Monday, April 12, 2010

Grazing Beauties

It was another beautiful sunrise - molten colors on the horizon with a layer of clouds overhead:

As things lightened up, the clouds looked very textured:

Each herd is going out for 1 1/2 hours today. The mares wanted to graze, but Dawn left the gate at speed and spent some time cantering around the pasture:




Here is one half of the characteristic Dawn head fling from side to side:

More cantering:


Finally, she settled down to graze with the others:

Sugar was very busy with grass:


Maisie was more interested in what I was up to:


Misty was on the move:

Little Blackjack let me take a few pictures:


At one point, Blackjack fell asleep while standing with his head down and nose resting on the ground - I was a bit worried about him but after a bit he came around and resumed his normal nibbling.

Looks like it's going to be a nice day, and even better, the fence contractor has started work!



17 comments:

  1. What a lovely visit! /and a beautiful day. Dawn certainly seemed to make full use of her turn-out time. /and Blackjack looks like a sweetie-pie--Is that just old age creeping over his face, or old scarring, os just a dark winter coat giving way to a gray summer skin?
    I hope to get my herd out this afternoon for a bit...

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  2. It looks like fun - and glad to hear about the fence repairs. Do you have any fence testers?

    People often say you shouldn't turn out horses with halters on. But I notice yours do have halter on. What is a good rule thumb.

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  3. Those two close ups of Maisie are gorgeous! Your grass is much taller than ours. Our pasture is more like a mown lawn...and the horses are busy all day.

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  4. The whole herd looks like they are enjoying their time on grass. It's so nice the weather has finally changed.

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  5. Beautiful pictures. The horses look great for just getting through winter!

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  6. EvenSong - Blackjack is very old - mid-30s and is getting whiter every year.

    Breathe - we almost always turn out without halters (except Blackjack who can be hard to catch due to his failing eyesight) - it's safer. We were on short turnout today, and I was at the barn, so halters were left on for convenience. That said, all our halters (except rope halters that are always removed) are breakaways.

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  7. They look great ! and what a cutie Black Jack is!

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  8. I'm glad you're finally having enough warm, dry weather for grazing and turnout.

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  9. As for Blackjack and his nap--just remember a power nap is good for the soul. *G* I love watching the horses just being horses. The sight never seems to lose its fascination for me.

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  10. Joyful fun photos! Dawn especially was loving her romp! Maisie sure has a face like Pie in the first photo of her alone. (I love Pie's face!)
    Poor old Blackjack. Glad he came around and woke up. Still enjoying his grass.

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  11. That last picture of Blackjack is too cute, what an adorable guy he is!

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  12. Your horses are so beautiful, I would love to raise horses someday!

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  13. They all look so good and sleek! Look at all that grass! We NEVER have such green grass out here in the southwest. Those clouds look so ominous; is there a storm coming in?

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  14. Fantastyk Voyager - we actually get a lot more grass by the summer - this is the first sprouting.

    The clouds are to the east, and most of our weather comes from the west - those are just low-lying regular clouds - some time I'll try to get some pictures of some of our real storm clouds - they can be pretty impressive!

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  15. How lovely to see your horses enjoying paddock time. I bet they just love being out with grass to nibble and the sun on their backs.I love the colour of the houses in the background too

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  16. Love the photos and always enjoy your blog.
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