Thursday, 26 July 2018

Grass Cutters


There is little nutrient in the grazing in most of the fields around us now and horse owners are resulting to bring in summer hay supplements which is usually unheard of this time of year.
As a favour to a old school chum I have agreed for her ponies to come onto the field for a short time.
It is a win win win situation for all of us
The Ponies have excellent virgin grazing
The field gets cleared of nettles and weeds
and Irene has two grazing friends once more

35 comments:

  1. It's a great idea if it works. One time I took a pair of goats as they had eaten the village green bald. The soon demolished my jungle and were just about to start on the washing hanging on the line when I decided they had to go. Their holiday was over. But they and I had a good time while it lasted.


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    4. you tell em girls

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  2. Glad that Irene has some friends to lunch with again.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. all the neighbours came out to watch it was quite a spectacle

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  3. Manure for the roses too :-)

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  4. There's a fourth win - horse shit! Mind you, you get plenty of that from one or two of your other commenters!

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  5. Hope you have checked for Ragwort. And note that horses, like Donkeys and goats can be quite choosy in what they do eat! But Irene will be happy.

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    1. the ponies owner is quite an expert, shes checked

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  6. Horses are very selective grazers though. They will eat the nettles if they are cut (and wilted). Weeds . . . along with the tough grass, you will be left with those and a patchy field, but better than it started I dare say! I bet your school chum and her ponies are delighted anyway.

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    1. she is, its just like having haylage......

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  7. Irene is still hanging around huh? She wants you to bring friends to her instead of leaving I guess.

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    1. the bugger just will not be caught

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  8. And you are the very kindest of friends to have.

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  9. Sounds like a win win. . .
    Happy grazing!

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  10. I'm glad Irene will have some grazing buddies. And I hope for pictures! (not sure if today's photo is one of the ponies or not)

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  11. MaggieB10:37 pm

    Ponies - brilliant! A new chapter in the Going Gently Saga. Irene will have four-footed companions....I know solid food, grains etc will be attended too. Is there shade as well in the field? We’re all looking forward to meeting them. MaggieB

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  12. Horses are indeed picky eaters they lack the ability to throw up, they also can chase and kill any animal smaller than they are. So I hope that there is an awareness of that.

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    1. Irene has spent the last month with 8 horses in the livery stable fields..... shes a tough old gal

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    2. Ok thanks for the reply That makes me feel better LOL

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  13. Hooray for multiple wins.

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  14. I thought Irene was captured and rehomed after her escape to the livery stable? I'm glad she has friends now. Do you offer a filled water trough?

    lizzy

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    1. never caught! and fresh water every day

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  15. Every bit munched is a bit you don't have to cut....and Irene will be happy for the company. So lovely to look out your window at horses in your field.

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  16. Oh I think that's wonderful! Everyone getting along? -Jenn

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    1. Irene chased the ponies for a bit, theyd never seen anything like her

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  17. This is a great idea! A win, win for all.😉 Gabs

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  18. That sounds like a great set-up and as you say, a "win win" situation. Often wondered if you still had Irene - glad you have. Well, if you can't catch her, you will have to stay where you are for sure (and perhaps get a couple of lambs as well).

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  19. That is a lovely outcome!

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  21. Deleted above comment because the same comment published twice! :)

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