Monday, June 2, 2014

Harley Update

Harley was working back up to full work. 

Then, it began raining.  I'm not fortunate enough to have an all-weather arena, so when it rains hard, and puddles, we are without a safe place to ride/work.  The rain came in heavy storms as well - In about 24 hours, we got nearly 8" of rain on the property.  This delayed any hope of riding.

With rain, and standing water, even with my best efforts, came the mosquitoes.  Yesterday morning, both horses were coated in the little blood-suckers.  I hosed the sweat/mud/dirt off of both of them, and then followed up with strong bug spray.

Unfortunately, again, as if I'm not meant to ride hard this year, Harley apparently was so upset by the mosquitoes, that he cut open the side of his lip/cheek area scratching.

I hosed that off as well, applied some salve, and I'll keep an eye on it for a few days.  This means that when the bugs subside, he will only be working in a halter until the cut heals up.

I'm really starting to think the goals and plans I had for the year will be less than I hoped.