Reid has a new saying he picked up in kindergarten. He says it with just the right chirrupy tone at just the right moment, and it makes me smile every time. "You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit". Indeed.
Cort, meanwhile, has had some sayings he brought home that aren't quite so cute. In particular, I'm not happy with the repeated, "WHAT THE ?!?!" phrase. He doesn't finish it, but we all know that the sorts of words that "What the _____" can end with are not so nice. So I'm trying to get him to replace some of his new exclamations with old lady phrases. He doesn't know they are old lady phrases. I say them with the right amount of emphasis to make them sound cool. And hopefully his teacher gets a chuckle when he shows up to school exclaiming "MERCIFUL HEAVENS!".
Since Francie is small, and Phoenix is fat, I have to separate them when I feed Francie twice a day. Phoenix would steal her food otherwise, and he definitely doesn't need extra calories. For a while I've been tying her up to eat, but this isn't ideal. I worried I would forget to turn off the power for the electric fence, as the place I was tying her had one electrified strand on top. I worried I would get distracted by the boys and forget about her. I worried that she would spook over something and somehow hurt herself.
So the other weekend we set about to create a small feeding paddock for Francie, so she would be safe even if I had to leave her for a bit (and I wouldn't have to worry about the electric fence).
This paddock is really handy too because I can run while she eats and digests, and by the time I get finished and changed into riding clothes, she is ready to go and I don't have to catch her again. She still continues to be a little tricky to catch.
It would also be a handy place for a horse that needs to be closely monitored or that is recovering from sedation. It's nice and flat. And I feel much better about Francie eating in there than when I was having to tie her.
Hoping to complete a few more horse-related projects over the winter months. I love getting things accomplished!