Olympus Ranch Stables

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Winter in Washington

So it has literally been raining for over 2 months... everyday. Now, don't get me wrong I love the rain. It is beautiful and will undoubtedly bring green spring pastures and pretty flowers, however, I have not ridden Varro at all in two months! I am slightly frustrated. With my first winter experience in mind, I have totally reprioritized my "need" list for when I buy my next house. (We are only renting right now)

1. Barn with individual runs
2. Indoor/covered arena
3. 2 different pastures for rotation (shelters in each pasture)

That about sums it up. A pretty and up-to-date house would be nice, but honestly we will probably have to get some kind of fixer upper in order to afford the barn and arena. So far there is only one property that fits my needs in the area that I am looking to settle in. Let's hope those odds increase next year!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Stall Triage

Last week we had a pretty tough wind storm. I was seriously worried that one or two of the trees in our yard was going to snap and crash into the house. A few weeks ago I set up cool canopies to extend my stalls and keep my horses dry. I loved them! Here is a quick view of what they USE to look like:


So, as I said, last week we had a horrible wind storm that completely demolished my lovely stalls! Today I spent most of the day fixing Varro's stall. I found all the pieces of the canopy and reassembled it using "Gorilla Tape" at all of the joints. I also taped down the front of the canopy so that when the wind starts blowing, it won't pick up the canopy. I also taped down the corner ties and pounded in some T-posts to anchor it down better. I am fairly confident that it will stand up to the next wind storm! I did not get Aspen's stall put back together as it started pouring rain just as I was getting the frame put back together.

I am headed to Washington DC for the next few days so will have to finish Aspen's stall and do some touch up on Varro's when I get back.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A word on frustration

It has been over a month since I have really been riding my boy. The covered arena in less than 20 minutes from my house but I just have not been able to really commit to hauling out on a regular basis! When I get home from work, I just plain do not have to energy to load up (in the dark; in the rain) and haul Varro to an arena and then haul him home. This has been a really great move for all of us AND it has been hard on us too. I miss having a wonderful arena with really nice footing right outside my front door. I miss having miles and miles of dirt roads to use as my personal network of trails. I DO NOT miss the wind, blazing hot weather and sand storms. I love the green here. I love the people here and I love my job. With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, I have decided to just let go of my quest to ride regularly and hold out till the new year.

I am making a list of "must haves" for house shopping when we are ready to purchase property out here! Number one on the list is a barn, number two is a covered arena!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Good Horsey Day

A girl from my church... a HORSE CRAZY girl from my church came over today to help me out with the horses! Aspen will be her little project (under my supervision) and she will also help out with chores in order to ride! She is thrilled and so am I! Today we spent a lot of time round penning and building up a bond between her and Aspen then some time grooming. She braided Aspen's mane and had a blast! Once we were done with the horses, we tackled cleaning the corrals. It is nice to have the extra help; help who loves to do the poopy stuff too!

Varro and I had a lesson this afternoon too. It was a good lesson. We worked on him being able to maintain a nice frame, by himself, without me holding him. We also worked on trot/walk transitions. I really like my new trainer! She gets us working every lesson and boy can I feel it when we are done! We did a lot of inside leg to outside rein while we were going to the left. We worked a bit on haunches out too. Varro likes to put himself in a pretzel to evade working so we made him work anyway! He got a bit frustrated and let out a few bucks to try to keep from working and moving forward but it did not work.... I just kept riding him forward! I hope that in a few weeks we will be more like the team we were last year! I really want to start showing this spring!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Back in Training!

Varo and I had our first lesson here in Washington State. We both worked super hard and I know I will be sore in the morning! Our new trainer "A" is wonderful. We started out working on the trot and addressing some of the things Varro does to evade working, such as throwing his outside shoulder out to evade an inside bend. We did a lot of trot work (with very few walk breaks) until both Varro and I were working well together. We worked on transitioning to the canter some and Varro threw a bucking fit! He thought we should have been done after the walk break we had after working on the trot. We kept working on having a "good" canter until he was doing fairly willing transitions. I can tell we need a lot of work on our canter. (or at least our endurance)

The lesson was about an hour and 15 minutes long! WHEW! I haven't had that long of a ride in a while! I can tell we will make some great progress in the next few months. I have decided to get a monthly haul-in pass so I can go ride in the arena whenever I want. It is a lovely covered and lighted indoor arena with very nice footing. My hubby came along and took some pictures of our cool down.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Back to the old Woobie

I got Varro out today for a quick workout while the weather was clear and beautiful. He is back to his old reliable self! I round penned him for about 10 minutes then spent about 10 minutes grooming him, cleaning out his hooves and putting "Duresole" on them. His hooves got pretty bad there for a while and the damp weather is NOT helping. It is at times like these that I miss the DRY weather of the desert. I also miss my arena in my front yard that had almost perfect footing everyday. But minor homesickness aside, I am ready to start lessons!

Our first lesson is scheduled for Oct 4th at 4pm. I am going to work on some arena work (weather permitting) this week to prepare for a good lesson. I do not want my first lesson to be him acting the fool and me trying to get him to calm down enough to at least do 1 20m circle! (I can do that for FREE at home!) I am hoping for a productive first lesson. I am not sure when show season starts up here, but want to be ready for a spectacular 2015 show year.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rain

Oh my goodness! It has been raining all week long! (I secretly love it) After being in the high desert for the last 10 years, I welcome the rain. The only drawback is I have not been riding. I plan to do some improvements for the horses to better protect them from the rain... LOTS of pictures to follow!

I start lessons back up next week and am so excited to get back into training. Read all about my new trainer here. I am also looking into joining a dressage club and am still looking for one that supports my local area. Next year will be my year to hit all the shows! YIPEEE!

Just in case you forgot how cute Varro is, here are some older pictures for your viewing pleasure!







Saturday, September 20, 2014

The farrier ordeal

Let me start out by saying... Varro has shoes on and is ready to ride! Now, with that being said, let me back up to 3 weeks ago when his hooves were a hot mess. The farrier I had been using rescheduled twice then was a no show for the twice rescheduled appointment! Needless to say, he got fired. I spent the next 2 weeks looking for another farrier. (What a nightmare it is to move and have to find a new farrier and vet that you can trust) I must have made 20 phone calls! I finally found one that makes weekend calls, has good recommendations and was early for our appointment! YAY I think we got a keeper! He was patient and worked quickly.

For the last 3 weeks Varro has been on vacation. He has been intermittently lame and I just didn't want to make it worse. Right after RD (the farrier) put his front shoes on I moved him out and WOW he was moving 50 times better! He does not have enough hoof to put rear shoes on this time but we will try to do it next time. At any rate, he is ready to ride!

In other news, I started my new job 2 weeks ago and have been trying to work out my evening schedule to be able to ride every night. It looks like I will be home shortly before 6pm every night so will able to ride for about 1/2 hour or so at least until the time change... What I wouldn't give to have a lighted covered arena.... (Fairy Godmother, if your listening I would also like some nice footing too) I get my first paycheck next week so plan to start my lessons Oct 4th! I am so excited to finally be able to get back into the saddle.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Best Laid Plans...

Today was a total bust for working Varro. When I pulled him out this morning, he was terribly lame. When I cleaned out his hooves, they were a hot mess! His frogs were torn to pieces and the edges were chipped and cracked. I pulled his shoes last farrier appointment thinking he would be OK. I guess not. The farrier will be coming out Wed and I will be asking for a full set of shoes on my poor boy! I am scheduled to start lessons back up on Sat, so I am really hoping this lameness issue will be resolved with new shoes.

