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Pony Ride

Pony Ride

Pony Rides are a favorite for my boys.  My parents were in town a few weeks ago.  It was a lot of fun!  We decided to take  the boys to Thanksgiving Point Farm Country.  There is a petting zoo, wagon ride, and a pony ride.  The boys really loved the pony ride.  They wanted to go … Continue reading

Horses and Kids

Horses and Kids

      Horses and kids do well together.  I am speaking from my own experience with my sons.  My parents are ranchers, they own a number of cows, goats, chickens, horses, donkeys, and Shetland ponies on over 1000 acres.  They breed and sell a specific horse breed…. Rocky Mountain Horses.  This breed has a … Continue reading

Wheeler Historic Farm visit

Wheeler Historic Farm visit

The boys have been missing our Florida Farms the last few weeks.  I have been really missing them too.  Little boys need wide open spaces to run and and explore.  That is the thing I miss the most about Florida right now.  The mountains are beautiful and there are some amazing hikes in the Millcreek … Continue reading

Grassfed Meat pickup

Grassfed Meat pickup

I received and email a few days ago from Utah Natural Meat mentioning this little bit of information: “We are excited to announce that these are NO CORN / NO SOY chickens. This will be our first group of birds that we have raised without the use of those two grains. They have also been grass fed … Continue reading

Local grassfed meat (Utah)

Local grassfed meat (Utah)

Our life has been a little crazy lately.  I had to make a last minute flight to Florida for the closing of our Florida home.  I left Grant with my in-laws for 4 days and decided to bring Garrett with me.  Not sure if that was the best decision.  The flight was long and the … Continue reading

Visiting Lakeside Ranch before we move.

Visiting Lakeside Ranch before we move.

Our house is officially under contract in Tampa,FL!! Crazy. We have been staying up at my parents ranch for the last week.  The boys love coming up to Lakeside Ranch, what we call our 1000 acre ranch in Citrus County Florida.  A little boys paradise…. horses, goats, trucks, tractors, burn piles, golf carts, cabins, dirt, … Continue reading

Farm Day

Farm Day

Lately, the weather in Florida has been is a little cooler in the mornings.  Kind of a tease if you ask me.  By mid morning and early afternoon it is blazing hot again.  Regardless of the afternoon heat, twice this past week we headed up to the farm. The farm is about 20 minutes north … Continue reading

Weddings at the Ranch

Weddings at the Ranch

A great place to have a Rustic Wedding. Lakeside Ranch and Resort Location: Inverness, FL (60 miles north of Tampa) Lakeside Ranch: 700 acres of beautiful Florida grass-lands.  Amazing views of the lake from the venue.  Across the street from Lakeside Golf and Country Club. Options: ~Carriage Rides ~Hay Ride ~Horseback Riding ~Pony Riding ~Barn … Continue reading

Calcium in Eggshells

Calcium in Eggshells

As frugal family farmers, we are always looking for ways to save on the costs of raising money.  We love eating our chickens’ eggs, but I found myself throwing away so many eggshells everyday.  I did a little research, and I discovered that with a little preparation, you can feed your eggshells back to your … Continue reading

Catching a baby goat.

Catching a baby goat.

    Is not easy. We were in Inverness a few days ago and Grant was set on catching a baby goat.  At first I sent him out into the goat field to do it all by himself.  He was successful and caught this really cute pure white baby goat.  I thought that would be … Continue reading

Horsepower 4 Kids

Horsepower 4 Kids

I decided to take the boys down to Horsepower 4 Kids yesterday afternoon.  It may not have been the best idea because it was right during Garrett’s nap time (next time we will plan to go in the morning).  I had no idea they would have so many different types of animals.  This petting zoo is a … Continue reading

Trail of Ponies

Trail of Ponies

This is a great video of Campbell and Annastyn riding their ponies singing a little song they made up.  It is called Trail of Ponies.  Watching them brought back memories of my own childhood.  I remember being a little girl and having this same creativity and freedom that occurs naturally in youth.  I played in … Continue reading

Boys chasing goats

Boys chasing goats

We were up at the Inverness Farm this weekend.  The Inverness farm is 700 acres and there is plenty of room for my energetic boys to run around.  It has been a few months since Grant has been around the goat herd, so he was excited.  Luckily, Barrett (his cousin) was available to keep him … Continue reading

