Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A Day In Beautiful's Life
I'm glad I caught this image this morning because it's the one I see every day when I feed. Beautiful has developed this funny habit of rearing up so that she can see over the divider where I'm usually divvying up the hay into the wheel barrow. I'll see her head peek up over, with her mane flying in the air, several times before I get to her.
Here are some pictures of her as I pulled up to the barn and said hello.
This was my day yesterday with Beautiful:
1. Groom her and try to get the mud she somehow found off her coat. Some horses try really hard to stay clean--I have white horses that are still white, for instance. Beautiful, on the other hand, is one of those horses who TRIES to be dirty.
2. Worm her for tapeworms. Beautiful eats and eats, yet doesn't get fat like the others. She eats more and weighs less--what's up with that? Is she a "hard-keeper?" When I went out this morning to rummage through her manure--I couldn't find a sign of a worm! I guess I should just be happy that's she's full of energy and accept the fact that she may always be lean of build--or maybe a late-bloomer.
3. Clean Beautiful's Stall.
Here's Beautiful's day yesterday--
1. After I'm groomed I will go roll in whatever dirty spot I can find.
2. Eat and eat and eat and eat--but keep my girlish figure.
3. Mess up my stall so that I can keep my owner busy.
4. Rear up several times per day to challenge the pony and let everyone know I'm BORED.
5. Rip off gutters (if owner is foolish enough to put them back up), chew my wood door down a few inches, pull out plug in waterer.
6. Play with the barn cats--pretend I'm going to stomp on them and chase them out of my run, then sniff them through the bars.
7. Sleep a little here and there.
She was funny yesterday. When she saw me come with the halter, she ran away and snorted like she was going to make me catch her. Then, she got to the end of her run and started thinking and ran back to me. It's like she remembered, oh yeah, I'm bored and I like visits from her--why am I running away?!? She seemed all too eager to be groomed and petted after that.