Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

I want to wish you all a safe and happy new year. May 2014 be filled with blessings. 


"The Lord bless you
 and keep you; 
the Lord make his face shine on you
 and be gracious to you; 
the Lord turn his face toward you
 and give you peace." 
Numbers 6:24-26

Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Goals

After posting about being happy where you are...I still have 2014 goals. :)

1) I want to take Emi to a couple of shows. Sadly, I'm having a heck of a time finding anything. I'm hoping to find something as we get closer to the summer. Ideally I want to take her to a welsh show and  a sport horse show.

2) More ponying! I'd like to drag her with us for some trail riding this summer. I'd also like to take her out on the cross country course near us, take her through the water, and just show her around. I don't want to over do it...but I figure by the time she turns 1 in June we can get going a little bit more.

3) A field trip to the Oregon Horse Center to play on their extreme trail course. Normally they put it up in November, so that one is almost a year out.

I don't have any real goals for Roz. Just to keep him healthy, sound and fit, for another year.

I also want to start taking riding lessons again. I probably won't start for another couple of months, but I'd like to be taking at least 2 lessons a month on a good school horse. I need to be as prepared as possible when I start riding Miss Emi in a few years.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

First Solo Trip

Emi went on her first solo trailer ride today. Tarra and I had plans to do some Christmas photos with Mystic and Emi, since we didn't end up having enough time to get them done before Christmas. I would have loved to take Roz, but the two horses are hard enough with out trying to set up and use the camera at the same time. I didn't have anyone to help me load Emi and I wasn't really sure how that would go. Thankfully it went really well. I put her feed pan with a couple handfuls of grain, along with carrots at the front of the trailer. She stopped at the step for a minute and just as she was getting ready to hop in Roz decided to call for her. Thankfully she still got in! Since she doesn't get out quickly I was able to step out of the trailer, with her lead still on and get the door mostly closed before letting her go.

We had a 10 minute trailer ride up to NDF. She got out pretty easily at the barn and was happy to see some other horses. She met another friend of mine who had yet to see her. Then I took her in to the wash rack at the barn, just for fun. She looked a little but followed me right in. Once Tarra and Mystic were ready we packed all of our stuff out to the hay field for photos. Emi got a little squirrely when one of the babies at the barn was crying for Mystic. I got after her a little bit and she settled down. I got the camera set up on the tripod and we got in to position. I just learned how to use the self-timer on my camera and it's awesome!
The two adorable ponies 
Oh yes, they are going to be so cute in that pas de deux!
And they are both cookie monsters!
I sure do love this little girl!
She was super easy to load on the way home, and I did it by myself again. She and Roz were screaming back and forth when we got home, but she was still a bit unsure about getting out. She stood on the edge for a minute or two before jumping out. That's the first time I haven't had to push her out at home. Roz was so sweet with her when we got back. I think he thought we may never be coming back.

One a totally different note, this a little reminder for all of the women reading this....do your self breast exams! I just found out about a 25 year old girl who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Doing your self breast exam won't prevent you from getting cancer, but catching it early may mean the difference between life and death.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Playtime

We had a perfect December day today. It started off foggy, but by early afternoon the sun came out and it warmed up. Emi and Roz got some much needed time outside. I kept a hold of Roz for the first 30 minutes while Emi frolicked about. Once she settled down I let him go and they spent another hour grazing, while I cleaned up their stall and paddock. Emi put on quite a show today and I think she is going to make a great little eventing pony.  Check her out!


She's quite athletic!
She was jumping over this tiny ditch. Too cute!


After I brought them in, I cleaned Roz up. Since he's such a mud hog his tail has gotten really gross. I left Emi loose in the paddock and took Roz outside the barn, tying him to the horse trailer. I washed his nasty tail and his legs. Emi whinnied and kept an eye on us, but definitely did better than when she is locked in the stall. Once I was done with the hose I took Roz back in the barn and tied him in the isle, cleaning up the rest of him. He cleaned up nicely and was beautiful by the time I was done. Of course he promptly rolled when I let him go again. 
Next I went to work on Emi. Her hind socks have gotten pretty stained and I had decided I wanted to clean them up. I didn't think she was going to take kindly to the cold hose so I brought out a bucket of warm water and a rag. I had already sprayed her socks with ShowSheen Stain Remover & Whitener, so all I did was rinse them. It definitely worked and they look quite a bit better.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Enough


Many of us are making goals for 2014. I read this article today and I thought it was a timely reminder, that was worth sharing. 

