Making Eco Easy

Also: Four Brands that Give Me GREEN Heart Eyes

I was an environmental studies major in college, but I found that living in line with what I was studying was difficult to do while actually in college. It mostly came down to priorities (I juggled a lot) and time (not much of that). For instance, I wasn’t great about remembering to bring a reusable mug when I got coffee – and boy, did I drink some coffee.

When I grocery shopped, I paid no attention to packaging and made little effort to bring my own bags. Otherwise, I ate what was free – and that included lots of meat. Convenience and cost were at the forefront of my choices.

And then I ended up on my own.

  • No more free toilet paper, wifi, multiple free meals a day, or included utilities.
  • I got to see, truly, how much waste I as a single human being created. I couldn’t hide from it.
  • I tried going plastic free for all of July 2017 and could not believe how difficult it was to find food packaged without plastic – or unpackaged food at all.
  • I noticed the difference in my waste production when I ate out and brought back leftovers, grabbed a snack, meal or coffee in a drive-thru and when I didn’t. So did my budget.

In light of these observations, I did a lot of research on what I could do as a young, single, pet-owning human with a cashflow problem and a desire to live more sustainably.

What I found is that other people care about living sustainably, too, and that adopting these habits is a process. Changing lifestyle habits is actually more likely to stick if done slowly rather than suddenly, and I take comfort in that!

Small Changes First: A Few Examples

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A) I stopped letting myself buy coffee in a single-use container. I bring my own, or better yet, I make my own at home! I’ve got a french press and it’s a great way to make coffee in a way that reduces waste, but it takes a little more time and effort than I’ve got sometimes. There is grace for days that I *must* have a latte.

B) I started refusing to grocery shop unprepared. Cloth bags live permanently in my car so I never forget them. I go for minimally-packaged food or at worst, reusable/recyclable containers. I don’t buy meat, usually – I eat out about once a week and usually enjoy a dish with meat then.

Shopping in bulk is almost impossible for me (allergies, rural shopping options) but here are my favorite ways to get groceries with less plastic:

  • Walmart – yeah, not what I expected to be first on this list, either. But their produce section has a lot more loose produce and fruits than most grocery stores, so it’s easy to bring your own container (BYOC). Except for leafy greens and carrots… ugh.
  • Aldi – BYOBags is required here, so I love the premise, but that doesn’t mean they have lots of unpackaged offerings. Fruits and veggies are almost always wrapped in plastic. Still good for jarred/canned/dry items.
  • Farmer’s Markets – there are several in my area, depending on how far I’m willing to drive, and most will gladly accommodate BYOC customers – sometimes more readily than accepting payments via card or check! Great for veggies, local honey in jars, fruits, etc.
  • Roadsides – they’re everywhere in Western NC, with fresh fruits and veggies galore! For me, the tricky part is to catch them open while I’m headed home, and not on my way out for a three-hour excursion. That and having cash on-hand.

C) Generally, I became more critical about my purchases. Clothing: thrifted when possible, and bought from sustainable, ethical brands otherwise. (Pro tip: ThredUp combines thrifting AND online shopping – win-win!) Cleaning products: old t-shirts-turned wash rags work better than and last longer than paper towels, anyway. There’s always a “zero waste” alternative.

Larger Changes Later

Start composting all my food scraps and using it to grow my own veggies? It’s on the list – for a day that’s not today, and that’s okay. There are plenty of items I could add to this list, many of which start with “make your own ____,” and ain’t nobody got the time for that right now.

Embracing small changes first means giving myself GRACE for the hiccups along the way… like moving, or schedules that change at the last minute, etc. 

Great Brands Help: A Few Favorites

In navigating the challenge of shopping sustainably a rural area, I’ve found a few great brands that filled some particular needs of mine, and all are sustainable and ethical. Because I’m investing in quality products that will last, I’m saving money, too. Here are a few recent favorites – no ads or collaborations here, just fangirling:

2018-02-26 18.48.55Package Free: so many ways to ditch plastic, AND so many ideas to replicate without buying online! The first Package Free items I tried: A shampoo bar, face soap bar, and the safety razor – no more plastic in my shower! I can’t believe how many sub-par plastic razors the safety razor replaces – saving me money and the planet! Same thing with my bamboo straws – I can avoid so many plastic straws while keeping myself hydrated plastic-free!

