I have anticipated that the early weeks of spring would be the most difficult time for the horses because this is the time of the year that their turnout into the pastures will be most minimal. To allow the grass an opportunity to establish itself requires that the horses are not turned out for a good 4-6 weeks. It's a temporary sacrifice to help guarantee that they have a better turnout situation through the rest of the year.
But springtime weather is helter skelter. And as any horse person knows, the beasties are really feeling themselves this time of year. They're absolutely full of piss and vinegar.
To help keep all of us sane through this period of limited turnout, I've been doing my very best to get them each out for 2-3 mile jaunts as much as possible. I do my best to include one mountain climb on every ride, too. It isn't anything crazy at all, mostly a lot of marching walk, but it does the trick!
|The best old man.|
|My only occasional riding partner - my neighbor! We've basically quarantined ourselves together through this whole mess. It's been so nice to have female companionship.|
|Looking north through Canaan Valley. We live on the southern-most point of the Valley.|
Though my rides aren't always during nice weather! This time of year isn't exactly well-known for blue skies and sunshine.
|A classic day up here, living in a cloud.|
|The looming shadow is a house.|
|Descending out of the cloud|
|See where the trees disappear in the mist? Uh, yeah, we live up there lol|
|Back up on top, about a quarter mile from the house.|
But the pretty days are always the best.
It's such a gift to be able to have the horses at home through this time. We are all thoroughly enjoying our little jaunts about the mountainside. The fresh air and leg stretching certainly helps to keep us sane!