DIY:  Helmet Paint, Round Two

I took a minor tumble a couple weeks ago.  No big deal, it had been a long time, and I guess I was due for a fall. I got up immediately and was totally fine.  My helmet didn’t really collide with the ground, it was more of a skidding across the ground…  but I needed to replace it anyway, just in case. Continue reading

New Dairy Goat

Last week we welcomed home our new Great Pyrenees, Mud.  He is doing really well settling into his new lifestyle and getting used to people surprisingly quickly for a mostly feral unsocialized 11 month old dog.  I figured it wouldn’t take long, as Pyrenees are usually very sweet good natured dogs, but he came around faster than expected.  He already wags and smiles when we come into the barn, walks on a leash, and has even started to play a little bit. Continue reading

New LGD

We’ve been planning on buying a Great Pyrenees puppy to serve as a livestock guardian dog (LGD) on our farm.  Right now we just have horses/donkey and meat rabbits, as we trimmed way back to prepare for moving, but we intend to get chickens, guineas, and dairy goats this spring to replenish our farm population.  The LGD is primarily needed for protecting the young goats from predators.  It will also be nice to have a general security dog here on the farm. Continue reading

Ink TROTS again!

It has been nearly 10 months since that fateful day when Ink’s hoof boot flipped off while cantering, she took a bad step, and came up lame.  Suspensory.  The most dreaded word in the sport horse world. Continue reading

Equine Circuit Training

Getting two different horses endurance fit, but at different levels of work and speed, plus another horse to rehab, is very time consuming.  I can usually only trailer out for trail riding once a week, and last weekend I used that trip on a slower ride with both Squid and Moxie, going at Moxie’s current speed (still in the long slow distance phase).  Not quite enough work to boost Squidy’s fitness in preparation for her upcoming 50 mile endurance ride.  So I got creative at home the next day. Continue reading