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  • Early morning.

    Just did the morning "chores" for our horses. It's dark, it's cold. Our barn is about 100 feet up a small hill behind our house. The lights go on, our two boys stand there, blinking their eyes, giving that low murmuring "hurry up!" If I'm a split second too late taking the feed pail away from the tub the pail gets a swift head push away. All very peaceful before the chaos and stress of work. Especially now, with the season over. We do have a great sport, but even without that, we still have some great animals. Ya gotta love it.

  • #2
    Couldn't agree more. Sharing the quiet moments of the morning with our horses is a gift. And I never think of it as a "chore".
    It going to snow tonight and I can't wait to let them out to play in it .

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    • #3
      I love that as soon as the back door of my house opens, the donkey brays! heheh... and the horses in the barn nicker when they hear my footsteps getting close to the door
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      • #4
        I love how as I open the stall door, they are licking thier lips, and chewing.
        May the sun shine on you daily, and your worries be gone with the wind.
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        • #5
          Thanks for posting this. That is the best time of day, even if getting out of bed early is tough.

          I love the sleepy, "is it really breakfast time already?" look from my cute new little Canter boy.

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          • #6
            I love it too. I never feed at the same time so there isn't any banging but the little rumble from way down in the throat is my most favorite sound. That and the spitty munchy sound of hay eating. I'm not sure if I love breakfast best or 'late-night'. I always go in between 9-10 pm to give the 3rd grain and make sure there is enough water and hay. My TB greets me all blinky with shavings all over his face and neck. Big cat stretch, a pee, lots of lip licking, a brief snuggle and yum, I love this stuff. I feel badly just leaving him standing there but I also know he'll be curled up again soon. Aren't we the lucky ones?
            Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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            • #7
              My horse meets me at the gate with his feed tub in his mouth some days--always makes me smile.

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              • #8
                omg... I thread that isn't about who's buying who, or who made what list, or who deserves to go to London. I'm so sick of that crap. I had a thread on an actual eventing topic.. conditioning.. and got 1 response.. lets change this board!
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                • #9
                  I do late night check at my barn. I love opening the doors and turning on the low level lights to see 14 heads poke out of stalls with ears up. Those that get late night dinner start the low nickers and lip smacking. I end it all up with a hug from my 17.2hh pocket pet of a horse. Love it.

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                  • #10
                    In Pittsburg, when we had a barn, my favorite! When we would get there on a frosty morning, and open the walk thru door, 12 heads would all look out, with white plumes coming out of thier noses. Assorted nickers, whinnies, and the like accompanied that. It always smelled so nice. Of hay, and body warmth, and...I admit it, I like it, horse poops. Grin! So four senses were active with such pleasant feelings. Cause I love the bite of cold air, the smells, the sounds, and all those gorgeous heads! Not to mention feeling loved, wanted and needed. Ok, done being sappy....
                    May the sun shine on you daily, and your worries be gone with the wind.
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                    • #11
                      It's kind of like the who feeds in their pajamas thread! and I just did that this morning! Warm robe, fuzzy socks and muck boots.... just in case you missed it!

                      Love love love having the horses at home and the barn is so close to the house that late one night (TG I had NOT gone to bed yet) I could hear a thump thump since I was sitting in a chair by the LR window. I ran out to find my beautiful young mare very badly cast on a stall wall. We couldn't even flip her she was wedged so tight, had to set a ratchet pulley on the stall door post and pull her front end forward enough to let her right herself. Incredible mare she was calm the minute we touched her and she quietly waited on us to help her, all the time it took to rope her/then run for a pulley. I was beside myself thinking oh dear god don't make me have to watch her hurt herself.

                      Backyard horses require such responsibility but OMG the way that we 'know' them. It is not like visiting them several times a week. Backyard horsekeeping taught me more about who the horse is. And they know us that way too (proof above).
                      Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
                        It's kind of like the who feeds in their pajamas thread! and I just did that this morning! Warm robe, fuzzy socks and muck boots.... just in case you missed it!
                        Do the same every morning! My CDE pony always calls to me, Mr. PM's new guy stands at the fence and mumbles under his breath and the polocrosse mares spin. It's one of the times I feel most wanted!
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                        • #13
                          Must be nice to have horses waiting for you at feeding tme.

