Well forum, it has been a long time.
Well so far things have been going well for husband and i until last week. And in the process, he has decided to give his 2wk notice, and off to hunt a newer and better job. Fine with me.
So we have plans on either moving if things don't straighten up here on the family farm. The plans are after he's at his new job for a year or so, we're going to save up and either pay off the property, or straight out buy it out from under his grandfather, have is surveyed, and subdivided. Then we'll build our new house, and barn and his garage. If things don't straighten up with the family part of it, we're moving, simple as that. Not my decision either. I'v been looking up places for sale, and just property for sale in area's surrounding us. I found a few. Everything is still up for debate.
As for the herd, i'v added a new member, a Mountain Pleasure Mare, named Morning Star Chloe, a smoky cream, with blue eyes, standing around 16hh or more. She's loads of fun to ride and work with. I hope to show her next year if everything works out for us. Loony is doing great, finally have an equine chiropractor out working on her back, and the new vet to monitor her progress. We're still stumped as to what has caused her issue, and what it may be. Though she still can't be ridden yet. We've been working on liberty work a good bit lately, and enjoying nice long walks up the dirt road. She seems to be roaning out, i'v noticed it on her dorsal patch and her flank patches. Storm has been doing fantastic, he loads and unloads in a trailer now, takes a bridle and saddle like a pro. I can even jump up and set on him now, not for long since he's only 2yrs 5mos old. He's come a long way. I'm so happy with him. I'm stumped as to what color he's going to be when he matures. He's got so much white flecking in his coat it's not funny, i think he's roaning out. His mane is orange, and his tail has grey, white, and chestnut in it. He's even getting white hairs in his mane, and his face has a lot of white now too. I can't wait to start taking him out and about during the show seasons. He's displayed some cow sense, and is more than willing to try for it. I can't wait until he's ready!!!
Shadow is doing great, i finally found a remedy for his sweet itching, mineral oil.....rub it on his itchy spots and let it soak in, it also helps his hair grow back, and keep his skin from drying out. Whoo Hoo!!
He's been doing really well, i'v been riding him around bareback, i haven't seen any signs of arthritis lately. He's got loads of speckles this year. This winter i'm considering separating the herd from the others and putting them behind my house. I'm not sure, hubby has the same idea, we'll see how it goes.
It's already fall, and my potatoes didn't do so well, they sprouted, but that was about it.
All that hard work for nothing...oh well there's next year. I"m on a mission to begin homesteading, and making everything at home. I have plans on expanding the yard another acre, and getting dairy goats, since i'm lactose intolerant. I already raise pigs, and i'm getting some chickens. I'm creating a few layouts for gardens and stuff. I have plans on using raised garden beds. And getting a couple cows to breed to raise a couple head of beef for ourselves. Slowly things are coming together. I soon hope to become totally self sufficient!!! Chloe, Loony.jpg