Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Beautiful, Busy, Bathing Day

Today was warm, in the upper 70s, with just the barest of a breeze.   Jackson was (dare I say it) walking really well.  A few people have asked what the diagnosis was and I'm happy to relay that he does NOT have laminitis.  The wet weather softened the thin soles of his feet and he just got sore and bruised.  No insulin resistance, no metabolic anything, no laminitis.  I'm keeping his feet dry and painting them daily with either turpentine or thrush meds to toughen up the soles.  In the meantime, I'm burning my calories working in the garden.

I pulled all the poppies, bulbs and potatoes out of the big planter box in my vegetable garden.
I tossed the potatoes and poppies but kept all the bulbs.
I added a thick layer of compost -- eight trips down to the compost pile and back.

I stopped in the barn feed room to quench my thirst.
Then I transplanted tomato plants and a pumpkin plant from the greenhouse. 

I sorted the bulbs.  On the left, are Easter lilies.  Brett buys me some every Easter and I transplant them into the garden.  I planted the tulip bulbs, on the right, down by the arena.
Katy came up and worked with Kalvin.  Then she gave him a bath.

I gave Jackson a bath and then let him graze while he dried. 

I lay on my back and looked up through the twinkling Cottonwood trees.

Next!  Flash got a bath too.

Passage kept me and Jackson company

The chickens were taking dust baths.  The one on the left scooted herself into a hole...

...and proceeded to roll around. 
The roses are starting to bloom.


  1. What a perfectly peaceful looking day!

  2. What an absolute perfect day. Glad you made the most of it - and then some. I wish I had a horse to give a bath to. My goats would hate a bath. Someday...

  3. Whew! I was worried about Jackson. What a beautiful day at your place with all the horses being worked and bathed. Ideal setting.

  4. Lovely pictures. So nice to see your garden. We won't be seeing anything like that for another 6 weeks!

  5. That sounds and looks like a perfect way to spend a day. B

  6. Wow, I really love your blog. I am your newest follower. I hope you can stop by mine sometime. :)

  7. Everything looks so beautiful! I'm glad Jackson didn't have anything too serious!

  8. I'm glad Jackson is doing better. :) It looks like you had a perfectly lovely day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. GREAT photos! Do your horses mind the cold water from the hose? Mine do but hopefully they will get more used to it this year.

    happy day!

  10. Jackson hates a cold water bath. Fortunately, we have warm water in the wash rack. When we were building our house, we lived in the barn and that spigot was for our showers too. So, warm water was very necessary!


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