Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Double H Farm in Ridgefield Connecticut is no ordinary stable. Lavish woodwork, decorative metalwork, climate control, a full line of training equipment, and a professional staff make this one of the premier riding facilities in the country. I am in love with the perfectly manicured grounds.
For me the highlight of this amazing facility is the 3.5 acre derby field complete with two open waters, double liverpools, a table bank, a slide bank, a grob, a ditch and a hedge jump. It was designed by International Equestrian Design's, Robert Jolicoeur.
On its 87 acres, Double H Farm features two beautiful barns. The main barn has 20 stalls, four grooming and wash stalls, and laundry, tack and feed rooms. It also features a large trophy room and lounge, two offices, and a full kitchen. The second barn, built for the breeding operation, has 14 stalls and two grooming and wash stalls. It also has laundry, tack and feed rooms, and one office. Additionally, there are 8 stalls in an outside shed row that are used in all but the winter months.
Double H's training facilities include a five horse walker, a treadmill, an 80 x 180 foot indoor ring with excellent Travel Right footing, and a large 135 x 280 foot outdoor ring with perfect ESI footing.Finally, with its beautiful land and open spaces, Double H has 11 large grass paddocks, and four smaller sand paddocks. There are also numerous paths throughout its wooded areas for gorgeous and relaxing trail rides. Looks like heaven to me!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Although over the past couple of weeks, Mazzy hasn't been able to be ridden much do to rain, loosing a shoe, etc. she was awesome yesterday and today! My trainer rode her yesterday and I got to watch, which I haven't been able to do lately because I am at work when she rides her. Then I rode Mazzy today and she was phenomenal. Her canter is getting much more balanced. So far she has been making great progress. I have my fingers crossed that she continues living up to my expectations.
Mazzy's puncture wound is getting better. I have been cold hosing it for 20-30 min a day, treating it with triple antibiotic ointment, and giving her oral antibiotics. I am hoping it will close up by next week. I switched her stall to a hopefully safer one where she won't impale herself. However, I couldn't find what she injured herself on.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Poor Mazzy somehow punctured her elbow, on what I have no idea. A friend of mine noticed it when I got to the barn tonight and was leading Mazzy out of her stall. It probably happened last night after I left due to the way it looked. I wish someone had noticed it earlier today. There was heat, discharge, and swelling so I called the vet (an emergency call of course due to the time) and then I cold hosed it while I waited, luckily my wonderful vet came right out. She game me some antibiotics, but due to the location there wasn't much more she could do except put some Betadine antibiotic ointment on it. Luckily Mazzy was up to date with her Tetanus shot, which can make the difference between a horse that recovers from even a simple-looking wound and one that dies from a bacterial infection. As long as she stays sound and it doesn't swell more I can keep riding her. By the time I took care of all of this, it was too late to ride. There's always tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Congratulations, Melissa, for being chosen as the Etsyblogger of the Month! Her shop is stocked with adorable toys, blankets, scarves, washcloths, dishcloths, potholders, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.
She is having a Halloween BOGO Sale! Buy any Halloween item and get a second Halloween item for 50%!! Refunds given via PayPal.
Cute Candy Corn Charm Earrings
Halloween Star Baby Blanket
Please take a look at her Etsy shop and her blog.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
For the past few weeks we have been frequenting the humane society often, looking for the perfect dog to rescue. Murphy definitely needed a buddy, but we just weren't sure if we were ready. We found several we liked, but we didn't make a decision quick enough and they were adopted. We were at least happy that they found a home.