Hello to all my farm fans out there. If you have not read the article I wrote earlier this week, you have missed my biggest farm news for the week. We are the proud owners of a brand new foal. She was born on Tuesday and was a big surprise! We were not aware that the mare was pregnant. She is a beautiful white mare with brown ears and a brown spot on the top of her head and neck. A friend of ours said that her markings are called a medicine hat with older farmers and horse lovers. I believe that we have decided that her name will be Cinnamon’s Little Surprise and I may just call her Surprise, I also like the name Vanilla she she may have a full name as well as a barn name. She is our pride and joy right now. Her mom, Cinnamon, is healthy and seems to be a great momma. My older gelding, Tyson, believes that the baby is his, I think. He was protective of her in the field and extremely mad at me when I moved the baby and momma from the pasture to the barn lot.
Onto some other news, we have dealt with coyotes this summer being near the house and we have seen a lot of opossums, but now we have a new concern. As we were sitting in the back yard enjoying the nice break from our 90 plus degree weather this week, we seen a chicken hawk fly into the trees and try to get one of the chickens that had roosted in the tree for the night. Luckily, the hawk did not get it and the chicken was safe, but it makes for a new concern as we hadn’t seen one of them nearby.
As most of you know, we are a home school family and it is nearing school time here on the farm. Of course, the new foal has been a lesson for all of us and so much fun to watch as it learns it surrounds and ventures out of the barn. However, as I was looking for new curriculum this year, I was blessed to find a language arts program from a company named Beautiful Feet that is based on the history of horses. We will be reading classic horse stories such as : Black Beauty, Misty of Chinoteague, King of the Wind, and many other horse stories by Margarite Henry and other talented writers. It covers many types of horses and how they have added to the history of our world. I believe that it is going to be a great learning tool for my daughter who is very much involved with her horse now. We will be using a math program this year as well as Apologia’s Flying Creatures of the fifth day for science. It should be an exciting year and we are beginning today with a field trip with some other home school families to take a nature walk around Ogle Lake in Brown County State Park. I am looking forward to the fun and learning that the kids will have today.
Well, as you know, I am extremely busy and need to get myself moving this morning as the new colt means more work and more trips to the barn. With school starting, I am adding a new time management lesson to our lives and so this is going to be a short report this week as we get back into the swing of things. “Y’all come back now” and maybe we can have a glass of sweet iced tea and visit a little bit longer.