Darn, but the temps are dropping again! May snow midweek.
We have been getting out every opportunity, usually driving both Pairs the same day. Getting some visible fitness doing longer distances. The arena is way too wet any kind of wheels or hooves cut right into the sand or mud, so it has to be roadwork for them. All are shod, keeping the shoes shiny! We found some really nice wet spots to practice water crossings, met a number of scary things that got less scary with more times passing by. Well everything except the various styles and colors of rolling garbage cans out for pickup! Alyss HATES pink and orange cans. Hawk hates black ones! Ring is not afraid if he is on the near side, but they eat horses if he on the off side. Lincoln is usually steady but often takes a notion to swerve left if there is misc trash is pile on the ground. Does keep us on our toes!
Shedding is erratic, despite getting sweaty. Usually sweating them makes the hair come off quickly. Not this year! They still have a good coat, though not winter wooley, not willing to give it up. Probably a good thing with this erratic weather. Close to 80F Sat and Sun, but only mid-50s and dropping today.
No young horses getting worked without firm footing in the round pen or barnyard. They are having a great time galloping from the back barnyard fence to the fence at the back of the field, really making a slough along the divider fenceline. And it is even MORE exciting racing up on the strong wind days we get between rain storms! Winds help dry things, then another rainstorm. Ha ha
We just purchased some “big square bales” because we were running out and I wanted to save some small bales for travel to clinics or drives. Predictions say more wet and cool going into May. These are our cushion, not letting horses into pastures until things are more solid. Then it takes me 3-4 weeks of timed turnout, before they can have free grazing time. The big bales flake off like the small ones, so are easy to feed. We just have to figure how much each horse needs of a 3ft x 3ft flakes! Glad we have forks on the tractor to get these off the truck and into the barn. Appealing because there is no handwork unloading. They are all grass hay, about 700 pounds each. Not sure what I will do with the ropes holding bales together, but there has to be some use I just haven’t thought of yet! Pieces are like 20ft of 1/4 rope each, on a 4 “string” bale. Hope we got enough hay, the farmer was cleaning his barn for the next crop. Husband said there was a line to get hay loaded. Farmer had these set back for horse customers who went out of business. Usually he has nothing left on hand by now. It was funny when husband said “I am off to get our 4 bales!” Ha ha Usually he gets closer to 80 small bales when we get hay, so 4 bales sounds ridiculous!
Hope other folks are able to get in some horse time now. Spring is showing us flowers, birds are singing loudly, peepers are quite noisy. They quit peeping as we pass, then start after we go by. Our “Pass Wide And Slow” sign is helping slow most passing traffic nicely. We wave and smile at everyone to keep things friendly.
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