Today we put the horses out to graze for the first time this season, and were they ever a happy bunch. It's been a long, long winter here -- unusually so, everyone tells us -- so we were a few weeks behind on grass growth. But finally the grass was tall enough, and thick enough, for grazing, so Kate and I led them out to the pastures and turned them loose. In that photo above, Kate is leading the first set, blind Cash and blind Lena, to the upper paddock.
As we do every year at the start of the grazing season, we let them stay out only for a couple of hours at first, then we will gradually increase the length of time they stay on pasture. Too much green grass too soon can cause problems for them.
You can see the dandelions got a head start on the grass -- we had a bumper crop, and so did everyone else. I've never seen so many dandelions in pastures and lawns as I have here in Lancaster this spring. None of the horses seemed to mind, of course ... Lena just considered them another tender green in her New Hampshire salad bar:
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