By Jenna Tyger
I’ve been absent from the blog for a while. There are a few reasons for this, but the biggest is that we had a new addition to our family …
Meet Sadie! She came in April, and we couldn’t be happier. I found out I was pregnant shortly after starting this blog. Between work, the animals and the farm, I just couldn’t keep up with everything! Right now I’m on maternity leave, and using the time to catch up on things I neglected when I was pregnant and extremely tired.
Life has continued during this time. We’ve had some losses. The one that hurt me the most was losing my dog Buffy the day after Thanksgiving. She was 11, but it was still unexpected. We also lost a few birds to accidents and one to a raccoon. Recently I lost one of my rabbits. For me, losing them is the most difficult part of keeping animals, and I always vow that I can’t keep doing it … then I end up with more.
Most of the work on the farm has fallen to my husband for the last several months. I’m just now getting back in to helping out in the barn. The weather has been going back and forth between chilly and dreary, and hot and sunny. I’m a hot and sunny weather kind of girl, so I hope it stays soon. It definitely makes it easier to go out and do the work I need to do when I enjoy the weather. Between the animals and our garden, which my husband just planted, I’m going to be spending a lot more time outside soon. Which brings me to the project I need to start before I go back to work – retraining my horse Cricket.
She’s blind in one eye, and I haven’t ridden her in three years. She’s only 10 years old, far too young to be a pasture ornament, and I need to get her going again. Unfortunately, she’s stubborn, and has developed some bad habits since she’s mostly been turned out for the last four years. It’s going to take a lot of effort and I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m going to try to work with her.
Hopefully I’ll have more successes than failures to bring to the blog coming up. Any tips and advice for training a blind horse are welcome!
Until next time –
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