Struggle to ride when the weather is cold? Just me? I feel a bit like the boys below!
The last month has been horrible, cold, wet days never seem to end. I know I will praise the high heavens in a months time when I hopefully have grass up to my shoulders. ( Wishful thinking!)
While the riding has been non-existent, the horses have resorted to entertaining themselves. The last few weeks ALL personalities have been in full force!
This week alone I have witnessed Buddy do a very competent 360 degree jumping motion spin thing due to being pushed away from the others buckets. I don’t understand why he has to ask his neighbors for sugar when he owns the factory .He gets the same amount of food as the other two but instead of eating from his bucket, He much prefers to be bitten trying to get their buckets, Go figure?!
George has really started showing his personality. I have never again witnessed George picking up a sheep by the wool and semi tossing it in the paddock due to the sheep trying to eat his feed. Unlike Buddy, George protects his feed, even if he does have to spit out a mouthful of wool. For a horse that is normally very concerned with eating, than getting up to mischief, We have witnessed him pick the gate up in an attempt to unlatch it. As recently as this morning, while waiting to get his feet done, George decided to pick up a beautiful stack of buckets and hurl them across the paddock. George and Charlie are inseparable. Tweedledee and Tweedledum..
Charlie, Charlie,Charlie. The man known as Mr personality in our heard. Charlie’s personality is one in a million. He is the cheekiest. Three times in the last month George has been moved to the top paddock due to needing more feed than the other two ( and for the other horses safety, George is a tad cranky and gets a bit carried away). Apparently when we moved George, We forgot to get a permission slip written for him to be in that paddock, so, on three separate occasions, Charlie has let him out. Yup. Charlie has opened George’s gate. Still haven’t worked out the logistics of it as that gate needs to be lifted then pushed..but the obvious drag marks followed by the hoof prints at the gate not sporting shoes….only leaves me one suspect.
The moments below are extremely precious. Normally Charlie lays down 20% of his day, but when someone comes into the paddock and approaches him, he will normally get up. ( Although I have had two people concerned that he had passed away because he refused to get up). Last weekend was an exception. Even with all the riding and time we have spent together over the last years, never have I been witness to something to incredible intimate. He makes me feel safe, loved and protected. A moment in this time was like tunnel vision, I saw nothing but him. It wasn’t about photos, Just about love between a woman and her extremely cuddly equine baby.