The whole lot of us is now home and instead of being busier than a bee right off the bat...
It looks like there will be a lull in the action. EHV-1 has reared it's ugly head again this year. One HS rodeo horse was just put down from the neurological form of EHV-1 and another is running a temperature. It has been highly recommended by the CO State Veterinarian that all travel and events be temporarily suspended.
For the next 21 days (the incubation period), everyone will pretty much be waiting things out. Many public facilities are being sanitized during this time.
I had already been planning an alternate course of action for this upcoming weekend. Originally, I had intended to take all 4 of my greenies (Frosty, Shooter, Jet and LJ) to a 3 day weekend, but when I heard that the sick horses were from the Western Slope of CO, I decided that I would just take 2 horses with me and keep them in my porta-pen by the trailer. I didn't want to risk putting horses in the public stalls that were made available at this facility. Now that event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
In all reality...I'm not the least bit disappointed. Without a doubt, LJ, Shooter and Jet all need a little refresher after being turned out, Frosty needs new shoes...And I have a ton of catching up to do around the home place. MH is so good about keeping most of the yards mowed up and watered, but I have a ton of weeding to do, pens that need to be cleaned, the big rig needs a good scrubbing, the pasture irrigation needs to be set up and turned on, etc., etc.
I sure do love coming home to all of the green...but as everyone knows, it takes a lot of time to keep up with it. One nice thing though...They already did all of the spring work on the fields next door, so my 'riding' area is soft and deep again. I'll be pretty happy to get out to the Adobe Mounds to ride as well. Some hill work is definitely in order for my bunch. Both me and the ponies were ready for a change in scenery. There are a few other places around here that I have been wanting to go ride at as well...Although I never seemed to fit it in. This year, I vowed that I AM going to get to those places. I have 3 horses that need lots of miles and I might as well make the most of this rebuilding year by doing as many 'fun' things as I can. :-D