Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quiet Days

The past few days I have been doing a lot of walking with my camera. I love to take pictures, and it is hard to take a bad one in this landscape!  The weather has been beautiful and so I decided to go to the local store and see what it was like.  The walk took me 35 min each way.  Next time I will wear my sneakers and do some running! The store was very cute and the lady working there spoke English, which was a nice surprise.  When I was in Germany, I could at least give the language a solid try when ordering or being in public.  In Danish, I know 3 words: Little, brother, and half-pass. Not so helpful when trying to get a bus schedule or order food!  Good thing I like an adventure.  Tomorrow we will ride the horses again and get back to the regular barn schedule.  I can't wait!

 Morten's yard looking at the neighbor 
 My windows are the 3 to the left on the second floor
 Neighbor's house
 Cute cows across the street
 Starting my walk
 Looking down at the farm
 Paddocks and pastures 
 On my way to the store
 Local cow farm 
 Interesting trees
 Made it!  Sipping my Powerade 
On my way back to the farm 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time flies when you're having fun!

The days are flying by already!  We started chores like the first day with feeding, and I also put new straw in the stalls after they were cleaned.  I am finally getting the hang of the huge straw and hay bales! There is a really good system, so it was just a matter of learning what tools to use and how to "work smart not hard" when doing new things.  Bogdan is part robot and works so quickly that I have to push myself so I don't slow him down.  He is very particular as well, but it is nice to be told what to do and just work.  The facility and routine are very well thought out, so even though there is a lot to do it gets done efficiently.  

I have been riding the same group of horses.  Morten gave me some helpful advice and things have been going well the past few days.  The variety of horses is amazing, there is a little bit of everything here!  It is a challenge for me to go from horse to horse and try to ride each one to the best of my ability when they all have such drastically different strengths and challenges.  I start the morning riding a big gangly horse who tries very hard and needs time and help to develop physically.  He is my favorite so far because he is very forward and generous.  I also ride 2 smaller six year olds who are almost opposites!  One is forward and uphill while the other is naturally slower in the tempo and I have to work so he stretches out to the bit.  The horses are all happy and relaxed, even when they are worked in hand.  It is a really nice atmosphere!  

Yesterday we had a meeting with everyone and went over how things work and the general routine.  Sarah supplied cake, coffee and juice.  The cake was amazing!  Today after work we went into town again to the grocery store, where I had more success.  I learned how to get the bus into town so I am planning an excursion this weekend.  I will keep the photos coming!  I must add... it has rained every afternoon as was promised.  However, I am enjoying the cool weather and can't complain about anything!   
 View of barn from paddocks 
 Bob going for a walk 
 Front of barn 
 Barn, indoor and outdoor
Resident canaries 
 View into indoor arena from shared living room 
 View of round pen from shared kitchen 
 Feeding time

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

First Day

The first day was a success!  I am a little tired from jet lag still, but the day went by quickly and now I can go to bed and catch up on some sleep.  We started at 7am, and I helped with feeding and tried to learn where the horses live and all their names. There are around 25, including 2 ponies, 2 broodmares and 3 foals.  The vet and physiotherapist were both here at 8am, so we got started working horses later than usual.  I rode 4 or 5 horses, but I will talk about them in a later post.  I was very impressed with how they all were to ride... I've come to the right place! Morten gave me a little advice about each one, but in general I rode on my own while he was riding or teaching others.  We have break from 1-3pm, then finish riding and do chores.  Tonight we were finished around 6pm.  

Everyone has been very welcoming!  Bogdan (from Romania) picked me up at the airport.  He does the stalls and keeps the farm running... I miss driving the tractor already!  Kathryn (from Canada) is the main rider and knows the horses inside and out.  She has answered more than enough questions from me today! Hannah (from Germany) is a groom and helps with everything (including practicing my German).  She showed me a lot today too. And of course there are Sarah and Morten!  

I also have to elaborate on this beautiful farm.  The facility is just amazing, from the footing to the pastures to the living quarters!  We all live above the barn, and I was lucky enough to get my own apartment with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom.  It is huge!  Aside from my area, there are 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a huge kitchen and living room that overlook the indoor.  I love all the natural light in both the upstairs and the barn.  There are windows everywhere, including the ceiling.  Before I fall asleep, I must be sure to add I have already befriended the barn cat, Bob.  He is very loving and social.  I miss everyone at home, but things here couldn't be better for a start (aside from me spilling pudding at the grocery store register my first time shopping... not sure Denmark is ready for my grace!)  Until I can be held responsible for my spelling and grammar... signing out! zzzZZZZZ :) 

 My apartment. (Bathroom door open, bedroom door closed) 
 View from my living room window.
 Couldn't leave this out... Meet Bob! 
 Foals in turnout 
 Back of barn. 
 Aviary on the way to the indoor. 
 Indoor arena.
 Bob in his bed.  
Barn aisle.