Thursday, March 31, 2011

Morning Entertainment

This morning while I was down at the barn doing chores, Kalvin was acting very strange.  Brett put out everyone's hay and they all dove in.  Except Kalvin.  Normally, he eats like there is no tomorrow but this morning he kept pacing up and down his fence line.  Then he went down to the bottom of his paddock and stared at the water trough. 

I said to Brett: I wonder if he doesn't want to cross the water running across his paddock to get to the trough.  But, then, I thought I was being silly.  Kalvin has been here all winter.  We have had a lot of rain.  He loves to stand in the rain and he has been sloshing around in puddles for months.

He finally decided to cross the MAJOR waterway and get a drink.  He stepped across with his front feet but that left his hind feet awfully close to the trickle stream.  So he lifted one hind up and held it against his belly while he drank.  I kid you not. 

When he finished with his drink, he turned and jumped the mighty stream.  He landed (it was quite the scopey jump), and took off at a canter. 

It was so nice down in the pasture that I decided to turn one of the feed bins over for a seat and join the herd while they ate breakfast.  Jackson and Kalvin had to play some head games first. 

When they were done, Kalvin started in on his hay and Jackson came over to visit.  First he stood with his muzzle resting on my knee, then on the top of my head, then my shoulder.  I guess he was trying to find the most comfortable position.

This morning he is walking normal.  I took of the remnants of his poultice wrap and soaked his foot at breakfast bucket time.  It's hard to tell for sure if it is left over poultice or abscess leakage, but the area at the top of his heel bulbs looks like it may be a rupture point.  I going to keep an eye on him all day and am hoping he will still be walking normal this evening. 

The donkeys weren't with the herd so I went up to the barn to investigate.  It was apparently time for Finessa's morning nap.

It's that kind of morning, sleepy and warm.


  1. I'm glad it looks like he's on the mend. What a sweet time down at the barn.

  2. Happy to hear the abscess may be resolved/ Sounds like a lovely morning with the equines! :)

  3. That 3th picture is just too funny! And somethimes you wonder, a "huge" stream is so distracting and other days they just seem to be fine with it...?


  4. You have beautiful animals, I mean a beautiful family! :)


  5. Thanks for sharing your morning. :-)

  6. Oh my goodness that last picture is toooooo cute!

    I'm glad Jackson is doing better. :)

    I wish I could have seen that with Kalvin. Sounds totally cute.

  7. silly is picky about water but i push him in a big puddle and remind him that he went thru a big water hole at an event last fall and he must continue to go thru water if he wants to be an eventer...he never agrues and splashes thru...:)

  8. I love this. It is some years since we kept horses but this brings it all back. How I miss these fun "poeple".

  9. Cool pics I love the third one also. Glad to hear the abscess is getting better or gone hopefully. B

  10. Glad to hear things are working out. You have some real cool pics here. B

  11. So funny he was worried about the stream! I love the idea of a morning nap.

  12. This is my first visit here. LOVE hearing about the horses. Soo funny about the horse and the water. They are such funny and endearing creatures! We have two Haflingers getting ready to train under saddle.
    We're on the east coast.

    happy day!


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