Yeah, Lenys is a cutie pie - he has the face of a pony foal, not of an adult horse, which he actually is. :)
This is our newest achievement! I had been doing various stretching exercises with the thought of proceeding to the bow at some point (not actually training to bow yet), but one day, when I was sitting by his legs, Snickers simply bowed all by himself! I know is sounds strange, but something made him think it would be a good idea, apparently. :) This is how he does it when I offer it now - still could get a bit more elegant, but it's just the third time he did it, besides - completely at liberty!
Guess what! Last Saturday it was Snickers' birthday and he is now 7 years old! Of course, he had a proper birthday party.
A cake is crutial in a proper birthday party, so I made one - I ground some beets, kohlrabi and carrots, pressed them together in a plastic box and then piled them out, looking just like a neat cake, and decorated the result with oats, turmeric and baby carrots. :)
Snickers enjoyed the cake a lot.
Yet he didn't mind to share it with his friends!
His friends took a little too much of liking in the cake.
A kiss from my extremely rare Latvian Snowroll Appaloosa? (Note - the rope around his face is unintentional, it just hanged over it for a moment after a good roll. :) )
Snickers would like to say thanks to all his guests, but Bow, Try 1, went a liiiitle over the top:
Try Two. There we go, now this looks much more refined, doesn't it? (Compare it to one of our first bows just five days prior to this and no training for a better bow inbetween - just give them time and they figure it out. :) )
Becoming a 7yo was so much fun that Snickers is considering doing it again next year! :)
HAPPY 7th BIRTHDAY, SNICKERS!!! Looks like you had the best party ever! (I see I'm not the only one who makes carrot cakes served on bucket lids!) Wonderful photos, Saranda - just love each and every one :)
It's been a while since the last photos, and a lot has happened since then. We moved to a new barn on the last day of March. I had to move, but at first I was s suspicious, if everything will be fine in the new place. Time has passed and now I'm completely reassured - Snickers is feeling as good as ever, we now have an indoor arena and a much larger outdoor than we had, the trails are better than I expected, the people are nice, the herd is healthy and happy, too, and Snicker transitioned in it very smoothly - with only a single bitemark on his flank! I haven't uploaded any pictures from the moving day itself yet, but frankly, there's not much to see - we moved when it was already getting dark and it was raining, so the pictures are very foggy. But here's something of the spring that has finally reached our side of the world, already a couple of weeks in Snickers' new home:
Playing around in photo edition -
Spring floods are starting, and many fields have now turned into marshlands. This was taken on my way to the barn:
Still quite far from the barn, but experimenting with the zoom function of my camera. Caught Snickers sleeping. (those little posts are outside the fencing of the winter field.
A couple of random horses from the herd:
Snickers and his buddies, who moved along with him from the previous barn:
Finally, the barn. It might not be fancy and lots of work still has to be put in it, but it is functional and horses feel well in it.
Snickers' stall. The day I took the picture he ripped open his window, but it has been repaired now. It's a traditional 3x4m size.