Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Riding Slim

A few days ago we went on another fun ride!  Me, Tikvah and Esther all took some of the Strain's horses and rode to our house.  I got to ride Slim - he is sort of a runaway racehorse / trick horse.  If you get him into  a lope you have a 50 / 50 chance of being able to stop him when you want or him running away with you until he decides he wants to stop :)  He also is trained to rear up on cue - you just have to kick him in the sides and pull on the reins at the same time (which by the way is a bad thing to do usually) - so I got him to rear a couple times - but he wouldn't do it as high as I wanted :) lol  Then we got to our house, broke in and ate all the food and watched a movie :) lol  Just kidding - we did have some lunch and watched a slideshow that Tikvah put together of their trip to Israel.  Then Mom, Caleb and Hannah showed up while we were just finishing the slideshow and Mom made us eat some curry.  Then we trotted the whole way back - we did a little loping and Slim ran away with me for awhile until I about took his head off :)  So it was an awesome ride (for me - some people might not think that's fun though)!  Can't wait to do it again!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Having Fun In The Snow With My Friend Tikvah!

Yesterday I went over to Tikvah's and Mom took a bunch of pics of us together :)  Then we went on a ride in the snow!  In these pics I am riding Enoch and Tikvah is riding Reata - we picked matching hosses for the photo taking :)

Then I took some photos of her working Bullet for an add she was doing for halter breaking.

Hooking on

Roping the feet

Sending around
Desensitizing to the flag

Monday, November 17, 2014

Poor Caleb Was Stabbed Through The Head With An Icicle! Just Kidding :)

I wonder who taught him that, Grandpa? :)
Poor Caleb finally let me take his picture and look what he gets for it :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Caleb's Coming of Age Party!

Last week we had a party for Caleb, to celebrate his turning 13 and becoming a man.  His actual birthday was in October.  We had about 3 families over and all the boys went over to the grandparent's orchard and fought each other with high power airsoft rifles.  Then all the survivors came back and ate sloppy joes and cake :)  Just kidding - they all survived - but I still don't understand why they think it's fun to run around and shoot each other! lol  After that they played ping pong with the new table that Caleb got on his birthday.  Mom and Dad put together a paper to read to him at the party - to encourage and mentor him.  It was really good, and made me cry :)  I remember that on my 13th birthday they did that for me and I still have the paper they read. They also gave each of us a special present at 13 - I got a ring and Caleb got a hand gun.  It is such a blessing to have parents that are always there for me, loving and discipling me even when I am unlovable!  So, I am going to share what they read to Caleb with you.  The blue text is what Dad read and the black Mom read.

On this special occasion - we want to take time to celebrate, to encourage and admonish you - today you have become a man - I am so proud of you, what a privilege and a joy to be your mother.  I love you!

Our heavenly father has blessed us with the joy of children
Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.  I am so blessed to be your father and I love you!

We have talked about from a young age - that God's Word is our rule for all of life.

2nd Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

According to Biblical standards you are now an adult.

Psalm 144:12-15 says

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner  stones, polished after the similitude of a palace; that our garners may be full, affording all manner of store; that our sleep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets; that our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.  Happy is that people, that in such a case; yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

It is God's blessing on His children when sons are grown up in their youth - a sign of wisdom beyond years - following the Biblical example - there was no pattern of foolishness of the "teenage years" in scripture - that is a phenomenon of our modern culture.

This does not mean - like the culture - that you are now independent - you are under the protection of your father and I - until you begin you own household.

When your Mom and I thought of what to name you - we realized the importance of  a name and what that means about a person's character and future.

Caleb Edward - your name means a lot about you
Caleb means "bold" and "faithful"

Edward - prosperous protector / guardian - named after your Grandpa Sitko - whose character and faith you should imitate.

You must strive to live up your name - be bold in your faith, bold for your family, for the weak, the lost - be bold in whatever the Lord calls you to do!

Be a faithful man - faithful to God, his church, your family and friends

Prosperous is not just about finances - it is to be blessed - when the Lord makes you to prosper - he makes what you undertake to succeed , may He bless you in every way - may He make you prosper in all your ways as you seek Him and His will.

Proverbs 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Deuteronomy 28:11  And the LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb, and in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.

Protector - you are already a protector to your family, we are so proud of how you defend your little sister, watch over your big sister and mom.  You have always had an exceptional tendency to protect young children around you, as well as animals.  I would exhort you to seek ways to be a protector as you seek God's plan for your life - what will He call you to do?  In what ways do Godly men guard or protect - the faith, the church, the weak, freedom, virtue

Deuteronomy 5:16
"Honor your father and mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you" 
  • you do honor, respect and obey us
  • loving your family, being a good example and loving brother to Hannah and Megan
  • caring for and being responsible for Hannah at times
  • being a good friend
  • you practice "good works" - helping others in the community, family, grandparents
As you come into adult hood, keep your eyes focused on Jesus - continue in faithfulness - pursuing all for the glory of God.  In studies, in work, in caring for animals, in music, in play.  And above all - cling to God and His Word - so that you continue to renew your mind as Romans 12:2 says:
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

Your father and I wanted to read this exhortation to you - it was given by an 18 year old man of God to a 13 year old on his birthday - coming of age.
Written by Michael Billings:

