Just like anywhere else, fly control is an aspect of horse-keeping in Baja. Depending on the weather and the day, flies can be almost non-existent, or can show up in droves (especially on the hottest days, they seem to like to find shelter in the shade around the horse shelters. Hmm.) We use several techniques Read more about Dealing With Flies at a Baja Barn[…]
If you’ve ever wondered what 52 bales of hay looks like, here you go: We just got half our shipment of hay brought in, and soon it’ll be 100 bales as the other half arrives. Now we have a hay fort! Great quality hay, and the horses have given their *Yum* stamp of approval. We’re Read more about Loaded Up on Hay![…]
All the rain and storms over the past few weeks soaked the desert, and now we’ve got a little surprise springing up all around us: Grass! It’s definitely a change from the tan tones of San Felipe desert! The horsies have been enjoying little walks out to nibble on the fresh green shoots as well! Read more about Green Grass After the Rain![…]
So yesterday we had our vets come down from Mexicali to file teeth and administer vaccinations. Vets Francisco and Saul and vet students Alejandro and Victor took very good care of lil Lucky and Hallie. Lucky, our little Mexican rescue horse had his teeth done for the very first time and is doing so much Read more about Vet Visit to the Equestrian Center![…]
Soft rains came down in San Felipe over the past few days, accompanied by amazing lightning shows over the mountains. Of course, the highlight for the horses was that they got to roll in the wet sand and get all mucky. One thing to keep in mind, a salt lick is definitely a necessity in Read more about After the Rains[…]
While the vast majority of the time the skies are sunny and bright, and the weather relaxed, Baja does get rainstorms and leftover storms from weather patterns that travel up the Sea of Cortez. Sometimes the weather can change very suddenly, so it’s good to make sure that you and all of your four-legged family Read more about Preparing Horses for Rain and Wind in Baja[…]
The hot humid weather of San Felipe Julys and Augusts sometimes will bring conditions for a little summer downpour. The desert gets a good watering, little leaves pop out on ocotillos and scrub bushes and the colors of the mountains and surroundings seem more vivid for a while. The horsies seem to enjoy the little Read more about Summer Rains in Baja[…]
Slowly but surely, the barn is coming into being. The framework is pretty much done, the siding and roofing has arrived, and now the scaffolding is up and things are moving right along! We’re looking forward to everything being Done soon!
Taking a moment during feeding time to appreciate the small moments of horse-keeping. The content munching of grain: The “happy ears” (because of the grain): And the dusty boots: Another beautiful day out with the horses!
With the warmer days of a Baja July here, the best time to plan a ride is early – extra early – or right at dusk. The other day we headed out for a trail ride around 6:30 AM. It was a beautiful day, with clouds and possibly a small storm far out in the Read more about Dawn and Dusk Rides[…]