The snow has moved in really well this last two days and has taken over the valley. The horses are loving the snowy weather, but i am not. Don't get me wrong i love the snow, just don't like doing chores in it so much. I suppose that the continuing 5 foot snow drifts to play in with the dogs are a plus though. We have several inches of snow on the ground right now with more coming down. The valley and the pastures really needed the ground cover. It helps to protect the grass we have left from the elements and from being over grazed. I have pulled all of the horses off the big pasture and in for a few months. Feeding them non-stop to keep them all fat and happy out there. Of course the little ones are all in a pen at the barn next to the stud. That way they don't get ran over by their mommas trying to get to the hay out on pasture.
And of course the pony doesn't go out, she is far to little to try and fend for herself in the winter months. I may let her go out and romp around in the spring time when there is tons of grass out there to munch on. She doesn't seem to mind too much being in with the weanlings, and they seem to enjoy her company, although highly confused by her, i think they like her.
She sure is a spitfire and is going to take some time to get really gentle and easy to work with. We named her Trixie Lynn, and the name fits. She's a pill to catch, hard to work with, she rears, bites, kicks and pulls the mule card. I definitely have my work cut out for me, but i enjoy it. She is no harder than the big horses than do the same stuff.
The rescue is going strong and is doing really well. Looking for hay donations or donations to get hay is our only real need right now. We have several happy, healthy horses for adoption and plenty of hay and room to get hem all safely through the winter. I hope to use the rescue this spring to hold events and clinics on various things in the community. Maybe a horsemanship clinic, training, and other things. That is all still in the development stages.
Ideas are flowing out this winter and i cannot wait until spring gets here and we can really start hitting the road with what we are thinking. For both the rescue and the ranch there are big things coming this spring. And no doubt we are expecting 7-9 foals between May-July. A busy but very joyous few months around here. With the additions of all of these new broodmares, i am very very anxious to see what everybody produces. And it was Gunner's first breeding season so seeing how his babies turn out is very exciting too.