Thought you might enjoy these pictures. My surgery went well and my shoulder is not doing too badly. I am actually able to care for a baby if one pops up. PTL that this was a quickie. The only thing is that there is one piece of cartilage that the doc is hoping will reattach. Apparently if it doesn't I have to go back in. yuk. So we will run (oh yeah - I can't) or limp real fast towards the fact that everything will stay fabulous.
I so wanted to attend the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting, and the rally against the horse slaughtering. However, there are some truly important facts that I had to consider. First off, it is way out of my budget to get there, and even if I had that kind of dough, it would most likely be much better spent on hay. That would buy a lot of hay. Also, and this is by far the most important, if a baby comes up, as usual, everything else would take a back seat so it could be a huge waste of money. So please do not think that I am not wanting to be there, it simply is not an option this year.
We took out my stitches a few days ago, (my son helped as I couldn't reach the back ones). Then we got snow and ice again, so my plans to take the Rock Star out in the round pen to be "saddled up" were foiled. Thanks to our awesome nursery though, I was able to safely bring him in and we practiced saddling up.
First of all, I know he is a boy, and the blanket is pink. But he is a very manly mustang and can wear it well. Also, the saddle does not fit him properly (of that I am well aware), but for saddle training it is perfect. It is light and ,as he will only be about one year old on March 12, 2013, that is very important. It also has the appropriate things to hang on his sides and the straps to go under his belly and between his legs.
As is very evident, the Rock Star has absolutely no concern about wearing his gear and moving around in it. He trusts us completely and loved the attention. By the time he is ready to ride, the gear should be about as comfy and non-existent as his mane to him. Speaking of his mane, isn't it spectacular? He is taking after his daddy, the famous "BUBBA".
I also know that some people have commented on his belly. He is not wormy, and that is just the way he grows. Romeo, on the other hand, is going to be like Suri was and be absolutely stunning through every growth period. Rocky is like Chilly. She has gone through some really really unattractive growth spurts, which the vet said is just the way some of them grow. As you can see by the pix though, Chilly Pepper is starting to come into her own.
God bless and please pray for all the horses and the people trying to care for them and all the others who need help.
Just a quick update. It snowed about 4 or 5 inches today. Kind of "freshened up" the scenery.
All the critters here are doing well and eating like crazy to stay warm and "tozy".
I am having another surgery tomorrow a.m. I have to say I am a tad frustrated as I had just gotten over my spinal cord implant surgery, when my mom was in her final days. While we were spending the last days with her, I was rear ended by a truck. In getting over that injury, my shoulder was inadvertently injured. So now I have to have more surgery. "I want to ride my horse". Guess I need the whambulance. Been trying to get everything done before I go in. Of course that didn't happen, as I only had about a week's notice. But that is good. Now that the truck is fixed, I need fixed. haha Then we will be ready for any foals that need us. With all the help from my guys, we will be ready for a foal if need be way sooner than if I had to wait for my arm to be completely healed. Between the three of them and myself (even with one arm), we can take care of just about anything we need to, so that makes it a little bit easier to deal with this as we are right in the beginning of foal season.
I have to run and finish trimming the critters' hoofers. Lucky for me, my "super volunteer" Jess, came up and helped me trim most of the critters. I have to do Rocky and Romeo's trims tonight as I won't be able to do it for awhile. PTL for our beautiful nursery so I can bring the boys inside and trim them with light, as it is pretty darn dark outside right now.
The baby that was found injured and alone in NV has been taken to the prison where she will receive lots of love and tender care from the guys in the prison program (where they train the mustangs and put them up for adoption). Our group's vet is available for any care she might need, and he is simply awesome and an amazing doc. So she is safe and sound for now. Thank you for all of you who contacted me about her. These are the times when it is so hard to be in CA when most of the urgent needs that I hear about are in Nevada. It is amazing how word travels though. The first call I got about her came from a man in Florida. So the social media does have its place in helping us help the animals.
I would appreciate any and all prayers y'all want to send my way. After having well over 40 surgeries, I get kind of nervous about the anesthesia part. But I know God will take care of me. Thank you for all y'all do to keep our rescued animals fed and safe. You are amazing. Looking forward to being back to my "normal" self which isn't that great - but much better than this haha. I need to be able to "git 'er done".
Take care and I will probably be out of circulation as I won't be able to type for awhile.
THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US!
Matt, Palomino & The Gang