Diamond came to us together with her mom Royal (a papered quarter horse) as a 2 month old foal. Royal was brought to an auction very pregnant and would have been bought by a meat buyer if Bear Valley Rescue had not stepped in. Thinking about it, Diamond would have probably been born at a feedlot and died within a short time. Or slaughtered as horse veal.

Diamond was born within 2 weeks after arrival at Bear Valley Rescue and was named Diamond because of the little diamond she has on the side of her neck. Her birth went very quick thanks to the experienced mom (she used to be a broodmare for 6 years) and Diamond was a healthy foal.

I decided to foster them because that way my foal Cornelia could grow up with a playmate instead of with a couple of older mares and grumpy geldings. And it  is also better for their mental development. It’s kind of like having a child grow up with a couple of grandparents without the contact of children who are the same age. Of course they will grow up anyway but it’s better for their mindset to be with other kids. Same for horses.

Because Diamond was a foal other people started to be interested in her, to adopt her so I decided to adopt her myself so the two of them could stay together. And I am also a sucker for not wanting to take them apart. Just hate to see horse looking for each other for weeks. Calling out for eachother.

Now they can stay together till the day they die and I have an extra horse to ride in the future. Although she will probably be way better in barrel racing then dressage. And in that case we have to find somebody who likes to ride her, because I am too old for that kind of fast-paced sport :-).

Diamonds’ character is great. She is very sweet and easy to handle except with her legs. Two summers ago she got stuck in the barbed wire and ripped open her hind leg. Good thing it was old wire because it broke and didn’t rip her tendons too but is was close. Yes, I am replacing all the barb wire and keep them away from the parts I haven’t replaced yet with electric fence. Unfortunately my mare Gracia has a very high pain level and doesn’t care at all about the shocks she gets. The grass on the other side is greener so she just goes through it. Almost every day I am repairing and replacing the lines.

So her legs are a big no no for people. I had to be very careful to keep the wound clean and twice the vet had to come to sedate her for a big clean up. After weeks the wounds were healed but her idea that we would do something to her legs not. Despite the many touches of her leg she still doesn’t allow it. Lifting her front feed just ends up in her dropping on her knees to get out of my grip.

But we will succeed one day. And then she can finally have a good trim by our farrier.

For now we keep trying and she also will start her training this summer so it will come. She will be one of these golden pony when older which can be handled by everybody even small children.


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Becoming a holisic vet

Years ago (it feels like a totally different life) I started an 4-years eduction to become a holistic vet. Together with a friend we signed up and started our first year. Every Tuesday morning we stepped in our car and drove 2 hours to our classes.

For a couple of reasons both of us ended the first year but decided not to finish this education.

  • We learned a lot but also had a good laugh. After a class about herbs with a professor raising his hands to the sky telling us how the flowers of a plants sang to the sun every morning, we couldn’t stop laughing and had to leave the class halfway. I still after 12 years have to laugh about it. At that moment we knew we were not the kind of people to finish this. Don’t get me wrong. We both believe in the abilities of plants, herbs etc. We just not see them laughing, signing or feeling. Maybe the way we think is too logical.
  • Second reason was that I would not be able to finish anyway because we decided to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Because it wasn’t very cheap to follow these classes it was no use for me to continue and my friend had no intention to do it alone. I have been looking around a bit to see if anything like that is offered here in Alberta but never really found something appropriate. Or it was ridiculous expensive.
  • For me, last reason was that I didn’t saw myself as a holistic vet working in Canada. Knowing that a lot of educations were not accepted in Canada (even my husband had to redo his exams as civil  engineer) why bother. I also knew that I had to be there for my kids for at least the first year to make the move to Canada work.

So no new career for me in that field. But working with herbs, oils, Bach, TTouch and horses was never forgotten. For now my new career is Young Living though.

Helping horses and dogs with holistic treatment will follow over time. 

I am working on it.

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Bear Valley Rescue

Bear Valley Rescue is a registered rescue located just south of Sundre, north of Cochrane. They preliminary rescue horses but also pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits and more.

