Friday, May 25, 2012

Two right feet, windshield views, etc

Here's the view of the Bay from our patio at dawn:
Patio, dawn

And here's the poor kitten, slayed by a Ray of Death:
Ray of Death claims another victim

RIP, kitten. RIP.*

So I made the trek out to see Dixie and trim her feet today. I'm still mostly well, but last night I woke up coughing and spent the whole night half-awake, coughing once every 30 seconds. I feel like somebody punched me in the throat - but otherwise I'm good! No aches or fever or anything. Just the cough. I figured just a cough meant I can still trim, so that's what I did.

I only took pics of the right feet, because as it turned out it was Horse Ranch Tour Day at the local school and there were like 40 fourth graders (10-year-olds) running around. Dixie was pretty cool with it, but I figured two sets of pics was enough.

Front right:
Front right before
Front right after

Front right before
Front right after

I just didn't see much to do on the rears.
Rear right
Rear right

All four feet got tea tree oil cotton shoved in the stinky frog cracks. They all look so different! I think they still look good, but they're definitely not desert feet anymore. If I can just get out there and do like 15 miles on something hard and get that sole out...

Here's some random pics of the barn (ranch). I think that whatever we're first exposed to is our default normal, and the first place I boarded was like a little rundown kingdom, composed of individual fiefdoms that were maintained to various levels of repair and cleanliness. That's just "as it should be" in the back of my mind - not the kind of full-care barn where each horse has an equally nice, equally clean, equally bedded stall.

One of the nicer fiefdoms - white vinyl fence with a big Appendix-looking QH.
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Stalls with attached pipe runs - some of the ones further down the row have solid plywood or plywood/mat walls, and everybody has a different tack shed of some kind.
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This weekend, someone's moving their trailer out of the line of trailers on the right, so someone else gets to move from the "overflow" parking on the left to the "main" parking, and then I'll get to move my trailer (from a nettle patch in the emergency overflow area) to the spot on the left.
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Huge pastures... where they supplement grass and alfalfa. :( Dixie's in a small pasture, but at least she gets grass hay!
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*no cats were harmed in the making of this post

14 comments:

  1. You have a wonderful view--and the rest of your life (including Dixie's life) looks pretty good too!

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  2. Dixie's new home looks lovely. Both new homes have some beautiful views.

    Glad to hear you're feeling better. Beware the ray of death! ;)

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  3. This looks amazing! I hope you and dixie are enjoying your new homes!

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  4. Well, it IS a lot more overcast there. Maybe Dixie won't have such a bad reaction to alfalfa now? Probably will still get itchy though.

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  5. Wow, your view is gorgeous! And Dixie's new home looks fantastic! As do her feet.

    Tragic about the kitten though. Gotta watch out for death rays!

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  6. I love your view! What is it like at other times of day? Just as beautiful at night I bet, with lights twinkling below.

    Question, are you expecting Dixie's feet to change for the worse now? Will they be more difficult to trim & maintain good hoof health?

    Dixie's new home looks pretty nice too :) Is it pretty much self care? (other than the hay they supplement)

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  7. Very nice! Even the slayed kitty looks nice. Everything seems to be just as it should be, except your cough and sore throat. Hope you feel better soon!

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  8. Okay, that all looks WONDERFUL.

    Now, tell us your neighbor is an escaped ax murder or something, so WE all feel better.

    Bill

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  9. That view is amazing! Holy cow!

    Thanks for your comment on Boomer's post. You have a really good point about the beer company's position. And as for Clyde color/markings, have you seen a black Clyde (not a Shire, a Clyde)? They are my favorite. Beautiful.

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    1. There are two gorgeous black Clydes 5 minutes from me :) A couple that are friends with a friend of mine just got them about a month ago, they plan to drive them.

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    2. Ooh, I had to go look up pictures - black Clydes are really striking! :O

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  10. Nice view!! SF and Cali are on my list of places to visit!

    I hope you can start getting out for long rides soon - we'll need pics when you do!

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  11. It's looking Not Too Shabby. excellent!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

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