Home

Sunday Farm-Fun day

Leave a comment

On Sunday we had a visit from my college roommate and long time friend and her family.  It was the first time meeting her 2 girls and we had a blast!  We did everything we could on the farm in a few hours time: Met the horses, climbed on the hay, met the goats and donkeys, gave the donkey’s carrots, brought the donkeys back to the barn from the goat’s pasture, tacked up Heather for a pony ride, rode Heather around the riding ring, gave the horses and donkeys treats, gave the goats stale crackers, played hide and seek and scavenger hunt in the house, had tuna fish sandwiches for lunch, colored in the coloring book, went on an ATV ride and collected rocks. Phew busy day but we had so much fun and the girls loved every minute of it.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Fun Lessons

Leave a comment

So the object of horse back riding lessons here at GSF is fun.  We don’t train you to get ready for horse shows, we don’t look for the most perfect form.  We learn the basics and have fun.  I love to watch the confidence grow in my students.  We learn at their pace. We are safe with helmets and heels down but I try to do fun things as well.  In this video is one of my students cantering for the second time.  Casey is such a good boy, he tries to get away with a lot but once he knows he can’t then he will do as you ask.

After lessons during the cool down sometimes we go on a a trail ride.  It is a great way for the horses and students to unwind.

InstagramCapture_8895a4f7-745c-4c5f-a0c7-d3c5ec5cbad4

 

Getting Down to the Nitty “Gritty”

Leave a comment

The farm has received 8 tri-axle loads of screenings over the past month.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The grit was used in 2 major projects.  The first one was to provide footing in the shed row.  The horses had been standing in mud for the first half of the summer.  The grit provides now a solid foundation that the water can drain through.

Shed Row

Shed Row

The the most exciting project of all was completed in a day!  7 loads of grit was delivered to the unfinished half of the riding ring.  Then the BF spread it that night.  So in less that 24 hours we had a full riding arena!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Before

Before

WP_20140813_18_37_54_Pro

After

Special Thanks goes out to the BF who makes these things happen!

Heels down

Leave a comment

The BF and I were riding yesterday and I was trying to explain to him the importance of keeping your heels down and how to do it.  I can across a couple of articles today and thought I would share with all.

Heels Down: 5 Tips to Help by Classic Equine Equipment

Keeping your Heels Down while riding by Katherine Blocksdorf

 

 

 

August Already

Leave a comment

Where has the summer gone?  Someone told me today it has been a cold summer.  I don’t think cold is right, cooler than normal though, however the horses and I are not complaining about that.  They can spend more time outside and the bugs are not AS Bad compared to when it is hot.

I was thinking I haven’t posted any lesson pictures in a while so enjoy the slide show.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

My goddaughter’s first ride in over a year!

May 2013

May 2013

WP_20140719_17_13_25_Pro

July 2014

Hay - How are you doin'?

Hay – How are you doin’?

Even Warlock is getting back into the swing of things.

WP_20140806_17_44_09_Pro

 

Strength in Balance

Leave a comment

Found this fun video today.

I think it has some great exercises that will really help my students.

My Senior Horses are Amazing

Leave a comment

I came across this blog today: Reasons why senior horse are amazing.  I couldn’t agree more.  My 4 horses are getting up there and they are so trust worthy, reliable and healthy.

Cuervo – He is just an ornery old man.  His best friend is Apple Jacks but he whinnies when any of the horses leave the barn area.  He is stubborn, doesn’t like to make turns in the riding ring; Clumsy, stumbles when he forgets to pick up his feet, and best of all he is so rock solid as in nothing spooks him.

???????????????????????????????

Apple Jack – He is my little rocket. In the riding ring he is hot, just wants to go as fast as he can.  On the trails he is the leader and nothing bothers him.  He loves to be ridden and doesn’t run away from me when I try to catch him.  He loves water, when I take him in the creek he splashes around.

river_apple_jen-scaled1000

Nash – He is probably 15 years old so almost a senior.  He has completely recovered from his hernia surgery. I find myself getting on him bare back a lot these days. (I got the best friend bareback pad! It is great!)  He is comfortable to ride with out a saddle because of his Tennessee Walking horse gait the running walk.  He is calming down a lot, used to be super sensitive and slightly spooky but has been doing great recently.

Nash

Casey – He is just great all around.  Awesome with the kids and lessons.  Okay he is a little lazy and will take advantage of the kids if they are not confident enough.  But he never does anything wrong and is so patient.  He is always last to come in for anything, because he is at the bottom of the herd hierarchy.  He whinnies for grain.  He loves his scratches especially on the chest and neck.

 

WP_20140322_14_08_21_Pro

 

 

Older Entries Newer Entries