and all the lovely promise of spring is turning into the delights of summer ...
happens every day but especially on a sunny warm day after a rain - you can see in the afternoon the actual real growth of the green.
the pond remediation went well last fall ...lots of fun for the dogs every day - and the frogs seem grateful too
we are nearly all here now - and it's lovely
long walks with the dogs, lots of lovely rides
this springs projects included barn water and electricity and some fencing - we are so very lucky to be able to do these things
next, and likely last for a long long time is a little all weather surface for light riding, the grass works well usually but in the real wet of spring and fall I don't want to tear up the hay fields or the agility field
We pretty much hunkered down and "got her done". Mr Deere made life much more possible than it would otherwise have been.
No power or water in the barn meant lots of hot water bucket lugging. No heater that would work in the outdoor trough meant even more buckets of water. Got good and fit!
The winter was long and cold but way less miserable than last winter. If I had to pick I'd pick this one but I'd be happy to have a non winter too.
Hopefully this will be the only winter of buckets we endure!
We moved the chickens and bunny into the barn. Smart smart move but i am looking forward to moving Mr Randy Roo back out. He's gotten a bit, um, cocky, in the small winter run. I end up spending lots of time with a rooster tucked under my arm as i do chores to avoid my boots being battered. He hates rubber boots but with the mud around here he's having to acclimate!
What would you do if you were offered a horse before your farm was finished?
A horse you really didn't need or want but who really needed out of his situation?
I was asked how I could say no. I couldn't. I decided even if the answer was euthanasia it was a better answer than saying no.
And Sept 13th, 2013 Valiant arrived. I knew he was thin. I didn't know he was near death and starving.
Now on the anniversary of his 8th month here he is happy and filling out and muscling up. We've been able to have his teeth done and deworm him (many times).
He went onto a Cornell Study refeeding program - slowly slowly building him up to eating huge rations - for the first 72 hours he got less than 4 pounds of hay a day. Now he eats free choice hay 24/7 and gets 2 large meals too ...
Last night he wanted to canter while having his short ride - we did a half circle each way. What a good good boy.
Team Valiant deserves so much credit for making this possible. They fund raise for him so he can have the best of everything. He sees a chiro and vet monthly and has as good a life as we together can make for him.