Monthly Archives: May 2010

I love this rain…

Yesterday was really wet.  The paddocks are a wonderful spring shade of lush green.  Such a delight to look at after years of brown, crackely grass.

Our farm is on a sand dune.  All this rain has left the ground wet but all the horses still have good footing to run and play.  The sand has some clay in it so it has some “hold” for the foot but not enough clay that it gets too slippery.  Ideal footing for paddocks.  This year has been great, enough rain for green growth and at a rate that it doesn’t super saturate the ground.  Next week promises to be sun and warmth…ah Alberta!

Horses are going great.  Today is day off for most, back at work on Sunday.

Off to morning chores…

V

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Last week of May!!!

May has been a month of surprizes…the biggest one being the rain and snow last weekend!  Sounds like we are done with it, for a while at least!  The moisture was soooo needed.  We got a lot of rain and everything is getting so green.  I left the lid off Mack’s baby pool on the deck and it’s almost full.  The ground is wet but not muddy.  The outdoor rings are fantastic and we didn’t have to water them!  Awww…the mosquitos will be thick this summer.

Asst coach Mack...helping Grandma...

On the move...

 

"Whoa..nice half pass!"

Fred and Linds

Lance, the grass is getting greener...

Lance yesterday...looks like "mowing" is on the job list for today!!!

 

Armed with a can of Deep Woods Off in each hand…headed to the stable…

V

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Mornings…

The mornings have been so wonderful this week.  It’s been warm, the windows are open and the smells of green and growing fill the house.

We have had rain, not a lot but some each day…lovely.  The paddocks are green and lush and the footing in the outdoor rings is wonderful.

The only downside of this wonderful rain are mosquitos, lots and lots and lots of mosquitos.  This time of year the hatch is those teeny, small ones that bite and hurt like crazy.  Everyone (equine) has major welts on their necks and they are itchy, very itchy.  The uprights on the shelters made great scratching posts (this is a good idea except its a little hard on manes!).  Everyone gets a good dose of OFF before being turned out in the am…ah the smell of napalm in the morning.  I really hope someone doesn’t let me know how damaging inhaling mega clouds of bug repellant is to my health status…I don’t want to know! 

I brought back a mike and transmitter system for teaching from California and we all love it!  Riders ride with their headsets under their helmets and I have a wireless mike.  It is wonderful for teaching in general, very easy to teach at C and get a result with rider at A and super for teaching outside.  The riders don’t have to work so hard to hear and I don’t have to yell!! (except when something great happens and I forget and cheer! Sorry!)

Ivars, the kids and I were going to head to the moutains this weekend but the forcast is for snow.  We’ll postpone that trip and find some fun things to do around home.

Off to make clouds of DET in the stable,

V

(Today is Mack afternoon…yeah!)

Mack on his "pony".

A boy and his dog (Mack and Buster), playing in the pool.

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Red Deer Show and snow.

We had a great time at the Red Deer Young Riders show.  It was well run, friendly and very organized…yeah!  A big thank you to the organizing committee and all the volunteers that put together this show…a good job well done!

Lance won the PSG (65%) on Friday.  Fred and William were 2nd and 3rd at Fourth Level (64%, 62%).  Saturday was Fred at Fourth Level (2nd), William at FEI 6yr old (74.4%) and Lance at Inter One (63%).  As I was driving down on Sunday am, through a snow storm, I thought we should discuss coming home early on Sunday.  Lindsey agreed…snow was scary…head home….  Barb H and I worked Sequoia and then we loaded up and hit the road.

The drive north was easy…no snow.  Everyone got to graze for an hour or so at FCS in their paddocks before the clouds opened up and they came in for the evening.

It was so nice to be home and reconnect with everyone!  A group of very competitive athletes, brought together by a competition yet so very supportive of each other.  It seems a very unique camaraderie.  We found the same frame of mind in our travels this winter as well.  Maybe the focus we all have as to the well-being of our horses, allows for this great competition atmosphere.  Positive, encouraging, a great way to produce winners.  A wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Lindsey braiding Fred on a chilly Saturday morning.

 

Lindsey, Fred and Vickie, from warmup to competition ring.

Auntie Lindsey and Braydon...Happy Mother's day Grandma Barb!

The weather is going to be beautiful for the next week…yeah…outdoor riding  and much lawn mowing!!!!

V

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Spring blizzard…

The morning started off with a light snow.   By the time everyone was fed, it was a blizzard.  No turnout for anyone in the barn and anyone shivering in the snow came in to box stalls.  We cleaned the barn and waited for Dr. Ross to arrive to go through the semi-annual teeth check and needed floating.  Everything was under the expert care of Linda so I thought I’d better put a trip to Costco on the list of  things to do for the day. 

Despite the dire warnings of abysmal road conditions…I love my one ton truck in 4X4…and being the eternal optimist I am, I thought this snowy day would be the perfect day to shop for deck furniture and accessories.  And I was right…no crowds, great parking and a Costco hot dog!!! 

View from the deck, early am Tuesday

 

From the kitchen window.The dressage ring...Rory and Carter in the shelter!!!!!!

The dressage ring...under snow in May.

 

Rory and Carter are in the shelter at the top of the hill...really.

  

The snow is already half melted and will be gone in the next couple of days leaving behind green grass and (my favorite job!!) mowing!!! 

Yesterday was the start of birthday week around here and today is Mack’s first birthday! 

Mack learning to push the button on his baby quad!

We leave for the Red Deer show tomorrow with three horses so today is the big ride, pack, bathe day.  Here’s hoping the weather warms up for Friday! 

Birthday cake and many photo ops tonight (Mack is ONE today!!), 

V

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