange cat that I currently seem to be at war with felt he needed to oversee all canning today.  I was cutting up the hot pepper when a cat hair floated into my eye  I automatically reached up to rub my eye and realized mere millimeters from my eye that it would go terribly wrong.  My life flashed before my eyes!  I sure that jack saw to making sure there was orange hair in every jar.
The chili turned out wonderful and all but one of the jars plinked which I think is pretty good.  Gus spent most of the day watching over his little farm.

Mexico Soup

     Had a wonderful day!  I went to our public market which is fairly large here.  I thought to myself you should get some lettuce cheap as a treat for annabelle (one of rabbits has a wound we are treating).  Also thought that I should get some fresh veggies for myself.  We walked the whole market even saw some really sketchy meat and fish stalls.  What do I end up leaving with … a pair of mittens yup mittens.  I couldn’t help myself they were so cute and my fingers were so cold.  I went totally unprepared and did not bring gloves or hat, I did however bring a giant bag to put all my loot in …I mean my mittens that I am actually just going to wear.
I also went to Jo-ann Fabrics which is very dangerous for as a quilter.  I got some really cute things to wrap presents in, as well as a few things for me.  I decided to make soup tonight since it cold out and Jeff isn’t home.  A nice warm hearty soup sounded good. Picture PictureHearty Mexico Soup
Ingredients:
1 medium onion
1 T minced garlic
2 T butter
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
shredded chicken
1 bunch of cilantro
1 lime
2 t black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon oregano
shredded cheese
avocado

In a medium pot melt butter and saute onion and garlic until translucent.  Add chicken broth and canned tomatoes.  Add shredded Chicken (you can use a rotisserie chicken).  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add chopped cilantro and juice of lime.  Season to taste the above amounts are really more of suggestions :).  I usually put some cheese in mine as well as diced avocado and enjoy!

​I hope you are enjoying the weekend!