It has been a busy season: grandbaby on the way, horse grandbaby on the way, trips, projects, and some unexpected hospitalizations.
The human and horse grandbabies coinciding has been a wondrous thing to watch.
Cowgirl has been really sweet. She started to look uncomfortable the other day, and I got worried she might deliver the foal too early. She wasn't really pacing so much as standing up against the wall moving back and forth on her back legs and her abdomen looked like it was moving oddly. I suppose it could have been the foal turning around. Since I've never done this, I don't know. But it stopped and she went back to normal.
She has a hearty appetite, regular, healthy manure, and lots of energy.
It seems like this is taking forever!
My human grandbaby is progressing very well, as you can see in the ultrasound. My daughter and I have spent a lot of time together walking. Activity, and lots of water, have helped her get through the early phases of pregnancy without much morning sickness. And you know how I love to get steps in! Win win!
Since we returned from Florida, a lot has happened. My oldest son broke his back in a snowboarding accident. He wasn't doing anything unusual, but the board got out from under him and he did a "spinal tap." That's where you fall hard on your butt. I was an avid snowboarder for many years, and that's just part and parcel to boarding. Nothing unusual. But it was bad luck for him that day, because it caused a compression fracture and he was hospitalized for 2 nights.
Have any of you been to the hospital through Covid? If so, you know how strict they are. It was the first day they were allowing visitors again, but you could only have one a day. If that person left, they weren't supposed to come back in again. I mean, I did come back in again, because I didn't know, and they weren't good at monitoring, but you weren't supposed to. It makes it hard to support your loved one or really have any idea what is going on.
My son's roommate was coughing and in a lot of pain. A lot. I asked one of the nurses if they had a separate unit for Covid patients, and she said yes, but Covid patients were on that floor, too--the orthopedic floor my son was on. What?!? Can you imagine having a fractured back and then contracting Covid? I was pretty shocked. I wasn't suspecting that his roommate had Covid, but maybe I should have suspected.
The Florida pelican says, "Maintain Social Distance."
Speaking of Covid, I guess I didn't get it on my travels to Florida. If you were watching the news, you'd think everyone was running around spitting on each other. I didn't see any revelers or any of the irresponsible people they were showing in those segments. My experience was 100% different. Everyone I was around was very cautious and respectful.
Another Florida bird. Speaking of which, the birds are returning here, too! Lots and lots of bird sounds in the morning.
Tumbleweed continues to improve at training. I get a lot of pictures like this one.
I'd like to get down there to see him this week. I have purposely stayed away during the transition. No need to confuse him while he's acclimating to his new routine. The last two weeks have been brush up, and I hope he will soon move on to riding out. When I go down, I'll take lessons.
No doubt, the transition to a new facility was hard. There were at least three stallions there, and he is lodging between two mares about his age. It was hard for him to tune that out and listen to his trainer. I think he will be home in time to attend a de-spooking clinic. It might be a great opportunity to work on this issue. I'll be looking for lots of opportunities to expose him to new situations and horses. And I will have to work on my skills at keeping his attention.
Leah still has some swelling in the fetlock, but not much. She moves out normally, but I still only give her moderate turnout, then watch for any signs of heat or swelling to make sure she's not overdoing it. She's more happy than I've seen her a long, long time.
Beautiful Girl, too. She has been in a stall, but it communicates with the herd, and she has really thrived. She has become super, super mellow and gentle. I groom her everyday. Away from the direct contact with the other horses, she has become much less reactive. Much more tuned into me. She shares a separated run with Leah, and they spend a lot of time together over the barrier. She can also see Cowgirl, and that seems to make her happy, too.
I had the farrier put shoes on Leah, and I do plan to start riding her soon. Cowboy also got shoes, because I think he would benefit from light rides as well. And they've opened up our riding facility at the state park early, due to the beautiful weather. I may be riding solo a lot this year, because my daughter isn't riding through her pregnancy. But that might be a good thing since my horses are all on various levels of rehabilitative care and / or conditioning.
I hope the hospital visits have come to an end for now, and that everything reverts to "normal" as bodies heal, babies grow, and horses recuperate.