Well, it’s been a week since the new horses have arrived, and I thought I’d post a couple little tidbits I’ve learned about them.
Sugar is a bit of a prima donna. She likes her comfort, and thinks everybody needs to cater to her, and give her special attention because she’s so pretty. I hate to admit it, but I kind of do those things. It’s obvious she’s been a barn horse, used to finer things that what I supply on my farm. The poor thing was shuddering with cold the other night, so I threw a blanket on her, and she hasn’t let me remove it since. Maybe if it warms up another twenty degrees.
I wanted to try to ride her this weekend, but I think I ripped something in my shoulder, so those plans have been put on hold.
Kid, on the other hand, is becoming a bit of a ham. Now that he’s actually getting food he’s feeling better, and developing more of a personality. He’s small enough he can stick his head through the blue bars of the fencing panels, and he’s learned he can pull off his halter that way too. I put the weight tape around him this morning, and was amazed to see he’s gained fifty pounds in one week. He eats wonderfully, and has good manure and bowel sounds, so as long as he can take it well, I’ll feed him what he wants. I also noticed he has a blue spot on the iris of his right eye. It’s pretty, and I’ll try to get a picture of it.
I let him out for the first time the other day. Sadly, he went straight for the grass. My three original geldings have been wickering and pacing the fence to meet the new ones for days, but Kid ignored them for the food on the ground. He did eventually wander over to say hi, but only for a minute, then he headed back to the grass.
I kind of expect he’ll be a little bit obsessive about his food as he grows, but I guess I probably would be too if I were in his position.
In writing news, I decided not to accept a contract for a short story I wrote. I’m going to self-pub it myself and see what happens. I have an email out to a cover designer, which I hope to hear from within a couple of days. I will post when I know the approximate date of publication.