Winter…Are You Done Now?

It seems like we’ve had more blizzards this year than normal.
I don’t know if we have or not, and well, I’m honestly too lazy to go searching for the information to know for sure. 😉
I *do* know we’ve just come out the other side of one more…one that started with temps above 0*C paired with a massive downpour of rain, and in a few short hours turned to howling winds, snow and sub-zero temps.
We’re very happy for sunshine today.
It’s cold, but clear. The wind is strong, but nowhere near what it was just 24 hours ago…which was nothing compared to 12 hours before that! We hit gusts in the 90km/h range…that is nuts!

This morning dawned cold and clear, and as the sun rose, we were met with whinnies of greeting from the Girls.
They are happy to see the sun too…

I braved the cold with the camera to get a couple of shots, and then the battery died. Later, I’ll go out and take some more pictures, but for now, I have sunrise shots of the Girls to share…

Astrid

Sable having a shake…shaking is like shivering and you get oats for shivering, so…oats??

11 days…
11 days to Spring, y’all.
We can do this. 🙂

Friday’s Hunt March 5th

Busy, busy week.
Had a Palomino with an upset tummy, me with a raging cold that put me down for a few days, and lots of work to get done.
Ah, well, no rest for the wicked, right? 😉

Aside from today…today was another hay run. Hopefully just one more. Spring is in the air, folks. I can smell it!
And then, I indulged in a bit of day drinking…because sometimes you have to. Or, at least, I do.
LOL

This week’s prompts for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills are Starts with I, Week’s Favorite and Nose.
Shall we?

Starts with I

These are my idiots…
There are many like them, but these ones are mine…
(bonus points awarded to anyone who knows what I am referencing with that 😉 )

Taken through the kitchen window, while they were goofing off...on the drift, of course.

Taken through the kitchen window, while they were goofing off…on the drift, of course.

Week’s Favorite

Oh, I have a few of those this week…

First up, from my Farm…

Astrid sleeping...

Astrid sleeping…

She’s so very pretty. ❤

Haffie bum...gotta love a Haffie bum. <3

Haffie bum…gotta love a Haffie bum. ❤

Other end of that Haffie bum...both ends of this mare are beautiful.

Other end of that Haffie bum…both ends of this mare are beautiful.

I love taking picture of Showby (that Haffie above). She knows she’s gorgeous, and she knows how to work the camera!

Nose

That's a Palomino nose!

That’s a Palomino nose!

Caught Sable while she was napping too… ❤

Friday’s Hunt Feb. 26

This week’s Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills had a prompt that had me stumped. I had never heard of “Chiaroscuro” before.
Ever the curious human, and always looking for a photography challenge, I googled the term.

“Chiaroscuro” is an oil painting technique that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark, to create a dramatic effect.

Ahhh!! Yes, I can do this…and it was the perfect prompt for something I had been wanting to try with the Girls.
And so, here’s my offerings for this week’s Friday’s Hunt…

Starts with H

Heh. Horses. What else?

It's my Peanut Gallery!

It’s my Peanut Gallery!

Hubby was working on trying to convince Ruby that walking into the shelter on the lead rope was an easy thing for her to do. These 2 were watching (and probably laughing at) Ruby acting like she was going to die if she went into the scary black place. LOL!

Week’s Favorite

Two words for this horse when she poses…

<3

Rock.
Star.

She is absolutely perfect.

Chiaroscuro

This…

cookie-bbg-feb-2017-wm
No words…just is.
Perfection.

Friday’s Hunt Feb. 19th

What a lovely week of weather we’ve had!
It’s hard to believe it’s February. Yesterday we hit an amazing +6*c.
Sooooo nice!

The horses have been happily basking in the sunshine and the hennys have loved every second of outdoor time they’ve gotten. My birds are spoiled, they do not like to get cold, so when it’s below -15*c, I leave them in the coop. But this warmth? They’re loving boking ’round the chicken yard, snow drifts and all.

This week’s prompts are Starts with G, Week’s Favorite and Pink.
And here’s my images…

Starts with G

Who else could possibly be used for the letter G, other than my Ghost?

<3

My big, sweet, supposedly feral, TomCat.
The Kid and I worked hard on gaining this guy’s trust, and now, he’s the best barn cat ever. Even when he follows me around the Farm yard yapping up a storm. 😉

Week’s Favorite

Well, you saw that image the other day:

I love this shot so much...feral or friendly Palomino?!?

