Saturday, February 18, 2012

Last week's snow storm made all the animals look like they had dandruff, including this 3 yr. old Spotted Saddle Horse filly.  The horses seemed to enjoy playing in the snow (especially the youngsters: weanling Caspian & newborn ASB), but the cows just sort of 'hunkered down' & endured it.  I kept big bales of hay rolled out on the ground to give the livestock something dry to bed down on - as well as eat,  & they all seemed appreciative.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Little Bull...

This is the 'Little' Bull -- the replacement bull for the Big Bull when Big Bull can no longer fulfill his duties to the herd.  Up until now the Little Bull has led a life of isolation, save for being pastured with the horses.  But just this week, LB was turned in with his very own herd of 5 cows.  Two of the cows have already calved (courtesy of BB) & 3 are ladies in waiting.  But LB is now at home in his herd & he will assume his breeding duties as soon as the cows are ready.  For now, LB is just enjoying being back with his own species.  (Big Bull is currently with the rest of the cows at another location.)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weanling meets newborn...

Caspian filly weanling, Shovan's Finale, meets American Saddlebred, Missouri Showtime, & her foal.  She thinks the foal is just about the most interesting thing she's ever seen & simply wants a closer look, but mama is having none of it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Giving the kids a ride...

Sometimes a horse just has to put up with a little indignity - like wearing a baseball cap in the summer or antlers for a Christmas parade.  Jim, the Spotted Saddle Horse gelding, willingly tolerates just about anything as long as he gets a little attention from nephew, Zack.   Bella B. Walker, Rocky Mtn. Horse pictured in the background, is equally cooperative with niece, Allie.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

All grown up...

Per a request to post a current picture of the foal below, here's the foal all grown up.  (Actually the top picture is a re-post from earlier, but there was no way to connect it to the foal shown below.)  Chocolatte is now scheduled to go to a trainer just as soon as her coggins test comes back.  For those who don't know, a coggins test is good for one year & is required any time the horse leaves its property.  It tests for EIA or Equine Infectious Anemia and here's more than you probably ever wanted to know about EIA.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012