The Backside of Equus

Noblesse Oblige

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

The Color Purple & Gold

Each May the pastures of Washington County turn purple and gold. And Valley Forge Lane transitions to tangled underbrush that can bring an 800 lb iron horse to its knees.

Bees on nettle Rita Vista

Purple and Gold

Winter Rye turning gold

Winter Rye turning gold 2

Round bale on Ellerman Rd

Valley Forge Ln - The End

The Dark Knight - End of Valley Forge Ln

Mesquita Sunset

Each Spring I ride to these Mesquite blooms on Independence Way (FM 2621) in Washington County. For a couple weeks they light the pasture gold. Bikers training for the annual MS-150 come to this spot from near and far but when the blooms turned gray this year the Earth had lost a great friend near this very spot as she trained for the long ride.

Margaret Noecker,  September 7, 1956 – April 14, 2013. R.I.P.

Mesquite FM 2621 - March bloom 2

MS-150 training on FM 2621

On Independence Way in Washington County – April 2013