We had a week of visitors, which coincided with a drop in temperatures. It was lovely. For one, it took my mind off of the worry of Epona, and it also helped Epona regain some of her strength. It also got me back in the saddle, and working with Leah and Tumbleweed.
Tumbleweed was grumpy, as were many of the horses, due to the biting flies and lack of exercise. He gave me his attention, but it wasn't happy attention. Cowboy was equally bothered by the thought of working, and the one time I pulled him out, I ended up putting him back and switching for Little Joe. Foxy was very pleasant. She has a been there, done that temperament, and nothing seems to bother her anymore. I'm sure she wasn't always like that in life, but she has matured to be the wise old sage of the herd.
Epona seemed to have turned a major corner. She was eating well and carrying herself with energy. We even found her running and bucking at times. She had settled into the new arrangement, and enjoyed the love and support of mama over the fence. She was aggressively eating NW Mare and Foal (which has 1.3% calcium!) and her Omolene 300. I was looking forward to my next post, and being able to report all the positive news! I took this video from horseback last night.
But today, the heat returned, and she seems weaker. I have a big fan on her, and she's locked into the barn. Her last dose of antibiotic will be tonight, and her follow up appointment is Monday, which is also the day this heat wave is expected to end.
Still having trouble getting hay into the barn. I did manage to get 1.7 tons, a mere fraction of what we need, but I have a guarantee of delivery for timothy next week. (It better work out!!)
We had a fun little adventure into the city on Monday night, and just happened across a live performance in the park. It was the Inland NW Opera performing Little Red Riding Hood free for children and their families. We had two of our granddaughters, and we sat in the grass and enjoyed the performance in perfect weather. It almost felt like 2019 again.
Alas, it is not, and we are starting to mask up again. I keep looking at our local theater website and there are no plays scheduled for this year. Will we ever get back to live theater again? I really thought, hoped is more like it, that our high vaccination rate in Washington state would usher in an end to Covid restrictions, yet it seems like we're starting all over again. I'm not a fan. Personally, I'm not afraid of it, and have high confidence in the vaccine to keep me from getting it and/or developing severe symptoms. I want my life back. I want life back for everyone else, too.
I want a refund on 2020 and 2021. I want someone to stop this ride and get us off the roller coaster. I want to go back to not bickering about stupid things, like masks and vaccines and who is super spreading and who is not. In fact, I never want to hear the phrase "super spreader" again.
And while I'm at wanting so many things--I also want Epona to just get well. 100% well!! I want to see her running and bucking again. Is that too much to ask?
This quickly descended into a rant, and I’m sorry for that. There are parallels between Epona and Covid—basically, I feel like I’ve done my “part,” but nothing gets better. Yet, anyway.