I've started putting my horses out to pasture early in the morning.
They love being out to graze and
best of all they love when Becky's horses are across the fence from them.
The donkeys can finally go out to graze, too.
We had them in quarantine until their fecal exams were free of parasites.
And finally after worming they are!
I have not yet put them out with the horses, but instead keep them in a separate pasture for now.
Daphne went right out into the front pasture,
Chloe was another story.
She was quite hesitant to jump over the board that lies across the ground at the gate.
(This board keeps the bedding in the dry lot from washing into the front pasture.)
We talked. We cajoled.
And finally we pulled.
(it is amazing how these girls can dig their heels in!)
(notice how much help Sam is!)
And pulled a little harder.
Nope....not going...no how....no way!
We talked and pushed and pulled....it took both Hubbs and I to get her out.
But, once out, she had a blast.
The girls ran and played and grazed....finally aware of what they had been missing.
The boys kept watch...
Coming back in was the same story.
A little hay put down for enticement,
and Daphne came right in.
Again Choe was another story.
We talked about it.
And finally we had to do a little more than talking.
A little push from behind and she finally decided to join her sister.
The picture I didn't get was her leaping 3 feet into the air to clear the board!
So the old saying..."stubborn as a mule"... implying that those creatures in the donkey family
are a bit willful might have an element of truth to it. But I have come to the conclusion that
the stubbornness is not orneriness but rather caution. So maybe we should change the saying to
"Cautious as a mule!"
PS....I have started all of my equines on a strong garlic supplement with their daily pellet feed.
It is supposed to help ward off flies in the summer.
What I know is that they have amazingly offensive breath...
as for the flies...
time will tell!