The “Trash is for Tossers” blog is awesome and full of ideas – and P.F. products range from cleaning to kitchen supplies and everywhere in between! All shipping is even 100% plastic free. Seriously, go explore their site for the inspiration alone.

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Street & Saddle: Handmade ethically by an entrepreneur and designernamed Katelyn in Vancouver, I love the art that is this collection of clothing! While not every item on their site is my style, their bamboo/rayon shirts are incredibly comfortable, sustainable, professional enough to wear to work, and functional enough for me to wear to the barn.

They’re gorgeous to boot! Some of these prices would have freaked me out a year ago, but I’m saving so much money through thrift shopping and in other areas of my budget that I’m learning to enjoy the occasional investment. Plus, sales are still a great thing. And I’ve got a long wish list…

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Summersalt: Swimwear is one of those things I don’t feel like buying secondhand – crazy, I know! – and I did a lot of searching for sustainable brands. Most current eco swimwear brands are super pricy and/or shipped all the way from Australia (AUS and NZ are absolutely crushing the sustainable swimwear industry, FYI) but I eventually found Summersalt. All suits are under $95, are incredibly durable and sustainably made, and pieces mix and match well. This was a difficult item on my list to fill, and I like the way it turned out. I’ll be back for more!

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Rareform: I needed a new backpack to take to work that was large enough to fit my computer, lunch, etc., but that was high-quality and didn’t cost half my paycheck. Most packs I found were leather… not quite what I was going for on either price or sustainability fronts.

Rareform recycles old billboard art to create unique backpacks, totes, duffle bags, computer sleeves, wallets – it’s genius and I ended up with a spacious, waterproof backpack that I’m proud to carry. Better yet, I only spent $68! I was able to score a black one that I know I’ll always want to take everywhere, but there are colors and styles galore to suit any personality! Definitely check them out.

Using Everything to End of Life

Once I found some awesome alternatives to objects I used already that were way more sustainable, I panicked a little at how much it would cost to replace all my earthly possessions. But here’s the thing: I shouldn’t replace everything I own right now! Doing so would create unnecessary waste and cost more money – totally missing the point.

There are some aspects of my life that I’m not sure will ever be waste-free… My nut allergy makes buying in unpackaged bulk dangerous, and my bread will likely always have to come in plastic bags until I decide to love baking bread for myself (I don’t). Many designated nut-free food items come packaged to prevent contamination, and I’m not shy about putting my safety first. But otherwise, I’m thrilled to be making a noticeable change, however slowly.

*Especially* in Plastic Free July, the internet is full of “Fifty Ways to Go Zero Waste” lists and ideas – and that’s a good thing. I remind myself often, though, that I do not have to start juggling all fifty of those zero waste habits at once – I can’t! One or two at a time is just fine, even if it takes months for me to take another step forward. One less piece of waste is still important, and personally, I’ve found so much joy in wading into the waters I’ve admired from afar for so long.

A new, modern generation of “waste not, want not” is coming, and I’m all in for it. How have you made zero waste doable for your situation? Please let me know in the comments!

Plastic Free July: Join me on Instagram!

I’m documenting my [honest, not always successful] attempts at plastic-free living this month on my Instagram story; join me @sarahcmadden if you’d like! Sneak peeks below:

 

 

 

 

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Who says I’m too tall to be a jockey?!

**UPDATE: Scroll down for fundraising results!**

Well, at least not for a virtual run for the roses… Here’s how a 5’8″ trail rider and a fellow “twenty-something” Thoroughbred/Arabian cross are combining forces to make a big impression for a big cause.

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It’s official: I’m a jockey now. Except, just for a week… and it’s a race against my fellow jockeys who are also racing towards the virtual finish line – through fundraising! Everything is tax-deductible and your gift, no matter the size, will have an incredible impact! Here’s everything you need to know about HALTER’S “Fun for the Roses” Derby Week.

Starting at 12:01 AM on Monday, April 30, you can donate by clicking HERE and then clicking on my photo!*

HALTER: Healing and Learning Through Equine Relationships

HALTER is an incredible therapeutic riding center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where I was fortunate enough to volunteer, intern and teach while in college. It’s a special place and they serve more than 125 children weekly with their even more special herd of horses. They serve local school programs, including the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind just next door, and are home to occupational, speech, and physical therapy programs in collaboration with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. HALTER horses have also been used for unmounted counseling sessions and learning experiences – their impact is incredible!

