Pocket, Mouse and Skeeter enjoy their new home.
Shot from our new front porch while eating breakfast this morning.
Once again our timing was perfect. The move from southern California landed us right in the middle of a “most unusual” weather pattern that has set records for rainfall. It’s been raining for days and days. Seven inches the day the horses came in. The weather slowed the progress of Gail Murphy’s Personalized Equine Transportation Service, causing them to arrive after dark, so we had to shuttle them off the transport trailer, onto our 3-horse which had to be pulled by a generous new neighbor with his 4-wheel drive tractor (my truck would’ve been mud-bound for sure).
Joe and Benji (and Kathleen behind the cell phone camera)
arrive at the Nashville airport.
We put the hillside herd in a paddock that night, not wanting them to experience a brand new (and muddy) pasture at night. Is that another one of those human things like blankets in the snow :). Noelle went into another paddock and there they all wallowed like pigs until morning.
Everyone was in fine (and muddy) shape the next morning and we let the herd out onto the smaller of the two hillside pastures. It was definitely the YeeeHaaww moment so many of you have asked about and predicted. Running, romping, and kicking up their heels! AND Kathleen got it all on video (no stills unfortunately. She still only has two hands). It’ll be a while until I get my computer set up and can put the video online.
There’s was so much mud in Noelle’s paddock that I finally let her go out into the larger pasture if she chose to do so… which she did straightaway, coming back usually at feeding time. She looked rather majestic this afternoon perched up on the hill. It’s obvious that I’ve come to completely depend on Kathleen for photo taking because it never occurred to me to pull out my cell phone until I was back up at the house.
For the last couple of days Mouse has been favoring her right rear leg, picking it up higher than the left. She was the most recalcitrant of the six coming out. Being so young she has never been able to stand still for very long without getting antsy. Still I suspected she had pulled something skiing around on the hillside. It’s been a mess. But today our new vet was out and found a small trauma at the hairline of her right rear hoof, probably where she stepped on herself on the trip over. It’ll be fine.
It’s amazing. Just when you think you have everything figured out God says “not so fast”. We simply didn’t count on record rainfall. And tons of mud in the pre-selected morning and evening supplement feed zones. I’m so excited that the washer and dryer are finally hooked up because I’m sliding through a pair of muddy jeans a day! God just wanted us to know after so much complaining about dust in California that the opposite of dust has its downside as well :).
All the horses learned right away that water is now from a pond instead of a big metal tub, even Cash who especially hates mud. Skeeter immediately got into the swing and went almost up to his knees in the pond.
I wonder how long it’ll take for Mouse to follow Skeeter in. When all is said and done I think everyone is basically well if we can just get them dried out a bit. The rains quit long enough for the movers to work yesterday, but came right back today.
Kathleen is coming over again for the weekend (Yippee!) bringing Shaggy (Lizard Tongue from the last movie) so Benji will have company when I’m away. Benji does NOT like to be left alone; a hangover I suspect from being abandoned.
Someday we’ll get settled in out of boxes and somewhat caught up and I’ll get the new video (from both ends – Noelle’s loading in California was a challenge) on the website. We will definitely let you know when it’s up. Thanks so much to the many who have written asking how things were going and I apologize for the lack of response but it’s been (and still is) a three-ring circus getting through this.