Welcome Spring

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Mother Nature welcomes the first day of spring with the embrace of a fresh blanket of snow.WP_20150320_12_36_06_ProSeriously!  All of the snow had just finished melting.  We saw grass for the first time since January. Now this!  Not fair she is seriously not playing by the rules.  Maybe April will be good to us?

Song For An Old-Fashioned April

April, April, how do I know
whether thou be friend or foe?
Give me sunlight, give me breath,
Give me belief there is no death.

How I wonder, my giver of the flower
Whether I’ll have staying power;
To wage this battle through thick and thin
To know my love will come back again…

Tell me April, who is my love,
The red robin or the cooing dove?
How can a messenger seem so still
While streams overflow with winter’s swill?

Give me love or give me power;
I’ll take some of both
And contemplate the flower……

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/song-for-an-oldfashioned-april#ixzz3UwjiAbGP

All Smiles

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I am really enjoying seeing my lesson kids from last season again as spring is warming up for us.  They are like the spring flowers returning after the hard winters.  They are all smiles and that puts a smile on my face too.

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Is the Spring door creeping open?

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As I have been plogging and complaining about… this has been a difficult winter and we keep saying spring is coming.  So should I dare to say that winter is over?  Will we have anymore major snow storms? Will the weather temperatures continue to rise?  Looking at the trending weather forecasts I might say things are looking good. BUT you know what that means 12 + inches of snow needs to melt.

On Friday evening I got on Apple Jacks to test the riding ring.  I wanted to know how the melt was coming along and if we could do lessons this weekend.  Unfortunately the snow was too deep still, so once again the lessons were cancelled.  He was a good boy though.  A little hyper but that is to be expected in the ring.  We cantered around for a bit till he got winded due to the extra effort he had to put out to get through the snow.  That and we are both out of shape having taken the last month off due to the cold temps and snow.

So now we have mud. The snow is successfully melting and the ground is completely drenched and soaked.  I have been making water channels for days to make sure the water flows away from the barn and out of the pastures.

WP_20140308_17_27_20_ProPrincess Isabelle is a big fan of the mud.  In fact she likes to roll her body in every inch of it.

Nash on the other hand wanted to see what it was like to have a blaze.

WP_20140308_18_08_44_ProHe is so funny. I am not sure how he only got mud on his face.

My boy Nash


Word is spreading and the grass roots campaign raise funds for Nash’s Hernia surgery just passed it’s first week.  I realized I failed to show you how bad the hernia is and what the surgery will fix.  This week we decided to shave the spot so we could get a clear view of how bad it is.

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Then after taking these photos Nash and I had some quality time while he munched on some grass in between the spring blossoms.