Horses graze slowly yet constantly. They’re picky eaters always on the move — a habit from the past when they traveled far and wide to find the rare nutrients required by their tricky digestive systems. With domestication their spirits adapted to slow-motion constant grazing within fenced boundaries … but their bodies have not. They live in constant danger on the farm and can easily die when fed the wrong thing or too much or even too quickly. Drought-years are like “way-back machines” transporting them to the time when they were wild and roamed for miles every day in search of the right graze — which is our obligation now.
A Ranchero on FM 2193, near FM 1155 — Washington County, July 7th 2013