Friday’s Hunt on Sunday

Some day, I’ll manage to get the post up for Friday’s Hunt on an actual Friday. lol.
Okay, not likely.
Thankfully, Teresa keeps the link open for a couple of days, for the pokey pants bloggers like me. 😉

This week the prompts are Starts with I, Week’s Favorite and Something Blue.

For starts with I, we have ice. As in, the deep, hard, ice pack that built up around the trough. The same trough we use as a hay feeder in winter. The same trough that my dear, sweet, beautiful Blonde Girl keeps stepping into, and hurting herself on.

Felix shows you how deep the ice pack is.

Felix shows you how deep the ice pack is.

Just above her hock.

Just above her hock.

Thankfully, it looks worse than it actually is. *sigh* But, this horse and hurting herself…ugh.

Tools of the ice pack chopping trade...

Tools of the ice pack chopping trade…

That’s a pick axe, shovel and lawn edger.
Pair those up with some good old-fashioned hard work, and you get this…

An 8 inch difference...

An 8 inch difference…

Yup, chopped out roughly 8 inches of ice/snow/hay/poop.
Wheeee!! Horse keeping is FUN!
lol

Nice face, Bella.

Nice face, Bella.

You can see, she wasn’t happy about my chopping out the ice. Now, it’s not quite so easy for her to stand in the trough.

This week’s favorite is courtesy of Ruby…

Ahhhh-Chooooo!!!

Ahhhh-Chooooo!!!

Do you see it?!?!
The spray coming out of her nose?
Oh my gosh…I laughed so hard! Finally, I managed to catch horse snot flying and not wear it. Haha!

Finally, something blue

Felix and Storm loving up on Sable...

Felix and Storm loving up on Sable…

Lovely blue sky.
After a few days of gloomy overcast conditions, the sunshine and blue sky was so wonderful to see. 🙂

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Faces of Mare

One of the things I love about the Girls being home is having the camera in hand a lot. Yesterday was one of those moments where I was so glad to have it.

The following 9 shots were taken in 2 continuous bursts. The D90 does 4.5 fps, so this was roughly 3 seconds of expression changes.
Awesome. 🙂

"Oh! There's my beet pulp pail...nom!"

“Oh! There’s my beet pulp pail…nom!”

"Oh no you don't Astrid..."

“Oh no you don’t Astrid…”

"That's MY pail!"

“That’s MY pail!”

"Oh, hey Mama...I'm just waiting for Dad to hang my pail up."

“Oh, hey Mama…I’m just waiting for Dad to hang my pail up.”

"Excuse me?!?"

“Excuse me?!?”

"WHAT did I just tell you, Astrid???"

“WHAT did I just tell you, Astrid???”

"MY."

“MY. PAIL.”

"PAIL.  Bitch."

“Bitch.”

"Okay. I'm ready to eat now."

“Okay. I’m ready to eat now.”

I laughed so hard at these while editing. This is why I love shooting continuous…it’s so easy to miss the little nuances if you don’t.

Now, normally, I don’t put up with pinned ears, especially when food is involved…but…no humans were inside the pasture, at no time did she pin ears at us on the other side of the fence, and Astrid has been actively trying to take Cookie’s spot in the herd.
So, as long as she kept her manners with the humans, I was all for letting her express her displeasure with Astrid.

She did wait until her pail was up, and then just stood there in Astrid’s spot. I had to go over and lead her by her halter to her pail-and she moved very willingly when I asked her to.
I think she was making Astrid wait until she was ready to let her eat.
That was just fine with me.
🙂

A Few Photos…

It’s a busy day today.
Poop cleaning, working with my Cookie on lifting feet (and maybe a little trim), and getting Kiddo up on her Sable.
So, I have a few pictures for you to tide you over ’til the next real blog post…

Checking out the trimming tools last week after Astrid's pedi.

Checking out the trimming tools last week after Astrid’s pedi.

A sure sign of the (early???) coming Spring...Sable's face has shed out to reveal her golden coat. <3

A sure sign of the (early???) coming Spring…Sable’s face has shed out to reveal her golden coat. ❤

My favorite Girl's beautiful eye. <3

My favorite Girl’s beautiful eye. ❤

Have a wonderful day, Farm friends!

Friday’s Hunt

This week we have Starts with H, Week’s Favorite and Family.

Starts with H, around here is a no brainer… 😛

Horses…horses start with H.

Astrid

Astrid

We’ve had a mixture of weather…from crazy windy blowing snow and freezing rain, to +4*c today. Amazing for February!

Sable

Sable

Silly blonde Girl is a little sore…with the blowing snow, we got drifts in front of the trough again. *sigh* And y’all know what that means…yep, Blonde Girl has been standing in the trough again. And, big idiot, darn near fell getting out of it today. So she’s a little sore. Slow and sluggy.
I gave her legs a rub down, and it helped a bit, but she really just needs to stay OUT of the trough.

Silly Paints!

Silly Paints!

This one is from last weekend’s poop cleaning detail…The Kid had climbed up on the straw bale extension and was knocking ice off the garage…well, these 2 thought the ice falling was going to kill them, and that led to insane trotting and snorting.

Week’s Favorite this week has to be Cookie and the heart on her forehead…

So adorable!

So adorable!

This is from today…the heart has stayed very nicely. I love the way it looks on her. 🙂

For Family, we have a few of the barn cats. No doubt about it, they are from the same family. They definitely have their Daddy’s (Ghost) looks to them.

Blue Cat

Blue Cat

Xena

Xena

And the oddball, colour wise…

Felix

Felix

The joys of those yellow eyed kitties…keeping the eyes in colour while desaturating the rest of the image just makes them pop!

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A Bit of Grooming

Last Spring I waded into the willow brush and chopped out all the burdock plants I could find. In the Fall, I did it again. I was hopeful that I had caught them all, and that would stop the spread of them. I very much dislike burrs. They get caught in manes, tails, and dog belly fur. None of which is fun to get them out of.

So, imagine my surprise when Ruby came out of the willows with a giant witch knot filled with burrs in her tail.
Her long, thick, gorgeous tail.
It was bad, let me tell you!
Like, so bad I thought I was going to have to cut her tail.
Her long, thick, gorgeous tail.
Did I mention her gorgeous tail? lol
See?

Ruby's long, thick, gorgeous tail. <3

Ruby’s long, thick, gorgeous tail. ❤

Thankfully, our Ruby happens to be a complete tramp when it comes to grooming. Brazen hussy. I wish I was kidding. lol!
Last week, before the blizzard hit, while she enjoyed her beet pulp, I stood at her hip, and picked burrs out of that long, thick, gorgeous tail. By the time I was done, I had about 80 burrs in my pocket. They went straight into the burn barrel…and I started a fire!
Yeah, I really dislike burrs.

Next grooming session I do with her, I will tackle those witch knots in her mane. Ahh, the joys of a long maned horse in a windy area.

Nice face, Ruby. :P

Nice face, Ruby. 😛

Fingers crossed I won’t have to cut them out.

Zip Tie Pie

Hello there, Daisy Mae here.
Or Weazy as Mom likes to call me. She says it’s short for “Weasel”, which is either a small carnivorous animal or a way of getting into things. I think she means it in the getting into things way, but I’m not sure. :/

I’m here to tell you about my favorite toy in the whole wide world. Even better than that stupid paper bag Nancy had. Mom calls them “zip ties” and she uses them to tie the dog’s house door shut.
I’ve learned that when they cut the ties off the dog’s house, they put them on top the house and forget about them. I like to steal the zip ties when no one is looking and play with them.
Nancy’s always trying to steal them from me. Grrrr! I tell him to go sit in his stupid cat bag that he won’t share with me.

Yesterday, Mom took some pictures of me…WITHOUT MY PERMISSION, I might add!!!…while I was playing with my zip tie.

If I take it to the bathroom, I can get to play with it by myself.

If I take it to the bathroom, I can get to play with it by myself.

Whater you doin' with that camera?

What’er you doin’ with that camera?

See? These things are fun!

See? These things are fun!

Stupid Nancy keeps trying to steal it though...

Stupid Nancy keeps trying to steal it though…MINE!!

I had to run away with it. I hid it somewhere that no one will find it! 3:)

I had to run away with it. I hid it somewhere that no one will find it! 😈

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