Monday, May 12, 2008

The Fruits of Our Winter Labor

It seems that nothing changes and then one day all of the changes just smack you in the face.
Most of our horses spend the winter in the pasture. If the snow gets deep we do put big round hay bales out for them. And of course we keep the water tanks open for them, so they have a good supply of ice free water.
Only the "problem" children and the bred mare get the luxury of living in town.
Moon-has been notorious for not gaining weight. Having his teeth fixed has helped a lot, but that doesn't seem to be the only reason as he still requires about 2x's as much as a horse his size should require. But finally, he is starting to fill out...

Not hard to tell that this is his momma...

Big Momma is taking her own sweet time about this foaling business. Everything looks really good though and I am not nearly as worried about it as I was earlier this winter...

And Rip-well he came to town because he was cresty in the neck, showing signs of stretched lamina, hollow-backed and pot-bellied.

Gone is the cresty neck, the saggy back and the pot belly...

So I guess-pitching hay, slopping wet grain and trying to clean up frozen poop all winter was worth it.

Megan and I celebrated Mother's Day by jumping on the geldings bareback this evening and riding to the drive-inn for ice cream. Then just for fun we cruized Main Street. Gotta love living in a small town-LOL. I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

8 comments:

Callie said...

That's a good feeling. I know it. Mine our looking a bit better too.

kdwhorses said...

That is a great feeling! Your hard work had paided off!!
Sounds like fun crusing main street! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Flying Lily said...

Ice cream run on horseback - life is good!!!

Simply Marvelous said...

Enjoyed the photos!

What a great way to wrap up the day ... riding into town! What a life you have!

Mrs Mom said...

Nice looking critters there BECG! We joke about riding the horses to work and what not with gas prices going up all the time... But it sure would be fun to cruise down to SOnic and get ice cream with them..hehehehe.... Glad you had such an awesome mothers day. You deserve it!!!

Pony Girl said...

Oh, that would be so cool! I'm about ready to start riding My Boy to work....save some gas money. The kids would love it to, they could give him a pat and an apple on the way to recess. Hee!

sue said...

riding to ice cream... I have been thinking about "driving" for groceries... if these gas prices stay up... "hay burners" might be the only way to go!!! love the pics, can't wait for the arrival of the baby!!!!

Coboys, Kids and Sunsets said...

I agree! Time to put the hitching post back in front of the general store!! I have to admit I have ridden a horse though a Burger King drive thru! What!? It was a long parade!! Just checking for a new post on the new arrival!! Night time is when our mares deliver, you know right after you check them for the night!! Hoping for a healthy straight legged baby!