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Celebrating Autumn with Horses
By Maddy B. Gray
It’s the middle of October.
October itself falls in the middle:
Behind us, the long, languid days of summer.
When you could ride in the light long after supper.
When horses got fat with hours of grazing on lush pasture
When we swat and curse mosquitos, gnats, deerflies, ticks, greenheads, etc., etc.
much to do!
When you could share a beer with your horse and it gets warm when you set it on the stoop for a moment.
Ahead of us, the long stretch of minimal daylight, um, winter:
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, when we start to fret with or without cause (depends who you talk with).
Bugs Be Gone (yay!)
There is so little to do (
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It’s dark at breakfast. It's dark at dindin. And in the evening, that beer gets colder on the stoop than it was when you took it from the fridge.
Winter will limit the pasture time and horses will adopt That Look...That Look says,
“We might have nice woolly coats and decent layers of fat, but it’s COLD. Get out here and feed us!”
So to celebrate October, here are some shots on a lovely fall afternoon. Gotta love that fall light!
Please send your fall photos. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
This photo from Judi Medlin of Surrey, Maine.
Great shot, Judi!
She took this lovely photo of not only the fantastic rainbow, but of her horses, six year old APHA mare, Phoenix, and her pony, Bella, who's about 30 years old.
Robin Pepin writes and submitted this recent photo:
Here's a photo of me and my mare Rosie on a morning ride this past
Saturday, October 23, in
The majority of the leaves were off
the trees, but this one spot still had some nice color.
View Reader Comments:
Yup, there are things to like about the fall and there are things that aren't so fun to think about. Pros for fall: no bugs, beautiful scenery, hot cocoa, fresh apples and anything made with apples, like pie..yummy! Cons for fall: colder temps, shorter days, losing your tan :), realizing all the things you need to do before winter comes in with a vengenance...like finishing the barn addition before the first snowfall!!!
Oh how I love this time of year. I was just thinking today as I was cleaning stalls. I take a little exter time to clean and spend a little extra time with my horsey friend as they come to get a butt scratch,LOL!So beautiful!
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