Shadow has a new job!

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Well, would ya look at that?  Shadow doesn’t mind little kids on his back!

Looks like at some point he was trained to ride!   Yahoo!   We actually have a riding pony on the ranch!   Cody Pony pulls under harness but no, thank you, to riding…   But Shadow was pretty cool about it.

After a few minutes he was a little restless and had to do a wee little buck, but we think he hasn’t had to do anything formal like this for years!   A little work with a saddle and bit will help remind him of the procedure and maybe in a few weeks, he’ll be all refreshed and ready to give the odd occasional ride!  He has a NEW job on the farm…   child amusement!

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Our friend Justin’s sons are pretty comfy with riding little wild ponies and have been around them a lot.   Brayden, his older boy, actually got some reins on his bridle and rode him around the yard a few days after.   It was kind of funny…. Shadow was a little ornery to him.   I think he realized all of the sudden… SHOOT!   I gotta work now???   So he gave Brayden a ride for his money… but Brayden was more stubborn and managed to stay put for a little while.   It’s going to be good for Shadow… he’s been getting a little portly from all the good feed and not a lot of exercise here on the homestead.

We’re going to be putting up a little homemade round pen in a few weeks…  one that we can work both ponies a little now and then to keep them healthy and happy and trained!  Even Cody will be in for a rude awakening soon enough.   It’s not so much that they need to work to earn their keep, but more that they benefit from a little workout and a little training now and then.   Both of them are too young to just be retired pasture pets!   We would adore getting a little pony cart for Cody to pull at some point… just waiting for the right one to come along.   And now, it seems that Shadow can make use of the nice pony saddle and bridle set we got at a garage sale last year!   Perfect!   I know quite a few children that would love a little pony ride now and then!  Just another neat thing that has been discovered here at our happy little place!

 

If you’d like to see a video of Shadow and Brayden….  

you can view it here on our Facebook page!  

Click to watch the video of Shadow giving his first unescorted ride!  

 

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Trip to the Weaving Store!

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We are planning a big field trip to the weaving store in Van Wert Ohio in August with some friends but we just could not wait!  My friend Justin and I had to sneak over there and do a little shopping even though it was like 90 degrees out and in this old warehouse it had to be 100 plus degrees and just nearly unbearable in the dripping sweaty heat!  But, hey, we were on a hunt for really cool selvages for our weaving projects!!!   We had to grin and bare it!  We just wanted enough to get us through the next couple weeks before we come down and really stock up!  And we each got a lot of nice stuff…  I see some very nice rugs coming off my loom in the meanwhile!!!

Just a few shots of the place… all the bags and bags of the stuff to pick through, the various other materials and warp string…  the machines that wind it all and just how the place looks!   Pretty fun…

And the last couple pictures are of my little haul for the day and the latest new rugs that I have finished and available on our Etsy page!   Please stop in and take a look!  They really turned out lovely!!!

Click to visit our Etsy shop!  

Windhaven Farm…  

 

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Nighttime critters…

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Sometimes, it’s just fun to try something a little different.   I went out one evening when Maggie when she was giving everyone their nighttime snack.   It’s a whole different world out there in the twilight…

Zombie ponies appear out of nowhere…

Wanting your cookies….

Beware!!!

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And of course, there are other night time critters that come from the shadows with their glowing eyes, seeking sweet feed!

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I still get a kick out of seeing big tall Jax out there in the mix.   Especially when compared to little Frodo, the white and black lamb!

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Maggie dropped a little feed over by the poultry barn to distract the little zombie sheepies…   so she could get away!   Actually, they mob her too much, so she will put out a little decoy snack and then go and put most on the sidewalk.  It’s a great way to feed everyone without crowding…  and you don’t have to worry about them getting dirt and sand in their yummy nummies…

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I’ve had Jax with the sheep and goats off and on because he and Shadow are being a little, well, snotty to each other.   Apparently, Shadow is channelling his inner stallion and has voted himself King of the Equines.   Of course, it’s really Cody, but being a true king, he doesn’t worry about this brash upstart of an usurper and lets Shadow pretend to be in control.   But that means Shadow is got his courage up to give Jax a run for his money.   Jax, being a sort of laid back and gentle hearted creature, has been being pushed around by this pony half his size!   So to give them a little break, we put Jax in the weed patch with all the little hoofies.  They are pretty good about staying clear of their big roommate.  

 

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On the mommie front…    Miss Princess Buttercup is really starting to fill out in the back!   Look at that nice little udder!   She comes from a lovely line of LaMancha goat milkers and I really hope that my long awaited dairy plans are about to come true in a week or two!   She’s also getting a nice little tummy on her as well…  

But, the surprising this is that Miss Bonnie, the rescue sheep, seems to have been fooling around with the ram boys upon her arrival last winter!!!   She is bagging up and getting quite the little udder on her!  We’re waiting to see.   I would be so happy if she had a lamb or two…  she is doing well here, but she’s still low gal on the totem pole and just seems to be a little bit of a loner.  If she had a lamb, she would have a constant companion!  And I just can’t wait to see who might be the daddy!  What an interesting lamb this might be.   We really don’t know what breed of sheep Bonnie is…  she’s what they call in the livestock world, a grade ewe.  Basically a mutt sheep…   she has the look of a few breeds, but her fleece is weird…  it’s like half hair and half wool.   She just doesn’t grow out nicely.   But we don’t mind, we love big old gangly Bonnie.   And I just am so excited that she is going to have a baby!  

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Well, hope you enjoyed our little nighttime romp in the middle yard!  I hope everyone is having a nice start to their July…  I know, we are enjoying it.   Could use a little rain, but it’s really been nice, temperature wise, so I don’t mind giving the garden a drink every couple days or two!  Just staying busy and trying not to think about the next winter!!!!

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