Drought Resistant cows, sheep and…ponies???

Well, mabey not 100% true..;)

We of course, here in Texas this past summer experienced one of our HOTTEST, DRIEST summers in history. We broke all sorts of records of consecuetive days over 100 degrees..100 days actually to be exact..ugh. The heat and lack of rain turned our pasture to dry crunchy grass and many folk’s hayfields to dirt. Cattle were being liquidated at a record pace..and horses were for sale left and right..”Out of hay” was a common sales pitch. ūüė¶ Hay skyrocketed in price due to it’s scarcity..I myself made four trips east of our ranch to bring in roundbales for our animals on the place..as our hayfield, due to the heat..was not producing as it should.

During this time..I came to appreciate easy keepin’ animals..Our cows all have from Brahma blood in them..this gives them a greater heat tolerance then traditional Angus or Herford..(not to say they liked the heat..it took it’s toll, but I think they weathered better then some cattle).

My sheep are dorper..from South Africa and they shed..one of their notable qualities is they are also more heat tolerant then other breeds of sheep…they also are easy keepers, staying quite fat on very little actual hay and feed

I REALLY came to appreciate my wonderful chincoteague ponies too..they are smaller then our fullsize horses..and seem to get fat on air! There is an old saying “A Chincoteague pony can get fat on a cement slab.” and while not entirely true, it is based abit in a notable quality these ponies seem to have of simply being able to process food very well and maintain their weight well on little..

Beebe definantly hasnt missed a meal!

Obviously with ponies like this..its important to make sure they are getting what they need, vitamin wise. Their hay, the basis of every horse’s diet (or it should be!) is high quality, fertilized coastal hay. They have mineral blocks they have free access too, and they get alittle bit of feed morning and night..to keep them happy while¬† I am feeding everyone else…Id probably have a riot on my hands if they didnt get their tiny amount of horse pellets.

This winter both¬†Pie and Beebe seem to have gotten abit more “fluffy”…weight wise (Pie moreso then Beebe) and are¬†still¬†on LESS then my quarter horses. It just amazes me how easy to keep these ponies are!¬†Additionaly, ¬†as Ive aged..Ive REALLY come to appreciate animals that are easy to care for! The ponies are just that.

As Pie doesnt seem to offended when someone makes a comment on how round she is..much more comfortable for me to be on bareback!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 01:55:04

    during the winter we can all get a little “fluffy”. Loved reading the post, very funny.

    Reply

  2. irisvillagegirl
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 02:28:16

    I love reading your blog! I am a proud “new filly owner” she actually just turned 9 months old and I receive much inspiration from you. Thanks!

    Reply

    • slidebythesea
      Mar 11, 2012 @ 18:54:47

      What are your plans for your new girl? Love young horses..all the promise in the world. ūüôā

      Reply

      • irisvillagegirl
        Mar 12, 2012 @ 00:05:51

        I would like to be able to ride her some day. I have a long way to go. I really don’t know a lot about training a horse–only what I have read. There seems to be a lot of different opinions. I have been watching Monty Roberts dvd’s and a few of John Lyons. Can you recommend any specific ones that I should watch? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Anyway, just love reading what your doing!

  3. slidebythesea
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 02:06:31

    Well, I do love sharing Pies life with others…so thank you for following!

    I take the approach of take what I like and melt them into my OWN program..I particularly like Chris Cox, Clinton Anderson and Craig Cameron personally..

    Reply

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