Wednesday, May 4, 2011

On the trail of tangerines

I wander around the produce aisles of the grocery store with such good intentions. I'll buy a bag of tangerines because they're little and cute  and on sale,  and I bring them home thinking I'll have something healthy to snack on. That lasts for about three tangerines, then I'm left holding the bag. Wynonna is typically the lucky beneficiary of my impulsive produce purchases.

At lunch time, I'll peel one of my sad, hardening tangerines and place the sections 
on one of the timbers lining the path to the barn.



Wynonna gobbles them up as if she had found truffles.



Alan: Why can't we have some?
Lucy: They're orange...I'll bet they taste like carrots.
George: I hope she chokes.
Hank: Don't make me come over there...
Me: Fuhgettaboutit! No tangerines for any of you! 


Feeding citrus to equines seems inherently wrong to me. Although now that I'm thinking about it, 
serving them grapefruit sections might be worth a blog post or two just for the pucker factor.



Me: Lucy, put your tongue back in your mouth. You're not getting any.


Sated with her daily dose of vitamin C, Wynonna retires to the ditch to work on her tan and soak up some vitamin D. 
She definitely knows the secrets to a long and happy life
and will be celebrating her 15th birthday in a few weeks. Long live the Queen Porcine Princess.

25 comments:

  1. Wynonna sure seems to be enjoying those tangerines, but YIKES, the looks on those faces behind the fence are about pathetic! Didn't any of them at least get a carrot or two?

    15 years!?!?! WOW!

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  2. Aww...that last picture was perfect contentment!

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  3. And in your usual Good Mom fashion, you set them out so she got some exercise while she was getting her treats! :-)

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  4. once i was riding in the foothills and came across an orange. i immediately picked it up and thought "hm, i wonder if i should eat it?" but before i could, my mare did!

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  5. I can't speak for them all, but I know Poco and Jaz always enjoyed oranges, sweet grapefruits, tangerines and clementines, peels and all.

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  6. HA, hardeeharhar!! they remind my of kids at the play ground when only one of the gang has a treat :-)

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  7. Hahaha...cute!! I like the conversations you have with your animals. Makes me glad I'm not the only one =D

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  8. Loved the pictures of everyone looking over the fence at Wynonna. Very cute.

    Wow, is she's going to have a birthday party for her 15th? I can see she is resting up for it already. You know I find her so cute and funny, I can't help it but she is my favorite Porcine Princess.

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  9. I know. I wonder why they sell tangerines in such large bags. Can't they just sell them in smaller bags for those of us that only want a couple? Sheesh... I don't have a pig to share the remaining ones with.

    DI

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  10. Nancy in NC5/4/11, 6:35 AM

    Carson, I love this blog...The herd just looked amazed that they weren't sharing in her good fortune! Way to make my morning - thanks!

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  11. I love love love Hank - he's da man! Don't know about oranges, but my friend's Friesian mare adores bananas :)

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  12. George didn't want any. Really.

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  13. Why not feed them to your equine friends!? I'll tell ya the first time I fed Indigo an orange. I was at the fence and shes standing there doing her tappy toes dance, knowing I had something that smelled VERY good. I peeled the orange and offered her a slice and she took it...Only to spit it out and hoover the peel I tossed a few feet away! It took her a little wile but she does very much like oranges now. Of course I peel them and feed her the whole thing peel and all, piece by piece. She
    s tried but eating them like apples doesn't work particularly well. The other horses love them too. Just make sure you try more than once they are a strange thing to horses/donkeys (I imagine) at first.

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  14. Wynonna is just the cutest thing. OMG.

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  15. Adorable. I love the equine audience. And Wynonna continues to be amazing at her advanced age.

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  16. Is 15 years long for a Princess of the porcine persuasion?

    I'm glad she enjoys her treats. The gang on the other side of the fence sure are engrossed in her activities. Although, if I remember correctly, they could be wondering what all the racket's about.

    Love them all.

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  17. Hanks's like, "this CAN'T be happening."

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  18. Oh wow, 15 years old. How long do they live? I see the princess made it back from the big wedding last Friday. Was nice of them to invite her. :)

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  19. That adds excitement to her day and theirs :)

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  20. horses and cows both are given citrus here in florida, sometimes they are near goves and can reach the fruit and like to eat it.

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  21. Carolynn and Window on the Prairie, the current oldest pot-bellied pig is 21. I wrote about him last year:
    http://www.the7msnranch.com/2010/03/wynonnaa-potential-worlds-record-holder.html

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  22. You have the funniest cast of characters - they all put a smile on my face daily! Your captions always fit perfect with the expressions and behaviors you capture on camera. Was Wynona invited to the Royal Wedding?! She is a princess after all.

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  23. I have to tell you, I never met a horse that didn't like oranges (weather or not that just means I knew some very strange horses, I can't say - I knew one that would break your arm for a can of cola, and liked nothing better than to drink it out of a straw!). I also know that you will need a Sowester coat and hat because feeding means you will find yourself in the 'O.J Splash Zone'.

    Can't wait to see the photos!

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  24. Love that Lucy is sticking her tongue out. Home on the 7MSN with the herd.

    The Princess has her royal perks after all.

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  25. I hope Wynonna didn't wear a bizarre hat to the wedding.

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