Saturday, April 23, 2011

An Easter Gift for the Bigguns

"If you'd like to help, you can watch them express their appreciation." 

So said my friend, Janet. Cowgirl extraordinaire and surrogate Mom to my 2 horses, who are boarded at her stables.

What's the best time to buy a better camera? Why the day before you need it, of course! And, yesterday I was sorely wishing I'd had a crystal ball.


We've been having hard times. Incessant rains causing problems for all of us. Soil so saturated that small lakes have cropped up in the middle of my garden.


The biggest members of our extended family were suffering mightily. Feet sinking deep into the quicksand-like mud. Their large corrals just not large enough to manage this rainy mess.

A gracious neighbor, right down the road, saw their plight and offered up her empty pasture. On a slope, drier ground, a sweet, green spot where they could kick up their heels.

It's not easy moving these guys from there to here. It took 4 trips and 11 temper tantrums (one for each pony!) All were in a foul mood over the mud.

These are the times when you kinda wish they spoke English. If they had an inkling of where they were heading, they would have hopped on that bus, without a moment's hesitation.

So, it was a bit of a battle. But once they arrived, they were ever so grateful. Blowing off steam in the most joyful of ways. Thundering hooves. Happy nickers. Huge competition to see who can run the fastest.

People often wonder why women love horses.

I think it's because horses are a lot like women. They form bonds easily. They're more flight than fight. They are wise, forgiving, with an innate, motherly attitude that never ceases to amaze me.

Take this massive white Percheron, for instance. Adopting this little black pony as if it were her own. They've got 4 acres of pasture in which to graze. But, this spot tastes just fine...

24 comments:

Alison said...

Oh, they look so happy! I was one of those tom-boy horsey girls growing up. Not so much now. But I still love looking at them.

Liza said...

Lucky horses!

Ramona said...

So glad they're enjoying their temporary home! Happy Easter, Kate!

Laurrie said...

I love these horses kicking up! These shots made my day here on a gloomy cold wet day in the northeast... I wish a nice human with a trailer would whisk me away to better pastures too.

KC said...

Looks like fun! I'm sure the girls are loving it.

Marguerite said...

Kate what gorgeous photos. Those horses look like they're having the time of their lives.

A Garden of Threads said...

They very grateful to be out of the mud. I love the views in your pictures. Have a wonderful Easter my friend.

sweetbay said...

Those horses look so thrilled to be getting the kinks out!

jan said...

Great photos! I love the last one of the two sharing lunch! They really do look happy!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I could almost feel their excitement as they kicked up their heels. Happy Easter to you too.

Lona said...

Oh they do look so happy now Kate. They are so beautiful to watch (From a far LOL!) I am a wimp. Happy Easter my friend.

Gloria, Dakota Garden said...

Hi Kate - fantastic pictures! You have some very happy horses! They love you!

Wendy said...

wow, I guess it could get pretty treacherous for those guys if it's really muddy out. I love photos of your horses. I just can't believe you live out there in that beautiful part of the world.

zombieballerina said...

They really are gorgeous! :) Glad they got to get out of the mud and run.

Though I must say this post isn't helping with my horse envy. I've always loved horses but I don't live in a place were I can play with them. I'm so jealous right now that you get watch them romp and have your own.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Kate~~ Beautiful horses and scenery. Your camera did just fine! BTW, you are the winner of my giveaway for the Fine Gardening special edition magazine. When you get a minute, I need your snail mail so I can send it to you. :)

Andrea said...

Those horses are really lucky. Thanks for such a moving post and for the amazing pictures.

Susan said...

Those horses look really so happy! I'm sure that they are also greatly thankful for their new temporary home.

Snowcatcher said...

Your camera did JUST fine! You've captured their delight beautifully. I know it's hard to move them, but I'm so glad they can kick up their heels now! And one day, the garden will be happy it had pools for a while, and it will burst forth to prove it...

Rose said...

This brought a smile to my face this morning, Kate, just watching the horses romp. They look like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves. Hope you had a happy Easter, too, Kate!

Andrea said...

I hope your horses are still happy in their new temporary home!

troutbirder said...

Well there you go. I was one of those wonderers myself. Although I just finished reading Margaret Georges wonderful new novel Elizabeth I. Not always the nurturing type she did what she had to do.... and then rode horses to unwind. :)

Carolyn ♥ said...

What a great post. I absolutely loved it. It never occurred to me how soggy weather might affect horses. They sure look happy now!

Janie said...

I love watching the horses take their first spring runs after the snow melts. The last photo of the two best friends is so sweet.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Lovely post. Gorgeous photos. Looks like my sort of place. I hope the rain has eased off.