I’ll have to put on my 18-55mm lens and see if I can get some close ups of her while she’s beside me.
Funny story about Astrid…on Monday, Hubby started the tractor to clear snow, and knowing it was going to be another cold night, I figured I should add more straw to the shelter. Well, we have small bales of straw, and, unfortunately, in the deep freeze, they froze to the ground. So, here I am, trying to pull this straw up from the ground by the twine, when the twine snaps, and I’m flat on my back in frozen horse crap. Yay me!!
Astrid walks up, looks down and me and licks my face. LOL! Yup! Horse tongue, while I’m trying to get up. All I could do was lie there and laugh! At the same time, I have Cookie, Sable and Ruby milling about because “the hay lady’s down!” Realistically, I could have been stomped, but it was just so darn funny, me lying in poo, Astrid licking me, and the other 3 in a tizzy. Okay, maybe my sense of humour is a little odd. 😀
So nice to see all four, heads down in the food. To think, only 12 days ago, Astrid joined the herd, and there was chaos. Everyone has adapted very well.
Sable has been very good about letting us clean the ice balls out of her hooves. This morning, she had snow packs, because we’ve a little break in weather, but nothing that we had to get out asap. So I just let her eat, and took pictures.
These 2, not so much, with the hoof cleaning. Cookie has very little understanding of lifting her feet, so we’re working on it. Ruby knows what I’m asking, but doesn’t have the experience to lift automatically. Again, we’re working on it. It’s things they need to be taught, but, it has to be done with care and patience. Simply because, it’s so important to have a horse be good about picking up their feet.
Astrid is a dream about her feet. She lifts by command, and stands beautifully. It helps that she’s very willing to please, but it’s also a testament to the time and training our friend put into her.