To blog or not to blog, that is the question.

I guess I have learned that I am not exactly a blogger or am I?  I truly wanted to keep something going for the farm and to tell it all on what is going on but it has not worked like I hoped.  It always seems like something has stopped me from sitting down and writing away.  I think about it in my brain on what I could write and put down but the problem is just never sitting down and watching the words spill out from my brain via my fingers to this blog.

There is always work on the farm and horses to adore, a lovely new colt to play with this year and various shows or events to attend.  Of course the never ending bills, paperwork and promoting and selling horses.  And then your life.  But it’s what we love and there are always the things you wish were not there…eww, paperwork and bills but then I think about our new boy and it makes it a bit easier, though he is a snot!

But I think about the good things that I should write about and I am hoping my brain will settle down to let it flow onto the virtual page.  Our new boy was born on Memorial day, a silvery color which when he gets older will not be one who browns out.  His name is Quintus, who is a Roman general and we expect him to lead for us when he older.  We also were very pleased when our boy Lionheart was invited to shown at Breyerfest which is held at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Another of our boys Uther is going to join him in the open demo but Lion gets his own!  And of course Uther is showing off at 2nd lvl.  As always we have horses for sale as we try to get a bit of a smaller herd and we are out there teaching people about Friesians and having fun doing it!

So now in between that I need to get the news out and let everyone know what is going on, I should be bloggin it to you.  Hmm.  I have a feeling it won’t be happening right now but I need to figure out how to.  So I hope to get the news out but til now I need to think, how does one sit down to blog?

Spring is coming??

Hmm, well in Michigan that is a questionable question.  If you say “Spring is coming”, you know you are doomed and whoa to the person who said it!  But at the moment, its kind of nice here in the glove state.

The sun has peeked out from behind the thick clouds from which it has been hiding for quite some time, I for one was happy to see it, it has been awhile.  The temps rose to what we consider in MI, shorts weather!  lol, well, we have a different view of things here.  It has been rough since I cannot enjoy it completely having a boot on one foot (with the 2 stress fractures) and a strained Achilles on the other one, leftover ice and the rough terrain here is not my friend.  But it’s still been nice.

The Friesians have looked up and just been basking in it.  I looked out upon the pastures and more than one Moose in a pasture has been sprawled flat-out snoring in the sun.  Sometimes there is one overlooking them and sometimes not, all of them are getting a tan.  When they are enjoying themselves this is usually when we have people who drive by and next thing we know are heading up the drive to the house and knocking on the door.  Most people assume that when they sprawled that something is wrong with them.  I appreciate that they let us know but I smile and if I can sneak them down by the mooses they can hear the soft snore, or usually loud snore as they are enjoying their names and the sun.  People do not know that they love to sprawl in the sun and nap just as much as the rest of us!

I love watching them like that.  I do not mind the winter but I love this time of year as well as I know they do.  Hopefully though, I have not jinxed us by my words but lets keep the sun out and shining either way!  Think I might just dare the hill and head out into the pasture and curl up with them and get a little snooze in as well.

The Dragon celebrates 20 yrs!

Oh boy… It is hard to imagine that we have hit 20 yrs.  We never thought when we first started what we could have accomplished or shall I say what we have.  All we wanted was to breed the best Friesians we could.

We started with our gelding Caesar and went looking for mares with our first foals arriving in 1995.  One of those being my mare Lucia and another being Lionheart, the one and only, he arrived first and of course has been the one and only since than, well, he thinks he is the one and only and he always will be.  From there we have had our first premies, our sters, our models and ster stallions.  I suppose within the Dutch registry the only thing we have not done is to make a stallion.  Lionheart made ster, he made that the first year they started that, they loved him but told us they would not make him stallion as he was too laid back…lol…wth!  We were though the first farm that made a model mare in the US, Sietscke, now that was a trip, which paved the way for everyone else and made it a whole lot easier.

Outside of the Dutch we have shown all over the US.   Within the USDF we have taken many breeder awards and all sorts of performance awards within the USEF and IFSHA as well as our stallion Bearend taking Friesian stallion of the year for multiple years and BDF being both Breeder and Owner of the year as well.  And our favorite, Lionheart, taking Horse of the Year, which he likes a lot as well.  I could list all sorts of stuff that we are proud of every year and I admit one of the things we love is excelling in our costumes, ok, so that is not quite performance but we love to do it, from Armor to Period and Fantasy.  We make what goes in the ring and we have a ball doing it.

But it really all comes down to the horses.  I love going out and just leaning on one of the Friesians and getting a hug while being mugged from others.  The joy of just watching a foal being born.  All of the little things, well, of course fixing fencing is not among that list!  While it has its down sides as well and the longer we are here we dread the days our Friesian family members leave us but we look back with smiles on the memories we created.  I can only hope there is another 20 yrs but either way we will love every minute we have with them.

What to blog.

To Blog or not to blog, that is the question.  Or what to blog is the question.  I have not babbled here for a bit as the things have been a bit frazzled and the holidays do not make it better.  But then the question surfaces, what do you blog about.  It’s far easier if you have something you review constantly, or your making something or things that occur on a more daily basis.  But what do you blog about all the time for a horse farm??  It is the same thing with facebook for a farm, especially during the winter months, not much happens and who cares about the weather!  Argh.

So this blog will be short as I try to think with the new year where to begin and what to blab about.  And since I just got nailed with having two stress fractures in my foot, I need to take it easy, pfffff, lol.  Get to wear this lovely boot thing that is annoying as hell for 3 – 6 wks and hope my foot will finally heal.  But back to the weather!  It is going to be 50-something on Sat, so the mooses are enjoying the heat wave, though not the mud that is showing up in the snows place.

