Well I have got to admit I have a very bad case of spring fever these days chaffing at the idea of getting started with the riding season but ole man winter just won’t quite let go just yet. They are predicting 2-4 inches of snow today which is desperately needed for the water table but not helpful for working on trails. i know whine away see how much it helps. I love living in the mountains but it surely makes for very unpredictable weather, especially in the spring.
But yesterday I got out exploring some of the back acreage on a hike with by best hiking buddy, Nicky my border collie/aussie mix. I go about 5-6 miles he goes at least 2 or 3 times that far, comes back and immediately jumps up our bed for a nap.
The horses seem to be really enjoying the coolness as they are all full of mischief and fun with each other these days. It is interesting to watch how restless they get before a storm comes in. I swear you can tell a day or so before by how they start acting. They get really antsy, going from one pile of hay to another looking for that perfect bite, very feisty with each other as if to say this is all mine. Even though we have been with these people for several years you can’t trust anybody or anything when a storm is brewing, not even a small one. It is great fun to watch everyone interact according to the different weather patterns, you can learn a lot by just watching how your horses are acting.
Another thing I find interesting is how well they can hear. When Kori or I are coming back to the ranch from somewhere I am always amazed at how far away they can hear the truck and I assure you that they never get that wrong. The start yakking as soon as they hear us, much sooner than our dogs.
These amazing creatures who we call horses amaze me more every day I spend with them. I hear about how some people lose interest in their horses and I can not fathom that at all. They are as much of a part of my life as breathing is. Sometimes I just sit there and look at them marveling at how amazing they are to us. Of course our horses are pretty spoiled, they always behave themselves but they know they are loved , which is how it should be. Nothing is more relaxing than spending time brushing them and they absolutely love the attention. It is a very special time for us together. But the bottom line is they are horses, they especially love us when we bring them food!
I am sure that many people do not understand the bond many of us have with our horses but it is something very difficult to explain for me but it is very real. Of course like most other horse folks we have cats and dogs also so everyday is filled with unconditional love from all sorts of critters. We are so blessed!
Well lit is time for me to go out and brush these guys today before Nicky and myself go off exploring again.
Everyone have a very blessed day!