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, 21 April 2013

The long wait is over, well nearly

 " The boys" my geldings , have been itching to get out of winter quarters  for some time  now, I felt for them, Johnny struggles with dry feed as the end of  winter comes ,not heavy  just a cough, which is resolved  as soon as he  can get out and rip and pick a little. The hold up has been all the snow and the water situation  While I know they can eat snow I don't ever trust that it is a way to go , colic, and so many other issues  present without fresh  water.Well finally we have open water in the dugouts and overnight temps are such that, the boys  can get out of the paddock and see the world again. They seem to know the day I am heading out to do this and meet me at the gate  ready to rip.Not too many theatrics caught on camera today . But it was sure fun to watch!
 If any horse here ever tells you  he is afraid to walk through a puddle, he will be lying! 
 Heading up to see what Martin has for them 
 They have spied the bale (we still feed hay out  in this pen till the grass  comes up)

Obligatory  Johnny Handsome shot! 
Stay safe  my friends, spring, she is a coming , slow  but steady

12 comments:

Ian H said...

Spring! Bring it on!

Country Gal said...

Spring is here for us now thankfully ! Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

aurora said...

Oh happy day!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Hooray for spring! They do look happy to be out.

GoLightly said...

Hooray for Spring!!

And a triple Hooray for the obligatory Johnny Handsome shot!!

Cut-N-Jump said...

I just love seeing them have so much fun.

I turned Pepper out last night, much to her and the girls delights. The little blonde horse ran like mad and the girls were excited to see her do it. Plenty of theatrics and squeals all around.

Cindy D. said...

I'm hoping to be watching the last snow fall of the year...as I type this.

kden said...

They are no different than the rest of us I guess :)

Shirley said...

C'mon spring! The boys need some green nibbles! Dare I mention that we mowed the lawn yesterday and it was 6 inches deep in places?

fernvalley01 said...

Ahhh Shirley!!!!

Crystal said...

Oh such lucky boys!!! I can not put my ponies in the summer pasture yet, not because of water there is lots of that out there (like half the pasture is under water, lol) but the gate posts are broken and life got in the way so they haven't been fixed yet, which actually works for me cause I been waiting for an excuse to not move the horses in till the grass was growing cause its been kinda abused the last few years and so this works well for me.

sally said...

Oh how happy your boys look to be out in the wider spaces ....hope the greeness of spring finds you soon