Yes, it is actually almost the end of May and today a friend of mine reported snow falling in her front yard. You gotta love Spring in Montana! There's nothing else like it. This week was spent preparing for the first barn sale of the summer, which meant uncovering all the barn sale treasures, dusting them off, organizing and arranging them all for the sale. Regular volunteer Angelica is a natural at arranging, by the way. And Sherry and Debora came up with a great way to display all the clothes. I bought a few treasures myself, including a heavy flannel shirt from Eddie Bauer (like new) and a simple manual elliptical machine. Turnout was low because of the weather, but it gave us a chance to get it all organized. You'll have a chance to check it all out next month, June 11 & 12. In the meantime...
The first horse I ever loved was named Fawn. She was also the first horse I ever rode, on a trail ride in Wisconsin where I was visiting a friend’s family when I was about nine. I fell in love instantly, and when I got back home I tried to convince my parents that I had to have that horse. I neglected to realize what it would mean for my parents to rent a truck and trailer, drive 8 hours each way and then find a way to board and feed the horse. All I knew was that I wanted her as my best friend. I pictured us riding around the neighborhood, passing out candy canes at Christmas. Needless to say, my parents rightly said no. :-)
It was a busy week at the barn for me! With Spring coming on strong some facility maintenance is needed, so I started setting out hoses and working on the community garden that is nestled between the horse pens. It’s kind of overrun with violas (but aren’t they pretty?) so I was digging those up and transplanting them to pots, and I also took some home for myself. I love to garden, so this chore wasn’t a chore at all for me. I also planted daylily’s and iris, and I cleared up the onion bed a bit. There’s a rock pile at the end of the garden that needs to be moved out, but before I do that I’m going to use as many of them as I can to outline garden beds. Where I live there are a lot of rocks, so I’ve gotten good at learning to move them as few times as possible!
This past week saw a new arrival at the barn, a horse that a local vet asked Debora to check out and possibly take into the sanctuary. You can read her brief bio here. Debora said she’s been renamed three times, so she wanted to wait a bit and ask the horse what her name should be. I love that approach! It’s a mark of respect for animals that I wish was more prevalent in the world. So, pretty soon they decided on….Freckles! One of the things that Freckles needed immediately was a hoof trimming, and Debora called on Cody the farrier for help. Cody was able to come out on Monday and he got right to work.
Laura Weise is a Wings volunteer who lives in Stevensville and will be bringing you stories of life at the barn.