Well, this morning we walked to the barn with a tiny little sprinkle falling upon us (us being Phoebe, Josh and myself). After chores, I went out to put the masks on the horses and for the first time I noticed that all the geldings were together and all the mares were in a group. For the past 27 years (unlike most horse farms) I have had the horses run together in a herd. Many people separate them for a variety of reasons. It takes about two weeks for me to work in a new horse, but once it is safe they seem much happier when they are together (not standing by the fence looking over at the others). When I have had foals here, they...with their moms, were worked back into the herd. The only time they were separated, was during weaning.
Target (25) and Berlin (23) were born here. I also had several other foals here that belonged to others. As many of you know, every horse farm owner thinks their way is the best. I admit to being "back yard" and an animal mush, but my management style has produced very gentle, socialized horses. They are spoiled rotten, but are very sweet in return. Without Shenna, I am down to 6. At the peak, I was up to 12. I'm out of gas when it comes to boarding. Everytime a horse leaves, we take down the stall wall and now the stalls are all huge. Why not?
I took classical dressage lessons for years, but have been out of that loop for a long time... learned a lot and "know" a lot more than I can "do." Any horseperson worth their salt knows that you never stop learning. Still a back yard rider who cares very much about how the horses are treated and outfitted. Saddle fitting is extremely important, and most people know very little about it. Your shoe size is 9? Put on this 6, and if you don't walk, trot and canter I will make you!!! Pity the horses.