Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fun farm things

Last weekend, my husband and I bought this beautiful, new piece of equipment...



That's a dump trailer to haul sawdust, manure, etc. in case you were wondering haha.  My husband has wanted one of these FOREVER and, I swear to god, bringing it home was like Christmas to him.

Oh, the joys of being married to a man who loves living on a farm as much as I do are too innumerable to count.  :-)  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Saddles for sale!

Despite the fact I have these two saddles listed EVERYWHERE (I even broke down and put them on eBay!), I cannot seem to sell them.  I figured it might be worth putting them here, just in case.  :-)  Pass along the info if you know anyone interested!

Tex Tan Western Saddle with bridle and breastplate
$900 or best reasonable offer
15” seat
FQH bars
Older set in very good condition, all leather and tree is sound and safe, with pretty tooling and tastefully decorated with silver.  Comes with bridle and breastplate.  Will ship for $50.

 











20" PNC Nottingham Royale cutback 
$350 or best reasonable offer
I bought brand new and rode in it three times and lost interest in saddleseat. In nearly perfect condition. Fits a wider backed horse. Paid close to $800 new.  Will ship for $30.







Monday, February 15, 2016

Decorating with an equestrian flair

Having a brand new home to decorate was equal parts exciting and overwhelming.  I tried to incorporate small horsey touches without making my home look like my bedroom at 12 years old LOL!  I thought I would share a few ideas today, as it is freezing cold here in the Northeast and there is not much going on with the horses besides feeding and cleaning out!  


I love this little horse, as it reminds me of a (Standardbred) trotter!  It hangs in my kitchen.  I changed the ribbon to match the accent color.

I have had this print since college, because it looked like Sparky (even the same saddle I had at the time).  Now it is in my dining room.

My papercut made by Niamh and a pastel drawing of Sparky from my parents the first Christmas I owned her!  This is our office.

Horsey pillows, of course!  Way too pricey, but I have coveted these forever!  

Saw it on Pinterest, of course!  LOL!  I painted old horseshoes from Sparky and Dreamy.

My sister-in-law made this for me a few Christmases ago.

Funny story to this one.  Four years ago, I entered a Facebook contest to name this print and my suggestion won!  Therefore I won this gorgeous piece of artwork!  It hangs in my living room.
It showed up on my Facebook memories today, which is what made me think of it!  LOL!
This is my wee one at 13 days old.  Another Pinterest idea!  He peed on my saddle during this photoshoot.  LOL!

Two foxhunting prints in the master bathroom.  Found these for a steal on eBay!


Horsey touches in the master bathroom.  I found these at two different antique stores.  (The small white dish on the left is from Target, and the two wooden boxes were my grandmother's.)
Framed photo of our racing under saddle race (we won!) and a drawing of Sparky from a coworker for our secret Santa a few years ago.  This is the master bedroom.

Artsy photo of Dreamy years ago at a dressage show, plus a few little horsey knick knacks from my childhood.

Two little fox lamps in the master bedroom to go with the foxhunting theme.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

With a logo, it must be official

I have always wanted a cute logo for my farm, but it always seemed kind of silly.  I am an adult amateur and I don't need to "brand" my farm or any type of business.  But geez, with my very own farm, I finally figured I might as well do what I want and create a logo. Honestly, it was my husband who convinced me to do it, as he came home last fall with the name idea of Clover Ledge and had drawn his own logo.  It was a silly spoof of a logo, but we figured we needed one eventually.

I asked a horsey friend, Donna, to design it for us.  She is a graphic designer and I knew she would do a great job.  I basically told her I wanted to incorporate horses and oxen and stick with the green color.  I think her design is perfect.  It took a few tweaks, and she was very patient with me, and I just love it!


We did the horse in a dressage frame, even though I would identify myself as an eventer. Dressage is the basis of all training in my eyes, so dressage it was.  And I love her idea to use the yoke as the way to indicate we have oxen instead of trying to design the right looking ox Plus we would need two of them, since you yoke them together in a pair.  So a dressage horse, jumping horse, and two oxen would be just too much!  The four leaf clover obviously comes from the farm name, but it also is a nod to my husband's years in 4-H and we both feel as though we have been especially lucky in our life together.  So it really is perfect!  :-)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New Look and Name

I figured it was time to update the blog with a new look and name.  I may still tweak it a bit, but for now I like it and think it needed a change!  It's not just about Standardbred Excellence any longer, but the focus will be on the entire farm and both species of animals hahaha!  :-)  Plus, it was time to change the name of my farm.  I called it Moonstone Farm for many years, having dreamed that up way back when I was in fifth grade.  But it seemed that as my own life has evolved, the name of our farm needed to reflect that.  And now it is not just my farm, but OUR farm.  My husband is just as much a part of it as I am, which is one of the innumerable reasons I married him!  ;-)  Of course, that meant that I had to change my barn/show colors from maroon and gray to green (with a hint of maroon and cream).  LOL I'll always be a prissy horse girl at heart.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Smartpak Success Stories

Back in the late winter of 2015, I was contacted by Smartpak to write "Success Stories" for the two supplements my mares use.  I have Dreamy on SmartBreathe and Snappy on Smartgut Ultra.  They published the stories online last fall and in their little magazines they send out.

This is just kind of silly and fun, but I wanted to document it here.  :-)

Snappy (click her name to see it on their blog)


Dreamy's never made it onto their blog like Snappy's.  And they called her 15 years old, but this year she is turning 25!!  LOL!



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Plans and Goals for 2016

Well, nothing like catching up your very outdated blog to the present time in just 22 posts! LOL!  Things have surely changed since 2013, and I have to say I could not be happier with the changes. Though had you told me three years ago that I would be where I am now, I would have NOT believed it at all!  But life has a funny way of working out and sometimes we need to go through bad times in order to get to the good stuff. 

I was able to ride again six weeks after the little guy was born.  When I say ride, what I really mean is plod around the field trying not to fall off LOL!  My core muscles were pretty much non existent.   
First ride post baby!
Right now, not much is going on with the mares.  We had an unusually warm December which left us with lots of mud, and I was able to hop on and toddle around the yard and fields with them.  Then things froze up and left us with ice!  There is some snow, but the ice is making it tough to ride right now.  It's really not a huge difference that any other winter, where I ride sporadically and wish I had an indoor (haha), but having taken 2015 off from riding is making me super eager to get back into the swing of it all.

This was the BEST December in Maine, ever!
Oh, hello baby!
In the past, I have made a list of goals and plans and calendars, with shows on nearly every weekend.  To be truthful, I am not 100% sure what it is I want to do right now.  A few things I do know for sure are that Dreamy is essentially retired from the show ring and I have no idea what Snappy might be capable of as a show horse LOL!  I don't think I want to do any pleasure ring show, for various reasons, so I think I am going to focus on only dressage and eventing instead.  Maybe Snappy can try a few foxhunts in the fall.  I don't know yet.  

I used to feel such a need to show and prove myself.  I think it was because I was so unhappy with my (personal) life that I needed validation in other ways.  Some people drink excessively, some people cheat on their spouses, but I hit the show ring LOL!!  I guess there are worse things.  I do want to show, but I don't feel that deep need to be gone every single weekend and earn lots of ribbons to make myself feel better about my life.  That's a GOOD thing.  I still have a fierce competitive streak, but it's different now.  And I also want to balance my horse show time with my husband's fairs.  He enjoys pulling his cattle as much as I love to show, so we will find a good mix of venues and dates that ensures we both get to do what we love.

In the meantime, I will keep obsessively writing down show dates and dreaming about warm early spring days to start getting all of us back into shape!  :-)