Marina and Pip enjoying the snow.

It is only Wednesday but I feel like I’ve walked enough for two weeks.  Monday was farrier day.  (That is the guy who trims horse feet and puts on their shoes.)  We have to plan a day ahead for this event since our horses are outside horses.  Sunday was a cold one so the horses got to stay out in the pasture all day.  That meant that we had to walk in the six horses that were going to have pedicures so they would be at the barn early in the morning on Monday.  Our farrier puts us first on his list.  That means he is here as soon as it is light enough to see the bottom of the horse’s hoof.  Those six stayed in the paddock just east of our house.  Well five of them did.  Gary and I were out there before daylight to put the horses in the pens.  Remember the temp. on Monday?  Something like 7 degrees F.  Gary started to get Sheriff, as he was not with the other five.  “He’s gone!” Gary shouts.  “How could that be?” I replied.  “He ducked under the electric wire.”  says Gary.  “He’s with Nosy.  I’ll go get him.”  So went the first half-mile hike in the cold for the week.  Sure ‘nough, there he was standing in the paddock that was open next to where Nosy and the others were grazing.  (Sheriff and Nosy are full siblings; the only ones we have.  They are a year apart in age and never met each other till Nosy was about one and a half years old.  They immediately became best buds and have remained so ever since.)  I got the boy and walked him back to the barn.  The farrier was there when I got back.  The temperature was probably about 10 by then.  I was sweating under all those layers!!  Thank goodness the wind was not an issue.

After the farrier left, we again walked out to move the herd to the dry lot where the six newly pedicured ponies rejoined their friends.  The wind had picked up by then, no sweating!

That afternoon they were taken back to the pasture.  Tuesday a.m. we walked out to the paddock and brought the herd in for the day.  Because of the impending snow,  four of the horses get to stay in our primitive, inadequate barn.  We do this because they have thin hair coats and/or they just don’t handle the cold as well as the others.  Cold without wetness doesn’t bother them but wet and cold is not a good combination for these four.  After walking those four to the barn, the herd got to go back to the paddock to munch the night away.

It snowed last night as expected, we didn’t get a lot.  Just as well from my point of view.  I walked the barn horses out to the pasture in two trips.  No need to keep them in those cramped quarters since they were nice and dry.  It wasn’t nearly as cold this morning but working in any cold with all those clothes and heavy boots is exhausting.

Marina wanted more snow.  She spent some time playing with Pip and hiking around in the snow.  This snow wasn’t a good one for “Olafs” or snow balls.  It isn’t sticking.  But when you’re from the warm climes of Spain any snow is a good one.



Not a lot of snow but plenty of cold.

It has been a cold week.  The snow just made the cold a little more bearable.  Marina is thrilled to have a snow day.  Personally, I’m glad she had enough for a snow day but glad we didn’t get any more snow.


Great Day!

It was a beautiful day although it started out rather cloudy.  Most every morning we bring the horses into the dry lot next to the barn lot.   Morgans are extremely “easy keepers”.  This means that they can live off very little food; rocks and air for many of them.  So most of our Morgans are overweight even now in the dead of winter.  They don’t need to eat 24/7 and the pastures don’t need them eating all that time.  In the late afternoon we herd them back to the pastures to graze all night.

This morning I was entertained by May Flower and Oreo.  Oreo is our Australian Shepard.  He is going on two and does a fairly good job helping us to herd the livestock.  He stares at them and then will leap up sometimes at them and sometimes just a leap.  He decided May Flower needed to move.  May Flower decided it was time for a staring contest.  Her head was bent to the left with her eyes focused directly on Oreo’s eyes.  All of a sudden May Flower popped straight up into the air and kicked out.  (In a dressage class she might have gotten a 10 for that move.)  Oreo jumped and twisted to his right easily escaping May Flower’s exuberance.  It is never boring! 

Oreo doing his morning chore.


Serenity on the trail!


Forever Young Mothers and Daughters

What an amazing life I lead!  No, we didn’t win the lottery or build an indoor arena.  But, I get to live on a beautiful piece of God’s creation with an amazing husband and lots of wonderful animals.  Probably sounds like a nightmare to many but I love it.  Through this blog, it is my intention and hope that I will be able to share my good fortune with folks.  I hope to do  more frequent posts about all of the fun and exciting things that happen regularly here at Prairie School Road Farm.

