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kaz

Mud vs frozen ground

The horses have been rebelling at being made to walk through mud to get into their field but now they seem to hate the hard ground even more   It's frozen into the muddy rut shapes and seems to be sensitive on their poor little feet
debbie

The frozen rutted ground worries me especially as it doesn't stop Alfie havin a bomb round so we put piles of hay out to occupy them - it seems to work and I know for a fact the pigs would rather have the mud then the frozen ground or snow
ClaireK

I really dont know which is the worst, mud or frozen rutted ground. Neither stop Holly cantering off down the field after the haylage or her friends!!

Claire
MrsWW

Had to stop and "help" a horse this morning on the way back from boyfriend's place.

Three horses (in rugs) in a field.  All standing around their pile of hay eating apart from one who was not eating but had his head held up.  One looked uncomfortable though and had something round it's neck.  Pulled over and hopped over the gate into the field (maybe I was wrong but felt I had to do something).  Turns out some of the hay had been in a net (which had seen better days!) loose on the ground, he'd somehow got the net caught round his neck and then I'm guessing tried to get it off by shaking and caught it round some jagged wood from what looked like the remains of an old trailer dumped/left in the field.  He wouldn't have been able to move anywhere until helped by a human.  That's my good deed for the day - he was fairly calm whilst I was helping him apart from snorting at me.  When done he snuffled at my hand and then trotted off across the field towards the shelter.

I couldn't see a farmhouse/building the land belonged to otherwise I might have gone and told the householder what I'd seen and what I'd done.
Gareth

Slick mud, smooth ice, frozen ruts are all the same to me ..... I always end up on my arse!    
kaz

Well done Teri    There is no telling how long that horse could have been stuck there or what damage could have been done when it fatigued or tried to get free.
ClaireK

Well done Mrs WW, a shame the owners hadnt been there to do something for the poor animal or at least got there to check it over

Claire
MrsWW

The hay pile did have a good layer of frost on it when I was there at about 7.30am so I'm assuming it had been out overnight and not just put out this morning.

Next time I'm passing that way I'm going to search out which building the field/horses belong to.

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