It has literally been raining here non stop since the beginning of April. We are submerged. Seriously! It can stop any time.
But, to that end – lots of rain sure does make for lush spring grass.
Here is a very, very rare photo of all four in one frame! This does not happen very often for several reasons… besides the fact that the 4 horses to 1 human ratio can be challenging at best, especially when there’s bright green grass as incentive, Dixie (at the front) is also easily the worst one to lead out of all them.
I mean it, she really is! At 22 years old, I’ve given up on ever trying to get her to be a cooperative or mannerly animal. (Heck, I gave up on that 10 years ago…) She is a little butt. A smart little butt, but still a little butt.
And another reason for not brining them all out together is because Luke and Chewbacca (especially Chewie) absolutely despise the minis. Literally every other horse on the entire property gets along fine with the minis, except the 2 that I own.
Chewbacca has, in the past, viciously and aggressively attacked Jesse,, trying to pick him up by the back of the neck and shake him. He was trying to kill Jesse. Luke had once viciously attacked Dixie, knocking her to the ground and kneeling on top of her, biting her before I was able to break it up.
When I say my horses do not get along – I mean it. I’ve never dealt with truly aggressive horses before – I mean, they all fight and bite and pick and do the squealing kicking baloney, sure, but Chewbacca is downright a pit-fighting horse. He has been in serious fights with other horses – actually trying to kill them. It can be a little shocking to see 2 horses truly trying to kill each other, and when you know Chewbacca is a sweet and gentle horse that would never do wrong around a person, then he turns and violently attacks another horse trying to kill him, it can be shocking to see.
Just call him Jekyll and Hyde.
He used to live with a small group of geldings, then a couple mares, and he got along fine with all of them. His aggressiveness started about 2 years ago – not coincidentally around the same time he went lame due to his suspensory ligament desmitis. Hmm…
But he loves Luke. They are buddies.
So they get to run free on the property sometimes and eat the front yard up. This day, I also brought the minis with us. And after I brought the minis back to the barn (down a hill, around the house, and well out of sight of the front yard…. I simply rattled a bucket of treats and watched Chewbacca and Luke come shooting down at full on gallop to get their treats.
What good horses!