It has been cold and snowy all this week, and both Tuesday and Friday I fishtailed all the way to work in my Toyota. Thank goodness for the weekend when I am able to get back to the real business of living: seeing my brumby. You would not believe how dazzling my brumby is with her white fur, kept so clean by the snow which covers all the mud. She is so fabulous and smells so good, I fling myself into her belly and cry, I love you, Brumby! In the sun by the barn today, she was content and sleepy, even though the dogs were running wildly all around and even under her!
Sometimes while I am at work during the week, Bill will send me photos in an email of what is happening at the farm. Here is a snapshot he took of the doves at his feeder. Looks pretty crowded at the lunch counter!
Lately, Bill has brought Glitter down from the Big Pasture so Jackie can ride her. Ruby and Lilly have allegedly been picking on Glitter so badly that Bill had to resort to putting a blanket on her for protection! Bill claims my brumby can be so mean, and sent some pictures of how Lilly has already ruined Glitter's new armor. My sweet and sleepy brumby, mean? I actually think Bill used a different word. One that starts with a B (and it wasn't BRUMBY!).
Uh oh. I admit that blanket does not look good. Poor Glitter! Even still, today when we put the horses back in the pasture and Glitter was left alone in the barn momentarily, she hated it. She wanted to be back with the bossy horses! I did point out to Bill that Lilly herself had a big ole bite mark on her flank. I suppose an entire blog could be written on pecking order in horses.
Here is a creature of Bill's I never really worry about in wintertime: Bonnie Belle, the Scottish Highlander.
This mustbe the weather Bonnie Belle loves the most. Careful! Do not get poked by those horns!
Even though it was really cold today, the sun was so bright and the sky was so blue, it was great to be with the horses. Christine was there, and Jackie was there with Rosalie, and her other daughter Gracie. Rosalie said Glitter was being "as good as a rainbow." Don't you love that? As good as a rainbow? What a wonderful thing to say. Here is Rosalie offering the rainbow some water. What is Lilly doing? Is she thinking of taking a new bite out of Glitter? That would not be very rainbow-like.
We didn't ride today because the road is too icy, and the trail has a terrible crust of icy snow on it that threatens to bloody the horses' fetlocks. Tomorrow we have a plan to meet, to see if the plowed part of the ring will enable us to get back in the saddle. It is supposed to be frightfully cold though.
This picture came out fuzzy, but I wanted to show you Rosalie on her rainbow bareback this afternoon. Glitter is small and thin with such a small head, she looks very Araby. But no, she is a quarterhorse. She also has a polka dot on one of her feet which I adore.
I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying their brumbies.