A couple of years ago I heard about them when I was looking for a reliable place where my horses could go in case something happened to me. I liked what I saw and after a year or two I started to do some things for this organization. I noticed that not a lot of people were familiar with Bear Valley so I went for the “raising awareness” challenge by signing up for some  local fairs, handing out brochures at a couple of pet and horse stores and I arranged a weekly pick up of the left over bread and sweets from our local bakery Cobs. At the end of the day all the left overs will be thrown out. Some days of the week schools and other organizations pick up the bread but not all days. Together with a volunteer also living in Cochrane we pick up and deliver the bread to Bear Valley. As Kathy, the owner of the rescue said, it saves her at least $50 dollar a month if not more. That money can now be used for other things like medicines and feed for the other animals. I also put aside money from my sales to donate. And that should be more and more over the next months and years.

Bear Valley is also the place where two of my horses came from. Royal and Diamond, mom and daughter came to us almost 4 years ago. Meanwhile I adopted Diamond (the foal) and mom just never left and is a permanent foster. And as long as I am able to take care of her she can stay.

If you are a horse or an animal lover and like to know more about them please visit their website (www.bearvalleyab.org) or find them on Facebook. They are always looking for donations (money-wise or tack or feed or …), sponsors, fosters or adopters and volunteers. They also have auctions on regular basis or other fun things.

Unfortunately the stream of animals coming to Bear Valley will never end. Take care of your animals please. Think about what it will cost you not only short-term but also long-term.

Choosing an animal is choosing responsibility. You don’t get rid of your child after a couple of years, right? Try to think the same about your pet. Way too much horses are shipped to the slaughterhouses (the faith 5 of my horses were waiting for), too much dogs and cats are put down.

Just an (occasional) side step from essential oils and my business but for me also important.

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Cornelia is one of our two “foals”. You can’t really call them foals anymore because in June she will be 4 years old. Time to start her training.

She didn’t receive much of a training yet. For several reasons I didn’t do much with her which has not been very smart from me. These are the reasons why:

  • First one is that because she had to grow I just left her in the field. We can catch her and put a halter on and for me that is the most important thing.
  • Then she is mean. She has her mom’s character. Breeding her mom with a sire which had a 10 plus for character, and it is a sweetheart, didn’t help.
  • She has also not much respect and thinks she is the boss over everybody, also her mom. We always have to keep an eye on her to be in time to put her back in place when she attempts a coop again.
  • She thinks she can solve all her problems with kicking. No problem as long as you are at the front but getting to her back legs I have to do it with extreme cautiousness.
  • She is also huge!! She is already taller than her mom. Her mom is 16.2 hands, her dad 17.2. She has her dads build.
  • Last one and the most important reason is swollen joints of her back legs.

When she was 10 months old her joints in her back leg started to swell up. Weaning her slowly and taking her off the mothermilk didn’t help. There was not much more I could do to bring the swelling down. She was outside 24/7 so she could move around. She only got hay. Not more she needed. Supplying her with even more nutrients would mean she would even grow faster and that was the last thing she needed.

I used some essential oils on her to reduce the swelling and the pain but even that I could not use that much. Take away all the pain and she will overuse the joints and make it worse. The only option was to let her grow and hope for the best.

Now she is almost 4 and her legs look a lot better. The swelling is almost gone. So this summer I will start her training. Riding her I will postpone till next summer or even the summer after that. Joints of horses grow till they are 6 years old and starting to put extra unnecessary weight on them isn’t a great way to give them a long life.

I just start her with teaching her the basic commands. Learning to accept a saddle, bridle, blanket,  etc. just anything on her back. Learning to stand still to be brushed and to clean her feet. Learn to follow me and accept me as her leader. That will take a summer for sure because it doesn’t look like she is one of the smartest horses around. But that is alright. I am not in a hurry.

Eventually she has to become my dressage horse. Time will learn.