The pictures above are from November 14.  We sponsored a Mother/Daughter Equine Retreat Day.  It was a blast!  It never ceases to amaze me how through experiences with the horses folks gain insight into their own personas.  One of the women commented how working with the horse taught her about how she responds to people.  Very insightful lady to take a horse moment and apply it to her life.

January 1 was a beautiful day; sunny, cold and crisp.  It was Sugar’s last day.  She followed us out to bring the horses in and did not come back.  We found her passed away in the middle of a field in the sunshine.  We are sad but she had been plagued with a heart condition for over 18 months.  Most recently, we could tell she was more and more uncomfortable.  She left us doing what she loved most, following us, especially Gary, around the farm.

Today was our first day feeding horses hay in the paddock.  The wind is fierce tonight and the temperature is going to be steadily dropping.  We decided to give them some hay even though they have lots of grass in that paddock.  It has been a pretty warm winter so far, grass has been growing off and on through out the season.  The livestock likes that.  But when it gets cold with wind, they also appreciate a boost.   Marina, our Spanish exchange daughter, and I were riding on the hay trailer.  We could look down the bluff through the woods into the horses’ dry lot.  There they were eagerly awaiting release to a night of food.  That is except for “Crook”.  He is the class clown.  He had a huge feed pan that had four horizontal legs extending outward from it in his mouth shaking it up and down.  That pan is advertised as unbreakable and that horses will not be able to turn it over or pick it up.  Those folks never met “Crook”.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings.





Horse Camps 2015

Horse Camps 2015 are going GREAT.  We are half through and are still safe and having fun.

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What our campers have to say.

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Prairie School Road Farm is a terrific horse camp.  These comments are just a few that prove making the drive to this camp is worth the effort.  Come check us out.

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Some Statistics

74% of 2014’s campers were repeat campers.

Of the repeat campers 81% have come to Prairie School Road Farm Horse Camp for multiple years.  Some have returned for 5 years.


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No scheduled Open House this year.  Please call to arrange a visit to check us out at your convenience.

The Twins

Friendly and her twins!!

Friendly had twinsbut she was rejecting one of them. That was not good. A friend told us to put them in a small space and keep the Mom apart from them for a couple of hours. Here is the story of how we did all that and what ensued. Well we went out and got the rejected calf first. Of course that was a challenge! First we had to be sure we had Friendly’s calf and not one of the other cow’s calves. Massey, Cutie andTippy all have calves. We lassoed the rejected calf. (Pretty Funny). I stood there holding on to her while Gary checked out all of the other cows and their babies. Then we put the reject into the back of the Kabota. Gary laid on top of her to keep her from flopping out. He kept hollaring at me to not go too fast as to toss him out of the Kabota. LOL We got little Reject into the corral. Went back out to get Friendly and her little bull calf (henceforth called Lazy). He was asleep, as usual. Of course we had to convince Friendly to follow us. After we had her attention, we put Lazy into the back of the Kabota. She thought that was OK and started to walk off. S—! Of course we had Tippy’s attention also. I drove the Kub through the gate, stopped it, chased away Tippy and herded Friendly toward Lazy and the Kub. Gary got Lazy out of the Kub and was leading (dragging) him to getFriendly to follow. She followed through the gate. I shut the gate and took off in the Kub. Gary is laying on top of Lazy and Friendly is following. This time Gary is yelling “slower” and “faster”. It was intense. Well we got them all to the corral. We put the calves into the shed and locked them in there so Friendly could see them but not nurse. I think everyone took a nap; including Me! That was all around 2:30. About 4:30 we went down and let Reject out to see if Friendly would let her nurse. Nope! We decided to get the cow chute and lock Friendly in there so she could not kick or head butt little Reject off of her. Meanwhile I got to talk to the vet and ask him what he recommended. He said the chute was a good idea but to not separate the calves from the cow. We got Friendly into the chute and had both calves nursing. Phew!! They nursed for a while and then we got Friendly out and went to the house. My knees hurt all night!! Then this morning we got Friendly in the chute again and the kids nursed. Friendly is not kicking off Reject as badly as she was. The vet says it will all be better in a 2-3 days. Sure hope so. Also hope little Reject got some colostrum when she was born.