Second on my Spring To-Do list, after getting the garden planted, is to clean up my herd. It's the end of the winter and everyone is looking a little rough around the edges. Keeping them clean when there is this much mud around is next to impossible. That will have to wait for much warmer, dryer weather.
And with the lengthening days and warmer temperatures just around the corner, our horses and donkeys will start to drop their thick, wooly, winter coats.
Hopefully they will all look a little more svelte after that happens. After a long winter, Ollie is rocking his Rod Stewart hairdo!
They will all look better when their winter coats are gone. Even then, I believe that everyone will need to go on just a wee bit of a diet. Carrying too much excess weight is not healthy for equines and can cause an early grave if one isn't careful. With "easy keepers" such as mine, who seem to get fat just by breathing, weight control is extra important.
After picking up manure in the dry lot, yesterday afternoon, I sat down with the herd for a visit. Moll Cat came over asking for a massage. I, of course, obliged, then sat her on top of Ollie's back. She cuddled down into his wooly back...