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First Annual Halloween Extravaganza

Halloween ExtravaganerOur Halloween Extravaganza was a great success, and I'm sure the kids will be talking about it for a long time to come. Lots of work went into two days of preparation, but it was so worth it.

The evening started with a scavenger hunt. Twelve rhyming clues sent kids scattering hither and thither around the property. Screeches of delight rang out as hidden leads were found, and the frenzy continued. The final clue led the explorers to the grain bin in the feed room and a large tub full of candy.

Tré, Sadie's dad, had made a delicious Brunswick Stew. The revelers brought accompanying dishes to add to the sumptuous feast. Music, a fire pit, and libations added to the fun.

A cloak of darkness descended and the thought of a walk through the spooky trails spread apprehension around like shards of electricity. Stories of spirits roaming through the darkened woods added to the anticipation. The final swan-song of light dipped below the horizon as we ventured down the lane next to the ravine. Pipper and Opie darted back and forth through the crumpled, dry leaves causing sharp yells and giggles from the girls in the lead.

Onto the trails, if you dare

Faint lights in the distance coaxed us into Skeleton Alley. Bravely we rounded the corner, and just missed being abducted by aliens. Gingerly we made our way into the eerie valley past Scream and headless dark, menacing figures.

In the valley, we heard something. Quiet moaning and cackling noises oozed from faraway trees. I hushed our intrepid adventurers. And, in an instant, there it was; hovering in mid-air the horrifying, menacing face of a CLOWN! We screamed! Lena and Sadie fell to the ground at my feet. We were frozen with fear.

Gradually it became apparent that our tormentor was José. Faint laughter permeated the dark night air. Relieved that we weren't going to be dragged off into a ditch and eaten we made our way up the hill to an awaiting tractor and trailer for a hayride back to the barn. Pipper and Opie accompanied us on the trailer.

Back at the billet, the adults hid in the stalls while the kids came a-knocking to trick-or-treat. The evening continued around the fire exchanging stories and enjoying the company of our amazing barn family.

We are already planning an extended version of the trails for next year. Do you dare walk through our spooky forest?

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The Difference Between Barn Time and Regular Time

Barn TimeThis blog isn't really intended for equestrians as we already know and understand that time spent at the barn is very different from time spent anywhere else. This post is meant to help the partners and friends of equestrians who don't understand why a quick trip to the barn can take a good few hours.

Sadly, barn time isn't some quirky time loop that allows us to gain back the numerous hours we spend with our equine friends. It is, however, a vital part of our life that can not be overlooked or underestimated.

In order to understand how barn time works you must, firstly, understand why it is important.

Why Barn Time is Important

barn time sunriseI have heard so many people say that the time they spend at the barn is therapeutic. Here at White Rose Equestrian, it is very important that our barn is tranquil and drama free. We have a wonderful barn family who is caring and supportive of each other and for that, I am very grateful.

Being outside and close to nature also helps. Even when the weather isn't cooperating, most horsey people would still rather be outside. It gives a sense of freedom and connection to the earth.

And of course, we can't overlook the calming nature of our equine partner. Horses are majestic, trusting, noble, and know how to keep secrets. The act of caring for another living being is also very rewarding and cathartic.

So, now you know why barn time is so important to us let me try and explain how it works.

How Barn Time Works

How many times have you heard the words, "I'm just nipping to the barn," and know that it means you won't see your significant other for at least two hours (probably more)? Many times I would imagine. You are not alone.

No two days at the barn are ever exactly alike so it is difficult to accurately describe how hours can slip by unnoticed but I will attempt to explain an average trip to the barn.

Arrive and pull our horse out of the field or stable. Tell him how wonderful he is and how much we've missed him as we secure him in the cross-ties. Carefully overlook him to check for lumps, bumps, cuts, and any other mishap he might have managed to get into since we last saw him.

barn time rideGive him a treat as we begin our regular grooming routine. Pay particular attention to his beautiful face as we meticulously follow the direction of hair growth with the softest brush we own. Detangle his mane and tail applying the more-expensive-than-gold but must-have Cowboy Magic Detangler. Pick-out his feet and apply hoof oil. All the while we are talking to our best friend about our day, our life, our problems. His kind eye and inquisitive ears make everything feel better.

Now it is time to ride. Tack-up slowly, methodically, taking care to make sure our companion is comfortable and happy.

The ride is the highlight of our day. It fills us with comfort, lowers our blood pressure, releases the tensions of everyday life, makes everything feel good again.

Inevitably, it is over too quickly. We untack with the same precision as all your other tasks. Another treat and a quick rub down. In summer we spend a fun time rinsing ourselves and our partner with fresh, cool water.

Our two-legged barn friends are interested in how our ride went so we swap notes and experiences. We take advantage of this time to carefully clean and supple our tack ready for the next time we will be able to squeeze in some barn time.

Maybe our tack trunk needs tidying, or we decide our horse just has to have a bath, or decide to spend just a little more time with our ride and hand-walk him around the greenest parts of the barn. He is grateful and we are content.

All this time we have never once looked at our watch or the barn clock. Time is irrelevant. As we leave we are already looking forward to the next time we can visit the barn.

How do you like to spend your time at the barn?

This post is written from the perspective of someone who boards their horse and visits the barn a few times a week.

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