I thought I would do an update of my tiny track and share how it’s working this winter.

I still love it. The ponies are moving around all the time. Right now they are not using the entire track because one side of it is a big, deep snow drift. Once in a while they will try to come down that side and I cringe the whole time they are floundering through it. It wasn’t so bad when the drift was soft but now it’s hard as a rock!

I feed at the opposite side of the track from the water so they have to walk a bit to get a drink. They all look very healthy and I have to fill the trough every 4-5 days which is about how often I filled it this summer so they are drinking enough. I have loose salt and magnesium in the shed so they have access to that at all times. Because it’s so cold and windy the chickens spend most of their days in the horse shed and then go back into their coop at night. Then the ponies use the shed at night… they are usually covered with sawdust in the mornings so I know they are laying down in there. They also lounge around in front of the shed when the sun is shining.

I put wind breaks around the track so they would have something to back up to when the wind really gets to blowing. If it’s 4 degrees out and the wind comes up to about 30 mph then it quickly drops to minus 10, 15 or even 20 degrees. They have two run in shed options but always choose to stand out in it. This morning the wind was blowing so much snow around that I couldn’t see 5 feet in front of me and I found them backed up to the hay stack in the far shelter. They typically don’t like that one when the wind is blowing because the roof is made up of tarps and they flap around a bit. But today they made an exception!!

frostyponiescollage
This is how they looked after I brought them over to the grain area so they could have their supplements. Even standing under the shelter backed up to the hay they were quite frosty!

It’s amazing to me how the morning can be so windy, freezing and snowy and then the afternoon is bright blue skies and beautiful! (The wind is blowing a bit so it is FREEZING out there!)

theponies
This was in the afternoon! From the above photos to this!

All three of the ponies will get a bee in their bonnets and take off racing around and around the track. I love it when they do this! Bonnie and Zorro play with each other, chasing and bucking and rearing up to play bite. Sky watches them a bit annoyed but will run around the track on her quite a bit. I love watching them exercise in this way!

zorroandbonnie

Here is a little video of my track! There isn’t any music, just the sound of my feet in the snow and the wind, for those of you that read this while at work 😉

 

Just a bit of fun stuff going on around here today. I drove Sky tonight and she was wonderful! She is in heat and did pretty well considering. Last year I would never have been able to drive her during this time as she was so cranky. I’m so glad she is feeling well enough to play with me this year. She had lots of energy, due to being in heat, so we had to do lots of circles, figures of eight and trotting past the driveway then turning around and trotting past the driveway again. While doing this she started offering the most amazing trot! She would lower her butt, round her back and lower her head and power UP! Her trot didn’t get faster, but her stride nearly doubled. It was the best extended trot I’ve ever witnessed her doing! I wish I had had someone videoing us from the side. I’ll bet it was something to see!

We did a bit of cantering too. It was just a fun fun evening! I look forward to really getting her in shape. She went to the vet on Monday to have blood drawn so I can figure out why she is so overweight. Some exercise combined with the info I’ll receive from the vet should help her get in very good shape!

Next the boys and I added a south side to the little track in one side of my dry lot. Now it makes a complete circle! Sky and Chantelle move all day long. It’s so nice to see them using it as it was intended. I added some rocks and a small log on the north side so I could hide food there. This promotes foraging and gets them hunting along the track, moving! I am loving setting this up and can’t wait to build bigger and better ones in the coming years! Turn up the volume as I walk you through it.

Oh I am so excited!!! I finally could afford the solar powered charger, hot wire and insulators to put together part of my track! This side is for the girls, Sky and Chantelle. When Zorro is done being a stud then I can put all the ponies out on it together and the boys will help move the girls around. I am going to hide hay around the track to encourage movement as well! I’m so excited about all the things we can do on this little track system.

Bonnie will have to stay in the dry lot until the grass is completely dead along the track. That will happen when I can put more ponies on it, when the weather gets hot and as I dig some of it up with a shovel! I am going to be super proactive about getting rid of all of it.

For now I’ll let the girls out at night. It’s supposed to warm up next week then I’ll have to adjust their time out there until most of the grass is dead. But at least they are out there trotting around!

As I add things to it, plant herb planters and make adjustments I will update my blog to share what I’m learning. I can’t wait to build a bigger one out on our 5 acres in a few years!!