Life on an Arabian breeding farm in Capitan, NM.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


It’s supposed to get down to 19 tonight, and I believe it. It’s 29 already with clear skies.  My entire body is protesting the cold weather. Oh well such is life or at least my life. I haven’t written because there’s really not much to write about.  I still have some winterizing to do. I did manage to get the barn doors to close. We’ve lived here for about 7 years, and never closed the barn doors. Rudy made doors for the back, and side, which were just open doors but the front doors we’ve never closed. It seems to me that I remember Rudy saying something about them being too old, and rickety to close. Well the one door definitely needs some TLC, but once I cleared away some of the accumulated hay, and dirt they closed just fine. Well not completely because the one door doesn’t hang straight so I couldn’t latch it, but hey an open inch or two is better than a wide open door. With the wind raging through the barn it can’t stay all that warm. We’ll see tomorrow morning how much warmer it is.
April did get on Star (was it only last week?), and rode her around the round pen at a walk, and a little at the trot. This week is supposed to turn warm so she should be able to ride her again. Once she has her basics I’ll start training her. While I’m riding Star April will start working with Stormy. Star had some exposure to riding before she came home so she has been easy. Stormy will be totally from scratch. He is also more skittish so It will probably take him twice as long to do. By the end of winter I hope to have all the girls under saddle. Ser-Haat will be another story. I will have to work with him at first. Slowly I’ll introduce April to him. He’s the one kid that April hasn’t been able to win over. I’m hoping that once I can get him under saddle he will be less shy. We’ll see.
April also started on Sadie’s feet. I just haven’t been able to even rasp them. As April said I don’t know how she’s been able to walk. Of course that’s part of the problem, she doesn’t walk or trot or anything when she’s in a stall. In pasture her feet are perfect, but then she gets too skinny because she’s on the bottom of the pecking order. I just can’t seem to win.
Everyone has put on some weight, but not really enough for me. I’m really starting to believe it’s the oat hay. They get enough of it that’s for sure. Ibn, and Marina refuse to eat it so I’ve gotten grass for them Sadie, and Lizzy. Angel will leave for Ca in the next week or so. She’ll be gone for approximately 5 years. God willing we will be more financially stable by then. Sandy wants to breed her to Mystic this spring. I told her that was exactly what I planned. I can’t wait to see what she drops. I really wish horses had shorter gestation periods. A year is a long time to wait.
Except for finally getting my house in order (ok so I’m not quite finished), nothing much else has been going on. My pain issues have prevented me from doing much of anything. Along with that comes fatigue, and now numbness in my hands, and arms. Since I don’t have the wherewithal to go see a specialist, I’m living on pain pills, muscle relaxers, and Advil when needed. Isn’t growing “mature” just so much fun?????