Light horsekeeping is one of the many attractions of summer. Once the weather is nice and there is sufficient pasture, my horses are very happy to be living outside. In winter, they stay in their stalls, out of the weather, at night, but once hot summer days arrive, nighttime is the best time for grazing, out of the daytime flies and heat.
They still come back to their stalls twice a day to enjoy a small serving of grain. This lets me check them over and make sure they are alright and apply bug spray or attend to scrapes as necessary.
In the morning, I walk out to the field and call them to come in. Teddy often leads the way.
Everyone returns to their own stall. Mostly. Here’s Mousie, getting down to business.
The donkeys share a stall, where they each have their own bucket. Once Teddy has finished his own grain, he heads over to see if he can finish off Louis’s.
Easy-going Louis doesn’t mind sharing. He’s a bit on the tubby side anyway.
Soon everyone is heading back outside. Czarina usually leads the way.
Mousie stops and looks back at me, sticking out her tongue! “You can’t catch me, I’m a wild horse!”
Soon they’re all back in the pasture, happily grazing.