Here’s a glimpse of the incredible horses, riders and volunteers I’ve known through HALTER, and why this work is so important:


“Fun for the Roses” Derby Week:

It’s a horse race! Seven pairs of “jockeys” and their HALTER horse teammates are “racing” to the finish line in hopes of raising the most amount of money possible between April 30th and May 5. The best part? the JM Smith Foundation is matching donations, so your gift is doubled! Plus, you can help me earn bonus bucks for HALTER just by having a long last name, or donating closest to the start, so stay tuned for new challenges each day! While I’d love to take home the roses at the end of the week, the overall goal is for the contest to raise *at least* $24,000 for HALTER! Let’s do it!

Click here to see my competition and learn more about HALTER.

Bonus Bucks: Your gift of any amount can count for even more!

  • The jockey to get a donation closest to the start of the race, 12:00am midnight EST Monday, April 30, will get a $50 bonus.
  • The first jockey to raise $1,000 in two or more donations gets a $100 bonus
  • The jockey to raise the most money between 5pm and midnight on Monday gets a $100 bonus
  • Monday: Each jockey who has a donor on Monday whose last name starts with gets a $25 bonus
  • Tuesday: Each jockey who has a donor on Tuesday whose last name starts with gets a $25 bonus
  • Wednesday: Each jockey who has a donor on Wednesday whose last name starts with gets a $25 bonus
  • Thursday: Each jockey who has a donor on Thursday whose last name starts with gets a $25 bonus
  • Friday: Each jockey who has a donor on Friday whose last name starts with gets a $50 bonus
  • Each jockey who gets all DERBY names gets a $100 bonus
  • Head to head challenge: on THURSDAY it’s businesswomen’s challenge! Winner gets $100 bonus. Sarah vs. Tracie vs. Susan
  • The jockey who gets a donor with the longest last name will get a $10 bonus for every latter of the name. If there’s a tie, the name that begins with the letter closest to Z wins. 

About Drummer:

Drummer is at least 24, but he’s one of my favorite horses I’ve used in therapeutic riding lessons because he is incredibly perceptive and quiet, and can be used for anything from independent walk-trot lessons to lead-line lessons with the smallest riders. His height makes him ideal for older riders (and taller volunteers!) who are focusing on communication and riding skills more than balance and motor skills, but I adore his ability to make any rider feel safe and successful.

Riding Drummer gives students confidence, because his height can often be intimidating at first, but he is literally a gentle giant and always tries his best for each rider. He prefers quiet energy and a slow pace, and I’ve been able to use this to teach students about their own energy, behavior, and learning styles. He’s taught students how to overcome fear, how to slow themselves down, how to ride independently, and how to self-regulate their emotions. I love him to death and am so thrilled to be paired with him in this challenge!

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For a long day of classes with a diverse group of students, I used HALTER’s tallest and smallest teachers! Exhausted college student in the middle.

Some personal Drummer stories:

One of my former students dealt with fear and timidity when transitioning to riding independently and her vision impairment heightened her uncertainty. “L” and Drummer were a perfect pair – his natural tendencies made him gentle enough to allow her to explore independence without feeling out of control, but his size and stride made her feel like she was really accomplishing something amazing – she was.

Later, when navigating walk-trot transitions and dealing with fear, Drummer taught her to relax and what tense energy is – sweet Drummer and brave L cantered several times unintentionally, and once she realized she could handle the extra speed, she eventually became a class leader at the walk and trot. By the time she graduated from HALTER I received a video of her trotting independently around the arena more confidently than ever.

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Drummer would prefer to avoid any kind of pressure at all times, thank you very much – he gets along well with quiet souls and with subtle, slow cues. So what happens when your rider can’t use their legs to cue? It’s no problem for Drummer! I once watched a young student use tiny, almost imperceptible taps with his hand on Drummer’s shoulder to cue him to walk on – without any assistance at all from volunteers – and my jaw dropped while the student beamed as he struck up a careful, snappy walk. This was before I knew Drummer well – before I rode him and used him in classes – and I didn’t have to know him long before I absolutely loved him.

Here’s to my favorite big guy and a successful race next week – let’s race, and let’s raise as much as we can for a cause that will always and forever have my heart, whether I’m teaching or not.

