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    Late Summer Updates!

    Well, we've been busy around the farm as per usual. We have been working on a water hazard at the front of our property (its been an on going project as the front now floods since the town has lovingly added a culvert to divert all of their water into our front property), so we decided to dig a trench to the back of our property to help divert the water. It has been flowing under the road and just stopping at the front of our property and it has made it a swamp. We used a transit and rented an excavator to make a proper trench to the back (over 600 ft long). We did this last fall and we have now started on the front to make a proper water hazard. We have dug out a "pond" area, lined it to prevent the mud from coming back up, added large rocks about 6" deep and then added about 6" of road grindings. We also used a transit to ensure that the "pond" is level and holds the same amount of water everywhere. There is a trench around the "pond" which is slightly deeper than the pond and it flows into the pond once it rains. It will only hold about 12" water max, then the rest will flow out to the back of the property. To say this was a big project is an understatement! Its been a lot of work but its really coming together now Still lots more to do (building a 20ft wooden bridge over the stream, but we will complete that next year).

    We picked up our 4 year old from the trainer as he was green broke to drive. I have been driving him as a single at home and he has been going so well! He is green and needs work on steering, but I'm easily able to drive him in our sand ring and I have driven him around our property and even did some cones with him. He has a great brain and is eager to work! Love this guy! He was even popped over a few jumps the other day and seems to enjoy that as well!

    We also went to Challenge Bromont CDE a few weeks ago with our single pony where he exceeded our expectations! It was a smaller show and they combined the Prelim single horses with the ponies to make a class of 7. We ended up first place dressage and had one ball down in cones which added 3 penalities to our score on Saturday. We were sitting in second place overall by 2.8 penalities (would have been 1st place if we didnt have the ball down, but thats the name of the game!). Jaguar was amazing on marathon and didnt put one foot wrong! It was only his second time in a marathon so we werent too sure how much we could push him but he was a star! We ended up winning the marathon but only by a couple of penalities. We finished up in second place overall by just 0.6 penalities (which only relates to 4 seconds in a hazard on marathon day!). So it was a very close match!! We were so happy with him though and we didnt really even care about the placings

    When we arrived home we decided to long line the new pair of ponies together (for the very first time) and they were perfect. We werent sure how the young pony would act going beside his brother without seeing him and it usually takes a few times of practise before they become comfortable with it. We were very surprised that it really only took about 5mins and the young guy couldnt have cared less! Our plan is to long line them again for about 10 mins and then hitch them to the carriage. Its been a long wait but we are finally able to pair drive again!

    I've also joined a gym back in the winter and have lost 30lb. I have just entered a 10km and 23 obstacle race the past weekend (Mud Hero) and I had a blast! There were 2000 entries in the division and I ended up in 408th place (1hr 44 mins). I was very happy with that as I also went with a friend who has not been working out as long as I have been, so I was working slower than I could have. I believe I could have finished about 20-30 mins sooner, but it was nice to run with a friend. We also did all of the obstacles as for some reason, this race you could opt out on any of the obstacles without penalities. So who knows how many of the finishers really did all of the obstacles on course (we saw a lot of others skipping them while we were completing them). We have a 16km and 30 obstacle race (Spartan) on the 10th of September where you have to do all of the obstacles or face 30 burpees! Yikes!!

    Here are some pictures of the show, our "pond" and our long lining pair!

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    Cool! You will be the envy of other drivers with that to practice in!


    I LOVE that second photo of you all at the show! The one where you're in the shadows of the big trees. Jaguar really looks like he is all in!

    I didn't make it down for this one, but I will have to plan for one next year. I think it would be really interesting to see.
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    Great pics! You guys all look great ... people and horses
    And the work you're doing is looking really good.
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    Great photos, DJ. Out of curiosity if the town added the culvert to divert the water and it goes onto the front of your property, are they not responsible for the 'clean up'? I would have thought that the town should have been the ones doing all the excavating at their expense. That, I don't understand.
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    @Critters - There was a huge argument on this one. The property never flooded before the town yard and police station were built directly accross the road from us. They then added a culvert under the road and stated that they were not stopping the flow of water (yet it ended in our front yard as soon as they added the culvert. It did not drain out anywhere but they stated that it did). They even brought up arial shots from the 70's and it showed that there was no water on our property as you could clearly see tractor tire wear along the front of our property. If it was ever wet, the tractors would have sunk for sure. They pretty much said if they did remove the culvert they would have hundreds of people complaining to them about fooding as the water would then go to the back of the work yard/police station, where there are houses. They don't really care about just one person complaining (us) compared to the other hundreds of people it would effect. They are totally in the wrong and they know it. We have been so surprised that they havent come to either see or make us stop what we are doing, as the town loves to do that. They havent even said a word and we started this project last year.

    We could have left it the way it was, but it was all bullrushes/swamp and was such an eye sore. We also lost 1/2 acre of our property which is directly at the road, so we took it upon ourselves to do something about it.

    On a good note, we hooked our pair for the first time last night! It even started to down pour and they both went on like they've been driving for years. They couldnt have cared less. We were both so happy with them! (Sorry for the grainy pictures, it was pouring rain for some of them and the rest were quite dark so I had to lighten them up).

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    I LOVE your team
    Such gorgeous little creatures.

    That water hazard looks serious! Very professional as well. It's something you wouldn't get to practice otherwise, so it's good to have!

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    STILL amazed at the synchronicity of their movement!!
    lovely job on that project. But, it did turn what may have been an eyesore into a very lovely, useful area. Kudos to the handiwork, and people involved.
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