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Monday, March 23, 2009
We are hungry!
The last few days have been really windy, so I've kept the horses in the barn during the day rather than turning them out in the arena. Somehow, Annie and Nadia ended up in the wrong stalls a few days ago and I haven't changed them back. Annie used to be in the first stall and paddock and Nadia was in the last stall and paddock. Scout is still in the middle. All the stalls are 12 x 12 but the runs vary in width.
The interesting thing about their change in stall position is that their personalities have changed somewhat. Nadia used to stand far in the back of her stall and be very sedentary, no neighing or anything. Last night, she was neighing and pacing, as anxious as her stall mates.
These photos are from this morning. She wasn't as aggressive, but she was pacing along with the others. You can see Nadia, then Scout, and then Annie at the back by her feeder.
Here is Scout and Annie looking for breakfast.Annie has a single stall but a large run. It goes slightly uphill in the back.Here are Nadia and Scout.This is a view from inside my barn. I have a four stall barn with two inside doors. The first stall is actually cut off in this photo. The first and fourth stalls have no inside doors. The first two stalls share a large run together. The fourth stall has an oversized run, with outside gate access. Someday, I would love to change all that, but it will have to do for now. As far as the names on the doors, Riddler was the last horse I sold a few years ago and I have never taken his sign down. Down below his name is Nadia's. The other door has Annie's and Scout's names on it.
Don't the horses look tiny? My husband always built things a little larger than necessary, I think. My girlfriend used to call it my "Taj MaBarn" because it was a labor of love, from my husband to me. He built it nearly singlehandedly. He had a little help with placing the huge beams at the top though.
The horses have lowered the dirt at the front of their stalls from pawing. Another "to do" project is building up the dirt in and around the barn, especially at the gates and doorways.
We are hungry! - song: We are Hungry Men, artist: David Bowie, Deram songs