Tuesday, June 11, 2019

One Mellow Dude


Gelding a stud colt really does mellow them out, as does releasing them with the herd.  Tumbleweed is officially one mellow dude nowadays.  Today was the first day he was released into the big pasture which, for all my other horses, has always been a bit exciting. Not Tweed. He entered through the gate slowly, and then he got down to business eating and following the rest of the herd around.  I didn’t see one burst of energy. 

It took him about a week of reprimands, but he was finally able to hook back up with Foxy. My husband was worried about him with Beautiful Girl, but I told him what she was doing was good for the boy, and to let it play out. Honestly, I thought BG was downright tame compared to how much guff she received upon her release. BG just wanted Tweed to listen to the whole herd and not be a complete mama’s boy.  It worked fabulously, and he’s a safer horse for her lessons. I owe her as much thanks as I do Foxy. Once he got the lesson, they let them back together. “Reunited, and it feels so good.”

Now, he is looked after by the whole herd. He’s quite their baby. 


When I come out to get him, he’s always so happy to see me. I think he feels a bit smothered by them all, especially those BOSSY mares!  He’s usually tucked away between them, but moves away from them whenever he sees me coming. Like, PLEASE save me!  (Giving him his supplements is also a bonus.)

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In other news, now that we’re semi-retired, my husband and I have started eating dinner earlier, when we’re most hungry.  It has made a huge difference in our quality of sleep. We eat dinner around 4 pm now. It’s not always easy, because the rest of the world eats after work, but we plan to continue it as much we can. 

The puppy, Piper, is doing great. It’s so easy to raise a puppy when you have a fenced in acreage. She still cosleeps with us, too, which helps. But as easy at it is, our schedule changed pretty drastically.  Piper needs a lot of love and attention at her delicate age. I will say, it’s fun to give it to her! We’ve had her for 11 days now, and if you count the time going to get her—2 weeks. In that time, I’ve had zero horseback rides.  But she is growing closer to the other dogs, and I do plan to get a short one in this Thursday. She’ll be all grown up soon enough. In the meantime, I can’t tell you the amount of joy she has infused into our lives.  She’s such a sweet soul. 



Life is good. 



8 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear that Tweed is settling in with the herd so well. It must be nice to be semi-retired.

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    1. It is very nice. You don’t have as much time as you think you’d have—probably because you aren’t as good at time management. Or, you take on more and do what you are doing more thoroughly.

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  2. Yay for mellowing out, Tumbleweed looks great! Your Piper sure seems like a sweetie. I would benefit from eating earlier/better/less - you name it lol! The latter part of our day seems to end up jam packed, even planned meals end up getting pushed back. It would be great to be able to enjoy a main meal mid-day, like they do in Europe. Not feasible with a full-time worker, plus commute. Wonderful that you & your hubby are on the same timeline, so ideal. It doesn't get any better then, life is good!!

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    1. Yes, life is good! About eating earlier, though, my body has changed so much in the last two years since turning 50. One of the changes was difficulty sleeping because of undigested food. So, for me, this is a change I had to make. It also happens to be when I’m hungriest—which would drive me to snack, in the past. But the difficulty sleeping is what put it on my radar.

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  3. Tumbleweed seems to be settling in well. Your little boy is growing up. It's nice that he comes to you when he sees you, that's sweet. You're probably his safety net.

    Piper is adorable and looks like a sweetheart. Puppies are always so loving and cuddly. It's nice that you are able to be home more and eat earlier etc. While it's still light out longer into the night you could get a lot more done after dinner. I need to do that so I could work the calories off!

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    1. Realizing that I can do something after dinner took a bit. You get habits going and one for us is that we rest after dinner. Lately, though, I’ve been heading out to do projects.

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  4. Happy to hear that Tumbleweed is doing so well in the herd! Love a harmonious herd.
    I'm with you on the not eating late thing. I decided this morning that I wasn't going to eat late anymore because it just makes me feel miserable. And Ted doesn't have a problem with not having a regular supper hour so I think it is going to work. I'm most hungry in the early afternoon.

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    1. Tumbleweed is a different horse. So. Laid. Back! He is in my pocket, too. The transformation is crazy.

      I’m most hungry early afternoon, too. If I eat late, I have a horrible night’s sleep. It’s awful, because most people eat late. Even 5 is too late for me! I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to arrange my life so that I’m not being rude socially, but still honoring my body’s demands. I’m glad it’s working out for you and Ted to do it. You sound just like me!

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