Mud Season: Coexisting (Peacefully) With Mud

| 2/9/2010 4:53:18 PM

Tags: Mud, Season, Horses,

A photo of Oz GirlIt’s a good thing I bought Muck brand boots a few months ago for the hubster and I. They’re awesome boots, the absolute best for our current muddy conditions around the ranch! I’m wearing the “Jobber” Muck boots in the photo below, although it’s hard to tell with all the mud schmoozing around my feet. I bought the “Chore” Muck boots for the hubby, which are mid-calf and higher than my “Jobber” style … I wish I had bought the “Chore” style for myself, but even so, I REALLY LOVE MY MUCK BOOTS!! 

The squishy, sqoozy Kansas mud wraps around my Muck boots.

I really feel bad for the horses ... their paddock areas are just an absolute mess right now. They all have access to pasture area, which is not as muddy as their paddocks, but of course they rarely go out to the pastures since there’s nothing but unappetizing brown grass out there right now.

Paint horse, ever inquisitive about my camera

Poor ole Murphy, always being sassed by Paint – we rope him off separately these days to ensure he gets all his Purina Equine Senior feed. Goodness knows that fat ole Paint doesn’t need it!

Our older horse Murphy reaches for alfalfa that has fallen beyond the gate.

Oz Girl
2/10/2010 11:33:37 AM

Melissa, thanks for stopping by! I had a Mitsubishi Montero AWD Sport when I lived in OH, and I traded it in for a Dodge Caliber before I met my husband. One year and a half later, I'm living in the Kansas outback, and I sure wish I had my Montero instead of this car, which doesn't work too well out here. I am constantly getting flat tires, and of course, it's always dusty or muddy. I'm gonna have to try the squishy mud between my toes thing, when the weather warms up accordingly... sounds like a good feeling, and I wouldn't mind feeling like a lil kid again!

Oz Girl
2/10/2010 8:24:57 AM

You are absolutely right Nebraska Dave! The good times out here far outweigh the bad times. I wouldn't trade country living for city living (no offense!) even if the mud was knee-high. I know as we get older the heavy workload will preclude our living on 27 acres, but I hope we can swap the 27 for something more manageable at that time, perhaps 5 acres? If you are ever down our way, consider this a stop on your rural excursions. :-) Cindy, I honestly don't know how I managed before my Muck boots. I love my short Jobber style, but I'm already scheming to get a higher cut style. It would probably suit the deep mud better... I think the Jobber will be well suited to dryer gardening days. And you are very right, they are perfect for snow days also. Mountain Woman, our mud season can be quite extended. Since we often have 40-degree days, and 20-degree nights, it can go back and forth, frozen then muddy! After I saw the horses trying to walk on the frozen pock-marked mud yesterday, I'm undecided which is better - it's like a constant trail ride for them. I'm sure they would prefer the drier days of summer. {I did try to convey a more beautiful side to mud with my photos.} :)

2/10/2010 8:18:34 AM

Hey Oz Girl. YES! MUD SEASON! Ok, I no longer live on a dirt road so I LUCKILY don't have to worry about it as much (good thing because my little car would always get stuck in those huge ruts). But my favorite is walking barefoot through some serious mud in our yard...nothing like feeling like a kid again. :) Good luck with your mud- not sure we'll have much of a mud season here...since the snow was very minimal this winter. (oh, and I totally agree about the Muck boots...I just got some of the Chore boots last year and I don't know how I lived up until now without them!) cheers! VTHomesteader

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