Pony Care

Pony Care

Grant is learning more about ponies the last few days. First he has to get the pony from the pasture and bring him over to the wash down.  Oreo was not too difficult because he just followed the other ponies.   Then they had to tie him up, brush him, and talk to him.   … Continue reading

Grant’s First Pony Ride

Grant’s First Pony Ride

This is Grant riding Oreo.  I must add, this is Gran’t first pony ride (all by himself).  My dad worked with Grant for a few minutes before he sent him off.  Grant was anxious to catch up with the older girls on their ponies.  I was surprised by his confidence.  I guess he just assumed … Continue reading

“My Girl”

“My Girl”

By Campbell Mitchell (age 10) I am writing about how I trained my horse (a Shetland Pony) during Spring Break.  To start off, my horse is a girl and her name is Suzi.  She is sometimes “wild” if I don’t ride her alot.  She tries to buck, kick, and bite sometimes, but I do not … Continue reading

Corn Husking

Corn Husking

Last week I had an extraordinary experience.  My grandson spotted corn, in full husk in the refrigerator.  He immediately dove for them.  There were 8 cobs. I had paid $2 for all of them. We took them out to the back porch and put them on the floor. He knew exactly what to do. He … Continue reading

Little boys raiding the chicken coop

Little boys raiding the chicken coop

It doesn’t take much for little boys to jump in a chicken coop.  I think they would take the chance whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Like today.  The little boys climbed in and we encouraged them to nudge the little chicks to fly out of the coup.  It didn’t take much nudging, those little chicks … Continue reading

Nubian goats as pets

Nubian goats as pets

About 3 years ago, I decided I wanted to buy some goats.  We didn’t even have any pets at the time.  No fish, no turtle, no dog.  One day after John’s class (he was in grad school) our little family went on goat finding adventure. We loaded up my dad’s truck, hooked up his horse … Continue reading

Is this a Rooster?

Is this a Rooster?

Like I said in an earlier post, I think that we may have 2 roosters amongst our 13 chicks.  Two of the chicks were very loud chirpers when they were small (much like my 2 boys) and I have heard that that could indicate a male bird.  Now that they are bigger, these 2 chicks … Continue reading

The Chick Update

The Chick Update

It has been a few weeks since the chicks arrived and I thought it would be nice to give everyone a chick update.  They are doing great! They love all the space in the coop and they are getting so big.  They weather has been mild in Florida this winter, so the chicks have had … Continue reading

Little Carriage Ride

Little Carriage Ride

The boys had an impromptu carriage ride the other day – hence the underwear.  They were playing in a little pool and a friendly 4H girl stopped by with her mini horse and buggy.  It was pretty cute and the boys had a blast.  My 2 year old was a little upset that he was … Continue reading

Tractors are a big deal….

Tractors are a big deal….

…in our house.  My little boys love dirt and tractors.  There a few better things in life (for them) than spending the day digging in dirt.  So the other day we were all sitting watching the day go by.  The boys were jumping on the trampoline in their undies of course.  I guess it was … Continue reading

Naturally Green Easter Eggs

Naturally Green Easter Eggs

Last year for Easter, each family was responsible for bringing a dozen pre-dyed Easter eggs.  Well, my little flock of “Easter Eggers” already lay a variety of colors ranging from light green, to dark green, to brown, to even some that look a little pink.  All we had to do is hard boil the eggs. … Continue reading

Our Donkey Willie

Our Donkey Willie

Training a donkey is a lot different than training a horse.  Willie has been part of our family for a number of years, probably 5.  He is a mammoth donkey.  He is very strong.  He is a low maintence animal.  Willie likes a lot of human attention. He is very sweet.  Donkeys are not flight … Continue reading

The Chicken Coop is Here

The Chicken Coop is Here

The chicken coop arrived a few days ago.  We were very excited because the inside bathroom was starting to smell pretty bad.  We had about 15 chicks inside the bathroom for a week.  Sometimes the bathroom sounded like the bird aviary at Busch Gardens.  There is one black chick that is particularly loud and in … Continue reading

Driving Kentucky Lass

Driving Kentucky Lass

I love to teach. Throw in a horse, a harness, and I am in heaven. This is Krista’s first ground driving lesson. The key to successful driving is ground driving, ground driving, and ground driving.  Krista took to everything very naturally.  She is very comfortable with horses, which makes a big difference.  We moved very … Continue reading