2. Fall is in full swing in the garden. The last bloom of roses brings a splash of pink in a palate otherwise dominated by gold, orange and red.
3. Pistol is looking great. She'll always be a stocky horse but muscle is starting to be more pronounced than fat. When we ride, she and Brett spend a lot of time at trot and canter. I'm not sure how much regular riding she will get with winter coming on, but the foundation is set and she is thriving.
4. We had a wet, cold storm system come through earlier this week. We decided to try putting Jackson in the covered round pen and put Pistol in his stall. Jackson is the most independent of the horses; he marches to his own drummer and doesn't mind being alone (as much). Also, the round pen stays bone dry whereas the stalls have run-outs which get wet and muddy. The drier we keep Jackson's feet, the better he does. Brett lugged a big black rubber water trough into the round pen and filled it with water for Jackson. When he went outside the pen to turn off the water, Kersey ran in and jumped in the water trough. Brett scolded her for splashing and swimming on a cold overcast day and for making a mess in the round pen. Kersey just looked at him and thumped her tail.
5. The chickens are still molting. I did some research and learned that molting can last up to three months. Aack! We haven't had any eggs from the chickens in the past two days. We might be reduced to - choke - buying eggs if they don't start laying soon.
6. Autumn on the ranch. One of my favorite times of year (after spring).