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 .

Monday, 24 July 2023

Formally introducing...


FV Queens Ransom!
although little Miss Birdie has dubbed her farm name to be Flutterby, as a nod to the feather on her face. I like it

Thursday, 20 July 2023

3 days in a row!

But I have good reason! The Fern Valley “hostage situation“ is resolved. The Drama Queen foaled early this morning. No queen’s ransom required.
the following video is perfectly normal and natural, but like nature , a littl messy so if you aren't positive you want to see it, scroll on

So now you know one of the other little projects I had on the go .
Now the name game begins. 


Wednesday, 19 July 2023

Rain , it makes things grow

 I sure hope so because we got a ton of it. mid June we got 11 inches over the course of 5 days, and then Monday night...

So there is that.
Beautiful sunny day yesterday, muddy but pretty. The Reina hostage situation continues, so here are a few shots I grabbed of the "kids" and the Quiet Giant
Little Mis Mystik

Babys Gone Hollywood (pending) Babe

Cally(FV Calypso Queen pending)

Monday, 17 July 2023

July, half the year has gone, and where I have been

 Funny how blogging is something I have loved, and yet I have let it fall away. Why? Not sure , I really prefer it to the other types of sharing yet I default to the quick and easy sometimes. 

The last several months have been busy! I continue to work, and teach Mental Health first Aid,as well as supporting an Equine Assisted learning training in May.

I was invited last fall,and again this spring to speak at a ladies  retreat, meeting ssome wonderful people. 

 I have travelled a bit, for work and pleasure. We had some bad fires in the area, and while we remained safe, I was on standby for several friends and family if they needed a safe place to land. Then as part of my work I was redeployed to support re entry for some evacuees, a few very hot emotional days. 

I am still writing, but nothing as of  yet since Skeeter's story is ready to share. 

And I have had some family stuff going on. For the most part the news is good, but we have had some stressfull times.

I have wondered over tha past few years, if I had already had my last ride, and not known it. With elbow replacements and aging, Cat's eye troubles etc, I just wasn't sure. 

Well I am happy to report, I am not out of the game yet! I had an opportunity to try a horse of a friend of mine ( forgive the commentary , Charlie is a card )

Then we got to see a pro at work! Gideon is who started this horse

Great horse, kid proof, ranch broke, little old arthritic lady safe, but dang he was tall! Charlie sold him at auction, and as I understand it , did very well . He was offered to me at a great price, but height plus the fact that ...

FV Martini Sunset (Sixty ) is started and here, potentially sold but maybe not so wehile he is here I have a horse, added to that I have bought Magic back and I think I have my hands full.

Added to that I have, Foxy and  the litrtle girls to work with , Eurus  has come home to babysit . Anyone who says you can't go home again, never had a home with me! 

Also waiting on Reina to release her very late (for here hostage) 
I have some other projects on the horizon, those who follow Shirley at Ride a good Horse will be aware of one such project. the rest I will save fro another post. Hope you ae all safe and well