Today I tried something different - I left the gate between the dry lot and their pasture open. I knew they'd spend the day grazing in the pasture. As I brought the mares in, one by one the geldings walked back through to the dry lot. Noble and Joe stayed behind in the pasture for one last bite, but when I whistled to them they came right on through and I shut the gate. You'd think our geldings were a wild bunch from my post a few days ago, but they're actually a pretty sensible lot. They've learned the routine and are happy to help, which sure has made my job easier!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Geldings Bring Themselves In
Today (keeping fingers crossed!) should be our last day of restricted grazing. We had frost overnight, and 50sF today with sun. We were out for about 7 hours today, and if every one feels well this evening, we'll be out full day tomorrow. Night time temperatures are going to moderate a bit, and we're going to have highs in the 50s and more cloudiness, so despite the rain in the forecast I think the grass will be OK. I brought the horses back into dry lot at around 2:15 this afternoon. For the past several weeks, the geldings have been in one of the pastures that feeds through a gate into their dry lot. Every day, as I bring in the mares, the geldings have been assembling, continuing to graze, near the gate between their pasture and the dry lot. When I'm done with the mares, I open the gate and herd them through - they're pretty amenable despite the lack of grass where they're going.