Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Windy Tuesday...

It was a quiet, but windy day. We were able to get the chores done before the stronger winds arrived this afternoon. It was very windy at the ranch last night.

We did have some new volunteers who worked on filling water buckets and grooming some of the older horses. They had a good time wandering the rescue and meeting all of the animals...


Some of the Wanderers stood under the City Center to get out of some of the wind. Left to right- this is Cortez, Concho, Charlie and the mule, The Sheriff.

Junior dragged the pastures. The pastures are dragged 2-3 times per week.

The Okay Corral, freshly dragged.

Another angle.

Part of the Big Pasture, happily eating away...

More of the Big Pasture. This looks like (from left to right) Sparrow, Storm Cloud, Frisco, Slewus, Thistle and Nike.

I found this Entrolith (intestinal stone) out in the Big Pasture. Every once in a while over the years, we have come across these in the pastures. Ones like this are small enough for the horse to pass out in their manure. We will never know who passed this stone, maybe a horse who has coliced in the past but recovered with care. The bad thing is, where there is one, there may be other ones, maybe bigger ones. But, if the horse doesn't show any colic signs, we just don't know they are there. If these stones get too large (and they can get to the size of grapefruits) they can cause a potentially fatal colic, with surgery as the only option.

BLT in the Pig Palace...

2 comments:

Eric Clayton said...

Well keep looking around in that pasture cause if we can find a stone then its possible to find Gus' teeth :)haha!

Mikey said...

That's a very cool entrolith! And do look for teeth, I have found some!