I've never seen Beautiful from this view before--the back patio--just beyond the trampoline there.
I've waited a year to release her with the herd, but the first day out, I thought it best to give her a lesson on electric fence. I walked her on a lunge line twice around the dry lot turnout. The first thing she did was put the white electric tape in her mouth!
What a shock that was. She jumped back a few steps and looked at me, then looked at the fence, then looked at me as if asking what it was.
We walked the rest of the fence to the other side, and there she decided to taste the white tape again. However, it didn't shock her because, unknown to me at the time, that side of the fence was off.
I told Shiloh to run and turn it on, which she did, and then Beautiful returned yet again to taste it, and you can guess what happened. That was the last time she tried it out.
I have to say, besides eating the electric fence, Beautiful did awesome on her first day out. Some horses get really upset when they first get shocked--especially in the mouth--and they look for the first horse or person to kick not knowing what did it to them! Beautiful, however, just backed up a few steps and REALLY thought about it. That tells me she's smart. She looked to me for support as well--a sign that she trusts me.
I was also curious about her ability to read other horses--but she had a healthy fear and respect for her elders--which will serve her well when she is released with them. (More on that tomorrow.)
The same day I released her, yesterday, I got this in the mail--my letter of approval from the BLM.
And, Certificate of Title.
Back out in the pasture, Beautiful was eager to get into the one open stall--her stall--that had dinner in the manger.
However, the other horses were in their stalls--and Cowgirl wasn't as interested in eating as she was in establishing her dominance over poor Beautiful Girl.
She got bit in the butt--and off she ran--it took her three hours and the removal of Cowgirl, for her to enter her stall again.
At which point, we closed her run from the turnout and let her rest for the night. This morning, at breakfast, we opened it up again, and tomorrow we're going to release the alpha male, Shadow, into the turnout with her.
Here is the pasture grass we have coming up now. By next year, with all the seed, fertilizer and irrigation we should have some lush grass.
This is what the weed looked like after it was sprayed.
And this is a bare spot that needs reseeding in Fall.
Here is one of the pasture sprinklers. We have several in the front and back that we move throughout the day and we have on an automatic system at night.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Don't Eat Electric Fence
That is the lesson Beautiful learned when she decided to taste the electric fence not once, but twice, on her first day ever out in the pasture.