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Living on an acreage is for me the real life. Something I always dreamed of. Our drive way is 500m long, slowly going up a hill and because of that we have a beautiful view over the Rocky Mountains. I would not change this till the day I die if possible. It is close to town, close to schools, stores, doctor, library etc. We have great neighbours, all with huge equipment who removes snow from the driveway when our tiny tractor can’t handle it anymore, bring up big bales of hay if necessary or just help when you ask for it. The house is small compared to the houses around us. There is a lot of work to do inside but mostly outside but I don’t care. Although it can be frustrating sometimes.

Water comes from a well and is pumped into the house and from the house to the barn. It took some years to get the supply to the barn under control during the winter. Insulation, heaters, heater tape. When do you have to turn it one? Which heaters (there are so many) do you need? When to plug-in? Keeping the water flowing is expensive during the winter. All these heaters use a lot of electricity. After a couple of weeks of minus 20C and lower it went up to 400 dollar. Not good.

Turning them on to late means frozen pipes so no water. One year I had to bring buckets of  water from the house to the barn (glad I only had 2 horses then). I don’t want to repeat that. One horse drinks a looooot of water during the day.

A well means our own and good tasting water but… There is always a “but”. Last summer we noticed that there wasn’t much water left in the well and slowly it went from not much to barely anything. First we had to reduce bathing time, then shower time, flushing toilets, then laundry wasn’t possible anymore. Placing the pump lower didn’t help and replacing the pump didn’t help. We even reached a point that we had to haul water in for the horses. No fun when winter starts.

Because we had to haul the water in anyway, it was useless to keep the supply to the barn on so we closed it off. And then we noticed an increase of water again. We had enough water for showers. Always nice to know that when you use shampoo you have warm water to rinse it out again. Then we had enough water to do the laundry too. Everybody could shower without any water shortess.Maybe we had a leak somewhere between the house and the barn??

But after 2 months of winter it was so freaking cold that we decided to turn on the tap to the barn just long enough to fill up all the troughs  with buckets. That worked great. We still had enough water in the house and we didn’t need to haul in anymore. So we kept on doing that.

Till we forgot to turn the tap off….

No more water. Again. A leak between the house and the barn was now confirmed. Guess what we are going to do this summer. At least we have a couple of months to safe some money because not knowing where the leak is means digging up the entire line between the house and the barn. All 100 meters. Oh, and there is no drawing where the line is too. That’s going to be fun.

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Deep Relief

Young Living Deep Relief is an oil blend which has returned to Canada again lately. I loved it previously and I still love it. And I am happy it came back on the Canadian market again.

I used it primarily for my muscles after too much workout, but also when my muscles in my neck were tied up again and because of it headaches started again. Combined with PanAway it was a lifesaver when the pain was severe. One of the reasons why my ibuprofen use went down. I even used it for my horses.

A couple of the following essential oils are in DeepRelief:

  • Peppermint, used in aromatherapy to help relieve joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains, or rheumatoid arthritis, making this blend a great companion for your trips to the gym and busy daily routine.
  • Wintergreen, together with Peppermint the oils provide a refreshing, cooling sensation during or after a workout, with an invigorating scent that inspires an upbeat and energetic approach to whatever keeps you active.
  • Dorado Azul,
  • Helichrysum.

All these oils are known for their soothing and long-lasting benefits, to create a convenient blend ready for on-the-go use or when relaxing at home. In aromatherapy this blend is used topically or inhaled:

  • As a nervine and calmative, enhancing relaxation
  • As a carminative and antispasmodic for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort
  • To help relieve colds and coughs

Young Living provide us with the following product tips:

  • Treat yourself to an on-the-go mini massage with Deep Relief oil along the nape of your neck and shoulders or onto any other area you choose.
  • Use the energizing scent during your gym session when you need a quick break. Swipe it across your neck, temples, forehead, or chest to recharge before you get back to work.
  • Keep Deep Relief in your office or living room for a quick pick-me-up and cool, refreshing relief.
  • Apply to your skin and enjoy the cooling sensation of Peppermint in this popular blend.

