“Is it a PONY?!?”

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This past weekend, our landlord, Phil, brought over a few of his family’s horses to graze in the area just around our rental property for the next 6 weeks or so. The “painted” one is Buster (~24 yrs old) and the brown one is Pistol (a yearling). We’re told that Buddy is a relatively tame one, and Phil said we could probably put Meg up on his back. I think we’ll be waiting awhile before doing that, though. 😛

It’s the first time either of us have ever been this close to horses. We’ve certainly seen then before, but never for an extended period of time. Certainly, Edie is not amused by their presence and frequently feels like she must bark at them in an effort to scare them off. Pretty sure it wouldn’t take more than a swift kick from either horse to do some real damage to the beagle.

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In other news, Brooke (and I…) did some yard work this weekend. I mowed the lawn and helped turn the soil in the garden, while Brooke planted some stuff in preparation for the growing season. To my knowledge, there are tomatoes, green peppers, onions, peas, soup beans, and an assortment of herbs planted already, with more to come in the next few days. The weather this week seems to be pretty conducive to gardening, so I imagine most of it will be planted shortly. Phil did recommend that we plant tall-growing items further from the fence so that the horses can’t get to them.

Overall, it’s been nice being able to go outside and do things. Back in Soulard, there wasn’t much (productive) to do outdoors, aside from going on walks, etc. While I’m sure we’ll be tired of yard work shortly, it’s kinda nice to be able to go outside and plant things, mow the lawn, wash the car, etc.

Considering that winter starts in Iowa around, oh, mid-September, we may as well enjoy it while we can. 😉

7 Replies to ““Is it a PONY?!?””

  1. Oh come on, the snow isn’t likely to stay on the ground until at least mid-Oct.! And it is generally gone by May……………or at least won’t last long in May.

  2. YAY soup beans!!!!!!!!!!

    …and….so….that horse is just about as old as me?? ….*blink*blink*….

  3. If you ever really want to get outside and do those things, and you get bored of them in Iowa, you can always come over to my place and do them. I won’t mind.

    I dig the horses though, that’s cool. we had horses across the street in Carrboro. Keep up the good work in the garden and remember to protect against rabbits…

  4. Edie already got a baby bunny last week. We found another dead one earlier this week. But yeah, definitely some rabbits around…but our attack beagle is on the prowl!

    Though, Brooke is considering getting a “farm cat,” one that we’d transplant from her parent’s house in Hannibal to here, so that would (hopefully) limit lepus infestation(s).

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