Sunday, May 31, 2020


For the first time in 11 weeks we were able to go to church.  Mom, Mark and I left at 9:00 am so we could get there as soon as the doors opened. Today was considered a trial run but everyone that got to come was pretty thrilled. There really is something special about sitting IN church while listening to the Bible being read aloud then expounded on.
As soon as we got home the vegetables that had been chopped this morning were stir fried and mixed with the chicken that had already been cooked. Lunch was ready in a half hour and taken over to mom's for 'church lunch'. Joan and her children joined us. After church Mark helped move a bale in for the far paddock then Lacy the outside mare that is here to be bred to Valiant was taken over and teased. She screamed and struck out at him so we will mark her down as OUT.  Karin took out 5 horses for a trail ride and Israel got to go also. After the ride Faith helped bring Ayanna over here so she could be teased. She is not in so was given the shot. It has been 10 days since the ultrasound that showed she had just ovulated. Now that she had the shot to bring her back in she will need to be teased every day. Indy was also teased and she also was not interested. Sarah, Nolan, Zion and Eden arrived to play on the beach and swim. David, Stephanie, Israel and Elisabet were the next to arrive then Phil, Anna, Braelyn, Taegan and Kensly and all came to supper.
We had a busy afternoon and evening with plenty of company. Everyone has now left but we had horse back riding, swimming, fishing, volley ball and lots of golf cart rides. Tumnus the deer came back while Israel and Zion were there and both got to pet him. No pictures, the camera was left in the house all day.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Jewel's New Filly

The plan was to leave at 9:30 am head out to Middle Grove and bring back a load but that planned changed when I got there. Mike brought Sheena down to the trailer and he was followed by Skye.
As Skye is now 3 years old we decided to bring her home and get her bred to Evan which left just 2 places in the trailer. Mike drove the truck and trailer up to the round pen where Diane had Joshua and Josiah haltered and waiting. Those two were loaded up with Sheena and Skye and taken to the Hanna City farm.  This meant some juggling around. Skye, Joshua and Josiah were put in the short shelter paddock and Sheena  put in the middle paddock and off I went for the second load.  This load we put Ripper in the front divider then loaded Rosaleigh, Madiera, Jewel and her 1 day old filly. By the time I got back it was after noon. The camera was taken out and pictures taken.  Jewel was actually due June 15th but has delivered 3 weeks early just about every year and sure enough she did it again. Her filly was born yesterday and already she is strong and stocky. The pictures below were taken once we got them home.

 She was having a ball this evening running around bucking and kicking. 

She will be just as impressive as her full brother Josiah. Below are a few pictures of Josiah.
 Notice the 'air time' this boy has. He really does have lift!

Josiah was born May 7th, 2019 out of Jewel by Evan. He is registered with Friesian Heritage Horse International and has a current coggins. He is scheduled to be gelded June 10th. He is very well behaved, has a thick long mane and tail and check out the feather on those legs. He has huge movement and will excel at dressage but has such a good mind that he will also make a wonderful family horse. He is for sale for $4500.00. He really is something special. Joshua, his half brother is just as impressive.

Big movement, mega hair and black. His owner will be thrilled when she sees how gorgeous he turned out. Joshua is out of Madiera by Evan. We were so pleased with how this colt turned out we bred Madiera back to Evan. She is due June 20th. Madiera and Sheena are both due June 20th with Rosaleigh due June 22nd. Of those 3 Rosaleigh is most bagged up and will need to be watched. Indy, Oksana and their colts were moved into the paddock next to Valiant. I'm still waiting for Indy to come in season and hopefully Valiant will let me know when that happens. Lily, Tori, Hadassah, Jewel and their foals were put in Ribbon's old paddock that opens up to the big field.  Below Lily is munching away at the hay while her colt takes a nap on that nice soft bed.
Lily always gets the best places to eat as she IS the boss mare here. Hadassah was on the other side of the bale.
The birthday party girls came over to see the foals. Tori's colt came up to check them out.

