Monday, May 30, 2016
We noticed this nest inside of a bucket in the barn.
When this bird had time to build a nest and lay 3 eggs while the barn was open,
is a mystery to us.
We've left the door open so she can raise her brood.
Looks like she picked a nice safe dry location.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Memorial weekend in Indiana means the 500 race & festivities.
Saturday was the parade and I volunteered with the horse units.
The Wells Fargo Stagecoach was first to arrive.
Horses were unloaded.
And the stagecoach
Volunteers got to help groom the horses.
This is Rowdy.
The team is comprised of 2 pairs of brothers, each one is a Quarter horse/draft mix.
I escorted the Culver Black Horse Troupe in the parade
and managed to get a shot of them as they circled the monument.
Also in the parade was the Indy Mounted Police.
This year, the Boy Scouts weren't there to be pooper scoopers,
so guess who got drafted?
We took our job seriously!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
The grass is growing furiously and becomes a hazard for our horses.
You'd think lots of rich grass would be great for them, but not neccessarily.
When the grass is rapidly growing it produces lots of sugar (fructans)
which stimulates an overgrowth of bacteria in the horse's large intestine.
The bacteria produce and release toxins (endotoxins) that are carried by the bloodstream
to the foot where they cause damage leading to lameness.
Many horses are euthanized for this condition, called laminitis.
So if you see a horse with a grazing muzzle on,
the owner is not trying to starve the horse, but actually trying to keep it healthy.
They can eat through the small opening in the muzzle, but not over eat.