Once you have a passion for horses, look out. You will do any & everything to ensure your 4-legged fur baby gets ALL the attention, love & accessories you can get, not to mention going above & beyond to make sure they're safe & secure.
Today I really kicked off the new year. I cut limbs, pulled vines & did some general yard clean up. Being a first time horse owner I hadn't realized just what could be poisonous to horses. Dogs & cats, yes, I am aware because I have 3 dogs & 2 cats. It never really entered my mind about horses because... well Cookie is the first horse I've ever owned. I don't have a "regular" paddock for her. One that was already set up for horses. I am using my backyard as her paddock. She has a ton of room to run & play & do whatever she wants back there, complete with all the necessities including a large trash can of water, trees for shade & her very own 3 sided shelter with a "window". (Just an opening I put in a wall a few weeks ago). I hadn't considered she would possibly eat tree limbs. So I googled poisonous plants & trees concerning horses. I was shocked to find wisteria, ivy, cherry & peach trees on the list. I don't think I've ever seen a horse actually EAT the limbs... that is until the other day. I caught Cookie breaking off pieces of the pear tree & eating it. :/ Then I noticed a few limbs had been broke off the apple tree. So, I grabbed my limb cutters & went to work. I'm not finished, but most of what she can reach is now out at the curb. I'm thankful for this mild winter spell we're having because it gives me a chance to clean this stuff up before it begins to leave out & really get started growing again. The wisteria & ivy are the hardest because they run all over the place & you have to dig up the main root stems or else it will just come up again.
I'm sure in her desire to "help" me get rid of these limbs it's mostly out of boredom. The weather has been rainy so doing anything outside with her just hasn't been in the cards. I spend time with her when I feed. Sitting with her while she eats & talking to her. If the ground isn't real slick & muddy, we'll run around the paddock just to blow off steam & get in a little exercise. Though to be honest, I'm not the one who needs to run around. lol. She keeps me rather busy with manure removal.
It's suppose to rain again tomorrow so I'll commence my yard clean up the day after. Tomorrow I might begin cleaning up the storage shed. It is really big & it would be a great stall for her. I just need to put in a few more "windows" & put up some siding on one side of it. A nice layer of stall mats then some pine shavings or straw to make a bed in. I think she would be more comfortable in there as it is more "sound" proof if you will & I think she would be less spooky when the real bad weather comes. She's already been in there quite a few times checking things out & picking up a few bites of left over hay I had stored in there from when she first came. She even initiated it by pooping in there. Yes I actually laughed when she did it. She's one crazy girl, but I wouldn't trade her for anything.
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