Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Monday, August 2, 2010

The summer program started today and we worked on a little bit of everything around the farm. The bunnies are always the first stop in the morning, feeding and putting them out in their runs; next filling the bird feeders and helping Gretchen chase away the squirrels; then grooming and riding (of course). The sheep were due for deworming today, so we all drove up to Dr. Hussman's farm office around the corner and came back with medicine and syringes (the easy part), then corralled the sheep in the top barn, caught them one by one and administered the subcutaneous injections (the hard part)! The campers had quite a time trying to catch each sheep without literally butting heads with Pepper! But we all had a good sense afterwards that we had given the animals some important health care.

Speaking of Dr. Hussman, she was on the scene for the "Old-Timers Class" at the Louisa County Agricultural Fair last weekend, and she and her fellow vet Dr. McCall are big supporters of the 4H Livestock Club. The Fair was a real treat, with the 4H and FFA kids proudly showing their animals, little kids participating in the mutton bustin' ewe-riding event, alpacas stationed near our booth and yummy fair food everywhere you turned. The Easy Keeper Farm display (above) attracted plenty of attention, so hopefully we'll have some new riders coming out soon.