I know I have been terribly quiet on the blog this summer, but this has not been much of a 'horse' summer. I mentioned earlier that after retiring Moon, MH and I discussed the need to take the time to get caught up around the place. We also took the time to do some things t.o.g.e.t.h.e.r! A rare and wonderful opportunity for us.
We got quite some major projects done around the place, still have a few more to go, but the sense of feeling like we are playing catch-up is gone. A few other things are in the middle of being resolved, but all in all, everything is coming together and when it's all said and done, our lives will be a lot less spread-out.
So, for the vast majority of the summer, the horses have just been on vacation. It hasn't hurt a single one of them. LOL.
Even though Frosty has lost his condition, he has not gotten ridiculously fat again.
Shooter's injured leg is completely healed, no more flare-ups/soreness and the hitch he had in his hip from carrying that leg for so long is gone.
It took Little John awhile to adjust to living in a large area and a herd environment, but he did adjust and has matured mentally and physically this summer.
Jet has also calmed down mentally this summer and his legs have straightened back out. He did blow a large splint on the front leg that was twisted and it has not gone down much, but from what I understand about splints, it's not entirely a bad thing. They happen in spots where the bone is weak and as they calcify and remodel, it strengthens the bone.
Moon is bored out of his ever-loving mind. Retirement is not suiting him and I have not had the time to go practice roping like I thought I would, so I made other arrangements for Moon. He is going home to the ranch in SD and my brother is going to use him. It's actually the perfect situation for both of them. Moon is a fantastic ranch horse and my brother needs something 100% reliable. It was a tough decision for me, not because I am particularly worried about how it will work out, but because Moon has been my main man for over a decade, I will miss having Mr. Dependable as my go-to guy.
The two girls, Beretta and Belle are just hanging out in their own little pasture. Beretta is intent on 'baking' her baby and Belle is just growing up.
Frenchie and Flash are doing well. Frenchie has gotten over the majority of her crappy attitude and Flash is growing like a weed and is a total love-bug now. Boy, if I thought Shooter had the 'I'm-the-king-of-everything' attitude...I think Flash has him beat.
Probably the best news of all is that Miss is coming around. She finally got over her aversion to grass hay and is filling up again. The overhaul in her diet has improved her founder as well. She is no longer lame!! I haven't even changed her shoeing job yet. The next few months are still going to be important. It depends on how much improvement I can get on her before I will know if she will be able to winter in the pasture here with the rest of the mares, or if I will have to take her to Arizona with me and continue to babysit her through the winter.
I have not been good about taking pictures of the horses this summer. I had to remind myself to take some new ones of Flash, so this is about all I have right now...
But, the non-horse influences are winding down, the fall weather is setting in...beautiful, cool mornings and not-so-hot afternoons...It's time to get serious about getting horses back on track and ready for the winter season in AZ, so I'll have blog fodder in no time. :-)