Fait accompli

The dream has finally come true. The arena has been completed, the footing is installed, the weather is always great……inside!
The horses are loving it.

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The year in review….

It’s been a while since my last post. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge so to speak. We had 2 foals born on the farm and we have purchased 2 more exciting colts. Marco was up to his fun filled antics.

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Benson Stonecreek joined the herd in May, and Laura Wv began her training under saddle.

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The morning at Camelot

A great start, to a great day! A light fog was gently lifted as a beautiful glowing sun began to rise over the fence row. The horses quietly munching on a round bale of hay, as the wild turkey’s break the silence with their mating calls.
Ahhhhhh spring, the time of rebirth.
Good morning my gentle creatures!

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I can feel it

Spring is abounding…..I think??
March has certainly been a roller coast this year. The weather has gone from a blizzard and minus -20 C. To a beautiful day expecting to be +6 C. I am looking forward to today!
The horses are shedding, the mares are glowing with their pregnancies. Well realistically, the glow is there, you just need to look under the fuzz, and somedays under an inch or 2 of snow blanketing their backs.
Off to enjoy this beautiful morning. The sun is rising, the horses are feed, and I am starting my second coffee. Ahhhhhh life is great!

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When will it stop!

Well, here in Ontario winter started far to early and proves to us every day that it plans on staying. Oh winter please think about leaving!
The mares are trying to stay warm eating lots of hay. The colder the temperature the less you see of their faces…. They just eat faster and continuously. Some days the hay feeder could read like a thermometer. The lower the mercury drops… the faster the mares eat a bale of hay.
When we do get a glimmer of grass popping up thru the snow covered fields, their chose is clear. Frozen grass over hay any day!
The problem this winter is that those poor little brown, maybe a little green blades, have consistently been covered by snow, snow, and, more snow and then ice… Did I mention snow? Are you sure this is only the first week of January? I will look forward to a Jan thaw! Here’s hoping!

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Black and White

It really is just black and white. A couple days ago when I was feeding the horses I stopped to take this picture. It made me chuckle to see my black black Friesians turning as white as snow… Literally! Animals always amaze me. The girls have a 20 foot shelter to hide in away from the elements, but no, they would rather be out and about. I read just the other day, that horses have 17 layers of hair. Each layer serves a purpose in keeping the horse warm. It is said that a horse that is allowed to grow a good winter coat, is as warm as a horse that is robed in the best winter blanket money can buy.
As the wind blows and the temperature drops the long hair of the horse starts to stand up, and the shorter hairs fill in. The natural oils of the skin help to repel the rain and the snow.

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I just luv black and white pictures don’t you?

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Getting ready for Christmas

Well not only do the humans get beautified for the Christmas season, so do the girls in the barn.
Each of the girls had a great pedicure given by their favourite man. Don has to be one of the best in the business. It was amazing the difference in the condition of the feet. The Friesians with their black, black feet seem to stay in terrific condition. They are solid and might have gone a few more weeks. The big Belgian girls with their white feet….. Oh my! They probably could have been done a couple weeks ago. Now what was that old saying for the driving and old work horses?
One white foot buy it?
Two white feet try it…
Three white feet look well about him..
Four white feet leave him be..
It was interesting what the old timers would say.. But them again maybe they really did know.

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Quinley

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Quinley enjoyed his first bath ever! but then again it was 33 degrees out. I guess I chose the perfect day give him the experience. He actually was a good boy.

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Spring

You must admit, this is defiantly one of the best sign of spring!

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Even the best laid plans……

Last weekend I made a few plans to get away…… But some times you just have to go with it. It seemed at every turn, I hit a road block. First my friend couldn’t leave till late Fri., then we had a funeral Saturday, but alas the plan became….. O.K. We will leave Sat after the funeral service.
Then Saturday morning arrived.
In a fog of early morning blur. I stumbled thru the barn feeding hay into everyone’s stalls. Once everyone was contently munching on their first course of the morning, I glanced into Durkje’s stall.
My first response was, that can’t be right. There are eight legs in that stall not just four.
You see Durkje was not due to foal for another 2 1/2 weeks. She showed no signs. With only 1/2 of of her milk in…there in her stall… kept well hidden on the other side of her mother… was a very beautiful little filly. Although she shows signs of being premature, she is a fighter and is growing stronger ever day.
Meet PETITE just hours old

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Meet Petite 4 days old

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