Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hot Shot - The Saddlebred

I have a beautiful horse in training named Hot Shot. He is a pinto Saddlebred that is incredibly talented. I think he is every bit as talented as Big B was, but has an even free'er shoulder. I have been riding him since January, trying to get him used to my way, my seat, my aids, my voice, relaxation, all the usual things you work on with a new horse. What's cool is my beautiful Duchess saddle fits him (the saddle I designed for Riding Couture, along with Borne' Saddlery), which was custom made for B, and also of which I haven't been able to use for two years now, ever since B's injury. Hot Shot's owner, Liz, just ordered him a beautiful new bridle with gold piping to match the saddle. Schooling shows start in May, and I can't wait to get back out on the "scene."

This week I've been schooling canter transitions, in and out of the walk. He is getting stronger and stronger.
Below is a pic of the beautiful boy.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Big B's First Day

As many of you know, Breda had a major surgery on his superficial deep digital flexor tendon sheath back in December. A long-time injury finally reached the point of almost no return, pending this surgery. He was walking on three legs, holding up his front right foot to walk. Thanks to Dr. Delco at Pilchuck, Breda had his first day back in his pasture today. His leg is still not perfect, but for now he is having the quality of life that I was hoping for (pasture sound).

Going down for that first roll...

You know this is feeling good...

This made my heart feel sooooo good....

This was Big B in all his glory. Here we are making our Prix St. George debut. This was one of the best days of my entire life. We will always have this memory together. Thanks B...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mansion update

Well, the Goat Mansion is officially built! All I have left to do is add sawdust, hang buckets, hay racks and halter hooks, paint and decorate! Outdoor lanterns will be added, as well as artwork above each stall.

Below is a pic of the girls checking it out...cushy sawdust and straw will be added soon.

And then Penny arrived on the scene....

More updates are for sure to follow...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nothin' Like A John Deere!

We do everything in Grand Style at White Birch Farm. How else would you move thousands upon thousand of dollars of luxurious designer fabrics? With a John Deere of course!

Yep, this is how we roll around here!!!

Have a great day all!!!

Hugs and Kisses,

Melonie, Chica, Lilly, Breda, Inca, Penny, Penny the kitten, Trooper, Slim and Curly.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Spirit

The farm is beautiful right now, with leaves dropping and turning colors. The grass turned green again after our three-week summer and drought (no, this is not a typo, we really had a three-week summer). I have a very good friend/mentor/very inspirational person living in my mother-in-law apartment, and she is fantastic at getting into the Halloween spirit with fabulous decorations. The beautiful wreath above is hanging on the tack room door. This is actually the second wreath...Momma and Starla (the goats) ate the first one. We found wreath droppings all over the barn aisle and finally figured out what was going on. Dang goats!

Hanging below the wreath you find our pumpkin patch. My friend's children, Thomas and Sara, carved this cool pumpkin today. I got in trouble when Slim hiked his leg on the wood pumpkin. Hey, what can I say, I train horses not dogs!

Here we find Thomas carving a pumpkin. Gosh he's cute, isn't he! He is the youngest man to ever have a crush on me.... :o)

Fence art....

And finally, this was my view today as I was getting on Inca....

Happy Fall Everybody!

Melonie, Slim, Trooper, Momma, Starla, Breda, Inca, Penny, Penny The Cat, Curly, Chica and Lilly.

P.S. I took all these pics with my Droid.....not bad, eh?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"THEE" Goat Mansion

As many of you know that follow WBF on Facebook, we have a new addition...Goats! Their names are Momma and Starla. Momma was purchased from a friend of a friend, and Starla was adopted from New Moon Goat Sanctuary. They make all kinds of noise and are such a blessing and sweet piece of cuteness to enjoy. The girls needed a house, so.... "Thee" goat mansion is underway. While not quite finished, it will have three stalls and a feed room. The plan is "Fancy"! I will keep posting pics as I move it along!

This is Momma! She is loud, pushy, and an escape artist. I can't do anything without her screaming at me. Now I know how my mom felt when we were growing up. And that is....Me. Am I looking buff or what?

And this is Starla. You should see how cute she is. Makes the sweetest little noises. I went in partners with my friend, Sandi. Starla is her goat. I told her I would get goats if, and only if, she got one too. I let her keep Starla on my property, but the trade off is she has to help me care for them. Always a business woman at heart... ;o)