Oh my goodness!
What a splendid weekend we had...
with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the upper 60's.
We basked in the warmth of the sunlight.
What a gift to receive in the middle of February...
and it is supposed to remain in the 50's (plus) through the coming week.
It finally dried out enough for the horses to spend the morning in the upper pasture.
When we designed the fences for the upper pasture, we divided the space
into four equal pastures.... four squares within one large square.
Each contiguous pasture can be connected to it's neighboring pasture,
by opening two gates and chaining them to the fence across from them.
Yesterday we opened two of the pastures and allowed the horses access to both.
Amazingly, as soon as we let them go in the pasture,
they headed straight for the opening into the neighboring pasture.
I swear the first thing they do upon entering any given pasture is
to make a perimeter check to see if any of the gates have been left open.
"FREEDOM!!!".... I am sure is what goes through their crazy horse brains!
It was obvious they were happy to have their space enlarged,
because they ran and ran...kicking up their heels.
I think we all felt a little Spring fever this weekend.
We had a visit from our favorite little farm girl on Saturday.
complete with her own little muck boots!
Mackenzie loves the animals.
Feeding the sheep...
Petting the horses...
She's quite curious about those crazy chickens.
"Chickens!" she said as she pointed to the hens (a new word!), "Chickens!"
It was the perfect weekend...
with just the right amount of work and play.
I took a little time on Sunday to clean up the horses.
A winter's worth of mud and dirt was brushed out of their coats,
manes and tail were brushed out and trimmed,
bridal paths were shaved,
and hooves were picked clean.
And to top it all off...
we found the largest egg EVER!!
Check it out (next to one of our usual extra large sized eggs)...
This one was extra jumbo.
Oh, the poor hen!