The horses are bored.
After the Rain/ Windfest of 2010, our field was a bit too wet to put the horses out. We built a temporary paddock which we call the Mud Paddock. It's a smaller outdoor space so the horses can still get turnout, even in inclement weather. It protects them and our pasture which, if we take care of it, will give them much delicious grass all through this season until next winter.
So, out they go into the mud paddock. Those ropes you see will become permanent fencing once the ground thaws enough to get real fenceposts in, but for now, the ropes are doing the trick. Topaz is a Houdini Horse though, so it's only a matter of time before she figures out an escape route to the grass. The paddock is filled with soft wood shavings and hay, so no matter what - ice, snow, mud, etc - they have good footing and traction.
Zeus, meanwhile, has decided to entertain himself. I really need to get him a basketball or a Jolly Ball (an actual horse toy) for amusement.
Isn't he cute? Topaz just gives him a pleading look, as if she's saying, "Are you really playing with a bucket? Really? So many other useful things you can be doing with your time. Like me, looking pretty. It's a lot of work, you know."
Don't worry Zeus. You get to go out into the field tomorrow.
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