Saturday, April 25, 2009

Jeffy's Friend rides a Fjord

Recently our son Jeff had friends over to play and we saddled up horses and let them have fun riding around. Our fjord Elisie is so good with the kids that all we did is put a halter on her and tied off the lead rope for reins and let them ride. Didn't even need a bridle. With inexperienced kids riding, it is easier on the horses mouth when they pull hard on the reins or try to turn so we just use the halter. The boys had a great time riding and Elisie was a perfect Fjord as usual.

Our oldest daughter Karla also rode our Missouri Fox trotter/Quaterhorse named Josie. That is my wife's favorite and Josie is the queen of the ranch. All the other horses know she is the boss. When ever there is any activity around the ranch Josie wants to be right there in the middle and see what is going on. She was the first horse we bought when we started our horse business and she will be the last to go. She is the surrogate mother of the Fjords and treats them like they were her own children. If anything around the property is going on she has to investigate to see if there is any danger close by just like a guard dog.

Now that summer is on its way, we hope to have more friends and family visit and have fun riding horses. When we want to go on long rides we load the horse trailer and head to the coast or other places that have horse trails. A close friend of ours has a ranch that he manages for his boss, and there is 900 acres to ride and we really enjoy going there.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Saturday Night Music

Well our band played saturday night and it went pretty well. We had a good time and played from 8:30 till 11:15. Its always a good sign when people stay till you are done and most people stayed. We found out that later this summer a local vineyard wants us to perform two times at their wine tasting events. Along with other events going on we should be having a busy summer.With my work being slow I will be able to spend more time this summer with playing music and going on family outings with the horses.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spring is in the air

We have finally started getting spring weather here in Oregon. It has been so nice to be able to go outside in the late afternoon and evenings and be in a T-shirt and not be cold. The fjords are losing their winter coats and so are we. Took some pictures this last weekend and got a great shot I like to call two-headed fjord. LOL

The next photo is just a nice shot of our first baby Fjord, Tallak. He is one of our favorites. Tallak has such a wonderful personality and loving nature, more so than the others. He now 3 years old. For some reason he loves to rest his head on your shoulder when you are close to him. All the fjords love attention and sometimes it is hard to pet just one cause they all follow us around and have that puppy dog look in their eyes. Now that the weather is warmer and the ground is drying up we can start spending more time with them and start training the young fjords.

This next picture is our Momma Fjord, Elisie. She has been a great horse and gave us our two baby fjords, Tallak and Nina. She has been a great horse for our kids to ride. When we go out on trail rides our son Jeff who is 10, can ride her and we never have to worry.