Standard writing advice says write what you know. Lately, I’ve known a lot of grass time.
Since we mowed the field, Mathilda has been a complete PIA about grazing. Nothing seems to please her. The mowed part is too short. The unmowed part is too long. She’s turned into Goldilocks with a mane. The real concern is when she gives up after 20 minutes and stalks 🙂 back to the barn. Trying to keep her out does not work. Once she’s decides she done, she’s done. You can imagine our concern when a disabled, underweight, geriatric mare refuses to eat. Is she colicking? Is she too tired? We have come to accept that she’s being an opinionated cow.
Pastures flourish with regular mowing and regular grazing. When Mathilda & Previous Horse were munching, the whole field was their buffet. Now Mathilda lives indoors a majority of the time and Rodney hangs out next to her during the daylight hours. He goes off to graze at night. Therefore the grass/tooth ratio has fallen out of whack. Mowing doesn’t seem to help.
Other Grassy Bits
In the ongoing debate between ebooks & the codex, grazing comes down firmly on the side of the printed book. While an illuminated ebook allows you to read at night, it attracts midges and dulls your nightsight. Not good for keeping a position lock on your charge. More importantly, you can’t swat flies with an ebook.
Know your role. When coming out of the barn or going back in, Mathilda knows she is on the end of a leadrope and follows obediently. When the two of you are in the grass, you are the one on the end of the rope and you had better behave accordingly.
Gratuitous Kitten Pic