Gwen, our wonderful farrier, was here on Monday. Farrier days are busy as horses are constantly being brought in the barn to have their feet trimmed and then taken back out to their respective pastures. I usually lead two horses at a time to save me some considerable walking. That being said there are certain horses that I don't ever lead with another horse, they are always led alone, but most of the time we go in and out in pairs. I always write out my list for the farrier the night before. As everyone is being fed breakfast halters are put on the horses that will be coming in for the farrier. I do this simply to make life easier on me. Many of the horses make it clear that they don't want to come in to the barn ever, so it is easier to slip their halters on right after their feedbags are removed than to chase them around later. When it is time to bring them in I just hold out a handful of treats and clip the leadrope on their halters before they have time to realize they've been caught.
Sometimes I don't bother to put the halter on certain ones as they never give you any trouble. Missy is one that always lets you walk right up to her and put her halter on. I was very thankful on Monday that I did go ahead and put her halter on at breakfast. When I walked out to the pasture to bring in her and Cuffie, Missy saw the leadropes in my hand and took off - I was shocked! Missy is old (mid to late 20's) and quite arthritic. I'd noticed she had been feeling better and better lately but I didn't realize that she was feeling quite that spunky.
Of course the mares were more than happy to have any excuse to run, three of them are thoroughbreds and are always looking for an excuse to run, especially Buffy and Harmony. MyLight and Lily didn't think twice about joining in either, and Cuffie certainly didn't have any plans to be the odd one out so there they all went around the field with Missy in the lead. I couldn't believe it. I chased Missy and company around the field for awhile before she finally gave up and let me walk up and put the leadrope on. I felt like I had sweated my butt off out there but unfortunately I checked and it is still there. I'm sure I could have avoided a lot of walking/running/sweating on my part if I'd had some food with me but it never occurred to me that I would need it to catch Missy. Sometimes Cuffie is a stinker about being caught but he's been really good about it lately so I was completely unprepared for that scenario.
My other unexpected sight of the week was Apollo and his feedbag. I was putting feedbags on as usual and as always Apollo went to shove his nose in his feedbag. Except all of a sudden he was flying backwards and snorting. My first thought was maybe a horse fly had landed on him. He stopped and I shook the feedbag so he could hear the food and he came right back up only to repeat the same scenario. I then realized that Apollo was scared of the feedbag. After awhile the bags start to wear out and have to be replaced. A few months ago the manufacturer changed the design and the new bags look slightly different than the old bags. No one else has ever noticed but Apollo was freaking out because his feedbag looked different. After a few more backward runs he finally let me put it on him and he has been perfectly fine with it since then. Apollo is huge, he is an 18.1 hand Hanoverian, and it is just wrong that he is scared of a change in feedbags! The ancient, arthritic pony charging around the pasture and huge Apollo being scared of a change in feedbags have been my interesting sights so far this week.
Leo and Elfin grazing
Levendi and Chance
Apollo and Trigger
Apollo and Trigger
Sebastian, Faune and Ogie
Cloudy soaking up some sun in one of the stall windows
Clay enjoys a nice roll