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Wildfire smoke can have a negative, lingering effect on the humans that care for livestock outdoors.  The horses, chickens, and small farm animals that live outdoors are affected as well. Here is a great article that helps explain the impact.

Here is Rosie at Holly Farm Bothell today, using her tail like a fan to blow away the smoke! 

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As we all figure out how to navigate the seemingly unending challenges in 2020, I am inspired to remember all the great things that have happened at Equine Life Solutions in the last year.  I found myself feeling more grateful than ever. 

No, feeling grateful was not easy after we closed our doors in mid-March until June 1, but making a decision to think about the things that make me grateful worked.

Yes, this is a challenging year. Yes, there are multiple local and world events that are impacting our lives.  Yes, homeschooling seems impossible, however, we humans are not unique to struggle and adversity. History is a good teacher and measure by which we can reflect on for comparison. We are, like horses, resilient and adaptable humans.

For now, I choose to think in the moment.  It helps me to keep the fear of unpredictability, although present, at a distance so I can get up every morning and look forward to the happy horses I am grateful to care for every day.  Robyn Smith


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Although the warm air and rain are helping melt the snow, the sheets of ice on the arena roof have been reluctant to fully fall off today. This is our biggest hazard. Imagine the ice chunks and sheets falling next to a horse you are riding as it hits the ground and sounds like a cannon.  Need I say more…

We also have 20 horses in the stalls that have been locked up and hand walked up until the snow began to melt off the roofs of the massive arena, the huge old barn and the 2 stables. Imagine it sounds like it is pouring rain on the stable roof and it is just the snow melting and flowing down walls, hitting metal roofs and otherwise making a runoff mess with nowhere to go.  Need I say more…

On top of that, who you know as polite, happy, cooperative school horses have been transformed into nervous nillies or pent up beasts from another planet. Somehow our efforts have failed in explaining to the horses the many reasons they cannot go out side and play in the snow…

Overall we have much to be thankful for despite the hardship this weather event has had on our business. The many Boarders, students, staff, fans and friends that were able to help out did so. We are very grateful to them and all of our supporters who understand the dangerous mess we have with 39 horses during an unprecedented snow event. The forecasters all said “light snow.”  Thank goodness they did not say heavy snow…huh?

Thanks again for your patience as we help our furry friends and staff survive these 2-weeks of yuck!

Kind Regards,

The ELS Herd


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First born Smarty Pants attitude showing!

Here is Smarty Pants Four years later!

Although asked for many years to write a Blog, I have been remiss to get this Blog up and going. The last time I wrote a Blog was when Merlin was born almost 5 years ago (Inspirational Archives)! 





The purpose of this Blog Category is for information, announcements, specials, and communicating what life at ELS Stables is like for the horses and humans that call Holly Farm home. 

We will have the ELS Newsletter (by end of Feb) emailed to you  with easy opt out.  The Newsletter will have short snippets of Blog posts with a “Read More…” Link. It will also contain any upcoming specials or events that we would like you to know about. As always, we do not share emails with anyone!

If you do not already feel like an ELS Community Member, let us know how you would like to get more involved. We are here to assist you on your horsemanship journey! Let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to learn more about or see posted. This Blog is written for the ELS Community!

Stay tuned…and learn about The ELS Horsemanship Club opportunities in the next Blog Post!

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