Saturday, September 20, 2014

Empowerment Ventures

Today was the first of eight sessions in Kilians Empowerment Ventures program. It's a program that will help me push to get more focused on the Sanctuary and look at other avenues to possibly follow. And hopefully we can get that pesky non-profit paperwork figured out (after a full time job, caring for horses, and caring for a toddler, there's really nothing left of hopefully this program will help me)

And it wasn't an ol' stuffy class where you fall asleep within 20 minutes. I was disappointed to have to quit. Stacy made the time go by so quickly I didnt' even realize that it was time to go (and I was bummed that we had to quit).

This year's session is full but if you have an idea for a program/business/non profit, check out Empowerment Ventures.

It's definitely a great way to learn and a great way to open your eyes to new ways of looking (and a great way to listen to others with ideas). I was actually surprised...this wasn't a class that focused on how to make money, it was a class to see how we, as a community, can help give back to the community, to make this world a little bit better. These sessions are REFRESHING! I'm excited for the next opportunity in October!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Apples, Grass, and Quandary

The days are definitely getting shorter. I'm going out earlier and earlier to do chores. The horses are starting to fuzz up just a little. The horses have been enjoying apples these past few days. We had apples donated for the horses and they've been devouring them ever since.

I've been throwing hay to the ponies, much to my and their dismay. There's really no more grass left on the lawn for them to eat. I was going to put them by the red shed a few weeks ago but then we had our hay delivered and that was the end of that idea. Until now. I think there's just enough grass for them to graze on for the next few days. So I'm planning on putting them back on grass for about the next five days. Even a few days is better than no days. I'm running low on small squares of hay and I'm not yet ready to break open a big bale. I don't want to open up my winter hay supply when it's only the middle of September.

Tonight I'm going up to Madison to pick up Ivan and Brego. I was hoping to keep them up there for another month but they ate down the main pasture. What's still available is pasture that requires some fencing. So instead, I'll be happy that we had three mouths up there until last weekend (I brought Dude home with me last weekend when I was up to Madison for a trail ride).  After I loaded Dude last weekend, Ivan and Brego let out a collective sigh. When I got home, the herd was happy to see Dude. Dude is the leader although there's little packs within the big herd. But I think Chaos was happy to have Dude home. Chaos is second in command and was in charge while Dude was away.

I'm also in a bit of a quandary. My head and my heart are on the same page but my ability to speak out is my stumbling block. I am rather outspoken when behind a computer but very timid and shy in person. On my way to and from my daily travels, I've noticed a horse out in a pasture losing weight. I questioned a couple of friends to find out the status because maybe there's something wrong. I was told the horse was simply old. That's no excuse for a thin horse with an entire pasture to eat and no competition. My horses look plump with an overgrazed pasture (except for Bo but he looks ok.). It could be that the horse has finally hit that stage where he/she can no longer maintain his weight without extra grain (like Bo). But this horse was fat last winter/spring. It's only been in the last two months that the horse has dropped weight. I don't know the people who own the horse and I have a hard time walking up to someone's door and saying that their horse is skinny. So what do I do? Perhaps there's something more going on behind the scenes that I don't know about so I dont' want to jump to conclusions but still....there stands this horse and I can't get over my fear. It's a total copout and I hate it.

I know it's not horse related but it is somewhat Sanctuary related. Our place looks dumpy. We've been there for nine years and the last four have been too chaotic to do any repairs on any buildings. So now the place is looking really tough (add horses to the mix and you can definitely see how much disrepair there is). So yesterday, I took time off the paying job to scrape and paint part of the garage. What a difference a coat of primer will do for a building. Of course the building is fairly old and that means very thirty wood! I'd already scraped and painted the hay shed doors. They'd been bothering me for a long time (since I go in and out every day twice a day in the winter I was fed up with bare wood). There's still plenty of scraping and painting to do but at least I'm one step further. So now I'm in the middle of scraping and painting the old garage and the hay shed. After seeing the fresh primer (not even the paint), I'm ready to tackle every building to make the place look new again! I doubt I'll get anything more than the garage done but if anyone wants to come out and help, it would be greatly appreciated. I think we'll get the opportunity to borrow a paint gun so after I scrape and prime the building(s), the actual painting should go lickity split (or at least that's my hope). Anyone willing to help out?

I'm going to take a blog hiatus for a few days and have some family time. I'll be back next week.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thank You

I just wanted to say Thank You to all those that turned out for the Farmers Market this past Sunday. I'll apologize for not being more vocal and outgoing. I hate to admit it, but I'm rather bashful in public but rather vocal when sitting behind a computer. So if you didn't get a chance to ask questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them or stop on out to the Sanctuary and meet the horses. I'd love to show off the herd.

And for the Where's Skippy contest, we held the drawing and Anne Carter-Wiess won! Congrats Anne! I'll be putting Skippy's horse hair keychain ring in the mail this week.

We still have some amazing items up for sale if anyone is interested in them but didn't want to purchase them during the farmers market. I may post a few of the items on our Facebook page to see if there's any interest.

I'm hoping to take Skippy to a few more events. So if you didn't get a chance to meet Skippy, there should be a few more public appearances during the fall. I'm also brainstorming a few ideas for fall and winter activities. I would like to do a playday before the snow flies but we'll see if I can get an indoor arena lined up. So, please keep an eye on the blog and on Facebook for upcoming events.

Thank you again for all your support during the Farmers Market. There's a standing open invitation for anyone and everyone to stop on out to meet the herd.

Thanks You!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hartford Farmers Market TODAY

Stop on out TODAY, Sunday, September 14th from 11-2 at the Hartford Farmers Market in Hartford, SD. We'll have Skippy, Tommy, and Jim to pet and play with. We'll also have a few items for sale. Come on out to meet the horses and to help in another very important fundraiser!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Where In the World is Skippy - Day Six

Where's Skippy - Day Six
Sorry for the lateness in posting (but I was out playing with the Sanctuary horses). Just leave a comment to tell me where Skippy is at and you'll be entered to win a FREE  horse hair keychain ring. Drawing is Sunday, September 14th at 1pm at the Hartford Farmers Market.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hartford Farmers Market Fundraiser

So, the Sanctuary is participating in a fundraiser for Joe Hellvig. We'll have Skippy and a couple of the other horses as well. But the main reason we'll be attending is for the benefit. We like to help support locals. Come on out to meet Skippy and some of the other Sanctuary horses and help with a good cause.