Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring Fever

Willow is shedding like crazy. I love shedding season, it's like unwrapping a package. I can't wait to see her summer coat. When I got her last summer her coat was not in very good shape.

Anyway after I got done brushing her I let her wonder around the yard and she decided to browse on the gorse bush. For some reason horses love gorse, I don't know why though it has very large stickers. I told her horses with compromised teeth should not be eating poky bushes.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Just Pictures

Willow is doing fine. Here are some new pictures.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Ride on Willow

Today I rode Willow...sort of. I wanted to see how she was to tack up. I had to hunt up a snaffle, put together a headstall and add reins. I haven't rode in a few years. I dug out my hunt seat saddle and dusted it off. I don't ride hunt seat but I am lazy and they are light and easy to put on.

It was very easy to saddle and bridle Willow. She just stood there for the saddle and put her head down for the bridle. I walked her around and decided to get on her. So I led her to the picnic table
and hopped on!

We just wondered around the yard for a few minutes then I got off. She neck reins so next time I will pull out the western saddle and curb bit and see what she knows. It was a lot of fun.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Willow at One Month

It has been one month since I brought Willow home. She is a wonderful mare. She is gaining weight and has a wonderful personality.

Sometimes she is kind of touchy about her head but if you just take it slow she will let you wash, clip, etc. without a fight.

Pixie and her like to make ugly faces at each other. For the most part they get along fine. Willow is kind of bossy and likes to move Pixie around. That's good for Pixie, she is too fat.

Willow doesn't go anywhere slow. Gallops out to the pasture, trots to get fed, runs to get out of the heat. She is one speedy mare. hehe


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Willow's First Trim

Willow had her hooves trimmed today. She was very good. Willow is an ears forward, take everything in stride kind of girl. Even at 28 she is very flexible and shows no sign of stiffness.
In the pasture she runs and bucks like she is half her age. Decorum(blogger id), my barefoot trimmer, says she has good feet but it will take a few trims to get them in shape. I should mention that she has been my trimmer for over 12 years and I just love her. If she ever retires I will have to rehome my horses, lol. Here are some before and after pictures.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Willow's Float

Willow had her teeth floated today. They were in pretty bad shape. She has three bottom teeth missing on the left side and one missing on the right side. She was very well behaved for the vet. I don't like it when they have to sedate them. Watching her trying to keep her balance was hard.

After she perked up, I went out to feed her and Pixie. It is like the middle of winter here tonight, stormy. So I just threw hay to Pixie in her stall and fed Willow just outside her stall. Willow ate all of her food then chased Pixie out and ate her hay. I guess her teeth are working fine.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Frogs and Horses

No float for Willow yesterday. The vet had an emergency so it was postponed until next week.
On the lighter side my 3 year old grandson thinks I should get frogs for the horses. He said frogs eat bugs and flies. The ultimate in green horse care. lol