Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Desert side of Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Pasture Management Pretty Involved
Wow! Had not realized quite how much work I was getting into with my impulsive purchase of these equines, as see that from the Katy articles a dry lot without any weeds is needed. I'll be out there this afternoon with my hoe chopping away at those big huge weeds that are growing along the sides of my "dry lot", as they grow healthy due to watering of the landscaping and pastures alongside our corral, plus all that nice manure they have. I'll have sore shoulders tomorrow.
Have already called the vet and have them coming to give me a blood work-up on the Little Horse. Turns out that at 4H last night (5 little girls in our new club, very cute) we learned will need to bring the horses to the meeting next week. After hearing that (such trouble getting out, hooking up and parking that big stock trailer back in its tiny narrow slot) and then that leader was planning for us to go to two fairs at the end of next summer, I told her was way more than I was intending and tried to back out, but she convinced me that it would be well worth our time (the little girl I took knew 2 from school who were there so she was having a good time) and I realize it will help get the pony ready for riding, should my own grand-daughter be more interested in this activity someday (she's stayed away totally since I got her bucked off the mule). This 4H will be a good way for us to know that the pony is safe for the grand-daughter, so I'm gonna do it. Sure is time intensive, this new hobby!
Anyway, that was prep for saying that the vet needed to come anyway before I take the LH out, since the previous owner did not believe in vaccinations and I want to have those done. They said they could do blood work, although since LH (12 yo) and Molly Mule (20 yo) both gallop out and race around when loosed from the dry lot, seems that there feet must feel pretty good.
Just talked to the feed store owner (was asking about enclosed stirrups, due to my great fear of feet getting caught, but he convinced me that 11 year old won't need them) and he again told me didn't think a few hours a day in our area would hurt them to be out. As the Katy article noted, is harder for the owners to put them up than on the horses, which is so true. Makes me feel so good to see them enjoy the freedom for a few hours. Gorgeous sunny day, so will risk it!