Last Friday, I gave y’all a little update of things going on here. Many of you seemed to enjoy that, so I thought I’d give you a full “critter” report. With enjoyable weather, we’re spending more time outside with our horses and dogs. Even the inside dog, Izzy, and I took a bucket to the tree line today to gather pecans – twice.
Oh, my word! It’s a wonderful pecan year – better than any since we’ve been here. I’m very excited about it and will be searching for a place that can crack them for me. OK, onward to the critters…
We’ve been accused of treating our horses like pets. Well, aren’t they?
They have no other job around here, except to provide enjoyment for us. That’s the job of a pet, right?
I love to hear (and watch) the thunderous full-out gallop each day when these three beasts race one another up and down the pasture. Horses are such beautiful and powerful animals. It is truly amazing.
Zep is King of the pasture – the serious one. In charge.
Davy is the joker that likes to play and pester everyone (us, as well). But, it’s sort of cute, so we laugh along at his playful horsonality.
Davy and Zep are both around eight, but they act like father and teenage son. Those two are tough on fence rails when they fight each other near a fence line. They don’t hurt each other – just stuff, which we then have to repair. Thanks, boys. Let’s settle down now.
Scarlet is a little different. She likes to be left alone, and is the last one to succumb to being haltered. And, trust me, you can’t make a horse do what isn’t their idea. But…you can change their mind by running them in circles (with a 4-wheeler), tiring them out, and making the alternative very appealing. Manipulation? Yes, of course. 😉
In a pasture alone for many years, Scarlet is quite self-sufficient. When she’s finally haltered, she becomes the sweetest horse ever – a joy to groom. She is the prettiest of the three, or maybe I’m prejudiced a little because she’s a mare.
Our stray, Suzy-Q, is some sort of shepherd and herds the horses when we ride. She serves as a barn cat, as well (very talented at catching mice!).
Suzy came to us injured about five years ago, so we nursed her back to health. Her shoulder was gashed open and the bone was chipped, as if she was thrown out of a moving car on the highway. She was so skittish, we worked hard to get her to stop darting away each time we opened the door to go outside. Clearly, she’d been mistreated.
These days, she loves to be petted and loved, so she’s not afraid of us any more. She’s our companion as we do our chores – herding us, I guess. Suzy has turned out to be the best and most loving farm dog, trail dog, and all-around great pet.
If you read last Friday’s post, then you’ve met our newest pet, Izzy. Now 7-1/2 weeks old, she is
challenging us learning many new things.
I wish I had a video to show you of Izzy and Suzy playing together in the yard. They are hilarious, and Izzy growls like she’s really going to tear Suzy apart (ha!).
I snapped this picture while they were playing, and it looks like Izzy is smiling. I think Suzy’s happy, too.
Suzy is so much bigger but is playful yet careful not to hurt Izzy. Isn’t it interesting how creatures, large and small, interact with each other?
Oh, I almost forgot to share about our weekend. We’re hosting a barn party for our church youth group – bonfire and all. Won’t that be fun?
Lights strung in the barn, hay bales scattered, a little country music (and possibly a square dance!), big bonfire in the field, toasting hotdogs, roasting marshmallows (smores!), and massive amounts of hot chocolate…nothing says cold Fall evenings like that!
I hope you have an amazing weekend planned. Is it cold at your house, too?
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