Thursday, April 7, 2011
Horses, Pigs and a Donkey…Oh my!
Hillary and I learned how to walk the two mini horses and the donkey on Sunday. Shorty is a miniature dwarf horse, Huckleberry is a miniature horse and Stormy is the donkey. To walk the horses you must first know that Stormy and Shorty cannot be separated because Shorty will get very upset. They all have different sized heads and it takes a while to figure out which Halter fits on which horse. Also the donkey walks very slowly and Huckleberry tips his head down every five minutes to eat grass. Huckleberry also tries to walk sideways into you so he can get over to the grass. Shorty just enjoys the view. Kelsey, one of the workers at the farm helped us out to learn about the mini horses. For the walk we took them out and around the alfalfa, corn and wheat fields. They seem to really enjoy it especially when we stopped and let them have a snack for a bit.
We also got to be the first on our team to meet the new baby pigs and lambs that arrived on the farm. The pigs are pretty shy and tend to huddle in the corner when you open the door, but they are the cutest especially when they oink. The lambs are also really cute; there are five boys and one girl. Kelsey informed us that the girl seems to be the leader and protector of the group, she is pretty tough. Then a volunteer at the farm took us on a horse drawn wagon ride with the farm pony, Ringo, pulling us around. This was fun, but bumpy and since the back of the wagon had no cushion, it got a bit uncomfortable sitting down. It was a cool way to view the farm, almost like it was the 1800’s again.