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

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tough Love Season

Tis the season for tough love when you are a horse owner!
Spring is around the corner - the weather is changing - everyone wants to be out.....

But for the horses, this is what I call 'Tough Love Season'!

They want so badly to be out kicking up their heels, rolling off those shedding winter coats and nibbling on the fresh sprouts of Spring grass.

However, if they were out kick up their heels and nibbling up that fresh spring grass, there'd be no nice, lush field of green come July. And though they are rather pissy with me right now - they'd be beyond pissy come July ...or June....or August, if all they had was a dirt pasture to stand in and pass the time!

So though they stand with long faces and 'feel sorry for me looks', it is tough love keeping them in on these nice days. It is what is better for them [and their summer sanity] in the long run :)

*I should note, too, that they still get out of their stalls :) We take them on strolls through the orchard and let them nibble some grass. Whenever it seems 'decent' out in terms of how muddy it is, they do get to romp around in their 'sacrifice pasture'. And Gypsy, my precious old gal, gets run of the barn aisle during the day while we are at work to ensure she gets those legs stretched!


Kim said...

I wish we had a barn to lock ours in while it is muddy. They make such a mess of the pasture. Can't wait for green grass!

Susan said...

Tough love is a good thing--all around whether it's humans or beasts. I always said it was harder on me than my wee ones and I'm sure it's that way for you too. <3

Simple Daisy said...

I love your tough love spirit!! They'll appreciate you so much more for it:)