Thursday, March 13, 2008

Fat Horse Mud Farm!





Welcome to the Fat Horse Mud Farm......... I can now tell that Spring is in the air, since the blankets have come off and the discovery of overweight horses and a now strict diet which does not please these girls, the snow has begun to melt. And so starts the usual mud palace. Clearly by the pics of these two this morning, they like a roll in the mud! When I went out to feed this morning, the girls were either pissed that they can now feel the diet or just excited that it was finally warmer. Met with barking dogs, the girls were kickin' it up and running with mud sliding stops at the fence and little bucks. Now my best guess to this morning's chaos is a combination of warm air, less food, barking dogs and mud! And of course me screaming at dogs to quit barking and horses to quit running around. No breakfast until behavior settles down! We are not even close to completely melted and already the mud is unbelievable. This is the usual state of messiness until it finally melts and dries out around here. The house will be peppered with mud from the dogs and the paddock in just a state. Once it finally dries out, it will be much better. On another note, I think Steve and I have conquered the grey rats as this is day number two and we have not seen hide nor hair of them. In the meantime, we've bought hunting pellets and still have gun ready. I'm hoping that we've pumped enough lead into them to send them off to die of lead poisoning. Welcome to a mud filled Spring as I think we had come in fourth over all on the snowiest winters in southeast Wisconsin. This is going to be fun!

14 comments:

Jackie said...

Same thing here in Ohio. We had so much snow from the storm over the weekend that even though it's melting, we've got 6 inches of snow and 2 feet of icky mud underneath. One of the Pegasus horses stomped his foot when turned him out in the pasture and splashed mud all up my legs. I can't wait till it's warm enough to totally melt the snow AND dry up the ground.

Callie said...

I know, around here anyway, there is know way to avoid feet of mud, even in the best of farms. I always wait with bated breath for the dry-up! So I can get working with my girls and reconditioning them for riding.

Mrs Mom said...

Want me to send you some more flower pics Callie? hehehe

We are lucky where we are-- on a sand base the rain drains wonderfully so we dont loose much riding / conditioning time. Works for me!

Now if we could just get he darn sand gnats and skeeters under control......

Callie said...

We're black dirt and clay based. I've cleared the main paddock a few years ago and layed some lime gravel for proper drainage. This will be a particularly tough muddy spring!

Callie said...

Eeew, sand gnats!

Tracey said...

Oh, golly...do I know your pain! Jet is a wallower. Find her a mud hole and she'll fall into it like any little pink pig. Only she's a big, black hairy monster. She managed to wallow while I was sick, and unfortunately we sit on clay, so by the time I was feeling well enough to go outside and horse around, it'd dried like cement in her three inch winter coat. I fell like such a negligent mommy...and will be buying her a blanket for next winter!

Callie said...

Be wary of the blanket and check often. I too feel like a bad mommie as Kola is far too fat. I thought I was checking enough, but apparently not and revealed two fat girls, especially Kola. Can you tell that's there's white on her somewhere? Miss Muddy Fatness!

Rising Rainbow said...

What is is with horses and mud? That stuff is like a magnet, I swear. lol But at least it's thawing out.

Callie said...

I believe that they believe it is theraputic, especially when being groomed there after...LOL

Jen said...

rats..ugh....

double ugh.

Callie said...

Jen, By rats I mean opossums!!!

Victoria Cummings said...

I've got a fat little girl too - Siete isn't enjoying her diet at all -but I think that exercise is what's really going to get the weight off - and unfortunately, we've got mud and more mud here too, so it's hard to get to work.

Scary said...

They look like they're saying, "Do I look as fat from this angle? How 'bout this angle?"

Callie said...

Victoria, I've got the same mud issue, so it will be awhile before I can get them worked too.


Sarah, they think they're too thin and should be fed more...LOL