Finally after days of confinement to their dry lot,
the horses were able to return to their upper pastures for a morning.
What had previously been turned into a swamp, was now
dry enough that hooves would not destroy it.
In order to have a decent pasture for grazing,
we have to protect it during bad weather.
I was alone yesterday morning, and it took me about a half hour
to get all five horses up to the dry lot.
Moonbeam was first... and was so excited he danced the entire way.
Then Donnie and Scarlet followed suit.
The walk was exciting... both for them, as they could hardly contain themselves...
and for me struggling with 2 ponies who had a hard time keeping hooves on the ground.
We made it without incident.
When it came time to move the littles,
I held my camera in one hand with the video running...
this is the resulting video.
(warning: you may need to take Dramamine before viewing this video...
it's a little hard to keep a camera steady when you have two miniature horses in hand.)
The rest of the day turned into "pruning day."
With afternoon sun and temps up to 61,
I took advantage of the day and pruned all of the grapevines, the hydrangeas,
and the butterfly bushes.
I also cut down all of the ornamental grasses.
Luckily, I had excellent supervisors!
You may have noticed the heavy yellow cord in all of today's photos and videos.
Very early in the winter, our underground electric stopped working...
leaving the chickens and goats without power.
The extension cords are a temporary fix until new electric service can be run under ground.
One thing about farm life that is always true...
you can always expect the unexpected!