Tuesday, June 2, 2020

It's Defnitely Summer

The first day of June rolled in like it was summer. Hot and humid! At one point, I saw 99 degrees. That's a bit of a switch when just the week before we were wearing winter coats (of course that was out in the Black Hills for a much needed vacation and break from reality). But it's a hard switch even going from 70s to 90s in just a day.

I noticed Skippy and Farley (the dog) were both having issues with the heat yesterday. We have another day of heat on the books and they are talking storms for this afternoon. I moved corral panels around so that we could get the mares, Diavlo, and the ponies out onto the lawn to graze it down and to adjust to pasture life.

I honestly dont' want to put Jessie out on the pasture near the road. She's lost so much weight. I feel like I've done her an injustice. That saying "Out of the frying pan, into the fire" keeps coming to mind. I realize she couldn't stay at her previous home but I'm not sure that I did her any good. She has 24x7 access to hay and gets grained nightly and yet the pounds keep falling off of her. I keep racking my brain to figure out what I'm doing wrong. For some reason I feel like I've failed her and am doing something wrong. I realize that at 26-ish and with either five loose or missing teeth, that she's having a hard time eating and that's the cause. I could pump her full of grain but she decides when she's done. I've never really had a self regulating horse before. The other day I grained her and she didn't eat it all. She's gotten much slower when she's wandering the pasture. Oh she still insists on pacing the fence line if she doesn't like the situation. I moved her over to the pony pen so she could eat that bale of hay. It didn't work out (much to her delight). Now she's back to where she wants to be. She's very opinionated on what she does and does not like. At least it's easy to know and fix But I still can't figure out what to do. She's now on the lawn pasture and grazing 24x7. If she doesn't pick up any weight in the next few weeks, we are going to have to make a decision.

I'm not sure what we'll end up doing with Diavlo. He's going to be devastated. He's already so protective of her it drives me nuts. Even now while out on pasture, if I'm standing there and she comes up, Diavlo pushes his way in so that he is in between me and Jessie. It has nothing to do with me. It's Diavlo being protective (to the point of driving both me and Jessie crazy). Mayhem tags along for the ride. The ponies stay far away from Diavlo. He hates them but I dont' have much choice right now in where the mares and ponies go so they have to be together at least for the time being. It'll change in another week when I need to move them to a different location on the lawn. Diavlo is going to be devastated when we lose Jessie

The big herd is finally out to pasture. We were supposed to have fence guys come to redo the pasture fence and the drylot and I'm still waiting. I think it's just a phone call but now I don't want them trampling what little precious grass we do have. If the summer is going to be as hot as it is now, I want to conserve as much grass as possible. Having gone through a drought eight years ago, I don't want to go through that again. Our neighbors aren't the same as we had eight years ago who let us use their pasture (and they put a for sale sign out so we'll have new neighbors again). But hopefully we can get on the books for getting refencing done this fall when the grass isn't as lush and we'll be supplementing with hay. Although having my corral panels back would be nice

The herd is happy to be out in grass but they are already making their normal routine of standing in the run in shed off the barn. We finally got it cleaned out and now they are making a huge mess. I need to remember to start being better about clean up duty but life has been pretty busy lately.

We went on a much needed vacation over Memorial Weekend. It was the first time my entire family has been together since January. We normally get together every few weeks. We've been dealing with some extra family stuff and that's added a lot more stress than I had realized. Ever since we found out, it's been at least every other night of crying myself to sleep so the break where we can all be together was a definite must. I needed a break mentally and emotionally. What's that saying, you're no good if you dont' take care of yourself? Well, I know I'm more than a little stressed and needed to get away. I don't know what this summer will bring. With the added stress and then add on covid, I'm pretty well done in. We had plans to start moving forward on some projects, but we are putting those on pause for a little longer. Juggling work from home, kids all day (not at daycare), and the horses doesnt' leave me time to look into really getting our programs going like I wanted. We will have to simply see how things progress through the summer. For now, it's a pause on the activities and not a completely stop. It's not like I haven't had to pause on these programs before. It's all stuff up in my head that I'd love  to get going but for now, we'll just have to hold off or start much smaller than I had hoped. I'm more than a little sad to put a pause on them. We were making leaps and bounds on some and I was so excited but, it is what it is.

