Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mud, Mud, Mud

Reflection in the Bog



It's 44 degrees and muddy, but the snow is melting. Right now, Beautiful's turn out is a lake--a swamp--a bog--a mess.

She's muddy, as you can see. Some of the mud has dried on to where it's hard to get it off with a curry brush.




My farrier came by today to do Red and Cowboy's feet. He stopped in to say "hi" to Beautiful since she'll be due for a trim the next time he comes around. He told me she looks like "horse" now. I take that as a compliment. I replied that I think she's going to be a very beautiful horse, indeed.

The good thing about having a lake in your turnout is that it does prepare your horse for water crossings. Or at least, I hope so.



Here she's feeling good and came running at me and reared up. I was on the other side of the fence and she was trying to get my attention away from Jasmine the pony.


Another thing of interest. I introduced her to Cowboy today through the fence and she turned her hind to him like she is in heat. Hmmmm...anyone have mares in heat right now? I suppose the change in weather could have triggered her.

Here is my 12 year old dog, Elsa. She's a sweetie. Just relaxing in the little bit of sun we had today.


If I have any favorite bird it is definitely Candian Geese. Today there were maybe 100 of them circling around our house because the neighbor's field has turned into a real pond. I ran to get my camera, but I was too late for the picture. I am, however, going to be ready the next time they come. That is a shot I really, really want.

20 comments:

  1. I'm so amazed at all the water. It doesn't even look like your place. Our little valley was warm again today with a few sprinkles...no mud at all. Looks like Spring is just around the corner. *big smiley face*

    I got Coleman's BB schedule today in the mail and we'll try and make it to some games.

    Take care. Spring's a-comin'....

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  2. If we were 44--you must have been 50's down there. We do have a lot of mud right now, but the fact that it's melting means Spring. The horses are happy with the sunshine and warmer weather--and maybe they'll start eating less!

    Hope you can make it to some games!

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  3. Wow, it really is a bog! Do the horses mind the mud and water, or do they take it in stride? Beautiful seems happy out there, great shot of her rearing up for your attention, too.

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  4. They're pretty happy, actually. Mud doesn't bother horses nearly as much as it does us. They get grumpy in the cold, but this warm weather seems to really make them happy and feisty! The stalls are a dry place for them to hang-out, and I've noticed they've been in the stalls a lot lately.

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  5. Linda, Our mares have been cycling for a month. It is a mess here too. We may have found shavings by the truckload. Bob is trying to get ahold of the guy. Will let you know when we do. Its either that or a load of straw. When can we get together to swap books?

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  6. Please let me know when you get the shavings. I've been buying them by the bag for way too long. Can you get together tomorrow morning at Starbucks to swap books?

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  7. Ya, my mares to, it means spring is comeing!!!!!!!!

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  8. Yes, I love Spring! It was actually quite cute with her and Cowboy today. She stood straight up and arched her neck--it was so sweet. But eventually she did the mare thing--squeal and stomp the ground--and Cowboy had enough and turned away to eat hay off the ground. I used to be geldings only--but now I have 4 mares. What got into me?!?

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  9. Your lil' mare Beautiful is really a cutie isn't she?!? I don't know where you live, but I used to live in the Willamette Valley, and so glad I live on the way east side of Oregon now. I sure don't miss the rain or the mud!!

    Look forward to seeing Beautiful as she matures~~

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  10. Thank you--yes, I think she's pretty cute, even when she's muddy. And, she has a pretty sweet personality, too. She's from Beaty's Butte--is that anywhere near you? I'm in Eastern WA, where it's supposed to be dry, but it's not--as you can see by the big lake in her run. :)

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  11. That mud is all too familiar, LOL! I can't believe how awful tough horses are on the ground...regardless of the pasture, usually a wet winter results in some mud somewhere! I think your're right though, sure gets them used to the mud and water they'll encounter on the trail! ;)

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  12. The mud at the ranch is drying out, but another storm is scheduled to arrive next week! Oye vei! I can't wait for spring!

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  13. It is amazing to see how hard horses are on pasture--especially wet pasture. I try to keep them off most of it or it wouldn't have a chance to grow any grass. They say 2 acres per horse--and that's probably about right if you rotate them. In my perfect life--I would have a sacrifice pasture of about 2 acres and rotate them in and out--but that didn't happen this year so they're free roaming about 5 acres. That is not a good plan, so I hope this year we can add more cross-fencing.

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  14. Oh the mud. We are slowly warming up and it will be mud city here as well.

    I have 5 mares in heat right now. Not fun when you have 3 studs who have been told no girlfriends for them this year.

    What a cutie Elsa is.

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  15. So, the mares being in heat thing is right on. It sounds like all of us are experiencing the same thing. I wonder how Argo reacts having just been gelded after all those years as a stallion. My horse, Cowboy, was a stallion, but he doesn't care at all when they come in heat. He wasn't meant to breed and pass on his imperfect genes--lol. I can't imagine having a bunch of stallions around! Whoa Nellie--you'd have to have strong, tall fencing!!!!

    Cheryl--I don't feel a bit sorry for you--I think you've had Spring all year down in California!! :):) I saw the pictures of the produce you posted!! You live in heaven.

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  16. Don't you just hate mud? It's slick, it's wet, and everything gets dirty, lol.

    When I someday have my own place (am at my grandmother's right now) I am determined to get the drainage all figured out and have lots of gravel before I bring a horse home. Probably won't be lucky enough to really get it all done in that order, but I can sure try :)

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  17. Your place is immaculate now. I can't believe the pictures--how clean you keep everything!! BTW, you are doing so great with Cody. I can't believe you already have a saddle on him. I'm hoping to saddle train Beautiful this Spring, too. I hope she takes it as easily as your guy did.

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  18. Beautiful is just that! I am looking forward to seeing your progress with her.

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  19. Me again.
    You've been tagged for your gorgeous photos! Hope you will stop by for the details.

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  20. What an interesting idea! I'll go do it right now--because I'm CURIOUS!!

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