Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Boarders Are Here! The Boarders Are Here!

We’ve had several new horses arrive at the farm this week.
This is “Ella” and her 13 year old owner.

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This is “Ivy.”

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This is “Jolie.”  (Horse #4 for Daughter.)   Daughter adopted Jolie from a horse rescue and she arrived this week after a long trip from North Dakota.  I’ll tell you more of Jolie’s story at a later date.  (She  has one blue eye and one black/brown eye.)

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We are expecting several more boarders to arrive within the next few days and by February 1, we should almost have all of our available stalls leased, which is very exciting.
And after much deliberation, our farm finally has a name.
WINDSWEPT FARM.
It has no special meaning or significance other than my daughter came up with it and we liked the sound of it.
Meanwhile, as the horses were arriving, there was a flurry of other activities going on.
The fencing was being finished.  Gates were being hung.  Automatic waterers were being checked to make sure they were working properly and there were no leaks.
A bin to store shavings for bedding the stalls was being constructed.

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Two days ago, the shell of the partially built 12 stall barn we purchased off Craigslist was finished by the previous owner.  We will be doing the rest of the work ourselves.

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The second-story deck still needs railing and a roof, the stairs need a handrail, electric and water need to be run, and lighting needs to be installed.  The apartment/rec room needs to be finished.   Concrete needs to be poured in the center aisle, tack room, feed room, wash rack, and cross-tie areas.

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Six of the stalls are finished.

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As finances permit,  six more stalls can be added later (3 on the right and 3 on the left of where the shavings pile is temporarily sitting).

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But after 3 months of backbreaking work, WINDSWEPT FARM is officially up and running! 

14 comments:

Paula said...

Wow!!! Everything looks amazing. I love the horses!!! They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pics.

The Tattered Cottage said...

How exciting!! Everything is coming along and looking beautiful! Your hardwork is coming to fruition. I remember my first horse, I purchased him when I was 10. He was a beautiful black stallion with a white moon crest on his forehead. The cost was his gelding...$25. Good luck with your new boarders :)
Toni

Debbie said...

Hi shari, what a wonderful name for your farm!!! I love the pictures of your horses. My best friend has a horse farm in LaMesa Texas. It was a lot of work, but it is so worth it now. My daughter loves horses so I will show her the pictures of yours. Have a good week!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Shari, everything is looking so great! Love the name of your farm. I hope everything will continue to move along. What an exciting adventure.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Adrienne said...

Wow! That was a lot of work in a short amount of time but you deserve congratulations that Windswept Farm is up and running! I love the name and the sight of the horses arriving. It had to be thrilling to see your dream begin to come true. ~Adrienne~

Kammy said...

Congrats - your barn is looking great - I still can't believe you bought it on Craigs - wow !
You are going to have the coolest pictures with the neatest horses - very cool...Love to hear more about the rescue....so very neat !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Anonymous said...

The information here is great. I will invite my friends here.

Thanks

June said...

Hi Sheri,
Aren't you going to have a wonderful time getting to know these horses and their owners? We have had some changes here at the ole' farm as well. My husband has sold a couple of his horses (none that are on my sidebar), bit it seems a little 'empty' around here now.
Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how you publish your posts. It is so helpful to know the options. Sometimes posting is such a hassle that I find myself putting it off all together, so I must find a better way to suit me.
hugs

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shari,

Beautiful name for the farm! Glad things are falling into place. Wow, you got a lot done in 3 months time!! Write when you can.

Debbie

Willow said...

How exciting to see all the horses. I am a longtime horse lover. One day I hope to have one of my own. My Hubby says he likes to get us two when he retires and we find a small farm.

Willow

Vivianna said...

Congratulations! Horses ARE beautiful animals.

How exciting for your daughter, your husband and yourself.

Blessings,

Lottie said...

Shari, the progress you all have made had been INCREDIBLE! I have so enjoyed reading your blog. What beautiful pictures!
Best wishes!

Simple Dimple Primitives said...

Everything looks great at WINDSWEPT FARM!
I guess Hooterville is a thing of the past. : )

Enjoy....and keep posting those wonderful pictures.

Wendy said...

Oh I am so jealous!

I cannot wait until we can have at least one horse.