In 2015, we will be having a weekly BARN NIGHT at THE FARM and also a monthly PROGRESS DAYS to help with the work in maintaining The Herd and THE FARM. Your participation is vital and crucial to the safety of our horses, our guests, and yourselves! Join us for hands-on time and, at the close of the evening, to stand back and say, "There. Now, doesn't that feel good to have that all done?"
Dress code is sturdy blue jeans, a comfortable shirt/jacket/sweater, your barn boots, and your barn gloves. Remember the winds on this hill. We will get dirty - that I promise you! And we will work if it is sunny, windy, or rainy. But "they" are the ones we work for and so I really don't think there is much more to say.
Weekly BARN NIGHT at THE FARM will be each Monday, beginning May 4th. Our primary concern for BARN NIGHT will be the treatment of ClydeMare's legs. We will also have tasks to be completed for maintenance such as topping tanks, filling feed tanks, and even fence repairs. We begin at 5pm on Mondays and will be heading home no later than 7:30pm.
A schedule for the PROGRESS DAYS events will be published in that bulletin board.
Join us! Spend some time working for them, feeling their appreciation of your cares, and knowing that YOU helped save a life because of your willingness to get a bit dirty at Refuge Farms!
Our girl is READY! The heat of yesterday was bothersome for her and this morning, as I turned her out after her breakfast, I told her, "Today's the day, ClydeMare! We begin helping you recover this afternoon! You will never again be this bad, I promise."
Her response? A quick check of my hands, pockets, and then my mouth to find her custom made treat from Linda J. Smart girl! Lucky girl!
And so our first Barn Night of 2015 was a HUGE success! For ClydeMare and for me!
Jeanne and Mary persisted and made a big step forward for ClydeMare. Her right rear was trimmed as much as the mare would allow and then scrubbed clean. The difference in her leg was enormous! We buffed her dry, wrapped her in absorbent towels and then vet-wrapped her for 24 hours. She stood so very well and I felt that she knew what was happening and realized it was important for her to comply. So proud of this little mare!
This is a good thing we are doing for her - and it is keeping her alive! The mare I see out there now munching grass and scratching Big Boy is happy to be above ground and wants more time to feel the sunshine on her withers. It is the least we can do - and the promise that we gave her!
Then Brian and Nick and Mary and Jeanne and I whipped up the corral panels to keep any horses out of the construction area. Gate panels are installed so us little humans can still get through the barrier without having to move panels - nicely done, everyone!
And then we topped the night with the removal of the north and south end gates in the Big Barn. NOW I can use the skid loader and begin to clean the barns. HURRAY!!
In preparation for next week, I'll work on getting the garage ready to receive the very generous gift we received today from Purina - that would be 288 boxes (at 32 lbs per box!) of Purina manufactured treats. Healthy and high quality treats. And 288 boxes of them - with 4 bags of treats per box. I need to sit down and do that math...... Every single box was lifted from a pallet and carried to be stacked in the trailer which I then brought home and parked.
So, I'm tired as, I'm sure, are Jeanne and Mary and Nick and Brian! And I'm a little sore, as I'm sure, are Jeanne and Mary and Nick and Brian! THANK YOU TO THE CREW WHO CAME TO BARN NIGHT!! Running this place and keeping it safe is more than one person can manage! So your help makes all the difference!
With the weather being absolutely perfect, it was a fun night!
Jeanne was here to care for her Clyde Mare. Amazing how that woman praises Clyde Mare when she is her most stubborn and difficult to manage. For instance, not wanting to turn a corner but backing up instead. Regardless, once Clyde Mare was safely in the shoeing bed, Jeanne praised her and told her how beautiful she was. Love is wonderful, isn't it?
Brian was here and once Clyde Mare was settled for the night, we tore into the fence line that separated the old barn pasture from the Gelding's Pasture. Now, once they get used to walking "into the fence", they will have access to all of the grass on the other side. Took me a while to figure that one out but it gives us use of the grass and gives the kids in the big pasture a chance to stretch a bit. Josephina and Faline were already testing the waters last night. Soon, Big Boy will follow them.
A good night! Perfect for a bonfire so we planned that Friday night, after we care for Clyde Mare we will light the bonfire in the middle of the driveway! So bring a chair to sit on and a l o n g stick! We will roast some marshmallows and spend some time talking . . . of horses, of course!
See you Friday night - Clyde Mare at 6pm and fire around 7:30pm or so!