What a beautiful and calming morning it was today. Lots of time to exercise and do some daily reflection on things are going. Spring is so close, tomorrow we are suppose to hit a high of 35 degrees, a heat wave. We are having the 3 Icy mares preg checked in hopes that Triggvy was a good date to someone. One horse in the barn is real ouchy from a new farrier trying to get her heels growing out
We had a great weekend. It warmed up enough to bring the die hard riders to the coverall indoor arena for a horse fix. It was great to see everyone and the horses! It dosen't take long for them to get out of shape. It takes even less time to get them pissy about getting warmed up and a little bit sweaty again. I LOVE it. I just need to get my taxes done now so I can focus on riding and riding and riding. The horse Expo will be here in no time. I want my Icys to be ready for the get up and go part. We are having pregnancy checks on the 3 mares to see if our little Triggvy stallion was able to play like the big boys last fall. It would be AWESOME if he had at least one foal on the way. It was 13 above this morning at 4am for doing the barn chores. A heat wave as far as winter goes. 2 broken manure forks and a $45.00 broken corner feed dish tend to take down the meager January profits, but it is part of the stable business, losses are to be had. I hope people are starting to think about clinics now and want to come to ours. We will have a fun day with some guaranteed good food..., Yum Yum. Dick the rescue horse is doing better and his side kick Sassy is now being turned out into the mare herd for some sunshine and exercise. Dicks' penis is still won't retrack full so cannot be exposed to the cold weather yet. I give him a 50-50 chance of him totally recovering from his frostbite and being able to be outside when the weather is below freezing.
There is just nothing good about a Minnesota winter. Only the anticipation of spring keeps you going sometimes. The temperatures are supose to be 20 below zero tonight with 30-35 below wind chills. I can't even stand the thought of it being that cold. Is there ever really getting ahead in your daily barn chores? I think not. While getting the feed into stalls this morning at 4 am I caught one of the barn cats useing a feed pan with grain in it as a LITTER BOX!!How gross is that? Now I have to be careful to not put out feed pans ahead of time in the stalls. Another set back...but manageable. I was able to get a couple of ads placed in local magazines for our horse clinic we are having in March.We are starting to get sign ups for that already, I'm excited. I don't care what the weather is outside that day, I just thank God for our coverall arena, it's the best thing any horse facility can have. So many uses, exercise, training, riding on bad weather days, anything to just be able to get your horse out and moving in the winter.
It never takes long for something eventful to take place at a stable full of horses. Last night our youngest resident T.B. decided to tear the barn apart one stall at a time. Cupid a 4 soon to be 5 yr. old. He thought he'd leave his stall after his owner brought him in and went for a few horsey treats from the tack room. Cupid, thinking he could squeaze thru a half opened stall door, hooked his winter blanket on the door and proceded to rip it off the rollers and drag it the full legnth of the barn (63 ft) and then hop into an empty stall. After he was able to unhook the stall gate from his blanket, he decided to leave his new stall. He of course got hooked on a second stall gate!! Ripping that gate down fromn its hinges, he dragged that one in the oppisite direction half way down the barn before unhooking. His poor owner just stood to the side and watched in horror as he went running past her out into the yard. Before anyone could catch him, Cupid decided to leave the yard in the dark of night and go visit the neighbors horses a half mile down the road. All the while the poor young owner chasing him thru 3 ft snow drifts and in the dark. An hour later Cupid was returned by his now exhausted owner to his stall which he should have never left in the first place. The stall gates were rehung and there was no damage to the large frightened horse. He was reluctant to re-enter the barn at first though, but we persuaded him to comply. Mental note: Time to change the stall gates to have a chain, instead of a sliding latch. Dispite the drama, all is well at BWF.
Seven below zero this morning, and it's suppose to stay cold a few more days. Is it possible to have a favorite manure pitching fork? I guess so because when I couldn't find the right fork this morning. I thought my day was off to a rotten start. One of our newer horses has decided coming in at night is not what he wants to do anymore. Chasing him in the dark and cold at 8pm at night when all others have raced to get in the barn is frustrating. We finally achieved this with a great sense of accomplishment and feeling of being one with the horse.
I think my fingers should be thawed out by noon.
A poem for you:
It's winter here in Minnesota
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.
Oh, how I love Minnesota
When the snow is up to your butt.
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around.
I could never leave Minnesota
I'm frozen to the friggin' ground!
When walking out to the barn I heard an aweful squealing and wailing of horse hooves on another body. I had to laugh when I reallized it was our 650 lb icelandic stallion Triggvy trying to get romantic with a 1600 lb percheron cross gelding. Evidently it was not too cold for romance, just the wrong sex.
OMG! It was so cold this morning at 4 A.M. doing chores. It is easy to forget these kind of days after it starts to warm up, but living them sucks!! When I opened the barn door to let the inside horses out thier breath froze and hung in the air like tooley fog, it was so cool. I need to remember to order feed soon. I just try not to have the feed delivery guys have to come when it is so cold, I must plan ahead. I sure miss the riders coming out, thank God the daylight is getting longer each day now.
Welcome to our stable blog. I thought starting a log of our day to day stable life could brighten and hopefully enlighten a few people. My name is Mary Loch and my husband Dale and I own and run Broken Wheel Farms in Watkins Minnesota.
January 1, 2010
It's very cold outside which makes the daily routine of the stable just a little more difficult. When things are frozen they tend to not start, (tractors) run slow(the barn cleaner) or freeze up and not work at all (water hoses). All which happened today our first day of the new year.
The horses are very frisky in the cold weather. I think it's funny how they roll in the snow with thier blankets on. The ones with no blankets are so beautiful and clean from rolling in the snow. I think they run and buck to get the blood circulating along with just having fun.
Dick, one of our 2 rescue horses seems a little better each day. Last month when we picked him up his penis was hanging frozen solid underneath his starved body. We held little hope of saving him. He has put on a good amount of weight in the last 4 weeks and his swollen penis is shedding off the dead frozen skin and showing signs of healing. He has still be unable to fully retract the penis back into his body so no outside for him yet.
It was so beautiful this morning, but still so cold, 26 below zero according to our truck thermometer. The barn stays about 40 degrees warmer with all the horses in it at night. 5 horses are brought in each night and 15 are left out side all winter with small buildings to get out of the wind. 3 of the outside horses are brought in to be fed each morning and then let out afterwards. Triggvy, our icelancic stallion and Jet and nickers, two of our fresian sport horse yearlings get a breakfast to help them grow up to be the best that they can be. Triggvy had frost on his facial hairs and eye brows, that was so cool to see. He's such a beautiful stud, I can't wait to see his future off spring.