Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

March 2, 2010

Spring is here. Time to Play!

This was the second last fire for the year! The riding trails through the acreage are now complete, except for digging out some alder and willow roots once the snow is gone and the frost is out of the ground.

I left my camera up at the house for the really big fire. I should know by now that wherever I go, so does the camera. It could have been worse as I might have missed the opportunity to take some moose or deer pictures.

The trails will be fairly challenging with a dry (most of the time) creek bed that climbs about 100 feet in a quarter mile. Lots of trees and natural areas. The intent is to introduce the youngsters to trail riding under controlled scenarios, without the risk of travelling a quarter mile along the road to access the grazing lease, or a mile to access the mountain trails. They will get a chance to use leg to keep off the trees and weight to get up and down the slopes. Hopefully, it will keep their attention span for a while. We have lots of friends and children that like to come and exercise the horses, and this will give me an opportunity to assess their skill level before venturing out where we may encounter bears, moose or terrible, horse eating, Llamas. This was also a good exercise activity to get the strengh back into my shoulder, and to harden up the soft muscles that seemed to have developed over the winter.

What about you? Do you do anything to get into shape for summer? Back when I was bulked up at +75 pounds, my attitude used to be "what you see is what you get". That changed after my " warning". Heart attack or ulcer? Fortunately it was an ulcer, but I feel that I was served notice.
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