The fatmare has been lonely without me! I’ve been busy with several other projects so the new horse, Flow, has been a bit on the backburner. I’ve played around with her some but nothing more than hanging out, grooming her, playing at liberty or going for a walk. She seems to love the attention! Here’s a quick video of her meeting the 2 year old Flutter for the first time so check that out:
Aspen Back in Her Jumping Days
November has come and gone and the fatmare has just been sitting here alone since my short post about Hickstead.
My black mare, Aspen, colicked a few nights after Thanksgiving. It was a strange evening. I came back from dinner with the hubby and decided to give the horses hay before going in the house. I normally wait until 11pm or so but that night I went as soon as we got home.
As I approached the front field, I heard a nicker from Aspen that sounded different. I grabbed the hay and went to throw it over the fence. It was a moon lit night so I could see the outline of her body lying on the ground. It seemed odd that she was laying down. I gave her the hay and she got up but then laid down again. All I could think was colic!
I ran to inside the house in a panicked state and got my husband to call the vet. In the meantime, we gave her an injection and took her vitals. The vet was wonderful and ended up spending a few hours here. She recovered fine after days of monitoring and a special diet.
The biggest lesson for me was how we all worked together to help her. It was so seamless. I felt like Aspen knew she needed us and we showed up!
I just can’t resist! I have to deviate from Nootka for today and show you two very cute yearling colts. These two guys are best friends and live together in the back field. They make me smile everyday with their antics! They run, jump, rear, buck…you know all the usual horseplay kind of stuff. Yesterday morning I figured we needed a photo shoot with them as they’ve grown so much over the summer. The first few minutes of the shoot were awesome. Everybody was happy. Look at the great pic!
Then…two seconds after that pic things start going a bit sideways. Image (the gray one) decided that face fighting was much more fun than posing for pics. Nice teeth don’t you think:
My bite is worse than my neigh?
We reorganize everyone. Whew…all calm now then I have the brillant idea of jumping up and down to get both horses to put their ears forward. Here is what happened:
RUN! You go left.. I'll go right!
So I was holding on to both horses as they went different directions. The rope burn on my hand was a nice touch.
The only lesson here is one I have heard a million times: You gotta roll with the punches (or horses for that matter).