Saturday, March 14, 2009

the well-oiled machine goes KERPLUNK

In a travesty of miscommunication last night, the beet pulp pellets did not get soaked, and it was only this rainy morning precisely at feeding time that it was discovered.

So the breakfast for equines has now become brunch, and they must subsist on hay until the pellets turn to actual pulp.

I can't even show my face in the barn - I'll be booed and hissed for sure, and Keil Bay is likely to start twirling halters and lead ropes.

I suppose I should take some apple chunks out with the beet pulp, as a peace offering.

10 comments:

jme said...

oh no! i did that the other day and thought i could magically make them soak in the 1/2 hour before feeding dinner. needless to say, i ended up saving them until breakfast the next day and they got dry feeds that night :-( sometimes i do miss the shreds - at least if you forget you can give them a quick soak and make the most of it!

billie said...

I have discovered that if you rinse and then use HOT water, the pellets will soak in about 2 hours.

Poor horses - they had to eat breakfast at noon today, but they seemed happy enough when served. Keil Bay did NOT throw anything at me! :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

I find they are pretty forgiving all in all. I'm glad to hear you weren't pelted with halters and ropes. Our one horse Blue will throw everything he can reach into the aisle when he is annoyed.

billie said...

It's getting pretty bad when we need helmets just to walk down the barn aisle! :)

ponymaid said...

If only I knew what beet pulp was - but no, I must subsist on starvation rations. Billie, your establishment sounds highly civilized, though Jack did like the idea of flinging things at the woman when she is late with our stale bread and water.

billie said...

Sheaffer, I should send you a care package with samples of all the feed stuffs I am using. The donkeys get some beet pulp with salt, flax, vit. E, our vit/min. supplement, and a sprinkling of whole oats in the a.m.

They're coming off the flax and Vit. E as the spring grass comes in.

It sounds like a lot but the portions are small. :)

Rafer and Redford have never flung things at me but they do tend to pick up their empty feed tubs and pointedly let them drop, empty, to the barn floor.

A more subtle way of saying the same thing, I think!

Matthew said...

What Billie kindly did not mention is that it was her lunkhead husband who failed to soak the beep. . . :-)

billie said...

Ha!

daringtowrite said...

And a husband who owns his oversights -- and reads your blog. You do live in paradise! :)

billie said...

It could be that he was canvassing for that comment, but I suppose it still holds true. :)