A Less Thundering Herd

Howdy to all of you. Today’s a sort of hard day for our herd of equines. You see, there is a strong chance we’ll be in drought conditions for at least some of the summer. And Kathleen has had to cut back on working with horses, as well. We really can’t support feeding 6 horses and a donkey on the pasture that we have, even though we plan to make it a bit bigger.

Why are we in here? What’s going on? (I wish we could explain things to horses more easily)

So, the family members who own them have made a decision to let two of the horses, ones we can’t ride, off to the Farm in Yorktown, where the old ladies there can dote on them and they will have plenty of space and grass. Today I got T and Remington all haltered up and in one of the pens, so they can be loaded up and take a little ride.

I spent a lot of time with them the past few days, because I have grown fond of them, especially poor ole Remmy, who has a head injury and is not good for riding, but is sweet as he can be. He will also be missed very much by Dusty, his buckskin buddy. They were sad when Dusty spent time at the Farm last year.

Remington enjoys scratching on the bars.

The good news is that Dusty likes most horses, so I think he will be okay. And with fewer dominant horses around, Drew and Mabel may have things a little easier (fewer bites and kicks). Let’s hope it all goes smoothly.

You could have put more food in here.

I do know that it will be easier to feed the horses from now on, because we have four pens, and each horse can go in one, with Fiona outside. They can all eat separately, which means I can give Mabel her special food and supplements and Dusty regular ole horse food with some garlic salt. And I won’t feel like I’m going to be trampled at feeding time!

That’s the plan as of today, anyway. I hope you enjoy the fun photos, especially Fiona, who is finally starting to shed her winter coat, which is really a fall, winter, and spring coat at this rate.

Though our herd may thunder less, we still love them oh so much. So much that I feel the need to go play with them now.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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