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.
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!