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, 21 May 2012

"Fixed up"

 The Phoenix, waiting on the farrier 
 Hanging out  with (let me proudly introduce to you all finally ) Dr Angela Oakley DVM!!!
who Phoenix  believes is his own personal doctor should the need arise 

 After his much needed pedicure , we loaded him up and took him to his  new trainer 
Geoff Hoar  at Innisfail AB

Does someone want to tell me how this road trip took 4 hours to get there, and a little over 2.5 to get home?? he is not that big a horse! 
Anyhow he traveled well , and I am looking forward to seeing him progress
Before the trip, I hosted a little barbecue . All of the Oakley kids (honorary nieces and nephew) were home do the family came over ,also my sister Heather , and BIL Marc . We enjoyed BBQ roast beef, potato salad that I prepared , Deb  brought coleslaw, and beans ,and fresh corn.Angela prepared grilled veggies and Kale  Heather ,her yummy macaroni salad , and apple cobbler . This all was washed down with Marc's homemade wine ! 
A wonderful meal , and evening spent with wonderful people .
So that pretty much wrapped up our Victoria  day weekend , other than the regular  farm work, and a calf , that is at least temporarily  needing some extra TLC, and her fire breathing dragon of a momma! 
life is pretty good here
Hope all is well  with everyone 
Stay safe 


Nicole said...

Own personal doctor... Love it!

Janice said...

He looks great. It sounds like a wonderful week-end....wish I was there.....good luck with your Saddle Up ad.

Reddunappy said...

Looks like a great time!

Phoenix looks good!! How old is he?

kden said...

What a feast! His personal doctor looks quite young. I love it when young people make loving animals their career. I really tried to push my daughter in that direction for years because of her loving nature. But she also has a scaredy cat nature around some animals so I guess that won't work out ;-)

Shirley said...

Pretty good weekend, and family gatherings are just the best. Fix looks great, hope he does well at the trainers.

Crystal said...

Love the video you picked!

Pheonix looks great and cant wait to hear how he is doing :)

Sherry Sikstrom said...

Phoenix is 5 he was out for training last spring and was very good for a 30 day start, however as a stallion especially I would like him to have a "trade " so to speak, something he does for work other than just as a breeding stallion, He is sound and quite an athlete so I want to see what he is capable of.More than just WP
Angela is quite young , 23 and graduated from the veterinary program at Saskatoon. Youngest in her class I believe . Most take 2-4 years of undergrad then 4 yrs min of Veterinary studies, Little Miss overachiever was done in 6 yrs, accepted to Vet school on her first application total, though she does talk about future return to take extra studies at some point

Mikey said...

He looks fantastic!! Congrats to Dr. Angela!!!

WishIHadAHorsey said...

He is beautiful!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! What a feast!

And Phoenix is so dang handsome!


GoLightly said...

If I wasn't a confirmed Johnnie groupie, I'd be drooling over The Phoenix. But, I am faithful to my boy:)