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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June has come to Road’s End Farm, bringing sunny skies, a pleasant breeze, and a new supply of lush grass for the horses. The herd was moved toWheelocks yesterday, and the horses cantered across the road in excitement as the replenished fields came into view. Back at the barn, brushes, buckets, and bridles are being organized and dusted off in preparation for the arrival of campers. Other buildings like the recreation room and the arts and crafts center are being swept out and spruced up in order to provide optimal activity options to the girls who are coming for the summer of 2017. As far as personnel, the counselors are slowly arriving, preparing to learn about each horse along with the ins and outs of life here on the farm.
Jack has been wandering around up by the barn, itching himself on every available tree and munching on the grass around the house. As one of the elder members of the herd, Jack stayed behind during crossover, and though he misses some of the excitement, he enjoys a lot of scratches and love from anybody who walks through the yard. As horses begin to get older, they receive extra love from campers and staff and enjoy deluxe
benefits. Jack has been befriending an Icelandic horse, Prímus, who will be here for the summer.
As the weather warms up, activity increases and people flock to the premises to contribute to the farm and enjoy the herd. The upcoming three months are what we look forward to as a summer horseback-riding camp. We can’t wait to welcome campers new and old this summer, and share the farm with them again!
Each morning, we walk around the farm and we watch the grass turn a vibrant green before our eyes, and the trees begin to grow buds which will evolve into leaves in the coming weeks. Everything is more green than we seem to remember, and maybe that is because we have been looking at snow for so long! The horses are looking longingly at the grass and we will wait until the ground hardens to let them out. If we were to let the horses into the paddocks while they are still soft, they would likely make big holes in the field. With the weather treating us so well, the paddocks are almost completely dry and the horses are frolicking in the sunshine each day. Springtime at this New England horse camp has arrived!
April camp will begin this Saturday! We have small off-season camps for campers who are interested in spending some relaxing time at the farm and reuniting with friends. As of now, we have 10 girls coming and we have lots of ponies to shed, spring jobs to complete, and fun to be had! We truly love these smaller off-season camps that allow the campers to see the Farm in different seasons and get a feel for what the camp feels like without 70 other campers. The horses are eagerly anticipating the extra attention! 🙂
With the record temperatures reaching possibly 60 degrees Fahrenheit today, we cannot help but think about summer camp being only a couple months away. June is approaching fast, and with the blast of warm weather, it suddenly feels much closer for this New England horseback riding camp. The team at Road’s End Farm is running around the farm today in short sleeve shirts, light weight long sleeve shirts, and baseball caps rather than winter hats. Quite the sight in February. Wishing our camp families well during this warm weather snap, and are looking forward to filling the farm with girls of all ages this summer.