We are at the Assinboia Downs in Winnipeg watching the horse races on a Saturday night. We are here because of my spouse’s search for an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB). He connected with the owner of the thoroughbred named Roman Humor. This connection was made from the Final Furlong group. The Final Furlong is a facebook page community that shares the horses that are off the track and ready for new outside the track life. The end result was he wrote the cheque and we are now this thoroughbred’s new owners. My husband renamed this 7 year old OTTB ‘Norman’.

one of the races we watched on Saturday

This is where we got into the inside track of thoroughbreds and the owners who want to find a good home for their thoroughbred’s who no longer race on the track . My husband has been searching for a well rode horse who is past the colt stage and has some maturity and of course, smart and athletic!

  • He found one here at the Assinboia Downs racetrack and barns of the thoroughbreds and also the living quarters of the jockey. We stopped one of the jockeys’ walking by quickly and he gave us a minute of his time. This is what he said:
  • Where are you from? Barbados
  • Do you work here all year? no, I go back to Barbados for winter
  • How much do you weigh? 110 pounds
  • What do you actually do? I exercise and race horses

This was an exciting weekend and I, my husband and a couple of our friends, received some education and a totally different perspective of the world of the thoroughbreds; compared to the cowboys and equestrian competition riding.

Loved it! A new project at Kirkville.

There is something about the outside of the horse that is good for the inside of a man.

Winston Churchill

How High Can We Go?

This trail ride, in the below photo, was a very exciting ride through the coulees of southwest Saskatchewan. I am the second rider in the blue shirt. I was on an extremely solid trail horse at the time. Riding on the very top ridges of these hills, or coulees they are called here in Saskatchewan, was the epitome of adventure!

Saskatchewan Landing Park in Southwest Saskatchewan

This last weekend was a blur of a very different horse journey and I thought we couldn’t go any higher than my partner and I already had with our equine experiences.

We opened our minds and left our comfort zone behind and I took a 5 hour trip to Winnipeg with my spouse and a couple of good friends.

As you can see from the picture below, my partner got himself a wonderful new project with this beautiful Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB).

More posts coming of this journey and how this came to be.

Brian and Roman Humour (renamed NORMAN)

How high can we go with this new equine breed?

the intensity of a photo

Photos that are bold without being offensive are tricky because it depends on the viewers reactions.

A country cemetery. (It is intense for me)

This green leaf plant is intense. It is not even very attractive and dark green leaves are reaching for something.

A common photo of the orange daylily which is very bold and dynamic.

A Yarrow…well it is attempting some colour. Leaves take over the yellow tiny flowers.

Off beat hanging characters that to the eye are weird and a bit creepy. The black wall is intense.

These puppets or characters hanging on the above black walls are my son’s artistic explosion of video game characters coming alive. These are Five Nights at Freddy’s game characters.

What is your reaction?

the best no bake bars ever

This recipe was shared on FB – The Wawa Recipe Swap ! It is fabulicious! is that a word? Easy works for most of us and this is definitely in that category.

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups dry oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups dark choc chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla

place peanut butter, coconut oil and honey in a pot over medium heat. Once melted remove from heat an add to oats, shredded coconut, choc chips and vanilla.

Pour into 9 x 13 pan and cool in fridge. When it sets cut into bars!

my tie dye t-shirt

Here I am with Grace and my riding outfit this morning. I find Grace can spook a bit. As an 11 year old trained horse she needs a bit more practice at not being so untrusting of what I put on my head. She never looked twice at my shirt!

I have hat hair and my face has spf 60 sunshield lotion so it is kind of making me look pale.

Yup this is a pretty vulnerable photo for me.

On The Ground Horse Play

Lately, my husband and I have been working on a playground for our riding horses. It’s fun and they do need to get used to different objects, sounds and anything they may come across when riding out of an arena.

our horse grooming brushes
6 sided log circle and a bridge behind

I thought Gracie would be okay with walking over the white side of the tarp.
She needed convincing and eventually she successfully walked on it!
The tarp is a big deal and horses need to be able to walk over it;
it can resemble water.
A bright coloured exercise bouncing ball that horses can get used to seeing roll around the arena and bumping into their legs. Some horses actually play with balls and chase after it and try to bump it. Our horses are not at that level yet!

Making our horses aware and less spooky is just making our rides on them more secure.

My Heart Says

I miss this young man. This is my eldest son who passed on 15 years ago. He has his little cousin in the saddle with him on his horse Rocky.

Grief always keeps my son alive. Grief always has a future. I know grief has readjusted everything . God gave us memories with visuals, like a movie reel rolling back and forth.

Quick Quinoa Salad

A great carb is Quinoa!

It is not rice but cooks up like rice. Make sense. If you do not know what this is or maybe you do here is what it is and why it is a fantastic carb (especially for me and my high blood sugar)

Quinoa is an annual seed-producing flowering plant grown as a grain crop. It is a pseudocereal, not a grass, unlike wheat and rice. It is botanically related to spinach. Quinoa seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals in amounts greater than in many grains. It is gluten-free. says Wikipedia

To cook quinoa place 1 /2 cup quinoa and 1 cup water in a pot and put to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Will look like this when it is cooked.
1 hard boiled egg chopped up (the other two are for me to eat with my morning breakfast)
cut up 2 stalks of celery and a couple of green onions and one carrot into small
I put all the ingredients in a bowl with the cooked quinoa and chopped up egg, carrot, celery, green onions with Italian dressing, Just my preference of salad dressing. You can use something else.

Bison Burger for supper

We eat bison meat quite a bit and this is my recipe for bison burgers.

ground bison
  • shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cut up onion
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsps Montreal Steak Spice

Mix all together and make into patties and BBQ!

It is a little heavier burger and one is enough for me. The meat is so very very lean.

Something different to keep the taste buds alive!