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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fun here in horseland!

Well yesterday was a beautiful day. Rick spent most of it plowing snow, slush, and horse poop (he scraped the paddock) and I cleaned the barn. Things are looking a bit grose around here...you know, the dirty winter snow season, ick! There is also a considerable amount of ice around so we all have to be careful where we walk and forget about any notions of ground play or riding without risk. The horses had some fun chasing him on the 4 wheeler and following me around regardlesss though, they seem to know where the safer areas are. I also spent some time grooming the horses (Whiskey constantly gets his mane tangled up and it seems to spiral together--anyone know how to keep it from doing this?) and trimming Lola's hooves. (With my back still a bit sore, I couldn't do all three horses' hooves.)

Anyhow, Lola is so funny! When I was grooming Whiskey, she showed up and butted right in, pushing him out of the way and looking at me curiously. When I would brush Fosse and Whiskey, she'd shove right in and ask for a scratch or a brushing too, looking at me with those sweet eyes (even though she was also thoroughly groomed). If you haven't figured it out already, we were all together, no halters, just the truth! And the truth is, they wouldn't leave my side. :)

Fosse was hanging around too but moreso enjoying hanging out and sunning himself. Then, when I was trimming Lola's hooves she spent her time doing one of three things: standing still allowing me to work, backing up and looking at me like "what are you going to do about it", or standing still, letting me trim but licking my back and playing with my sweatshirt. LOL I told you, she is a character! I still have to have the horsenality profile done and have decided to use it on Lola but not until summer. I contacted Parelli and they agreed that I should wait until I get to really play with her more.

Today it is much colder than yesterday (or perhaps just feels that way). It is fairly icy out (although I did take Morgan for a walk this morning after my workout). The horses are happily eating and chilling out and Rick and I are in the house, enjoying old black and white movies. Have a great weekend everyone. Until next time...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ballet Anyone?

Good Morning Everyone! Well, we've got a lot of snow here and are buried back in the woods...how fun is that? It is like we live in a Christmas card or in a snow-globe.

As you can see from the photo, this post is exercise related. I have been working on trying to exercise despite my sprained back (which by the way is getting much better). My promise to myself was to do low-moderate exercise 5 days a week regardless of the injury and stick to my WW plan. So far, so good.

I have been trying to do workouts that include a lot of stretching as this seems to really help me. This morning I decided to dust off my Dancing for Kids DVD and do a little ballet. I know, this sounds really weird (and I can only imagine the imagery it is producing for you). But, when I was a kid (and before I was born), my mom was a dancer and dance teacher (not the kind in bars but a real dancer). She told me a couple of years ago that ballet was really good for my horsemanship in terms of strength, balance, and stretching. She also insisted that I purchase a kids DVD as it was the best way to learn. And so, I bought Dancing for Kids by Kultur and it is good. This DVD is simple to follow, fun, and if you can get past the fact that this little kids are more limber than you, you'll love it! LOL

So, this morning, I did only 20 minutes but, I feel really good. I am warm, stretched, and ready to start my day. This is just one more step towards better health, better living, and better horsemanship.
Keep it natural folks!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pilates for the Dressage Rider

OK, I don't claim to be a dressage rider but as you all know, I am always looking for new resources, especially those that are connected to improving my horsemanship. Well, tonight I did Janice Dulak's Pilates for the Dressage Rider DVD for the first time and thought it was excellent. (thanks to my friend Clare for this wonderful Christmas present). I've been in contact with Janice's booking agent about a clinic up here but I just cannot get critical mass to do it. Anyhow, much to my surprise, Clare bought me the DVD! I definitely am going to get the book too and watch for clinic opportunities. The DVD is very clear, concise, and even if you are overweight like me, you'll surprise yourself and do better than you think! I had fun and was amazed to see that I did have some strength and balance I was not aware of. I didn't feel defeated but actually like I did fairly well for a beginner (I did not do the advanced workout--yet). it also helped my sprained back if you can believe it--I am feeling good. I look forward to doing this workout again. (I've never done Pilates before and had to learn--Janice made it easy!) Anyhow, just a thought, expand your exercise repertoire and give it a try! ---thanks Janice!

