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 .

Saturday, 26 July 2014

"the best way to slow down a runaway horse is to bet on it.."

No I haven't been on a runaway horse, in fact I have not been ON a horse at all , seems more like it was I that was the runaway!
I mostly just liked the quote, made sense to me
Busy times last week , even though I was off work I was doing stuff here and hanging out with hubby, then when he went back to work on Monday , I grabbed a few  groceries on my way home before slipping over to my cousins to help them with a horse.
Back to work Tuesday, then out with my niece Deanna and her friends to the Tim McGraw  concert! What a great show. And such fun to go out with these girls! I watched them grow up from little angels to beautiful grown women and I love that they still want to go out with their  old Auntie Sherry now and then !

One of my favorites of his songs. Classic lyric
"We ride and never worry about the fall, I guess that's just the cowboy in us all"

Then if getting home at midnight one work night wasn't enough, I went to K-days (the big fair ,exhibition) in Edmonton on Wednesday night. We walked around , samples some junk food and marveled at all the crazy rides on the midway, before grabbing some mini donuts and heading home!
I was the walking wounded Thursday and Friday , so much walking on concrete and late nights! I might be slightly too old for this !

And then the rains came, 3 1/2 inches in a day! It was one soggy cold wet day and unfortunately , there is nothing for it, when you have critters, there is no hiding inside. I was one soggy wet person by the time I got in last night. Also,a  side bit of info, when it is raining like that,make sure to take fly masks of the horses. I had intended to take Phoenix' off but got side tracked, then in the morning ,Miss Whoa Dammit was out, and I had to get her in before  heading to work, when I got home I went to take it off and Phoenix was acting quite oddly, spooky and shying away from me, finally got him settled and got it off, and he was immediately fine. I was trying to figure out what was up, and looked through the mask... nada, could not see a thing. Somehow when they are that wet the mesh seems to go opaque. SO my poor guy was "flying blind" Glad he is such a good boy , he didn't panic, just layed low and waited! The mask is now dry and I can see through it easily but I left it off to give him a break, the flies weren't bad today .
Moved cows today and shuffled some horses around as well. Farrier day tomorrow so I better get my self off to bed! 
Stay safe my friends


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Love the betting quote. I read it to my husband, and he got his laugh for the morning. Thanks for the info on fly masks in the rain. I'm glad you've been busy and doing fun stuff.

Shirley said...

Klondike days is fun, almost as much fun as the Calgary Stampede.
Never thought about the visibility with a fly mask in the rain- I'll be sure now to get them off if there is rain in the forecast.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Is he still wearing the one I made him???

Mine are wearing them to keep the dust out. Need to make them new ones since these have seen better days.

Girl, ya gotta slow down a little once in a while. Shoot! I know I can't keep up with that. and throw your leg over a horse now and then. It does wonders for your mind. :-)

C-ingspots said...

Whoo damn - that man can get me all hot and bothered!! :) *wink* Thanks for that Sherry...my morning just got a little better.
Anyway, hmmhuh...love the quote, I'll just bet that might work.

Sherry Sikstrom said...

Yes Fix still has the mask you made him he still loves it. After I dot it rinsed and dry and the rain had stopped I went back out and he stuck his face right back in it ! Cactus on the other hand runs from his and the rare time I can get him to stand to put it on he finds a way to peel it off and the last time he buried it ! I found it ,cleaned it up and am keeping it for a spare or for another who may need it.
And you are so very right I do need to get my arse on a horse, and soon!

Buttons Thoughts said...

The flies are really bad here this year too I watch the cows walk around covered. Take care of yourself OK. Hug B