Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Amazing graze

When I walked outside yesterday morning, Lucy and the boys were not waiting for me in the barn 
for the first time this year. I hate it when that happens. I can't start my day until I know
all are safe and accounted for, so I headed out to find them.

I suppose I can't blame them for not coming home.

Why walk all that way for some year-old hay when they can gorge on the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet?

Little does Lucy know that she's a few bites away from having to wear a grazing muzzle.

We've reached that summer sweet spot where I've gone from feeding
an entire bale of hay per day to one measly flake,
as in one handful each at breakast time just so they have a reason to come back to the barn in the morning.

Obviously that's not worth their time or effort.

George: Did you bring out our fly masks?
Me: No. I don't do room service.

 Hank: Come on, let's head for home. I need some water anyway, 
and that's the only way we'll get rid of her so we can get back to eating.

Hank: Please tell me they're following me. I'd be so embarrassed if they weren't.


  1. Did Hank teach them to walk single file like that? I always crack up when I see the narrow ruts they have worn into the dirt. It is like they think they can't walk side by side.

  2. I know it's not just me, so the cause must be certain special powers that come with this place: Every day when I leave this site, my heart feels about twice the size as before. The health benefits are substantial!

  3. Sorry to repeat myself, but it's so odd to see your place green!!!

  4. I know how you felt when they weren't there because yesterday your blog did not show up until an hour or more past the time it usually does. I was worried and nearly called the law!

    Happy now that everyone is where they are supposed to be.


  5. That 's true, reading your posts is joyfully addictive! I love the progression from first pixes: them eating not even looking at you to them all following in a nice line behid you! You have power!

  6. I'm loving how GREEN your place is! No wonder they don't want to come in!~ But, I see that handsome Hank is leading the way!
    ~~Cheryl Ann~~

  7. LOVE that 3rd to last shot! Definitely for 2014 calendar!
    They look happy and content so I know you are, too!

  8. I love your title "Amazing Graze".

  9. Your corner of the world is gorgeous with green right now and wow. No wonder the smart four legs are out grazing. But too much of a good thing is still too much. Don't want them to loose their svelt figures now do we.
    Love the contrast of the green against the red.
    This makes me think of the ranch when I was a kid and visited during the summer months. The pasture alive with all kinds of interesting plants and things that aren't there when it is dry.
    Just lovely. Oma Linda

  10. Will that level of grass cause foundering problems? The place looks lush and they look delighted :) love the monsoons

  11. That green, dewy grass looks sweet. It would be hard to leave it. I agree with sundog. The day seems better after visiting the 7MSN.

  12. It sure is lovely when it greens up!!! but, I cringe to...having dealt with the demon that is laminitis I worry about to much of a good thing...:/

  13. Again, love the green of the must love not having to spend a ton of money on that hay...Seems the herd loves the green as well...And that plant that you had in last post, cholla-I think...Is that the stuff that is poisonous? My friends in AZ. told me about a plant that looks like that and was told to stay away from it because it was poisonous...Just wondering? If it is, would it hurt your animals?

  14. I must say that I thought there was a reindeer in the first pix (and that would be why the critters were not there. That happens when I look to fast

  15. The green is amazing! I don't blame them one bit!

  16. An American in Tokyo7/24/13, 8:15 PM

    I love that picture of the four of them grazing with the beautiful mountains in the background!!

    Please give them all hugs from me!!

  17. What a treat!

    Is that an anchor on Lucy's bicep? Did she do a stint as a sailor...? My, the stories she could tell.