In a few minutes, I will be outside, drinking my tea, while grazing my horses.
The daily routine of late, has been to take them out, 2 of 3 on lead ropes, to let them graze. Their two paddocks have been closed off to allow the grass to grow. Their new 3rd paddock has been grazed down to the nubs in one month. So, every day, sometimes 2x a day, I take them out for an hour and a half, to just eat the green!
I have become quite adept at writing, texting, talking on the phone, or just plain day dreaming, with a horse in each hand!!!Once they are out in the green grass, eating is the only thing on their minds!
Used to be, I could take my original two horses out anywhere untethered, and just sit on the ground and watch them- I never had to worry where they would go- 'cause they would not go anywhere!!! With the addition of Breeze, the young Walker, we have to keep a closer eye. Breeze would take off in a heartbeat. It is amazing that a 110 lb person at the end of a lead rope, will keep a 1,200 lb animal from taking off! Don't they know that they are stronger than me?? Never ceases to amaze me.............but thank goodness they don't take advantage of that!!!
I did get stepped on the other day- there is a first time for everything!!! The "old man" and Breeze were getting a little anxious to get out and eat, and the "old man" jostled Breeze, who, in his haste to get out of his way, stepped on me and knocked me down. His foot held my foot firmly to the ground as I went down, ripping my boot, and I was saying a silent prayer that nothing would break!!! As my calf muscle popped, I tried to turn and break my fall!! Both horses just stood there looking at me -as if to say what the heck are you doing down there? Breeze would not get off my foot- so I managed to get my other leg up there and push him off.!! Fortunately, I just have a bruised hip and palm, the popped calf muscle is perfectly fine!!
Anyway, time to get outside -I am drinking Jacksons of Piccadilly's green sencha tea - sent to me by Chriss in my tea bag swap numero dos!!! It smells delicious!!! Now, I am going to put the tea outside, and go get the boys for the morning graze........
Feel free to join us for tea any Tuesday. Visit Kim and Patty for links to the other tea party-ers!!!
John and the "old man"( above) heading for the gate to come out!