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Monday, July 14, 2014

getting it all clean.

I've done my best to clean out my trailer.

I've literally taken EVERYTHING out... including stall pads 
In the dressing room all was taken out except the carpet.  But I had foam pads over my carpet to protect it... so even this came out as I clean all I could.

I've gotten most of my supplies back in... and this time with my favorite feed bags under everything in order to protect my beautiful ( horrible) grey indoor / outdoor carpeting they put in those things. ...  I am amazed they put such a thing that can't be cleaned easily. It is just so we must remove and replace? At any rate doing all I can to protect mine for later years of wear and tear.

Now with all but the hay I need for the trip IN the trailer I am stating to concentrate on MY supplies for my tiny outing.

The question is ... do I go glamping? or just camping?

to everyone out there I shall post the cleaning photos as I can, but wanted to at least let you know where I stood on my prepping.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LONG TIME NO WRITE>>> but...

I have just set the dates to take my horses out of state for a few days by myself and camp out in the middle of nothingness.


I can not wait. 


I have so much to do I thought I would make my list here and get things done as I can.


1. Clean out the trailer from top to bottom.
2. Clean out my emergency supplies make sure it is all there and that EVERYTHING is in stock if needed.
3. Get all my camping gear out and check it over a few times!


I am so excited to just get away but with my horses!


So the task starts tomorrow...
Yes I'll take pictures and allow comments etc...


Hope to hear from everyone!


My love to the world
AegF

Monday, June 2, 2014

Just another day

I walked out of my front door this morning and a huge a pileated woodpecker landed on the Peachtree in the side yard.  He was larger than poor branch he clung to; but I stood there with my coffee enjoyed his jumping around to picking at the Lycans till he flew off and I headed to the barn.   App lock the horses in the past you're trying to make them eat more grass considering hey it's going to be an issue with supplies this year.  It is already June and we're usually into our second cutting and no one has a first cutting.  The rain has been average or below-average but manageable this year unlike last year for it rained every day except maybe nine days of the year.

OK... as everyone can see ... I clearly was using the dictation device on my phone when the above writing was posted.  I am however TRYING to get more post out as I have some who have asked where I am, what I am doing, and simply... am I still alive. 

I am working at little over 30 hours a week, and trying to still get work done on the estate AND have time for myself, my husband, and my horses. 

Life is GREAT it is just VERY busy. 
 as an example... my schedule in the morning is...
up by 5am.
doing billing and shipping by 6
getting to the barn checking over the horses, water, hay and mixing their feed and supplements by 7am and finishing up by 8am. 
back to the house to get clean, eat, dressed and ready for work by 9...
Where tomorrow I leave to get three front loads of mulch for someone before I go to work!
I am expected at work by 10 and I work till 6 then back to the barn again till 730 or so...
try to unwind my brain and get to sleep by 9. ? not that it works and if not I take meds to get to sleep ASAP so I can start over again the next morning.  minus the mulch! ....

I TRY to call my parents on my drive home... one or the other... 
I try to figure out what is on the food menu for the next few days but that does not always work out either!  

I will TRY to do better about the dictation over the phone but really I rarely have time to sit and type any more AND in doing so tonight I realized I have NOT called someone I was suppose to call about getting a dresser out of the attic tonight... SEE if it's not on my list if its not on the schedule it will NOT get done!  It makes me feel bad about not doing everything for everyone... but... I am only one person and I can only do so much at a time.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

life...

Spring has finally come to stay! 
The pasture grass is calf high, the weeds are starting to take hold.
The horses get very little pasture time as rich as everything is right now.


My hay is about to run out.
My feed price is only getting higher.


My farm hand is back and my tiny lot is starting to look like a place lived in instead of being a white trash forgotten place.


The apple trees planted a few years ago are well mulched and only need a few more news papers around them to cover the vetch a little better.


The Paw Paw tree and the Dragon Orange tree survived the crazy weather.


I recently planted two Nanking Cherry bushes, and two Korean Cherry bushes... I am watering them with ice bags each day (morning) I stop by the gas station put them at the cherries and poke on good hole in each let them melt slowly as the morning progresses.


I also have two fig trees to place....
Two acacia bushes...
two rhubarbs to plant.


Life never stops... The entire herb garden was destroyed this winter so I have mulched over it!


Cleaned out all my old fencing and put it under the deck to clean around the barn. 
Hung the soon needed French drain piping on the back of the barn till I can afford to get all my rock!


The rock will only be a base for the concrete blocks to make the dry lot a real dry lot forever than the horses need so badly.    They did after all stand in mud for over a year due to all the rain we got last year.




I will do my best to start posting at least once a week... but ... spring demands and summer working hours are likely to be horrible and not allow me much time for catch-up. 


I work each day for the next week.  


My love to the world...
AegF



Thursday, March 27, 2014

yet another day.

Life is demanding...
Today was the first day I had off with no rain, no snow, and the ability to clean the barn yard sense Spring has come into play.

So I swept, shoveled, and forked hay and manure for hours on end... My body is killing me!
I yawn..
I ache...
but all the pain is a good pain knowing my horses are in a clean dry area; till it starts raining in the morning.


My plan is to fork a little bit more tomorrow!

I shoveled manure.
I turned compost piles of manure and hay.
I searched materials for making their dry lot DRY 365 instead of the mud hole it is...
I have collected and printed out patterns I may want to use as a guide for the 50x50 level and dry area... I will then cover the rest of it in road rock, pea gravel, and granite sand.  we shall see how it all works out.

