We are excited!  This winter we decided that we needed to bring our horses home.  For eight years we have been boarding our Haflingers next door.  Okay, in the country, next door is two parcels or about a quarter mile away.  The barn is good and solid, but the trek over is getting more difficult, especially when we get dumped on with snow, or like this year, snow over ice!  Plus, our therapeutic riding program is expanding.  The fifteen minutes that I need to change horses between classes could be done in five if they were living on our land.

So, we are spending our kids’ inheritance, and contracted to put up a stall barn next to the arena.  There won’t be any camera’s, we won’t be on tv, no one will be shouting “Move the bus!” but what we hope is that the community will get involved and help us with some of the other work that needs to be done – like putting up new fences, lights, plumbing, building stalls, and all those other things that I haven’t even thought of…but will as the project goes along.

We are planning to do some of the preliminary work done in the next week or so.  The contruction people will be here at the end of April to start building the stall barn.  After that will come the fencing and everything else I mentioned.

Arena in the fieldI know this scene will change.  Soon the stall barn will be along the length of the arena and the horses will be in the pastures.  I hope to capture the activities and progress and post them here. 

If you live in southeast Michigan, come on over and join the fun…otherwise, check back periodically to see our progress.  Nothing like a little barn raising to get the folks together!