“Being better is overrated, and it robs us of our joy in being where we are in life.”

Remember, where you are now is enough. Goals are good; they give us a target to be moving towards, and sometimes the motivation to keep going. At the same time, let’s not forget to enjoy each day along our journey. I think it's all about finding a balance. I’m trying to not wish away the time I spend with Emi as a baby. I’m certainly looking forward to her being 3 and started under saddle, but it’s nice that we are at a low pressure spot right now. At the same time, I’m trying to soak in Roz’s golden years, as you never know how long you have. Do I miss actually getting to ride towards a goal? Yes, I do. But I don’t want to wish away the precious time I have now. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, so we might as well enjoy today.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Costly

Since I started keeping Roz at home, I decided that I was going to keep track of his expenses for a year. It honestly doesn't matter to me how much he costs, I'd keep him regardless. At the same time, it is nice to have an idea of how much you are spending on a very large pet. I started a spreadsheet in January 2013. My average cost per month was $155. I thought that was pretty good. It includes all of his expenses, including hoof trimming and veterinary care. His cheapest month was August, at only $36. The most expensive was July at $509. July's number was high due to purchasing his hay for the year. How much do you spend on your horse per month? Obviously my costs are very low on a semi-retired horse living at home. I spent a lot more than that on him when he was boarded and we were showing. 

On another note, we had a wonderful Christmas. I got up fairly early so that I could let Emi and Roz out for a while, before we left for my grandparent's house. For Christmas I received an aluminum measuring stick. I measured both Emi and Roz last night. Roz is just slightly under 15.2hh. Emi measures at 12hh. I plan to measure her monthly for a while to keep track of how much she is growing. I also received a boucher, and I'm looking forward to trying Roz in it. From Tarra I'm getting a fancy browband for Emi (I just need to order it). I will post photos when I get it! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

We'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 

 "And there were shepherds living out in the field nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'" Luke 2:8-11

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Shortest Day

I'm so happy we made it to the shortest day of the year. It only gets better from here. The sun was out today and it was fairly warm. I spent some time with Emi and Roz out in the pasture. Emi zoomed around for a few minutes before settling in for some grazing.
The best trot photo of the day, even if she was trotting down hill.
I'm still trying to get a great trot photo of this girl. She just doesn't trot that much....
I love her expression
A kind face
Grazing together
Funny face
The face of a very happy, very muddy, rolling horse. Some things never change.
When I went out to feed tonight, I spent some time playing with Emi. I braided her forelock for the first time, and it's so cute!

Her mane is still totally out of control. Usually a couple inches at her withers fall on the right side. After that a few inches fall on the left, and the rest is split up the middle. It's still fine baby hair but it's gotten a lot longer. I braided it once, but as soon as I took it out it went right back to it's normal position. Most days I brush it over to the right, but tonight I brushed it to the left. I think it actually wants to lay on the left...Has anyone ever had success training a mane? If so, what did you do?

I also groomed Roz. As you can see from the above photos, he was super muddy. He absolutely loves to roll, which makes keeping him clean a full time job. He also doesn't usually enjoy grooming. Those two things are not a good combination. He needs a bath so bad and won't get one until the weather warms up again. At least he is clean under his blanket! He looks great (other than the mud) and is at a very nice weight. He's not the easiest keeper but he's not horrible either. Each day he gets free choice local grass hay, 5lbs of Purina Active Senior, and 2 scoops of Platinum. I also just had a fecal egg count done on him, and he's clear.

Friday, December 20, 2013

What A Year

I figured it was time I got in gear to do an end of the year post. Many of you have beaten me to it. It's amazing how many things change in a year. I wouldn't have ever guessed I'd be where I'm at now, but I'm thankful that I am.

