Smokey Ruby

A few more images from the smudge fire…
This horse sure does love a good smoke bath, that’s for sure!

“It’s just so relaxing, Mama!”
~ Ruby

Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest.
It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.
~ Travis Bradberry

What does it take to be the first female anything?
It takes grit, and it takes grace.
~ Meryl Streep

Above her ears, you can actually see the heat coming off the smoke…Ruby don’t care. No bugs are buggin’ her while she stands in the smoke. ❀

One of the greatest boons that can ever come to a human being is to be born on a farm and reared in the country.
Self-reliance and grit are oftenest country-bred.
~ Orison Swett Marden

Where There’s Smoke…

There’s Ruby, in there like a dirty shirt. πŸ˜‰

Last night, close to sunset, the bugs were bad…like carry you away, drain your blood, drop your carcass for the horse flies to finish off, bad…B.A.D.

So, we lit a smudge for the horses.

As close as she can get…

I learned fast with Ruby, we cannot have a smudge fire with out it being inside the corral panels. The very first time I lit a smudge, I did it on the concrete pad behind the garage…figured it was perfect, because that’s where I had piled manure all winter. Manure smolders and smokes beautifully for bug control.
Well, Ruby decided to stand in the smudge, and then roll in it.
Now we make sure she can’t hurt herself, but still gets the benefit of the smoke.

So nice with out the bugs buggin’…

Even Astrid was enjoying the time without bugs all over her.

Oh, but the best was Ruby making faces…

Licking the smoke out of the air…

Absolute bliss…

Strikin’ a pose…

She stayed in the smoke for a good 45 minutes, and then wandered off to eat. Over the evening and well into the small hours of the morning, everyone took turns standing around in the smoke.
Doesn’t take them long to figure out that the scent of smoke on them keeps the bugs off even after they move away from the smudge.

Sharing with Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills.
The new round has begun, and all the prompts are highlighted in my post. πŸ™‚

Skill + Vision + A Whole Lotta Luck

I am often asked how I capture the images that I do with the horses.
It is, in my mind:

1 part skill,
2 parts luck,
1 part artistic vision.

I know, as a fairly serious lover of photography, I should be aiming for 3 parts skill and the other part a mix of luck and vision, but y’know…
1200lb toddlers with a mind of their own.
Many days, I have an idea in mind of what I want to see in the final image, and yet, nothing goes to plan to achieve that vision…adapting on the fly, shooting even when it seems it’s not working and accepting that things may not be exactly as I wanted…that’s how I capture the images I do.

Kinda like this next image…

I caught this during my Canada Day shoot with the Girls.
The plan was the flag on her halter, the flowers and her eye…well, she wasn’t chuffed about the flowers in the first place and kept tossing her head to get rid of them. So, adding the flag pin wasn’t a possibility.
Instead, I stood in front of her, talked softly and when she pricked her ears towards my voice, I shot, capturing this.
Not what I was going for, and yet, a beautiful image. ❀

I am not afraid of storms,
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
~ Louisa May Alcott

Friday’s Hunt July 2nd

I made it.
Wheeee!!
I absolutely freaking made it…
Okay, I may have had to do a double post or two, but I did all the letters of the alphabet this round of Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills.
There’s a prize for that, right?
No?
Okay, I’ll be happy with bragging about it. πŸ˜‰

This week’s prompts are Starts with Z, Week’s Favorite and Dessert.
I’m also going to sneak in an image for The Daily Post’s prompt of passenger. πŸ™‚

Starts with Z

Astrid ❀

Doesn’t she look completely adorable catching some zzzz’s?
Some day, I’m going to catch a video of her snoring. πŸ™‚

Week’s Favorite

2 of them…
My 2 images for Canada Day.
Which was yesterday, and yes, I’m late posting them due to computer issues, including the need for an entire new tower. Now we’re fixed, and back to work.

Ruby

Cookie

Happy 150th to our wonderful country! ❀

Dessert

A little while back, we were given a watermelon to share with the animals. Piggies? Not impressed. But they were younger and unsure of this new food we were offering them.