On the other hand, Aspen did wonderfully today! We worked on round penning and basic ground manners as she has been on vacation for the last 8 or 9 months. Best to just start from the beginning with her. She seemed to remember the round penning rules and was quite respectful when we started in on ground work. She is a bit spooky but that is to be expected. Tomorrow we try tack on to see if what I have fits her, or if I will need to order something. I will be sure to take some pictures to show her off!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Off the grid

First off I must apologize for my absence. I spent the last few days in Washington DC at a military conference. I had a great time but golly it is so good to be home! Varro has had the last few days off and is ready to get back to work. Tomorrow I plan to work both him and Aspen so tune in to see how it goes!

I have also signed up to start lessons next week and cannot wait to start blogging about that! Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Our first "Away" Ride

I scheduled some time to ride at one of the local arenas today at 2pm! I took Varro out and did a short round pen session. When I say short I mean SHORT! It took all of 5 minutes and Varro was more interested in why the trailer was moved, hooked to the truck and open than in acting up! He pulled me on the trailer! He was so excited to just GO! I don't think he cared one little bit where we were headed. I was concerned he would not want to load after spending those horrendous 1400 miles in the trailer moving up here, but I had nothing to worry about!

Once we got to the arena Varro was a HANDFUL! He slipped, or tripped or just sat down while my hubby was unloading him! He came off of the trailer in all his snorty glory. He was a complete basket case. I took him to the arena and put him on the lunge-line for about 10 minutes to work off some of his energy. Then we went back to the trailer to tack up. He was a Mexican jumping bean! He would NOT stand still. Once I got him saddled, I went to grab his bridle.... I had left it on the chair in the kitchen after I cleaned it!!! ARRRGGG This was not shaping up to be a good first day out. I grabbed Apollo's old bridle and started adjusting it. Once I got him tacked up we went back to the arena for a quick lunge and a walk around the arena. (our normal routine) There was a very scary corner but after a few minutes Varro figured out it was OK.

I hopped up and Varro almost instantly relaxed. We started off with a working trot around the arena. His head was pretty high and his back was hollow. I started doing 20m circles at E until Varro dropped his head and started really moving into the contact. I started doing figure 8s then made my way around the whole arena. I took a brief walk break then started on some canter trot transitions. He did wonderful! I worked in both directions then ended with a nice loose rein free walk. It turned out to be a lovely first day out!

There are 2 arenas that I would like to ride in and alternate them every week. There is a $10 haul in fee so I can only afford to haul in once a week (at least until I am employed!) I can't wait until MY arena is ready to ride in! I am going to have to haul in some sand or some type of footing to put in my arena...

I forgot to give the camera to Hubby, so no pictures this ride.... Next one though!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Awesome Ride!

I had a completely amazing ride on Woobie today. I think I am CLOSE to having my "old" Varro back! We started out with a light round pen session to warm up. We are still tacking up in the round pen but I think we will be able to tack up at the trailer by next week. Once I tacked him up I did just a few laps in each direction to be sure the girth was tight enough. I jumped on and walked around the round pen. Varro was calm, cool and collected...just like he use to be! I got off, opened the gate, hoped back on and away we went. I did some trot work in my arena (the front is OK to ride in but I need some serious work done to be able to ride in the back part) Once he was breathing heavy I decided to just walk around the property for a cool down. Then back to the round pen to untack, then to the trailer for a quick grooming and a couple treats! I think we are ready to haul out to an arena! I scheduled some time for tomorrow at one of the local arenas so will post all about that tomorrow. I will see if Hubby will go and "man the camera."

Keep Calm and just RIDE!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Busy Week

It has been a busy week in my neck of the woods. I have sold Epona! I wasn't really looking very hard for a new home for her but the perfect home just popped into our lap! She really is an incredible filly: smart, athletic, friendly and willing to please. She is suited for WESTERN events instead of dressage. Her new home is amazing! I went to visit (you know, a minor stalker trying to make sure it is good enough for my baby) and it is beautiful! Her new Mom and Dad trail ride as well as do team penning/roping! That is perfect for Epona. She will have three other horses to keep her company and will fit right in!

