DIY: Horse Trailer Mods / Organizing

I made several additions and upgrades to my little 2 horse bumper pull trailer to make better use of limited space and for ease of use.  Here are a few ideas:

(Warning:  LOTS of pictures!)

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Pro Equine Grooms – How to Do a Fast Daily Leg Inspection

I’ve mentioned before that I check legs and pick hooves daily, and do quick mini lameness evals before trailering out for conditioning rides.  I would much prefer to catch a subtle problem early than to let it go and have it turn into something more serious.

This post from Pro Equine Grooms gives a good overview of daily leg checks.  I’ll admit — mine are not quite this thorough unless I have a specific concern.  I usually just run my hands down each leg as I’m picking each hoof twice daily while the horse is eating in their stall.  If I find something questionable, I’ll bring the horse out into the cross ties with better lighting and get out my infrared thermometer to look for hot spots.  After a harder than usual workout or endurance ride, I’ll go over them with a fine tooth comb, but for daily checks I just do a quick scan.  I figure I’m more likely to actually do it every day if it is quick and easy. Continue reading

DIY:  Goat Milk Stand

We needed a milking stand for our Alpine dairy goat, who is due to kid in a couple weeks.  I did some internet research and started off intending to follow the plans from Fias Co Farm (which are really good, btw).  However, I wasn’t really in a constructing mood…  and I’m not really a great constructor anyway…  so I ended up just throwing some scraps of wood together without really following plans after all. Continue reading

Easter On the Farm

Lots of babies around here this time of year…

Newly hatched Olive Egger chicks, only 1-2 days old

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Running and Endurance Riding

You may recall that one of my goals was to start running more seriously and to complete a Ride & Tie with my sister.  You may also recall that I am most certainly NOT a runner.  I was that girl who made excuses to miss gym class in school.  I NEVER ran for exercise in my life until last winter, when Ink inspired me to start running so I could get off and help her through hills at endurance rides.  Then I injured my IT band and stopped running for a while.  I restarted that running goal this winter. Continue reading