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The Family Farm Over The Holidays

The Family Farm Over The Holidays

The holidays are underway and I’m sure many of you are enjoying some good one on one with family and friends. I started the day with the family tradition of finding our stockings filled by the fire, topping off the coffee with baileys and getting into the christmas brunch of brunches. After the feast the family and I always enjoy a good walk and so Johan, Elliott, myself and the dogs headed up to the rock bluff to take on the views over looking the farm. I don’t recall a year gone by I haven’t been up at the rock at least once a year, theres something truly special about over looking her heights onto the valley and farm below, the beauty in all the many seasons the cariboo has to offer is truly something else. Ever since I was a little wee one I’ve dreamt of owning and working my own farm, however I don’t think I would’ve ever thought it’d be where I am now. What a little gem we’ve landed...
The building of the horse shelter…

The building of the horse shelter…

So as many of you south western BC people know we do indeed live in a rain forest, and Squamish gets a fair amount of that rain, just in the winter alone. So in the midst of the summer heat wave we were already beginning to wonder how much mother nature was holding back, just waiting to pummel the Squamish Valley with her rains, so naturally the beginnings of a horse shelter were in thought. I’ve always had a very firm belief that in order for horses to live a sane and happy life they need to be horses, and horses innately like to be free of constrain, so living on acreage with free will to move is very important to me, and building a horse shelter needed to have this in mind.  Run/in shelters are a great way to keep your horses out of the weather, yet able to do as they please, so we decided to go ahead with a simple 3 wall run in shelter design. Coming from a family of carpenters I wanted to touch base with my father and brothers in building this to make sure I was on the right path. They were all very helpful with steering me in the right direction, from a ball park figure on cost, materials, etc, and so Johan and I rolled up our sleeves and got to work. What we thought was originally going to take a weekend with myself, Johan and my father turned into many weekends of hard work, missing tools, lack of materials and the like. To say the least we learned a lot about what not...