Friday, August 29, 2008

Luna, the Escape Artist

I've mentioned before that Luna is quite the escape artist, but she's taken it to yet another level.

It started last year, in the fall when Belle first arrived. I kept Belle and Luna separate from the older mares for the first few weeks in order to let them get used to each other. (Chocolate and Riskie aren't real nice to newcomers) So, Belle and Luna were in the "training" pen which is 3 strands of electric tape inside the side pasture of 4 strands of flex fence. Luna did not like the confines of the tape and repeatedly wound up on the other side of it. I have still never seen her escape, I just find her in places she's not supposed to be. I don't know if she jumped it, or rolled under it, but the fence was never down, and she never had a scratch on her. I got sick of rearranging the fence (making the strands lower and higher) and finally just put her in the dry-lot with the old mares, which is the flex fence, 4 strands, around 5 feet high. That solved the problem and she stayed in the fence just fine all winter long.

This spring, when we started to let everyone out on the back pasture (3 strands of electric braid) I figured she'd have no problem staying in the fence. After all, Risk and Chocolate won't escape and why would Luna want to leave them and 4 acres of lush, green grass? Well, your guess is as good as mine. She did leave and wound up in the barn... Aubrey found her making a mess in the aisle. That was the day she went to live with Remington...

Problem solved, right? Remington is only allowed in the 5 foot high flex fence... So the other day I decided to let Rem and Luna out in the front arena to graze all day. That's probably an acre or more of nice grass. You could imagine my surprise when I got a voicemail from Aubrey's brother asking if Luna was supposed to be outside the fence... Nope... *sigh* Luckily she doesn't go far I guess, but why does she do it in the first place? She must live by that saying, "The grass is always greener..." I got the idea that she jumped the fence, but didn't clear it because the top strand is loose. So, now that she has gotten out of every type of fence on the property I'm out of ideas. I'll just consider myself lucky that these pastures are far from the road, and none of the other horses are keen on following her lead.

Anyway, here's a short little clip of the old mares coming in from a long day out on the pasture. I wanted to bring my camera with because lately they've been galloping in from way out and it's so fun to watch, but they decided not to humor me seeing as I had my camera...

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I am still miserable with allergies, but I'll do my best to enjoy the 3 day weekend.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pictures of Ponies

Chocolate - who never lets me get a good picture of her...

Rem and Luna
Luna's butt is just about as tall as Rem's. She will be ready to start this fall.

Riskie needs a haircut.

Pictures of Ponies

Here are the animals.  I took these photos on Friday.  I tried to make it out to the barn before the sun went behind the trees because it would have made for some great lighting, but I ran out of light.  So here they are in shadow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bad blogger!

That's what I am...

I'm sorry it's been so long, and thanks for all the comments on my drawing! I really appreciate all of them.

Not much to report here... Remington and the girls have been enjoying the last days of Summer eating their freshly cut hay and nibbling on the remains of our pastures.

Aubrey is at Michigan State University now (for vet school), with her horse Belle. I hauled Belle to her new home on Sunday. Driving a truck and trailer through Chicago is not something I'd like to do on a regular basis. Luckily when Belle was in the trailer there wasn't much traffic (it was 4 am!) On the way back with the empty trailer was when we ran into quite a bit of traffic.

I wish I would have taken photos, the boarding stable Belle is at is a really nice place. It has a pretty large indoor and nice roomy stalls. It's also on a nice quiet road and there are only a few other boarders beside Aubrey.

Fall is approaching fast, my favorite time for riding!! We just need to get through August.. probably my least favorite time to be outside because my allergies get so bad in this month. If my nose isn't stuffed up, it's running, itchy, and I can't stop sneezing!! My eyes also are constantly itchy. *sigh*

I will try to be better about blogging from now on. Especially since Aubrey is away. I'll have to get some photos up of her pony here at home so that she can keep an eye on her :-)