Monday, June 24, 2019

Nothing To See Here


"Cheep, cheep. Nothing to see here."


"Nope, nothing at all."


"Nothing to see except maybe these pretty flowers.  Aren't they pretty?"


"I SAID...nothing to see here!"

I'm guessing by now you've seen it ;-).  This was the first of the Wool House robins to fledge.  The second one went yesterday late afternoon and the third this morning.  They always look to me like they should have waited one more day.  

I was worried these babies wouldn't make it.  The momma kept getting so stressed about people up around the Wool House and garage that I thought on two occasions she'd abandoned the nest.  I'd have thought after her first set of babies that she'd be used to us by now.

Surely she's done for the summer.  Right?  

There's a new puzzle for you :-).  Enjoy!


Friday, June 21, 2019

The Endlessly Fascinating Maisie


Last night, as I did the final barn check, Hank started barking out behind the barn.  Maisie immediately jumped up to go see a. what was going on b. if Hank needed help c. if she needed to relay a message to the rest of the sheep d.....  I'm not exactly sure.  

What I do know is no one else consistently watches out the back of the barn like she does.  No one else jumps up and goes running to see what is going on when Hank barks.  I'm not sure if she's just a busy body or if she is part of the protection team or is just Hank's friend and is worried about him or...

What I do believe is she understands something more about Hank's relationship to the flock than I think anyone else does.  And I find that crazy sheep endlessly fascinating.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wool In A Bird Nest

Or a Wool-li-am bird nest :-D.


Do you see him/her?


How about now?

I've seen lots of wool in bird nests over the years, but I've never seen a bird go straight to the source ;-).  

This little bird fledged this morning.  I'm not sure where it started, but it ended up hopping around in Easy Breezy.  It panicked when it saw me and jumped into Woolliam's curls.  I was worried it might get smushed or tangled up so I moved it back into the straw where the parents could find him.

The house robins started fledging yesterday.  The Wool House robins are still a couple days away.  I'm not sure where Peep's family lives, but I'm wondering if they are in the wisteria out front.  I have a nest of teeny tiny wrens living in the garage.  Sigh...

Stay safe little ones!


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

Frankie Trots

Disclaimer:  These pictures would be much better if I'd remembered to wear my helmet.  While I never ride without one, it didn't dawn on me that I'd forgotten it for driving this afternoon until I was almost finished :-/.  

When I adopted Frankie I knew he was bred to pace and had been trained as a pacer.  I knew he preferred to trot under saddle and on the lunge line, but I also understood I was taking a chance with driving.  I really liked him though and decided to gamble on developing a trot in harness.

The first day I drove him I asked him to trot just to see what he'd do.  He mostly wanted to pace at first, but acted like he might be willing to learn to trot.  Since then I've only asked him to walk while he develops strength and fitness.  

Interestingly, one day last week I decided to lunge him in his full harness rather that just a surcingle.  With the britching (the butt straps) touching him, he tried to pace.  As he hadn't done that before, and I hadn't used the full harness before, I can only assume the straps felt like racing harness...

Yesterday, after a few days off due to rain, I rigged him up the same way.  This time he marched around the circle and gave me some very nice trot work.  I decided to ask him to trot a little with the cart this afternoon.

You can see by my smile how well he did :-D.  He struggled a bit to get started and couldn't hold himself together for more than a few strides at a time, but boy, when he did put himself together, he felt really, really nice.  We'll continue to take things slow as he gains condition, but I am really excited!


We also drove some cones, mostly at a walk, but did trot through a set or two.



Just a little something to keep him from getting bored with just walking.



With his bright dressage future, early aptitude for cones and the fact that he's been negotiating a driving "hazard" (maneuvering through two offset gates to get into the arena ;-) since day one, I may have to consider un-retiring and begin working towards competing at a combined driving event (like ridden three day eventing, but with a carriage) next year.

A big thank you to my cousin Karen for taking such great pictures of Frankie this afternoon.  I think she's a natural.  Now if she could have just made me look young and thin... ;-)


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