Fall Colors Between Rhio's Ears

Fall Colors Between Rhio's Ears

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Why, oh why, do you keep grading the road???

Gesa & April came over Sunday afternoon for a ride down the road, in an attempt to avoid the hordes of blood sucking, buzzing insects that have descended upon us & our poor horses since the rain finally stopped.  The road was considerably less buggy than the trails, but the local road grader has been going crazy on our road recently.  It's been graded 4 times in the past 2 1/2 weeks!  Every time he grades it, the gravel becomes so sharp that the horses can barely walk on it.  April was barefoot all around, and Red only has boots for his fronts, so was bare on his hinds.  Neither horse appreciated the footing at all, and we ended up walking the majority of our 9 mile trek.  Even so, by the time we got back, I had to do a fair amount of rasping on Red's hooves to clean up the chips and rough spots he acquired from the gravel.  Plus his right hock is pretty sore and although I gave him Bute before we rode, he was still off on it.  I'm planning to do his hock injection tomorrow or Friday, depending on when the supplies arrive.

Gesa & April headed down the driveway

The terrifying llama and its sheep at the "sheep farm hill."

Going down the road - enjoying the scenery if not the footing!

1 comment:

  1. Yikes! I never knew grading the road could sharpen gravel and injure hooves! Also: The Terrifying Llama and Its Sheep sounds either like a very interesting indie rock album or a very interesting children's book!