How nice of you to stop by

waiting for Nancy

Again, and again, and again.

A mere 16 months with the blog and there are more readers than I ever thought.  How fun!

Wonderful to see that you keep coming back!  Thank you!

I’m sure most are just reading the mobile website version, or through WordPress.  I’m good with whichever way you choose to visit!

If you’ve clicked through to the Full Site, I’d love to hear what you think!  Some changes here and there, I always wonder if it’s even legible from “the other side.”

still waiting

Today, all I have is Valiosa gorging her self on grass.  Waiting for Nancy to come and pick us up for some adventures with the trailer.

more waiting

More waiting.

Then it just got pain ugly.

and eating

Things are looking up!

Feeling very hopeful with Valiosa’s work lately.

You want a sensitive, brave, easy and personable horse with hard little hooves and a bit of a race car attitude sometimes – then an Andalusian cross is the way to go!

Other than being an extremely small horse, she’s turning out to be more than one could ever dare to wish for.  (A tiny thing, last measured at 15.1, and a half.  I’ll have my vet do it again late fall once she’s well past 4.)

With a whopping 58.33% of you voting in my poll for Valiosa going grey by 8 years old I’m enjoying her beautiful blaze for as long as it lasts.  She’ll be stunning all grown up, just like Jaworzno below.

Jaworzno

This is truly a great time of year;

Heat has not yet set in.  Feeling energized and productive everyday.  Grass is still green.  Enjoying the last couple of weeks before summer sets  in!

Both horses are going really well.  Everybody is healthy.  The new saddle works, and Valiosa is definitely settling in with her riding.

Wonderful times!  I can’t wait to see how she evolves.

For all the hard work put in, it’s SO nice and rewarding to see all the nice results.  Incredibly happy with both this mare and gelding now, and loving being at the new Blue Horse Farm!

Cooper April

That’s  one happy Cooper above.  As soon as this post goes live, we can all sit back and watch things unravel, going terribly wrong, and life return to normal again.

Have a beautiful week!

Colt Update

Love hearing back from readers!

If there’s anything you want to hear about, let me know!  A few readers have asked to hear more about the colts that keep popping up in the background on the blog.  So, here’s a quick update on Blue Horse 2013 warmblood colts as requested.

colts running in grass

These colts, Middleton and Maverick, belong to Blue Horse farm and are not mine.  Rumor has it that one might be for sale later this year, hopefully to a show home.

Here is a year in recap on them.

 

January 2014, during gelding clinic, before weaning.

Pat, holding on to his little boy while still drowsy.

Pat, holding on to his little boy while still drowsy.

I have had so many clicks on the January gelding clinic in the pasture.  Sorry to say none of the pictures show any details…

February 2014 in pasture.

Both mares and colts were still hanging out together one last month as a herd before weaning.

 

March, on their own in pasture.

They would come in each night in the barn, then bumbled around all day together in the grass, running across the hills.  This was at Castle Rock Farm and they had a very large space to roam.

Colts in March

 

April, cantering happily in their grass pasture every day.

Doing their honor lap every morning.

colts running free

 

July, 1-year olds, trouble makers during rides in the arena at Castle Rock Farm.  As soon as I was done with the warm up walk, ready to start, they’d sprint around, hooves thundering.  Of course they stopped, looking innocent, as soon as someone took a picture.

Colts making trouble in pasture

 

Spring at the new Blue Horse Farm.

Big happy boys, coming 2 this summer.  This is Middleton, talking with his horse trainer.  Maverick is still here too, in a parallel pasture.

Middleton

Drop me a note if you’d like to talk to their owner about taking one home to start training next year.  ♥  Not yet offered for sale, but it never hurts to ask.

Morning Fog At The Farm

Low visibility.  Early morning.

The colts waiting.  Barely discernible ghosts.

Low visibility

All sound dampened.  Water dripping off the roofline, despite no rain for a few weeks now.  Self watering, at its finest.

Winter in California

Waiting for the farrier can be good. Sometimes.  Took the time to catch some images of the farm instead.  N. Cal winter – after fall, my favorite season here.

Riding the first morning shift at Starr Vaughn last weekend, it was very dark and foggy too.  But here we are, after.  The fog more like a smoke screen in the background.

Demo Ride at Starr Vaughn
Love our Valley Winter Riding!

January 12th, entering the busiest stretch of 8 days ever

There simply won’t be enough hours in the day this week.

Not sure how it will all fit together.  No use to fret, it will all happen, one way or another.  Promise not to bore you with the details.

When horse-life, and the other, often even more demanding real-life gets a bit too busy, it’s nice to take a look at the basics.

A little girl, enjoying some simple horse time.  And Jaworzno, enjoying his little girl.  (And the grass, sometimes not sure what he likes the most.)  He’s living the easy life.

Jaworzno

How it all started for many of us.

This week will be a mixture of dirty, hard, and lengthy work, and then a quick ride at a swanky place at the end.  Of course we’ll fit in, Cooper and I…  (Once said out loud, it must be true.)  Another Appaloosa adventure.

Quick report of the weekend shenanigans next Monday morning!

Digital Detox

New pond in early morning light

Make some tracks!

Early Morning – Blue Horse Farm

Light frost.  Like icing on a cake.  Squinting, pretending it’s snow.

The New Pond

Early Winter Morning Sun Rise.

The new pond.  Feeling lucky to be here.

Valiosa on grass

And then Valiosa, finally in large California Winter Grass Pasture.

She first had to learn to be an easier catch.  Watched my sons crack that code.  Humbled.

Minimal clicking on the phone this week.  Refusing to take part.

Digital Detox.  Perhaps you should try, too?

This Blog is not Twittered, Overly Face Book Blasted, Stumbled Upon, Pinterested, LinkedInned or shamelessly self promoted in other ways.  It’s just here.  (Although I’m more than happy with you sharing it in any which way.)

Lighter this way, isn’t it?

Thank you for reading!

Blue Horse Barn Is Done!

Turned out really nice.

Time to get all tack stuff organized!  Feeling a bit lost…  Tons of rain is making things around us a bit mushy, but that won’t last long.

This is what it looked like right before it was finished, before the pipe pens went up with outside access from each stall.  You can see that it’s open view between the stalls inside.

Back side of the barn:

Back of the barn

Very impressed with how quickly it was done !  Rain gutters along the sort of rough-looking top edge will complete the look.  Plus a thick edging to prevent run-off of the DG base in the pipe pens.

Oh, and completion of automatic waterers, and electricity.  8 stalls, although one is for food, second for tack, and third for storage.  For now.

Dan Gooder

Very happy we have nice shelter in time for this second 4-day down pour.  Once it looks a bit less wet and dreary, I’ll post a shot of everything (mostly) finished.

Leaving you with a shot of Jaworzno, meeting some new friends/fans.

Pasture meet and greet

He loves to be adored like this. While not working as a full-fledged dressage show horse any more, this is right up his alley. Although he will get to show them some of what he really can do – perhaps they will become dressage converts…