The first photo is just so cute.
Hope this is the beginning of progress with feet!
Cute horse pics are right up there with the best -- here's a basket of Burmese cats for you.
2007-10-03 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that Mac is home and on the mend.
The pictures are great! The last one looks a reflection from one of those movies where the reflection is a different person than the original.
Home again, home again - how long before they get to be together again, without that fence in the way?
I'm not sure how long it will be; Mac is on restricted activity and I want to be sure he's moving sound before I let Illusion (the big yellow bully) in with him. Also, Illusion needs to be out in one of the larger lots whenever he can, while Mac is supposed to be confined to stall or small paddock for weeks yet. And Illusion's a bully--I don't want Mac trapped in a corner.
The way I designed the barn, there are two stalls on the north almost-half, and the whole south side is open to the south paddock. There's a roll-up door from Illusion's stall (out the north side, IOW) to the north small paddock, and a gate from there to the north horse lot. A horse can have a stall and a paddock, separately from the other horse. Or two horses can have access to the whole barn and both small paddocks, or that plus one of the grass lots, or both grass lots. Usually we let them in only one grass lot at a time, as that makes cleaning up easier. Mac is not fond of separation; Illusion doesn't really care about that, but does care that his stall is his stall. It's not the stall I meant to give him when I designed the barn, but it's the one he chose, and he was the only horse at the time. And it's definitely his.
At any rate...how long it will be depends on how fast Mac gets better, better being defined as moving without pain and minimal medication.
Thanks for the photos and all the gruesome details.
Love the ear positions in the last one...
I love the language of ears in horses. They can say so much. Kuincey, my little mare, could back Illusion up six feet with a slight tilt of her head and a backward stiffening (not even pinning, once she'd convinced him she was ALPHA in all caps) of that ear. Ky, my first horse, would 'tell' me about things I should be looking at with one ear, while I was riding (he 'showed' me deer in the distance, a skunk we almost cantered over, other stuff. Cricket, like Illusion, had rather large ears that were softly expressive. When Illusion was in training, and concentrating, his ears were as intent as he was...dressage-horse ears, which means not pricked forward, but slightly back, firm, listening ears with the eyes soft, looking only where Kathleen pointed him.
Illusion has a more expressive mouth than Mac--more range of expressions. When he's in pain or getting ticked off, he pulls up his nostrils, making wrinkles above them. The more wrinkles, the most pain or frustraion/annoyance. If he's about to do something naughty, his nose will be squinched up like that. (He did it the other day, and I was able to warn the farrier he might try something--and he did.) Mac's tension when he's in pain is more in the forehead--he has large, obvious muscles there and then harden when something hurts. His lower face tightens, but he doesn't pull his nostrils up the way Illusion does and Kuincey did.
But the ears...especially when horses are 'talking' to each other...are sun fun to watch.
Great pix - reminds me of when Mac stuck his head over the fence to have it rubbed and then decided he wanted to eat my shirt.
You're *sure* you didn't spill maple-syrup-flavored oatmeal on it...? (G)
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Who, me? <wide-eyed innocent look, complete with batting eye lashes>
Yay for Mac getting better!