Sunday morning coming down…

Crackers

Crackers

It’s an other beautiful Sunday morning in Texas. The skies are positively glorious. Crackers, (our blue parakeet) is singing in the background. He wants out of his cage. He makes this cackling noise, telling me it’s time to fly. I always let him out in the early hours. We haven’t had him very long, but he’s become quite tame. He must be about 4-5 months old now. At the time we bought him, he was barely 2 months old. I have had several in the past, and all of them could talk. It’s best to get one at an early age. He’s already talking. Unfortunately, it’s not loud enough to make out what he’s saying, unless you listen carefully. He’ll get louder with age and more experience. He’s a hoot. Today is the first day he’s been extra social. I put him on the desk, took a photo of him, and then he flew to the top of the monitor. He’s been there ever since. He’s helping me blog. ha ha!

016Ron has been out tending to the horses. After getting them turned out on pasture, he decided to go get round bales of hay. We need to put up about 15 for the winter. We also put up 50 square bales. Ron always prepares early. We try to feed the best quality hay we can find. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to travel far. The place we buy from, is only about 2 miles away. The man has nearly 1,100 acres he bales on. He cuts it right, cures it perfectly, then stacks it where it can’t be ruined by the weather. It’s a tad bit more expensive, (60 dollars a role) but, if we had to travel to the nearest small town outside of the metroplex area, it would cost us about the same price. We figure the man hours, gas and having to drive longer distances, is just not worth our time. If we needed larger quantities, and had a larger herd, maybe we would go the extra mile.

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Since we can off-load it ourselves, it’s makes the work easy. Ron stacks it neatly in the back pasture, and puts a hot-wire around it. The horses don’t get with-in a few feet of the wire. Our turn-out area is becoming scarce now, and we don’t want them to eat it down to nothing. We’ll be having to put out a round bale soon. The other large turn-out is a dry lot. I use it mainly for riding and exercising the horses. We also keep then up at night. Next spring, we’re going to manage it differently so, we can utilize it better for 4 horses. We have plenty of space.

There is a lot of shade, and water tanks we keep topped out twice a day. They drink huge amounts of water when it’s hot. Our feeding regime is; rotating 2 horses in and out of the back pasture. We keeping 2 out and 2 out on the round bale. The square bales are for those kept up by themselves. Mouse is usually the one who stays up most of the time. He really doesn’t like spending time with the others. He’s such a snob. We really don’t know why. It’s not that he’s unsocial. How ever, I do think its because he was never socialized with other horses in his beginnings. He has a few tell-tale signs to prove my theory. Mouse has this weird head bobbing action that drives me crazy. It’s sort of like wind sucking. Though he doesn’t grab a post and do this. We’ve since learned he’s a cribber. But, we don’t give him the opportunity. He always has something to keep him occupied.

We’ve had several people tell us, he’s was probably shown at halter. I already thought this any way. He’s squares off beautifully and holds himself up-right on the end of a lead. I’ve even done this purposely, to see just how much he knows. He makes a great picture. Enough for now. The day is to nice to spend it in-doors.

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