Hi it’s Harlan again with the mid-June report on the Beatton Community 4-H Club.
It’s been pretty busy with all the club things coming up in the club meetings. With the restriction on social gatherings loosening, we have been able to do a few more things in person. We were just able to do our first in-person meeting in months. It was still fun and we talked about a lot of things. We started planning Achievement Days in our last meeting that was at the Light Horse Arena. The Light Horse Association let us use their arena, and in return we cleaned the arena and mowed the lawns.
We also vaccinated our horses at the end of May. Thank you to North Peace Veterinary Clinic for sponsoring the vaccines for all the club members horses. All the horses got vaccinated with a five-way vaccine that includes protection against tetanus and eastern and western influenzas.
This year, since the Covid restrictions haven't totally lifted, we are doing a private Achievement Days, possibly at one of our 4-H leaders' houses in Cecil Lake. If it happens to rain the weekend of Achievement Days then we will probably see if we can use an indoor arena like the Light Horse Arena. We are taking extra precautions to make sure that we meet all of the Covid-19 guide-lines and rules.
Our members that are doing dog 4-H are happy to know that we are doing dog agility practice in July and August at Sandra Cushway’s home. Thank you to her for letting us use her property.
We also had our last club riding lesson the last week of May. That day was bright and sunny and everyone had fun. We separated into two groups. The first group had their lesson first, while the second group went trail riding and played around on the obstacle course, then when the first group was done their lesson, we switched.
That was the day I found out my horse Coke doesn’t like water or tires. Sometimes when I tried to get Coke over the tires filled with sand and the water table, he would show me he wasn’t very happy about my decision to go over those obstacles and paw at the ground. If you guessed that turned into a habit …. you are correct and now I have get that habit out of him. I don’t know how to get it out of him, but I will find a way.
The rain we’ve been getting is helping a lot of things. Such as rain for our field, we need it pretty bad. The rain really feels nice after nearly two weeks without, and just scorching sun. Now we can actually grow oats and hay for our horses.
I just hope it doesn’t rain like it did yesterday at Achievement Days. A few years ago, every horse show I went to it rained. Thay weren’t as fun as usual. I’ll bet every 4-H member is hoping it doesn’t rain this year on Achievement Days.
— Harlan Giesbrecht, Beatton 4-H Club Reporter