Friday, October 27, 2006

It's still gloomy, but....

It's quit raining now, so I put on my chore boots and sloshed through mud to go mess with the horses.

Adam and Jessica took the two horses they board with us on a weekend trip, so it's just Blue and Libby for a couple of days.  I figured this was the perfect time to introduce my filly to the wider world of our 43 acres.

If she's gotten shocked yet on the electric fence, I haven't seen it.  She and Blue went for a run when I first turned her out, but she seemed to have avoided the wire.

I don't think she'd founder on that tall grass at this time of year, but I'm trying to introduce her to things slowly.  Horses' stomachs can be pretty touchy. 

I imagine we'll start feeding some hay the first of November; there'll still be grass, but I don't know how many nutrients are in it in winter.

The grandson took a few bales of our alfalfa to the sale barn a couple of weeks ago, and it brought $4.30 per bale.  Amazing!  I hope our horses know they're getting some prime food.  We have some big round bales of orchard grass and clover we'll feed, and perhaps just supplement with the alfalfa.  I wonder how much it will be worth in January?

10 comments:

amy122389 said...

That last and second to last pictures sure make me miss living in the midwest....those are the fall days I remember...

Heh...Libby is like a really big dog...following you around... I just love how Blue and Libby got along from the get-go

~Amy

astaryth said...

$4.30 a bale? For Alfalfa??? Here it's $15 a bale for T&A and about $18 for Alfalfa (although I have found T&A for 10 and Alfalfa for $14), even peanut hay is $9 and Coastal (which is basically a grass hay) is $6 to $7 a bale! We've been told that the reason it is all so high is that the growing season was very dry this year. But, even during a normal year I pay $8 to $11 for T&A.... Tell Libby she is very lucky. Although I've discovered Boo actually prefers the peanut hay over anything else, and since it is grown closer to here I can usually find it and it's cheaper than the alfalfa and is very high in nutrients...

Loved the pictures... Libby looks like she is really settling in!

madcobug said...

Great pictures. Libby has herself a big companion. I think it's cute that she follows you. She knows where the love and attention is coming from. Helen

magran42 said...

I just love picture # 6.

whitedove3622 said...

Wonderful pictures Mo. I think Blue is very happy with his new friend. She seems to have fit right in. Looks like they both love it there.

marainey1 said...

I think your Libby likes you !  That is a good start.  Glad you could get out, it is pouring rain here and chilly too. I'm just glad to be home and in for the evening. 'On Ya' - ma

bnanajm said...

Mosie, they both are absolutely beautiful.  I'm glad they are liking each other.

lanurseprn said...

They look so content. The two horses sure look alike!  So.....what are the odds they might have a little baby themselves someday?  Never know!
I love your pics of your horses.  
Pam

tc01hm said...

She should be fine, just watch the length of time she's on the grass!
Tess

csandhollow said...

I think you may have to define GELDING to some people! LOL Alfalfa brings 7-8 dollars a bale here.