It's that time of year when the horses are absolute GOOBERS as they start getting out on the grass. Enjoy some silly videos of their shenanigans this week! It's been raining for the last two days but today is supposed to be nice again, so hopefully they'll be back at it this weekend 😆
Thursday, April 8, 2021
|I know the ship is free now but I'm still laughing at the memes okay.|
|Stock photo from the Thinline website.|
More like wearing a glove than a muzzle!
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|Cinna wearing it in 2019|
|A few weeks later, still going well|
|Ruby being introduced to it in 2020 and being decidedly NOT IMPRESSED|
|DECEIVING STOCK PHOTO UGH.|
I cannot express how much I love these muzzles though! They definitely slow down consumption, but without making their face hot and sweaty (another problem I had with the black webbed ones). Ruby definitely came into fall in much better shape weight-wise last year wearing one, and same with Cinna. Aside from one small rub on her nose last year from a zip tie on Ruby's, I haven't had any other issues with rubbing (and I bought a new style of halter this year to try setting it up differently). They've both popped a zip tie here or there rubbing their face, but it was easy to just grab a new one and replace it. My biggest issue was actually them ditching the entire halter (THANKS SCISSOR SNAPS) but putting the fly mask on over the top seemed to nip that in the bud, and this year the halters have normal snaps so fingers crossed! I noticed both girls managed to enlarge the hole a little over time, but not to a point where I was concerned about their consumption. When they get dirty, you can just dunk the whole thing in a bucket and they dry really quickly! Cinna did finally rip her entire muzzle in half at the end of last summer, but the grass was pretty dead by then so I wasn't too fussed -- if I can get two years out of each one, it's definitely worth the investment! Even if I can only get a single year out of it, as long as I can keep restocking in Thinline's 40% off sale :) I have shared a few sales on this style on my personal FB page, and continue to recommend them to anyone who asks me about muzzles. I love them!
|Fitting her new one this year.|
|"Thanks, I hate it"|
|I got Ruby one of those halters with the fleece sections to hopefully prevent any rubs.|
(I mostly just wanted a photo of it all clean and new before she covered it with dirt and grass lol)
Color Options: N/A (although wouldn't it be fun if they came in crazy colors that were easy to find in the field? haha)
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Oh good, we're back to inserting photos out of order again. Godammit blogger, we were on a roll! Anyway, enjoy some photos of the landscaping projects we worked on over the weekend!
|Horses are starting their annual time out on the grass, beginning with an hour and working their way up to full overnight turnout.|
|The gate for the backyard finally came in so we got that installed.|
|If the fence wasn't blocking them I feel like this could be their noodle album cover, lol.|
|DH got to take his fancy new mower for a spin! He is literally obsessed. It's hysterical. I'm equally as excited because now I don't have to mow grass, so win-win.|
|He built me a little brick raised bed in front of the barn. I planted stargazer and calla lily bulbs, and I am going to get a trellis for some climbing flowering vines I grew from seeds this year (cardinal vine and hyacinth bean vine).|
|Got all three of my hanging baskets up on the porch (inchplants on the outside one, calibrachoa in the center) and then my plant stand has bleeding heart, snapdragons, pansies, and more calibrachoa).|
|The brick beds along the walkway have hostas and day lilies in them.|
|My orchids are blooming like crazy too!|
|Four of them are in full bloom, and one that I bought in bloom last summer has a new spike with buds developing!|
|This cherry tree is the only one of.... 6? 7? trees that we planted last year that survived..... soo.... that sucks. Also, DH is VERY INVESTED in keeping it alive and hung deer off on it like a christmas tree, haha.|
|but its blooming!|
|Salvia in the pot by the garage, because the hummingbirds LOVED it last year.|
|And I dug another tub out of one of our sheds for these columbines.|
|DH and the neighbor collaborated to rip out the barbed wire fence on the property line and replace it with 13 arborvitae. Fingers crossed they grow big and strong for a nice privacy barrier :)|
|I didn't take an updated photo, but we ended up having to cover the edges of that mulch with old pavers from the driveway to the trailer so the MFing chickens would stop throwing the mulch everywhere. I hate chickens.|
|One of my inchplants from inside. It was V V HAPPY indoors, I hope it is equally happy outside, because it was taking up too much space lol.|
|Another one from inside -- not quite as prolific as the other one but hopefully it catches up.|
|This planter got more calibrachoa and lobelia again, since that did so well last year. But I learned my lesson and planted far less of them, since they spread and spill haha.|
|Added some hyacinth to my tulips down in the flag flower bed. They smell so good!|
|We had a bee friend too, haha.|
It's so funny to me because the first 10 years we were here I didn't really care about planting anything, and now it consumes a not-insignificant part of my spring! But that's okay, the difference is really night and day and I LOVE how our place is looking <3
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I roached manes Sunday afternoon. I don't think they've been done since last May, when I roached the girls at the beginning of the month to prep for that photoshoot. If it were a "normal" year where we were out and about more or god forbid, showing (HAHAHA), I would have done a lot more trimming throughout the year to keep them at an optimum length, but I sort of opted for benign neglect last year and it was fine. But I was finally tired of not having bridle paths and having to look at them, so off the hair went!