In January I was completing chemo rounds 4 & 5. That was an interesting experience, and one I'd love to never repeat. Chevy was recovering from an injury sustained around Christmas and I was riding him a little bit as I felt up to it.
Mystic and Chevy giving each other moral support as Tarra and I kicked the big ball around
February brought a crazy beach ride and the sale of Chevy. Roz was hanging out at home, being an adorable beggar. I completed rounds 6 & 7 of chemo. We were also having lambs!
A sunny February day on the beach, perfect weather for almost drowning. 
Love that face! Photo taken on my new iphone since the previous phone died after swimming in the ocean
(see the above photo)
I love lambing season. They are so cute!
March brought the end of chemo! That was an awesome day. Roz had his 21st birthday...I can't believe he's almost 22 now. Where has the time gone!?
We had a party on my final day of chemo
The birthday pony!
April was a ton of fun. My hair started growing again! My adorable nephew, Finely, was born. Cardi won the CDI Freestyle in California. I had my final surgery to complete my implant and remove my port. The port removal ended up being quite an experience as part of the tubing had broken off and traveled through my heart. A few days after that, Tarra and I went to visit Winterlake Welsh Cob Farm. 


Baby Finley and I  
Hanging out with Yvette at Winterlake Welsh
Chloe pregnant with Emi
My adorable boy was enjoying the sunshine and spring grass. 
May brought some down time as a healed from surgery, and was not allowed to ride. Who's idea was that!? I got to start riding again towards the end of the month.
Riding again
I started riding Roz a lot more in June. We went to the beach and on several trail rides. Most notably, June 20th brought the birth of Emi! It was amazing to meet her for the first time and to be able to purchase her this year. What a blessing! We also cheered for Tarra and Mystic at a couple of shows.
Riding around the farm 
Handsome as ever
Beach riding- April on Roz, I'm on Mystic
So much fun!
Meeting baby Emi 
Precious at 3 days old
Tarra and Mystic looking like pros. 
July was awesome! Lots of trips to see and play with Emi, a surprise baby shower from my barn buddies, along with sunshine and riding time with Roz. Life is good!
She was bulking up at just a couple of weeks old 
Playing with her shower ball
Photos of Roz, taken exactly 10 years apart.

The fancy boy
August was busy and so incredible. I continued to make weekly trips to see Emi. Roz and I went to the beach with a friend. Roz was a super star but the other horse wasn't really interested in playing at the beach. I got my first hair cut since my hair started growing back. I had a meet and greet pass at a local country music festival and got to meet all sorts of cool people like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. It was fun! I celebrated 1 year from my breast cancer diagnosis and my family also made a trip to Ireland.
K & Roz
It was a beautiful day on the Oregon coast

Post hair cut #1


Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge- Northern Ireland
In September we returned from our trip to Ireland, and I resumed my weekly trips to visit Emi. She started growing in a darker winter coat and was getting so big! I continued to ride Roz, even though the days were getting shorter. I hate that time of year!
Can't wait to ride that canter some day!
Getting reacquainted after my return from Ireland
The perfect evening to ride

Growing up and getting closer to weaning day
Old friends
October was a month of beautiful fall trail rides, a trip to the beach, a quick weekend in Chicago, and Emi came home! It was super busy, but so fun.
Gorgeous day at the beach
No better feeling than cantering down the beach. I'd like to bottle that feeling!

My hair was really growing!
Fall is in the air
A beautiful Sunday afternoon 
Home at last!

November was a transition month, as the time changed, days go shorter, and I worked to settle in to a routine with two horses. I rode Roz some, but definitely less than I had before Emi came home. 
I love that sweet face
Roz was feeling sassy!
So far, December has been a fairly quiet month. I haven't been doing a lot with the horses, with all of the other things that are going on. Emi and Roz got hauled to the barn last week and Emi learned how to pony.
Christmas photos in the snow
Emi is getting tired of winter, so I gave her something to do
Learning to pony with Uncle Mystic and Aunt Tarra

Thank you so much to all of you who have followed along, and encouraged me through out the year. The start of the year was hard but it had no where to go but up, and it really did go up! I can't wait to see where 2014 takes us. It's going to be great!