Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What a brat...

Yeah, Mr. Merlin gives off the appearance of an innocent lil guy. 
It's a total scam...

Though he does seem very apologetic lol. And I do understand, keeping Pippin in his place is a full time job. 
Today was mani/pedi day. I dropped Lincoln off at preschool, contained the boyz out in the paddock area. Then went in to bundle little Jefferson up so he could supervise in his stroller behind the inside gate. 
Sherry arrived, I haltered Merlin, turned to halter Pippin. Merlin leaped at him, front actually airborne, grabbed hold of an ear and would not let go!!!  Poor Pippin, he couldn't buck, rear, or fight back in any way. All he could do was spin in a circle & hope for Mercy. I had a halter in hand and wholluped  Merlin in the bum. He let go and they both ran off. 
I went to halter him again and no way was he allowing anything near his ear. Couldn't blame him. So, we took Merlin in, shutting Pippin outside. One reason, so he couldn't retaliate which he would do. Secondly, when it was his turn he'd want to come in. 
Merlin was a perfect lil gentleman for his trim. We put him in the stall, let Pippin in and closed the door. One nice thing about Mini's, even if they don't wish  to be cooperative, you can just do it. He still didn't want me near that ear, couldn't blame him but, the halter had to go on and I got r done. Oddly, he was a gentleman as well. His rear feet can be hit or miss with picking up. No kicking, just argumentative at times. 
Hoofies all done, feet looking good and no damage to the ear. Just his ego! 
Honest, I'm sorry!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hanging the nets...

I hadn't been using the slow feed nets for the boyz because of Pippins lip warts. Well, his warts are gone now YIPPEE!!! 
So I filled two nets and hung them in the run in area...
Pippin oddly enough was the one who figured it out right away...

Merlin got it but, he wasn't happy about the change.

Musical bags were played frequently the first two days. Merlin would "think" Pippins bag must be giving more hay, due to Pippin be perfectly content. He'd chase Pippin off, rinse &!repeat often. 

One flake in each at the moment is lasting 3 days!  Night time they get loose hay while stalled. I'm thinking I'll pick up a few more nets so they'll have something thru the entire night as it gets colder. 
They still have access to their field, using their nets before heading out at breakfast,when the weather keeps them from wanting to venture out & in the evening. 
With Camryn she'd be in the paddock thru winter, her huge feet wouldn't be kind to the ground, her appetite wouldn't have allowed grass to rebound. I'm hoping/thinking the Mini's won't destroy the field. And having room to run means fewer arguments. Yup, they still behave like siblings!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mighty muddy mini...


Duh, didn't even consider this when I brought Pippin home...
Of course he's a roller lol. I doubt he'll be white again till spring. He doesn't seem to mind. 

Mr. Merlin doesn't think I see him?  He loves a good roll himself. He must be more distcriminating in where as he's never mud encrusted. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Corn clean up!

Didn't take long for the corn clean up crew to report for work...

Me thinks Pippin hadn't yet experienced this type of work crew...

Poor guy was pretty unnerved...

Margeaux chilled in the stall window picking out lunch. Maizee was in the doorway doing the same...

Merlin was pretty unimpressed, he did run back to the safety of the barn with Pippin once. They'd become surrounded, the birds (mainly starlings) took flight in unison, they'd spooked Pippin who in turn spooked Merlin. Once Merlin realized Pippin was freaking out over what he considered nonsense, Merlin remained chill. 
In the video below the cleanup had been going on for several hours. Pippin is still a bit unnerved by the entire thing. It's hard to show even in video how many birds there are, I never did quite get a shot showing the numbers. Several times they surround the barn, they're in the trees, paddock, on the roofs. Just imagine forty acres of birds wth a bird every six inches or so. Then much like horse herds, they all take flight in sync, land, eat, rinse & repeat for two days. It's like a dance of sorts & the noise is unimaginable. They return several times a year, though never in the numbers of harvest time. 
 We'll have to wait & see what Pippin thinks next time. 




Sunday, November 27, 2016

Changing view...

While the boyz slept, something was happening behind their field...

Any guesses on what the eerie monster in the dark was?

They were more than a little confused in the morning. Where did it go they wanted to know...

Bringing in the field corn. Our windbreak is gone. 

Inside, the boyz enjoyed watching as well. Lincoln has always been mesmerized by all things tractor. It appears Jefferson is as well. 

Lincoln insisted on eating dinner at the slider so he wouldn't miss a thing.