Below Hadassah went to the back gate to wait for someone to open it and let them out.
Karin was here giving trail rides all morning. She took the horses out 4 times and the last time had too many riders so Ayanna took 2 at a time. Those girls LOVED riding Ayanna and decided she is their new favorite. We had a beautiful sunny cool day which was just perfect for trail riding. 
This evening we got a message that church will be open and mom, Mark and I are on the list to go. They are limiting this week to just 50 people upstairs and 25 downstairs.  It is shocking how long it has been since any of us have been in church. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Perfect Weather

The 2003 truck needed to be unhooked from the big trailer so I could get the brakes looked at but when I called Zanes they are only open Monday through Thursday and today is Friday. I'll have to wait until Monday to get an appointment. Karin arrived as I was hooking up the new truck to the big trailer and helped guide me in. As soon as she was done with that she took Soul and her filly by Evan out to the round pen. Below are a few pictures of her session with Soul.
She asked her to lay down, really just to see if Soul remembered the cues and she did.
Of course she got a treat for that. Her filly was pretty confused.
Berlica arrived and Karin asked Berlica and I to go to the cabin to get Sally while she put Soul away and brought out Lola. By the time we got back with Sally she was putting Lola away so I only snapped one picture of her filly.
 Sally is learning to relax in the round pen.
 Sangria was brought out next. This mare has amazing movement.
 Karin and Faith tacked up Ayanna as she was needed for the morning trail ride. Faith rode her over to the cabin and waited while the others got their horses tacked up.

 This trail ride was for Chad and Julie's girls but their son Boone got to ride with Emma over to the play ground.
 Evan came running up to greet the mares as they turned the corner.
 If you would like to see the rest of the morning trail ride pictures click HERE
They cantered up the hill at the end.
After the ride they came over to the barn to see Hadassah's 2 day old filly.
Mark got home early and wanted to work on cutting up wood in the mare pasture. Lily, Tori and their colts were turned out in the big field while he was working.

Tori's colt was watching him work and I just happened to catch him with his tongue stuck out.
Lily's colt was looking at something in the field.
That turned out to be Kabur, Sarah Reinhard's dog. He was hunting something but in a very dangerous spot, midway between two mares with their foals.
Lily came over to see what he was doing.
And then ATTACKED! The next few pictures are of Lily trying to kill Kabur for daring to be near her colt.

Thankfully Kabur got away without getting stomped or bit.
Hadassah and her filly were taken out of the stall and brought out where the other two mares were grazing. She was happy to be out on grass but stayed pretty far away from the other two mares.
Evan could hardly stand that they were not in the pasture next to him. 
As we were heading to the wood shed Spark and Rhonda came walking over. They were just out for their evening stroll.
We have had so much rain lately that the wood shed roof is growing quite a crop.
Ava, Joan's grand daughter was celebrating her birthday at the lake and Karin took the guests out for trail rides this evening. Below are a few pictures.

If interested in seeing the rest of the trail ride pictures from this ride click HERE. Below is a short video of the trailrides as they cross the creek and canter up the hill.
Lily, Tori and their colts were put in the indoor arena for the night. Hadassah and her filly were stalled for the night. The weather today was just perfect for working and playing outside and I am thankful 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

1 Day Old

A bale was moved in Ribbon's old paddock right after our walk so Indy, Oksana and their colts could be moved into that paddock. Lily, Tori and their colts are sharing the indoor arena at night and are turned out to graze for a few hours before being locked up in the pasture behind Ribbon's old paddock. Mercede's brought her mare Lacy to be bred. Lacy was sonagrammed yesterday at a 40 and today she was covered by Valiant. She will be teased again on Saturday.  Hadassah's day old filly was taken outside for a few pictures. She had a ball learning to use those long legs. She is really adorable and very sweet.

A big rain storm was coming from the west with lots of rumbling thunder. Hadassah and her filly were taken to the indoor arena.
 Hadassah is so relaxed now she dropped and rolled pretty quickly. 
IF you would like to see the rest of the pictures of this filly running around her mom click HERE.
Karin and Shaeya arrived right then riding the cabin horses over from the field and asked me to pull the big trailer out only when I did the truck didn't have brakes.  That was backed up and the two horse with the new truck was pulled up. Karin fit 3 horses in that and took off for Justin's land where she was asked to bring the horses. Karin took Sally, Missy and Cookie.

Sangria was put in with Ayanna and Jury and will spend the night here before taking her back to the cabin field in the morning. Karin and Shaeya gave pony rides for about an hour before they were rained out.  Joan had 3 of the mowers going at mom's trying to get the mowing done before the rain hit here.
 Joan doesn't just mow she also works on her phone while mowing. Faith and Berlica were using the green machine.
 Mackenson runs the push mower.
 I asked Spark if he would use his handy machine to move the camping trailer back over to our place.

We wanted to get it out of there before more rain made the yard sopping wet. We are suppose to have dry weather next week. Anna came to get the apartment ready for the guests coming in tomorrow so the girls helped me clean stalls, feed, move Hadassah and her filly back to the stall and bring in Lily, Tori and their colts to the indoor arena for the night.
I made chicken stir fry for supper tonight. After supper Mark did more weed whacking. It is crazy how much rain we have had and how quickly the grass is growing.