Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Signed sealed ,delivered!

Took Tango to his new home yesterday. He traveled well ,and unloaded like a champ! Kat was there to receive her new horse and I enjoyed a brief visit with her, I didn't get out to see Maggie while there but I hope to get a chance next time.I left her and Tango getting to know one another. ( I forgot to take pics ,but Kat's mom was out today and shared these.
I think they will be a great pair!


Today was all about me standing around while the farrier did the hard work. All of the horses were pretty good, and best of all the bute protocol we have Johnny on continues to work, he stook like a champ! Harley had a moment or two, but even so, Charlie commented on how quickly this colt learns things, He did try a couple times but with very little correction he gave in! 
I do need to remember to put Cactus in the barn to trim this time of year, the distractions made him a bit fractious but nothing serious, better to just put him in a position to succeed in future.
Aside form all of that Martin is home now for a while and we have been spending time together and getting a few things done, checking cows, checking fences, and the like . 
Life is pretty good right now.
Until next time... 
Stay safe  my friends 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

On a good day

On a  good day I can do anything
Just like I could before
On other days I try and fail,
As pain begins to soar
It comes and goes, from time to time
For no rhyme or any reason
Not from overwork or stress,
The weather or the season
Not from something I have done wrong
I did not rest too little
 Or too long
Day to day I walk a line
But if you ask me, I am just fine
Because I am overall,
The pain is a part of me that’s small
It does not change my heart or mind
It is simply not how I am defined
I am not alone, nor first to feel
This pain that is so very real
Judgement comes now and again
From those who cannot see
What is going on inside or
 How those words hurt me
Yet on a good day I can do anything

Just like I could before…


I wrote that some time ago, I believe I actually posed it here at the time.It describes pretty well how I feel about having Lupus,and Rheumatoid Arthritis. On a good day I am great, on a bad day ,not so much. But I prefer to celebrate the good than to linger on the bad.
I am not a big fan of negativity and complaining, not to say I  never do it,but I try not to live there. I feel that constant focus on the negative is in effect circling the drain, and just suck the energy and life out of a person. So as often as I can , I remind myself to think about "what went right" so that I can change the flow of energy to  positive.
That all said, I am posting this to in a sense explain where I have been, I am usually a regular poster and I read and comment on others blogs. The past few months, not so much.Yes I have been busy but also I have been tired, and having some pretty severe pain with my elbow and arm. Making typing quite uncomfortable . I have done some "speech to text " to post but that comes with its own issues lol (gotta love technology!).
I had another cortisone injection today so I am typing this  while the freezing is still in effect. And I finally gave in and accepted the surgical referral to have the elbow repaired or replaced. The idea of it still scares me but not as much as the idea of losing anymore use of my arm . So there it is.

On to the good news,
Tango has been sold! And while I will miss that kind soul I am so pleased to say he has been sold to a friend, a matter of fact to the same girl who bought his full sister Maggie!! So again I will be blessed to be able to follow him and his career! Harley is still available though I have a few folks interested ,it will just depend on the right buyer and the right timing I guess.




Calving was good this year with a 100% success in a reasonable amount of time. The dad bought a few, and they too have nearly all calved out without complications !


I continue to work with the EAPD program enjoying it and marvelling at the great work the horses do.
 Sometimes the coach gets some therapy too! 
and other times its just good fun



I had the opportunity to judge at a American Competitive Trail Horse Association ride earlier in June ,what a great time! Also following the ride I was asked to present a talk on Equine assisted Personal Development. This was held at the facility I boarded at and worked out of last winter. It went well,(sure funny how I am so uncomfortable with public speaking but this in probable the fifth time I have done a presentation of some sort in the past couple years! I have to admit it is getting easier.)

I will hopefully have a new crop of foals next spring we are breeding  1or2 mares to Phoenix and one to Cactus , also we had 1 outside mare in for breeding earlier in the year. 



The weather has been screamin hot and very little rain so hay is at a bit of a premium already, we are sure hoping the forecast is right now as they are calling for rain,in the hopes that the pasture will recover, the grasshoppers will drown and the second cut yields some better results !
I have been supplementing Phoenix and Cactus with cubes and beet pulp and they are both doing well, the rest are on grass,its just a matter of really strict pasture management . That and the fact that many of the horses here are air ferns, lol we are holding our own! Plus the dipping pool helps me to keep my cool!