Snow has been crazy in the past few day... Sun is suppose to peak through as of Sunday...

I have Thursday and Friday off... Thursday I needed to do chores... Friday is 80% chance of rain... I can only hope with the rain the water container is topped off and the pasture is a little better to fork into compost piles.

Steve need 4 bails of hay for props in the house shots... I'll give him what ever he needs and make sure they are taken care of.

Don called and I still have 30 bails of hay I need to get out of his barn; I will do this ASAP.

People continue to call him for hay... I need 400 bails of hay a year... I get all I can from Don and get the the rest from who ever I can.  This year I got 500 bails and it has served me well.  Thus I have hay while Don continues to get calls all the time at all times of the day.

Life is good ...
The horses are healthy ... as am I
My main farm hand is no longer available but I can only hope his returns soon.

My love to the world...
AegF
A Picture of Navarre as he takes a nap under the tree!  Sweet Pea guards him from me as he sleeps...

The snow was YESTERDAY...
Navarre napping... is TODAY...




Sunday, March 23, 2014

Another First!

While doing my normal routine this morning, putting my hands all over each of my horses.  Navarre decided to KICK the crap out of me!  I'm fine... thus the reason to teach your kids to always stand VERY VERY CLOSE to a horse when examining, cleaning and caring for a horse.

I was standing pretty close so he could not get good force behind his kick!
We did a few ground work scenarios and then I allowed him to eat.

Life is good! Grey, cloudy, rain filled day and a horse with a touchy stomach.  I'll keep an eye on him and make sure he is ok tonight before the freeze sets in.

Hope everyone else has a great day!
My love to the world
AegF
 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Loving my new feed.

While I have had one year and a half with no serious issue with Navarre, one still has to plan for the day it all falls apart with a horse with such genetic issues.

But as of today I am elated with his routine, his feed, and his playfulness.

The new Purina has allowed me to put him out to pasture for only minutes at a time but twice a day where he can be a real horse, graze the ground, and play like a baby.

I long for the day I can put him out for hours at a time but this day and dream may never come... but getting ANY grass for a horse that previously could have none is a blessing!

Yesterday .... as I walked to the barn there where three white patches in the dry lot.  White patches where he had rolled and was trying to get all that hair off his back.   As my mare defended her feed not allowing him to have or take it.  I was measuring the dry lot, doing my calculations for a true DRY lot that would not be all gravel so I could actually keep it clean all year.   You know the basics... square footage... gravel delivery prices, bob cat price for two days, what to do with all the manure I already have (thinking of the ditch on the east side of the estate for pear trees.)  I come up with about 4,000 dollars at the least, cheapest, and unfortunately the ugliest way possible.

As I stood there mulling all this in my head... Could I stand what it is going to look like? etc... Navarre came up to me rubbed his head on my hip and I started to rub him with my glove covered hand.  Almost immediately hair filled my poor glove and I had to find a place to put it.  This went on and on for about thirty to forty five minutes.  By this time Sweet Pea was done with her feed and as he walked to make sure it was gone I started to rub on my mare.  While she stood still it was not the appreciation I got from Navarre, so I grabbed a brush and went back to him.  He once again stood still... only stretching forward for a belly scratch and a sweet nicker as I rubbed his chin to chest.

While it was suppose to be a riding day it was just as sweet and perfect with a day of my horses standing still, not in a grooming stall but liking, loving, and wanting attention from me.

A good horse day.
A perfect horse day.
AegF

Monday, February 17, 2014

the last week was crazy!

snow... snow ... and more snow... then the sun came out and the WIND blew in the next day.

only 8 inches but enough to cover my little car...
The snow was hard on the horses... so I allowed them out twice as long so they could dig and push the snow aside to get to the grass in the pasture. 

Riding in the snow was a delight... 
Quiet... and oh yea... a nice SOFT surface to fall off the horse and into... 

The wind bothered Navarre more than the snow itself. 

Navarre eventually got so upset not having a job and not being able to just play around he was taking it out on me and Sweet Pea by not allowing her to eat her feed... 

So  I tied him up... he would not stand still... 
So I worked him from the ground for 15 minutes.  
He was horrible! 
I was so glad by yesterday I had a friend to ride with... and we took both horses out. 


I got to ride Sweet Pea... and 
Mike got to ride Navarre... 

crazy weather... 
Crazy ride... 
LIFE... you just gotta roll with it! 

My love to the world... 
AegF 


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

OH the weather!

Life for the horses is crazy!

Hot yes only in the 50's but for Navarre this is horribly hot.
Sweet Pea has enjoyed the heat but again tonight she will suffer with the bitter wind blowing in and bringing back the chills below 20.

The ground is terribly wet, muddy, and hard to walk in.

They have been out twice today!
But just yesterday they escaped and decided to visit a neighbor or two before I found out and could get them in.

Life with my horses is fun, a challenge I love, and never the same from day to day.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

hot cold, hot ... cold...


My horses have had ice dangling from them to such an extent this one jingled as he walked. 
The other had on his winter rain coat.

They have gone through 1 and 1/2 bails up to 2 bails a day with all this crazy weather.  But life is good and my water still runs when needed. 

Life at the barn has been just fine.
Horses are good
I still take boiling water to warm this container as I can.  Yes even walking up the mountain in snow.
We all do what we can for our animals and this is a small thing to do while the weather is so bad.