I am back from the UPHA convention and ready to write. First I have to start out by saying how proud I am of the trainers that work at North Wind Stables and Saddlebred Rescue for all of the work you did while I was gone. The horses are looking great and the barn looks brand new. Yesterday was catch-up day for me and it seems as if there were a million new faces but there were really only two. Just as I was leaving for the convention I received a call from our broker Bruce telling me he had purchased two Saddlebreds at the Monday New Holland sale. Since I was just about to walk out the door I could not pick up these horses so I called my son Jason (on his day off) and it was kind of a “tag your it!” Jason came home from running errands and hooked up the trailer and off he went on a nice 6 hour round trip to pick up SBR’s new “Treasures”. Thank you Jason!! The next day Erin, Greg and Jason did their “Thing” and did evals on the horses and took the body shots and the beauty shots for the SBR website. The evals where spot on to what I saw when I returned to the barn on Tuesday the following week. After the evals I did a lameness check on the horses in rehab for soundness and again all horses were better than the prior week. Great job Greg and Erin! It amazes me on how much our trainers can teach the horses as many of them are older and have been on the road for years and some have never been in an arena until now. When you watch our trainers work the horses it is all very quiet and calm and the horses thrive in this type of program.
The weather is driving me nuts! Today it was raining and there was ice everywhere in our valley. The pastures get so slick the rescue horses are afraid to move. That means every day we spread the manure lightly over the pastures so the horses have some grip and do not fall down. That in itself is not too hard but the manure spread is broken which means EVERY day the guys must empty the spreader by hand and throw it out evenly over the fields in pull up and do it again, kind of a pitch, spread, stop back on tractor move up, stop tractor, pitch, spread and repeat……. Like shampoo, only waaayyy harder and way more repeating.
Today will be short and sweet. Party Hat was loaded this morning to go to his new forever home in California. This gelding leaving was bitter sweet really more sweet than bitter. I will miss him as I liked to challenge some of my riders on him and for some of the riders he was a reward and just plain fun. Safe travels birthday boy!
All I can say is heat wave today. No wind and 18 degrees and I was amazed at how “warm” it felt. I have been reading about people saying they felt like it was warm out and I secretly thought they were just saying that but when I was walking to the barn this morning my first thought was “Damn the Facebook people were not kidding . It does feel warm”. Today was a series of small things on our schedule that made the day feel like we did not get anything done. First, we checked the temps on the outside horses. I can report all were normal. Next we had to prepare SBR Co Star for his ride home. He got electro-lites and ulcer guard. We want him to drink and we want to avoid the risk of ulcers. It took us 30 minutes to find a blanket in the rescue inventory (not turn out) to fit him as he would be the only one in the trailer until Ohio. After that we groomed him up so he would look pretty getting on the trailer. I think Pat took pictures of that event.
The Treasures continue to amaze me, creep into my thoughts and my heart. Most of the rescues we work with have given so much during their lives on the road and after a brush with the risk of slaughter they have more to give and work so hard to learn or remember the ring work that most of them need to do to get a new forever home. I think about how people might react to drastic changes in their lives and I wonder if people would be as willing to work and change as these horses do. It speaks volumes about the characteristics of this breed. I am so lucky to have horses in my life! I am also blessed by these horses for teaching me new things every day. Some things I learn are huge (how much and how long horses remember things) and some are small (how most horses smell the treats before they taste them). I feel as long as I can help these horses, they will be helping me become not only a better trainer but a better person.
Another cold day here in New Jersey but it was warmer than yesterday and every day from now on will be warmer. Yeah! The crew at North Wind has the ring back in order and all of the horses at North Wind and all of the inside horses at SBR were worked today. SBR Broomer left today to go to Millstone Riding Club. Broomer is on foster until one of the other Treasures is ready to go. It pays to be Anne and Doug as not only are they close to SBR distance wise, they a close to SBR personally and professionally. It will be interesting to see how Broomer does. Will he stay there or will he be readied for a new home in a month or so?
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