Even though winter still has a firm grip on the farm, we're thinking ahead to spring and warm weather. With this in mind, Vegas' mom has let Vegas come back a little earlier - and we're thrilled! He has settled in very quickly, calling out to his girlfriends... evidently they missed him, too! It's fun having a tall horse back, but with the snow levels so high in the pastures and round pens, we're hoping he doesn't decide to hop the fence!
Here it is, the middle of February, and we've been getting socked with so much snow, cold, and sub-zero wind chills! Even so, it can be beautiful, can't it?
Our dear Hurango officially retired last week. He has served us well over the years and all of us will miss him. So many fond attachments ("He's my favorite horse!") were created, and his super smooth Paso gaite provided uncertain riders confidence in themselves. Hurango was also the recipient of many hugs and thanks for his quiet acceptance. Some time this week he will go to live (not too far away) with a young boy who will love him and spoil him with treats... not a bad life! Hurango certainly deserves such a home in his retirement years, and we wish him all the best.
We are pleased to have a new horse join the herd. Rosie is a sweet Palomino quarter horse who loves affection. She's a bit shy right now, but we're confident that she will be feeling right at home soon... she just got a pedi-pedi yesterday and she's lookin' good!
Mud season has been spectacular this spring, and this week promises more rain. Even so, the temperatures (the meteorologists promise) will be warmer, and the sun will come out. The horses are happy to take of their winter blankets and are eager to eat the spring grass in the fields. There's much spring cleaning to do and are grateful for the volunteer groups coming to help out. We're looking forward to having a Girl Scout troop come help blaze a new trail for riders and a school group to clean and freshen up the dome. Happy Spring!
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The first snow of the season has arrived... along with some icy conditions. Thankfully the winter coats have filled in, and given the minis the look of little fuzz balls on legs - but some still prefer the comfort of added blankets! I wonder how much snow we'll get this winter? Here's a picture of Hurango last winter, knee deep in the stuff!
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