reflections
September 4th, 2009 What Just Happened?

It’s been some time since I posted and for that I apologize.  But not really.  I do have a good excuse.

 

I’ve learned that Maine has about 20 weeks out of the year where it is possible to ride, train, trim and work.  This year, 8 of those weeks were rain.  So I am packing a year’s worth of work into 12 weeks.  That doesn’t leave much time for writing.

 

But this isn’t the only excuse I have.  Believe me, I’ve become good a finding excuses.  It helps me cope with the fact that I don’t have enough time in a day to do everything I’d like.  And it helps me keep things in perspective when I look at my to do list every day.  Everyday I have more to do than I can possibly do and that makes me believe in the theory of perpetual science.

 

My Dad was fascinated with perpetual energy.  That is how I came to know about the theory.  I watched growing up as he puttered with everything from stainless steel conversion chambers to plastic gallon jug recyclers on carburetors trying to create a solution for perpetual energy.  I learned from him there’s no such thing.

 

Wrong!

 

I have a perpetual to do list.   It is never empty.

 

This perpetual list has a lot to do with what keeps us busy.   Training, trimming, farming and making sure we still return phone calls, answer questions and take care of our clients needs.

 

In the two years we’ve made Harmony, Maine our home it’s been a progression of need to do it now projects (necessary for survival) and adapting to everyday challenges that came with this environment that help make up our lives and business. 

 

Overall, it’s been a good time even with the stresses that come with building a business, or rather, in our case, businesses.

 

I’ve learned that perpetual to do lists come with a clause that requires one to adapt.  After adapt comes the need to overcome.

 

In the past few years we’ve adapted.  A lot.  With the adaptation came an expectation that with each we would overcome. 

 

We were right. 

 

After trying hard to develop our horse training business and diversified farm operation we have come to an impasse with our Landlord.  My worst case scenario has occurred.  It happens to all tenants.  When you lease, you are always at the mercy of the owner.  In our case we’ve been given notice by our Landlord we have 30 days to leave.

 

For those who know us and those who don’t, this seems cruel.  Even heartless.  It is. Note to self: (Be careful who you do business with!!!!)

 

Breaking down a full throttle training business, farm and farrier schedule is no easy task.  It’s harder than actually building the business in the first place.

 

This week I’ve shed many tears with clients and friends and been humbled by their support and well wishes for us as we’ve found it necessary to say goodbye.  And shed more tears as our animals have sold one by one.

 

First the chickens and turkeys and then the pigs.  Then the sheep and next, to our worldly belongings.

 

Without knowing where we will go or what we will do or where we will end up, we’ve found it necessary to downsize and hope for the best.

 

With change comes opportunity I’ve always said. 

 

Here’s to opportunity!

September 4th, 2009 Where Are They Now?

Wow!  It’s hard to believe that just a year ago I was gentling 5 mustangs to make them ready for adoption or competition.

 

Many people have asked me for an update.

 

Lucy (my first Mustang Makeover horse) was adopted by our neighbors up the street and spent the winter with them.  She came back into training this Spring.  She’s enjoyed coming back and forth all summer but several weeks ago while running in their pasture she fell and rotated her ileum.  We have her back in our care now and have Dr. Dave Jefferson working on her.  Dr. Jefferson is the owner of Maine Equine and a superb Equine Chiropractor.  Lucy already feels a lot better after her first adjustment and is back to bombing around our pasture.  I rode her this past week but she is still sore, so she’ll go back to see Dr. Jefferson this Wednesday and we are giving her the rest of the year off to recuperate.  She’ll continue to receive her 3 times weekly massages, tail pulls and regular adjustments with Dr. Jefferson.

 

 

ShoGun has been officially adopted by me.  He has accomplished so much this past year!  After a full winter off I saddled up and rode him this Spring as if we had not missed a day.  He is full of energy whenever we ride and never has a bad day.  We’ve done some really long trail rides and ShoGun is always up for the challenge!  He loves to go!  He’s riding in a bosal, beginning to neck rein, picking up his leads easily, and loves trail rides and new challenges.  He goes most places at a canter and stays beautifully collected at all times.  Something that comes natural to him.  He’s being ridden an average of 30 miles a week at present and has done 2 parades this year including one in Dover-Foxcroft where 142 horses were present.   The Solon parade was particularly fun as it had quite a number of obstacles, all of which ShoGun handled with grace and ease.  He is quite the gelding and my favorite to ride.

 

Rosie came back into training with us and spent most of the summer here.  Her first two weeks she received a kick in the pasture that resulted in a hemotoma that required her to heal before she was ridden.  But Rosie is just sweet Rosie and she was perhaps my all time favorite mustang student this year!  Rosie rode Solon trail, handled traffic, crossed water and learned how to ride with just a halter and more while she was with us!

 

Gus was adopted to a marvelous couple who live in NH.  He made his new home his own and has been started under saddle.  Gus has grown a full hand since he left here and put on about 150 lbs. or more!  He’s given his new owner many days of smiles and we hear from them regularly on how much love and happiness he’s given them.