Today I had a day off work, so I got to go for a ride.
We started early with Teddy, as I got impatient and decided we will just start and then we can wait for our friend
We were at their place 15 minutes early but they were almost ready too, so we headed out.
At first we had to ask one of her workers to get her newest dog back home, as she wanted to follow us. Then we happily headed out, and good 20 min walk from her house, her mother called her to say that the dog is at the neighbours. She asked us to go and get it home. But we only walk on trails, especially today when half the paths were frozen puddles and the horses actually slipped a few times..
When we were almost back at the neighbor's house, the mother called to say the dog had come home...
So we headed back out and decided to avoid the path we saw that was very icy.
But we walked a long way, and realised, it is nice that our trails are not just forest roads when the weather is nice. When the weather was as windy as today, and frozen, we get very cold when out in the open!
2 hours after I left home we arrived back at her place (after Teddy had made the funniest facial expression watching a cyclist go past us) and let the boys in the paddock, as her mother wanted to tell me about some kitchenware that she is selling now, and invited me for tea. So the boys got to hang out - it is no problem for Teddy, and his buddy got some quality mental stimulation time - as he is alone with about a 100 goats and 2 bulls, and chicken, ducks and a few dogs and cats.
They started munching on the same bit of hay at first, and after about 30 minutes we got a call from the grandma saying that the boys are fighting
When they were finally doing something more fun than eating - they were just playing pretend bites and some legs flying about. And this time it was actually Teddy's buddy who flung the hind legs first
They hung out for about an hour whilst we made mayonnaise and drank some nice tea - which was a life saver in this cold weather. It was just about -2 maybe, but with the wind chill it was quite.. not as nice as it could be.
Then I rushed home as it was soon getting dark.
Teddy was happy to be back home, Grand rushed to see us, but was nice and backed off the gate so we can get in.
They got a bit of dried bread and I headed back out at my friends place to just talk about some stuff and make a cake
For the fun of it
Also arranged that I will get a goat's skin for my cat house, to make it warmer for them, and got also a bucket of beer brewer's grain - the leftover Barley - which is high protein, high fibre. So the boys are going to get that to their daily buckets, to build more fat for winter. Should help Grand gain weight even faster, which he has started doing better since I added more sunflower meal to his bucket.
Even though I got cold, I was happy about the chance to ride the long trail today, which was even longer because of the dog
And also Teddy smelled a bucket before we left home at our friends place, and was "laughing" ALL the way home - about 15 min walk