Held a bridal shower for my niece Deanna who is getting married at the end of August, I am so excited for her, and yet a little melancholy, it seriously seems like just yesterday I held her in the hospital and cried tears of joy for meeting that precious little girl! 

Martin and I bought ourselves a little present, a "new to us" motorhome! so maybe a little travel is in our future! 
 As you can see Henry is growing like a weed and fitting into our family just fine


So there we are, all caught up,and it only took me half the night to type it lol. Its all good. I hope to keep more up to date soon and I really want to catch up on what everyone else is up to ! 
Until next time my friends, stay safe! 

Monday, 6 July 2015

place keeper

Just this while I collect my thoughts

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Well I said "I" had no foals coming this year

But Cactus did! lol Well he sired one anyway.I made a deal last year with the folks at the Rusty Horseshoe, a breeding to one of their mare in exchange for some board there over the winter. Well I really enjoyed my part of the bargain, so much so that I will be going back next winter. Now it is their turn. I am thinking they got a pretty sweet deal too!

 Welcome Cactus Cut Pete! 

They have sent me a second mare (and oops I forgot to get pics of her, but suffice to say ,if this is what we get from a grey QH mare , the next years crop is looking pretty exciting! 

I have plans to breed 3 mare this year, Ici (momma to Whoa Dammit) , Annie  full sister to Ici, and also Lacey then new mare , which way I go with each ,either to Cactus or Phoenix is yet to be determined, but the no foal famine here at Fern Valley will hopefully be over in 2016.I enjoyed my break but its time to get back at it . 
The rest are doing well, most on pasture and getting slicked up with summer grass. 
And little Henry is a growing concern! 




We processed the calves the last time Martin was home and they are out to pasture, just the tail enders still home with the bull.We are down to one left to calve.
Our pasture renters have arrived with 250 head of yearlings and that about brings you up to date.
I quite honestly cannot tell you what else I have been doing lately , but I have sure been busy doing it! 
I guess that is just the way of things . 
Hope everyone is well and as always ,stay safe! 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

More of the same


 Watching Henry grow, and wrap everyone he meets around his paw.

 Getting some critters out on to the green grass




 And taking some pictures 
I celebrated my Birthday , and the next week we had a get together to celebrate dad's birthday and Mothers day.




I have a few little projects on the go but nothing major at this point. Cat and Andee are home, and I have a mare in for breeding.I wont be breeding my mares till a little later in the year, as always I prefer to have the cattle done calving and out before foals start arriving . The calves are  being treated this weekend then whatever is left to calve will stay in and the bulk of the herd will be heading out to pasture. Hopefully then I will start getting more of the stuff I want to do done ... or not, we will just go with the flow and see where the spring takes me 

Meanwhile a couple of videos of Henry to hold us over till I have something more to write about




 stay safe!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Where does the time go ?

I cant believe it has been 2 weeks since I even looked at my blog, I am even sure  not sure if I have seen others and if I have missed something important , I am sorry.
So what have I been doing?
Well some of this,
A photo shoot with Mel 
with none other than Miss Whoa Dammit herself!
And below, this lovely fellow ,belongs to a friend of mine . His name is Wick 

 and that.



and the other

Henry is fitting in well, it took Skeeter some time to get used to the idea but overall he has been good.Little Henry is hard not to love , even the cat is accepting of him!

As you see,he comes to the office with me form time to time, and the work we get done when he is there is truly stunning lol 


 More often than not he is tagging along with or near Winston, who has taken to the role of benevolent mentor like he was born to it !




And as I said, Skeeter is getting there. That said Skeet can be forgiven a lot after his behavior yesterday , Phoenix had gotten down and cast in his pen , and Skeeter sounded the alarm barking frantically at the house till I came out . Loyalty? I kind of think so, he and "Fix " spend a lot of time playing and really, whats a dog and pony show without a pony? Whatever his intent I am awfully glad he let me know, and Phoenix is unhurt , was a bit shaken and agitated, but sound as dollar today with no ill effects.
So that about wraps up what I have been up to. Cat and Andee will be coming home in a week, and while I will be glad to have them here I sure enjoyed the convenience and companionship of having them at the Rusty Horseshoe, such great people . I have made a deal I think to do something similar next winter as well.

That's all for now, as always stay safe my friends!