Sam does logs, Emma is preggers, and there is a death in the family (sort of)

Today I had my lesson with Sam (and Kelsey) over at Skyline. Sam was still occasionally gimpy, but Kelsey said that the farrier is supposed to come out tomorrow and that he thought he had a pretty good idea of what the problem was. The lesson itself was great, as we worked on stepping over logs, which is a useful skill on a trail ride. It is also a precursor to learning to jump. I had a lot of fun. And I got to see Feisty the barn cat, so it was a win all the way around.

After my lesson, I drove out to see Bob. Having no desire to reinforce yesterday’s frustrating session, we just did some groundwork and grooming. It was easy on Bob and easy on me, but still gave him some attention and gave me some horse time.

I heard from Emma’s owner today, too. She said that Emma was confirmed by the vet to be in foal at 60 days. She also said that they really wanted Emma’s foal even more because their Thoroughbred stallion (the foal’s sire) had to unexpectedly be put down this week due to some form of equine encephalitis. Very sad, as he was apparently a pretty nice boy. We had a very good chat. I guess it is time to make a decision….

About Mike

Michael Heggen is a horseman, maker, and thinker who lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Kim, and "three to eight cats". He stays quite busy riding, driving, and caring for their three horses, Boulder, Shasta, and Bob. Among other things, Mike has been a fencing coach, police chaplain, computer consultant, aspirant to the diaconate, computer salesman, box boy, carpenter, computer technician, typesetter, church youth leader, copy machine operator, and network administrator. His other interests include juggling, reading voraciously, and (pretty occasionally these days) cycling.
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