"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy as...Clams?

No doubt this unseasonably warm weather has been a nice treat for most.

But for the horses, ehhh, not so much.
They are cooped up in the barn.

I am pretty sure they are not estatic about this current situation, but I am also pretty certain, come Summer, if they had no grass to graze on all day, they'd be even less thrilled than they are now!

You see, right now the pastures are mud holes. Putting a 1100# animal out on this results in an even larger mud hole which, in turn, results in ruining the grass. In other words, there will be no grass in the summer if they are allowed to tear up the place now.

So, they hang in the barn. And I must say, for being cooped up, they behaved very nicely while the farrier was over to trim their hooves :)

A strange stillness dwells in the eye of the horse, a composure that appears to regard the world from a measured distance…It is a gaze from the depths of a dream… -Hans-Heinrich Isenbart


Susan said...

I love looking into the eyes of animals and wondering what they are thinking. It brings about a serenity that I can't explain.
Love the photos. XOXO

Unknown said...

Oh how neat, I love learning about stuff like this. I had no idea.

katiegirl said...

Good for you! It's tough love, and worth it when you see your pastures haven't been torn up!