In the past 365 days a lot of blood sweat and tears have been shed. We have officially been in our home for a year. Since moving in you have come along with me on my journey to bring Blade home. The work began in January; a warm spell allowed Zac and I to go outside and work in the yard. Trees were prunes, the stream was raked, and we got to know our property. This helped up lay our the ideas and plans for the busy year to come. Zac and I spent time walking the property to get a solid plan.
February blew in more winter. The 2018 winter in New York was a snowy one. We spent a lot of time snow-blowing, shoveling and roof raking. In February I focused on projects in the house and learned to make my own hay nets. March really was no better. As the days became longer and warmer we began to emerge from the house and went back to exploring the backyard. In March I set a goal to have Blade home by May and I simultaneously made plans with my trainer to bring Happy with him. This helped motivate me to get things done.
Spring began at the end of March when the snows melted and left us with a shockingly we backyard. We were so saturated you could hear the water trickling. Equipment was rented and materials were purchased. In the four weeks of April we cleared land (by hand), installed 300 feet of french drains, and set up one full paddock complete with the electric fencing setup. I had also set up my new round-pen and corral shelter. In these four busy weeks Zac and I got to know our neighbors much better. They saw how hard we were working and we grew close. We learned quickly that we have the best neighbors anyone could ever hope to have.
May was the month Blade and Happy came home and we officially became a horse property. We also adopted Bardi, our fluffy Icelandic Sheepdog who has proven to be THE MOST AMAZING DOG EVER (seriously, even non-dog people want to take him home). I continued to work hard and added the second paddock. I also had the confidence to go try something new all on my own: mounted archery. This led to the discovery of a whole new fire within me.
The heat of June combined with dietary changes and major life changes threw Blade for a whirlwind. He suffered mild colic a few times which led me to suspect he was experiencing gastric issues yet again. I spent a lot of time monitoring Blade, attending mounted archery practice, and preparing the site of our new run-in shed.
July came and we began the big build. My incredible friends and family teamed up to make my dreams and Zac’s carefully thought out plans a reality. The days were long and the sun was hot. We enjoyed the pool often. At the end of the month two of my girlfriends made some bucket-list dreams comes true. Borrowing a friend’s horse I went along with them to Lake Luzerne and camped. We trail rode and even took the horses swimming. I couldn’t stop smiling even if I wanted to.
Facebook is a wonderful thing and in August I found an ad for some old polytape fencing. It wasn’t in the best condition but two strands easily covered four acres. The gentleman advertising it gave me all plus some hardware for only $25. I put it up two weeks later; it’s not charged and runs in and around trees but the horses have a fantastic turnout pasture at the top of our hill. This has been tremendous in keeping them out of the mud during wet weather. I also explored another new-to-me activity, cattle sorting!
Time got away from me in the later summer months. Taking advantage of the weather was of the upmost importance. I am only realizing now that I never posted about several events including our housewarming party! We hosted nearly 60 people at our home for a wonderful barbecue. Blade gave pony rides to my cousins and hugged my grandma. Blade has improved so significantly that I began to desensitize him and train him for mounted archery. Surprisingly enough he took to it quickly. In our second session we were trotting around shooting the target on our own. We also purchased our new ATV which has made life so much easier. At the end of September I had to sadly say goodbye to Happy as she left my home, returning to riding at my trainer’s farm. Before she left I made a wonderful connection with Susan Kayne, founder of Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation. I began fostering Zeno Bay and Vai Via a week before Happy went home allowing for Blade to become acquainted with the boys before losing his girlfriend.
October rolled in and brought with it some cooler weather. The boys got to know each-other and I was collecting donated blankets from some amazing supporters. November was a great month for indoor activities. Cornell hosted a seminar where we learned to run our own fecal floats to look for parasites. I attended Equine Affaire again and I spent most of October and November getting to know Vai Via and Zeno Bay. The personalities have made them both shine. The months have been wet, however, so it’s been very inconvenient for riding and making much progress on that end. Due to financial reasons I stopped taking lessons. Now, at the end of December I am very much missing them especially when I want to ride and it’s either dark, too frozen, or too muddy.
