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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6 Days…

When I realized it had been 6 days since my last post, I started singing “6 Days on the Road”…the Sawyer Brown version, just because it’s fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me catch you up on what’s been going on around here…

Mostly it’s been yard work…still cutting and putting up small bales of hay. I’m getting a cute little pile in the garage. Like I’ve said before, it’s not much, but sometimes, all you need is a little bit of hay to keep an equine face busy while you work with them on other things…or you just need a little hay for them to pick at while the grass grows in spring. That’s what this is for.
It’s handy to have small amounts for those times.

This past weekend it was finally dry enough to get our septic system fully repaired. Thank goodness. That was a hefty, but extremely necessary, repair. And, this should last us many many years…especially since we have a fence around the end unit to protect it so that it can’t be hit with a tractor…which is what happened to the one we had fixed *before* we bought the place. The damage was long-standing and near the frost line, so, realistically, we’re lucky we got 2 1/2 years out of it before needing to have the repairs done.

I’ve been working on edit 3 photos sessions that I need to get done.
1. The demos we watched at Cloverdale Forge.
I’ve shared a few from the set, but I still have 20 or so more to finish up.
2. Jousting. From the same day, we went from the Forge over to the Medieval festival and I have 40 or so images from the jousting to finish.
3. A portrait session I did with a friend from the Stable…this one I want to get done so bad, because the images are **gorgeous** and I can’t wait for her to see them…I gave her this as a teaser shot, but really need to sit down and get the rest done…
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And then there are the pictures of the animals here!
For example, I have the following series…animals playing in water…

Daphne goes all in savage when playing in the hose!

Daphne goes all in savage when playing in the hose!

Did you know piggies like to play in the stream fro the hose?

Did you know piggies like to play in the stream from the hose?

Nigella has a drink from the hose.

Nigella has a drink from the hose.

Washing her face a bit.

Washing her face a bit.

Rinsing out her mouth...

Rinsing out her mouth…

Just enjoying the cold water on a hot day. :)

Just enjoying the cold water on a hot day. ๐Ÿ™‚

And Ruby…

"The Hell, Dad!! Don't spray me!!"

“The Hell, Dad!! Don’t spray me!!”

Oh, I told y’all about piggies and bags?
Here’s Nigella having a munching good time:

"My bag."

“My bag.”

"Whut? Pigs like toys. This my toy."

“Whut? Pigs like toys. This my toy.”

I missed when the 3 of them each grabbed a piece and started shaking their heads side to side like dogs…oh, it was funny! lol

Another picture of Ruby. Just because she’s pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ruby Portrait
Finally, one of Sable and Ruby racing.

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Later this week, I’ll share some shots The Kid took of Astrid while I was scratching her back. Astrid really gets into the scratches and back rubs, let me tell you!
I’m also hoping to be able to share some Lawn Pony shots with y’all. When we take Cookie on another excursion into the yard, I’m going to get The Kid to photograph it..
Y’see, Ms Cookie had her very first experience coming out into the yard a couple weeks ago. It was really hard for her. Gates are terrifying, and she was sure she was going to have to go somewhere. She didn’t know where, but she was sure she was leaving. *sigh* Poor damaged horse. lol
When she finally got to go back into the pasture, she darn near lost her shit. Actually, she tried to run me over to get through the gate, which led to a lesson in manners and how to *politely* return to the pasture.
Finally, she figured it out, listen to Mama and you’ll get back there sooner. Act like an ass, and you’re stuck outside the pasture…where something might get her and eat her or take her away. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When she finally did walk back in politely, she waited ’til the gate was closed, spun and went straight backwards until the end of the lead rope. There she half reared and honked like a goose.
I promptly died laughing at her.
She just thought I should know that yard was scary and she could have died. If I really cared about her I wouldn’t make her do that ever again, because “coulda died Mama, I could HAVE DIED!”

Recovering Lawn Pony, back in her pasture...AKA The Drama Queen.

Recovering Lawn Pony, back in her pasture…AKA The Drama Queen.

Water, Water Every Where!!

Remember I said Lake Midnight had receded?
Torrential downpours since Thursday evening have brought the Lake back. So much so that we have ducks swimming in the pasture (starts with p)…

Ducks in Lake Midnight

Ducks in Lake Midnight

At the top of the picture you’ll see 2 arrows…those are pointing to my fence posts. Just in case you didn’t believe me that those ducks were in my pasture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of my favorite pictures from this past week (week’s favorite) comes from before the rains.
You saw this one in a previous post…

Astrid ~ "Mom's here! Maybe she has treats!" Ruby ~ "Nope. She's got the beepy thing." Cookie ~ "Zzzzzzzzzz....."

Astrid ~ “Mom’s here! Maybe she has treats!”
Ruby ~ “Nope. She’s got the beepy thing.”
Cookie ~ “Zzzzzzzzzz…..”

My favorite part is this…

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I love that tummy! When she’s flat-out like that, if I talk quietly, and don’t sneak, I can come up on her back side (never, ever hoof side!) and sit beside her. When I do that, I love lying over her side and rubbing that tummy. She just sighs and goes on sleeping.
It just goes to show how far her and I have come together…when she first came home, approaching her while lying down was impossible. Now, no biggie and I can be hands on with her too. โค

With the rains, our internet was down yesterday, so I finished the preliminary run through on the Schooling Show images. From 1378 down to 238…sounds crazy, I know, but action is fast and furious, so I shoot the same and edit later. Now for a secondary edit, then fine tuning and finally, uploading to share.

I also had a chance to pick a few more shots of Astrid and Ruby playing in the previous incarnation of Lake Midnight…perfect in motion shots…

Astrid...testing the waters.

Astrid…testing the waters.

Ruby gets things started...

Ruby gets things started…

Splashing together...

Splashing together…

Astrid, getting up from trying to roll...she was so frustrated that she couldn't roll!

Astrid, getting up from trying to roll…she was so frustrated that she couldn’t roll!

Ruby tries have a drink form the splashes...

Ruby tries to have a drink from the splashes…

Astrid licks Ruby, while Ruby blows bubbles.

Astrid licks Ruby, while Ruby blows bubbles.

They’re like toddlers in a wading pool! ๐Ÿ˜€

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