Olympus Ranch Stables

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Let there be SUN!

I cannot believe it! We had sun today! Actual shadow casting sun! Hopefully this is a sign of weather to come. I am really itching to get to work on the horses. I am hoping to get the round pen put up in the next couple of weeks. Sephy should be 100% by then and ready to learn some manners. Varro is oh, so ready to get to work. Aspen could take it or leave it, but could stand to lose a few pounds. I know it has been at least 2 years since Varro has been in regular work so plan on taking about 6 weeks to put him through his paces on the ground before I even attempt to step up in the saddle. Aspen will need a bit longer. She is fat as sassy! Sephy really needs to learn: respect the human space; stand quiet for the farrier; stand quiet for deworming and how to wear a bareback pad. I will be starting her on the basics and hope to be doing in-hand trail obstacles with her by the end of summer.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Happy birthday Sephy!

What a difference a year makes! My sweet filly turned 1 year old yesterday! She has really grown!

She gave me a present for her birthday... A vet call... She has been a bit lame for a few days so I called the vet out for a farm call. She "popped a split" or in other words inflammation of the ligament or perhaps a slight tear... She is fine but will be on bute for a few days and I will cold hose her a few times a day. The vet did say she needs to lose a couple pounds. She is her mother's daughter alright. I walk by with a bale of hay and they both gain weight! So, her introduction to the round pen will be delayed a few weeks!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Whole Lot A Nothin' Goin' On

So, we are sitting in over a foot and a half of snow. It has been seriously WINTER here since mid-December. So, with that being said I will report on my physical condition. I had a follow up appointment with my surgeon on Dec 16th and have been released to Full Duty! I have zero restrictions. I can jog, ride my horses, anything! So, since that joyful news we have been knee deep in snow. I have not ridden....

In other news, I do have a plan. Once Spring arrives I will put up my round pen and start doing some serious ground work with all my ponies (including Sephy) I am hoping to get the round pen up in April and spend a solid 4-6 weeks on ground work before I step up in the saddle.

Sephy is your typical spoiled rotten 10 month old filly and is finally weaned! She still gets turned out with Aspen, but they have separate stalls. Things are going as well as can be expected, until the weather breaks and I can start some training.

I will post more once there is something to post!

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Stroll Down Memory Lane.....

I took a picture of Sephy tonight and am shocked at how much she has grown....

Here she is just a few hours old
Here she is at 3 days

Sephy at 3 weeks old

1 month old in this one

I spent her 2nd month in the hospital, but here she 3 months old. HUGE growth spurt!
Here she is at 6 1/2 months. What a chunkers!

I took the next 2 pictures last night. That rail is 5 feet tall!

She is 7 months old, and looks like a pony instead of a young filly.

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll through memory lane! Can you believe how much she has grown?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sephy is completly amazing!

So, for the last few weeks, I have been able to work with Sephy for about 15 minutes most every night. She is now reliably halter broke! She will stand still while put her halter on and take it off. She backs and side steps with a touch of my fingers and a soft "cluck" AND most importantly she is leading fairly well. All of this is still being done in the safety of the stall, not outside yet.

We had a vet appointment last week and Sephy was a complete rock star! She stood with her hind end in the corner quietly and respectfully for her 3, count them, 3 shots. When the vet first laid eyes on her, she was amazed at how much Sephy has grown! In all honesty, Sephy is nearly 14hh and is built like a pony. She does not look like a 7 month old filly at all. I will take the camera to the barn this afternoon and get some new pictures of her. Aspen also got her shots and her teeth floated. Sephy was very calm and just chilled out with me on the other side of the stall while Aspen got her teeth done. I was really pleased with how well behaved Sephy was during the entire ordeal. Next month is a second round of shots (for Sephy) and a teeth check for Varro. I hope by then that Sephy will know how to tie.

When I fed this morning, I took a few minutes to play with Sephy. I need to get her ready for her first farrier appointment. So far, I can get her to lift her front hooves. I have not tried cleaning them yet, nor have I tried lifting the backs. She is brilliant and if I spend 15 or 20 minutes a night with her, I am confident she will be a good girl. One big plus is that she really likes people and loves attention, scratches and loves. She is not quite as food driven as Aspen, but she looks as if she has never ever missed a meal (haha). I am quite happy with this sweet girl!

In other news, I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon next month and am hoping to be able to start doing ground work/round penning in January! Please cross your fingers! If all goes well, Sephy will be learning to round pen for her New Year Resolution!