Some summery solo rides the mare and me have had...building up some of her muscles again, since it is drying out and we may trot and canter about, with no fear of slippage.
She took to these cows...think she'd like to meet some~ without the fence boundary!
My schedule has also lined up with my sister, to have some lovely rides since July has proven to us...it may FINALLY BE SUMMER after all!
We had a terrible scare with Pantz the beginning of the weekend. Her caregiver called frantically, trying to reach my sis or myself. Pantz was acting "abnormally to her". We called the vet..all 3 were already on calls. I called another vet, she was out as well...I tried not to fret too much, as I drove to my sisters barn. I have seen this mare in pain before and colic...I was praying it was NOT this. My sis had just left her the eve before, happy and calm in her stall...munching her dinner hay.
Pantz recently has been staying outside overnights in the field, we were told by her caregiver. This disconcerted my sister some and me too, as a cougar has already been detected on the property. Though she has no injury to lure it near to her, as it did last year to my mare and she. But, she also has no other horse in her field to give her security to rest ,as the bears and bobcats and cougars roam the field and woods nearby. My sister pays for stall keep and would like to have that overnights, I agree, since it is an open to 300 foot run and field arrangement.
We arrived to find Pantz all dusty from sleeping in her 14 X 24 stall. She can really stretch out there and relax. I arrived 10 minutes after my sister...Pantz was like FEED ME PLEASE, and pawiing for her breakfast! Her vitals were all normal. She drank water in her stall and ate a bite of watered grasses outside. We totally COULD NOT detect distress or injury or anything out of the ordinary! We kept her in the stall + 150 foot graveled run and we left for breakfast and the local grange to come back to: 2 poos and a wee. All looked good and not at all greasy from being inside the horse overly long. She also had had 6-7 poos overnight and an empty water bucket.
Both vets had called back to check in with us and we proclaimed to them what we think really happened...She was so relieved to be indoors and secure in that matted and shaving strewn stall- she really rested. Since the PBO was earlier than normal (horses do have body clocks ) to check in..she had caught her sleeping! She had never seen a horse stretch and decide to lay back down, and then stretch a bit more! Pantz can be dramatic about stretching...she must have, obviously, scared her caregiver badly!!
We two sisters were greatly relieved to have all vitals report as normal and the Appaloosa horsey too!
We had this ride yesterday on our mares, in celebration of horsey health and the sunny weather~
The trails were strewn with downed trees since last fall...I lost my sister for a time, as she looked for a way around a rather HUGE downed tree....she had said," it committed treeaside"..as these favorite woods are to be logged soon.
There ,they came back! My mare dislikes trail blazing brushy, unused areas. So I dismounted, knowing we'd have to maybe make own way through the thicket.
Yea...finally, the trail is found and we continued our wooded pleasure ride.
Good Washashe mare, we had been in back and in front, cleared brush and sidestepped over to many a mounting object for me this day!
All is well in the horse health front again.
Yet- New developments have been suddenly given us. We are frantically looking for another boarding facility for Pantz- we were informed 2 weeks ago, that this facility needs to make more $ and the owners have decided to- give up having a barn for their horses- and just have them in a pasture nearer their home, on the next 10 acre plot over. There is no shelter whatsoever, and the fields are quite small with a single line between them, not to mention no storage for trailer or tack. It is not an option for my sister.
They seek to have the house and barn rented together, since it never panned out to have boarders-save me for 2 yrs and my sis, since last fall.
So, we are looking -looking. It would be nice to have her at my facility..but alas, they are full.
I have one more PBO that recently has had an opening...but her schedule and my sisters have not aliened yet. SIGH...
It is always something. Though I do look forward to positive changes for Pantz..who knows, she may find a nice facility that has someone that wishes to partial lease her or ride more often -with us!