Springtime at the Barn

They’re home! Hooray! My people are home! Don’t get me wrong, our winter team is a marvel, out here looking after us in all kinds of wild and woolly conditions. In fact, in case I didn’t mention this before … you rock, Judy and Marg! But, as great as the winter team is, it just doesn’t compare to having my very own person back at the barn. T looks after all of us, of course, but she’s mine—always has been, always will be. As soon as T’s home, it’s me getting the grooming and scratches and treats. Nevada and Rosa do too of course, but I’m her number one.

Ready for my spring spa treatment!

So, what does springtime look like around the barn? Well, you might think muddy. But, no, not this year, or most years in recent history. If anything, it’s more likely to be dusty. Although, we did get one good dump of snow in April, the blowing sideways kind. But, after many months of winter, I don’t want to talk about snow anymore, so I’ll just post one photo. Here you go …

That snow fence is amazing stuff.

The other thing there’s no shortage of, besides dust, is hair. And Nevada is the king of the shedding blade. The red and white hair rolls off him in sheets. And, no matter how thoroughly T grooms him, every time she gets out the shedding blade, another layer rolls off. It’s quite a natural phenomenon. After Spot’s first few trips to the grooming kit, there is hair everywhere. The day of his first grooming, one of those dust devils came through and created a cone of swirling white hair fifty feet into the sky!

And that’s only a portion of the day’s shedding session.

Now Rosa and I shed too, of course, but in little clumps and individual hairs, not like we’re peeling off a fur coat. As you can see in the photo below of Rosa post-grooming, there’s no sign of brown or black hair on the ground, other than a few wads of mane and tail hair.

This year, we horses weren’t the only ones to get a spring cleaning. On one particularly lovely day, T dumped out all the grooming kits and started cleaning and organizing. You might be wondering why we have so many grooming tools and multiples of a bunch of them. Well, T wondered the same thing, not really sure where it all came from. I guess that’s what happens when you have a bunch of boarders coming and going for a number of years.

A tool for every part of my body … times three or four.

The other thing that starts happening around the barn in spring is getting horses (and rider) in shape. In the early days of spring, this means a little time in the round pen. I think T does this to get some of the winter kinks out, or see if there are any, and this year we had a few. I just couldn’t keep my attention off a horse grazing in a distant pasture, and Rosa’s one quarter Thoroughbred rose to the surface, and she put on a grand show of galloping around in a circle (even though she wasn’t asked to).

Starting to find my stride and pay attention.

Rosa does this every year, works so much harder than she needs to the first time out. As soon as T asks her to move, she takes off at a dead run, motorcycling around the pen like a crazy horse, working up a sweat. Once T asks her to stop and restart a couple of times, she realizes she’s only being asked to walk or maybe trot. I’m pretty sure she learned this from the first trainer they sent her to as a youngster, because T never chases or asks us to run.

“Oohhh…you just want my attention when you shake that flag. Okay. How’s this?”

We’ve been in the round pen a couple of times now, out for grooming a few times, and have had our hooves trimmed. Pretty sure the saddle is coming out soon. I know horses who would run off at the suggestion (like T’s former horse, Echo), but me, I’m generally keen to do anything, which is why I’m always right here at the gate, ready and waiting.

Until next time, this is Fur-iday Files correspondent Storm signing off, from the field.

One thought on “Springtime at the Barn

  1. Well Storm you are all looking pretty spiffy, not a wonder with all those grooming tools. It looks like at least one of everything for each of you. Congratulations on getting your people back and sounds like happy trails will soon be an appropriate salutation 🐎

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