In other news, Varro and I have been doing a lot of ground work. I also got the green light to start riding/working Aspen from my hubby! He is starting school full time and is worried he won't have enough time to restart her himself. It has been over a year since she was ridden last and even then it was not on a consistent basis. So as I move into this new week, I have two riding horses to work! I am looking forward to it as they are starting to get pretty buddy sour. My arena is still not ready to ride in. There are SO MANY thistles that I fear I may need to rent a few goats to just eat everything in there. I pull one thistle up and turn around and notice six more! I may start hauling in to a local arena and pay a riding fee just to get some good quality riding in.

Happy riding and I will try to get some pictures posted this week!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Not quite the plan...

So today when I took Varro out for our workout, I noticed he was a tad off on his front right. I decided not to ride today, but did want to do something productive. I started off by round penning him lightly, then took him to the rail for his grooming. He was super fidgety. (I hate that) That is when I decided what we were going to do today. Varro was going to learn to stand quiet at the rail (for grooming, tacking up, etc.) no matter if he was tied or not.

Here we go! I unclasped the lead rope and went about my business of grooming him. Any time he got squirmy or stepped away from me I sent him off at a brisk trot around the round pen. I made him do 2 laps in each direction before allowing him to come back to me then over to the rail. I quietly resumed what I was doing, by now it was just busy work, cleaning out hooves, brushing his tail, whatever I wanted to do until he stepped off again. It took 3 send offs before he got the idea to just stand quiet. So in the end today turned into a spa day. Varro got his mane trimmed, tail brushed, hoof dressing on and lastly a generous dose of fly spray.

About 10 minutes into our session it started thundering with intermitted rain sprinkles. I was glad I decided not to ride. Tomorrow will be a leisure ride around the property and I will ask hubby to take pictures!   

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Getting back into a routine

Today was a great day in the saddle. I think we are getting into a pretty good routine so far. We tack up in the round pen so if Varro is uppity or extra snorty, I can round pen him for a few minutes then continue tacking up. Today I did just a few minutes of round penning then started tacking up. He only needed one "reminder" that his job is to stand still. Once I got his wraps on and saddle on, I round penned him for about 5 minutes then the bridle. I did not round pen him after the bridle, I mounted and we started walking around the round pen. My hubby opened the gate for us and we walked around the property for about 25 minutes! Varro was very brave! He was sure that there was a monster behind each and every tree but he pushed forward anyway!

We are taking tomorrow off, but Friday I will try to leave the property and perhaps walk down to the corner and back! That might be a little out of reach without a real good arena workout first... I sure wish my arena was ready to ride in already!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day 1 Back in the Saddle

Varro was a complete JERK for the farrier this morning. I am so disappointed (and embarrassed) The farrier was kind, patient and gentle the whole time! Varro did a lot of "fake spooking" pulling his leg back and stomping when the farrier let his hoof down. I am completely responsible for his rotten behavior. Varro cannot sit for any length of time, he must be worked on a regular basis.... It starts TODAY!

This afternoon after lunch, I got Varro out and started in the round pen. I did a quick grooming, put on his wraps and bell boots then started free lunging him. We worked on the canter right off the bat. I kept him going in one direction until he had a steady tempo then changed direction. In the new direction I asked for tempo plus his undivided attention. It took nearly 20 minutes (10 in each direction) for him to calm down enough to focus on me and to maintain a steady tempo in the canter. I asked him to the center and let him relax for a few minutes then tacked up (saddle, no bridle yet) and checked his wraps to make sure everything was still snug and comfy. On the second round of lunging I asked for a steady tempo in the trot. I changed direction every 3-4 laps until I was getting a nice extended type of a trot and Varro was really engaging his hind end. This took another 20 minutes or so. I checked his tack after this to make sure the girth was still tight (which it wasn't) and then put his bridle on. He was dripping in sweat and was quite tired. I thought to myself "A tired horse makes for an uneventful ride!" I was right. All Varro wanted to do was drop his head and free walk. We worked on walk/trot transitions then walk/free walk transitions until he had cooled down. Our saddle time was only about 15 or 20 minutes but I consider this a successful ride.

