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Ellie's Big Adventure - Equine Affaire 2019

On the last day of September, I received an email from the Vermont Morgan Horse Association asking if I would be interested in bringing Ellie to Equine Affaire in Massachusetts from November 7-10.  I became a member of VMHA this year when I decided to compete at Vermont Heritage Days; so even though I live in Maine and not Vermont haha, I made a snap decision to say yes!  
Honestly, it was 21 minutes after the email came in that I responded yes!  Then I had to figure out how to actually make it all happen hahahahaha.  Typical.
I attended Equine Affaire as a spectator a few times way back when and then for many years I ran the breed booth for the Standardbreds, including a four-day stint in C Barn with Dreamy back in 2013.  It is fun and exhausting to travel 4+ hours one way from home to talk with thousands of people, walk thousands of miles around the venue (ok, not that far but close), and ride in demos on a horse that has never seen such a huge venue (though in her defense, Ellie was …

Random Thoughts in the Snow

Days like today make me wish I boarded my horses at an indoor arena. No worries about doing chores, shoveling, or making the footing safe. I could actually ride instead of only thinking about riding. The only good thing about the fact that it is snowing like crazy right now is that I had a snow day. There are three reasons to teach: July, August, and snow days! LOL!

Anyway, there is not much going on around here. Just lots of snow and cold weather. Just a week ago it was in the low 60s and now it is a blizzard. The mares are doing well. They are all puffy and woolly and ready for the winter. I will never be ready, so oh well. At least the winter waited until now.....there will only be three months of unbearable weather instead of four! LOL! I was using my hose until just two days ago. That is pretty fabulous in its own way.

I am not even close to being ready for Christmas! LOL! I have about 1/3 of my shopping done, but I am pretty sure I know what everyone will be gettin…

Spa Day

So today it finally stopped raining! LOL! The mud is out of control and I have decided that there is really no good use for mud at all. The mares were pretty dirty after a few days of rain and mud, but Sparky was really the worst. My son went with his grampa (my dad) to camp to stack wood this morning for a few hours, so I decided to clean up the three dirty mares after I cleaned out the barn.

Sparky is pretty serious about coating her body in mud. This is her neck.

She gets the best winter coat of any horse I have ever seen. Granted she now has Cushing's, but she has been getting a coat like this since the first winter I owned her (January 1993). It has nothing to do with Cushing's and everything to do with the fact she is part woolly mammoth! LOL! I am not sure the pics adequately show the amount of hair this horse grows. She has never needed a blanket. And it does seem weird to blanket everyone else and the oldest horse is naked!


All clean!
Reva was not nearly as muddy, but…

Photo Challenge - Day Seven

This morning was gray and drizzly. Not an ideal vacation day, but hey, whatever. Staying home in the rain beats going to school any day! :) Of course, it will add to the awful mud we already have. :( I fed and turned out early and then went back inside until 10AM. Then the little guy and I went out to clean out the barn.

Here is Dreamy with her rainsheet. Hi MOM!

Good morning chickens! (And yes, we have a guinea hen, the ugliest thing ever. But Clarence loves her.)

Now, wait a second......didn't I put Reva's rainsheet on? I always use nylon sheets under blankets to help keep the blanket clean underneath. Then all I have to do is wash the nylon sheet every week. I looked all around, thinking that maybe I forgot to add the rain sheet. It was not in the barn, nor was it in her muddy paddock. ??????? Clarence said, "Well, I bet she took it off Mama!" Yeah, right. But we decided to take a walk out back into her field just in case.

HOLY CRAP! She took her rai…

Photo Challange - Day Six

Thank god I am on vacation until Monday! I need some time off. :)

Here is my one word photo challenge post.......feeling lazy! Enjoy!

Silliness

Dark

Waiting

Sweet

Happiness

Bum (that was Clarence's choice)

Buffet

Wise
Friends

Feed, Supplements, and Treating COPD and Cushings.....aka Photo Challenge - Day FIVE

I am not a Monday person......groan. LOL! At least this is a two day work week! YAY! :D I was not motivated to do the photo challenge today, and I really did not want to take pics at school and all. Plus I forgot my camera, and truly this blog is about my horses, not about my job.

SO......I got a couple of comments about my last post, specifically the question WHAT IS DENGIE? So I thought I would show some pics about what my horses eat and why they eat it.

It must be added that I am NOT a veterinarian, not do I play one on TV. I am just a girl who has been riding horses for the past 24 years and has owned her own horse for the past seventeen. So that is my disclaimer. Yeah, I am pretty well educated about horses, specifically the ailments MY horses have/still do suffer from. But I am by no means an expert, and I would never claim to be. I have spent many hours researching feeds and supplements (just ask my friend Rachel!!!! LOL!!) and feed what I do based on what my horses need ri…

Photo Challenge - Day Four

Today was a typical autumn Sunday, where I try to get as many winter chores done as possible. My husband has been off hunting with his buddies since Friday, which is nice but I do sort of miss him too! LOL! ;-) I like that he has gone hunting for the last three weekends, as it gives him insight into how to be/have a supportive spouse. He has not been supportive of my horse shows in the past, but he has lately been starting to understand that his hunting is like my horse showing. It's nice! :D Maybe he will be a good horsey husband after all......it has only been EIGHT years! tee hee!

So to start my photo challenge today, here is the story of my life.....

And one of the projects for today was to figure out just how in the heck I was going to make nesting boxes for my chickens. They have started to lay in the last day or two, and with my husband gone, I really wanted to figure it out myself. (Besides which, my husband has NO time lately to help construct anything. He is a workaholic!…

2009 MHA Banquet (aka Photo Challenge - Day Three)

Last night's Maine Horse Association banquet was so much fun! Here I am all dressed up with a fun place to go! LOL! Is it wrong that the only time I dress up is for horse events? Show attire for competitions and fancy outfits for banquets......tee hee! I decided against my tiara and pink crystals........BAWAHAHAHAHA! ;D Guess it would be no use dressing as a dressage queen when I am not one.


I went with my friend Shelly and we always have a good time together, no matter the destination. It was a bit funny at first, since thought we would not know anyone there, so we sat alone at a huge table. LOL! At least Shelly can see dead people, so she did not have to sit completely alone. ROFLMAO! (Inside joke, sorry....but let's just say that even mentally crazy people who try to make life negative are NOT successful!) It was not a big deal, because I was there to be with Shelly, and who cared where we sat!?! Midway through the evening I ended up seeing the nice Friesian la…