Wednesday, March 9, 2011

All alone!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted — it's not for lack of stuff to post about.  I've just been really busy.

Poor Panama has been all alone in his corral since last Thursday...

My horse all alone in his corral

Since Daisy left at the end of November, it's been just him and Savvy, an older mare.  Well, last week her owner discovered she had a mild case of founder, and the vet said she had to be on stall rest.  Which meant pulling her out of the corral, and leaving poor Panama all alone.

He's actually taking it pretty well, much better than I expected.  I was riding when they moved her last Thursday, and when I brought him back to an empty corral, he was convinced she'd gone on a trail ride.  He kept whinnying for her out in the direction of the park.  I guess he whinnied periodically much of the evening, but he wasn't sweaty or showing other signs of extreme distress, so we let him stay.

He's definitely not crazy about being alone, so I've been trying to get out there a little more often, to give him something else to think about.  He's always quiet when I arrive, but as soon as he sees me, he starts whinnying, like he has to tell me all about how lonely he's been.  The first couple of days, whenever I took him back to the corral, he would pause before walking through the gate and just look around, like he was surprised to see that there were still no other horses in there.

He's been a little jumpier than usual, though that didn't stop us from having a really good lesson on Friday, the day after Savvy moved.  On Friday I also showed him where Savvy was, in the indoor barn — she was really happy to see him (she was upset about being suddenly confined to a stall), and he was a bit surprised, but I haven't heard him whinny out to the park since I showed him where she was.  In some ways, I think it's good for him to be able to adjust to a change like this, and learn to handle different sorts of situations.

Apparently we are supposed to have another horse coming into the corral, but likely not until April 1st.  I was thinking it would be a long, lonely month for Panama, but it sounds like Savvy's founder was fairly minor, and she may be back as early as tomorrow — they've had x-rays taken (no problems there) and the farrier is coming tomorrow to shoe her.  Hopefully Panama will have his buddy back tomorrow.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!



At March 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Blogger Rubiks Cube said...

Panama is so handsome! I live in Denver and am getting back into the horse circle after studying abroad and graduating. I am in lov with your blog and all of your stories about Panama! I wish I could afford a horse. But I am settling for exercising horses in the mean time. I am lucky to just be around them.

At March 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Hello fellow Denverite! :o) I think exercising horses is a great way for someone who loves horses to get some riding time in without the expense of owning a horse. You might also check into volunteering with one of the local rescues.

At March 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM, Blogger Rubiks Cube said...

Funny you mention that, I love CTRC and I volunteered with them all through college. Currently, I am exercising a 3 year old Icelandic and a 4 year old Fox Trotter. Their owner is big in the NATRC scene. So I am borrowing a horse and volunteering for a ride Memorial Weekend, and potentially riding that same person's other horses in other events because she wants miles put on them :P might as well have fun right?

At March 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Heck yeah -- have fun with it! :o) Sounds like you will!

At March 9, 2011 at 7:25 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I makes me so sad to see horses missing their buddies.

At March 9, 2011 at 10:53 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, I know. I'm really proud of how he's handled it, though. I know he's lonely and misses Savvy, but he's being awfully good about it. Keep your fingers crossed for us -- hopefully she'll be back tomorrow!


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