Not in Kansas Anymore

November 12th, 2011

I truly feel as if I’ve been caught up in a tornado of events since last spring.  When I finally get inside, sitting at the computer is the last thing I can cope with.  But we’re getting there.  We’re almost ready for winter and it comes whether you are ready or not.  I’ve been laid off from my road construction job and am currently job seeking.  We’re working on getting our horse population down to reasonable numbers and I have finally gotten some of them advertised. 

The babies are weaned and sort of halter broke, with the 2 colts waiting to be gelded towards the end of the month.  We’ve sold Kristull Goldmine and although we miss him, he will do well in his new home.  With winter coming we have the horrible task of saying goodbye to two of our long term residents, as the coming winter will be too hard on them. 

Greg will be home from his tour in Afghanistan later this week.  This time, as he has been in relative safety inside the wire, the time has flown by and it seems just yesterday he was here on leave. 

With the dint of the dugout from the “borrow pit” from the County, the new fencing done by the County and some of our refencing to accomodate the dugout, other things we’ve been working at are starting to show up.  Even we can see we are slowly carving out our dream.

We are getting to an age, where there are uncertainties.  We will miss our dear friend Arno Leblic who died suddenly from a heart attack just before Thanksgiving and were saddened to hear about another friend who is battling breast cancer for a second time.  It puts things in perspective, however bad it sucks being broke, if it can be fixed with money, it can be surrmounted.

It’s been a blast partnering with Lindsey Gerber on the horses (which I need to bring home)  Her technical skills have given me pictures and videos which are far beyond my capacity.  She is such a good rider and so good with the babies.  Enjoy the photos taken with Lacy and Kenny the kitten.

 

From Lindsay (Carmen & Lacey 004From Lindsay (Carmen & Lacey 011From Lindsay (Carmen & Lacey 018We also have some lovely photos of Carmen.  Some taken by our friend Janine Olson, as Carousel Ridge Young Horse Show and some taken by Lindsey’s friend Susan Ryde.  Janine is a professional equine photographer as is Susan, who used Carmen as a subject for trying a blurr effect.

 

 

 

Electra

From Lindsay (Carmen & Lacey 003From Lindsay (Carmen & Lacey 002Also, after Carousel Ridge Young Horse Show, we think we have found a regular rider for Illusion in Jennifer Wirun, however, I have been remiss in keeping in contact with her.  We have some lovely photos of him taken by Bonnie Herbers, which I will be sending to Cody, our webmaster at Pondside Digital Media, so check out Illusion’s page. 

We’re starting to get into putting horse video on Youtube, thanks to Jeff and Lindsey.  Unfortunately, due to some of our earlier fumblings, we are stuck with Glen’s name Mr900043, but do check out some of our horses there.

Yikes, Need to Apply the Brakes!

October 10th, 2011

It’s been sometime since I’ve updated this blog.  We are desperately trying to get ready for winter, including some substantial fencing and re-fencing.  I’ve gotten a job on the road construction crew that was working in front of our place and am now working full time for them. 

We’ve still got to wean the babies and halterbreak two more.  We’ve got horses for sale that need to get advertised and some that we need to prepare for a final farewell.  The barn to finish, straw to find and ….yada, yada, yada. 

We’ve got pictures coming from the Carousel Ridge Young Horse Show and will have more shortly, as we update the baby pictures with them as weanlings.  The Mane Event in Chilliwack is in two weeks, so we’ll be off to that.

We have 11 horses/ponies for sale and are in the process of getting them on the website and horse classified sites and talking to trainers.

But right now the sun is shining, the day is wasting and I can’t be tied to the computer any longer

Farewell, dear friend

October 10th, 2011

On Wednesday, October 5th, Arno Leblic of Horse Sense Herbs, died suddenly from a massive heart attack.  He was 56.  He leaves behind his Birgitte, wife of 20 years (their anniversary would have been yesterday) and two teen age sons. 