Hennys was a much different story…

Can you see the watermelon in the fray?

Less than 3 minutes and the hennys polished off their watermelon dessert.

Oh, and yesterday, Astrid had a passenger:

Hubby and Little Red

While I was introducing The Cookie to my brother (she’s really not a people horse πŸ˜‰ ), Hubby decided to hop up on Little Red and go for a walk.

A Few Random Pictures

It is full on haying season, and I’m cutting every day that weather looks clear for a few days. That means I’m sometimes too busy to take pictures…cutting hay by hand really is a labour of love. πŸ™‚ ❀
Or insanity. πŸ˜›
Probably insanity.

In the meantime, I have a few random images to share with y’all…

TroubleCat

Little brat is sticking his tongue out at me. lol
Every where I go there is a cat near by. This time I was, once again, taking early morning pictures of the horses, and Trouble felt he should be my feline chaperone.

The Cookie ❀

This sight is what drew me out of the house on a chilly, gloomy morning, camera in hand.
At first I wanted to be sure she was far enough away from the fence to be able to get up safely…she has a terrible habit of standing right next to the fence, and then just plopping her butt down. She’s gotten herself cast up against it a few times now, so every time I see the fool out by the fence, I check on her. Just in case.
As you can see from the photo, she was far enough away to be fine, and yet close enough to make a lovely picture.

And then, there’s our Sable…

So not graceful…

Horses getting up is the least graceful sight ever.
LOL!

Those grumpy ears are because I was laughing at her…
She can move so beautifully, like she’s floating over the ground…and when she bucks and kicks? The power is incredible to see…
This is just funny.
We love her anyways. πŸ˜‰

Catching up on the Friday’s Hunt

All right, so I missed last week.
It’s been gray and gloomy and rainy here.
Not much for pictures, and even less energy…but this week, I’m catching up with prompts from last week as well.

First set of images are for the prompts Starts with X, Week’s Favorite and Insect.

Starts with X

When you have no idea how to approach a prompt, you hit the google and type in “words that start with x” and read the Scrabble websites for ideas.
That’s how I hit upon “xenobiotics”…though, now that I think of it, I coulda just used Xena, my warrior princess barn cat. LOL! Mighta been too easy…

Anyways…xenobioticsΒ are something we use on the Girls. In fact, we spend quite a bit of money on them and a ton of time trying to apply them…a xenobiotic is a “chemical foreign to or not produced by an organism” such as a pesticide…’round here we call it “bug juice” and we slather it on the horses as much as possible.

After a healthy (or maybe not so healthy) application bug juice, we see this sight a lot!

Bug juice makes for happy horses, because sleeping is so much easier. ❀

Week’s Favorite

Ruby ❀

Do I really need to explain why this is a favorite? I’m sure I don’t. πŸ™‚

Insect

With the rains, come the mosquitoes…and that’s our insects. Many, many, many insects.
Which is why we spend so much money on xenobiotics (I’m loving using that! lol!) so that instead of running and stomping, we see this:

Nice face, Roo πŸ˜‰

Much better than dropping weight running from bugs, or messing up hooves and legs from stomping. I’ll give ’em toxic skin coatings to save the other parts of them. πŸ˜‰

Now, for this week’s prompts. They are Starts with Y, Week’s Favorite and Splash.

Starts with Y

Ruby does some morning yoga stretches, while eyeing me. Just in case there’s some sort of horse treat coming to the fence…

(there were no treats to be had this day…because Round Ruby does not need treats. πŸ˜‰ )

Week’s Favorite

This:

The Cookie having fun.

After her bout of achy, painful joints keeping her down, this was wonderful to see. Her playing, leaping, bucking, kicking and cantering.
Does this woman’s ❀ good to see.
The near daily application of the ointment is helping her.
I’m loving that.

Splash

Splashing and playing in the rains…

Oy! Dirty girl!

Taken out the livingroom window while the rains were coming down…they were just having a grand time running and playing.

Sharing for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills.