|I do love my woods
|Guinness loves his ball, although a few times
it was lost in the snow.
Today though was a whole different story. It was predicted that there would be snow followed by freezing rain and then rain. Which is a worry given the flood last week. The morning was snowy but I let the horses out to enjoy the outside while they could and took Guinness for a walk.
|hard to tell but it's snowing here. I still love my farmhouse
no matter what weather I have to endure.
Around about 11:00 I realized that the horses were hiding in the stall so I went out to shut the doors and lock them in. Irish decided to prance around and generally act like a fool.
Irish: Nooooo, don't take away my freedom.
Carmen was conflicted.
Carmen: I don't want to be separated from Irish but I really don't want to be out in this.
After Irish was done voicing his feelings I got a lead line over his neck and brought him inside.
The sleet/rain started around noon. I went out to clear out my drainage paths. The snow was heavy and the freezing rain was face peeling. But I was fortunate and the rain stayed off the coast and was not as heavy as predicted.
Late in the afternoon I brought out the horses to groom them and clean up the stalls. Carmen watched me do Irish and I could see that she really wanted her turn. They are starting to shed and she finds that she feels itchy.
When I went to get her I fumbled with the halter while she tried to help by shoving her head in it. When I first brought Carmen home she wasn't so sure about being groomed. Now she loves it. She will show me her itchy spots and when I say 'do you want me to do it' she will stop and wait for me to get it.
|Flexible Carmen showing me her itchy spot
Now normally I just ground tie Carmen and she never moves. These days though I am finding her curious. My work with getting her to 'face her fears' has made her want to inspect every single thing that is new. When I brought her out she inspected the little shelf I have to see if there were any treats. There weren't. But there was a blue plastic square (it belongs on the bottom of a water bucket - it keeps the cord inside. It had fallen off and I threw it there to deal with later). She sniffed it a bit and then settled in.
Carmen: I am ready. You may begin.
After I finished grooming her she gave a shake like she had finished rolling. That feels better. I left her there and went to clean out her stall. She stood there looking around but not moving. I went to walk by her with a half bag of shavings and she turned to follow me.
Carmen: Oooh let me see it.
Me: ummm. okay. See it's shavings.
She grabbed it with her teeth.
Me: NO! Don't spill it.
Carmen: I need cookies.
|Carmen: Snow days are boring.
She sniffed the shelf again and suddenly she grabbed the blue square. My jaw dropped.
Me: wait, what are you doing? PUT THAT DOWN.
Carmen mouthed it a bit and the spat it out as I walked toward her.
Carmen: it tastes stupid. I am hungry.
To be safe I put the square in the tack room.
Carmen: Yay, the feed vault. Now we're talking!