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Hurricane Irene came and went, and we’re all fine.

The hubby and I helped a little with battening down the hatches at the barn on Saturday.  The barn was ready to go with extra water on hand in buckets and tubs, and doors shut.  When we fed the horses in the afternoon, things were still only mildly wet and windy.  Irene rolled in late Saturday into Sunday.  All the horses (who are turned out most of the time) were inside the barn for the duration of the storm, and aside from a little water here and there, things are just peachy.  The power was out as of yesterday, but all was otherwise well.  Gotta love sturdy old barns.

We lucked out at home, too – no damage; just lots of leaves and small branches on the lawn.  Some of our neighbors have been dealing with significant water in the basement, and parts of Connecticut got hammered pretty badly.

We definitely lucked out.

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Sorry, it’s been a while.  Some of the delay was due to the disappointment we experienced when our third attempt at AI didn’t take.  Dakota headed out to Keane stud for a week, where she ovulated early – again – and managed to outfox our vet yet again.

He tried the AI anyway, giving it a 50/50 shot to take.  It didn’t.  The experience was stressful for Dakota, and expensive, and we were very disappointed.

We decided that it just wasn’t meant to be – at least for this year – and decided to throw in the towel.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do next year.  We’re talking about a couple of different options.  Part of me says that if it was meant to be, the AI would have taken.  Who knows? – maybe things would have gone badly, maybe there would have been complications.  I tend to believe that things happen for a reason.

Though I’m disappointed, I’m also OK with things.  I have a wonderful mare, who’s worth her considerable weight in gold on her disposition alone, and foal or no, I have more than I could ever have wanted in a horse.  I’m perfectly content just having her.

The other reason I haven’t posted in a while is that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this blog.  I think I’m going to just make it your basic girl-and-her-horse blog, maybe inviting some friends, and giving you some insight into life around a laid back New England horse farm.  I’ll try to throw in some information about what it costs to keep a horse, the bizarre things that happen when you spend life in a barn, and some gratuitous horse pictures, and we’ll see how that goes.  The blog name may change – maybe not.

We’ll see.

I’ll leave you with a gratuitous Dakota photo for now:

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