It was a take-it-easy kind of week for Lily and me. The footing on the trails was horrid (Willa slipped in the mud and fell to her knees during at trail ride with another group) and I didn't feel like venturing out into the mud alone, nor did I feel like putting in any kind of strenuous workout on treacherous footing; Kathy was getting her back injected (she was due; she gets an injection every 6 months), so she was out of commission for a couple of days; and I just wanted to do some arena work and focus on other things.
|The slight hollows behind her shoulders have officially filled in after her saddle adjustment!|
It was a real treat to show her the barn. I don't remember the last time I saw an adult be so excited about these awesome animals; Amy is only a couple of years younger than me. She reverted to a little kid as she fed some of the senior mares carrots and petted their foreheads. I gave her a quick course on equine anatomy, showed her what the undersides of their hooves and teeth look like, what splints are on a horse (she noticed Lily has some popped splints on her legs), showed her the difference between adult and baby teeth on horses (we have a 4-year-old and a 3-year-old on the property), and offered her the opportunity of grooming Lily. Amy literally bounced up and down in excitement, and Lily just enjoyed her extra spa time! I don't know why I didn't think to get photos at the time.
I then let her lead Lily back down to the field, where she got to meet the field board horses. I showed her the different varieties of grain available, the differences, and the general purposes of each one (pellets vs sweet feed, for example), and Amy fed the girls the rest of the carrots she had brought.
|One of the photos Amy took, of Grema the Icelandic eating a carrot!|
Once back at the barn, I did some more arena work with Lily; only about 15 minutes and again only focusing on bend. She was finally feeling significantly more balanced and supple.
|Queenie making adorable faces when she saw I was bringing Lily's food.|
The snap test came back 100% NEGATIVE!!! YEAH!!! If it had been positive, we would have sent the more expensive Lyme PCR to Cornell to differentiate between antibodies and antigen exposure. We discussed the possibility of anemia, so I did have Dr. L run a full CBC on the Lily's blood sample...and it came back completely NORMAL!!!
So I can rest assured that we have confirmed that this is truly the Return of the Sane Mare. At least until she goes into heat because of the warmth we've been having these past 2 days...66 degrees at 7:00 pm tonight while driving to the barn, after temps in the 20's and 30's last week...WTF??? Not complaining on this little break in the cold! But Charles and I were laughing tonight because it was literally the same temp as in South FL!