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|Posted by kim haynes on January 25, 2016 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Well, winter hit us with a vengance. We got over 15 inches, maybe more of snow that accumulated Friday, Jan 22 through Saturday night the 23rd. It was really pretty but we didn't need it all at once. Our farm is about 8 miles from our house and we didn't have any trouble with the main roads, but the back road up to our gate was snow covered and slick. Thankfully, hubby was driving and he got us there safe. We had parked our tractor at the bottom of our hill so he went up and scraped 2-3 times and we did manage on Friday to get our truck up the hill. However, the rest of the weekend our road was too bad to get our truck up there. We used the tractor to transport us each day and thank goodness it was a lifesaver.
The horses were all happy and didn't even act like they were put out at all. They all have shelters but everyone stayed outside and they all were warm and frisky. Everyone had round rolls and plent of water in their heated tanks, so the storm to them was not much of a bother. So blessed that it wasn't any worse.
This week's weather is supposed to be really nice and warmer. Monday was 51 degrees and you can see and hear the snow already melting everywhere. Hopefully we can get back to normal now.
|Posted by kim haynes on January 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
It has gotten really cold here and the horses are loving it. Temps this week will stay in the 30's during the day and teens at night! I hate it; makes for really cold evenings at feeding times. The horses are all doing well and have been enjoying their carrots that hubby has been giving them. A tractor trailer wrecked here in Princeton and the load was full of carrots. Anyway, he received over 1,000 pounds of carrots. We used some to cook with but had plenty left for our friends and our horses. At first, only two of my horses would eat them. But after a few days I guess they saw the 2 getting something they didn't, and they started enjoying them too. Now, all 7 of them really enjoy them. The ones we have left are starting to go bad so the carrots will probably come to an end!
Hubby just purchased a water buffalo, or that's what I call it. It's a water tank that was used by the army to haul water to and from and it will hold 500 gallons of water. It had been sitting for quite a while so we had to clean it out-some squirrels or something had several nests inside of it but we hosed it all out, drained it, filled it up and added 3 gallons of Clorox and left it setting a few days. We will empty that out and refill it and use it when we need it. It is interested to look at and I'm sure we got a lot of looks when we went down the road with it.
My mares are getting quite chunky now and I am getting quite excited for foaling season. I have had some interest already in my foals so hopefully, we can find some nice new homes for them at weaning time.
Stay tuned for more info as we get closer.
|Posted by kim haynes on December 30, 2015 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that everyone has a wonderful year with lots of blessings and of course, riding time! We have only seen a few flurries but they did not stick on the ground. Our weather has been outstanding and if not for lots of rain, it would have been perfect for riding.
Our horses are doing well and are loving the weather and on the days that it is a little chilly, they run all over the place. Our mares are looking quite beautiful with their nice, growing bellies, and we can't wait till foaling season starts. Our first girl is due March 26, 2016 and since she is a maiden, it will be harder to guess when she might actually deliver. I will be on pins and needles! I plan on staying nights at the farm in our LQ horse trailer and keep an eye on her. My other two girls are due in April 2016. One mare is usually early, so she could actually deliver close to my March girl. Who knows though, they like to keep us guessing.
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer. Stay Warm and have a safe Holiday!
Kim and Robert
|Posted by kim haynes on December 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
The holidays are fast approaching. We had a very nice Thanksgiving and now are gearing up for Christmas. The horses aren't too impressed with all the hoopla. They just look forward to feeding time every day! lol The last 2 days we have had rain, rain, and more rain. Several of the horses have had nice rolls in the mud and are covered in it.
Our 3 mares have gotten their 7 month Rhino shots and are starting to look very pregnant. Our first foal is due to arrive late March 2016 with the other 2 mares being due in April. The girl due in March is a maiden mare so I will probably be spending lots of time at the farm. We purchased a video camera system for the farm where I can monitor the stall at night from the trailer instead of having to go outside and check on them at night. Wish we had internet at the farm so that I could connect to a streaming service and could watch the mares any time of day but right now we don't have service there. At least our camera system will allow me to keep an eye out from the warmth of the trailer at night. Should save me some time!!
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer! Have a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year for you and yours!
|Posted by kim haynes on October 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Well, never say never. I thought we were finished camping this year but we decided to camp 1 more night this year. Ended up camping at Camp Creek State Park which is only 20 miles from the house. We have day rode there a lot but we decided to just do a 1 night trip so that we didn't have to go to so much trouble. We had a really good time! There were just 4 of us, missed our other riders, but we made the most of it. Built a nice fire, had 2 rides, and the weather was pretty nice.
The trails are just wonderful at the park. All are marked well and the leaves right now are such a deep orange color that it is beautiful to look at. Great riding there, even if you don't camp.
Stay tuned for more updates.
|Posted by kim haynes on October 5, 2015 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Wow, I didn't realize I have posted for a while! Shame on me! Well, fall has definitely arrived-the trees are losing all their leaves and the ones that are still on, are a beautiful red/orange color. The horses have been shedding their summer coat and our yearling is already looking furry. We just had a whole week of rain; the horses are all muddy looking and the ground is so wet I don't know when it might get dried out. I hate this rainy weather.
