Monday, May 18, 2009

Pasture Pleasures

It's a beautiful day - cool and sunny, with a little bit of wind.  It's supposed to warm up later, but I love the cool morning.  The grass is really growing, and the horses are enjoying it.  So is our resident flock of geese - they love to browse the young grass shoots:

Sugar (with Lily and Maisie grooming in the background):

Misty got in a good roll - I only caught the getting up part:







Maisie (bay) and Lily (grey) were having their usual good grooming session:





Maisie and Lily went back to grazing:







Dawn was enjoying the grass, but then I was more interesting - she's the most curious of horses:



The geldings are in one of the far-away pastures.  For some reason, no matter what herd of horses is in this pasture, they always run to the back as soon as I let them go from the gate.  The pasture is long and narrow, and slopes uphill from the gate, so I guess it's an inviting run.  The past several mornings Noble has sprinted at high speed from the gate - I guess he's feeling really good for a horse that just had his 29th birthday.  Here he is impatiently waiting to be released, and then springing into a gallop and rapidly disappearing into the distance:







Now that spring has sprung (apologies to friends in the southern hemisphere who are heading into winter), may we enjoy our lives with as much delight as our horses!

6 comments:

  1. That is one huge pasture and the horses look content.

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  2. Yea, that running to the back thing . . . I don't have near the distance . . . our back pasture is an 8 acre rectangle about 680ft long but when released into the field, it's a mad dash to the boundary line! When the herd (doesn't matter which herd - the mama's & baby's, the young fillies, the geldings, heck, even the stallion & his 'escort'), when they know I'm preparing to open the gates, I either have to control them from the word get or GET out of the way!! Because it's a double-wide gate I oftentimes think it's less dangerous to just fling it open and let them go - two or three I can control, but 4 mama's with babies . . not a chance.

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  3. I could watch the geese all day, I don't know why I enjoy watching them so much.

    Maisie is so pretty, a bay with four white socks. It is my favorite color pattern - so far I've had three bays that have had four white socks!

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  4. Good for Noble!! I love to see old guys having fun. If anyone has earned the good life, it's a grand old horse!

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  5. Your pastures are just beautiful. Very lucky horses to get to enjoy all that green grass! They all look like they enjoy their lives. Great shots!

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  6. I love this kind of weather too. It's so peaceful to just watch all the horses grazing, grooming and just being horses. Great pictures. So glad Noble is having a good time and feeling better.

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