Monday, May 25, 2009
Beautiful's Adoption Paperwork
A few days ago, I finally received Beautiful's adoption paperwork! It came Thursday, I believe, but I have been very busy entertaining our out of town family who came to visit, and have only just now had time to blog.
Now that the weather is nice, blog entries may become few and far between. I'm sure it will be that way with everyone. We've got to take advantage of this good weather when we can.
I've been catching up with all my favorite blogs today, which has been great! It's so good to see what everyone has been doing.
Besides the adoption paperwork--we also had the farrier come out last Tuesday. Not good! It was a horribly windy day--it felt like the barn was going to blow down. The windiest day of the year so far, and guess what--it was my scheduled day for the farrier!
It's so hard to schedule--and they needed it so bad--I figured I'd better tough it out. Plus, they do need to learn that life goes on--even when it's windy.
Well, they were all antsy--but Beautiful did her worst ever. The front feet were great--but those backs--Ay yi yi! Bad! She didn't try to kick, but she did put down ALL, and I mean ALL, of her weight. The farrier couldn't hold her--which knocked him off his balance and put a lot of stress on his back.
She has a stubborn streak in her a mile long and didn't give up the good fight for about fifteen minutes. At which point, you could FINALLY see her eye soften, licked her lips, and relaxed.
Since then she has been as good as gold--almost as if she's trying hard to make amends to me. She is ten times more tuned in to my comings and goings--like Hey, are we still friends since that time I tried to kill your farrier?
And of course, my farrier wasn't too impressed with my progress with Beautiful. I didn't even try to justify it by saying that I'd done this or that or the other--which I have!--because in the end, it doesn't really matter. When things settled down I did offer up some explanation by telling him rather than doing nothing (as he assumed) I'd been doing much more with her in the roundpen and out leading in the fields. All of which does NOT explain how she could have taken so many steps backward. Except the fact that it was a windy day and, for a wild horse especially, wind can mean danger.
So, we both agreed that he should do Beautiful's feet every four weeks when he comes out because 1.) She needs more interaction with him, and 2.) she grows heel fast!
That's about it for now--more later! Hope you're all enjoying your Memorial Day!