I decided to do a journal of the ups and downs of owning two colt foals, with not that much experience.
We shall start with today.
Woke up at 6am and went out to give them their hay, I was treated to my first whinnies today which was so sweet, so barged into the stable as it was raining really heavily outside and iim making sure that I am the boss. Munching sounds begin and I start mucking out one part of the stable, that done I refill the water and go prepare the hard feed, soaking it and putting some apples and carrots in it (chopped up) more whinies and barging this time, I wait outside for them to calm down as they now know unless the look uninterested in the food they wont be getting any so they take up their positions and I bring buckets in and slurping and munching and feet stamping begin, it takes ages for them to eat a single scoop of this mush but they adore it, back to the house to feed the dog, cat and try and get partner out of bed, (by far the most difficult task all day he usually ends up late for work)
Drop him to work late as usual and go back and introduce a rug to the mix for the foals, not impressed!!!!!! Haltered bailey and brushed him down while a cheeky archie actually decided he would be brave today and go sniff the rug, I have never seen a horse stretch out so far in case the rug decided to eat him,, haha, I couldnt stop laughing, brushed bailey until he resembled a horse again and not some pile of muck and lead him around and backed him up and stopped and turned and picked up feet, he is doing so good with all this but he has his good days and his bad days.
Archie is still not great with the halter so I left it off today and just brushed down his back he touched a little when I started but soon realised it was lovely to be scratched where he couldnt reach. I use approach and retreat with him as he is not the bravest horse. I can rub his face now too which is a new development when he has no halter on, so im so excited about this.
Mucked out the other side of the stable and ensured no one was going into my space, it works most times, and brought out some apples and carrots and fed by hand., (thiis is where bailey really gets stroppy so I did the same method as food and he soon got the picture and waited for his paitently, rubbed archie again and he will only take his carrots if I pop them into his mouth because he is too small to reach over the stable door. He has great maners with food.
Now im sitting down and feeding myself and will clean the house and do some bits and bobs, then go pick up partner from work and cook dinner and feed again and muck out and groom again and it all starts again.
Tomorrow I will finally be turning out if my friends come over. Can't wait to see them run around and have some fun.
And some picks of this morning
Archie excited about hay
Bailey showing patience for feed