Not a lot to report tonight from middle Tennessee. The weather has been beyond perfect, warm and sunny with a light breeze. Many of the trees are very close to leafing out and are full of buds. I didn’t walk over to the pond to verify, but I believe I saw some new goslings floating around in the pond today. I was quite a distance away so it could have been baby ducks, I need to walk over and investigate, the pond is fenced off from the pastures although sometimes we give the Big Boys access. Spring is definitely in full force, I even saw a fly today.
Spring is a slow, lingering season here and fall is as well. I remember when Jason and I lived in Vermont I was amazed at how fast spring seemed to happen there. Within a couple of weeks it suddenly warmed up enough and the grass turned green and the trees leafed out. I felt I could almost watch the process happen before my eyes if I stood and stared at a tree long enough! This happens over a much longer period here, taking up most of March and April.
I’ve been a bit over zealous with the shedding blade and have managed to put bald spots on a few horses. Oops! I do this every year, thankfully their summer coats fill in the spots quickly! My hands are raw and sore from so much grooming and use of the shedding blade, but I think I’ve already mentioned that in the last umpteen posts. I enjoy it though, it is so pleasant to be outside on a beautiful day grooming horses.
I am off to make up my list for farrier day tomorrow. I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the season.
Lucky showing perfect form while he rolls. Lucky is a Quarter Horse and retired trail partner.
Asterik is a Holsteiner and he showed on the “A” circuit in both the hunters and the jumpers.
Slinky and Lucky in the front, Ivan and Homer in the back. Slinky is a large pony and he specialized in the pony equitation classes. Ivan is a Thoroughbred and showed up to the Grand Prix level in the jumpers. Homer is an Irish bred gelding who was a top notch show hunter.
Thomas and Trigger. Thomas is a Holsteiner and retired from dressage. Trigger is an Appendix Quarter Horse and retired show hunter.
Leo and Chance. Leo is a Dutch Warmblood and he showed through 4th level in dressage before becoming a show hunter. Chance is a Thoroughbred and he has had many job descriptions including racehorse, pulling a carriage for tourists and show hunter.
Lily and Harmony. Lily is a Quarter Horse/Warmblood cross who showed in the jumpers. Harmony is a Thoroughbred and retired from a career in polo.