Pleasant… yes, quite

It’s still camp week at the fencing studio, and we’re also (finally) getting a bunch of landscaping work done at the house (hired out, for the most part, but it still take some time and effort to keep an eye on what’s going on). And for added fun, it’s time to start working on competition and training schedules for my advanced students. So, horse time is at a premium this week. Sigh.

That said, I was quite happy that I got out to see Bob tonight after work. We had a nice visit. He was in his stall eating happily. I think his ribs are slowly disappearing, and I think his back is getting stronger. His coat looked a little better, too. He initially seemed a bit anxious, frequently looking out of the barn to make sure the rest of the herd was still there. After some quality time, he relaxed some, only occasionally glancing up to check on the herd. Perhaps he is starting to think of me as part of his herd, and so perhaps my presence was reassuring.

I checked on his supplement feeding schedule, and it looks like he is being fed the way I want. I need to double check, though, as from the whiteboard notes, he might only be getting his Amplify in the morning. I didn’t do much else than give him a couple of horse treats, some good scratches, and a visual once-over. I spent a lot of time just watching him eat, looking at the oak trees, listening to the birds, gazing at the herd happily grazing their way around the track, and just being. It was quite pleasant.

Back at home, I did some equine research that led me merrily down the garden path. The topics included (in nor particular order) barefoot trimming, paddock paradise grazing practices, weaning foals, and creep feed, to name a few.

Tomorrow I have a riding lesson, and it’s my long day, so I probably won’t get out to see Bob. Maybe Kim’s saddle will arrive tomorrow….

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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