So any suggestions on what I should yap about let me know!

But Happy New Year to everyone, enjoy your 2013!

All in White

I had wonderful intentions of doing at least weekly posts but the best laid plans as always,with horses, shows, paperwork, online work…the brain gets overloaded.  Though not as many shows or events this year we finally came down to the all important one, the one owners and breeders of Friesians wait the year for, the keuring.  For those that do not know, that is where we show our horses to the Dutch judges as they make their yearly pilgrimage to hit various sites on the US to judge our horses.  From the babies to the adults we wait and hope our horses obtain the best scores and the highest premies.  Of course we all think our horses are worthy of the rare first premie but not all are but yet we all hope.

For a reason I am not sure of, the proper way to present a Friesian horse is to dress all in white (the part we all love and look so good in, cough, cough) which includes the handler and the horse.  Years ago when we first started we could not find a bridle in white, we ended up finding racing bridles we could use which have since fallen apart.  White halters were easy, you could order those.  Bad enough finding white for yourself, better buy those white jeans at just the right time of the year!

We had 8 horses heading down to the keuring in Ohio, two trailers worth.  We were all set until Jo went to take the truck for gas she realized there was a problem, the truck was not stopping.  As she took it in we had news that made our heart sink, the brake lines had broken and no matter who we checked with it was going to take more than a day to fix and us out 2k…sigh.  Now what.  We checked with everyone we could and no one had a fifth wheel that we could get our trailer down with.  So we did what we could and took two small ones after our neighbor let us use their truck.  So most of the horses stayed home and left us heart-broken, but it was take a couple down or none at all.  So our young stallion Uther, a young mare and my mare and her new filly went down as well as meeting a gelding of ours at the grounds.

We thought our boy had a shot and it made us cheer as he made ster stallion.  Uther loved all the attention and thought he was the hit of the show, typical moose.  I had told Jo that so far I had not had a first premie for my horses and she told me my filly was nice, she had a shot, I smiled.  I always get excited when our horses go into the ring and my heart pounds and especially so when mine do.  I watched my filly go, as I had not really made her show off at the farm, and my eyes opened watching her go and I was forgetting to hit the shutter on my camera.  The judges then announced what they saw and I realized I was not hearing much in the way of bad but lots of good, I breathed and then they announced she was a first premie, I let out a cheer!  Oh my.  When she went back to show for the Champion Filly, I tried not to think that she had a chance but she strutted her stuff and her trot just floated but she was only 3 months and so much smaller than the 5 and 6 month olds she was showing against.  When they came to announcing it took a few moments for it to sink in as they talked about the age difference of the fillies and then said Nemesis was the Champ somewhere in there…everyone told me to go out there and I just looked staring.  Lol…I was so happy, what a little snot she is and she kicked butt.

Nemesis showed for the Keuring Champ but even though she was first premie and the older ster mare was a 2nd, the older mare one.  They discussed that but I never really figured out why the reason they do that but ah well, I love my filly and she still kicked some serious butt!  So we have one more show left, the USDF Finals in KY with Uther and Alchemy qualifying, cannot wait!

I look out as the leaves in the past few days have quickly changed colors.  I hope to get some photos shoots in before all of the leaves have dropped, cannot believe how quick the summer went.  So now to see if we can sell some horses before winter and the usual workings of the farm.  So we put away our whites for another year and give all of our hard-working horses a well deserved hug.

We’re having a heat wave…

And that was an understatement. Ok, so at the moment it is not a heat wave and the temp is pretty awesome. We have spent the previous past two weeks with high 90’s and with our humidity here, bumping things into the hundreds. The past few days just really put it up there. Whew…. And to make it worse, no rain in ages here, til Wed and I am not really sure that counts as rain as we got nailed with a storm that was something fierce and boom….power, what power? It took five days for us to see power again and the temps were at almost a hundred and add in some humidity, arghh. I dont mind roughing it and a lot does not bother me and we do not have air conditioning and with a well, no water. But the heat makes it rough and no way to get any air moving…unless I want to run around a lot, lol.

But the horses were the issue, luckily our neighbors were wired to the hilt with generators and we could mug them for some and kept the horses watered. Ya know, one would think the big, black, horses would hang out in the shed with the heat and sun…not! Every time you looked they were out eating grass or hanging somewhere else, dang. Though only thing I am sure they wanted and I could not really provide is being hosed. I got to a bit but not as often as I hoped. All of the Friesians seem to be water horses, they love to play in the water and will stand there forever while you hose them.

I am so glad the power is back on, though bummer our fridge is now completely empty. It has been a really long time since we have had this kind of outage, not since the first few years we have been here. ok, now back to catching up what got put behind after all this, the mooses will be so glad to go back to getting hosed!

Waiting, waiting and more waiting.

Waiting for a mare to foal can be extremely nervewracking. You keep checking on her looking for the signs to tell you she is close. With a mare you know and that has foaled a few times before she has certain signs which are different than the others or you know what she usually does before she foals but its still nervewracking and they can often be sneaky! Some mares want you to be there and often wait til you are checking, others do not want you there and the minute you are out of site, boom, lol.

So I wait for my mare who’s due date is really almost two weeks away but those that are bred late often go early and often if they are bred early they go late, such is the general rule we have found. So she is generally sticking to that but really closer to her date, I expect she will go within the week. Course now that I said that, hehe. Course the heat lately would make anyone want to avoid it. Her stall is ready for her and I keep checking on her. She looks at me as I do and almost seems to smile and goes back about her business. I truly cannot wait to have my arms hugging a little foal again, I wonder if she is excited to be a mom again. Hmm. If only they could really talk.