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post #2161 of 2224 Old 08-26-2019, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Views from about the halfway point - east, north-east and north respectively:







You see those towers of granite like some massive Stonehenge on that hill, centre left? That's Monkey Rock, which we went to as part of our Mt Hallowell track walk a couple of weeks ago: https://www.horseforum.com/member-jo...post1970756575

Views back to the west, over Back Beach:




Wind farm information:



We stopped here, on account of the dog having exhausted herself yapping at us to go faster and galloping backwards a lot. Silly sausage had worn herself out - and it turns out, damaged her pads in the process. Now I have to invent some Paw Boots for her for the next time we do this track! ...and for similar areas with sharp gravel that can't be avoided. We'd not encountered this problem before. The distance was not the issue; she does more distance (and speed) horse-riding. Anyone know any good Paw Boots?

Here we are resting. Jess is a very "up close and personal" sort of dog:







The two turbines of this community wind farm Next time, with Paw Boots, we'll cycle to the end of the track! On this trip, we did 6km out, total 12km. Very good cardiovascular workout on account of the hills.



After the rest stop, Jess *****ed up her ears when I mentioned we were going back to the "broom-broom" (onomatopoeia works for animals and small children especially!). Ready to go:



On account of her sore pads, we went back slowly. Here's a nice shot of the uphill-downhill, twisty-turny nature of this lovely bicycle trail:



We then went down to Back Beach for another break for the footsore dog, and so she could cool her feet in salt water:




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post #2162 of 2224 Old 08-26-2019, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Back Beach is one of those gorgeous hidden gems you can only access on foot, by bicycle or via (separate) 4WD trail... magnificent... we'd never been, and next time we're bringing a picnic!







Brett dog whispering:



Back up on the bicycle trail, a sign that showed me where one of my favourite honeys comes from:



We don't have this at home, but buy it occasionally - this year, because the bees had a bad summer due to drought.

Hakea sessilis:





Wildflower season is getting in the full swing at the moment - it's spectacular out there - the flora in this part of the world is astonishing...

A few more views on the way back:





The above shot is me walking Jess on the sandy Bibbulmun hiking trail, which runs parallel to the bicycle track - Brett was pushing our bicycles to make that possible:



Just look at everything bursting into flower in that heathland...

Two last photos, of getting back into Lights Beach and the waterfall that was forming in the rocks there:





As a wave came in, the water pushed into the rock formation would make a brief waterfall over two rock gaps!

Apart from the fact that the dog needs to either behave sensibly, or get Paw Boots for this track (probably the latter is easier ), it was a really magnificent day out, and I'm dying to do it again soon.

Jess is OK, and taking it easy on her feet at the moment. I think it will take about 3-7 days for the tissue to heal, just like when you get deep blisters on a human foot. As Hyeon Chung did in the 2018 Australian Open, unfortunately just before a match-up with Federer:



That story here:

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post #2163 of 2224 Old 08-27-2019, 08:33 AM
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Beautiful photos once again!

For dog booties, we've used "Ruffwear" in the winter because the roads are treated with an anti-icing solution that can burn their feet, and snow balls can get stuck up in fluffy paws between toes. I'd be lying if I said our dogs liked having them on, but they do the job and stay on pretty well. This is the brand: https://ruffwear.com/ and it does look like they are available outside the US.
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I was wondering as I read what upside down bikes looked like! It looks like you guys have been having some fun.:)
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post #2165 of 2224 Old 08-27-2019, 09:50 AM
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Whew!!!! When I rolled down to that foot photo, I thought it was YOUR foot! I'm so glad you had such a lovely time, and that it was NOT YOUR FOOT!
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post #2166 of 2224 Old 08-28-2019, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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, @knightrider ! Poor Hyeon Chung though, we would actually have volunteered to swap with him during that 1018 Australian Open - but for that injury, we think he'd have had a great chance of beating Federer in the semis. he was playing red-hot all week - and he couldn't even turn up for it, poor man - whereas we were just mostly sitting on the sofa for those two weeks anyway...

How's your herd going? And is your daughter feeling better yet? I'm sending you happy riding vibes. I'm hoping that my boggy ground riding hiatus will lift next week - I really want to get back into it. Spring flush is about to start and that horse needs exercise...

@Knave , yes - great fun! I guess it's back at school in your part of the world?

@egrogan , thank you very much for that link! I really do want to take the dog on that track again, but it's not going to happen without paw protection of some sort. I knew that in parts of Australia they put some sort of paw protection on their stock dogs in doublegee country, but this might be something DIY the stockmen make from suede leather. Doublegees:



And it's felafel night! Hooray! We've not eaten meat rissoles since making these, because they're so much nicer!


Dog Update

Jess spent Monday on the sofa sleeping and saying, "Would you please bring me stuff?"

On Tuesday I carried her out into the garden with me, so she could lie on the lawn in the sun. She then discovered she could walk a little.