We will simply stick closer to home and work on a bunch of home/sanctuary improvements that need to be done and I've been putting off. It's not that I've wanted to put them off but when you aren't home, you can't work on them. So hopefully now that we are home all the time, we can start working on these projects.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Happy Memorial Weekend

We are headed into Memorial Weekend and I seem to be slipping farther and farther behind. I had hoped to get a bunch of stuff done and I seem to lose track of the days instead. We will probably continue to be quiet until the first of June.

I am mentally and emotionally done in and need to quiet my brain to put any thoughts into words that won't stress everyone out. So rather than use this post as a dumping ground for my jumbled thoughts, I'd like to simply wish you all a happy and very safe memorial weekend. We hope you get a chance to remember the reason for this holiday and can take time out of your schedule to remember those that have gone before us.

We will be thinking about our many loved ones both two legged and four that have helped with the Sanctuary and called the Sanctuary home.

Remembering a few of those who have gone before us:




Tiny Dictator







Joe and Thor

Monday, May 11, 2020

Grazing Time

We finally had time to set up corral panels and get the herd out on the lawn on Mother's Day. It's a relief to know we can start getting the herd transitioned to grass for another year.

I know most will think I'm silly to put up corral panels on our lawn. Why not put them out on pasture to begin with? Simple. I'm lazy. If they are closer, I can keep a closer eye on them to make sure no one colics or something else goes terribly wrong. It's easier for me to track them down and make them come in on a 1 acre piece of land than it is on say, even 5. As it was, I had to ask King and Jim to come in (using a piece of twine), while the others walked in all on their own. When my time is limited, I have to do what I can, which means lawn pasture grazing for the first month.

We will graze the big herd on the lawn for a few weeks starting with a few minutes yesterday, and slowly progress to more time on pasture. Once the big herd is on pasture, we'll start with the mares and Diavlo. Once they have transitioned to pasture, we'll work on the ponies.

It's a slow transition and a bit drawn out, but it works and it means I can keep a close eye on everyone. I'm sure I'm being a bit cautious but it has helped to keep the vet bills down using this method.

I will be excited and relieved to have the horses out on pasture. No more putting in hay, no more worrying about our hay supply and if we'll have enough or when we'll need to put in more. Timing is everything when it comes to putting in hay these days.

Our next big hurdle will be vaccinations and deworming. I'd hoped to have done it May 1st so it would be easy to track but that didn't happen and another weekend rolled through without it getting done. Maybe this week but we'll see.

This coming weekend is "Poopagedon" (thanks to Captain Underpants for the reference). We will hopefully finally have a chance to haul out manure that's been collecting for a few years. I'm hoping that we can keep up with the manure after this coming weekend but we'll see. At the very least make it a yearly thing instead of every few years. The past few years, I simply couldn't keep up with everything going on in life. Now we are trying to rectify that situation but it's a slow process. Slow and painful but still getting done.

Once the new trailer is paid off, I'm hoping to start putting money towards a skidloader. While we dont' qualify for any grants or anything special like that, I'll be searching for skiloaders in my price range. I am guessing a skiloader will make the world of difference around here.

Here's to hoping for beautiful weather this week.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Today is #GivingTuesdayNOW and while we aren't doing anything out of our normal routine, we are going to spend the day showcasing our seniors at the Sanctuary. Times are tough and we know trying to find the funds to keep yourself fed is hard enough so trying to find additional funds to feed a senior in need is a bit more difficult. But we are going to showcase each horse and ask that if you are interested in sponsoring a horse (one-time, monthly, partially), to let us know. Every dollar counts. Every dollar makes a difference.

A sponsorship opens the doors for another deserving senior to come to the Sanctuary and retire. It offers them an opportunity to have a final permanent home with no worries that they will be taken to auction when their usefulness is no longer needed or they can't hold up to the demands that they once did.

Head on over to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BorderlandsHorseSanctuary/) and check out each horse at the Sanctuary that needs a sponsor. Your donations are tax deductible. We need your help to help more seniors enjoy their golden and twilight years.