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Team Twenty-somethings

 

Update:

Thank you so much for helping us raise $33,105 for HALTER! Team Twenty-somethings accounted for $1066 and the jockeys collectively raised $15,255 – this amount was DOUBLED by the JM Smith Foundation and an additional $2,500 were added in Bonus Bucks from Southeastern Paper Group. Thank you so much for donating – your gift will travel farther than we can explain in words!

Of course, you can always donate to HALTER, either by donating funds, equipment, or even by shopping with Amazon Smile! Their donate button is always open at their website, as well as their wishlist and information about how you can get involved. Check it out here!

Floating

Work deadlines barely met,
leisurely cup of coffee before and after lunch
becomes a full water bottle
because I’m thirsty again.
Self defense class turns into yoga—
strikes and strangles become
deep breaths and downward dogs because I so need the stretch.
The subtle sweat,
the tremor of tired wrists and calves
becomes a cool shower,
my week-old sunburn still showing on my shoulders.
Wet hair dries slowly on my back,
becomes blonde again,
as water turns to five glasses of red wine
on a front porch rocking chair with tacos,
and I feel the weight fall—
all that I have not done
becomes all that I still may do
Tomorrow.

A few hours forward and the rocking chair
becomes a bouncing back seat in a passenger van,
Pee Dee River bound—
the only woman on board.
Manicured lawn
morphs to 1600 acres of long leaf pines,
chord grass and wildflowers,
one corn snake, juvenile,
one “bless his heart” poet and professor-turned
kid in ecology candy shop,
and more sunburn.
Wine becomes beer on a back porch by black water,
sliding sluggishly by as we sit and rock and talk.
Sunny day driving stakes becomes a sunset bonfire with gumbo
and beer after beer;
seven seniors sleep scattered on the back porch—
ready for every kind of
Tomorrow.

In the same way that,
overnight,
paddling the Pacolet for that first lab
becomes paddling the Pacolet
one last time,
one day I become aware
that I cannot control
Tomorrow.
I cannot control Today.
I cannot control Time.

And here I am,
twenty-two years in,
finally catching the drift.
It’s too much to paddle upstream
a river you were always meant to glide.
It amazes me
how tired I didn’t know I was.
When the river carries me,
I can carry so much more.

Only after a million little momentary test floats,
in which I did not crash
and the world did not end,
do I dare stop paddling.
I dare to rest my desperate hands
and rely on the rudder within,
if only between the river bends.
And whether I end up in Ireland,
On the coast of California,
in Central Park,
Or a tiny mountain town in Western North Carolina,
I find that I always arrive on time,
and so paddling becomes reserved
for actual rivers.


First draft written May 2017, and it’s been floating around in my head since then, so I thought it deserved a place to live.

Goals: because they’re good to have, and even better to write down

This post isn’t really for you… sorry, followers.

This post is really about publicly keeping myself accountable for my goals – which are not resolutions, but instead patterns I’m ever seeking to adopt.

There are many, but here are a few:

Food:

  • I want 2018 to be “mostly” vegetarian and less wastefully caffeinated, since we all know that I will never be less caffeinated. Especially not with less than 250 days to WEG.
    • By less wastefully, I mean that I want to avoid drinking coffee in a manner that creates waste. Brewing my own coffee in a french press is way better (and cheaper) than paying for my java in a paper or plastic cup.
  • I will pack myself a lunch more often! Working at a resort makes for some great food, but my wallet doesn’t enjoy it so much, and I end up eating meat more often. I’m always trying to avoid using plastic products, so this is a triple win.

Horses:

  • Dancer and I are aiming for more arena time so we can ride more consistently and make real progress. We’ve been at quite the plateau and I’ve gotten out of riding shape as I’ve put more focus into adjusting to post-grad life.
    • I’m working on planning some van-in lessons so that Dancer can improve her trailering skills AND we can get some professional help. Win-win.
  • To help me get back in the saddle, I’ll also be devoting more time to the three “ladybugs” in my front yard – one of which is very rideable and could use a ten-minute walkabout every couple days just as much as I could. A little bareback never hurt nobody.
  • The long and short of it is that my goal is to ride as much as possible, because riding is always good, and by thinking strategically, I can actually afford to progress.

