Saturday, January 16, 2010

Feeding and planning

Today is the first day for two weeks that I've been able to meet my feeding turn at the barn - one weekend I was given the day off by the BO, the next weekend I was sick. I'm still coughing like a maniac, but other than that, I feel fine. And am I building abs! LOL

I was excited to be going back out. My husband hates me going out, but I relish the time in the company of only horses. Being a little weak is not ideal, though.

With all the rain and cold weather I knew it would be easy, all the horses that could fit in the runs would be in already. They all greeted me with their usual impatience, although I think I must have been out there earlier than they usually get fed, because they were quite patient.

There are two new horses at the barn, older ones, there to be refreshed and sold. One is an appie, the other is a black TB. I hate to see older horses being sold. Even though I'm one of those people who bought one. Both horses called out nervously to me as I came out with grain, as if they feared I'd miss them.

Here, no one goes hungry. Our BO always feeds every horse - even if they've been abandoned by their owners (which one little arab mare was).

I feel for these two older horses, feel for them being removed from a herd, having to make their way through uncertainty of the next few months. Horses are creatures of habit, and I don't think I'm projecting human emotions when I observe that herd changes are tough on them.

That said, life changes, and horses and humans have to adapt. But changes impact our view of the world. Is it reasonable to presume that it colors how horses see the world?

I have gotten "In the Company of Horses." I'm devouring it. I'm going to have to read it twice, at least. It's already given me a good deal to think about, including what it is I hope to learn at the clinic.

But that's another post. Hopefully the weather will be beautiful tomorrow and I'll be riding.


Life at Star's Rest said...

Living with horses who were raised in completely natural herds as we do, I can say that you are absolutely right that they create strong bonds and have a sense of security that is provided by their herd.

Most domestic horses don't get to have that continuity of steady companionship and I believe it is very hard for them with the constant changes that happen in boarding situations.

I hope that your two 'oldies' find wonderful loving homes where they will be able to live out the balance of their lives.


Leah Fry said...

I can only speak from my own limited experience. Anytime Jaz is not here, Poco goes from manic worry to visible depression in a matter of hours. I feel so bad for him.

When I brought Scorch home during Jaz's recuperation at the farm, Poco stood by the open gate and didn't take off because he was so excited there was another horse in the trailer.

I sure hope the older horses find a good home. Are they for sale or just looking for a good home? Tell me about the App.