PS. Linda Parelli also uses Janice's techniques. :)

Pilates and Dressage from Chris Girard on Vimeo.

From Janice's website:

Master Instructor Trainer, 2001 Romana's Pilates®
Author Pilates for the Dressage Rider

Janice's life long work as an expert movement specialist is undeniable: a professional modern dancer and teacher since 1976; a student of Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska since 1989; a certified Pilates instructor since 1993; a dressage rider since 1995; and a Master Instructor Trainer for Romana's Pilates® since 2001. Janice has trained dancers and Pilates practitioners to the equivalent of FEI. Her dancers have gone on to dance with world-class companies and many of her Pilates students have become expert teachers.

Janice is considered a second generation Pilates instructor, and Pilates teachers come from all over the world to seek continued training from her. Janice regularly teaches at the International Romana's Pilates® Conventions, trains Pilates instructors at her studio in Champaign, Illinois, and now is a popular clinician, helping dressage riders find harmony and partnership with their horse through her work.

As a dressage rider, Janice competed her mare, India, up to 2nd level before her suspensory ligaments failed. Before that, she and India won the Gold Medal at 1st level at the Show Me State Games in Missouri in 1998. Since then, Janice has backed and trained India’s first foal, Rubaiyat, out of the Rubenstein lines of the German Oldenburg Verband. She and "Ruby" rode and earned a score of 68.6% in the FEI 4 year old test in 2006. After a three year hiatus in dressage training due to Ruby's growing issues, Janice is training Ruby with her method and trains in dressage with Jochen Hippenstiel of Tempel Farms as well as with David Blake and Sarah Martin.

Janice has forged a relationship with Linda and Pat Parelli and serves as Linda's Pilates instructor. Linda feels that Janice's work begins where her "Fluidity" ends and is essential for the development of the natural dressage rider.

Since the publishing of her book and DVD Pilates for the Dressage Rider (Half Halt Press) she has been teaching Pilates for Dressage® clinics throughout the country. Inquires for her clinics have come from all over the world and it suggests there is the need to begin to scrutinize the training of the rider, a concept to which Janice is dedicated. (Please see Philosophy for more of Janice's thoughts on this.)

Weekly Task Challenge: Helmet Check!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or just feeling stuck, try the weekly task as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

OK, so have you noticed the theme lately with the weekly task challenges? Remember these? Check you tack, check your blankets, well now is the time to check your riding helmets! I've been focusing on tasks that not only have to do with safety and comfort but, those that can be easily done with no potential excuse for not doing so like for instance, the weather!

So, have you checked your riding helmet lately? How old is it? Did you ever fall in it? Does is even fit you properly? Is it an ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) approved model? This week's task is to assess your riding helmet and all issues revolving around equestrian helmet safety. To help, I have listed several resources below (thank you Troxel Performance Headgear).

Troxel Safety Center

Helmet Evaluation Quiz

Helmet Facts

Helmet Myths

Proper Fitting Helmets

Helmet Safety Certification Facts

Helmet Advisor

What is ASTM/SEI?

Companies Manufacturing Approved Helmets
Troxel - *Manufacturers only approved helmets.
International Helmets
Australian Holdings
Charles Owens & Co. Ltd.
Lexington Safety Products, Inc.
Equine Science Marketing, Ltd.
Del Mar Helmet Co., Inc.

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com/ for any official instructions or materials.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What's Up and Plans

Good afternoon everyone! The video is just a little hello from the herd! (Fosse is on the left, Whiskey in the middle, and Lola on the right.) I know, it has been a long time since I've posted regularly (besides the weekly challenges--I hope you like them). My apologies but, there has not been too much to report. The weather is getting a bit better here and cabin fever is setting in. I've been working on little things with the horses at liberty, every time I see them, but really have not had any plans or purpose behind our interactions. Just the everyday stuff. Lola and I are bonding more and more every day. I cannot wait to play with her more consistently and ride! (Don't worry, posts will start coming in with video and photos as the weather gets better and we start playing!)

