Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Darned bugs!


I clean Solly, then I brush his hair against the grain, spray on bug spray, and brush the hair back, but they are still eating him alive, poor boy. :(

His fly mask was lying in another part of the pasture today. I had been thinking of taking it off anyway, but when I found Solly his eyes and face were COVERED in flies. So that's no good.

He's still fighting with other members of the herd over the new filly, apparently. When I found him today he wasn't with the herd, but when I put him back he went right to them and was chilling with them. The filly was close to him.


His wound is healing, though it is still split-looking. There will probably be a scar, maybe worse looking than the cut that was sutured up, but it isn't too bad. Not much swelling now, and I can hope for no proud flesh. That leg already has enough of that on the back. He was still stubborn a few times on our walk together, though we did okay. His hooves are getting nice and hard again. No more mushy crumbliness.

The rescue that my barn is donating stuff to is making out like bandits, especially with the horse blankets. Tons of those!

I need to mess with padding for my saddle a little bit. There are a couple of spots where the pressure isn't even because he has a bit of a sway back. I'm probably going to make something myself, since the bad that fixes that problem is around $150 or so. Screw that, I'll get a memory foam pillow from costco and carve it up to the exact shape I need!

On the way home I ended up driving behind this:



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