Farm Hacks: Quick Tying a Hay Bale

Nothing makes more of a mess than moving around an open bale of hay. It leaves a trail everywhere… and if you’ve ever dealt with trying to neatly open and divide a hay bale, you should know exactly what I mean. Here at the farm I feed about two and a half 2-string square bales…

A Beginner’s Guide to Composting

My parents refer to themselves as “aggressive composters and recyclers.” Every bit of food waste, spoiled leftovers from the refrigerator, orange peels, egg shells, and otherwise, was “composted” in the corn field surrounding our house — by this I mean, we threw stuff in the field. Simple, right? A family of any shape or size will…

Farm Hacks: Mucking Made Easy

Horses are wonderful and beautiful creatures, but like any living thing they must eat and therefore must poop… a lot!  Daily clean up can be an arduous chore if you let it be, but I prefer to think of it as a great workout and an exercise in mindful, active, meditation. Most people will admit…

Cold Day For a Ride!

Another day of this bitter cold down, a few more to go! Ronin didn’t seem to mind though, he was feeling GREAT! He said, “I don’t know why you’re complaining human! Gypsy Vanners are built for the cold!”

Bracing for the COLD!

New Jersey is bracing for a bitterly cold weekend.  Call me a wimp, but I’ve decided it is too cold for me to do anything productive today with the ponies other than the necessary chores.  They don’t seem to mind.  They’re content knowing that it is too cold for humans long before it is too…

Ruby Red Berry Mead

While we were on a roll with our home brewing operation and forced inside by the cold, I decided to get a bit experimental with a batch of mead by adding strawberries and blueberries. I call it: Ruby Red. So far, it looks great but I can’t give you an honest opinion about the quality of…