Stallions and Sledding

DSC08512Now that we are settled into our rental in Western Wyoming, we have been making the most of our rural surroundings and spending as much time as possible outdoors. Admittedly, we haven’t ventured too far (we haven’t lost sight of the house), but there is no real need to. For one, Captain, a neighboring dog, has been paying us daily visits to play in the snow and hunt mice (his idea, not ours).

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There is also plenty to explore just across the street, the site of a large horse pasture. We definitely prefer our horses wild and free, but the kids cannot resist visiting with the mules and horses when they come back to this part of the pasture every 3-4 days. Each kid has made their own equine buddy and makes sure to provide them with the choicest grass from the other side of the fence.

The hill next to the road even makes for a pretty respectable sledding hill, just the right size for sliding without a sled. The Younger Fives even inspired Captain to take a turn sliding down the slope. It turns out you don’t need much to catch up on a long overdue dose of sunshine and fresh air 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Stallions and Sledding

  1. Beautiful horses! But too bad they have them fenced in barbed wire! Horses and mules should never be fenced in barbed wire – it can cause so much damage because they have much thinner skin than cows… 😦

      • Perhaps it can be a learning opportunity. Barbed wire has a long history but is just so damaging to horses. I am a bit sensitive on the subject, as my horse was extremely badly injured after running through a standard electric wire fence years ago. It it had been barbed wire, he would not have lived. So sad to think of what could happen.

  2. This is certainly a learning opportunity for us. So sorry to hear about what happened to your horse, but we are relieved it wasn’t barbed wire. Again, thanks for helping us raise our awareness.

  3. How wonderful, a gentle giant nibbling out of that tiny hand. Maybe the horses aren’t wild and free, but your children benefit from looking into the eyes of these magnificent animals, and in a way, getting to know them.

    • We’re hoping to get out soon into some of the great National Parks and Forests around us, so we are hoping for some true wildlife spottings. Of course, we will keep our food and fingers far away from any creates we encounter 🙂

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