Thank goodness, this week is supposed to be dry and some sunny days. We sure do need it. We will be moving back our 3 horses on Wednesday that summered at my brother in laws place. We checked on them weekly but I sure do miss them when I don't see them every day. We were there over the weekend and Sierra is finally looking quite plump now. This will be her first foal and she finally looks like she has a foal in there. I will love having them home to keep any eye on that belly. The other 2 girls already look quite plump but they have been broodmares for several years now so their bellies expand faster.
Still have some fencing I would like to get done before winter sets in; we will see if the weather cooperates.
|Posted by kim haynes on August 4, 2015 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Had a nice camping trip to Hungry Horse East (pictures on Trail Riding page) just the hubby and I. We arrived Thursday evening, got camp set up and horses bedded down, and then got up Friday morning. Hubby had to come back to town for a friends retirement party, so I hung out with the horses and visited with the neighbors. Hubby got back about 3:30 in the afternoon, we saddled up and went for a short ride. About got knocked off with a branch when my filly tried to avoid the mud hole. I glanced to the left, she went right under the tree, and I got smacked in the face and bent over backwards and then almost fell off. Thank goodness I caught myself and didn't fall in the mud hole. That would not have been a good start to our trail riding!! lol
We got up early Saturday morning and hit the trails again, determined to stay in the woods where it was cooler. It was already hot and muggy and by the time we got saddled and on our way, we were both ringing wet with sweat. Went on a trail partways that I had been on before then we came to another trail and took it and ended up in a very swampy, hard to get through area. Rode in this a little bit because the trail would have taken us to a cabin, but it got too bad so we turned around and headed back. I about impaled myself on a tree limb that was sticking out and thank goodness it snapped and only scratched me, but again, I almost fell off there. It was quite a dangerous little area and we got out of there. I don't know how the horses got through it because it really was swampy and logs and trees down everywhere. Went back on the trail a ways, and stopped and talked to another couple for a few minutes. They lived around there and said that at the beginning of the swampy area, there was an unmarked trail to the right we could have taken to the cabin. Next time we go, which is end of August, I hope to go see the cabin this way.
We had invited my mom and Aunt to dinner, so they came and had hamburgers and fried potatoes for dinner with us. They stayed till after dark and we talked and had a really nice time. I couldn't convince them to ride Mac a little! Next time I will get them on there.
Had to leave on Sunday-darn it! Love this campground and the manager/owners/workers are all excellent and very helpful. You can't find a better campground than this.
|Posted by kim haynes on July 30, 2015 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Had my 4 year old mare, Sierra, shoed yesterday and she was absolutely wonderful. This is probably her 5th time with shoes on and I have to say, she was a good girl with the farrier. Taking her and our tn walker camping this weekend so we will see how she does this go around. Check back next week for pictures from our camping. She is "green" broke but acts really good on the trails. The only problem I have with her is she wants to canter uphill. She was going dowhill very fast but we worked on that and now she steps slowly and easily but still wants to canter uphill. I know they like to speed up, it's easier on them, but I don't like to go too fast! I guess I am a scaredy cat! Especially on a new horse. lol
We also have a new farrier so that has been different also. I think sometimes it takes a little bit for a horse to get used to a few person. Our previous farrier has shoed for us ever since we have had horses and he is now having health problems so we had to find someone else. We are pleased with his work and the horses like him so that's a plus!!
My 3 mares that are bred are around 3 months in gestation. I can tell when I look at them that they are starting to get a little belly but most people wouldn't see much difference. It will be more noticeable in about 2 more months. I will keep pictures of them on the mares and fillies page.
Our weather has been rainy again but thank goodness this weekend is supposed to be nice. Stay tuned for more updates.
|Posted by kim haynes on July 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
My horses are fat and sassy this summer. 3 of my horses are at my brother in law's place and they are all putting on weight. Not that they needed it, but they are getting bigger. My chocolate mare is dappled up this year; its really pretty on her. My walking horse that stays more on the thinner side to just right is quite heavy. The 4 that are at my farm and all healthy looking too. The flies have been driving them crazy though. Seems like they are bad this year. I don't if it's from all the rain or what but they really stay on my black horse and my lighter colored filly more than the others. I try to keep them sprayed with fly spray but don't think it helps much.
We are supposed to have a pretty nice forecast the rest of this week so we are hoping that our hay supplier will get his round bales cut. Hopefully it will dry out our driveway also as we have an area near our gate that stays wet (underground spring) and we haven't even been able to get our camping trailer up the hill yet from our last trip.
Keep your fingers crossed for nicer weather.
|Posted by kim haynes on July 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
We have had so much rain lately! It's horrible-horses are wet all the time, ground is very soggy, can't get any work done at the farm and our hay guy can't get a good forecast to cut the hay. I am sure that the whole east coast is like this. I know KY is-they have been hit really hard the last few days with storms and severe flooding.
Hoping it quits raining and drys up soon. No more camping trips for 3 weeks-hopefully we can get something done around here.