The horses have been put out into their summer pasture, where they will basically graze undisturbed (for the most part, except for the occasional ride, weather permitting) until October. It's a large, square area with a run-in shelter, so they can get out of the weather.
They have an automatic waterer, so horse care at this time of year becomes pretty easy around here.
The only dark cloud is...the flies!
We are finally having a hot day (cue the halleluja chorus), and so the May 'biting bugs' have appeared. This results in fussy, fidgety, stamping, snorting horses.
I must go to the feed store and buy some bug spray (which only grants temporary relief, and also requires sneaky application since two of the three horses are scared of spray-and white cloths- it's a whole procedure, believe me).
Despite the bugs, I do look forward to the horses getting all glossy and fat (well, not too fat-although Joe and Ollie are looking thin. Our farrier told us that many of the horses he's seen have lost weight because of the tough winter weather). They already seem so much more relaxed after a difficult winter. It's a lovely sight to see them hanging out in the pasture just...being horses, enjoying the sun and the wind and the all-you-can-eat buffet, and dreaming about sleeping (as I'm told they all do) and perfecting the art of doing nothing!