Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015_ Blizzard

Boston has set records during this stretch include: - Record 30-day snowfall: 94.4 inches from Jan. 24- Feb. 22, 2015.. we beat the record of the Blizzard of '78 when I first moved to Boston of 58.8 inches.  Incredibly, this 30-day total would be the third snowiest season!
Photo by: J. Towner
 
 
Temperatures were below normal for weeks, not days. Now that it's warming up, meaning staying in the 30's and not dropping below 16 you start to notice all the trash that people threw all over the place.  Somehow people seem to think that the snow will cover everything from cans, to papers, and crap everywhere...  forgetting about snow eventually melts only to expose all the trash.    But, hey.. let's enjoy the beauty of the white stuff in the above photo.  Ahhhh.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2014 Icelandic Farm Vermont Trip

Why we decided to go to the Icelandic Farm http://www.icelandichorses.com/ in October one will never know, but hey that's what people do when they live three hours away and don't realize the weather could change on a dime. In spite of the rain and 20 degree mornings, we had the time of our lives and can't wait to go back. This year we will do the Trek early September in the peak of foliage and hopefully dryer warmer weather. Both my friends, Gail & Rachel independent of one another wanted to take this trip. Not knowing one another I put the deal together and once away in our own "vacation land" we were all separated at birth. Many a laughs and drinks later... We stayed at Landau Bed and Breakfast which I cannot rave enough about. The food, the owner... outside fire pit.. rooms, cat and friendly guest this is a must go back again type of place. Here is where we stayed.  http://www.lareaufarminn.com/







Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring is here and it's time to get the camera out

 Besides taking great photos of horse's, save your horse's winter shoes and make this cool jewelry rack!  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beau had his Chiropractic Visit


My Missouri Fox Trotter felt 100% better after his adjustment.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coic Surgery


The dreadful colic surgery ... symptoms had come and no one did anything.. just let the horse lie down quietly all morning. He even passed on his breakfast. May 2010 the 27the Beau underwent a cecal bypass and large colon impaction which was removed by two incredible doctors at Tufts in Grafton. Beau finally made it back to his stall by 8:00 AM after having been taken into surgery around 11:30 PM, and I was there to see him in his stall by 10:30 AM after have driven home at 5:30 AM in the morning. He was not looking all that wel,l and my heart melted. Ice packs on each hoof, IV drip from the ceiling, muzzle so he could not eat anyting and it also kept the tube that was taped to his nose in place. Reeking from anaesthesia after the long surgery that was not all. He would not be out of the woods for 72 hours. Rocking back and forth with fever, pain and discomfort, his frightened eye was softened when I would arrive for my visit with him. Our connection is very strong, and he knew he had to pull through; for either of us asked for this.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

First Polo Lesson


Time to blog about polo. Yes, I have taken my first Polo lesson with James Gadea on a 19 yr. old mare name White Sox. She had just finished a game of polo and there I was feeling badly that I had to ride her in a beginner lesson. These horses are well trained, and not as sore as I was going to be for the next 4 days. The Polo Series takes place on the polo grounds of Glen Farm, 715 East Main Road (Route 138) in Portsmouth, RI, six miles north of downtown Newport.. I will have to post some photos of the "beginner" polo lesson.


Here is a photo I grabbed from the web site. James is in this photo.
For more information visit
the Newport Polo Club web site. http://www.glenfarm.com/

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Flattery will get you...hmmm everywhere




... Was there ever a time in which you had to ask someone a favor, being so nervous the first thing out of your mouth was "you look really good today"? HA I think we are all guilty of that.. This is a great photo I found at http://despair.com/flattery.html And hey don't forget I take awesome HORSE PHOTOS so hire me to come to your farm and shoot you and your horse, with my Nikon 5000.



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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

THE HORSE


In this cartoon that I found in the NYTimes, farmers look with interest and concern. This 2- seat automobile at the turn of the twentieth century would replace the horse as the predominate means of transport. Harper's Weekly has a humorous side of the differences between horse, and horseless carriage. This cartoon brings a potential "invader" image that automobiles might bring to the countryside.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fanacation with Horses

Well my trainer said it " I don't know what the fanacation of horses is if the child just tosses the horse back in the stall after she rides" and it hit me. When someone pays north of $600.00 a month to board a horse, not including the cost of lessons, apparel, treats and the cost of gas perhaps in just driving to the barn. Then tosse the horse inside the stall after riding for an hour, has to make you wonder. What are the parents thinking? The parents are usually the ones paying for this. In the world of fast and furious why empower the child for that one hour, what are they REALLY learning? The horse is also wondering why am I being asked to work when I'd rather just sit here posing for animal crackers or running in a field with other horses to be tossed aside wet, sweaty with stains of salt on my body, and left to catch a chill.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Headless Horseman









10/31/2009 :
Old North Bridge Halloween Hunter Pace
984 Lowell Rd, Carlisle, Massachusetts

Hunter Pace
Riders may participate individually or in small groups of up to four riders, over the marked course in Great Brook Farm State Park. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. Contact: Barbara Bjornson tel: 978-369-6469
btbjorn@comcast.net









This years Halloween Hunt Pace Event is on the 31st of October.. Hopefully we can duplicate our 1st place ribbon, as we plan on entering this again. I just have to find another black horse to enter with as Beauty is no longer with us. This was a great idea (mine) and a surprise to me that we won!