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The fifth season…Mud

What many people don’t know who do not live on a farm is that there are really 5 seasons of the year winter, spring, summer, fall and mud.  We have reached mud season here fall has faded and winter has not yet set in leaving us with mud.  The gates have mud surrounding them, the paths have mud on them and most of all the animals seem to be constantly muddy.  Ace my horse especially seems to be able to take getting muddy to a whole new level.  I love during summertime when he isn’t wearing a blanket but still doesn’t get super dirty.  Thank goodness for winter blankets that take the brunt of the dirt and mud for me!

Photogenic

I have so many pictures of Ace in my phone and I love them all.  If anyone else looked through my photos they might wonder since they are all variations of the same photo.  I have pictures of Ace eating grass, Ace in the crosswise, Ace’s pretty neck while riding, Ace all saddled up but by far my favorite photos are the big white blurry photos of his nose.  Ace has always been a nosy horse and very much likes to see if anything you have might be edible.  I love this horse so much and cannot wait to get back to riding him after having about six months off!

 

Supervisoin

I am incredibly happy to have both the horses home on the farm with us.  Ace is also incredibly happy supervising my chores.  He follows me to the sheep pasture and watches while I do their chores, he watches me clean the stalls, fill buckets and pass out hay.  I missed my horse horribly bad after we moved to the farm and he was still boarding an hour away, there was no need apparently to worry about our bond though.  Ace has always been a wonderful horse but seeing him here every day has only made our bond grow stronger!

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Looks can be deceiving 

I may look like an adult who is all grown up but in reality I might just be a little girl at heart whose dreams have come true.  Growing up I asked for a horse again and again.  At christmas I always joked when guessing what my presents were that it would be a pony.  I dreamed of having a beautiful farm with a border collie and some sheep.  Well I did get my farm, dog, sheep, and horses and they all live in my backyard.  What I never thought to ask for as a kid was someone to share it all with.  I couldn’t be more thankful for a wonderful husband that loves our farm just as much as I do.

 

Countdown to Ace!

I went to see my most handsome horse today and tell him that it will only be 30 days from now until he comes home!  I was so happy that when he saw me he came to me without me  even calling him.  He seemed very happy to see me and that I had not in fact died since he hadn’t seen me in so long.  I spent some quality time brushing him (he spent some serious time getting muddy it would seem) and putting fly spray on him.  While I was letting him graze for a while I thought about how happy and lucky I am that he is coming home!

Slippery Slopes

Last night I made a vat of Chicken Chile Verde, which made enough for dinner as well as to can 8 pints.  I love having canned dinners in the fridge for nights that I don’t want to cook.  This is a recipe I have never canned before so I won’t post the recipe to can just yet (I want to make sure it does’t kill anyone first ;).  Today I went to a knitting class that was delightful.  I decided after many many years of quilting that If I was going to have sheep I better learn to knit, it turned out to be much more fun than I had anticipated.  As I am typing this I realized we have embarked on quite a slippery slope.  We got a border collie who needed sheep, now we have a farm and sheep.  We bought a farm so clearly we would bring Ace our horse home and he needed friends so we have bought 3 Nubian goats.  I wonder what we will get next…

Catching up after days off…

I had a wonderful week off with my husband!  We looked at properties, went fishing and just hung out together.  I had my first lesson of the year with Ace this morning, for being off all winter we both did really nicely and worked well as a team.  Ace even trotted over the tarp like it was no big deal at all.  That horse never ceases to amaze me at the things he does.  I am looking forward to quite a few very exciting things coming up soon so stay tuned for those.  I would also like to mention that I am not impressed with mother nature and the snow today.IMG_3229

Out of Steam

I spent the day shuttling rabbits to our friends barn for her to watch while we sell our house.  Dixie did remain with us since she has a brand new litter.  Olive went with me today to be my copilot, which she did a great job of.  I stopped to get gas and stopped again for food at sonic on the way.  While we were waiting for our food Olive suddenly realized the car was full of rabbits… excellent observation skills!  Once the car was full of fuel and my belly was warm and full we headed out to drop of the rabbits.  After we dropped the rabbits off we headed to the barn to visit and ride Ace.  While on the way we were stopped by a train which Olive found fascinating.  Ace and Olive did well together she licked his nose (which he didn’t much appreciate but didn’t complain) and ace was polite to Olive.  I was brave and rode Ace without lunging him and although he was very spicy and full of himself he was a good boy.  I have made it home and am going to start cleaning the garage.    I hope that you all had an excellent day as well!