The horses are all currently on a two week winter break, which they are just thrilled about! I have to sit on my hands, particularly where Kiri is concerned (!), not to drag them in for hot, soapy baths as they look feral. To be fair, they’ve been acting pretty feral and so I suppose their appearances are quite fitting.
If they’re lucky enough to have a warm day where I pull rugs off they’ll get a quick brush in the evening, but aside from that they’re basically free to pursue the wild mustangs within and are essentially being unhandled. I think it is so, so good for them to “just be horses” every once in a while. They’re extremely lucky that we’ve had such great weather lately, as it’s given them some welcome respite from their boxes. They were only being stabled for four weeks but it was already starting to bother Kiri (who had taken to grating her teeth across the divider mesh at feed times), and Smooch was twice as grouchy as usual under saddle, so hopefully the wee break refreshes their fragile little minds. I really don’t know how they’d cope in Europe!
Their break actually came in perfect time as Louis and I are still absolutely distraught over the death of our cat– and neither of us feel like it’s even hit us properly yet! Just today I paused when unlocking the house, waiting for Kitty SoftPaws to jump down off the garage and come inside with me as she often did. I had to remind myself that she’ll never accompany me inside again. My head has been all over the place. Not having to focus on mine and Oscar’s learning at this time is quite a blessing (or maybe a curse if distraction is the best way to cope) though it doesn’t make for interesting blog content.
We still need to make a decision over what we’ll do with our dogs, though the general feeling at present is to transition the dogs to outdoor dogs and keep the cats as inside cats. I know it seems like it should be the other way around, but we couldn’t bear to lose another cat and this feels like the safest way to move forward. Whilst we continue trying to figure out how to keep our petting zoo under control, I’ll leave a few photos of certain individuals who are anything but under control at the moment!