Friday, October 16, 2009

Sometimes It's the Geldings . . .

Usually it's the mares that provide most of the excitement in the pastures, but for the past several days it's been the geldings instead. The two youngest ones, Scout (age 6) and Fritz (late teens and not completely sound) are the most frisky, although most of the seniors, Noble (29), Joe (27) and particularly Fred (20s and not so sound either) will join in for a bit. Blackjack (30s) stays clear, and I always try to wait to turn him loose until the others are settling down.

The geldings are in one of the farther pastures right now, and with all of our rain, we've been doing the slip-and-slide through the mud out to the pasture gate. Everyone's very good on the lead, but you can tell that they're brimming with energy and ready to go. Fred and Fritz both cantered off from the gate all the way to the back of the pasture, and then Fritz really dug in and sprinted all the way back to the gate. He stood there waiting to stir up trouble as I brought Joe and Scout out. Fritz and Scout took off immediately, and did numerous laps at a gallop, with Scout throwing in a bunch of big bucks as he went. One of Scout's blanket belly straps came loose, so I went into the pasture to fix it, but had to wait for a few moments for them to calm down, while fending off slipping, sliding, galloping horses. Finally, Scout stood there blowing and stayed still for me to refasten his blanket and straighten it - it was starting to slide around with all the action.

These cold mornings are certainly exciting - although the mares decided grazing was more important today. Tomorrow we're changing pastures, and that's sure to result in more action.

5 comments:

  1. Our geldings are the same way these mornings. They trot off kicking up their heels and doing the head shake before cantering to the back field. The mares may trot for a few steps then walk calmly to a grazing spot. I would guess they're all feeling a little relieved the flies and heat are gone.

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  2. All that silliness sounds like happy, well cared for horses. It also underlines the importance of turning a horses head towards the gate before release, for safety reasons.

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  3. We've cooled off here as well, it has been a very cool October for us, although the temps are not as brisk as you are having. I watched Lucky and O'Reilly playing hard with each other today, complete with rearing, bucking and galloping. Yesterday it was Levendi and Homer with the big playing, although all of the horses have been frisky with lots of running and playing. Thanks to the constant threat of rain I rarely have my camera handy and missed a lot of great photo ops!

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  4. Ours stayed in last night, it was very cold and we hadn't sorted their winter rugs out. This morning they were full of beans and it was great to watch them and their gleeful canter down to the field.

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  5. Don't you love to see those big bucks? I am amazed and mesmerized by them! especially when I see my own horse doing it! I know her as being so gentle! But out in the pasture with a little wind and other mares!?! LOOK OUT!!

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