Pleasantly Surprised

This Girl has been an amazing doll lately…

Do you see what’s different on her?
No halter…
She’s been very, very good about it coming off and going back on as needed. Nothing at all like she had been for the first 2 years here.
So, after she broke her break away (it did exactly as it was supposed to do) we left her naked. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yesterday, I did something with her I have never been able to do.
As she lay in the grass, I was able to approach her, and rub her back.
Normally, I get to give her a scratch or two and she gets up.
Not this time.
All over scratches and back rub.
I was quite pleased.

And then, our poor tired Girl decided to lay flat out for a snoring good nap…


As she was enjoying her nap, Sable coughed and scared her…

Here’s Ruby’s suprised face.
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Friday’s Hunt April 9th

I made it!!
Article submitted, images for today’s post, and now, I have a wee bit of breathing room before I start editing some super ultra gorgeous shots I took over the weekend.

That means bbq, and some home made wine. Sounds like a darn fine plan before the new week begins…

Starts with N

Ghost

This numbskull came home with a helluva injury this past week.
He’s been on antibiotics and pain meds, plus I’m having to clean his wound several times a day. He’ll heal up just fine though. He’s a tough boy, my Ghost is.
Dang TomCat hormones…I’m tired of patching this guy up, I tell ya! So, he’s got a date to get neutered.
That should take the fight out of him…
And when he goes, Mr. TroubleCat will go too.
That way, everyone who is still here will be fixed.
Hopefully, no more will show up. :/

Week’s Favorite

Not the greatest technically, but, I love, love, love her enthusiasm here….

Sable

The water is almost all soaked in, and the Girls were ripping it up something fierce. I just happened to step outside with the camera and she popped her head over the gate to say hi!

Blue

I make wine.
After 14 years of not drinking, we moved to a farm, and we started drinking again. It’s nice, every now and then, to sit on the deck and have a drink.
And, I have come to enjoy creating my own wines. Eventually, I hope to have a grand little fruit patch to make wines from.

Hand in hand with that, goes the need for bottles.
Well, we have a good friend (actually, we have a few friends who do) who saves her empty bottles for us and she’s given me some really pretty ones…

Nancy is helping me…

And colours!
These are the prettiest shades of blue. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Radio Silence

Sorry for the silence folks.
It’s been a wee bit busy here. Spring has sprung, the water is receding, we’re making building plans for an expanded henny coop, a turkey house and hopefully a second pig yard.
The Kid finished her drama production that had us busy 5 nights a week ’til 8pm…yeah we go to bed at 8:30 normally, so it was a tough couple of weeks.
But now, she’s started Driver’s Ed.
Whew. Hard to believe she’s old enough to drive…

Horses are good. Muddy, stinky, happy for sunshine.
I’ve had my 2nd article published at Homestead.org, about our experiences finding like-minded others, and am writing my 3rd. That’s my main reason for silence…deadline.
Today, though, I have a few sleepy in the sunshine images of the horses for you…then I’ll be back later on this weekend, after my latest article is submitted, for my Friday’s Hunt post.
Bear with me folks, I’m not ignoring you…I gotta make the money too, y’know?

The look I get when I wake Astrid from a snoring sleep…

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My Old Lady snuggling with Sable…but you didn’t see that, because she’s not the snuggly type. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And a muddy, stinky Palomino has a roll…

Water, Wind, Rain

Title says it all. This week has been water in the pasture as the melt begins, wind like mad (which is actually a good thing…helps the water go away faster), and last night, torrential rains.
The good thing is that the temperature stayed above 0*C.
So the Girls were wet, but not cold.

Oh, but the crankiness.
Oh.
My.
Gosh.

With wind coming up from the south, they were on the north side of the garage/shelter this morning, waiting for hay. I knew the second I threw the first flake down that I was going to need another for Sable. The other 3 just shoved her right out.
No surprise, that’s how they are.
If I don’t make extra piles in extra places, my poor Bella would go without.
And I ain’t having that.

So, I made extra piles for everyone, and that should have alleviated any issues. Except for the fact that my dear Paint had her tail in a knot and felt like she should take it out on Sable…while I was in the way. Suffice it to say, this did not go as Cookie planned. She figured she’d clean house, push Bella out and have the food all to herself.
Instead, what she got was my gloves upside the head (because there are no frozen shit balls any more), popped on the muzzle (first time I have ever had to do that…stopped her in her tracks and made her *think*, let me tell you!) and a reminder on what good equine manners look like.
Grumpy old cow.

And that’s the thing.
I know it’s just plain grumpiness from weather, but still…
Poor manners are not allowed.
Especially when it means she tries to chase the Palomino over top of me. ๐Ÿ˜ก
And yes, Sable got a reminder of manners too…because I don’t care if the miserable Paint is coming at you, you DO NOT go over top the human to get away. Period.
Sometimes the problem is just that Sable is over reactive to the small intimidations the others throw at her. That’s her lack of confidence showing. She is 1000% better than she was, but, as an Omega, she still has moments where she panics and reacts, instead of thinking and remembering the smaller being next to her.
Sucks when I have to spank my Old Ladies, but that expectation ofย  consistent manners is for everyone’s benefit.

When I say we have water, here’s what I mean:

Splashing in the puddle…

This is when the Lake just started coming back, over the weekend.

From Monday…you can see some of the geese behind Astrid.
We have had many, many, many, many geese here.
They are noisy.
The Girls don’t like that many geese making noise all at once.
Cranky 1200(ish)lb sleep deprived toddlers.

From last night…

Shortly after this shot, the skies opened up and the rains poured down upon us.

Before anyone worries…
They do have dry spaces to be. Where they eat is dry, and half of the side pasture is dry. They can lie out flat, they can run and play.
They just don’t have the whole pasture…unless they go through some really cold water. ๐Ÿ˜‰
We’re just waiting for the frost in the ground to let go, and then this will be gone. Should be a month, tops.
I’m keeping feet clean the best I can, and so far (knock on wood) everyone is just fine.
Aside from the crankies.
But we have a forecast calling for sunshine for the next few days.
Sunshine is good.
Sunshine always helps their moods.
Mine too.
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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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Rock.
Star.

She is absolutely perfect.

Chiaroscuro

This…

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No words…just is.
Perfection.
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