Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Stills

We had five inches of rain on Friday and many of the horses used that as an excuse to be wild; Squirrel standing up, Ripley and Rubrico playing behind him

Squirrel and Sushi

Squirrel with all four hooves off the ground

Wilson rearing while playing with Ripley

Hemi and Thomas

Gibson and George

Homer, Elfin, Grand and Rip

Cinnamon and Dawn

Miel and Mick

Homer and Apollo


King and Cisco

Happy and Paramount

Digby and Blu

Revy, Homer and Moe

Convey and Chance

Cocomo, Silver and Gus waiting for breakfast

Gus and Faune


pretty sunset

the creek is full after the rain

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Not Just Horses

The last few days on the farm have felt like we've been walking uphill in both directions. The ironic part is none of our frustrations have had anything to do with horse care and very little to do with farm maintenance. It's all been from the myriad of other stuff that comes from running a farm. We get contacted by people all the time, I would say it averages out to at least once a week, by people who want to start a retirement farm. They all have the same stars in their eyes. They think it will be all about caring for horses, playing with horses, looking out their window at the pretty horses. People glamorize boarding retired horses in a way that is extreme even for the horse world. It is great to have dreams and even better to pursue them, but not with stars in your eyes.

It goes without saying that working with horses is a major component of having a retirement farm. What never occurs to any of the people who contact us about starting a retirement farm is that the horses are only the tip of the iceberg. Horse care happens during the first part of our day. The second part of our day happens during the evenings, and don't even mention weekends unless you want to receive dirty looks, they are all days, no weekend days. When you take care of high maintenance livestock like horses there is no such thing as a weekend.  We spend equally as much time taking care of our clients and doing the non horse/farm related work that is involved with running a viable business in the evenings as we do taking care of horses during the day. There is a reason we get up and get outside to work really early every day, it adds a lot more hours to your day.

It has been all of this "after hours" work that has been very draining the last several days. Reading my emails, going through the snail mail, and looking at my phone over the last few days have all made me want to avoid communication with the outside world for awhile. However, as a responsible adult and business owner instead I've sighed and worked on my annual workman's comp audit, done my best to offer fair and reasonable choices to someone whose financial circumstances have changed, advocated for my clients with a drug manufacturer about cost, inventoried certain supplies, payed bills, reconciled bank statements, etc.

As I type this at 8pm Jason is out in the farm shop trying (and probably succeeding) to repair our mower as I carry on with the other "below the tip of the iceberg" work. The common them to all of these things? You guessed it, they have nothing at all to do with horses and a lot to do with people and business management. It is surprising to me how almost no one that contacts us about what it takes to start a retirement farm wants to hear any of these things, but they are part of the package. Dream big, stay realistic, and understand from day one that a retirement farm is not just horses.


Norman and Renatta

Sparky and Igor telling each other good morning

Walden and Fabrizzio

Remmy, Baner and Hesse

Havana and Merlin

Cino and Bruno

Donneur and Lofty both staring at me with grass hanging out of their mouths

Lily and Maisie

Sabrina and Sparky

Sam and Miel having a grooming session

Sebastian and Digby

Lighty and I wasn't sure who else . . . 

. . . it was Paramount

B-Rad and Blu

Mick, Johnny, Nemo and Happy


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Stills

Rubrico, Squirrel and Sushi


Trigger and Baby

Thomas and Revy

Grand and Homer



Renatta and Calimba

Charlotte, MyLight and Maisie

Traveller and Dolly

Alfie and Taylor

Baner and Fabrizzio


Mick and Happy

Light and Miel

a closer look at Happy

Elfin, Levendi, Cisco, Convey and Chance

The World's Cutest Fainting Goats getting ready to start their day; Jo, Miss Lyle and Mina