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This November, the temperature has fluctuated between being in the teens and now in the upper 40’s. The horses are doing incredibly well dealing with the changes of temperature and many are well on their way to having a full winter coat. Some of them a quite fluffy and have begun to store away extra food for their winter layer 🙂 We love our horses looking healthy and well-fed in the winter time. We are serving out significantly more hay and grain than the summertime, and soon they will be getting full winter servings!

As the summer wound down a little while ago, we took a little bit of time to reflect and enjoy the fall weather. We have been off of our technology devices and enjoying mother nature. We apologize for a lack of blog postings, but we hope you were all able to enjoy a lovely fall with minimal technology use. As winter is beginning to settle in, we are starting to work inside on the computer again. The warm fall was a special treat and now we are gearing up for Holiday Camp and winter! Summer is our favorite season, but all of us at the end of the road certainly do love the soft, beautiful snow. We are all eager to get the first snowfall of the year. We will post pictures to our social media and work hard to keep you updated on how the farm is changing over the seasons.

With summer campers come new summer animals as well. This summer, we have a Hungarian Vizsla joining us from Virginia. Alicia, who is helping out the full-time Alicia in the kitchen, has joined us for the entire summer with her horse, Ruby, and her dog, Laszlo. We could not be more excited to have new summer friends here, not to mention, the campers love having more farm dogs and horses!

 

 

 

The summer has been busy and exciting – we have been playing outside rather than writing on the computer. We are having so much fun this summer with cooler weather, happy horses, and happy campers, that we cannot believe it is over in 2 weeks! Our 12 week camp season seems to fly by each year. The instructors who are here each year, Lesley and Sue, are still educating girls on all aspect of riding horses and horsemanship. Here, at Road’s End Farm, we believe that becoming a knowledgeable horsewoman is just as important as becoming a talented rider. We want to educate on horse health and general horse care so that these young women are able to understand the full responsibility and importance of taking care of every aspect of the horse. We are first a horsemanship camp, although some insist that we are a horsewomanship camp 😉 and we love educating all of our campers and even our visitors about the care of our herd of horses during the summer and year-round.

 

When we have big jobs on the farm to complete, we rely heavily on our campers to help us complete these projects. We got some new stones for in between the dorms (a full dump truck!) and we needed to even them out across the path between the dorms. We taught our campers how to kneel down and look across the gravel to see the low spots and the high spots. Using the metal rakes, our campers leveled out the stones and filled in the lower areas by taking stones from the higher areas. We are proud of our campers for taking such great care of the farm and for working to keep it beautiful.

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