|Third conditioning ride of 2017, bringing us up to about 20 miles so far!|
|Almost home: Rhio's shadow and Pete's tracks in front of us.|
|Munching on their first meal at home.|
While trying to lead both horses, Birch was underfoot, and/or jumping up on me in his "I'm scared to death, you must save me!" mode. Somehow we managed to get all of us into the pasture successfully, though I was trying to get Birch *out* of the pasture the whole time! As soon as I'd released the horses, and they moved off in curiosity within their new space, Birch discovered that barking and bouncing seemed to make the big, scary mystery creatures run away! Wow, this is fun! Ummm, no, Birch, this is NOT how we do things! I resorted to putting Red's rope halter around his torso like a harness and using the lead rope as a leash. It actually worked great! I kept puppy in tow while I got a few flakes of hay for the boys, then took the dogs inside and fed them.
|Filling buckets by headlamp, at the back corner of the house.|
While I was settling the horses, hubby made dinner, and so I came inside to a hot meal, then before bed, we went out together to do a bedtime check and give the boys a little more hay. Oh, I am in love with this!
|First morning at home!|
|Rhio doing 'crazy lips' for hay.|
I went back inside, content that they were doing well, and had my tea while their beet pulp was soaking. I finished making their meals, and went back out to feed. I'd accidentally make their mashes a bit too sloppy for Rhio's liking, and he's a slow eater, but I used the quiet time while they were eating to clean the barn. There was one pile of manure in the center of each stall, and a few in the doorway to outside. It looked like one of them had laid down in the west stall, and sure enough I found some shavings stuck to Rhio. He does love to lay down and rest, so that was a sure sign that he was already comfortable in the new digs. Also, I've been thinking of the west stall as Rhio's and the east stall as Red's, for some reason. I guess he concurred!
|Doggies "helping" with chores: Smokey tests the water.|
|And Birch cleans out the feed buckets!|