Happy Easter

Somewhere in our travels, we found a bunny ear headband.
Around here, things like that are meant to be worn by horses.
I know most people buy them to put on their kids…heh, not me. Unless you count the horses (and Daphne) as my kids. Some (most) days I feel like they’re my over sized toddlers. LOL!
I’m going to use my Easter photos for this week’s Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills.

Starts with O

I was going to make oatmeal/banana cookies yesterday, and then photograph Cookie attempting to eat them…well, we got back from the Stable later than I anticipated last night. After chores and supper, I wasn’t feeling like baking…
Today though. I hope. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Instead for O, we have this:

Oh my, Puppy!!

She was not a happy puppy about this Easter ears thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Week’s Favorite

Sable EasterPony

She was so happy to wear the ears.
At one point, The Kid took them off of her to put on Astrid, and she pouted until Kid put them back on her…

Once again, Astrid felt this wasn’t as fun as she thought it would be…silly Girl!

Blossom

We have nothing blooming here yet, so we’ll go with this…
I am so happy with how this horse has blossomed in her time with me. She’s gone from a shut-down introverted horse to a happy sassy mare who seems to love her life here…and will wear just about anything I ask her to:

Cookie EasterPony

Happy Easter!

Measure

“Intense love does not measure,
It just gives.”
~Mother Teresa

โค Ruby โค

Getting Ruby set up for her black background portrait.
She was 100% convinced that this was too hard for her to do, even though it was inside her own shelter.
Here she gets some comfort from her Human…breathing in his scent for as long as she needed so she had the confidence to do hard things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

An example of the finished portrait…

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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 2nd

Well, we still have water.
But it’s going down fast. Thank goodness!
The wind is helping, and we’ve had some wonderful warm weather.
I’m even seeing wee bits of green shoots of grass starting.
The hennys have finally decided that coming out of the coop for longer periods of time is a grand plan. They found a 1/4 of a medium square straw bale we had given them in the fall…now they are having fun ripping it apart and eating what bits of wheat they can find in it.

It’s so nice to see happy birds, and happy horses…though the Girls are frustrated that the grass isn’t long enough to eat yet. They are so tired of hay. Their bodies are crying out for new grass, much like we humans are craving green salads and fresh veggies.
I tell them it’s coming soon, but I’m not sure they believe me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Starts with M

My Girl…
My dirty, dirty Girl…

Having a shake after a roll on the last of the snow…

There’s almost no snow now, so any bit they find, they roll and roll and roll and roll on, trying to scrub out the winter coat.

Week’s Favorite

Silhouette!!
From yesterday at the Stable…I love silhouette days, and the Running of the Horses is an awesome time to practice getting those action/silhouette shots.

Coming in for dinner…

Water

Oh, poor Bella WaterHorse…

She loves to play in water, but not freezing cold-just-melted-from-being-ice water. Nope, our Girl loves sun warmed water to play in. โค

“Uh, Kid? Could ya come help me out here?”

She stood there for a good 5 minutes, until The Kid went out an led her to dry land. It’s not that she couldn’t get there herself, she was just feeling sucky…and well, there was a big stick that might have been a killer water snake that might have gotten her…for the record, we have no killer water snakes around here. LOL!!
But, once she realized it was a stick, she tried to pick it up to take to The Kid…
Silly horse!

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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