Olympus Ranch Stables

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!