, that beach ride also felt like paradise!
It's the only time I've ever ridden on Cosy Corner Beach, or any ocean beach - I don't have a towing vehicle or horse float, and the way this ride happened is that the horse-buddy on the palomino was agisting at the same place in Albany at the time (pre-farm), and had a towing vehicle, and I hired a float, and we took the horses to the beach together as a special treat. Brett came with us, with the camera - which was an interesting exercise while driving there and back, as the ute that was towing had only two seats in it. So, Brett and I sat on the same seat, sharing the one seatbelt, sort of like Siamese twins sandwiched on top of each other.
I should post some other photos from that day here sometime... I loved your Morocco photos, by the way, and your travel accounts back at your "house"! Looks so exotic!
, you have an uncanny knack for picking which are the best aspects of life!
Are you planting your garden yet, or is it still too early?
, I took lots of Vitamin E, so didn't ache badly afterwards, I just ran out of energy and felt like a deflated balloon, and wished for a crane to shift me around in the evening, or perhaps a trolley with a kind operator. I've learnt a thing or two from endurance riding.
Will you tell me what you've personally learnt from endurance riding, that you are applying to your own body / fitness?
Thank you for a beautiful story. It's true that when you think about it, life doesn't just end, it begins again in other life. Good luck buying that 10 acres!
On that topic I'm trying to index this increasingly unwleldy journal so I don't lose various topics in this giant haystack...so, in addition to Flower Memorials
), another recent reflection on this topic, The Lego Of Life
, is at https://www.horseforum.com/member-jo...post1970699663
, thanks also for a lovely story.
Bagpipes always make me weep when I am sad, and I think this might be very therapeutic at a funeral. Do Scots have upper lips anywhere near as stiff as the English culturally, or are they more emotional beasts? NELLY AND BENJAMIN EAR SCRATCHES AND FOOT UPDATES
I'm only back at the house because I was hyperventillating after cutting Chasseur's front feet, and needed a drink or two before doing the hind feet. In part, it's because I played "Eat and Feet" with him - the horses are grazing in the garden this morning, and when I do front feet, I occasionally cut them while a horse is eating. Because Chasseur was grazing, this meant a lot of putting hooves down and picking them up again - which doesn't happen when they have a bucket.
So, later on I'll tie him for doing the last two hooves.
But speaking of hooves, Nelly and Benjamin had their trims earlier this week and have nearly normal hooves again! When we first got these donkeys six months ago, Nelly had completely collapsed heels - now she's got nearly an inch of heel already, with nice springy frog material growing back. Ben's hoof walls were broken halfway up the hoof in two big patches at the sides, on all hooves - possibly from having untreated seedy toe in the sides in the past, and/or trace element deficiencies. They're on our usual vitamin/mineral supplement now, and this has really improved the horn. Also, the Stockholm tar got rid of the rot. It was important to get that done before winter, and we've achieved that. Now, we'll keep up the Stockholm tar weekly whenever the grass is wet.
The best part about trimming the donkeys was lying in the grass afterwards looking at the sky, and having the donkeys come up and sniff at me before deciding they were keeping me company. Nelly positioned herself so I could scratch her shoulder blades from lying on my back on the ground!
Here's some photos of them cadging an ear scratch in the paddock the other day when we passed by walking the dog...