I look SO forward to my Sunday visits out to Lazarus!
This one particular Sunday was a mix of odd, great and scary.
Mason got stung/bit by something within a matter of two seconds of arriving to the barn.
I watched him carefully and decided if he started swelling (as in his head or around eye) I would end the day, take him to a pharmacy and get some Benadryl down his throat.
Mason has reacted to bee stings before with his head swelling up twice before and both times the vet told us children's benadryl and it worked.
But he was fine and the bite ended up going away.
Mason and Lazarus were interacting nicely today.
We were alone out there today and Mason just followed us around and had fun
Lazarus was AWESOME today.
I hand walked him for only about 15 minutes and then hopped up for a beautiful calm ride for about...18 (eek! I couldn't stop!)
He was so calm despite the crazy weather seeming to approach in the distance.
It was HOT, humid but with tiny winds that whipped up faster with cool air and spots of rain.
Definitely a thunder storm brewing but our ride was awesome and we even ventured out of the arena for a bit which he enjoyed.
Do you see my imprint on my sweet Bay? lol!
His rear right hoof...it's looking better and stronger.
Still very, very odd and deformed but to be expected.
His frog is looking more healthy and despite the convex sole (callus protecting himself) his bars are evening out a bit more....still more time needed but happy to see progress.
Where my thumb is at in the picture is the side were Laz rotated bi-laterally (inwards towards the left if you were to stand behind him)
Cliff returns on Thursday for another trim :)
After our ride, it started showing signs of a storm...and this little pony got a sprinkle on his back and headed for his stall. lol!
Really? Spoiled. So happy we've got a facility to be at!
Inside Stitch the barn kitty was wanting some attention
I also laid out the random, short, bundles of twine that I found in Laz's hay in case the BO's saw some in the next couple bales of hay. I like to be on the look out of anything odd in case one of the horse's starts acting funny, we may know why...and can hopefully eliminate any hay that has this issue.
I know we've seen sticks, an occasionally field creature (mouse, snake, etc) but twine I feel like could really hurt a horse? Thankfully Laz appeared to have eaten around it, but of course I obsessed and went thru his hay like a Police dog and pulled out what I could find. I worry that if he did eat it, would it cause an impaction in his GI?
The garden was perky with the rain starting to come in
Corn, knee high by the 4th of July? More like waist high!
I wanted to clip Laz's muzzle and bridle path but the weather was quickly changing and I thought I should scoot. I wanted him to look clean for my younger sister, who is coming to visit from South Africa for a couple of weeks. She'll just have to help! ;)
And MORE SCARY:
On our way home, we got about 18 miles from the barn when a crazy, huge thunderstorm came galloping in over on top of us. I was driving on the highway, and it seemed like everyone else around was rushing to beat it home, and with listening to NPR, I could tell we were just ahead of the storm.
That quickly changed...the woman on the radio was giving a minute by minute play of the storm and possible tornado which was exactly where we were at on the road!
The rain was coming down so hard and horizontally, that everyone slowed down to 25 mph. This was not a little storm, and you could smell the electricity in the air.
My husband called and was concerned by the news he was hearing and knowing I would be either at the barn or on the road, he phoned me. When we were talking on the phone, the BIGGEST bolts of lightening were crashing thru the sky and I all of a sudden felt very, very small and very vulnerable. He urged me to get off the highway and just wait it out somewhere.
Having Mason, I was a bit more panicked...I didn't have a leash or collar and leaving him in the car was NOT an option. The exit I pulled off at, thankfully had a Hotel and a Meijer (grocery store)..so I drove to the Meijer, bolted in, ran to the pet section, bought a collar and leash, (and a Vitamin water and Cheezits which were at the checkout lol) and ran back to Mason, all in under two minutes.
I put the collar on thinking in case I had to seek shelter, WE were going to the Hotel together. :)
We waited it out in the car for about an hour and snacked on some crackers together, as it seemed to be calming down.
We got lucky.
The exit I pulled off at was literally in the middle of these two storms that just missed us from what my husband could tell from his weatherman research. ;)
I was so happy to have Mason with me...it made our adventure a little less scary
"Storm...what storm....give me those cracker delights Mom!"