If You Give a Mare a Mushroom...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

After days of rain, I vowed that on Saturday, whatever the weather, I would be spending time with Lilly. So that is what I did. Her one front foot is still not completely sound. At the trot and the canter, she's slightly gimpy. She is still barefoot. I'd like her to be barefoot all the time. On the other hand, she does seem to go better with shoes. I guess deep down I am not convinced that the barefoot trim will not work. I think there is a hurtle that we have not yet cleared. Plus, that big chunk of her hoof that fell out hasn't grown back yet. In any case, today I put Cavallo boots on Lilly and we walked through the woods. I didn't get on her. I just wanted to see how she did on the soft trail with no rider.

Before we set out, Bill's wife Jackie pointed out this snake in the garden. It looks like he has just eaten some poor creature. I'd never want to harm a snake....but they do make me feel creepy. Once I grabbed one that somehow ended up in our basement. I wanted to save it, to set it free. I grabbed it all right, and then shrieked at the top of my lungs while I ran up the stairs, through the kitchen and out the back door. The snake was more than happy to slither away from me in the yard.

Here is Lilly with her Mona Lilly smile. Although, there's nothing mysterious here: she's looking at some people walking down the road.

I am happy to report that Lilly was perfectly sound during our entire hike. No gaffs, gimps or stumbles. Sure she had her sneakers on, but she was trampling everywhere right along with me, interested in everything I was doing. She is so much fun to hang out with. Sometimes for no reason I kiss her.

Since I was on the ground, I was able to be a much better mushroom hunter. Here a little snail was napping right by this Lactarius. These mushrooms kind of lactate, hence the name! Do you see the little milky droplets under the cap? You can always tell a Lactarius because of this.

Some mushrooms you need to really look for. But others are most content growing along footpaths. Or hoofpaths, as the case may be.

While I got down on the ground to snap pictures of mushrooms, Lilly seized each and every opportunity to nibble all the green things that caught her eye. She also still likes to snuffle around in the dead leaves. I wonder what is so appealing about that for her. It's like she's looking for something.

Here is a short clip of a cute newt we saw: Click here!

This mushroom looked wet and blob like, like a big, floppy, wet pancake. Kind of neat and gross all at once. Brandon claims my photography leaves much to be desired when it comes to identifying this mushroom.

Don't you love how these guys are bursting up through the forest floor?

Here is a cute little trio!

When we walked by the BP, Lilly stopped her nibbling at called at the top of her lungs for her BP buddies. She's been there 2 weeks--it was just yesterday Bill brought her back down to the pasture by the barn. When she cried out (right by my ear mind you, and it was very loud), the horses in the BP called back to her. But I didn't actually see them.

These mushrooms were so startlingly bright!

While I was taking pictures of this Russula, Lilly's big ole mouth came by and snuffled one of them right up. That is to say, she ate it! Not to worry, it is not poisonous.

Here is the Griffin Edward mushroom, and he belongs to my dear friends Kevin and Sarah.


Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Cracking totally up at the visual of you and the snake - rushing through the house shrieking ;)

I ran my riding mower through a writing spider web last fall - the (big as my thumb) spider dropped and I frantically searched for her on the ground - no... on the mower - no... in my hair - oh lordy please no... on the back of my calf - yes! I swiped her away shrieking my head off. (I think there may have been some sort of spastic dance as well) Luckily the mower noise kept me from freaking out the neighbors - they might have thought someone was being murdered...

What a lovely walk you and your brumby enjoyed. I especially like her Mona Lisa smile :)

Frizzle said...

Wow, there is a whole lot of fungus up there in the Mass. woods! I don't remember seeing lots of mushrooms when I lived there, but I DO remember lots of lady slipper orchids.

Glad your brumby is starting to feel better!

juliette said...

Lilly is such a good friend, hiking in the woods and standing while you take photos and eating mushrooms. I am so glad you got to spend time with her. That calling can be so loud but wonderful too because she has friends she loves and who loves her back.

Michelle said...

I had no idea you were so into mushrooms! That's cool, I love taking photos of them too. Although I know nothing about them. Glad Lilly is doing slightly better now....hope she continues to improve.

lmel said...

I think I would enjoy a ride with you! All those mushroom, the newt, the snake, add to the joys of being out and about with your horse. I love it when I see hawks, hear owls, spot woodland wildflowers and critters while riding the trails. Lilly is the first horse I've heard of that eats 'shrooms! Thanks for sharing!

Once Upon an Equine said...

Interesting shrooms. I laughed out loud imagining you running and shrieking with that snake.

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