Friday, May 20, 2011
Head Shaking, Marsh Slogging & Kitties
First, a picture of the sweet kitties. I came in and looked at the picture and noticed there were only 4 or 5 in the picture, so went straight back out to find the missing white kitty and discovered it half-dead, wandered away from its mama and siblings. I rubbed its belly, it yelled out unhappily, and I placed it in its mama's arms. I don't know if it will survive though.
And now the update on the head shaking. Did floating the teeth solve the problem?
Yesterday's ride started out well when we were in the sunshine riding on an old dirt road, but when we turned into the trees for the second half and traversed the flooded, heavily-treed bog, the bugs intensified and Cowboy's head-shaking came back in earnest. To be fair, I did some of my own head-shaking and emerged from the trees, thirty minutes later, quite bitten up from mosquitos. I had no idea there was so much standing water, but the lack of sun has kept it from drying up and we've had so much rain, the creek had overflowed. We slogged through 3 inch deep water and oozy mud for almost the entire way. Add to that a herd of frantic, whinnying horses following us along an adjoining fenceline and it was quite the experience.
Cowboy was NOT a happy camper, but he trudged through anyway.
And when I got home I ordered this--riding mask with ears and nose cover: (proceeding from easiest solutions to more difficult.) Equilibrium Products
Today, the weather's going to be in the 70's with sunshine yet again, so a friend and I are going back out on the trail. She has a few ideas about the head shaking, so we're going to experiment a bit. I'll take video of him so you can see what I'm talking about.
Happy sunshine spring trails, everyone!