Post by Melody Garner-Skiba
Rocking Heart Ranch
Every day each of us gets a little older. It does not matter what industry you work in or what job you do, days go by so quickly and none of us get any younger. This is especially important to remember if you want to ensure your way of life, your business, and your passion will continue long after you are gone. The horse industry is not immune to this circle and unless we get our kids to exchange remotes for a set of reins, we could find ourselves in a bit of a conundrum down the road.
It is with this potential pitfall down the road, that our ranch started to work on a vision of getting Youth Back in the Saddle several years ago. Our mission is to encourage up and comers of all ages to get involved in the industry and contribute to ensuring this way of life that we all love will be around for future generations. One of the projects that our ranch is undertaking to meet this vision, is our 60-day Colt Starting Challenge. This challenge focuses on promoting up and coming trainers who are trying to ensure that people of all ages get back into the saddle and stay in the saddle! Continue reading “Exchanging Remotes for Reins..”
Some things just catch your fancy.
Like a Mule and Donkey Show.
or how about a Pony Show?
Alvesta Sedona, yearling Welsh Section B (Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre) was 2017 overall Welsh Gelding Champion. Owned by Alvesta Farm; shown by Karen Podolski. Michelle Walerius Photography.
I was reading through the events section on Northernhorse when it struck me that these might be fun “things to do” for almost anyone. Continue reading “Mules & Ponies”
I cried today as I hugged Oreo’s neck. Sobbed in fact.
No, she is not sick or dying. She has been sold to what I think will be the most wonderful home we could ask for.
This is the price a person like myself pays for raising horses. Mixed emotions.
You cry for joy and you cry for loss. At the same event. Continue reading “Mixed Emotions”
Procreation. Really it is all about procreation. All the excitement. Twice yesterday while working in the garden I literally had to duck because one of the male hummingbirds was graced with a female audience in the cherry tree and absolutely had to perform some of his best “look at me girls and how virile I am” swoops while his iridescent greenness flashes in the sun.
Needless to say, I don’t have any photos of this.
Nor do I have photos of the same hummingbird explaining to one of the male finches why he cannot possibly land on this cherry tree. I almost got sideswiped in that deal too.
The wrens are dropping down from above to gather sticks for their nests. Sometimes it takes them quite a bit of time to get them into their house but they usually make it happen. Not so much the swallow that is trying to move into the Martin House. When she drops the stick, she just flies away – not to be seen again for hours.
Some days I would like to be like her. A free spirit or so she appears.
But I suck at “relaxing”. I am truly grateful to be able to do all the things I can do. I can think up even more things to do while doing things.
As I planted the 2nd bag of onions, I told myself I will give all my kids some beautiful home grown onions this fall. Then as I planted the 3rd bag of onions, I told myself I will give all my kids some nice little bundles of green onions.
Now I am trying to remember if any of them like onions or if I am about to become known as the “onion lady” instead of the “pepper lady” at the food bank this year.
The mares are at the breeding farms. I miss the babies a lot. It is raining. I don’t have to water gardens. Perhaps I’ll make a pot of coffee, sit on the deck, listen to the rain and spend a little time enjoying this bursting of life and procreation called spring.
Yellow Rose Futurity & Derby – Claresholm, Alberta Canada – May 5-6, 2018 Results
Western Fortunes would like to thank everyone who participated in our first event, the Yellow Rose Futurity, Derby and Open on May 5-6, 2018.
Also, we’d like to extend special congratulations to Kareen Warren and her mare, Miss Coronaboon sired by Boonlit and out of Corona Lina (Corona For Me* x Dinah Carolina). They dominated the competition, winning every WF round, pocketing $1890.00
for the owner and breeder!
We’re so pleased at how successful our first event was and we can’t wait for the rest of the season! Good luck, everyone! Continue reading “Results of Western Fortunes Incentive”
A lot of very interesting information in this video (first published in 2011) but be warned that it includes a dissection of a horse. Might be more visual information than some folks like.