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With April camp behind us now, we are so grateful for all of the hard work from the campers we had last week. Road’s End Farm looks beautiful! We were able to rake most of the leaves and gravel with our extra hands (many hands make light work!) and the grass is beginning to turn bright green! We always want to rake off the leaves and gravel before the grass dies so during summer camp the premises of the farm can be lush and green! 🙂

 

The leaves that fall each year, which amount to we are sure many thousand, take many hours for us to rake up and drag into the surrounding woods. With the campers here to help, the time for chores is cut almost in half and we are able to rake up almost all of the leaves on the entire farm. It took the entire group of campers about three days to rake up all of the leaves behind the cape cod house and behind the arts and crafts room. We were able to rake before the black flies camp out, whew!! The rain we are having these past couple weeks and the leaves cleared off of the grass are contributing to the brilliantly green grass we are seeing on the lawns! We would like to extend a huge thank you to our April camp crew! 🙂

With camp about one month away, we are working to prepare the farm for the summer and the help that we receive from our campers is invaluable. We also hope that each camper who participates in such important work to the farm feels a sense of ownership when they come during the summer and other off season camps. With the family-style atmosphere at Road’s End Farm, we encourage each girl to treat Road’s End Farm as her second home. We certainly hoping the the ownership that each camper feels in working to make a place she loves better brings about a sense of pride and joy within each young woman.

As the annual letter wrote, we are concerned about finding enough campers for this summer. We are wondering how to spread the word about the all girls’ horsemanship camp at the end of Jackson Hill Road. We consider Road’s End Farm to be one big family and we are looking forward to welcoming new members of our camp family this summer. Our blogs usually are updates of the farm, but this post serves as a calling for all of our returning campers to please spread the word about Road’s End Farm! As a New England horse camp, we hope to have more girls experience the beautiful woods of New Hampshire and come see our herd of 67 horses.

With our camp program being a smaller operation, we also do not want to overflow the camp. We love having smaller ring lessons and smaller trails so that girls can get the most out of their time in the saddle. This summer, we are thinking we may have slightly smaller sessions, which will make for a truly special experience for the girls who come. Regardless of the size of the camp, we are confident that summer 2017 will be filled with laughter, horses, sunshine, lake swimming, horseback riding, farm chores, and lifelong friendships being created and longtime friends reuniting.

 

View from Green Mountain VistaApril camp is here! We have 10 campers joining us for one week of springtime fun! We are feeding horses, raking leaves, picking up brush, and doing some general springtime farm chores. Not to mention, we are shedding horses winter coats and they are starting to glisten! The campers love taking care of the horses, as the horses are the heart of the Road’s End Farm camp program. Spring cleaning has officially begun at the end of Jackson Hill Road! 🙂

 

We are getting ready to transition into the new stable and yesterday was spent moving all of the saddles. So far, each of the saddles has been moved and Katie is now unscrewing and removing the saddle racks so we can refinish them and put them up in the new stable. Lesley has spent a good amount of time going through and making sure each saddle and bridle have tags and each item of tack is suitable for camp. With how many saddles and bridles we have, this task is quite the undertaking. We will post pictures of the tack rooms as soon as they are set up – stay tuned!

 

Buddy the PonyFirst official day of spring and the farrier is here today! Denise is out with the horses this entire morning and is trimming 19 of their toes. Calculating that out, she in total is trimming 76 hooves. Many of the horses are well-behaved when she works with their feet, however, a few of them don’t enjoy it as much so we try to feed them hay, give them some love during their trimmings, and some extra praise when they are finished. Denise does a wonderful job with their feet, and having horses of her own, she is a horsewoman and understands how to adjust her trimming to each particular horse. The 19 horses who are finished have lovely, clean hooves. We love spring hoof trimming! 🙂

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