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Horses In The Rain

  We had steady rain for 12 hours straight last Thursday. Of course, Gum Drop stood out in it the whole time. Trouble was out for most of it. Nikki really surprised me, since she normally heads for the barn area as soon as the first drop hits her. When the temperature started dropping, I worried they all might get hypothermia from being wet and getting chilled. Gum Drop has had it twice because she likes to stand out in it, and often digs holes in the wet ground. Fortunately the temp stayed reasonable, and, although they were all pretty dirty, they were all fine in the morning. Has anyone else ever had trouble with their pasture pets in the rain? Share...

Gum Drop

The baby of the group is 12 year old Gum Drop Kid. She is a registered Thoroughbred that never went to the race track because she was very small. My family breeds and races Thoroughbreds and because she was small, my Dad gave her to me for a riding horse. We started our hunter/jumper career together. Being a smart girl with a calm personality, she loved to jump. Unfortunately she didn’t have much physical ability! After about a year of training, she developed arthritis in her hind legs and was retired to my place. Share...

Trouble

The next oldest, at 20, is A Touch Of Trouble, or just plain Trouble, as he’s now known. He is a Tovero chestnut paint who was trained for English riding, not Western. He can be more than a touch of trouble! I have to keep the gate into his field locked with a clip, as well as the stalls, or he will open them with his mouth. When he was first retired to my place, I didn’t know this and he let himself out of his stall, then went and let the girls out of their stalls, too. Obviously he is a very curious, funny boy with lots of personality. Like Nikki, I bought Trouble when I was taking riding lessons and needed to move on from a pony to a horse. He is now retired and also has arthritis. Last Winter, he bowed tendons in his front legs, but has recovered...

Nikki

Daddy’s Pocket Change, or Nikki as we now call her, is the oldest of the horse group at 24. She is a large medium welsh cross pony. In her younger days she was a wonderful hunter pony. She even earned me a blue ribbon in cross rails! Several years ago, she injured her tendons in her front feet, so she was retired. She is now arthritic and has several other issues, but she is still the boss of her little herd! Share...