Monday, January 31, 2011

Several-things Sunday

(as reported on Monday)

Bronwen and Annabelle are enjoying the last pumpkin of 2010. This one graced our front entrance until signs of decay prompted me to split it between the hens and ewes.

Russell heard we were expecting guests on Sunday, so he insisted on dressing up. :-) Well . . . the company part was true; Russell just happened to be wearing the new sheet I got him (I keep him covered to reduce grooming time).

My friend Laura hauled her new mare Kiri to Boulderneigh so she could have a "spotter" (at least that's what we called it in gymnastics), good footing and an enclosed area for their maiden ride. Kiri is seriously cute and very much wants to be joined up with humans, but she did take exception to the idea of having to work. A few attitude adjustments and some time changed her mind - that is, until she met the V.E.T. (I'll let Laura share the details of that on her blog.)

After Laura left, I turned Russell out for a bit of play time before riding, and captured the above photo. I think it may be my new favorite of him!

We needed more hay to get us through the winter and spring, so Sunday evening we picked up a load of coarse valley hay (the stack towards the back). The horses don't really like it (the sheep can't/WON'T eat it), but mixed with the 3rd cutting we already had it should provide adequate nourishment and forage.

That's the Sunday's "news" from . . .

5 comments:

Kelly Bartels said...

Russell is put together!!!

Laura said...

Thanks again for being my spotter! Russell is certainly much cleaner than my duo... Have to check out those sheets.

As for hay - if that's all you give them, they'll eventually quit their boycott and eat. Works every time...

ewespin said...

Russell is indeed a beautiful horse. I know exactly what you mean "the sheep can't/WON'T eat it" !! They do get spoiled.

Michelle said...

You're welcome, Laura. :-) But the hay? The horses may quit their boycott, but I seriously don't think the sheep have the molars to deal with it - it is COARSE (too mature)!

Thank-you, Ewespin!

Sharon said...

Shikes! That was just weird. I scroll through a post for the pictures - we adult ADD folk develop mechanisms - and registered how much that woman looked like Laura. Then I went to the top of the post to read text and discovered that indeed, it was Laura. The family grows!