Our gypsy cob stallion, The Executive, with a few of our mares (don’t forget if you click on a photo you can see a larger version).
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Posted by minigypsy1 on October 25, 2012
Decided to take some photos today, it has been raining fairly often this past week and the horses have nothing but mud in their feed area, thankfully the cement lot is there to feed them treats! They were sorely disappointed I did not offer anything tasty but only took pictures. Remember, you can click on a photo to bring up the big size for viewing.
The big riding horses come first for attention but in the series of photos I want you to end up focusing on the cob ponies. Everything under 14 hands is nothing but cob breeding….two black mares, weanling filly you can’t see much of, and two 2 year olds under 12 hands.
Which one appeals to you the most?
Posted by minigypsy1 on October 24, 2012
I want to share these two blog entries from Mike who was a kind leader at the AgChat Foundation seminar that I attended this past August.
In the old days when people were closer to the land, you at least had an aunt/uncle or grandparents who still lived on the farm and likely had the old fashioned now iconic farmyard life with the garden that Gramma was chasing chickens out of, while gramps slopped a couple hogs and the cow was standing nearby chewing it’s cud waiting to be relieved of it’s milk-swollen udder pressure. And the horses were still around even though gramps was trying to figure out how to keep that new iron horse contraption running.
Anyway, people had opportunities to touch the rural hands that were at work trying to feed the nation. I am in my 50’s now and I know that from my generation, we have lost that contact and our grandchildren are growing up not even knowing what animals look like sometimes, and certainly no connection to how their chicken nugget came into being.
So, we ponder the ways to connect with the urban masses again….there are lots of risks to be considered with inviting the general public onto your property. General ignorance of farm life can create little accidents within minutes because there might be things that are part of your operation that people don’t understand. We use electric fencing to contain our animals; that is frequently the first thing that we have to stop and educate people about, and hope to make sure that the human is aware of the obstacle before the obstacle makes itself known.
I could go thru a whole list of things that are rather routine on farms and to an outsider, considered high risk for injury (which they are, but we exist with them because, well, because that’s just how farmers get along….making due with risks daily). So, perhaps virtual farm tours are the answer.
I hope to see you passing by the neighborhood and I’ll give you a yell; ya’ll come up on the porch and visit a spell……
Posted by minigypsy1 on December 14, 2011
I’m not getting along with wordpress very well it seems. We are not resolving very well incorporating pictures and text. But we’ll try again.
The previous hay pictures shared show so-called “Big Round Bales” which are mixed alfalfa/grass usually, and mostly in this area of the country are from the first cutting of the field. First cutting in the midwest is the most growthy, and becomes stemmy and coarse when it cannot be harvested in May, as has been the case in the last two springs, when most people could not get into the fields between rain showers until late June. I plan to talk about the process of hay making and variations of baling next season. I know that the process and quality of hay varies quite a bit around this big country.
We carry our round bales on the rear fork attachment of our little tractor, down the lane to one of our two groups of ponies (separated by size to make competition for feed more equal). The round bales are stored outside by most people, and are wrapped by the hay equipment during the baling process, with plastic netting that helps shed rain/moisture as well as maintain the strength and shape of the bale for transport. The bottom of the bale setting on the ground does get a layer of decay, but the animals simply avoid eating that part. Some people “serve” the bale as it sits stored, so that the decayed part stays on the ground, but that can also cause concern depending on the group of animals and how they eat at the bale, because the core of the bale is the sweetest and best preserved, and some groups tend to eat the core first which can leave a shell that will collapse. So we tip the bales up on end and get all the plastic off at the onset and this seems to work well for us. It actually helps with the mini horse group to have a taller pony in the 13 hand range, to eat away from the top part and tear it apart for them. But with about ten ponies chewing on a round bale, it lasts only about a week. If you had only a couple horses it might not be very efficient to feed a big round bale because the weather could make much of it deteriorate once it was opened, before they could consume it. With our group of bigger horses/ponies, also about 10 head, they finish off these round bales in just 3-4 days.
In the previous “HAY!” post the pictures showed our stallion, The Executive, in riding training. I believe this was his 3rd ride, and we were very pleased that he accepted the scarey tractor and big bale monster going by without much fuss, heading on out to ride in the pasture.
Posted by minigypsy1 on November 26, 2011
The winter supply of hay for the ponies is all ready for the winter cold and snow to set in.
Posted by minigypsy1 on November 26, 2011