Rebel, July 4th, 2019 at Forrestel Farm

Rebel, July 4th, 2019 at Forrestel Farm
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt


Thursday, October 13, 2011


 We squeaked out another beautiful sunrise after a long night of rain.
 The light was beautiful in the barn.
 Had the stalls done in no time.  This is what our barn (built in the mid 1800's) looks like.  As our horses have passed away (had 6 for most of the last 30 years) I have removed stall walls and now the current three have studio apartments.  Below is Berlin's stall..about 11 x 40.  Outrageous!  She keeps her stall clean and uses Masterpiece's as her bathroom.
 Jill's horse Belle, has a stall that is about 12x30.
 Abbe's is a mere 16x16.
 Lily was present and accounted for.
 This is the run-in part of the barn and is available to them during the day.  Everything is irregular, but I love it just the same.  Lots of character.

 Phoebe and Gucci are out there with me rain or shine.

 After chores I mowed the lawn....there were lots of geese in the field next to the outdoor arena.
 Gary had to rake up some black walnuts before he could finish the hand mowing.

 At 11, Jeff R. (horse dentist) arrived.  Belle was first and could not have been better.
 Lily watched.
 Next it was Abbe's turn.  She was a good girl too.
 Why do horses let us do this?  Jeff is an outstanding dentist and they are very comfortable with him.

 Berlin waited....
 When it was her turn, Abbe watched.

 What a surprise.  Her teeth were great.  No points and no problems.  She did not need a thing and we will check her again in the spring.
 At 3 I had an appointment with the message therapist.  Hot stones!  Of course I had to check out the fish.

 Jill had duty tonight.
 Gary and I went down to the Bergen Family Diner for dinner....I had breakfast.
Time to relax.
Night all.


  1. Rain and more rain here in Northern VA--My yard is like a mud hole in places! But I love the 'character' of your barn, you just don't get that in new ones these days, at least not in the ones I've seen!

    You know, I work for a dentist, and found 'horse dentistry' interesting!!

    Hope your evening continues to be an enjoyable one!

  2. What a day! Thanks for the barn tour. I have a son-in-law who is a dentist and a daughter that is a hygienist. They would get a kick out of this post.

  3. Hot stone massages are my favorite! Jealous. We have the horse dentist scheduled in a few weeks here too. It is amazing how they calmly let these guys work in their mouths.

  4. 11x40!!! Ben and Boomer will be right over.

    We are out of snow and headed for a warm weekend.

  5. That's the cleanest barn I have ever seen. thanks for sharing great pics.

  6. glad to see the gentle care the horses receive. Lily watches. . . .


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  7. Had "Hot stones" yesterday, too. Really felt great...but don't know how Kris manages to hold them in her hands for the massage!

    Breakfast is good anytime!

  8. I love old barns like yours. I find them so cozy and interesting. Your horses are lucky to have such huge stalls, you should name the barn the Skoog Hilton for Horses.

    Hot stones. Never had one but it sounds great and I could sure use a good massage.

  9. A dentist for horses - ! - the things we non-horse-owners don't know . . .


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