The horses have been here for more than a month now. It’s become part of our daily routine to trudge up the hill in the evening, pat Disa and Pono on the head and give them a carrot or a treat. Fiona won’t come close enough for us to even touch her, but she will eat a bit of grain from a scoop if we hold it over the fence. She is just starting to eat out of Chris’ hand now. If there’s a fence between us and her – she’s okay with us. Disa and Pono have no such issues.
But eating – whether its carrots, a treat or a pasture full of grass – has other consequences. Lots of consequences.
Chris spent a recent afternoon loading up the cart on the back of his John Deere with those consequences – twice. Two carts full! And dumping it all into a manure pile where it can rot and compost and eventually get re-loaded into the cart in a couple of years to till into my garden. And grow carrots — that I can feed to the horses… And so it goes.