I have been reviewing the new Parelli Levels 1-4, the NEC Celebration, and Getting Started DVDs. I really like all of them but do wish they had released them with supplementary educational materials. I liked the pocket guides and books as well as other supplementals that came with previous iterations of the levels. Having a collection that includes really vintage Parelli, the definition of what it means to be "in Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, etc." has really changed. It seems that the program has been simplified (I'm not sure how I feel about that). What I do know is that I am psyched to get moving on my assessment journey and feeling like my new partner Lola is going to truly work out well! Here is a funny one... Lola was chasing us in the Blazer the other day...very cute--she did it today too! The boys do it but this was her first time that I know of and she was alone, not worried about them but wanting to be with me! LOL She is going to be fun, fun, fun!

Some plans I have for this year are:

  • Purchase a new, Wintec-wide saddle with CAIR panels. (Getting this from Lola's previous owner.)
  • Remove toppled trees in the playground and cut them up for firewood.
  • Complete the permanent fencing in the playground.
  • Add/build obstacles to/for the playground.
  • Develop outdoor arena (the one with the plus sign and grass squares you've seen Pat use in videos).
  • Purchase metal round corral (would like 70feet, not sure it will fit in our round pen area yet).
  • Develop footing in round pen area.
  • Complete permanent fencing in the big field.
  • Build small horse barn.
  • Continue plans for the purchase of a Cover-All arena. (The Parelli-Logo one.)
  • Begin redeveloping trail system on our property.
  • Create a farm sign.
  • Plant trees to seclude front-end of property and make is more like the rest of the property which is surrounded by woods.
  • Take Lola to a clinic as well as do official video assessments.

My journey to healthier living and weight loss is going very well. However, I over-did it in the exercise department! The doctor said that I sprained my back and should be fine but it could take up to 6 weeks to feel 100%. Basically, overstretched a ligament that is affecting my sciatic nerve at times on my left side. I am taking Aleve and Soma (Carisoprodol) at night, heat treatments, and sleeping on my stomach most of the time, it all seems to be helping. I took a few days off from work so I didn't have to deal with it at work sitting in my office chair. I am allowed to go back to the gym but to do more stretching things and the eliptical is ok too. I am going back to work tomorrow. (I had to put hay up today because Rick was working and wow, I am sore--probably shouldn't have done it but we were out of hay! At least it was only a truck load (44 bales). That's just life...I think I'll go have a Pilsner Urquell, sit on the couch with the dogs (accompanied by my heating pad and heated blanket) to relax--maybe a hot shower to losen up the muscles too? Ouch! LOL)

Here is a video of Rick hard at work snow plowing the state roads for the town (here he is cruising past our place).

Well, I guess that is it for now. I hope you are all doing well and are keeping it natural! Have fun with your horses, try out the weekly tasks, and please do keep in touch!

Weekly Task Challenge: Blanket Check!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or just feeling stuck, try the weekly task as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

Winter is about half over now and the question is, how is your horse's blanket holding up? Is it ripped, dirty, totally trashed? This week's task is simple. Go out and check your horse's blanket for wear and tear. You don't want your horse to become injured because of a simple blanket malfuntion nor do you want to destroy a blanket when a quick fix will do. Then, make quick repairs! Once the winter is over and your horse no longer needs his apparel, plan on washing, stitching, and waterproofing it prior to storing so that it is ready for next season.

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com/ for any official instructions or materials.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Spring Cleaning - Clean Your Tack!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or just feeling stuck, try the weekly task as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

Are you afflicted with cabin fever? Have you been unable to do much with your horses over the winter due to the cold and snow? Are you just itching to do something horsey (besides watching your horse videos and reading your horse books)? Why not plan ahead and start spring cleaning!?!