My Girl (appy) in long-term foster

Jim - 32 year old Tennessee Walker

Maverick - 15 year old grandfathered into the program

Skippy - 16 year old (grandfathered into the program)

Good Friday Jessie

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Friday, May 1

Tomorrow is shaping up to be a busy day. We had to reschedule our farrier appointment from earlier this month to this Friday. We'll be trimming Dude, King, Zeke, Lightening, Tommy, and probably Diavlo if he behaves. Each trim is $30 and we'd love to find a sponsor to help offset the cost.

Friday is also 605 Let It Shine and we will be participating. You wonder what it is? People in and around Sioux Falls have been asked to shine a light into the sky from 9:30-10pm Friday, May 1st. We'll have a fire and possibly shine some flash lights as well. Not sure if there will be any drones or planes flying over Borderlands but we want to do our part in lighting the night and letting the light shine. We will try to do a LIVE on Facebook sometime between 9:30 and 10pm tomorrow night so you can join in our fun. It's a great way to bond and enjoy a way to show our support. If you have questions, we'd love for you to hop online and ask.

It's a very stressful time right now trying to figure out what to do and how to be safe. We are trying our best to support local and keep our loved ones safe.

We do need to make a run to TSC to purchase more grain. I thought we had enough but we are running very low and Jessie and Jim absolutely HAVE to be on grain. I'm hoping that we can put up corral panels soon so we can let the horses out to graze. Unfortunately, it hasn't been warm enough so the grass hasn't grown enough to let the big herd out on the lawn. I don't want them near the hay because even on fresh green grass, they tend to head to the stash of round bales that are supposed to be off limits. You'd think after 6 months of hay, that they'd go after the grass like me when there's chocolate.

We also need to do vaccinations and deworming this weekend. We'll see how far we get. Last year we got side tracked and didn't get to vaccinations until later in the year. At last this year we have a toddler so it's a bit easier to juggle life (except the toddler likes to climb everything so we have to keep an eye on him that he doesn't climb the corral panels).

We continue to do our part with social distancing but as the state eases restrictions, we will look at options for what we can do at Borderlands. I had hoped to start a few programs but we will have to wait and see. I'm very protective of my family (both two-legged and four-legged) so we will take re-entry into our new normal slowly.

But we hope that you'll stop out Friday on our Facebook page and join us for 605 Let It Shine sometime between 9:30 and 10pm.

Thursday, April 23, 2020


The creators of GivingTuesday have created a new Giving Tuesday to help offset all the issues the pandemic has caused.

On Tuesday, May 5th, we will be kicking off the first #GivingTuesdayNOW.

I'm not sure what we will be doing on that day but we'll try to do some fun stuff. #GivingTuesdayNOW was created to help nonprofits help their organizations to great things during this crazy time. There are many nonprofits stepping up to help people and animals while we struggle to adjust to what is going on in this world.

We have not had as many request this year to take in horses but I think some of that has to do with the coronavirus. At some point, we could very well see an influx. I hate saying no. It breaks my heart and brings me to tears every time I weigh all the options and realize we have to say no. I hate saying no. I feel like I'm the one signing a death warrant for the horse when I say no. I want to say yes. I want to say yes to every horse but we have to be realistic with what funds and space we have at the Sanctuary.

So this #GivingTuesdayNOW we are going to campaign for sponsors for our horses. If we have sponsors, we'll have a possibility to bring in a horse that deserves a retirement home. No work, no worries, no stresses. Just eating, sleeping, and enjoying companions who may harass you but otherwise provide quality friendship.

Help us spread the word about #GivingTuesdayNOW and our goal to find sponsors for our seniors. It's short notice and everyone's schedule is super crazy right now. We may not get to promote any of the horses so if you see horses in pictures or videos at the Sanctuary you are interested in helping out (either a monthly sponsorship, partial sponsorships, or a one time gift), let me know at borderlandshorsesanctuary@yahoo.com.

Here's to a great first ever #GivingTuesdayNOW and if you want to help us promote or spread the word, PLEASE HELP!! We can use all the help we can get. Don't think you can help? Contact us anyway! We always have ways or ideas.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!
What are you doing on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day?
In South Dakota, it's supposed to be a gorgeous day! Hard to believe it'll be in the 70s today!

Hard to believe we had a snowstorm on Easter Sunday and yet today (a week and a half later), all of the snow is gone and we are going to have some beautiful weather!

I can't wait to get out and get some fresh air!

What are you doing on this beautiful Earth Day?


Sunset last summer