A mild morning. No blankets for the ponies.
Ya know that saying "red sky in morning, sailors take warning"......
Barb and I did chores together....really made sure everything was picked in the paddock before it freezes again.
A very long time ago, this was a dairy farm and the front paddock was cement. When we bought it, there were no stalls or fencing. Just 2 barns full of cow stanchions and car parts. They had a backboard up for basketball...which our horses continue to use. Anyway, that cement keeps us from having deep mud. There is a dirt cover on it and I drag it in the summertime. Right now it has hay everywhere so that when it freezes there is good texture for the horses and they don't slip on the ice.
I'm keeping the horses off three of the pastures but allow them to go out back as it is the highest and drains the best. Every spring it recovers beautifully.
Obviously, those colorful skies disappeared....and by 10:30 it was raining. ALL four horses rolled in the mud! They were hanging out in the indoor and were a MESS. It was a little over 50, so I cleaned them up the best I could (Abbe was the worst) and put their rainsheets on so they could stay out for the rest of the afternoon.
Sidney was on the prowl.
When I got in the house I took a nice hot shower and got ready to go down to the college for drumming.
Missed the last two sessions and it took me awhile to get back in some kind of groove. There were 14 of us today and the more I played the better I got.... This group is loaded with good drummers and it is pretty intimidating. Suppose I have a lot of nerve for even going.
I absolutely have to start taking notes on some of this stuff. Fortunately, Khalid is very patient.
Below is a short video of what we were doing before I left. It was not too difficult as there were several rhythms going and I was able to play one of the simpler ones.
Got home around 4 and Jenny was here to help me work on Masterpiece. Last week 3 out of 4 feet had crusty heels. I had worked on them a few days ago. Ironically, the mud and water must have improved them, as they were much better tonight. Cleaned and soaked him and put him in his nice fluffy stall for the night. Did chores and came in for dinner. Took no pictures and it was the debut for using our new Gridler (Christmas gift from our daughters and families) to make Paninis. I'm not as motivated to drag my good camera out to the barn in the evening. So hard to keep everything clean in the middle of doing chores. And I totally forgot about it when we were eating. Oh well.
Hope you are off to a good start for 2011.