Thursday, May 8, 2014

Grazing season

We've reached that point in the year when it's difficult to get a picture of Hank with his head in the air.

The grass is growing remarkably well considering how little rain we've had. 
During the winter, I typically feed grass hay to the equines four times a day, going through 
about nine 50-pound bales per week. I recently cut back to two feedings per day, 
and that will drop to one once I'm confident there's enough pasture to sustain them. 

Hank is a grazing machine. Sometimes I just want to scream, "come up for air!" 
Lucy, George and Alan are a little less greedy and will take a break now and then to play...

 ...or pay attention to something besides food...

...such as a truck going down the road, kicking up alot of dust.


  1. My little ovines are grass greedy, too. There is not a baa to be heard once they have been let out into their paddock for the day. That is, until they have grazed it down and are ready to be moved to the next one...

    Happy grazers don't look up.

  2. Excellent last pic. Love it.

  3. That last shot is gorgeous!

  4. such a large gorgeou body needs to be well fed and grass blades are so tiny!

  5. Hank is so handsome!! I hope Ms. Lucy doesn't end up needing the grazing muzzle again this year.

  6. Hank is one handsome horse! Right now my fields are sustaining with out need to supplement hay, but when that winds down some I will have to implement again. I don't know what a bale of decent feed hay costs in your neck of the woods, but here in CT we pay atleast $10. per bale (approx. 50-60 lbs.)

    1. Karen, I paid $10.50/bale for the 50-60 lb bales in my barn now. That included delivery.

  7. Awesome last photo! Definitely one to keep in mind for next year's calendar.

    Linda D.

  8. The world you live in ... I live in the woods and you do not. Totally different but still enjoyable.

  9. They all look happy and healthy- Hank is gorgeous and so is your last shot!