Yesterday, she went outdoors of her own accord and guarded stock all day. I took her walking on the sand track in the evening, and she was sound there.

This morning, we've been for another extended walk in sandy country and she did a lot of retrieving in the neighbour's dam. She was a little tender on one front paw - a bit of the pad has peeled, and the new skin underneath isn't as tough as normal yet. But, she's OK, and we're going to do a beach walk this weekend so she can rehabilitate on soft sand and put her paws in salt water.


Horse Update

With treatment since last spring, Sunsmart's coat isn't nearly as yak-like as it was at the end of last winter, when I first suspected he was developing Cushings. He's still Mr Hairy though, rivalling some of the donkeys with his fur coat. Chasseur doesn't make a fair comparison, since he completely lacks a winter coat gene (like some other TBs and STBs) - he'd actually die of exposure in the four-day deluges with screaming Antarctic winds, without a rug - like quite a few elderly and very young stock do at those times, in Southwestern Australia. They're always broadcasting "sheep weather alerts" here, to say lamb losses are expected unless farmers move them to sheltered areas. Julian has a normal winter coat - not long, but dense. I'm mostly restricting their grazing to the fenced paddocks at the moment because I don't want them gaining weight. As spring progresses, they will be locked in the back paddock, and possibly into the driveway to limit their oinking. Occasional excursions will be permitted. By Christmas, they can have the range of the place again - the annual grasses will dry up.


Donkey Update

Feet are coming up for trimming - three donkeys, plus two and a half horses. Better get busy this week.



Hoping everyone in the northern hemisphere is enjoying their late summer! If you're in deciduous tree country, please take photos this autumn and share!
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Those beautiful beaches with the white sand, people can swim there right? Are there sharks there?🦈🦈

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Yes, school is back to the forefront. The oldest got voted class president, and the girls are back into the same school this year.

I think my parents tried boots on one of our cowdogs once. I canít remember much about it, but I think he had damaged his paws pretty dramatically on a hot work day.
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Thanks for asking about my horses, @SueC . They are all doing great. We had a flap over Aci misbehaving for one of the teens who is a decent rider. I cannot figure out why he was so awful for her. He was so bad, I made her dismount and lead him. After a bit, I gave her Isabeau, whom I was riding, and I got on Aci.

I wanted to ride home with another teen we had along to make sure he got some safely. Aci was fine on that ride, which included riding on a road with fast moving heavy vehicles right next to us. But on the way home, after dropping off the teen, Aci was as horrible with me as he had been with the girl. It was dangerous to spin him, rear and buck him down on that road, so I kept with him until we got to my driveway. Then I got off him and led him because I decided it was the saddle that was bothering him. He doesn't normally ride in that saddle. He's done fine with the child all summer, fine with everything. The only thing different was the saddle.

Later that week, I took him with the saddle and another saddle that I knew he liked, and had my friend, who knows so much more about horses and riding than I do, take a look at that saddle fit. She said it was fine, and then rode Aci in that saddle for 2 1/2 hours with no problems.

Then I had my neighbor ride Aci for 2 hours with no problems. And I was riding Aci the other days with no problems. And THEN, I put my timid rider teen on Aci, who had no problems. So, it remains a mystery.

When Isabeau acted like a total brat this winter, she told me that she had had a terrible dream about vehicles and deer attacking her and it made her wildly nervous for the next 2 rides. Aci doesn't talk to me, so I guess I'll never know why he was so awful for that young rider on 3 different rides.

Just goes to show how interesting equines can be.

Good luck with trimming your animals. I am taking hoof trimming lessons myself to try to learn to do it. I think I am making good progress. I am very proud of my trims. My teacher, not so much. I feel very humbled after a lesson. My friend, who knows so much about horses (and does her 4 horses' feet) said I ought to give it up and go back to paying my farrier to do a lousy job. But I won't give up. I know I'm getting the hang of it. It just is something that needs a lot of practice. Why pay someone to do a lousy job when I can do a lousy job myself for free? Anyway, I think their hooves look nice. I do two hooves every couple of days so all 4 are getting trimmed about every two weeks.

My daughter might be doing a little better, though she says she is not. We got her a kitten from the animal shelter, and he is the best kitten who ever walked the earth. He adores her, follows her everywhere, sleeps with her, and, did I mention that he is the perfect kitten???

My husband arranged for us to stay at Cocoa Beach for a week because our daughter wished that she could get away from all the sad memories of her love and her cat. It is our misfortune that a hurricane is coming this way. But we surely have enjoyed the beach, and she has valiantly kept up with her homeschooling, bless her heart.
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@knightrider : Don't give up on the hooves! You can do it! I was so terrible at using the tools when I started. My hoof walls would have big chunks all around the edges. The best thing is that when doing your own horses, you will learn how their hooves grow and soon know exactly what each one needs.
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