Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Every Night

Gato and Handy spend a few (or quite a few) minutes every evening scratching each others itchy spots. I've started collecting pictures while I sit out while Blossom runs around and eats clovers and it's become something I really look forward to seeing :-).



Somehow each horse lets the other know where to scratch.



Usually by itching the same spot on their buddy.



Or not.



Handy has it worked out so Gato uses his grazing muzzle to scratch fly bites on his stomach.



Yep, that would be a pretty good itcher.

The grazing muzzle is a life saver. Literally. With just a small hole in the bottom to really slow down their grass intake, the horses are able to stay out on the super lush spring grass without (usually) foundering. They still get plenty to eat; they just aren't able to over-eat.

I'm not saying a word...

15 comments:

Maureen said...

Okay I HAD to LOL over that last line!!! HA! Yep, I could use one of those...

What a great sight, though... smart creatures; it's sure handy to have someone around to scratch the places you can't reach yourself!

Sherbet Sheep said...

Oh how wonderful!
How lovely to share itchy moments. I must say, it does remind me of the times when Mango sits on my shoulder and scratches my ears. It does feel so wonderful. I love the sound of that scrumptious Spring grass too. Love from Sherbetx

Sarah said...

I've never seen a grazing muzzle before, but I have a couple of very fat horses that might would benefit from one. Enjoyed the pictures! I love it when they do that.

Alice said...

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Alice said...

One of my longtime favorites:

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibilty, never an opportunity."
- Kahil Gibran

What sweet friends!

La trib├╣ della valle dei cavalli said...

I suppose from the horse sight the grazing muzzle it's frustrating, but in the end it's very usefull...
We only cut the grass of the paddocks and put them their daily ration....not funny and more work for us!
Valentina

Jody said...

Haha...I could use one of those muzzles for myself :-)

Dreaming said...

It is fun to see horses 'grooming' each other. Unfortunately, Pippin has been a bit too enthusiastic with Doc and Doc's mane is a bit shorter!
I wish I could get Pippin used to the muzzle - I hate limiting his time on grass.

Christine said...

So how many potato chips can fit through that muzzle? Just curious...

Terry said...

I knew of Handy, but not Gato. Nice to meet you, Gato. You are a pretty boy.

Lori Skoog said...

Great shots Sara...the ponies and sheep below look very healthy. Like the shot of your new trailer too. What a great place to ride.

I'm hangin' but it hurts. Each day should get better. PT starts tomorrow.

small farm girl said...

One of our mares foundered becaused of them over eating spring grass. She's fine now, but one of those muzzles would have been nice.

Ed said...

Me too, I need a grazing muzzle for myself..Great shots..:-))

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

What beautiful pictures of the horses!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I bet you could make a fortune with a people muzzle like that! Teamwork..and friendship..it shows in the photos:)

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