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Clinic #1 Recap | June 5 & 6

 Things have been fairly quiet on the blog-front lately, because I haven't had a whole heck of a lot on the go that was worth writing home about, and as if that wasn't enough I had absolutely no media to accompany my recent miles spent in the saddle. The truth is, I've been riding moderately often and we have been slowly putting the shattered pieces of our training back together after all that ensued last year - believe it or not, having a baby really changes things and as if that isn't enough, add in some other garbage along the way and it left Sierra and I a bit of a jumbled heap shoved into a corner and under the rug. Rather than dwell on it, I've been motivated to dust off my boots and rebuild things but more importantly, I've finally found the comfort in riding that I haven't felt in many years.  We all began similarly in that the love of the horse, riding and all that surrounded it was enough to feed our soul. Eventually, like many, I chased goals, dev
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Back On Track

It's been over a year since I was actively riding due to the complications that arose in my pregnancy.  Don't get me wrong - I rode a few times last summer and then in the late fall, but Sierra bucked me off right at the pivotal point of the extreme weather change and therefore only rode sporadically through the winter and truthfully, none of those rides were anything to write home about.  Aside from the excitement of getting bucked off, the rest of my rides over the past year basically consisted of walking around for 5 minutes.  While they lacked any form of requirements from either of us however, they served a purpose of keeping myself sane. Taking the time off to allow my body to grow a human and then heal from that endeavor was difficult; I've ridden the majority of my life and as a result, my life completely revolved around it so now not only was the only constant for the better part of my life amiss, I suddenly had to learn how to become a mother.  Through all that, I

Welcome Home

I left my last post off with a bit of a cliff hanger at the mention of bringing a new horse home.  Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure where to begin and I want to be cautious as to not be misleading or paint a picture in poor light, so bare with me as I introduce Anastasia, AKA Ana, AKA Ana Banana, AKA Big Nanners. It had always been apart of my 5-Year Plan to build my broodmare band. My goal is to keep my breeding program small, never exceeding a maximum of 5 broodmares, with 3 being more realistically manageable.  The reason is simple: It allows me to focus my limited resources (IE time, money, etc) on the best quality I can and pursue my goal to produce Ammy-Friendly mounts that a professional would appreciate.  On a whim, I posted an ISO ad on Facebook seeking a WB broodmare and had several lovely options presented however most were well above my current budget, or very far away.  A friend messaged me on Facebook and mentioned her sisters mare and right off the bat she sounde

Goodbye to One, Hello to Another

On May 19, 2019 my gut instinct told me I needed to go out to the pasture to check on Vida. Another mare had foaled that night, in the barn, where she belonged, but Vida had been giving us no outward signs of foaling being imminent. The year prior, despite being a bit early (though plenty "safe"), she did some serious homework because she pretty much followed the book to a T, however in 2019 I guess she couldn't let the other mare steal all the attention because as I breached the hill that looks over the pasture she was in, there was a bouncing baby at her side.  Sigh - horses are one of the many reasons I'm prematurely turning grey. Surpriseeeee The foal turned out to be a feisty little filly who I named Phascinating BRR, and her barn name became "Dory" after the "Finding Dory" movie.  She had a bit of a stressful start to life as V was not impressed with the prying eyes of her herdmates, but we managed to get them up to the barn unscathed and the

The Road to a Foal: V's Breeding Saga Pt. 2

It's been a while since I have made a post about the breeding season, but that's probably because I don't really have much to update!  This post is going to be a little dry on the media front because I haven't transferred photos from my Ultrasound machine recently, but hopefully in my next post I'll have lots to share. We are busy at my in-laws with the TB breeding program, but I have continued routinely scanning Vida so I can keep on-top of any potential issues that could crop up.  At this rate, the money I have saved in scanning V myself would equate to about half the cost of my ultrasound machine already, so I guess that's a good thing - plus I'm getting tons of practice in! To date, V has had two full cycles - meaning she is no longer "transitional" and has ovulated twice.  She's on a slightly quicker schedule than the general 21-Day suggestion, which isn't abnormal, but it's something I wouldn't have known had I not been regula

Barn Reno Pt. 3 | Flooring & Layout

 Part of my barn's floor is dirt, and part is railroad ties. Personally, I really like the ties - they're a bit of a pain to sweep if they're going the 'wrong' way from the direction I'm sweeping, but regardless I have had absolutely zero issues with slipping, and so on.  Railroad ties are a little controversial because they're coated in creosote, which is believed to be a carcinogen, but it gives them an oily texture that repels moisture very well.  After some thought, we made the decision to put Railroad ties under the stalls, with a brief layer of sand to 'smooth it out', fill in the cracks, and help with some drainage, followed by mats on top.   As a result of our decision, we wanted to move some ties around to complete 1 side of stalls for the time being while we source more ties, but they are still frozen to the ground.  On a whim, I happened to find some for sale on the Facebook Marketplace in a town 2.5 hours away, which my brother-in-law jus