After I untacked him I gave him a well deserved rinse off. He LOVES to get sprayed off, so it was a treat all the way around! After the rinse, I walked him over to the horse trailer and gave him a treat (like we did in California) Tomorrow will be another ride and I will add something new until we have our routine down!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Working the Routine

Varro and I have been working on a new routine. As you recall we BOTH do much better with a solid routine. I have been working him in the round pen and feel confident that tomorrow we can actually start riding! My arena is not quite ready as there are still some weeds and thistles in it. (I have about 3 more days worth of pulling weeds) So I am going to brave it out in the open!

I must say that I am a tad nervous to ride outside the arena, but need to ride! Varro is still pretty "energetic" and "snorty" but not as bad as when we first met! THAT was a crazy horse I tell ya! (but that is another post) We have a farrier appointment first thing in the morning then after that I am going to ride. Tune in tomorrow for the riding update!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How Varro got his groove back

Today was our first day back to work. The rain eased up this morning and I thought to myself, NOW! I went out and gathered all of Varro's tack and placed it next to the round pen. As I walked to the turnout to get him little rain droplets began to fall. I didn't care if my tack DID get wet. I have "procrastinated" long enough. I NEED to get back into a good training schedule with Varro.

When I got him to the round pen, he was SUPER reactive and spooky. I really didn't expect much from him considering it has been several months since our last ride. We started out with some free lunging to get him to calm down enough for me to tack up. That took about 15 minutes. He was still jumpy and uppity but I managed to tack him up. We did another 10 minutes of lunging and then put the bridle on with side reins. He did some fairly nice collected work for me for about 10 minutes then I took the side reins off and did some trot/walk verbal transitions. Once he was giving me some nice calm transitions, I called it a day. I un-tacked him and let him roll in the grass, groomed him and put him back in the turnout!

All in all it was a great first day back to work! Stay tuned as we will be doing workouts every other day for the next few weeks while we build up some muscle and endurance.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Finding the "New Normal"

This 1400 mile move has been pretty stressful on the whole family, the 4 legged members especially. Varro and Aspen have become quite buddy sour when they were not before the move. In fact, in California, they didn't really like each other much! With all the unpacking and setting up the horse facilities, I have not had the opportunity to make a new "set schedule." I know I enjoy a routine just as much as my horses do. It tends to comfort us all...

With that little lead in, I am happy to announce that the arena is set up! I put all 3 horses in it last night and they will stay there until they have grazed the grass down enough to actually ride in.
The grass is up to 3-4 feet tall towards the back of the arena so I expect it to take them a few weeks to graze it down. Once it is short enough to ride in, I will set up my letters and start getting serious about getting Varro ready to show. He has lost a lot of weight during this move as well as muscle tone so the road back to showing will be a long one. The bugs here are eating him alive so he got a brand new fly sheet. It seems to be working pretty well.

Epona is just happy to be here. She has such an easy going attitude. She was hauled up here by a pro as I did not want to make that drive again! That hauler was impressed with how well behaved she was and how easily she adapted to life on the road. I was happy to hear that. She is going be a super horse when she grows up! I just hope I can do her justice!

I hope you all have a great week! Keep calm and just ride!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Getting things in order

We are finally all up here in beautiful Yelm, WA. I have been spending the last few weeks unpacking and putting up the horse stuff. I thought I would share some pictures of the progress I have been making. I should be riding by next week!
The arena is about half way done. I started putting it up yesterday and should be able to finish it today or tomorrow. It will be schooling size. The plan right now is to turn the horses out in it and let them graze it down to nothing... then start riding (and picking out rocks)
The round pen is up and Varro has been working on his ground manners. It has been over 3 months since he has been ridden/worked and it shows! He is extremely buddy sour and quite pushy again! That will not last long, now that the busy stress of moving is winding down. He will be my well behaved boy again in no time!

