Monday, August 24, 2015


Mom and dad came down yesterday to tackle the fencing project in the big drylot. About two years ago we replaced the original fencing because Dude and Chaos had been pushing on the fence (and the old fence posts were starting to give way). The drylot used to be an old cattle feedlot, so the nitrogen in the soil destroys wooden fence posts (and trees).

Well, we didn't realize at the time that the horses would climb the fence and this spring I saw Dude climb the fence. It was probably the second or third time that Chaos managed to escape. So we decided instead to put up corral panels. Luckily we had enough and it's a good thing we did because the horses were even pushing on the corral panels at one point.

But I need the corral panels now that the excavator has cleaned up the old mare pasture on the east side of the Sanctuary. We won't have time to put in more fence posts before the ground freezes so I figured we'd use corral panels until I needed to use some of the corral panels for stalls this winter. We are never not using corral panels! (Anyone want to donate a few?)

Mike, mom, and dad worked hard on getting the new fence up. We learned that with the fencing materials we are using that we need to add a few additional fence materials. Fencing is a learning curve! They were able to get the entire east fenceline fixed and started on the north fenceline but ran out of materials. I'm hoping that we'll have time this coming weekend to finish up the north fenceline.

After this weekend, we won't have any time for anything (at least not for the next month).

I've been hearing some grumbling about fencing lately. I'll always grumble about fencing. Whenever you have livestock, you will ALWAYS be working on fencing. We are lucky enough to own the land and when we bought the acreage that the Sanctuary sits on, I made it very clear that we NEEDED to own the fenceline. It doesn't matter if you own the fenceline or not when you have animals. If you have livestock, you have to maintain the fenceline. That's why I wanted to own the fenceline. If I am going to put a ton of my hard earned money into a fence, I darn well better own it. But in the past we have had to rent a pasture and then we still had to put in fence posts, string wire, and make sure everything was in tip top shape. Unfortunately, it is NOT the landowner's responsibility to maintain fence when it's YOUR livestock on that land. I'm not sure if it's just a South Dakota thing or not. But that's just what it has always been (at least for me). But fencing is a long term and never ending task. Just ask any farmer that has livestock.

I am excited to have a fenceline again that looks nice. We are finally making small changes around the place. Those small changes are making a huge difference. Now if only I had more time to get stuff done before the baby came to make more improvements around the place.

I'm hoping after the first month (all of September), that I'll be physically able to do some harder work, like washing horse blankets, getting them repaired, and waterproofed before winter comes. I have a feeling we are in for a long and cold winter. The katydids have been singing since mid July. And if the old wives tale is correct this year, 60 days from katydids singing is the first hard frost, which puts us at mid-September. And the weathermen are talking about El Nino, which if that's the case, the old wives tale of 90 days from fog will actually work (it doesn't work with La Nina). But I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I'm in the final days of pregnancy and counting down so not much is happening at the Sanctuary these days. We are around but I'm not doing much other than minimal activities. I'm worn down and just need to keep my feet up for the next 10 days.

Texas Horses Scheduled To Ship Today

UGH...Too many to post. Scroll to half way to the page and you'll see all the ones listed in Texas that are planned to ship TODAY

Older Mare at Washington Feedlot

They so don't deserve to be there.

Ali - Flaxen Chestnut Quarter Horse Type Mare - $400
Ali is a very sweet and gentle mare who just arrived at the lot. I believe her to be a senior and she will need some TLC and groceries. She seems to be an easy going girl but her main focus right now is eating. She has bonded with Alpine and they are an adorable older pair. She stands approx 14'2hh and looks to be pretty spind from what I could see. Her hooves need clean up but they aren't too bad. I don't have any history on her but she should be just fine for anyone to handle. She was wormed at the lot with Ivermectin. 

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Deadline: 8/28/15
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115

22Yr Old Saddlebred at Washington Feedlot

Arlo - 22yr Chestnut Saddlebred Gelding - $0

Price to come- Arlo is a very nice gelding who wound up in this situation only due to owner health. He is said to have 5 gaits and should be well broke but not ridden for some time. He goes through creeks, stands tied, and is very easy to handle. He stands 16'2hh and appears to be sound and in good condition for his age. His teeth were floated 2 years ago and he is currently due for wormer. His hooves look good and were just trimmed. Arlo is going to be a wonderful addition for anyone and gets along great with the other horses. 


Location: Sunnyside, WA Deadline: ASAP - CAN SHIP ANYTIME 
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115

Chestnut Beauty at Washington Feedlot

I just can't get over how many super nice horses are standing at the feedlot states away

Aero - Chestnut Gelding - $475

I don't have much info on Aero at this time. He looks to be in good condition and previously taken care of. He stands approx 14'1hh and appeared to be young and sound. I don't have any previous history on him at the moment or additional info. He gets along well with the other horses, and looks like he would have a ton of potential. 

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115
Deadline: 8/07/15 past ASAP

Black Beauty at the Washington Feedlot

I can't get over how many beauties are at the feedlot in Washington

Alouette - 12yr Black Mare - $650

Alouette is a nicely built and tall girl, she stands right about 16'H. This mare is a beauty with her sleek and shiny black coat and she is a willing partner. Alouette is broke to ride and may be best suited for trail riding or even competitive gaming at the upper 4H levels. This mare is very athletic and she is light, supple, and responsive - you will not have to push her to move forward. She has a very nice and smooth walk and trot, but will need some help relaxing at the canter. This is a nice horse and she has not offered to buck during her previous work experience; but she will need a confident and advanced rider to continue her progress moving in the right direction. Alouette has many hours of trail riding to add to her resume, this girl has many good years ahead and she has a lot to offer her new home.

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115

Beautiful Paint at Washington Feedlot

Wow.. she's gorgeous!

Avalon - 18yr Chestnut / White Paint Mare - $650
This mare is said to be broke to ride but will need to go to a trainer or experienced horse person as the previous owner said she can be fearful undeer saddle. She has been ridden and shown but is not for a beginner. She is easy to handle on the ground and gets along well with other horses. Avalon stands approx 15hh. 

Location: Sunnyside, WA
Contact: Sabrina 206-250-5115