Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Stall vs Pasture

I have always been a person who likes to have my horse in a stall... they are easier to micro manage and oh how I love to control stuff ha!!

Henry likes his stall... Holli, Wes and Jet like to be where Henry is ha, meanwhile he could care less about the three of them.



Over the last almost 2 years of having my own place, I have had the luxury of moving my horses around where ever I want them at any time. Henry LOVES pasture time especially when grass in involved.

In CA turn out is slim pickings so I am so luck, or my horses are lucky that they get the best of both worlds... so spoiled. And they don't get just light turn out- they get giant pastures... like multiple acres.

When the weather is nice my horses get to be out as long as they want, I get to move them around the different pastures and mix/match whom ever I want in each pasture.

He even looks handsome when drinking lol


When the weather is bad they all have a warm and cozy stall all to themselves with a buddy next to them.

I have a 6 stall barn, 4 stalls are used for the horses, 1 is used for hay storage and 1 is used as the grain room/storage. One day I would like to have another hay storage closer to the barn or an atv that I can load hay in and make it easier to feed. The large hay barn we have needs a front cover in order to store hay during the winter, currently we tarp any hay that is in there when it's going to rain.

Are you a stall or pasture person? Or both...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday- Equestrian Style

When hubby is finally home, it's 70 outside, the baby is napping and there is daylight... you don't sit inside and watch football.. you go outside and do this:


The ground squirrels and gophers have taken over our spot we were riding in the field... I am currently figuring out how to rage war on them. B and I rode a little and then decided to wander around since there were too many holes that we couldn't avoid.

These two are spoiled

I gave Henry and Jet both hose downs and washed their tails... of course they both rolled when I put them back in the pastures ugh.

Meanwhile Bayley was doing this:


I should have gotten a video of her trying to get on, it as hilarious and even more reason why Holli is a saint and the best pony in the world.

Happy Monday everyone.. hopefully I will get to ride again this weekend- I really need lights so I can ride at night after the kiddos go to bed.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Plans

With all the fires in CA, north and south of me... I have been thinking more and more about my plan.

Who wants to buy me this? lol


I had thought about this before when we had the fire at the barn when I boarded at before moving the horses home... but now that I have more horses then space in the trailer, it has me thinking again.

I have ordered tags to put on my halters with my name and number, that why if I have to set horses free- hopefully someone would find them and call me....


Hubby and I have also talked about getting a bigger trailer- at least a 3 horse so that I could load everyone up- even squeeze all 4 in if needed leaving the dividers open. Thankfully all 4 of them are very chill and no one is a bully or kickers.

BUT footing is the top priority soooooooo the trailer will have to wait ha!

Also if I have to grab one what I could carry, my saddle would be the first thing id snatch... alone with other tack if possible and my tack trunk. I have often thought about storing things in the trailer so that it is already loaded up in case of an emergency but haven't done that.. yet.

Pretty trunk.. I will take 10 of these please haha


So do you have an evacuation plan?

What would you grab if you had to act quick and didn't have time to take it all?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maybe I am back to Blogging...



I am hoping that I can start blogging again, maybe even a couple times a week... baby girl is starting to sleep a bit more on her own, my middle little is doing preschool 2-3 times a week for  hours and my oldest little is obviously in school (but she is easiest so she doesn't count)... now that I just said all that, everything is going to go hay wire ha!!



It was been pretty wet so I haven't been able to ride but a handful of times since I was cleared by my doctor... 



There is a ranch right down the road from me that has a covered arena so I talked to the owner and he said I can pay the pasture board price and use the arena. HOPEFULLY that will enable to me to get some riding in... Hubby is 3 days into a 4 week training out of town soooo at the moment grooming and maybe a quick lunge in the dark will be all I get in. 

B taking pics again- actually really like this one :)
Mr Wes has been giving me a run for my money... in the stall he is great and I have gained his trust. BUT if I turn him out, he is almost impossible to catch. The fact that the lady didn't handle him at all or do anything is very apparent.. so I just keep plugging along trying to make him love me ha!



We have been working on haltering, being patient when tied, lots of grooming, being hosed off, blanketing, clipping his wiskers and handling his feet- currently pretty good with the fronts woot!


Right now Holli is out with him in hopes that he will become more friendly and she will help him be more civilized *fingers crossed*


Holli is amazing as always, B loves riding her and lately just wants to ride bareback all over which is so great for her balance/confidence/feel of the horse. Holli is of course a saint even when being ridden in just a halter with the trains whizzing by and out in the field (our arena is un usable currently, the footing is no good no matter how much i have worked it and tried to make it cooperate.. so the plan is to try and save for some footing)


Monday, October 16, 2017

A New 4 Legged Baby

5 more weeks till baby girl #3 arrives.... I CAN NOT WAIT to meet her and not be prego!

I might have bought myself a great birthday present this year haha... totally reasonable and a wise decision :)

Meet Wes... hes 7 months old, QH, reining bloodlines... I can't wait to see him in like 2 years!! Can we fast forward?!



Henry has been doing a lot of this... I can get on him but not off soooo he's on maternity leave with me haha!!


I created a grass grazing pasture in one of my smaller pastures in the front of our house... spoiled horses!


Henry has also been loving living out in the pasture... cleaning stalls over 30 weeks pregnant had to stop so everyone got promoted to pasture life. I am having to learn that it's ok that they are not all clean and pristine all the time haha!!


Jets been chilling too... does anyone want to come pull manes for me?! pleassssssse


The girls are getting some riding in.. if it can't be me then at least someone is enjoying our horses :)



Henry and Wes are already buddies... lets be honest, Henry is buddies with everyone ha!


Hopefully I will be better at this posting business... sorry to abandon you blogger world!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Riding, whats that?!

We are still alive over here... just under water.

No riding has been going on for some time sadly.


I have been able to lunge maybe twice in two months :(

Henry's Valentines treat
Exciting news though... I am taking Jet to the barn my trainer is at for March so that we can get him going consistently since there is a covered arena there :)

Maybe I will get some rides in on Henry soon too! I'd like to do some shows this year - but we need to ride in order to do that ha!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Jet's Progress



I've owned Jet for 3 months now.. here are two pictures almost 3 months apart. Oh man I miss the summer shine (though he is wet in the top pic)... he is gaining weight slowly but it's coming.

He's not a big hay eater so it's been an up hill battle with weight. I have him on hay and a sr complete feed pellet that he really likes... it has joint supplements in it so thats awesome! And it's a local ish feed company.

Friday, January 6, 2017

We are both Crabby

It's wet... I don't have a covered arena.



Start hissy fit... I am crabby not riding... Henry is crabby not being ridden...

I was actually able to get out and ride on the 31st and came out to find this...


Shoe is fixed and now it's too wet to ride.. temper tantrum done.


He's cute and I miss riding him!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Blogger Gift Exchange 2016

Allie at Rockingcowgirl.com was my secret santa. I seriously love doing this every year- horse people shopping for horse people, what could be better!!!???

She wrapped my present sooooooo cute!!

I am a horrible wrapper but I love getting wrapped presents lol!


She included something for everyone- seriously she is THE BEST!

Got a shirt from her ranch- LOVE
An awesome stiff body brush with my monogram- girl i love a monogram!!
Candy canes for all the ponies!
Herbal horse goodies- i love this stuff and am thankful for restocking a few of my favs!
SUPER cute ornaments- again monogram obsessed!
Stickers for the girls... as a mom of girls she knows exactly what little girls love, ponies and stickers!

I got the best presents this year!

Thanks Allie you rock!