Olympus Ranch Stables

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Productive Days

First, let me just say that I love summer. Right now my Facebook feed is filled with memes longing for fall and all things pumpkin spice... I am not amused! I want summer to last forever! This is how I feel about Summer:

I know you have heard the "Summer Song." Yup, now it's in your head too.

Tonight is a perfect example of why I love summer. After work I went straight outside and got so much done with EACH HORSE! 

First up was Sephy. I worked with her and tying. She is very smart and really tries to think her way through things. She also got groomed and I cut her mane. It has been super hot and while I was grooming her I noticed how hot her neck was under her mane, she now has a pretty "halter" mane! I know most people pull manes, but I just do not have that kind of time, a sharp pair of scissors and 5 minutes and done! While she was tied I also worked with her and her front feet. She is getting very good about them.

Next was a trip to the round pen for Varro. He was very good and I think he is ready for a ride this weekend. I am not sure I will actually get to step into the saddle on Saturday, but it is a goal. Once I was done working Varro, I left him in the round pen and cleaned his corral. He enjoyed rolling and relaxing while I scooped the poop!

Lastly I took Aspen to the round pen and worked her for about 15 minutes. She was happy to get out and stretch her legs. She also got to stay in the round pen while I clean her corral. Each horse got groomed and a generous application of fly spray. 

Summer is my favorite season. I could not get this much done in the winter, the season of darkness: it is dark when I leave for work AND dark when I get home. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Golden Boy

It was fairly warm when I got home from work and Hubby (the awesomest hubby ever) had dinner ready when I got home so I could have time to work Varro in addition to all the barn chores. (Side note: It was Cherry Glazed Pork Chops with Home Fries and Roasted Broccoli and it was phenomenal.) I ate dinner and headed outside. Here is a breakdown of my night:

The flies were horrible so I took Varro to the round pen and did a quick groom plus fly spray so he could pay attention more easily. Once he was fly free we went to work. I had him walk about 6 or 7 laps in each direction. He was not anxious to break a sweat so I didn't have to worry about him acting like a jerk to burn off extra energy. After the short warm up we moved on to a trot, again 6 or 7 laps in each direction. After the trot I called him in and did a few desensitization exercises with him. (See Clinton Anderson for some of the things I did with him.)

After the desensitization (which was secretly a chance for both of us to catch our breath) I moved on to cantering in each direction. I then worked on his trot/canter transitions for a few minutes and finally ended with a nice walking cool down. Varro was a bit sweaty, as he was working for about 25 minutes, so I gave him a nice rinse off and more fly spray.

He was such a good boy. He was attentive and willing to try whatever I asked of him. He will have tomorrow off and it will be Aspen's turn, but on Thurs, I think Varro will do some work with his new surcingle on. I'm shooting for our first ride to be a week from Saturday.

It's good to be back!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Almost ready to step up into the saddle!

So, it has been a long road to recovery but it has been worth every single minute. Hubby and I put up some 24x24 corrals so the horses can eat separately but not have to be in the barn. There are 10x12 shelters in each corral so the horses will be spending their days in the corrals and nights out in the turnout.

For as much as it rained/snowed this winter, it didn't take long for things to dry up! It has been just over a month since our last rain and my turnouts are already brown, brown....brown. I need to figure out a good, efficient and inexpensive way to irrigate my turnouts. For right now I have one of those "traveling tractor" sprinklers and it would work much better if I didn't have 5 acers to water! Any ideas out there?

Today Varro has a farrier appointment to put shoes on. Since the round pen is up, we are ready to get to work. I have been free lunging him for a few weeks and he is ready for some surcingle, and under saddle work. I think I will be able to step up into the saddle in about 2 weeks! So excited!

Sephy is still doing well. She is huge, over 15H and is pretty easy going so far. She popped a splint so I have not started any training with her yet. She halters, loves her fly mask and lets me mess with her front legs. She is still iffy about her hinds and needs to get better at leading. Other than that, she is doing well. I love her dearly and her personality rocks!

Aspen is also about ready to be back under saddle. She is getting back into shape from having Sephy and wants a job.

Enjoy the pictures of my babies!

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!