We became friends with Arno Leblic over the trade show years.  He has been a constant source of encouragement and sage advice.  We’ve used his herbs with great success.  We will miss him.

You can teach an old dog new tricks; just takes longer

August 27th, 2011

Well, I always wanted to try to make a living in the horse world.  I’d been told many times it couldn’t be done.  Turns out “they” were right, at least for right now.  I consider myself totally “f’ed” when it comes to getting a job; I’m fat, fifty five and female.  We live so far out, taking a job at minimum wage or slightly over, just isn’t worth it with the commute.  So what does a teacher do after they leave teaching and have no intention of returning, even as a sub?  Hard question.

Retraining is the answer.  I think the seed got planted when I started transporting horses, grew a little when my friend Darcy Kublick mentioned the possibility of driving gravel truck at oil reclamation sites, and blossomed after I started doing a little hauling for Dwayne Harrish, DbarC Horse Transport.  I could be a truck driver. 

I was really after my class 1, so I could drive for Dwayne and see some of the famed U.S. horse country.  But having the trailer behind me when shifting gears on the tractor unit was too intimidating for now.  It was a lot of work and totally consumed July for me; my nerves tend to get the best of me and I think I probably am the longest running candidate for a class 3 license ever, but after 29 hours in the truck and 3 driving exam attempts, I have my class 3 license.  Plan is now to get some experience and go upgrade it the goal of class 1.

But it is said God looks after fools and Englishmen (haven’t a drop of English blood in me).  After returning from a driving lesson, I stopped to talk to the Manager and Assistant Manager of the road crew that is redoing our road.  I asked what kind of training a person needed to drive the big equipment.  The result was Charley said he might call me some day, if he was in a pinch.  He called two days later; one of his packer operators walked off the job.  So I am now employed by the County on a road crew.  I’m having a ball!!  But for someone who has only seen the 7 on the clock that happens in the evening, mornings are brutal, even though I just have to walk out my door.  It’s a long 10 hour day and a lot of other stuff on the farm just isn’t getting done right now.  But all the noise of road construction in front of the house has turned into the sound of money for me.

I’ve said I’d like to learn more of the machines, we’ll see what happens.  Maybe in the winter I can put my training to use driving snow plows and gravel trucks. 

I’ve been told its a waste of my education, but you know what?  My education is not hard to carry around and I’m having fun.

I’m kind of heavy, so getting into heavy equipment just seemed like a natural choice.

It’s kind of like a post modern Jurassic Park, with the smell of damp earth and crushed vegetation and the working machines do look somewhat dinosaur like.  I tell myself stories while I’m running my packer.  Who knows, everyone says they see me as a writer.  Maybe my stories will get written.

Donna's new world

Donna's new world

Report Card

August 27th, 2011

We attended the first ever Hunter Schooling Show at BMW Stables.  Although the entry was low, we had a blast and “the girls” as Lindsey and I refer to Lacey and Nora were awesome.  The courses were very “user friendly”, so we moved the girls up to 2′9″.  This was a surprise to Lindsey who hasn’t jumped that high in training.  A few lines were a little crooked, but very nice rounds.  Jeff did video,.  Andrea Knull was able to get some stills and will do the rest of our sales horses for us.  Hopefully we’ll get it all up soon.  The girls reinforced our opinion of their strengths and appitudes.  Nora is easily a 4′ hunter with automatic changes best suited to an adult amateur.  Lacey is a blast to ride and can do it all; hunters, jumpers, or equitation.  Super first mount for Childrens’ divisions.  Still needs work on her changes.

“The kids”, as we refer to George and Amelia, went back to Lindsey for some refresher work and continue their schooling.  Hopefully, we’ll get them to some fall shows.  We are planning to attend Carousel Ridge’s Young Horse Show.  We will be taking “Whisper MH”, Electra MH, George & Amelia and if I can find a rider, Illusion in the 5 year old development class over fences.  All these classes are against horses, as it is also a CSHA inspection site.

Nora back to school after break

Nora back to school