It's that time of year again - when we turn the horses out to pasture for the winter. They weren't as fortunate this year to get to stay at our altitude on the many acres of mountain terrain they so love. However, they are on a nice grassy pasture, keeping a couple fellow buddies company.
We had quite a welcoming committee....
We were surrounded! Notice the ice on top of the trailer; that's why we moved the horses a little earlier this year. We have already had -23* and 80 mph gusts...and winter is still a month away. No way was I going riding. The only days it was possible, Bill was working on frozen pipes in the lodge (water tends to gush from breaks as soon as they thaw).
After a bit of excitement trying to get all the horses into a roped off corner of the pasture - to keep them away from the cows - we watched the interaction of the first get-together. Jesse has always been the herd mare, but Audobon is quite a bit bigger than her now and I was curious to see the current status.
It's interesting to see the nuances that we miss watching horses. In the movie, you actually miss the important parts because they happen so fast. Bill shot these stills in sequence, and you can see just how subtle their language is.
I already miss them terribly, but I love seeing them get to be 'free' for awhile.