What do you do when you've spent too much time indoors?
You bundle up and go out to visit the animals.
After all... if they have to stay outside in this weather,
then I should certainly be able to spend a little extra time with them.
It only seems fair.
I sat in the dry lot for a while yesterday afternoon...just watching the horses.
Naturally, they were equally curious about what I was doing as well.
These guys are so very furry right now....
their fur all plumped up around them as insulation.
Amazingly, if you put your hand up under their manes....
it is as warm as can be.
I think that the horses are much happier in the cold of winter than they are in the heat of summer.
I must confess.... I am, too!
I just love the Littles.
Red is gentle and precious...he would make the perfect "big" horse.
His half-brother, Ollie, on the other hand...
well, let's just say I thank God every day that Ollie is as tiny as he is.
Most days, Ollie has a big attitude and some days he is just a little snot!
(albeit a cute snot!)
They both have blue eyes that remind me of carousel horses.
Ollie, though, only has one blue eye...
the other is a blue/brown marble...
Then there are the ponies...Donnie and Scarlet.
These two are full brother/sister...separated by about 5 or 6 years.
They are both sweet natured and quite lovely...
the perfect bookends.
And last, but never least is Moonbeam (Moony)...
who, if he were human, would be a blond-haired surfer "dude" on a beach somewhere...
He's about as laid back as they get.
Never once has he had any inclination towards aggressive behavior.
He has never kicked or nipped.
He has lovely ground manners...patient, kind, tolerant.
Sometimes at feeding time he will come into the stall
and kick the door to let me know that he is there.
In a very quiet, calm voice I simply say "out" and he exits the stall.
I love that he respects me.
I only wish that Ollie did.
Nope, he doesn't and never will.
This "attitude" is common with orphans (Ollie was orphaned at 3 weeks).
Thank God he is as tiny as he is!
As for the knitting...
I just finished this moss-stitch wrap....
The yarn and pattern were a Christmas present from my Mom...
This will be toasty warm on these cold winter days!