Saturday, May 26, 2012


I have been working with the horses this past week, asking for increasing time moving forward, using tires as a jumping spot, spiraling them in and out on the lunge, and introducing ground poles and crossrails.  With *Walker, I increased the number of times we walked up and down the hill and also asked her to back up the hill for a dozen paces or so.

However, this blog is going to be just a short one as I want to share our excitement that our youngest daughter, Guine will be coming to visit us in less than a week and staying for the whole month of June!!  Guine is our “horsie girl” and she is coming to help me with the horses.  Not only will my readers be able to look forward to great blogs about what we’re doing, but I will be getting new photos AND video of the horses for sale.

Have a wonderful Memorial Week-end everyone!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Here comes the *Sun (and Dude, *Beau....)

I was going to title this “Rain, rain go away” but it seems we’ve gotten a stretch of nice weather – yeah!  Last week I had begun to do some spring tune up of the boys, but rain moved in as well as getting called to substitute teach so I only got to work with *Jack and *Leo.  Finally toward the end of this week the weather cleared and I’ve worked with *Sun, Dude, Silken, *Beau, *Red, and even took *Walker out.

I love that first time of working with each horse as it allows you to see where their head is at, as well as, what they have “percolated” on over their winter time off.  So how did each horse do?  Read on for a brief glimpse.

*Jack was not super focused on me.  He is usually quite attentive so I’m not sure if this was a “one of” or an attitude change, but he certainly makes me laugh!  In fact, when a horse expresses an opinion that differs from mine, that is my usual reaction; I laugh!  This day I found that whenever I raised my energy to ask for more, he’d shake his head at me.  Silly guy with a high opinion of himself!  Still, he did everything I asked; he just needed to let me know what he thought about it.

*Leo, oh that golden boy!  He is so fabulous and I seriously have no clue why someone hasn’t snatched him up to take him home.  *Leo is all about pleasing and bonding.  He is exceptionally smart, too.  We worked on transitioning up and down and it took very little energy from me.  He really watched my body language closely.  He licked and chewed almost the whole time. 

Dude – is, well Dude!  He is a “tester”, he asks “Do you really mean that?”  Once you have assured him that “Yes, I really do mean that” he is more than happy to comply!  He has grown so much since we brought him to foster with us as a 17 month old that was about a 2.5 on the Henneke Scale.  He is a gorgeous mahogany bay with the softest of noses that is happy to rest on you.  I fitted him with one of our Myler bits, a 5” roller bar D snaffle, and it fit quite well.  Guinevive will be happy as she wants to get him out and about when she is up next month.

*Suncatcher, was well, wow,  did he mature more over the winter!  From the moment he stepped into the round pen with me he was a focus on, energy receptive, “how far, how fast, yes ma’am” kind of a horse.  His ear was on me the whole time.  We did walk/trot/canter in both directions and he never missed a beat.  I was so impressed.

Silken had a few thresholds as we walked down from up top where she resides.  I watched her carefully and when I saw the tiniest bit of tension and “What’s that?” creep into her face, I’d stopped and let her look.  I allowed her to tell me when it was time to move on.  It didn’t take any time at all to walk down to the round pen.  She is as sensitive to energy as ever and transitioning down in speed has always been her bug-a-boo when she first starts back up at work.  Her transitioning from canter to trot is fine, it’s getting to the walk that can be slightly problematic.  However, we did get there and I fully expect that the next time will be far easier for her.

*Beau was ever the gentleman as I fully expect him to be.  We worked without a wand or whip, only my hands and energy.  We did walk/trot/canter in both directions a few times and I even set up a row of tires and asked him for a small trot/jump over.  He really does like to tell me that “Curly boys don’t jump” as it just isn’t his forté, but I like him to do it as a strengthening exercise.  I also had him stand next to the mounting block and bellied up on him while he just stood there.

*Red was so happy to go with me and, like *Beau, such a gentleman in behavior.  *Red has always required a bit more energy from me, so after using my hands for a bit and having him decide that he didn’t really want to go left for me, I grabbed the lunge whip and he decided it would behoove him to move on out.  He’s a funny boy and I love him dearly.  I have, and will continue to do so I’m sure, learned so much from him.  He is so smart and curious.

*Walker took a walk with me, as well.  Due to problems she’s had over the past couple of years, she lost some muscle tone, so I’m starting her with just walking/trotting in hand.  We took a trip down the hill to the round pen, checked it out, and walked back up the hill, trotting on two different flat areas as well.  As time goes on we will be walking up and down that hill more than just once.  I expect it will get me in shape too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the spring tune-up work we’ve begun.  You can look forward to more write-ups about what each horse is doing, especially once Guinevive arrives.  We are so excited that she will be here with us in June!

Don’t forget that most of our horses are for sale and we are very motivated to sell.  Check them out, come visit if you’d like, and make us an offer!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Winning Team!

We are pleased to share that *GMC Jimmy Dee (*Sage) and his rider Tesla recently have begun the 2012 show season by winning their class in second level, test three with a score of 70.1%!!  What a team!!

We have three of his half-siblings for sale.  Check out our webpage:

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Migration Day

This past Saturday was what we call “migration day” at the farm.  Once the horses are in summer pastures, migration day happens every couple of weeks for the boys.  But this was THE migration day, the one where the horses are moved from the winter paddocks out to pasture for the season.

Let me explain how we have our farm set-up.  Because Vermont winters usually have a lot of snow, over four to five months, the horses need to be close to the hay and the house so they can be watered.  We built several wooden fenced paddocks in between the house and the arena where the hay is stored.  Each paddock holds two to three horses.  We typically put the horses in these paddocks at the end of October or the first weekend of November, as the other reason is that with the time change it gets quite dark early on.

Then typically around the end of April they go back to the summer pastures.  The boys have pastures in the lower field, and they get rotated to allow the grass to recover.  The girls have one very large pasture, perhaps about 10 acres, to roam throughout.

Is the past years since we’ve been here, the horses have been quite excited to get out to the summer pastures, and are usually a bit wired.  Not this year, all was quiet and very uneventful, which is really the way we prefer it.

First out were *Beau and *Red.  More due to where they pasture first than anything else.  I took *Red and he just doodled along next to me, every once in a while asking for grass, which I was happy to allow.  We got to their pasture, unhaltered them, and they both took off!  *Beau decided that now he missed his girls and took some time to pace up and down the fence and call.  Stallions, right?

Next down were *Sun and Dude.  Dude, just like *Red, doodled along next to me checking things out.  *Sun was the only one to act up the whole time, and he decided to let Chuck know “I’m excited!” by rearing up a couple of times.  Silly boy.

Last down were *Jack and *Leo. You’ll notice I have no pictures of them and that is because they refused to run around.  We even tried chasing them, but to no avail.  Grass was all that mattered.

Finally it was time to move the girls and *Love was moved first.  There are only two of us and youngsters require that you are “present” and attentive.  *Love wandered down the hill with Chuck and all was fine until the nearby Vixen decided she needed to scoot off.  “What was THAT?” you could hear *Love exclaim!  Once she saw her, then she returned to her ho-hum wandering.

Lastly we took *Babe and *Andi out.  *Babe is always fabulous to go anywhere with and *Andi is still a baby in her outlook on life.  Everything is new, everything is different, and it all requires consideration.

Now the routine of care changes and we look forward to spending more time with each horse as the weather warms.
Happy Spring!