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Work:

  • I want to create quality, commendable work. And also survive 2018. So most of my work-related goals have nothing to do with work. This category should be called NOT-WORK.
  • Sleep is a great, great, thing.
  • Piper and I want to explore more often, and I especially want to hike and camp. At the very least, I’m aiming to get the two of us outside and off property at least once a week. Even if that’s just running to the bank and stopping by Starbucks for a treat. At best, I want to explore each of my local state and national parks.
  • I’ll be investing in a dog trainer to help Piper learn how to relax around other dogs, horses, and new people. So our exploring can be even better.
  • When I’m not writing press releases or social media content or emails, I want to still feel like writing creatively, and I want to make space for myself to do that.
    • So far in 2018: I’ve written about 2.5 pages of new material for the second half of my novel – which puts me on track for about 45 new pages this year. Honestly, I’ll take it. 2019 will be much different; for now, I just have to maintain.
  • Actual work goal: don’t panic. Enjoy the ride.

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So, now it’s about you, followers:

Do you have any similar goals for 2018? Are you awesome at anything on this list and willing to share your expertise? Comment below if we can cheer each other on!

As Promised

A few weeks ago, on a busy weekend during which Piper and I spent more time at work than anywhere else, something beautiful happened. It snowed.

 

 

 

Though I was stressed about work, feeling the pressure of managing an event last-minute and scrambling to patch problems while almost all of my coworkers (and superiors!) were out of town, Piper was thrilled to be there. There were so many nice people to meet, so many things to sniff, and it was snowing, too!

She forced me to take breaks from work and go for walks. She made it impossible for me to ignore the best part about the snow. I couldn’t complain about the cold when she was leaping and snapping at flakes or skipping around me. Though the weather only made my life more complicated, it made Piper’s more exciting.

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Snow photos by Madison Ibach

Our snowy weekend reminded me why I wanted to adopt a dog in the first place: I needed a friend to walk with me through the dark and cold, so that I wasn’t so alone

I shouldn’t have ended up with Piper. I found her by “accident” – if you want to call it that – and several other open doors closed before I returned to the dog with three legs and first contacted her foster mom. I had doubts, but everything fell into place anyway.

Piper survived a traumatic injury at a young age, and recovered with the help of a devoted volunteer who fostered her off and on and did her best to get her out of a shelter environment. During that time, Piper became to her foster mom what she is to me now: a blessing in a lonely period of life.

 

 

I found out after my first visit with Piper that her foster mom would soon be moving, too far away to remain caring for her. She was worried about Piper’s future and was praying for the right adopter to come along.

I had been discouraged by the process of finding an adult dog who would adapt to my chaotic life, my weird schedule, my living situation and my career. I’d been searching local shelters for months, and each dog that seemed right initially was ultimately not a good fit. I sent an email asking about Piper anyway, and laid out all the details of my life that might have been red flags… Details, that in emails past, had prevented me from adopting other dogs.

“I think you might be a match for her,” she wrote back.

Even after my first meeting with Piper, I was skeptical that we’d work together. But none of my concerns meant anything to Piper or her guardians.  Honestly, it wasn’t until after she came to live with me that I understood what I had to offer Piper was exactly what she needed: a dog-free, cat-free household; a backyard perfect for lounging and nature watching; a cozy couch to snuggle on; brief walks; a dog-friendly job and a small army of friends willing to help out when needed.

I smile every morning when she looks at me out of the corner of her eye and wags her tail furiously, waiting for me to say “breakfast.” She makes me laugh, think creatively, and go outside more often. She keeps me from getting ANY work done when she’s snuggling with (and on!) me, but when I am ready to go out, she’s ready to come with me. She doesn’t hold back; she makes her opinions known and loves with her whole heart, instantly. She makes me feel safe – she is a ferocious guardian against every twig that falls on the roof or gust of wind that sounds like a footstep on the porch. I say it often: I can’t believe I ever lived by myself.

Piper is a beautiful reminder of grace, resiliency, and love. For me, she is a promise kept, and further proof that God will always provide exactly what we need.

I went looking for a four-legged friend and didn’t quite find one. Instead, my three-legged angel found me, and I’m so thankful for how merry and bright this season of my life has become because of her.

While I’ve got family within drivable distance, Piper has made my house a home, and she’s definitely family. She’s learning never going to get along with her equine sister, as well as the three “Ladybugs” in our front pasture, but we’ll keep trying. Maybe one day we’ll behave well enough to get a real family photo.

