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!