With all these new babies on the ground, yesterday afternoon was spent cutting pairs out of the herd to move to a separate pasture. Tom rode Bandita, our coming 3 yr old Thoroughbred mare. For the most part, she's doing really well and catches on quick. She's so curious by nature, and she definitely has a bit of a 3 year old's Attention Deficit Disorder, but I think she's going to mature out to be a great horse. She's still covered in her winter fuzzies, but a few of the other horses are starting to shed like crazy. Come on spring!
While the pairs were being cut out of the herd yesterday, we had an audience of several large birds of prey. I saw at least three eagles and two hawks. There were also some magpies hanging around. Usually when we see that many birds together, there is usually a carcass to be found nearby. Sure enough, upon closer inspection we found two deer carcasses on the hillside. Knowing there is a large predator somewhere in the area explains why the cattle have seemed a little nervous the last week or so. We're hoping that whatever it was got it's belly full and decided to move on. With so many new babies, it would be easy for calves to get stepped on if the momma cows get spooked and decide to take out a fence.
I'm off for now- going to try to squeeze in a nap before the girls get home from school. Wish me luck!