For now, we’ll be on the couch if you need us.

Edit: we tried family photos anyway. Neither of my children behaved, and both attacked the other. Such is my life. Enjoy.

 

 

Fun fact: If there were a third picture to this sequence, it would show all three of us standing on two legs.

Yes, 2018 will involve a dog trainer. But it will also involve so many adventures, and I’m thrilled to see where we end up!

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Happy New Year from my corner of the world to yours!

Pied [Pi]per

I’m more than two months in to my new position at Tryon Resort, serving as PR & Marketing Coordinator at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Livin’ the dream and still pinching myself that I get to grow horse sport and work with the people I work with.

In the winter, however, most of my coworkers are based in Florida, so things are starting to get quiet* in the office… really quiet when Michelle is out of office and I’m the only one there! And then I go home to an empty house. Sure, there are three horses down the driveway, but they’re no good at indoor snuggling. But you know who is?

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World, meet Piper, my new snuggle buddy and 3.14-legged roommate!

She’s a four year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Boxer mix who has spent most of her life in foster care or at a shelter. She was struck by a car at a young age and broke two of her legs, eventually losing one because she went so long without treatment.

She doesn’t seem to mind.

Piper loves car rides, short jogs, lounging on the pool chairs and surveying the farm. Her favorite thing in the world is meeting new people and greeting them with a kiss. Her cuddles are the best.

She has no IDEA what horses are or that she should be very, very afraid of them, but we’re working on that. For now, she loves to supervise them from afar.

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Our bucket list includes various camping and hiking destinations, visits to family and friends, and definitely checking out all the outdoor dining we can find (she found new fans at The Crepe Factory most recently). I can’t wait to adventure with her!

On a very real note, I’ve found that despite the chaos of transitioning her into my life, as well as her recent virus that required two vet visits and WAY too much cleaning of my house, Piper has drastically improved my quality of life. I can’t believe I lived without her before!

If you live or work alone, you should definitely have a friend – dog or otherwise. Trust me, it doesn’t even need to have four legs!! 10/10 would recommend.

 

I’m so thankful to have a new member of the family… and I apologize (a little) for all the photos still to come.

If you actually want to see more of Piper, follow me on Instagram for regular snuggle snaps. We’ll see you there!

 

Et al:
There are now less than 300 days til the World Equestrian Games (find us @tryon2018 on the social medias), and it’s highly probable that I’ll be working almost all of them. You’ll probably catch me there more than here.

October 2018 is going to be soooOo sweet. I’ll sleep for most of it.

*Team: if you’re reading this, I miss you! See ya soon.

 

Meet the newest residents of Ladybug Farm!

They’re here! They’re here!

Meet Rose and Reba, the two newest inhabitants of Ladybug Farm. I’m thrilled to have “roommates” and I can’t wait to get to know them!

Both are slaughter rescues; I couldn’t be more supportive of anyone wanting to rescue slaughter-bound horses, and the Makers were able to save these two mares in the nick of time. Rose was literally pulled off a truck so that she wouldn’t be live-shipped to China. Aside from the fact that they’ve already made me enjoy mornings much more, here’s what we know so far about these painted ladies:

Reba:  20 years old / Pony of the Americas (POA) mare / literally been there done that / all the ‘tude in the world / will eat anything

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Reba will teach some awesome kids how to ride, and is the perfect first pony! She’s already given some perfect pony rides and I can’t wait to see how we progress.

 

Rose: 15 years old / palomino paint mare / APHA registered / fabulous horse to work with / loves scratches, carrots and sunbathing

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I’m still getting to know Rose, but she’s a superstar thus far and I can’t wait to ride her once I know her better and once she’s in better health. She’s a joy to have in the barn, and tries very hard to please!

(While I know her registered name, I know very little of her history and would love to connect with someone who has an APHA account and could do some digging for us…)

 

 

In some of these pictures, you can see the girls exploring the new dry lot, a land management tool that I’m super excited to put into practice after studying it in the past.

Soon, Ranger will be joining us for a well-deserved retirement, complete with plenty of snuggles and carrots. It’s been about a year since I’ve last seen this sweet boy, and I can’t wait to have him here!

Welcome to Ladybug Farm, Rose and Reba!