I talked, last week, about how we stagger our grazing times in the front pasture...
saying that I separated the pigs from the horses only as a matter
The pigs graze after the horses...
or, as in the case of yesterday...
The horses were out in the upper pastures for the morning,
leaving the front pasture free for the pigs, sheep and donkeys.
It was a spectacular autumn morning.
As the sun rose, the early morning sun warmed the earth,
and before long the air was quite temperate.
When grazing time was over (several hours later),
no one was in the mood to return to the dry lot.
We approached the horses
and they took off bucking and running to the opposite side of the pasture.
Eventually, they acquiesced and we all walked back to the barn together.
After everyone was situated at the barn, we called the donkeys in from the pasture.
Of course, the pigs came running as well.
The solution to this logistics problem is to get the donkeys in,
and then lure just the pigs back out to the pasture with Ritz crackers.
As Hubbs treated the pigs to their crackers,
I removed grazing muzzles and set up the donkey's hard feed
(basically just a vitamin and mineral supplement).
I quickly shut the front gate...