                          Mine make me call, and call and call- sometimes they make me go out with a lead rope to find them.

                          Even in the pouring rain this morning they took their own sweet time about coming in.

                          Last night they wouldn't come in at all, and I had to walk all the way out to the far pasture to get them- I slipped and fell in the mud on the way back in.

                          Of course, once they GET to the barn, they are very appreciative and glad to see their food.
                          Last edited by Janet; Dec. 7, 2011, 12:14 PM.
                          Janet

                          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                          • #14
                            As much as I hate getting up in the pitchblack, struggling into the layers and slogging out the 250' to the barn....
                            Once I'm there I couldn't be happier

                            *Barncats fed FIRST! - check

                            *Hay tossed to horse & pony - check
                            My Big guy is impatient - he paws and whinnies under his breath until the hay hits the floor

                            *Buckets refilled - check
                            BG is also a haydunker - his bucket is a cesspool that requires daily scrubbing & dumping of "soup"

                            *Grain fed - check
                            For some reason the pony stands guard outside BG's stall until his feed hits the pan, then he's all business, chomping & licking until he's made All Gone

                            *Stalls picked - check

                            Now I get to settle into a chair or onto a bale of hay and - cat installed on lap - listen to NPR accompanied by munching of hay.
                            The most peaceful start to my day.

                            Wash, rinse, repeat when I get home from work and then around 9P a final flake, water refill & cookies (3 each and they count!)
                            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                            • #15
                              OK, I'll stop whining. I went down to feed at 8:00...and whined about it. It's 22 freakin' degrees here....on the central coast of California. WTF?! The water was frozen. Doesn't happen here. I was feeling sorry for myself as I bundled up to go out. Until I got there. Had to make the husband wait in his car to make sure the boys didn't kill me as they raced/bucked around my wheelbarrow. Feeling pretty wimpy compared to the rest of you. And it is worth having them at home.

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                              • #16
                                If my guys think I am .2 seconds late, they will be standing at the back fence looking in my kitchen window from across the backyard. If I'm a few seconds early, they will still be in their stalls and I get the surprised OMG woo hoo nickers, possibly some bucking and broncing about in their stalls too for the pure joy of it. Someone much more eloquent than myself once said that horses are joy personified. I think I can agree with that most of the time.
                                My AM feeding is just as the sun starts to come up and my PM feeding is after it is dark, then I go out around 9pm and restock hay for overnight. I love being in the barn with the horses whether their are wild and expressing themselves outwardly or quietly content to just munch their hay and have their blankets changed.
                                Rhode Islands are red;
                                North Hollands are blue.
                                Sorry my thoroughbreds
                                Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :

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                                • #17
                                  I envy you all having your horses in your backyard! I got to have my horse in my backyard for a few months until I moved and now he is boarded. But it /is/ nice when I go out on the weekends (barn doesn't want us there until 8:30am) and he hears me walk around the corner and nickers

                                  I miss misty mornings, and tucking my hands under my old horse's blanket to warm my frozen fingers up.

                                  Someday!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by froglander View Post
                                    I miss misty mornings, and tucking my hands under my old horse's blanket to warm my frozen fingers up.
                                    I 'ALWAYS' do that! And it's a comfort to feel how snug and warm they must feel and appreciate their rugs.
                                    Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                                      I love it too. I never feed at the same time so there isn't any banging but the little rumble from way down in the throat is my most favorite sound. That and the spitty munchy sound of hay eating. I'm not sure if I love breakfast best or 'late-night'. I always go in between 9-10 pm to give the 3rd grain and make sure there is enough water and hay. My TB greets me all blinky with shavings all over his face and neck. Big cat stretch, a pee, lots of lip licking, a brief snuggle and yum, I love this stuff. I feel badly just leaving him standing there but I also know he'll be curled up again soon. Aren't we the lucky ones?
                                      You said it best!
                                      "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
                                      Courtesy my cousin Tim

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                                      • #20
                                        My pasture is close to the house, so when I turn on the lights they all line up at the fence to look in the window! "There she is, the lady with the food." They don't know my name and don't care as long as I bring the food!

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