Saturday, July 5, 2008


Sandy withdrawals? Okay, since it has been mentioned by a couple of you, I shall give you an update. He is living the good life. The best of both worlds at the moment. I've not been on him in over a week, but lead him daily down to the pasture where he grazes most contentedly in a field of buttercups. Not that buttercups are supposed to be good for horses, but they seem to be everywhere after our wet spring, and he doesn't appear to be suffering from eating them. Why, I don't know. They're supposed to not taste good, and he's supposed to avoid them. I guess he never read the online article I did, eh?

Yes, that is a little red rope you see hanging off his neck. I was a bit leery the first few days of leaving him with nothing to catch him with. The halters all appear to have other jobs on other horses...Dude wears one in his paddock, Firecracker needs hers while I'm working her at home. Jet has one left on as well as a dragging lead while in the pasture with Sandy. So early on, Sandy had this little catch rope. He no longer wears it as he's just as easy to catch out in the pasture as he is at home.

Because the field we use belongs to the neighbor, we need to lead the horses over. We cross the creek, go through another neighbor's field, then down the road a small stretch to get to Donna's place. On the way home, Darling insisted she got to lead the pony with the string around his neck. 222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222q34444

Oh...excuse me...the kitten felt the need to type there for a moment.

City Boy got the gauges replaced in my big truck yesterday, so now I'm able to haul to the arena and will begin riding once more. But I'm certain that Sandy has much enjoyed his time off grazing under the sun!


Gecko said...

The gorgeous boy looks very happy out there grazing! He's looking so good.
Haha, I was wondering what was going on with those numbers!

Pony Girl said...

I bet Sandy is enjoy all of that spring grass! I know my gelding is.
You know, we have buttercups, too. And dandelions. But buttercups are toxic to horses. My Boy avoids them. He won't eat them intentionally, he might get one mixed in with a bite of grass now and then. I was really worried about it because his pasture was full of them and would be impossible to remove, they grow something awful here too, due to the wet weather. But I also sprinkle the dirty shavings from his run-in shed on top of them, and figured that might deter him a little, too! ;)

Callie said...

Oh Bless his heart. I am so glad you ended up with Sandy!

Katee said...

I love the expression on your daughter's face. She looks so happy!

Anonymous said...

Whee, so great to see the Sandy. He looks very content out there. What does he make of the new boys?

You have a new kitten? Photos immediately! [!!!] My big girl cat is very careful when she wanders across my laptop keypad; she somehow manages to press only the F1 or power keys with her monster paws ... She figures she gets more attention that way than if she just wrote a random essay.
- Jules

Rising Rainbow said...

Sandy looks great. Thanks for the update. It'll be interesting to see if he appreciates going back to work and all the individual attention. My guess is that you're growing on him and he's going to be happy to get time with you again.

Buttercups are toxic to horses. The toxins build up in the liver and don't show until they reach dangerous levels and you have a sick horse. However, most horses won't eat them. They like to grow where it's wet and all the lime has been leeched out of the soil. Lot of lime on the pasture will kill them off.