"My exhortation to you is this: seek ye wisdom while there is yet time (Proverbs 4:7) and then apply this faithful understanding with humility to every aspect of your calling in Christ Jesus.  "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Corinthians 13:11).  Now, as a young man, your greatest opportunity is to serve your heavenly father, study implement, reform, apply, and learn to love the Law of God with all of your heart.  The seemingly endless morning of youth is now, but the midday is soon come with all the responsibilities of family and business, and before you are even aware the twilight of the ancient will be upon you.  Let not your years of spring fall into the chasm of idleness like so many around you.  Read the writer of Ecclesiastes, "O young man...walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes, but know thou, that for all these thing God will bring thee into judgement?  Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh for childhood and youth are vanity."  And lying in your bed may years from now, an aged and dying man, looking into the grand panoply of the heaven, you will think back to your youth and not be ashamed as the sons of vanity and idleness most assuredly will.  It is they who will be heard crying out in the dark of night, in the twilight of their years, "If only I had done more with the time that God gave me, rather than frittering away the most precious years of my life with the silliness of childhood.”  There is no shortage of testimonies of sorrow, when men recollect the days of their youth.  The foolish acts that they did... the time that was wasted... the openings of usefulness that they neglected... they that would not get wisdom at the time when their minds were most able to retain it. And now it is too late. There is no time to sit down and learn. Always remember that lost time can never be redeemed. These are the things that build sorrow in a person’s heart when they are in their latter days.

I would again encourage you to heed the hour. There is appointed for you a day to die and no matter how strong and healthy you may seem now, the day of your death may be very near. “You must not boast of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are, or how holy your resolutions are, if only they are determined to be done tomorrow. Your days are but a brief shadow; a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes, a story that is soon to be told.  This life is but leaves in the wind; here for an instant and then flees with the rouse of a tempest. It is but a vapor...

Night is Falling.... You must seize the day”.

Left to right: Sam, Nick, Logan, Daniel, Reuben and Caleb

Dad, Mom, Sabrina, Mrs. DeMyer, Mrs. Heindl, Mrs. Krebs and Rebecca

Sabrina got up and took my picture with everyone :)

Lighting the birthday cake candles with the blow torch :) lol

This might be a pretty good picture if the words weren't upside down :) lol  Sorry about that.....

They are all like "What - you are taking my picture?"

Eating cake like boys will :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

First Snow of The Season

We woke up yesterday morning with a layer of snow everywhere! :)  It has been a really amazing autumn this year - it usually starts snowing in October!  Right now it is 6 degrees out - I think it will get up to 18 today with a wind chill of -20 degrees - sounds like lots of fun huh?

Working the Horses

Mom finally got out and worked Quatahn last week!  Being an Arabian he is terrified of plastic bags for some reason - so that is what they worked on.  He actually did pretty good - after awhile he was letting her rub him all over with that scary bag :)

Look at mom's cool new chaps!  She's stylin' now!

Horse love :)

Here is her Queen of England pose :)

She's so coordinated! lol


Here I'm sacking Apache out with a synthetic saddle - she had a little set back with the whole bucking thing and didn't want the saddle on anymore.  So, I had to swing that saddle for about 2 hours before she finally let me put it on her - now she's over it, I'm back to using my own saddle! :)  I'm learning new things every day.  God is so good to me, to let me have this experience!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Update on Apache

I have been working the colt (Apache) from my saddle horse (Cheyenne) - working on disengaging hind, front and leading.  She's been doing great with that - Chey is even doing better than I thought with that, too.  Then today I put the saddle on Apache for the second time.  We had them in the pasture and right about the time I tightened the cinch she took off bucking - and man was there a lot of space for it, and I couldn't discipline her for it either.  She can buck hard too - then she slipped and rolled over on the saddle (I'm hoping the saddle isn't broken).  She finally stopped and I caught her and took the saddle off and took her right to the round pen.  I desensitized her to the coils, rubbed her all over with the saddle pad, put the rope around her belly where the cinch would go and then saddled her again.  She bucked once and I chased her with the rope so she stopped.  After that I drove her both directions in the round pen all three gaits - walk, trot, lope - without bucking, and got her hooked on.  Then I worked her from Cheyenne.  She didn't buck even one more time - so we will see how she starts out tomorrow :)  Lesson learned - do not saddle a colt out in a pasture :) lol

Saddling up

Desensitizing to coils

Ponying Apache

Working on leading

Working Apache from Cheyenne

"There is no mysticism, no magic, or only one method in the realm of good horsemanship.... It's knowing that everything you think you know about horses may change with the very next horse" - Author Unknown

Filly in Training!

I got a 2 year old filly last week!  Her name is Apache - she was only barely halter broke, and could load into the trailer when I got her.  I've had her 5 days and she has learned sending around, disengaging the hindquarters, backing, leading, moving front and hind away from pressure, hooking on, vertical and horizontal flexion, and has done most of that with the saddle too.  When I first put the saddle on her there was a little rodeo but she settled down right away.  She seems to be overall very calm and smart.  I can't wait to put the first ride on her! :)  I hope to do that this next week.

Day 5 she showed a little bracing with leading forward and would walk incredibly slow.  So, I had Mom walk about 20 feet behind with the flag and every time she'd brace Mom would lift the flag off the ground and wave it until she moved.  The next day when I was out there she was so soft with backing and leading forward, and she'd keep up with me - it was amazing!  I wanted to get that brace out of there before I rode her - so now I can move along with that!

Day 1
Palominos get lighter in the winter for some reason - she will be a darker golden color in the summer.

Day 4

Cheyenne is jealous of all the attention I've been giving Apache :)  She's not the baby anymore