A little over two years ago, Michael and I moved to a house that sits on five acres. Despite having grown up in the suburbs, Michael is a dyed-in-the-wool, Hank-Williams-loving, cigar-smoking, Shiner-drinking country boy, and the property appealed greatly to his cowboy sensibilities. There are two barns with a total of eight horse stalls, but he recently converted the older of the two into a deluxe chicken coop. We also have a small pond which several ducks and the occasional turtle call home at various times throughout the year.
Shortly after moving here, we acquired two cows, a longhorn, and a quarter horse. They keep the grass short and they’re a terribly entertaining cast of characters. We also have five hens and a rooster occupying the aforementioned chicken coop, giving us a daily supply of truly farm-fresh, cage-free eggs.
So without further ado, meet the residents of my little farm:
This is LJ, our AQHA-registered quarter horse. He’s ten years old and we don’t ride him nearly as often as we ought to. His AQHA name is Golden Jack, but I’ve decided that if we ever enter him in the Kentucky Derby he’ll be known as Eight Days a Week.
This is Smokey, a Texas Longhorn with perfect proportions. He’s also ten years old, and despite those intimidating horns, he’s one of the most gentle creatures you’ll ever encounter.
This is Red (aka Elsie, because she looks like the Borden cow). She’s filled out nicely since she came to live with us and would likely fetch a pretty penny, but I’ve made it my life’s mission to make sure she never becomes a Happy Meal.
This one we call The Baby, or Lil’ Bit, because she never seems to grow. She is not the brightest Crayon in the box, to put it mildly, and I strongly suspect she wants to kill me—she always charges at me and LJ has to step in and intervene—but I love her anyway.
And just for good measure, here’s my best friend Buddy, who helps me keep all the other four-legged critters in line.
That’s the gang! These guys keep us on our toes, but we love that we can give them a good home and a great life.