If you have joint and muscle pains on regular basis I can highly recommend this blend to you.

The oils still surprise me, and this is one of them.

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Information from the Young Living Website (https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/products/deep-relief-essential-oil-15ml-ca)

Medicinal Ingredients:Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita – Twig flowering) 35.25%

Non Medicinal Ingredients:Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Citrus limon peel essential oil, Abies balsamea needle essential oil, Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud essential oil, Copaifera reticulate balsam essential oil, Coconut oil, Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) essential oil, Helichrysum italicaum flower oil, Vetiveria zizanoides root essential oil, Hyptis suaveolens seed oil

Time management

When I started this blog I wanted to share my life. But thinking it over I realized my life was not just one stream of stories but was divided in 3 parts which were all connected to each other.

First of course I have my family. Married 25 years ago, 3 great daughters and a great husband is part one. I love them all but the taking care of them isn’t much of a challenge. Especially not now the children are all adults (18+), at school or at work all day. I clean the house a bit, do the laundry, make diner and do groceries some times. I have a stake of books in my bedroom (I have to sell them or give them away) which I started last year. I finished them all and added them to the stack on regular basis. No book under the 300 pages. So I read a lot.

Second part of my life are the animals and most of that time goes to the horses. Unfortunately not time spend riding them but time spend on mucking stalls, feeding, repairing and building. I just read a nice post from another blogger with the same “problem”. She is also taking care of boarding horses and got the question from someone if it is fun to take care of your own horse by yourself or if it is better to board it somewhere else. This week the temperature  is around the minus 20 (feels like minus 30). What do you think?? Okay not completely true. Despite the harsh temperatures I still like to do it. (Most of the time.)

Third part is setting up my business (yes MLM is business), trying to find customers, trying to figure out what works for me and trying not to give in into all my doubts. And that is the hardest part.

The 3 of course interact. I can’t do 2 hours one thing, then 2 hours the next, then 2 hours the third.Generally I start in the morning with feeding the cats, taking the dogs for a walk and letting the horses out and feeding them. That takes up my first hour and then I am ready for the oh-so-needed coffee and breakfast.

Till 2pm I can fill in my agenda as I like. Then I kind of repeat the above. Taking the dogs for a walk and feeding the horses. Depending on my mood, energy levels and/or weather, I will muck the stalls and have all the hay ready for the night too. But on regular basis I leave that for 7.30pm when we bring the horses in, because then I have Darya who almost always helps me with everything and on regular basis Frederique and Brandon are doing the water. So yes 7.30pm is round 3 for horses and dogs. Bringing the horses in for the night and feeding them.

So 3.5-4 hours a day is spend on the necessity of taking care of the animals. 3 hours is breakfast, lunch and (making) diner. (I know. I take my time.)  When I go for a run I spend 1.5 hours on running/taking a shower. Leaves me with 6 hours for everything else. Good thing that my business is a part-time job lol.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because time-management is really important part of your life if your like to reach a goal. Finish a course. Finish college. Finish your assignment. etc. I really need to focus on time management. I have my agenda filled in with every half hour of what to do. Otherwise I slip and forget things or just extend my breaks or miss deadlines I set up for myself.

Procrastinating tasks is very easy. For me it just means I lose a day.

If you have the same problem as I have I would say use a huge agenda and fill it in. Don’t leave any blank spots. Go for it. Unless of course you like your life as it is now…..


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My guys

With my guys I mean my horse guys. They came to live with us 9 years ago. Together with a mare. I bought them for $200. That means I bought one and I got the other two for free. I know, why?? Because I am a sucker for sad stories and I trapped in this one.

This guy had brought a couple of horses from family in Saskatoon to Alberta. Apparently an uncle passed away and had not kept an eye on his horses for years. So the herd had expanded “a bit” and nobody wanted to take care of them. The family decided to ship all the horses to the slaughter-house, except for 8 lucky horses. They were taken to Alberta.

