1. Olivia asked if we've thought of glue-on shoes/pads for Jackson. We did try those a number of years ago and it didn't work well at all. I mentioned it to our farrier this fall in the hopes that technology had improved, but he strongly recommended that we stick with boots.
2. Linda commented that it is hard when our horses don't understand that we are trying to help them. Oh, man, is this true or what. For any of our animals. I wish I could explain to Jackson that the boots help his feet, that he can't go barefoot into the rocky pasture with Lucy because he'll get an abscess, and that I'm trying to keep him sound so he can live a happy, long life. All he sees is that he has to wear big black boots that rub his heels and clomp when he walks, and that he is separated from Lucy.
3. Thanks also for all the comments on my food posts. The positive feedback on the dessert, in particular, made all the work worthwhile. Well, the fact that Brett finished it off in nothing flat felt pretty good too.
4. We had rain for eight days straight; then a break for a day and a half. Today the first of two storms arrived; the second, tomorrow, will be colder (but not cold enough for us to get snow). Starting Sunday, we should have a week with no rain. A break will be nice but a part of me will worry until the next storm pops up on the weather report. We have a long way to go yet to get out of the damage the drought has done to lake levels and water tables.
5. Brett and Pistol worked another therapy session on Wednesday. The break in the weather was perfectly timed. Brett wasn't sure how Pistol would be since she hasn't been to the center since before Christmas -- they were closed for the holidays and then the rain started. Brett shared his concern with the director and she said they would see how Pistol was feeling when she arrived, and if she was too wound up they would do something else. Horse people know that you have to work with the horse you have on any given day; you can't do much about their mood or energy level. Pistol, of course, was stellar. Cool, calm and collected; she put her head down and did her job. Brett is so proud of her.