The final two pastures in the system of six are fenced on two sides with woven wire and with the old three string high tensile horse fencing on the other two. Since this double pasture was sitting empty, we invited our neighbor, whom we bought the farm from, to bring down their three horses to “mow” it for us. In return, we got to clean out two years worth of rotted hay and manure from under their hay ring. We got about 15 front loaders full. It was enough to cover the entire large garden with about 4 inches of compost- all for free! Not many people would get this excited about free poop but when they’re charging $50 a square yard for compost, it’s a pretty big deal.
This was the first time D had ever seen horses close up and she was very interested in them, but a little intimidated by their size. Having them here brings up a longing from my teens, to have a horse of my own. I rode competitively for many years, but stopped after college when I moved to New York City. I have missed being around horses ever since. There is something so calming about looking out your front window into a pasture with horses grazing on it. I have a feeling that when D gets a little older, we may be able to talk Nick into letting us each get a horse.