Cooler morning…

   It’s an awesome morning. At only 78 degrees. The tropical storm that was coming in from the gulf has been a disappointment. Who ever thought because of the extreme heat in Texas, we’d be praying for a large storm to move through. It’s rained all around us, but none here. Weather man says there might be scattered showers in the afternoon. LOL I doubt it from the way it looks. There are some scattered clouds through-out the area. OMG! From the looks of this weekly forecast, there is no relief insight. Our pasture areas are completely dried up. In the 17 years we’ve been here, I’ve never seen the ground so dry. When we walk across it, the grass crunches under our feet. We’ve had to resort to feeding round bales of hay. We don’t usually put those out until late December or January.

  All the grass behind our barn has burned up. The horses are steady eating what pops up over night. Small sprigs of Bermuda grasses seem to keep them occupied. Heck , I’ve even noticed the hay we put in the bale ring is dry also. We have one large tank of water and two small tanks we fill almost daily with fresh water. About 300 gallons in all. Thank God for city water, otherwise we might be hauling water.

  We saddled up at 7:30 am this morning for a jog around our area. We took off from the house to our usual romp through the I20 under-pass. We went on past there over to Ravenview and back-up Garden Grove, then back around towards Seagoville Road.  Traveling under I20, we stopped at the shell station for a break. Makayla went in and got her some Pistachio to snack on. Relieving our horses as well, we loosened their cinches so they could relax and get a bite of grass. It was still cool an hour and a half into our ride. Kicking back was bearable in the Texas sun.
Heading towards home, Happy found him a watering hole to cool off. You’d think because it’s so hot, he’d stay home while we ride, but he loves to tag along.
Stopping a few minutes so he could enjoy the swim, I took a few pictures.
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