Each of the horses have their own 24x48 corral (shelters are not up yet) that opens up to a big 1.5 acres grass pasture. Varro lost a lot of weight during this move but I expect to fatten him up quickly. The baby, Epona, handled the move like a pro. She loves it here and will be so much fun to work with. Aspen is looking great! She has decided to rearrange my panels several times by pushing them around so I finally pounded in some T-Posts to keep her from moving them.


I just love it here and cannot wait to start riding, taking lessons and going to some shows! Now that I am mostly unpacked, I will be posting more frequently! Have a great week everyone!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Long Trek North

First off I must apologize for not posting anything for the last month or so. I have been so busy moving... I had no idea just how much stuff I had until it was time to pack it up and move it all!

We finally made it to Yelm, WA and I am in absolute heaven. The drive up here was a bit of a nightmare: I hauled 2 horses, 2 dogs and a cat... All I can say is I am so glad it is over. It was a tad over 1400 miles and I did the haul in 2 days. 2 very, very long days. The original plan was to take 3 days but after the first overnight stop, Aspen would NOT get back in the trailer. I did not want a repeat episode of the mess so I just pushed on through stopping every 3 hours to feed/water the horses and let the dogs have a potty break. All in all is was a good trip considering...

So, without further ado, here are some pictures of my new house:

It would appear that it actually rains here! The lawn is terribly over grown and this was just a couple weeks! I sure do have my work cut out for me to whip this place into shape!

Here are some pictures of the horses enjoying their new home! As you can tell I still have a lot to set up. For now they are content to eat grass and run to their hearts content. I have a smaller section fenced off for them to limit their grazing time to prevent colic/founder but the rest of their turnout in over an acre and a half! They love it!



 
This is where I plan to set up my round pen

This is where I am putting the arena

This is where a second turnout will go to prevent over-grazing.
So, this is our new home! I have a meeting with a local trainer on Tuesday next week so stay tuned for some reports on my lessons!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Things are coming together

As our move gets closer I find myself getting very excited about going! I thought it would be harder to leave here: to leave my friends, trainer and the sun. Of course I haven't left yet so very well might have a nice cry session but as of now, I cannot wait to go!

I have been doing some research and found a lovely dressage trainer with an indoor arena just 4 miles from my new house! The feed store? Just 5 miles away. My University that I am transferring to is about 25 minutes away. Now, all I need is to find a job!

I thought I would share a little sneak peak of my new horse property!



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Whirlwind...

The last few days have been unreal.... As you all know I am retired from the military and have been waiting for my new job to start. It has been one thing after another pushing back that start date to where now there is no estimate for that start date. I have been a little frustrated the past few weeks... not knowing is the worst!

Anyway, back to the last few days... Things have fallen into place where we will be moving from Sunny Southern California to Washington State! Yes, moving! We will be headed up there in June. Funny how things turnout. My blogging will be sporadic over the next couple months as I prepare for the move but once we are settled in up there I will be back at it! Until then I have a lot of work to do! Lots of horse stuff to inventory, and entire house to go through and lots of things to take to the thrift store!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shedding the Foal Coat

Epona is so smart and so much fun to work with. She is learning so fast! I try to teach her something new to "tolerate" after each round pen session. I am using mostly "Clinton Anderson" methods with her mixed with a little from my Grandad and personal experience. After the round penning, I do  "desensitization" with her. I am so proud of her. She is learning to stand still and not panic whatever comes at her! Next we will tackle... The Plastic Bag!!! She gets a rinse off bath after each session as she still has a super thick "winter/foal coat." Any advice as to how to get her to shed it out faster? Or should I just try to body clip her?

Tomorrow is Woobie's day! We are going to have a wonderful arena workout followed by a full fledged bath! Life is good in Southern California!

She has such a pretty face!

Super fuzzy baby!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Making Progress

Epona now has a few round pen sessions under her belt and is progressing beautifully! She readily turns in to me when changing directions and halts when asked! I spend about 10 minutes with her in the round pen every other day. After the round pen session, I spend about 5 minutes doing some "sacking out." She is quite smart and tries so hard to figure out what I am asking. After the sacking out, we worked on picking up feet without making a fuss. She also got wormed today. I didn't even need a halter to do it either! Complete opposite with Woobie, he was a complete drama queen about it! Tomorrow I plan to do some arena work on Varro and a good grooming session with Epona.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Stalemate

It has been a week since my last post... The weather has been so crazy. Windy, Windy WINDY! I have not been able to do any horse playing.

