|Posted on March 30, 2017 at 4:55 PM|
We have many hours work and repairs ahead of us.
If anyone was unsure what happens when a cyclone comes through a horse property. Sadly here is ours. ����
No horses were on this side of the property. We had moved them to the other side.
|Posted on March 29, 2017 at 4:55 PM|
The horses are very grateful that the wind has eased off considerably. All are safe and eating grass.
We'll keep them over the Kelsey Rd side for a bit while we repair all the fences on the Reibel's Rd side.
The old shed is tough and didn't budge which is wonderful.
So lucky that the trees fell away from the house and sheds.
We'll add more photos as we can get them through. Thank you for sending them through Amanda Patchett.
I need to add how absolutely amazing horses are. Their intuition and instincts in these situations to stay calm is unbelievable. Non of them were silly. They stayed close to one another and were given plenty of free room to move away from perceived danger if necessary.
Thank you to our wonderful Agistees for being patient during this daunting time and trusting us with your horse(s).
|Posted on March 29, 2017 at 4:45 PM|
You can't knock us down for long 'Cyclone Debbie'.
You may have come in all fierce and outstayed our welcome by many hours.
You may of sent a deluge of water our way.
You may of made many repairs for us.
You may of tried to break our spirit but you know what?
YOU WON'T KEEP US DOWN FOR LONG!!!
**** We are the Storm*****
We were inundated by a lot of water in both properties but all horses are safe and well and today are happily eating grass again.
We have quite extensive repairs to be done before we will be back to normal again.
We've never seen the volume of water come through our place like it did at midnight last night.
I'm very grateful for such an amazing family, friends and support network around us. I can not thank them enough for all their help in the preparation and now all the repairs and clean up that will take place over the next few weeks.
Mark my word, we will be back to normal and we will be bigger, better, stronger and more resilient.
|Posted on February 21, 2017 at 3:45 PM|
Morgen & Kent plus Oliver doing some warm up work under this beautiful sunrise.
#pvstraining #earlymornings #sunrise #bowen #dressage #summerriding #horsetraining #dressagerider #dressagecoach
|Posted on January 30, 2017 at 6:35 PM|
Thank you to everyone who came out to 'Canter Home' on Saturday, 21st January to attend the PVS Open Door Training Session.
It was a fantastic opportunity for me to bring along 2 of our upcoming competition horses for the 2017 and expose them to an unfamiliar atmosphere and venue.
Spectators were treated to a running commentary of what I was working on with each of the horses, the general training format and progression of the work and witnessed first hand how common 'new venue' issue are dealt with.
Hugo PVS (grey gelding) is a very spirited soul and the more that I can condition him to different venues and atmospheres means that once the competition season commences we will be a little more ready to knuckle down into the tests and show our sparkle.
Remi Lolita (owned by Sue Cornwell) is a 4yr old mare by Lauries As who I am very excited to be campaigning this season for Sue. It was a great opportunity to expose her to new surrounds and environments and see how well she remained focused and attentive to me.
Both horses did extremely well and are coming along nicely for 2017.
Thanks again to Heidi from Canter Home for hosting us all. I look forward to being able to offer this again to riders
Sponsor: Pryde's EasiFeed
Photos were taken by: Heidi Bliesner
Post Processing: Pamela Kingwill
|Posted on January 30, 2017 at 6:35 PM|
#hugopvs and I playing with some collected work before the rain came.
|Posted on January 29, 2017 at 8:35 PM|
Okay, lets talk Pasture Management!
One could be excused at thinking that during this time of the year it is not necessary to worry about pasture and your horses grazing time as it is our 'rain period' in Nth Qld.
It rains, the sun comes out, the grass grows, horses eat grass, your feed bill is reduced, everyone is happy........ Don't be fooled though, is it really that easy???
I'm no expert on this topic but I have put a lot of my time into listening to my very wise ‘step-father' (cattle and land man of many generations) on this topic. Not only have I listened intently to his advice, more importantly I have been trying to implement his recommendations to better improve the quality and quantity of our pasture on our small property.
Already we are up against a wall with the amount of horses that we have compared to volume of grazing land.
As I believe a lot of others can relate to, we keep many more livestock per acre than what our wonderful land and mother nature can keep fertile.
So what can we do about it? My tips here won't go into great detail (as I pointed out i'm not a GURU on this) but I am going to bullet point a few things that we have implemented over the last 9 years and it has helped us have better quality grass, land and happier, healthier horses.
So why go to all this trouble? Well not only does it reduce dust, make the property look appealing, the benefits to your horse are extensive.
Many horse owners allow their horse access to a pasture continuously. The horse usually remains on the same piece of land over the whole grazing season. This type of grazing system is called "continuous grazing".
Although continuous grazing requires the least amount of capital investment and management, this type of system can be very unhealthy for the land. Owners need to weigh up their own personal situation and see what works best for them and their beloved horse(s).
So for 2017 onwards we will be continuing to learn and implement 'pasture management' strategies that will benefit our property and horses.
Picture above is of one of our paddocks still in the growth phase but is nearly ready in a week or so to be grazed.