I love this shot so much…feral or friendly Palomino?!?

Definitely my favorite shot of the week.

Pink

This one is a close second though…just shot fresh this morning, with the help of The Kid.

pink-mintsMs Cookie lipping up pink mints from The Kid’s hand.
And, a huge thank you to everyone who’s been asking about her, offering wishes of good health and been checking up on us.
Thankfully, my big donkey is back to her normal, delightful self..
Eating her beet pulp happily, and scrapping with Astrid again.

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

Update on My “Hard Keeper”

Of all my horses, Sable is my “hard keeper”.
When I say that, I mean:
~ it’s hard to get enough weight on her to get through the winter.
~ it’s hard to get enough calories into her so her winter coat grows as thick as she needs it.
~ she’s the first to shiver with the slightest thought of cold, damp, or wind.
~ she has more blankets than I do…

She is always the one I worry about, weight wise.
It was because of her we started daily beet pulp rations, it was because of her I started getting rolled oats from a local farmer, it is because of her I buy alfalfa cubes for extra energy on the super cold days.

This year, though, she’s been doing very well.
We get a crushed barley/wheat chop for mixing into the hennys layer crumbles, and it was the piggie’s feed…well, turns out, our Sable does well with a 1/2 cup of it in her beet pulp.

I think…

having a bit of a roll in the snow...

having a bit of a roll in the snow…

When your…

I love this shot so much...feral or friendly Palomino?!?

I love this shot so much…feral or friendly Palomino?!?

Hard Keeper’s…

so pretty!

so pretty!

ass fat shakes…

graceful...or maybe not.

graceful…or maybe not.

When she does…

lol...she's so cute.

lol…she’s so cute.

She’s doing just fine.
🙂

My Funny Farm

By now, most of you, if not all, know that Sable is our accident prone Palomino. Also known as my Bubble Wrap Girl.
She can hurt herself with out even moving.
No joke!
I’ve had her lead rope looped on the fence, her standing there sleepy, with no injuries…turned my back to grab something from the grooming kit, turn back and find blood running down her leg.
LOL!
No idea how she cut herself when she didn’t move, but she did it.

So, when she does this…

Oh, Sable...

Oh, Sable…

Sable?

Sable?

Uh, Sable? Whatcha doin'?

Uh, Sable?
Whatcha doin’?

…I worry like crazy that the Girl is going to hurt herself getting out.

And then, a couple of weeks ago, while Hubby was scraping the poop piles down with the tractor, he hit a particularly well frozen piece that shifted the tractor and the bucket cut the trough.
F.M.L.
Because now, we can’t use that trough for water come spring/summer…I have to buy a new one.
Yay…said not me.

However, it’s still fine for hay, and then, I found this blog post, where they had the brilliant idea of using the trough for chicks.
Um, yes!!
In the mean time, I had to fix the sharp edges of the cut. Because, again ^^^ Bubble Wrap Girl will climb in the trough to eat.

Armed with a hammer, pair of pliers and a couple of files, I set about to make the extra sharp gouging metal safe for the most accident prone horse I have ever met.
At first, I hammered the big pieces back into place, bent them in with the pliers, and then, had to climb into the trough itself to do the filing…after I cleaned out the hay.

Here I am, in a 6 foot, 200 gallon stock tank, trying to file sharp edges off, when Sable comes around the corner of the shelter.
And the whinnying starts.
HAHAHAHAHA!!!
She danced and pranced and whinnied like the world was ending.
It took me a minute to realize she was giving me shit for being in the trough…like I do to her.

"Excuse me, WHAT are you doing?!?" ~Sable

“Excuse me, WHAT are you doing?!?”
~Sable

Now, I’m trying to finish up while she’s standing over me, giving me trouble for doing what she’s not allowed to do…

She had her chin on my back...this was all I could see, looking up.

She had her chin on my back…this was all I could see, looking up.

And then…Ms ImaBigMamaSuck tries to climb *into* the trough with me! Surprisingly, I wasn’t having any of that. LOL!

"Mean. You are mean to me Mama. ~Sable

“Mean. You are mean to me Mama.
~Sable

Finally, I was able to get the trough fixed enough that Sable *shouldn’t* hurt herself on it…no guarantees.
It’s been several weeks though.
So far, so good.
😉

Edited to add:
Forgot to show you the fixed hole…

It's about 8 inches long, and a 1/3 of the way up the side. *sigh*

It’s about 8 inches long, and a 1/3 of the way up the side. *sigh*