Late Saturday night, into Sunday morning, a blizzard moved in.
The Girls weathered the storm very well. Thankfully. As always, I worry about them, and tend to go out and check on them frequently. The bale extension has made a huge difference this year, and we’ve got the tire feeder tucked in close, so they don’t have to be in the wind to eat, like they do at the trough. Plus, they have the luxury of nibbling the straw bales themselves.
By Monday, things hadn’t settled down, and the roads were in no condition for Hubby to get to work. The Girls were grumpy, and icy. Safe to say, with the winds howling the way they were, no one did anything more than doze for a few minutes at a time. That means cranky, sleep deprived 1200lb toddlers. Wheeeeee!!! What fun!
I did manage to take a few pictures while Hubby got the hay into the pasture-we have some huge drifts again, but there was no sense in clearing them yesterday. It would have been a waste of time and diesel.
Today, after he gets home from work, he’ll fire up the tractor and clear away what is too much for me to shovel.
Poor Sable…she was having serious issues with the wind. She was wide-eyed, and kept swinging that head around…Finally, I managed to make enough of a noise to get her to focus on me briefly. That gave me an in to get her talked down. Quiet voice, gentle hands and a little hay pile right in front of her and I got her from wild-eyed Hell horse, back to her sweet self. Took me about 20 minutes, but I got her there.
You know the weather has been bad when Sable goes sideways on me and has to be coaxed back to center.
**As an aside…I’ve just noticed how nicely her forelock is growing in! When she first came Home, it was so short and scraggly looking…now she’s getting her supermodel hair in. 🙂
Both Ruby and Astrid were fairly well settled. Astrid has been pushing to take Lead Mare spot again, but has decided that she’ll try working her way past Cookie first. Ruby has been very clear that she is The Boss, and she ain’t going down easy. lol! I guess Astrid figures moving one place in the herd is better than nothing…Sunday morning, I watched something interesting going on between Astrid and Cookie. Here’s what I posted on FB about it…
Interesting time in my herd right now…seems Astrid has decided taking on Ruby for the top spot isn’t working out, so she’s going to take on Cookie instead. I’ve been seeing evidence of bites and kicks on Cookie, not too sure who has been brave (or stupid) enough to land them. Until this morning, when I watched Astrid run her from feeder to feeder.
Interesting, I thought. Perhaps we’re in for a change on second-in-command. Watched this go on for a few minutes, until Cookie got fed up with it (she’s pretty non-confrontational, until pushed too far…) and planted her feet. Astrid made a run at her, ran smack into the Big Black Brick Wall, bounced back a step and shook her head…and then, Cookie bounced that ass and aimed a double hoof kick at Astrid’s head.
Good thing Little Girl is so quick. She just managed to avoid Cookie’s hooves and slunk away to eat with Sable. While Cookie pranced over and forced *her* out.
I stood there and laughed…told Astrid before, don’t challenge the Black one, unless you’re sure you can win. That’s not one you want to pick a fight with. When the Black one gets in a snit, even Ruby backs down, so little Astrid ain’t got a chance! Lololol!
Poor Astrid. Stuck as third, unless the herd grows…which ain’t gonna happen any time soon.
Today is much better, and The Girls are feeling it. The sky is clear, the sun is shining and they are feeling frisky! Hopefully, I can catch some of their antics later on this afternoon. Maybe, I’ll throw them a jolly ball or two…after they have a chance to nap in the sunshine. 🙂