|Started with Cinna.|
|She was upset about Jack calling to her so she had balled up and gotten as tall as possible, so DH was helping, ha.|
|Ruby is old hat at this by now.|
|First DH tried to just cut out the dreadlocks and leave his mane short.|
|He ended up looking like a kid with the worst bowl cut imaginable, so off the rest came.|
|DH isn't thrilled with the look but I reminded him by next spring it will probably be grown out to the length he was aiming for anyway. It's hair. It grows. Don't sweat it.|
|The birds were REALLY HAPPY with the hair scraps I tossed outside for them to build their nests!|
|You got to see better photos of Ruby and Trigger's new 'dos in yesterday's post, so here is a screenshot of Cinna rocking her roach :)|
Monday, April 5, 2021
Whew, so much horse time over the last week! I am loving it. Spring is finally here to stay (I hope!), and with that comes a lot of time spent outdoors cleaning up around the proprety and planting and all that jazz -- I'll probably catch you up on that later this week (cause we did A LOT OF PLANTING this weekend), but since this is first and foremost a horse blog, let's talk about the horse time!
Thursday night, I looked at the weather forecast and it was BEAAAAAAAUTIFUL and I got a bad case of spring fever. So I texted my friend and asked if I could borrow her kid for a trail ride Friday afternoon if I could get a few hours off work -- schools were out for Good Friday, and we kept talking about hauling out together but hadn't manage to match schedules yet. Her mom works with DH in a no service/no cell phone sort of job so I wanted to secure permission beforehand, just in case ;) I had to wait until Friday morning to confirm with my boss and then text kiddo, and as expected, she was game!
|Oh hey, blogger randomly cooperated and inserted photos in the right order?|
|Favorite kiddo snap-chatting her friends from the parking lot lol.|
|It's literally just miles of this. Flat. Boring. Quiet. It's a good starter trail though.|
|Oh hey, my favorite bridge!|
|We did about 6 miles in 2 hours, with some nice bouts of trotting and cantering!|
"Okay fine I guess"
|She was getting a little sore so she wanted to sit on something softer for a minute, haha.|
|LONGBOI out and about doing longboi things.|
|Need to have the trailer acid washed again, it's getting dingy. Sigh. It's always something!|
It was a whirlwind trip but such a fun excursion with some much-needed sunshine and laughter and slow miles. Saturday was equally as lovely, but devoted to farm chores and spring maintenance, as was Sunday morning, but I did convince DH to sneak away for another short ride Sunday afternoon.
|A little different view than the photos from Friday's ride, haha #shorthairdontcare|
|I wanted a lowkey excursion to see how Trigger was feeling, since this was his first ride out since #hoofgate. Even though he usually tolerates the very fine gravel on the Katy without issue, we went ahead and used his hoof boots just to be extra safe. He practically knocked me down trying to climb on the trailer at the house and then was raring to go once we arrived (which for him means offering up his western jog instead of plodding along like a half dead packer).|
|Me: excited to be out!|
DH: tolerating my enthusiasm, haha
|Yes I know it's weird he rides in shorts, but he is a grown up who dresses himself so I remind myself it's not my problem.|
|Stopping for snackies.|
|These signs make me giggle.|
We only did about 1.5 hours/4 miles, pretty much exclusively at the walk, because I didn't want to overtax Trigger. But he was just as peppy when we returned to the trailer, and he didn't take an off step. I'll probably continue to baby that hoof a bit and keep him in boots any time we go out, but it's nice to know that he's feeling good and mostly recovered from his gaping hoof hole :) I'll feel better when the resected area grows all the way out and the hoof looks "normal" again, but clearly he feels great regardless of my feelings on the matter, haha.