Sunday, March 3, 2013

loving lazy sunny sundays

Such a sunny, beautiful day out. . .I could barely tell it was under 30 degrees! When I got to the barn, Shyloh was taking her usual between noon and one nap. She was standing, so I went to the heated barn to chat and have a sloppy joe lunch with my barn buddies. When I got done, Shy was just beginning to move, but it was not because she was awake. . .she moved to another sunny spot to lay.

I love love love that she lays outside. Have I mentioned that before? She never did that at the old barn, but here, I catch her napping and laying quite often. 

I was hoping for some snuggle time, but Shy got up. Oh well. We did our lunging and stretches, then went back in the sun to hang out. And Shy got her wormer.
Kisses anyone?
Shy was very mischievous today. She stuck her foot then her head in a bucket. . .she dumped her food. . .she kept grabbing a towel out of her grooming bag. . .she kept kicking and picking up another bucket. . .ate a carrot off of a snowman's face. . .then she would smile in my face about all of it.  Silly pony!
There was no reason for the foot in the bucket. . .
She was convinced something tasty was in there
Shy would much rather eat from the snow
My friend Terry came to visit and Shy was extra cute for her. . .it helped that Terry had brought some carrots! Then Terry headed Shy and I climbed up on her. Ugh. . .my balance is atrocious! I need to work on that!

And. . .has the shedding begun?
It's there, I promise!
See that? It is a lone hair from her blaze, fallen out all on her own. 

Why is Shy the only horse that has not begun her shedding? All the other horses are shedding like crazy. I tried pulling hairs out, but they are rooted in deep. Perhaps Shy wants to be a shaggy beast for forever? Perhaps Shy's body knows something about the weather that we don't? I hope not! While I am not looking forward to all the shedding, I am looking forward to sleek and shiny pony. 
More naps. Pony life is hard work!
What a pleasantly perfect Sunday at the barn.

13 comments:

  1. Connor sheds last at our barn too! He hung onto his hair until almost April last year before he started shedding anything but his blaze. I have nothing to back this theory up with, but I've always thought that since shedding is dependent on hours of daylight, the hardy pony breeds that were bred for northern latitudes probably have to hang onto their hair longer than breeds that developed in more southern climates.

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    1. Wow. Maybe after Daylight Saving Time, she will start to shed. Strange that the blaze is first to start shedding!

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  2. Love the foot in bucket pic. Mmmmm, perhaps she wishes to make a bucket list? So glad she's so comfortable with her gang, I know that's a big relief for you. Camryn has been shedding for several weeks now. Bout the same time frame as her usual.

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    1. I looked back in the blog, seems last year Shy was shedding at this time. And she was not nearly as fuzzy as she was this year. Strange.

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  3. It does give a special feeling to see our ponies laying down and relaxing. The ultimate sign that they feel safe and secure. :)

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  4. She is keeping her luxurious winter goat for as long as possible :)

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  5. Maybe she's keeping her coat because she's living out.
    Nature knows best!

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    1. Nature does know best. The other Haflinger has begun his shedding though. But then again he sweats when worked and Shy doesn't.

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  6. It was good to see you up on Shy!

    Estes doesn't get really sleek and pretty until about May; she'll keep all of the insulation she can get for a long time.

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    1. It felt good to be on her! I am gonna re-try with the bareback pad though. She felt slippery.

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    1. Thanks! She can be quite calm when she wants.

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