Sunday, August 15, 2021

See Epona Run

Shiloh and I were working with Epona last night, picking up feet, to prepare for the farrier (she really needs a trim!), trailer loading, leading--and we thought it would be fun to let her go in the arena. 

She ran and ran, (and did a little coughing)--which we think is good for her, to help open up and clear her lungs. But we didn't let her run too much, because the dogs were barking, and getting all excited, and I didn't want her to wear herself out. 

Her next vet appointment is tomorrow, which I dread, but it is necessary to see what progress we've made. It is supposed to be 90 degrees, and she will have to haul by herself. 

I'm reading a very interesting book called, The Ride of Her Life, by Elizabeth Letts. She also wrote, The Perfect Horse, which I haven't read, but have ordered to read next. 

The Ride of her Life is about Annie Wilkins, aka, Jackass Annie (she got the nickname from riding her donkey to school.) Annie discovers she has a lung condition at about age 63, and decides to sell the family farm and ride her horse from Minot, Maine to California, to fulfill a lifelong dream. It takes place in the 1950's, and the author recreates much of what is going on as she traverses the country.

So far, it has been fascinating. She gets a mixed reception. At first, everyone is excited to see her, and news organizations follow her around, townspeople line up to see her, and people open their homes to her and her animals, but it is taking a turn right now, and one town's paper concentrates on her animal's welfare, raising a bit of an outcry about what she's doing to her horse by riding it so far, and in dangerous conditions. I'll share more when I'm finished.

Happy trails for now!





10 comments:

  1. Epona looks good! Hope you get a good report tomorrow.

    Never heard of the books. Tell us how you liked them.

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    1. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the appointment because my daughter was hospitalized with severe contractions and she still has 1 1/2 months to go. We are watching her now, and prepared to go back if necessary.

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  2. Does my heart good to see that little rascal running around! Hope the appointment shows lots of improvement.

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    1. The verdict will need to be postponed a few days. Emergency with Shiloh.

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  3. She has some lovely movement. It must do your heart good to see her running. good luck at the vet appointment .

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    1. She is pretty to watch. Love to see her move with her old energy, or some of it.

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  4. It is great to see Epona run!! Such a cutie. Hope you get favorable news from the vet. Safe travels.

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    1. We had to postpone it, but she looks good today and has a good appetite.

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  5. Some of the members of my book club have read that book as well as the book written by Annie about her journey. They say that the book by Annie is much better — although they are both good. I believe the autobiography is out of print but you can probably find it used. Good luck with Epona’s vet visit (how do you pronounce it? I’m sure I’ve got it all wrong: E-pona).

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    1. I didn’t know there was an autobiography. I’ll look for it. You’re right about the pronunciation. Ee-Pona.

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