Friday, January 11, 2019

Introducing Our New Roommates


We have twelve...twelve huge, inquisitive, troublesome, fascinating roommates.  A local breeder is leasing our pasture, mending our fences, and mowing our field in exchange for pasturing part of his herd.  Some are Tennessee Walking horses, others are saddle horses, all are broodmares with their colts.




They are magnificent animals full of energy and curiosity.  Suddenly, one will begin to gallop around the field, a few will follow and the rest will stand and stare at the circling parade.  In the house, it sounds like thunder so we look out the window to see if a storm is blowing in.


Their owner checks on them twice a day to make sure there is plenty of food and water.  The field is already stripped of every green grass blade or weed they can find; so napping on top of lunch has become a popular activity.


A couple are quite mischevious and have caused a few problems.  They figured out how to open the door to the old chicken coop, then pulled out the nasty cardboard covered in old hay left from our last flock of chickens.  It was a disgusting chore we have procrastinated doing for five years.  


Since the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, the temptation to escape has been overwhelming.  


One smashed part of the fence and the others eagerly followed their leader.  Waking to this view in my front flower bed did not make me happy.


It has been enjoyable having livestock again on our property.  It has added excitement, entertainment, and uncertainty.  She is definitely scheming and planning something.  I wonder, what will happen next?

10 comments:

  1. Oh, how I envy you (in spite of their escapades!) We have the land but no offers. How I wish .......
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    1. We have looked for years but this offer fell in our laps. We ran into a neighbor at the dollar store who knew someone, who knew someone...

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  2. I'd love having them for neighbors! Well, except for their shenanigans :o).

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  3. That will be a very interesting bunch to watch as time passes. Hopefully, the fences will get put into good repair so they can't escape any more. At our old house in the country, there was a neighbor horse that pushed the fence down like that all the time. Once, we were taking a walk and found him with one leg over--literally straddling the fence! Thankfully, his owners got him out! Enjoy those horses:)

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    1. My brother found an old electric fence that still works. If they keep misbehaving, we have a "shocking" solution to the problem.

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  4. Great pictures! Especially the last one. A very likeable creature.
    And not to forget the horse-manure. A very valuable fertilizer for free.
    That will be a treat for your garden.
    Christel

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    1. I am looking forward to scooping up a few truckloads of the manure if it will stop raining! I will need to take the wheelbarrow not a white five-gallon bucket into the field. They rush over if I have a bucket to see if it is holding corn.

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  5. Forgot to add - what does Scooter think of them??

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    1. Scooter is unimpressed unless they come near me, then he pitches a fit and begins barking. Then it becomes their turn to be unimpressed by him. They all ignore each other.

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