Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Peaceful pastures

All four horses are getting along nicely now, as you can see.  The big guys are letting Libby have the shed on this chilly morning, and she's peeking around the pole at the camera.

Cliff is amazed that Libby got used to the electric fence without ever breaking it; usually a new horse will take off running, not see the wire, and run through it.  It really worked well to have the two boarded horses away for the weekend, so Libby could discover all the electric-fenced areas without being pushed around by the whole group.

I had mentioned before that she was touchy with her legs when I first got her here; well, I found out why:  she had a big scrape on her left hind leg, acquired on the trip home.  Now that her bumps, bruises and scrapes are healing, she's letting me handle any part of her body.

I "ponied" her Sunday beside Blue.  In other words, I rode Blue and led Libby alongside us.  I may do more of that; it's supposed to be good for young horses.  Cliff leaves for work at 2:30 every afternoon, and that's when I go out and handle Libby.  I have almost an hour before the granddaughters get home from school, and I lead her, brush her, pet her... just generally let her get acquainted with me. 

I love the way she comes to meet me.  Blue is gentle and friendly, but I always have to walk all the way to him with the halter and lead rope.  Libby acts like she's anxious to be handled!

14 comments:

sugarsweet056 said...

Glad to hear Libby is fitting in nicely! Yes, pony her for awhile, it'll help. :)
Hugs, Sugar

ora4uk said...

Happiness is knowing your way around the youngsters...horses that is....just makes my day to know you are enjoying yourself...hugs from KY...Ora

mumma4evr said...

they all look so happy!
becky

lanurseprn said...

They all look like they are protecting her.  She'll be quite warm with the shed and all the big guys surrounding her.
Pam

siennastarr said...

I love listening to you talk about her, Donna.  You sound so happy and content.  I'm glad that she is there for you... another 4 legged blessing.. :)

Hugs
Jackie

jawojnar said...

She is so beautiful...Horses know who they can trust. She loves you already!
June
p.s. Blue probably put in a good word for you too! LOL

dbaumgartner said...

So lovely!!!!!!!!!

Deb

sanforized6 said...

I love the fact that you're still "horseing" around!! LOL rich

nerves05 said...

I think your horses are so beautiful.
I want to get one one day,
What kind of horse is the best kind to get? I would like one that is kind and gentle and good with children. Kinda like Good'ol Blue.

madcobug said...

That is great that she comes to meet you. She loves all that petting and rubbing. Glad her scrapes and bruises are better. She is smart not to get too close to the electric fence. Helen

astaryth said...

Awwww... There's something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a (wo)man! I'm glad she is fitting in so well!
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csandhollow said...

Libby sounds like she will turn out to be just fine!

boodotte said...

Wow Mo, beautiful filly!  Looks alot like Blue.  I'm going back in your archives to catch up on why a new hourse on the place.  Read about Sadie's day out and the applesauce scare.  Glad all turned out well.  Hope you and Cliff are adjusting to the weather (at least we have sun).  Things are ALMOST coming to a conclusion here on the hill.  Hope to catch up with all soon.  Boo

hestiahomeschool said...

DH said to try putting a hydrocortisone cream on the filly's leg to get it to heal up quicker and prevent scarring...he is a pharmacist..the over the counter stuff should work fine