Sunday, July 28, 2013
Home Sweat Home
No that is not a typo...I generally don't mind the heat in Arizona, but dang, the humidity has been crazy since the day we got here. I'm sure my animals believe they are in hell. It seems to be a tad better today, for which i am truly grateful. The trip through the mountains from Payson were gorgeous and I am glad I was not driving. Watching TC in front of us while my friend Jamie drove our truck was enough to make me a nervous wreck. It was all those twisty turns and steep mountain passes, that just had me feeling a tad ill. We made it safe and sound though and boy howdy was everyone ready to be done with the traveling. The dogs have pee'd on every single blade of grass in the yard, the ponies rolled and had a nice long drink. Then I settled them in with some dinner and all was good. The next day I just left them in their pens to rest. Sassy gave me a bit of a scare. She was laying down a lot which I expected, but then she was sweating so much more than the rest of the horses. Then I went out to spray her with fly spray and she wouldn't get up. I nudged her with my foot and she still wouldn't get up. When I grabbed a rope she finally did move, but it had me wondering what was going on. On the one hand, she is a lame horse who just spent 2 full days in a trailer. On top of that she is in a new place with much higher temps, and a ton of humidity which could have been the reason for the sweating. On the other hand, 2 very real signs of colic, as we all know, are intense sweating and wanting to lay down a lot. But since I didn't see any other signs of distress, agitation, or pain, I decided to just watch her. We ran to town for a bit and when I got home she was still in the same spot. Simon and I got her up and haltered her, and I got out my trusty stethascope and listened to her belly. I could hear nice gut sounds, and gave my expert medical diagnosis of, "She must really be tired." I have given everyone some pasture time and some arena- run around time- which seems to make a big difference. I see that every other horse in the hood has on fly masks, and since I don't want my ponies to feel left out, they all have them now too, and too my amazement they are leaving them on. They have made friends with the neighbor horses too. Last night I went to catch Killian and Sassy from the arena and put them away for dinner. Sassy didn't want to be caught so I grabbed Killian and left her there. She squealed and ran and raced like an idiot and then went and stood at the gate to wait for me. Tee hee. The dogs are doing pretty good. They spend their days sprawled out on the tile floor. Old Butchy seems to be a bit depressed, but he could just be sore and tired as well. The two legged family members are fairing ok...mesquito's love me, I do not return the feelings. slowly but surely we are getting our house unpacked and inside. We work a little, then rest, then work, then rest. No big rush on any of it. I am using my sons computer and internet, and I cannot wait until I have my own, so I can blog from home, AND have a little time to go back and catch up with everyone. I will have some pictures soon of the herd in their new home. Take care everyone.