We had a Beautiful Sunday!
Here, in the mountains of east Tennessee, our temp hit 65!
Don't be jeal :)
Of course, it was just a brief tease from
Because today it is raining.
The horses just knew they had hit jackpot
with this wonderful, sunny, breezy day!
Cadence has his lunch,
Al Fresco, each afternoon at 1p.m.
Then he finishes his agenda.
The same agenda he keeps for each day.
To get as muddy as he possibly can!
(when we go through a drought? Oh, woe is Cadence!)
He kept true to his vow
of rolling several times, during the day, in his mud pit!
Late in the afternoon, J called him to the barn.
Like a pup he comes barreling from his pasture
to the small paddock behind the barn.
And this handsome guy is 31!
And Sunday was no exception to his rule!
He was smothered, covered, and slathered.
This guy lives for mud.
And on a rainy day, like today,
he is joyfully reeling inside at what
tomorrow holds for him at his
horse-made mud pit!
|"Hey, don't judge me!"|
The look of tired satisfaction.
J slapped his hand on Cadence.
Can you see the cloud of Pig Pen dust?!
He had so much mud caked on his shoes he had added about one inch to his height!
J cleaned his feet outside.
Otherwise, there would clumps of squishy mud all over on the barn floor
as soon as he hit the concrete.
Hey, I like a tidy, clean barn!
I headed in with Cadence and gave him his
alfalfa cubes, drenched in molasses.
(This old guy eats 15 pounds of hay, alfalfa cubes, and grain for "seniors" daily just to maintain his weight!)
I also made a mental note to get the arsenal,
the big guns, of grooming tools for
this muddy guy!
We have been changing up the way we turn out and bring in the girls.
Annie needs to learn that she is not always first!
J went out to get Allegra.
And Little Miss Annie
had a major meltdown!
|" 'Scuze me...I sposed to be first!"|
|"I'm first, J!"|
Annie totally let her dissatisfaction be known!
She was beyond angry.
She was tossing her head as fast as she could.
And wailing like a baby.
Look at her mane standing straight up and her muzzle high in the air!
The grand head toss Arabians are so well known for.
At fifteen months, Annie has it down pat!
Miss D just headed to their gate and patiently waited.
She ran the fence back and forth until J and I went to bring them in.
She still had a sassy little attitude going on all the way in.
|Allegra and J.|
I do believe Princess Allegra snickered the whole way in
and muttered under breath,
Look at that Nasty Face!
Horses are capable of such emotion.
Ears pinned back and her eyes lowered.
Annie has learned to carry a grudge!
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Just because we brought you in last,
does not mean we love you any less.
Even though you will always be the
little punkster on the totem pole,
You will always be my baby!
(This is what Annie calls me. You know, in my own little mind!)
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He was wiped out from his big day!
|Me, sans makeup, hair done, and scrappy barn clothes on!|
But, this big guy doesn't care what I look like.
He just loves me for me!
I always tell Cadence how well he cleans up!
Isn't he handsome!
It takes a while for mud removal.
But we chat, share pretzels listen to tunes and give
each other lots of nuzzles.
I really do enjoy grooming time!
My ~one on one~ with each of them.
On weekends, J always takes care of Annie
since I get the little bugger all week!
She loves her J time!
(I do believe he loves his Annie time!)
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A few readers have asked-
"How do you keep the horses so shiny and beautiful?"
Thank you for asking and the compliment!
Good old-fashioned elbow grease!
Body brushes, gentle face brushes, soft towels,and good hair brushes.
They are never brought in from turn-out without being groomed.
Grooming each day also helps me find any boo-boos
that may have occurred during turn-out.
Each day, one of them has some kind of cut or scrape!
Treating those immediately and for the days after are prudent.
It saves the horse from infection, pain~
And can avoid a HUGE vet bill.
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Annie was the last to be groomed
She finally settled down in her stall,
and snacked on yummy hay.
Getting sugar cubes.
J helped Annie smile
Really Big, so you could see
her "big girl teeth"!
(such proud parents we are!)
After sugar cubes and a smile,
her sassy attitude changed.
She checked out all the grooming tools,
while munching on hay.
Annie still has fun taking everything out of the bucket!
And she was so worn out from a
day of play, throwing her head, stomping her feet,
and holding a grudge,
she could hardly keep her eyes open
while J brushed her face.
And last night as Annie slept,
I know she was dreaming of the day she gets
to be a lead mare.
And always have her way!
Cadence closed his eyes to thoughts
of the perfect mud hole
and how to perfect it.
Allegra saw visions of being
"Da Boss" over Annie
when they become pasture friends.
Miss D smiled as she dozed,
thinking of what an amazing, spunky,
little filly she is raising.
She slept peacefully.
Knowing she is and always will be the
I am so grateful to be a part of their lives.
And it is no dream.....
If you could be any one of these five "kids" for a day,
who would you choose to be?