Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Runaway horses

Poor Panama. Just when he was recovering from the old gelding's death, the old mare, Breezy, was moved. They were just starting to buddy up, too, and I was thinking that at least there was a bright spot in the loss of KZ.

My gelding and his older mare pasturemate

I guess she left yesterday. My trainer said that while she was teaching a lesson, she could hear Panama hollering the entire time. She didn't realize what was wrong until she noticed the old mare was gone.

We have another snowstorm coming in tonight, so I was out this afternoon to blanket Panama. (I was originally supposed to have a lesson myself, but after I burned my hand this morning by accidentally pouring boiling water over it, I realized I wasn't going to be able to hold the reins comfortably and canceled.) It was raining when I arrived, so Panama and Mozart were hanging out in the shed, but I guess they'd been running back and forth hollering all day — especially Panama. And when I took him out of the corral, Mozart stood out in the rain and whinnied for him repeatedly.

Although my hand wasn't hurting as much thanks to the ibuprofen I took, I still wasn't going to ride, mainly because I'd taken my saddle, saddle pad, girth, and bridle home to clean everything up — and forgotten to bring it all back. (I do have a trail bridle and an extra set of reins, so I could have ridden bareback, but I'm not risking that when he's upset about losing a pasturemate and there's a storm rolling in.) Instead, I took advantage of the fact that he was damp to do another session with the blow dryer.

This time I had my own blow dryer and an extension cord (the former from FreeCycle — I love FreeCycle! — and the latter something Michael picked up for me last time he went to the store). Panama found he couldn't move out of the blow dryer's reach, but as I expected, it wasn't a big deal. He didn't act as ticklish on his flanks and loins, this time — though he did just about blast off like a rocket when I unthinkingly blew it on his belly without any warning. Silly horse!

It was too warm still for a heavy blanket — despite the storm coming in, it was still 50 degrees when I got there, even though it's supposed to drop down to 23 tonight — and the sun had come back out, so I put his rain sheet on and then went off to find someone to chat with.

I found out a couple of things — first of all, that Panama and Mozart will have a new pasturemate soon, a former pasture horse horse who is being moved from the indoor barn because she isn't handling a box stall very well. She's on the young side — 8 years or so — so I'm thinking Panama is going to be getting a new girlfriend.

I also heard that a horse got loose today. He jumped over the fence of his turnout pen for no apparent reason, jumped another fence at the edge of the property, ran in a giant loop through the park, went for a swim in the lake, ran along the frontage road to the highway, and ran quite a ways along the highway before he was finally caught. I guess the highway was blocked off for a while because of him, and by the time they caught him he'd worked himself up into a ridiculous lather.

Anyway, by the time I left the barn the temperature had dropped nearly 15 degrees and it was starting to rain again. Within five minutes of arriving home, it had turned to snow. It's coming down pretty fast now — they are predicting as much as a foot of snow overnight (!) with a few more inches tomorrow. Thursday should be 42 and sunny, though, and Friday is supposed to be 52 and rainy, so I'm sure it'll be gone again quickly!



At March 23, 2010 at 8:25 PM, Blogger Sydney said...

Bleh I think we are done with snow here.

At March 23, 2010 at 11:26 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Sydney, lucky you! I do like how in Colorado the snow disappears quickly, but I hate getting snow well into spring. My birthday is at the end of April, and it almost always snows on or around the big day. Heck, there's been a few years where we've gotten snow in June... Didn't last long, of course, but still.

At March 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Blogger Rising Rainbow said...

I hope your the snow is soon gone and your poor boy gets a buddy he can count on.


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