I got a breast collar to put on Smoke...boy does she look sharp with all the new stuff!!! Our farrier saw her last in January when she was still pretty thin and sick looking...he was out Monday and he didn't even reconize her. She's actually on the chubby side now!! But he said to let her stay that way, with her thin build and the amount of work and running I'll do this summer and fall going into winter, she'll need it. I'm going to try to get a picture of her all slicked up soon!
I told D.J. about Bannie's knee problem, he seemed to be getting weaker on it. He said he probably strained or tore a ligament or tendon. I had been working him really hard so that wasn't helping him to heal. D.J. said to just let him be the old man horse he is. Since I have Smoke, I'm not out a horse and Bannie doesn't like to do the fast furious riding I like to do...he's content being a pleasure horse. So Mom or Seth will be the ones riding him now and we'll give him a break from hard riding. When we first got Smoke, I did not like her at all. I was used to Bannie's quiet disposition. But the more I ride her, the more I like her. I've progressed in my riding so now I can handler her and I've learned everything Bannie could teach me....but Smoke still has plenty I can learn. I'll always love Bannie and we'll always be close, but it's time to move on and face more challenging things.
Yesterday evening, when we got home from the auction hall, we found some baby coons in a tree in our front yard. One of them had crawled out onto the tree and couldn't figure out how to get back in the hole. He almost fell off several times, but he finally managed to get back inside. I got some really cute pictures of them sticking their heads out the hole. One of them started to fall out, so I climbed up a ladder and grabbed it with a glove. I shoved it back in and it promptly launched itself back out at me!! It hit my head and fell. I screamed and backed up, almost falling of the ladder, which Lydia was supposed to be steadying. When she looked up and saw the coon flying out, she let go and ran away!! It followed us all over the yard, we couldn't get away! Finally I caught it and put it in the pet carrier. We think Grandpa shot the mother several days ago. Seth took care of the one that fell out...not sure what we'll do with the other ones yet. They were cute.
We're at the auction hall today for take in...it's been pretty slow today...gotta go see if Dad and Fred need any help.