Sunday, July 15, 2012

Singing in the Wish It Would Rain

And Toby Seems to be Doing Fine

Toby is now in shoes and pads. I am still giving him bute twice a day and will do so for a week, then dropping the dose to once a day. I suspect that may be helping as well, but he does look good in the new shoes.

Scott, my farrier, and I had a bit of a discussion about barefoot, mostly because a number of people whose horses have been going barefoot for a long time are getting shoes this year. We speculated about what might be going on, but apparently the heat and dry ground, possibly coupled with rain here and there might be causing some extra hoof issues.  Strangely enough, this does not seem to be an issue in the winter months.

The vet thinks that Toby just needs the extra protection of shoes on the hard summer ground, particularly when he is stomping at flies.

Speaking of, I do not have a bad fly population here. I use fly predators and feed through fly control and it does seem to keep their numbers way down. Still some of them do seem to survive and like to land on the horse's legs.

Why the singing?  I performed two solos in church in the last two weeks.  I was supposed to sing two songs last week, but the minister saw the title of one, "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" and asked if we could do that one this week because Daniel was the topic of her sermon. So, we did "There is a Balm In Gilead" last week and "Daniel" today instead.

I've tried to upload the files directly,but they don't seem to work.

Here, instead, are direct links to them if you care to have a listen.

There Is A Balm In Gilead

Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?

The microphone is not close to me, so the feeling might be a bit "distant" but you can hear me anyhow. I don't use a mike when I sing.

Now, if it would only rain a bit here I'd be happy. We've had a few showers now and then, but the hot sun really does dry things up.  Then again, if it rains, I really will have to mow the lawn. It's looking a bit "weedy" right now as the weeds are still thriving while the grass gets dry. Not sure if mowing would be a good idea at the moment--at least that's my excuse!  *G*


  1. I'm sure the shoes will help Toby. Some of mine have them and some don't need them. Go figure.

    The songs are beautiful and the singing too.

    I hope you get rain. We are dry here too. Had just a little today but not enough. Everything is burning up.

  2. I am glad to hear that Toby is comfortable and I am sure he is happy to be out with his buddies. I am guessing that grass in the summer is tipping the scales. Without the grass in the winter he may be able to tolerate the hard ground but add some grass to the equation and the scale tips towards tenderness in his soles.

  3. i'm with mary lou on that ... grass...sugars...

  4. what great pipes you have! good job!
    and you and us both - Need Rain Now!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond