I roll out of bed at 6 or so each morning to go take care of the horses. No more sleeping past 6 for me. Even if I wanted to, I would feel guilty since they are in their stalls at night. So for me, the routine is I wake up and take the two dogs out with me. Ollie goes on his tie out in the barn (or in the dog yard with Gretchen) while I feed grain, turn out, do stalls and so on. Remus gets fed out by the gate so he is turned out when I first get out there. He is waiting for this. His stall is a pigsty btw. UGH. Then I go make up the grain (trying to get so I make up the grain the night before but haven’t yet) and feed Tate his microscopic portion first (he has a better bucket in his stall under his hay rack, the Preifert feeders they left were DISGUSTING so I tossed them. Would love to get more but they don’t seem to come off easily and I can see why they were disgusting.
Then I feed Remus in his big purple bucket on the gate (I have a better bucket on order for Remus for his stall for when the weather turns gross but right now early am is cool so he can eat outside). Once they are eating I go and fly spray them both (The horse flies are HORRIBLE even that early right now UGH). I also put Remus’s fly sheet on if I think it is not too hot (he sweats under it BUT it does help with the flies. Either one thing or the other)! He used to run off from me when I did this but now…he waits. LOL No dumb cookie him!
I usually give them some of the chopped hay or a bit of alfalfa (very small bit) for them to eat breakfast outside while I clean stalls (otherwise Remus comes stomping in to check out what I am doing). Remus likes to come into the fan-cooled stall to lick his salt and drink some water so I am on a time crunch finishing his stall up. I then make sure the water is filled up in both of their two buckets after the stalls are done, the fans are on (including the big fan in the aisle which was the best 129 bucks I have ever spent, hands down! It cools that barn down so much if I shut the front doors against the sun, it is at least 20-30 degrees cooler in there. I am not kidding. I would live in that barn if I could!) HA.
Mark turns the electric charger on for me before he goes to work (I am so paranoid of getting shocked even when it is OFF LOL Weird me right?) and I will turn them out depending on the dew content. I was turning them out later but the heat and bugs have been so bad I have been turning them out 730 or 800 and they are usually back in the paddock in the shade or in their stalls by 10. I lock them out of the field then and open it back up in the evening to let them graze a bit more. Remus is much more of a lightweight and is in his stall quicker than Tate. Sunday I went out to check on them (it was hot!) and Remus was in his stall eating hay in front of fan and Tate was out eating in the shady part of the pasture. I usually lock Tate up in his stall if it is too hot because he still will stand outside even with the bugs eating him up and the sun pounding down on him.
The cutest thing is calling them to come up from the field.I just shout both their names if they are both still out there and they both come trotting up. So cute. Must get video of that.
BUT BEFORE THEY GO OUT in the am there is one thing they do each and every day. And that is have a good scratch fest. They crack me up. Tate has to reach up to Remus but it is so cute to watch them.
They totally do enjoy each other’s company. Remus is still a bit grumpy to Tate but Tate wants to be with Remus so much he stands at his stall halfway in just to be near Remus.
Once I finish up the work in the barn I usually blow the aisle unless the horses are back in eating their hay and then I just sweep it. (Remus and Tate are not fans of the blower) LOL. My favorite part of the day is when I am finished and it is all clean and swept, waters are full, hay racks are full…..etc. I just stand and look and don’t even want to go back inside….Mark has usually come and gotten the dogs by then and he has been great about feeding them in the am so I can just come in and have coffee (and give the cat the meds and feed the cat somehow Mark never thinks of that LOL).
I don’t think of myself as OCD but I really do have to do these things in order and it cracks me up how much quicker I am getting at it even with a pigsty of a stall (thanks Remus) and a scavenger hunt in Tate’s stall (he likes to churn up all his poop so it is like hunting for gold).
I got a message back from the one dressage place I emailed about lessons so need to go check that out sans horse first then maybe schedule a lesson. It is hot as balls right now in TN but if I scheduled an early morning or late evening one it might not be too bad. I would have to actually UNPACK my saddle (waiting on hubby to hang up bridle racks I bought in tack room) and need to get shelves put in there for other stuff. (I can see my mailman rolling his eyes but I don’t think I will be as bad as Amanda on all the stuff (Tho I am waiting for a nice order from Stateline Tack with a Tate-sized fly mask and sheet (Tractor Supply etc. why you so discriminatory over ponies? NOT one fly mask smaller than horse size in all your stores. And the one cob I got fits Remus so he got a new one but not Tate. FOR SHAME ponies are people too Tractor Supply LOL). So hopefully all that comes this week for Mr Tate.
But I think we can safely say these two are settling in nicely. Life is good for them.
If we could get rid of the wasps, horse flies, and ants life would be even better!!