I went to have a look at one of the horses to see if it would be a good horse for Beliana. She could ride it, it was older and it was a good height. But the owner wanted to get rid of the other two too. So he started to tell a story that he had to put them down because he didn’t have the time for them, blah, blah, blah. And I fell for it.

The idea was to spend some time with them, train them and then sell them. Stupid me. The mare was trainable and after 6 years I gave her to friends. Friends of who I knew they would take care of her the same way I would. Because that is my problem. My standards are too high. If you are not as crazy as I am you don’t get them. Simple as that.

The other gelding was trainable too. If you could grab him. After 9 years my youngest daughter Darya is still the only one who can come near him. He still walks away. Not far. Not mean. He doesn’t kick. You can grab his tail and hang on him to stop from walking away. He just don’t let you near enough to put a rope around his neck. He missed the last farrier appointment because of it.

When we got them they were still nameless except for the mare. Her official name was Candy Apple. Because we already had a cookie too (Oreo) I decided to give these guys related names. Toblerone (Toby short) and Reese. I thought it was funny at the time. The horses didn’t object.

They are both in their twenties now and retired. My oldest two grass mowers.



I have never been a great housewife and I am extremely glad I married a great guy who doesn’t have a problem with helping to keep everything rolling. He can cook, and he does almost every weekend. He can clean, and he does clean the washroom on regular basis because I forget on regular basis. He gets groceries, just because he comes by the supermarket on his way home. He knows where to find the vacuum cleaner.

Doesn’t mean I don’t do anything in the house. It’s just minimal. I don’t like to do it, I never have and I never will. And I stopped feeling guilty about that a long time ago. But I know how to use the vacuum cleaner, I do the laundry, I take care of diner, I take care of my children and I take care of the animals. It isn’t spotless in our house. You can even say it is a mess. But it is a fairly clean mess.

I love to do work outside though and looking around you can see I have done a lot to improve things. We have 2 brand new shelters. One I build myself, the other my husband did but I finished the roof. Every where you look you see nice white board fence. Three of my horses have a stall with run out for the night. I have a tack room, insulated and heated (the cat loves it). And I am not done yet. Still have a lot of fence to repair/renew. And I want a barn (replacing 3 small sheds) for my hay and tractor and lawnmower.

But most of that kind of work is done during the (part-) spring/summer/(part-) autumn time. Winter is different, especially during cold spells. Nobody in his right mind likes to be outside by then. That’s why I have my business. Only thing now is that it consumes so much time I don’t have much time or energy left for that dreadful household work. That’s also a reason why that business of me should start rolling. I like to do this. More than I would have imagined, but it is a full-time job by now.

Where is the promise of running a (MLM) business part-time, in your pyjama’s??


Already 10 years ago Oreo came into our life. A birthday present for our youngest daughter. Best buy ever. She is a cross between a quarter horse and a Welsh and has such a friendly character.

My daughter could ride a little bit, Oreo had already learned some things and the two of them just started working together. They had their ups and downs, but they had fun.

She didn’t need much over the years. She got a bit too heavy once in a while, but lost that weight on regular basis too. She only have had 2 real problems in her life with us. First time was when she had inflamed gums and we had to brush her teeth twice a day. And it worked. After a week and getting rid of the hay with the foxtail in it, she was declared better.

Last time she was sick she foundered. Severe. On all four legs.  We used to have a chronologic foundering pony back in the Netherlands, so I have been studying and being to seminars and courses and what ever is possible to learn more about it back then. She has had a swollen ovarian a year ago, so I assumed that that has been the tricker. Hormones are off. So with a lot of herbs (Riva’s Remedies) and essential oils (Young Living) to level out her hormone balance, to fight the inflammation, to reduce the pain and to promote hoof-grow it took her just over 6 weeks to get better again. She is running around (and away when I come up with the halter) like old times.

Horses gives you a lot of sorrow but also a lot of fun.