Monthly Archives: April 2011

Spring on the farm

The days are warm in the afternoon. 

Everyone fed, turned out, barn cleaned and a full day in the arena with lessons.  Late afternoons are spent cleaning and tidying up what is left around the farm as the snow melts. 

The geese are back and floating around in the pond in Billie’s paddock.  The squirrels in the trees are so noisy they can be heard over the sound of the quad when harrowing the paddocks.  The horses that have lived outdoors all winter look fat and happy to sleep in the sunshine for the afternoons.  There is water in the usual places, a small amount of mud in the fields and the grass is coming up among the slowing melting snow piles.  Spring is wonderful…green, growing, sunny. 

But I’m not taking the snow tires off the quad…


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A great new helmet.

Helmets are the normal headwear around here at FCS.  They have been for a several years.   Just part of the normal routine of pulling on your boots and tightening your girth…do up your helmet and mount up.

Last year in California…not so many helmets (none in the FEI ring).  After CKD’s tragic accident, Shannon and Steffen instituted a new barn rule…helmets on everyone, every ride.  Steffen and Shannon led the change to helmets at CDIs last year.  Following the lead of helmets in the warmup ring, this year so many riders chose to leave their helmets on from warm up ring to show ring even at the CDIs.  Wonderful example from Shannon and Steffen.  A true example of the trickle down effect!

Samsheild is a new, beautiful, light weight helmet from France.  It looks wonderful with tails.

Lindsey and Lance and her new Samsheild helmet.

Gonna be a busy day around here…off to feed some ponies!



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Our Sunday at the stable…

We had a later start to the day…didn’t have to battle traffic on the I5 so it is an easy 1/2 hour from the coach to the barn.

We were at the barn at 8, blankets off, feed made and the first horse on the Vibe Floor ready to ride. Sooooo Fred has a fat front leg…so she now again she looks like Lance from last week…one fat leg, lethargic and not lame…the virus strikes again…or same virus, we’re just not done with it yet.  Lindsey got in the saddle and we moved her around in the arena.  A laboured trot and a short canter later we decided Fred needs some time off to rehab and get well.  She’s 7 to 10 days behind Lance in clearing this virus. So she’s on bed rest, no work and TLC at Arroyo and hopefully she’ll get well soon.  Vibe Floor, hand walking and short turnout for the next couple of weeks should get het back on track.  She’ll have some time to recover before putting her on the truck to send her on the 45 hour trip home.  Poor Fred…get well soon!!!

Lance and William are going strong and we are planning (once again) to enter the Del Mar show.  Hopefully no other surprizes will pop up and we’ll get to show the boys before heading home.  The truck is booked to pick them up from the Del Mar show May 01.

I’m home now so off to make my way around snow piles…


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Saturday day off and trip to Burbank

The horses had the day off yesterday.  We headed to the barn, fed them, hand walked them and put them on the Vibe Floor.  Once we finished we headed north and picked up Barb and headed to the Burbank CDI to watch Shannon’s ride in the Grand Prix Special.

Lance on the Vibe Floor. He's tapping his foot, waiting to be led back to his feed tub...he was only half finished!

Steffen and Gunter, Inter One ribbon ceremony.

Steffen and Magic, victory gallop.


Shannon and Odie, warming up for the GPS.

Shannon and Odie finishing the GPS.

Congrats to Shannon and Steffen!  Winning rides in both classes (Inter One and the GPS).  Expert rides, well done!

Today is back to work for all three horses.  Looks like rain so we’ll probably ride in the covered.

Gonna be a great day!


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