Epona continues to surprise me with her loving attitude. She whinnies at me every time I walk by whether or not it's feeding time. I frequently cuddle up with her at nap time and let her lay her head in my lap. Our only set back was her farrier appointment. She was a complete and utter Holy Terror! She beat up my farrier and stepped on my foot! She was not afraid or spooky... she simply did not want to stand there AT ALL! (MARES!) Once the weather settles and I am able to do some training with her, we will be working on manners! I think some turnout time with the "big" horses is in order LOL

In other non-horse related news, I have started my vegetable seeds for my garden this year. I will be planting: butternut squash, cantaloupe, watermelon. peas, cucumber and tomato. Here's to hoping I have more to blog about this coming week!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Catching up

Epona has been here for a week now and is still just as friendly and happy as when she got here. Today was her first official training day! We did a short 10 minute round pen session. Epona is super smart. My goal today was for her to go in the direction I asked her to go and when I asked her to stop, look at me. DONE! She went freely in both directions. I did not want to push her or ask her for too much physical exertion since she is still so young. We finished up our first training session with a good grooming and picked out each of her hooves. I would say that today was a complete success!
Varro and Epona are beginning to become friends! Yesterday Varro and I went on a nice trail ride. My friend TB was here for a visit and it was nice to have her along for the ride! When we got back little Epona actually whinnied at Varro! I think he will "tolerate" her well.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A new routine

Epona is getting use to the routine around here. Her and Varro are finally making friends!
She has figured out that she REALLY likes grain. We have spent the past few days introducing her to the feeding program. She is now eating free choice Bermuda, a flake of alfalfa at night and her Equine Junior mixed with beet pulp and "Grow Colt" twice a day.  I am slowly increasing the amounts that she gets so not to upset her tummy. She is going to be a lot of fun!

Tomorrow a nice long trail ride and Monday will start Epona's roundpen workouts! I love my life!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Baby Details

I spent most of the day with Epona yesterday to get to know her and earn her trust. She is such a Doll! This all started about a week ago. I was contacted by her previous owner "E" who was looking for a good home for her. We emailed back and forth several times so I could get this filly's story. "E" bought the mare last year not knowing she was in foal. When she went to pick up the mare, she saw she was out with a gorgeous big black Andalusian but didn't notice he was a stallion... The seller did not say anything so she didn't think anything of it. A few months later it became apparent that her new mare was indeed in foal! What a surprise! Then another surprise came soon after her new mare foaled... "E" found out SHE was pregnant! She already had a toddler so had her hands full! She began looking for a new home for the filly.
While looking for the perfect home, "E" did a lot of work with the filly. She used a gentle hand and lots of patience to teach her how to be a well behaved youngster. She is halter broke, leads, ties, stands for the farrier and genuinely loves to be around people.
After a few more months, "E" began to worry that she would not find a good home for the filly... This is where I come in! "E" found me on facebook and then found the link to this blog. She looked at all of my posts, links to my trainer and contacted me, thinking I might be interested in this filly as a dressage prospect or know someone who might be. So... we emailed back and forth and "E" GAVE me this beautiful filly!!! I feel so lucky!
She is just amazing, well behaved, sensible, relaxed.... She does not spook easily and trusts in people. Here are some cute pictures from hanging out with Epona yesterday.



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Our new baby!

We would like to announce the arrival of our newest family member... A yearling filly! She is half Andalusian and half Paint. She has a wonderful calm personality and loves people! She whinnies every time sees me and calls after me when I start walking back to the house. We have named her Epona, but her nickname seems to be Precious. HAHAHA We went to go pick her up yesterday... more on THAT trip tomorrow! Meanwhile enjoy the pictures!