Chris, our farrier, came today. Grace, Driza and Smokey had their hoofs trimmed and Hearsal was trimmed and re shod. Chris comes about every six to seven weeks to deal with the horses hoofs. Hearsal is the only one to be shod, he is ridden far more than the others and it keeps his hoofs in good order. The dogs love it when Chris comes as they chew on the trimmings. You can see Lola in the photo paying a lot of attention to Chris's work.
Yesterday was wet and cold. It was like a wet playtime at school. Eeyore was the kid without a coat (why would you have a raincoat living in Roma, and if you had one you wouldn't wear it) he stood under a tree and sulked all day. Smokey was the sport jock, he strutted around wanting to play footy and couldn't understand why nobody would join in. Hearsal wanted to go back into the stalls. Driza rolled in the mud, no idea why, he just had to do it. Grace just carried on as normal, nothing to get worried about. The pups and kittens were like little prep students they kept running outside and then back in, they kept running out onto the verandah and looking at the rain. They ran around the house, had play fights and got bored. It wasn't a great day, I think they were all glad to have tea get their rugs on and go to bed.
Our herd is quite eclectic. Four horses a camel and a donkey. They all get on very well together and know their place. There is a definite pecking order, Grace is the head of the herd, although Smokey thinks he is. Katie is after the horses and poor Eeyore comes last. Its very interesting that Katie understands horse body language and knows when to get out of the way!
Bertie had fun this mornimg with a small piece of velcro and a bucket. There's no point in buying expensive toys for him.
Technology has the ability to sense when you are in a rush. The photocopier knows when you are in a rush and automatically creates a paper jam, the printer runs out of paper or toner at that crucial moment, even the car seems to know when you are running late and somehow automatically reduces the amount of fuel in the tank so you have to use the precious minutes to stop at the servo to fill up. Big Red knew I was in a rush yesterday while trying to spread a lot of horse manure before it rained. So we ended up with a puncture. A large piece of thick rusty wire had pierced the tire. How could this happen I had driven over that route over a hundred times but this time by magic we found some rusty wire. How????
Lola and Chana had a little set to about two weeks ago. Chana bit Lola on the back leg and held on. We thought everything was ok as we cleaned the leg and all looked good. However, at the weekend it started to swell up and looked very sore. The wound was infected so it was cleaned out, bandaged and she is now on antibiotics. This has not stopped her running around like a lunatic, as always.
The cold weather has come at last. We have had a few nights this week where the temperatures have been down to zero. We had a heavy frost on Saturday morning. The horses are now wearing their warm winter rugs on a night. The days are quite warm so we take the rugs off on a morning before they go out.