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Friday, April 10, 2015

I is for Insomnia...sort of

It has been a pretty long week. Last weekend I could not sleep in past 6:30am to save my life. I am really feeling run down this week and desperately need to get a good night's sleep. I am hoping to be in bed by 10:30 and sleep until at least 7:30!

If in the event I cannot sleep in, I do have a list of chores I can do to keep me busy. I am going to start getting things ready to bring my horses home the first weekend of May. I have an entire list of things I need to get done like fixing the fence line, (Aspen keeps pushing it so it leans over) I need to clean the "stalls," clean up the feed/hay shed and prep the new coop and run area.

Speaking of coops, I did get 9 of the cutest chicks! I have 2 Ameracaunas, 2 Golden Sex Link, 2 Black Sex Link, 2 Astrolorps, (Please forgive the spelling) and 1 Rhode Island Red! I have 3 or 4 more chicks than I really want, but wanted to ensure I didn't "lose" any... I didn't. They are all still alive and chirping! Within about 2 weeks I will get their coop and run put up and move them outside soon after that.

So, I am off to bed in a few minutes and PLEASE wish me luck that I can sleep in!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Heroes


This is for my brothers and sisters in arms who are still in harms way, never made it back or still have healing to do.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

E is for Excitement

I am so excited that I am finding it hard to concentrate. I keep daydreaming about 2 things: What Aspen's foal will look like and Buying my house as soon as possible.

I have been looking at several Draft cross Sporthorses and here are a few possibilities that I think the foal might look like!

Welcome to
This one is the closest to what I think I will get from her.
friesian crosses for sale, friesian cross sport horses for sale
This little cutie has the basic body build I think the foal will have.
<b>Draft</b> <b>Horses</b>
I had to add a picture of a buckskin tobiano since I desperately want Aspen to pass on her color to this foal!
I have also been property hunting and have found one in particular that I absolutely love. I WISH it were next year so I was in a better position to buy it. It is pretty far from work but it has an indoor arena, 8 stall barn with a heated tack room, room for hay and a shavings bin! There are 2 turnouts with room to make more! The house is also beautiful with plenty of room for us and a generous fenced back yard for the dogs! Heavens to betsy I really want this house! For now I must be content with daydreaming....

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

D is for Distraction

In true over-achiever style I decided I didn't have enough going on in my life, I needed a distraction. So, I started taking college classes (I'm only a year away from my BA) Tonight was my first night of class. I had a good time and think I will enjoy this class quite a bit!

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures yesterday. Things are progressing as expected with Aspen. Her cultures came back clean! WAHOO! Nest step is to give her the injections next week, then breeding the following week!

I have BIG plans this weekend to get ready to bring my babies back home. I will be cleaning up from a winter of neglect, bleaching the water tanks, sprucing up the hay/feed shed and stocking up on bedding, hay and feed.

If all that is not enough to cause a distraction, I got offered an expansion of responsibilities at work! I love being busy... But when am I going to learn the difference between busy and slammed????

Monday, April 6, 2015

C is for Camera

I finally uploaded the pictures I have been promising for the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!

PS. There is also a picture of my foot included, the lighting isn't very good and the bruises don't show very well, but beware all the same.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

B is for Breeding and broken bones

Yesterday was a big day at the barn. We had our farrier appointment as well as the breeding exams for Aspen. First, the farrier appointment:

There was a clinic going on at the barn yesterday (Part 2 of the Intro to Dressage Series) so Varro was completely beside himself. I did not have the opportunity to lunge him to get his wiggles out prior to the appointment so he was a tad bit of a stinker. RD, an excellent and patient farrier, handled him with ease. I do love the crossties at the barn and plan to install crossties in my "new barn" if there aren't any already there. I have been using those crossties everyday to groom and tack up both horses so when I used them for the farrier, they were very good and knew they couldn't get too uppity.

Aspen was also very good for the farrier except one tiny little misstep... this is the broken bones part of the post. Aspen stepped on my foot. OUCH! She had no idea she was even on my foot and promptly moved as soon as she figured it out. (cue sharp elbow to the shoulder here) I was nearly brought to tears! I was wearing muck boots, rubber much boots, so there was no protection there. Once the farrier appointment was done, I had about 45 minutes until the vet was scheduled to arrive so I went into the office and took off my boot and sock. I was extremely surprised to see it had already bruised up nicely and was quite swollen. There was a lot of talk that it could be broken and I should go get it X-Rayed ASAP! Well, the Marine part of me said "Rub dirt in it; your fine." PLUS I still had a vet appointment to start the process to get Aspen in foal. I could NOT miss that. This is my last chance for a foal! (more on that later) SO I wrestled my sock and boot back on and limped on with the rest of the day. Once I got home I iced and elevated it and took a couple of Advil. I did not get an X-Ray because it felt much better after the ice. Now, honestly I do not think it is broken, worst case scenario it MIGHT be a slight hairline fracture but seriously, I don't think so.

Now for the breeding part. I am so proud of Aspen. She had her first breeding exam and was such a doll! The vet did sedate her a tad but she was still incredibly good, patient and tried to just stand quiet no matter what was happening behind her. I love this sweet girl to bits! I sure hope she passes on that wonderful attitude to her foal. Her cultures should be back in 4 or 5 days and we will try to inseminate her the week of the 20th. PLEASE send us all the good vibes you can spare! If all goes well, this time next year we will have a beautiful buckskin sporthorse colt.

Happy Easter All!