Farm Life

Snapshots of Summer – Part 2

As we transition from summer to fall, I love to take a little stroll down memory lane… here are some snapshots of our glorious summer at the Green Barn

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We expanded! This is the inside of the “other” Green Barn!… Continue Reading

Snapshots of Summer

As we transition from summer to fall, I love to take a little stroll down memory lane… here are some snapshots of our glorious summer at the Green Barn

River exploring with Eliza and Jolene

We moved to the farm!… Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Green Barn!

Exactly one year ago today I took the leap.

I can’t believe it’s been a year already.  Sometimes it feels like yesterday the Green Barn slid its doors open for the first time, other times I can’t even remember life any other way.  … Continue Reading

Expansion is a GREAT thing :)

The “other” Green Barn is open for business!

Expansion is a GREAT thing :)  After packing and moving households for the last month, Chad and I turned our attention to cleaning and preparing the “other” green barn on the farm!  Working feverishly night and day paid off, we’re open!… Continue Reading

Dealing with the summer heat…

I’m sure everyone will agree that this summer has one thing going for it.  It’s really HOT.

Although horses’ bodies are conditioned to live outside 24/7, in extreme cases of heat we need to be a bit more mindful of the signs of a horse suffering from heat exhaustion, or worse, heat stroke.  … Continue Reading

Home is where your horses are :)

It has been my heart’s desire as long as I can remember to wake up in the morning and look out over my land and see my horses grazing in the distant fields.

I woke just this morning while the mist was still on the ground, walked out to the front porch with a steaming cup of coffee… and enjoyed this very sight.… Continue Reading

Carrot update!

I haven’t mentioned anything about it in awhile, but remember this?

The long-awaited carrot patch!  Back in April, we planted a bunch of carrots at the barn, using Mel B’s square-foot gardening method and our own homemade compost.  Fast forward 3 months and we have some happy horses!… Continue Reading

Worm alert!

All horses are at risk for internal parasite infestation and therefore need to be on a good de-worming regiment.  But with so many options for de-worming, how do you know what’s best for your horse? The following quiz gives great guidelines for whether your horse needs to be on a daily de-wormer or a purge program (strong wormers several times a year).… Continue Reading

Attention horse people…

Awww… beautiful… right??

WRONG!!!!!

Horse people… can you tell me what’s wrong with this picturesque scene? (hint, it’s not the brown dead spot where the hay was!)

BUTTERCUPS (aka ranunculus)!!! Every horse owner’s nightmare!!!

These beautiful flowers which cover the fields in a blanket of cheery yellow, contain an enzyme called protoanemonin which is POISONOUS to horses (they cause mouth sores and in extreme cases, colic) and are a HUGE nuisance to the one managing the pasture (ahem, ME!)

Don’t panic though, horses won’t eat the buttercups unless they don’t have plentiful forage available to them (i.e.… Continue Reading

Welcome “Elmer” to the Green Barn!

So… I know the “welcome to the Green Barn” posts are typically reserved for the ponies who call our barn home – BUT… we have a new member of the family that needs an introduction!!

Although he isn’t a “horse,” he is quite full of “horsepower.”  LOL!!… Continue Reading

Stop… breathe… and enjoy :)

You might remember a post I wrote last week, half-joking while airing my dirty laundry about not being in the best mood and feeling quite overwhelmed… basically just having “one of those days,” or in my case, one of those weeks!… Continue Reading

What a week!!

I definitely need to preface this post by reiterating – “I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!”

I absolutely adore the horses, enjoy working with them every day, and truly am excited to get up every morning and hear their nickers when it’s time to feed them…

…but every once in a while you just have one of those weeks.… Continue Reading

Here come the carrots!

Sorry that i’ve been MIA for a week!  :)  The thing about having a barn is that when I go missing for awhile, don’t panic!  It’s not actually bad news, it’s just that i’m sooooooo busy I don’t have time to write!  … Continue Reading

Horray for barn work weekends!

This past weekend at the Green Barn I called a “barn work weekend,” basically just asking for volunteers to come out and lend a hand…

…2 hands are better than 1… 4 hands are better than 2… and 48 hands are fantastic!!!  … Continue Reading

The most annoying sound in the world…

…has got to be a cribbing horse.

You walk into the barn, and you’re greeted by the comforting sweet smell of hay and the warmth of the horses’ bodies all tucked in their stalls… the quiet calm of happy ponies munching their dinners… and then…

THE SOUND.… Continue Reading