While I was mowing pastures with the tractor I saw some good-sized snakes. I like them (as long as they don't surprise me). They can eat all the mice and voles they want, I don't mind. Then this one showed up in our driveway. He was very shy, and not at all aggressive. I herded him a bit to get him in a safe place with no chickens or dogs.
On the 4th Liam was making balloon "things" (they definitely weren't animals) and I introduced them to the horses. They were very alarmed at first but got over it pretty quickly.
Here's my 4th of July creation. It was tasty and fun.
The next day Scout got to be our pony ride horse. He did a good job.
Then we headed for the woods and water. I love this picture of my friend's little girl.
All the dogs had a blast. And came home smelling of "cow plop."
We had so much fun we went back a couple days later. I wish I could stay there for a week.
Huckleberry found a treasure, buried it, Blue found it, lost it, and eventually Huck found it again and was not going to let go of it. But alas, soon we had to leave and he didn't get to bring it home. Poor guy.
Today we'll go on a longer and more scenic ride, Scout and I and my sister's group. I can't wait. Hope it stays cool. This morning we had some rain and it was very nice.
I almost forgot to mention, I met Soxy's owner from when she was younger. She's a very nice lady, and it was such a lucky coincidence. I was at her place helping with dental work for 4 horses. We were chatting and might never have realized we had a horse in common. I guess back then Soxy was naughty and scary. She must have had a lot of good experiences before I had her, because she was such a confidence builder for me, and so good for my kids. What a lucky horse, she's been very loved by everyone who has owned her, even when she was naughty. :)
And speaking of dental work - miniature horses have huge teeth! We did 3 of them yesterday and they were lovely, sweet patients. But they're still hard work because their teeth are funky and you have to get down on the floor to work on them. Luckily these three get their teeth taken care of once a year so they don't get too out of hand. What an interesting experience. We had a lovely Arab gelding for a patient too. I'm not an Arab person but I really liked this fella. He was well put together and really sweet.
Nothing new on the moving front. And that's about all I've got! I'm going to get back to work and maybe ride my Bella mare.