We've moved into a stage of moderately super hot days, 90's, full sun. After what we experienced last week, it seems downright cool. Of course, it's not, but the almost 20 degree difference allows us to do things differently around here.
I haven't used the misters this week, and I allow Cowgirl and Epona to go where they want to go. I watch them closely, to make sure Epona doesn't get too hot, but from what I've seen, they alternate between shady spots and hanging out with the herd over the fence. (Epona often lies in the shade of her mama.)
Epona has her next vet visit Wednesday. We had to postpone the last one, due to extreme heat. This one will be earlier in the day, and the highs are expected around 91 degrees. We can do that.
She continues to progress with independent drinking of water and eating pelleted food. That's the hope, that she will get as far as she can, controlling the pneumonia with antibiotics while she grows and matures. My son-in-law read that this process can take months, but the outcome is usually full recovery. In any event, she continues to grow by leaps and bounds. She is five weeks old.
There was another concern I had with her--her manure production. For a while, it seemed too rare, but now it seems, in my view, normal.
Tumbleweed is only three, but Epona's arrival has made him seem like an old man. He is definitely maturing physically, and starting to fill out all over. Still has a bit of a baby bod, but most people who see him can't believe he's the foal they once knew. Is that Tumbleweed?!? Yep, he's a grownup now.
The pastures are dying early, and hay is going to be a real issue for everyone in the west. That is what I'll be concentrating on for the next few weeks. I still have plenty of hay, but I need to make sure the barn is full, and we're ready for winter. It's easier to be ISO 1 or 2 tons than 12. I hope to get 10 tons put away soon, use what I need, and replenish in fall. Our round bale supplier puts enough away for us, but we need to contact him and make sure he will have it for this year. Everyone's scrambling.
The flies didn't seem that bad this year, but then yesterday they came out in droves for our 4th of July BBQ. Grrr...they were worse than I've ever seen them.
I'm ordering these table fans to see if they will help. They have good reviews.
I'm also going to mix up a spray of Lemongrass and water to spray around the doorways and flowers. I found this recipe:"Lemongrass oil is an essential oil with powerful insect repellent properties. In addition, it also keeps your home aromatic and refreshed. You can use lemongrass oil to make a fly repelling spray that doubles as a room freshener. Here are the ingredients you will need:
Lemongrass essential oil (20-25 drops)
Hot water (about 1/2 cup)
Mix and keep the solution in a spray bottle. Spray along your doorways and windows for maximum effects. Note: If you don’t have lemongrass oil, other natural oils (lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, or peppermint oil) will also work. However, do not expect the same strong results that you would get with lemongrass oil." (Green and Growing. org)