Today I went out and worked with the horses, fed them and cleaned up the barn. Then after that I decided I would go back into the house, get the camera and take some pictures.
Right now the farm is absolutely disgusting looking. Since all of that dreaded snow and ice is melting, it just makes our whole farm a swamp. The middle of our yard and the horse's paddock and pasture contain most of the water. Usually in late spring our pastures are looking quite beautiful, so don't let these pictures let you think we keep our horse's in muck 24/7.
(First 5 pictures) First off, the pasture. It just looks like a swamp of poo and dirt. It always gets like that at this time. You can actually see some of the trails of poo that the horses left when they kept walking from the barn to the hay bale we had out when the snow was still composed. It's real yucky now, but the grass grows real nice in the summer with all of that fertilizer, and we will also be making them another pasture so we can start rotating and separating them.
(Next 2 pictures) I cleaned up the half of the barn that we use for all of the tack. Well, at least most of the tack. We have our good saddle and saddle pads in the garage. The saddle we have in here is the one that doesn't fit our horses. We put our large square bale on the right side of our barn, sitting them on some old tires so it doesn't have to be on the ground. I fed the reminents of the bale to the horses. (I actually tied Sadie up and let her go at it.) I fed the bigger chunks to Moe and put them in the feeder thing. I separated all of the bridles, leadropes, halters etc. to which horse they go to. On the far right is Moe's Lounge line, rope halter and leadrope, his fly mask, bridle, clip-on reins and his trail necklace. The middle hanger has Sadie's bridle, clip-on reins, grazing muzzle, fly mask, and the rope halter and leadrope. Covered with the green bag is the old saddle and our bareback pad, which you can't real see. Then I have my extra stuff, a fly mask, leadrope, lounge line, part of a saddle, a spare heastall and bit, extra reins and the old reins from the other bridles. I have both my whips, Moe's is marked with a blue piece of tape, Sadie's has a red piece closer to the handle. (After I cleaned this up I realized that I had enough stuff that I could pretty much accomodate an extra horse, but that's not going to happen.)
(Next 8 pictures) Just random pictures of Sadie and Moe. The actually stopped eating for once! Plus some pictures of Sadie's mane now that I took out the ghastly braid. It looks quite nice curly. ^^ Sadie's mane is naturally straight, so it's cool to see it differently.
(Next 6 pictues) The dogs running around in their yard. Jasmine, black and white Border Collie, Jelly, the short orange dog WITH the tail (Border Collie, Pembroke Welsh Corgi mix.) Maxwell, the red merle Border Collie. Then our big rescue farm dog, Buddy, the Newfie Golden Retriever mix.
(Next 1 picture) The area we plan on using for our new pasture. It's in a green/brown ugly state at the moment
(Last picture) A sculpture of a horse I'm working on. It only has three legs so far.. It looks sort of wierd but you can get the general idea.
I love appys and paints, too. I was lucky to get Moe as my first horse, but I told my mother that being a pretty was a requirement for her horse. It seemed to work out pretty well. ^^ I've been tempted to steal some of the POAs, Paints, and Appaloosas at some of the farms I've been to. Moe is actually an overgrown Pony of the Americas (POA). Pretty much an appaloosa. But we got him from a breeder that lives down the road and has a trillion spotted horses. ^^ Then my trainer has a butload of paints and a couple of appys.
I would just load a couple of them up in my trailer and hope that they'd be like zebras and blend together. XD
Oh why you have to show us that!? Just makes me think of what I get to deal with in the spring lmao though we got 2 feet of snow to go through before the mudd shows itself. And of course our pasture is in the lowest spot on the property so ya - it's going to be lovely!
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly." www.wildestheartart.com
The place where I am keeping Rodeo is pretty muddy as well!!! Luckily, with the sun being out the past 2-3 days a lot of it dried up, but its raining again tonight, so who knows how it will be in the morning!! Hope your pastures dry up soon :) Dogs and horses are really cute!!