Fordson is now barefoot!

Like the title reads, I took away Fordsons iron shoes. There’s SO many reasons to have a horse barefoot, I wont go into that unless someone asks me to. (It’s pretty easy to google your way to information about that aswell!)

Anyway. He’s doing great! Recently we reached the part of his hoof where the nails went in, so the walls started breaking off a little on the sides where the wholes after the nails are. He’s not hurting or anything, but I wanted to take the safe route and decided to let him wear boots while riding.

Barefoot boots.. Oh my god, what a jungle! There’s SO many different brands and the sizing seem to differ for each model. I lucked out buying a used pair of renegade boots, that actually fit his front hoovs pretty well! He seems to like them a lot.
And before winter comes, I’m gonna make sure to have 4 fitting, dubbed boots that he can wear when we ride/drive on slippery roads.

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Aren’t they fancy looking?

Our new little friend!

So a lot has happend since I wrote last. One if the things being that we got a new horse! Well… A pony. He’s an overgrown shetland pony, his name is Loke.

He’s a lovely little pony, but he’s never been ridden, driven or anything like that. He’s barely tame to walk with, so… We have a lot of work ahead of us untill he’s gonna be childproof for Alice. But Alice loves him already, and so do the rest of us. He’s a sweet, gentle pony with such spirit and expression! I’m looking forward to working with him and eventuelly drive him. It’ll be so much fun :3

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Bigger meadow~

So, we’re building our loose housing meadow after a principle called Paddock Paradise.

If you never heard the term, you can read and see some pictures about it here.

Here’s a picture from when we worked on the lower part of the meadow this week. As I’m writing this, they’re out there enjoying it.

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Who needs a stable?

Untill the stable is ready (there’s still a LOT to do before it’s ready), we have to stand outside to take care of our horses.

It’s actually really nice. The horses seem to love it aswell!

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I’m still alive

As the title reads, yes, I am in fact still alive.
A lot has happend. Since I rented out my house to Lina and her family, we have started the progress to turning it into a horsefarm!

There’s so much to do! We started a facebookpage in case anyone want more regular updates, but I’ll post here aswell from time to time. I’ve just been so busy lately that I pretty much forgot that I had a blog. 😉

Last weekend, we moved the horses there! It’s Fordson, Balk and Clooney. Balk is Lina’s horse and Clooney belongs to my dear friend Linnea. Since Fordson knew them both since before it’s been very easy to put them back together, C and B also get along great. I’m so happy to know that they have eachother.

Just 2 days ago, my friend Emmelie also bought a horse! A warmblooded trotter called Boyen. So now, there’s four horses there that all get along great. It couldn’t get to a better start!

 

Here’s two pictures that Linnea took.

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Boyen (Big Boy Laday)

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The three best friends (Balk, Fordson and Clooney)

Today we celebrate!

It’s now officially signed and done. I’m renting out my house at Fällträsk to my dear friend Lina, contracts signed for a year to begin with!

We’re gonna build a stable and loose housing there, exactly like we want it! It’ll be SO amazing.

We’ll start our own blog for the farm itself, I’ll link it when it’s set up. There, you’ll be able to see what we’re working on and follow our progress.

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Mud everywhere…

The snow finally started melting away, spring is incoming!

The bad part about that is all the mud though… The meadow and the paddock are just pools of watery mud, it’s terrible!

So that means it’s quite a challenge to find activities that is fun for both the horse and yourself. Oh, and it can’t involve more than a slow trot since it’s also slippery as hell.

The solution? Trail! I put up a little trail-course (in Swedish we call it Bruksridning), and we had some fun today.

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I know I’m probably biased.. But isn’t be beautiful?

Free access?

In my ideal world, I would want to have free access of hay for Fordson.

Horses are supposed to eat around 18 hours a day, walking great distances looking for food and water. They’re built for that, so if a horse goes for more than four hours without food, their stomach acid can start causing irritation.

Nowadays, the hay is too good. If I gave Fordson free access he would get really, really fat. So sadly, that’s not an option.

At the stables I keep him at they get fed 4 times a day. 6am, 11am, 4pm and 9pm. One of the first things I did when I moved there was to suggest that we bought in straw – something they could eat when they ran out of hay that won’t make them overweight.

Luckily, I have amazing stable friends so we ended up buying 900kg straw that they always have placed out in the meadow in 2 slow-feed nets, plus in the box during the night.

Straw is really great, IF your horse eats it. Not everybody does, I noticed. But it gives them something to do and keeps their stomachs busy.

I strive towards a ”natural-like” way to keep my horse. In the future, my dream is to have a Paddock Paradise* with at least 2 outdoor shelters that has soft bedding so they horses can lay down there at any time.

It would have free access of hay in slow-feed nets, and the hay would be given 5-6 times a day. Preferably it would have forest in the meadow that provides natural shelter and a lot to do for the horses as well.

Maybe one day. Maybe soon.

 

*http://www.aanhcp.net/pages/welcome-to-paddock-paradise

Lovely visitors!

My sister was here over Easter, she lives in Stockholm so we don’t see each other very often. She brought her two kids and visited me at the stables! Neither of them had met Fordson before, so it was really nice that they came to see him.

Here are some pictures from the visit!

Aren’t they cute? Their names are Lorenzo and Leona.

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