Over the past few weeks a lot of things have changed on the farm. School is starting and we are loosing some of our help for the summer but have gained some new friends.
Meet Alymoe (Aka Aly) a 10 year old Overo Paint mare. We bought her from a neighbor about 7 miles away. She has never been broke or left her pasture. She is super sweet and smart though, she wants to be doing the right thing but is also very stubborn. Abby wants to eventually breed her and have a baby to work with.
Getting her back to our farm was kinda crazy. Paige and Sami (who was helping out for the summer) had to ride their horses down to the neighbors house because we could not get her loaded in the trailer. She had never seen one of those before so none of us were surprised. By the time the girls got there Aly had already kicked Abby and run away a few times. They had taken her out of the pasture way too early and she was getting antsy. When the other horses finally got there we had to pony her back. Aly was never halter broke so at first this was a little bit of a challenge but when we finally started walking she caught on very fast. By the time we got home she was leading like a pro.
We have been working with Aly on many things getting her ready to be ridden. One of the biggest was putting a fly mask on and fly spray because they really seem to bother her. She has done great with letting us do all of this to her. Her and Cowboy are also getting along which is great!
Other then getting Alymoe there was still plenty of other chores to do on the farm. We got 3 buckets full of gravel for our drive way. Thank goodness for our neighbor or it would have taken us forever to spread it all out. He came over with his skid loader and was done in about an hour. Its really nice now because when it rains we don’t get stuck in our driveway!
The Next big project was to get the pen ready for Penny’s goats. Our neighbor had some fencing just sitting around that he let us use for the outside portion. Then we found some wood just laying around that we used for the gate inside.
On Sunday we went down to the sale barn with our neighbor to buy some goats. Long story short it was very confusing and we ended buying 3 goats and paying a lot for them. They are all very sweet and Penny is excited to start milking them. The one with the pink collar is Sombrita, the one with the purple collar is Elsa, and the one with the red collar is Bambi.
Our neighbor does so much to help us that we try and help him with anything he needs. This week he needed the girls to go to his place and help him pick apples off his tree. This in tailed putting them in the skid loader and rising them up into the tree. We ended up picking 2 five gallon buckets full of apples which we got to take back home with us. We have made a lot of apple sauce and apple butter over the last week.
Some old friends have already come to visit us at the farm. Thank you Noanie and Doug for coming it was good to see you!
We have found many animal around the farm but I think the favorite is always the toads and frogs.
We want to thank everyone that came out to help at the farm this summer! Good luck with school and hope to see you out here again next summer.