I don’t know what the coming year has in store for me. I sense more big changes on the horizon. Depending on how these changes play out the year can unfold into several different directions. Right this moment I can say I would love to earn enough money to get back to taking lessons. I hope to finally find a routine that works to help me lose weight and stay active with the balancing of horses and working out. Unfortunately my mounted archery club is on shaky ground but I hope to practice at home. I also hope to become a stronger more active voice for thoroughbreds by making a place for myself within the Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation.
Also, something very important to me, is The Green Horseman. I want to know how you think I can improve. This year I posted 81 articles. What did you like? What didn’t you like? Most of my articles are posted Thursday mornings.
Do you want to see more educational posts?
Do you prefer my journey?
…or do you like the mix?
I would like to become a more structured blogger and revamp my website to be more user friendly.
Do you want to see product reviews?
You voice is what matters most!
Below is a COMPLETE listing of 2018’s articles by month. I thank you for being with me on this journey and hope you will continue to support me in the new year.
January (6 Posts)
01/03 – RESOLUTION TIME
01/08 – Equine 101: POP QUIZ (#2)!
01/23 – Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence
01/24 – Every Barn Needs…
01/28 – Weekend Projects
February (5 Posts)
02/10 – Playing on a Friday Afternoon
02/15 – The Power Argument in Dentistry
02/17 – When You Fall Off a Horse…
March (9 Posts)
03/04 – Afternoon Naps
03/13 – Blame It On Heartland
03/15 – Progress
03/18 – Weekly Photo Challenge
03/22 – Don’t Judge!
03/31 – I’m Drowning
April (12 Posts)
04/02 – It’s Someone’s Birthday
04/03 – Barn Cat Arnie Again
04/05 – Update on the Homemade Hay Net
04/07 – Farm Updates: French Drains
04/09 – Busy Brain = Lack of Sleep
04/12 – Fencing Update
04/19 – Did You Catch Me?
04/23 – What’s That Burning Smell?
04/26 – Backyard Critters
04/30 – Weekend Update
May (7 Posts)
05/02 – T Minus 24 Hours
05/03 – We Have Arrived!
05/08 – Farm Update
05/10 – When the Going Gets Tough
05/17 – New Experiences
05/24 – Shout-Out For the Trainers
05/31 – Overdue Update Part 1
June (11 Posts)
06/01 – Overdue Update: Part 2
06/02 – Overdue Update Part 3
06/03 – Overdue Update Part 4
06/04 – Overdue Update Part 5
06/05 – Overdue Update Part 6
06/08 – Equine 101: Horse Vitals
06/09 – Putting the Vitals to Use
06/11 – The Aftermath of Last Week
06/14 – Recovering From The Stress Dump
06/21 – On to the Next One
06/22 – Quick Fun Update
July (1 Post)
07/31 – Summertime Slump
August (2 Posts)
08/02 – Bucket List!
08/09 – Cross Training On The Weekend
September (8 Posts)
09/13 – Horses Update
09/15 – Barn Progress
09/16 – Bad News and Good News Squared
09/19 – Mounted Archery Update
09/21 – Day 1 for Two…
09/22 – Mounted Archery at Home
09/23 – New Toys, New Tools, New Fun
09/27 – The Ups and Downs of the Weekend
October (6 Posts)
10/18 – A Needed Night Away
10/22 – Celebrate the Wins
10/23 – Everyone’s Talking About It
10/25 – Happy Birthday and Thank You
10/26 – Spending Money Like Ouch
November (9 Posts)
11/01 – A Joyful Noise
11/07 – Poop, Yes I Said It. POOP
11/16 – The Green Horseman at Fantasia
11/22 – Happy Thanksgiving
11/26 – Blade’s Resolutions
11/27 – Tis The Season to Be Giving
December (5 Posts including today)
12/06 – Update On The Three Amigos
12/20 – Hay, Hay You! What’s New?
12/27 –Christmas Festivities