This week's challenge is to clean your tack! Better yet, have a tack-cleaning party and get some friends involved! Tack is an essential tool for our horsemanship and it needs to be taken care of. Remember, cleaning and oiling your tack allows you time to inspect it for damage as well as maintain it's beauty and comfort for you and your horse. Be certain to pay special attention to seams, buckles, and straps. Replace any parts that are broken or seem weak or questionable. (Safety is your number one priority when it comes to tack. Don't try to "get by" with what you have if you know it needs repair.)

Here are a few resources that may help get you started. (And, feel free to come over to my place and clean mine. *grins*)

Video: How to Strip Clean Tack (7:22)

Video: Cleaning Tack (3:19)

Article: Tack Cleaning Tips

Article: Green Cleaning Your Tack

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com/ for any official instructions or materials.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Celebrating...I reached my 5% weight loss target!

I am sure I don't have to tell any of you how our physical fitness affects our horsemanship and our lives in general. The biggest barrier is usually just getting started. We all have excuses to not exercise like, "I have no time", "I cannot afford it", I don't like to sweat", "I don't like to do it", etc. Well my friends, let me tell you something, you are worth it, you can do it, and exercising can very addictive and fun (really, it is true). (Please note, true "addiction" is rare, read this article, but what I mean really is that you will come to enjoy it, become focused in your journey, and actually need and want to do it to ensure that you stay on track. Once you get started, you won't want to stop. In fact, I am finding myself working out twice a day now some days (like this weekend)! However, I don't want to give any of you the impression that this is easy. It is not easy, this is a lifestyle change, it takes a lot of work and dedication, it takes motivation, and it takes support. We each have our own personal journeys and I've decided that I will share mine with my readers, my fellow horse enthusiasts, my fellow PNHrs, in hopes that it may just help someone else along the way. I am changing my lifestyle for my horses but most especially, I am doing it for me. It is okay to do something for yourself and your health should be top priority. We am not getting any younger folks! But, I plan to be much fitter, like I was when I was a teenager and in my early twenties (maybe even better). I think that my issues started in college and I ignored them until they were out of control. Then I ignored them because I was embarassed and not sure what to do, and the saga goes on and on. Anyhow, now is the time to make change, period, no excuses, JUST DO IT!

*Once the weather breaks, I plan to get a lot of activity in with the horses and the dogs. However, I will still continue to go to the gym and exercise at home with my videos. The videos I am using are Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds (several different ones), Janice Dulak Pilates for the Dressage Rider (I have not started this one yet), and Saddle-Up Training.

My Stats: Age 38, female, 5"6"
Started Lifestyle Change (Healthier Living Journey): January 9th, 2010
Here is what I am doing (changes I've made in my life):

  • Weight Watchers meetings (POINTS System) Saturday mornings at 8:00am (back-up meeting is Thursday nights 5:30pm). I go to every meeting, every week, no excuses!
  • Weekly menu planning Friday night with Rick (we are trying new recipes and keeping it interesting). The menu plan goes on the fridge. *Eating out is extremely limited and written into the plan. When eating out, I decide before I get there what I will eat and do to stay on track.

  • Weekly grocery store list (goes along with menu planning to ensure we have everything we need for the week). One trip to the grocery store per week, on Saturdays after the Weight Watchers meeting.
  • Getting in all of my daily essentials: water (minimum of 6 servings - more when exercising), veggies & fruits (minimum of 5 servings), healthy oils (two servings), lean meats (two servings), milk (using soy milk, two servings), eating whole grains and fresh-whole foods, taking vitamins/mineral supplements).
  • Journal everything and calculating POINTS - food intake, exercise, and record how I am feeling, everyday, no matter what.
  • Eat breakfast every day. Usually I have soy milk, fruit, and water. Sometimes a Kashi (or similiar) bar.
  • Take lunch to work, no eating out (usually Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, or left-overs, soy milk, and water).

  • Limit the intake of sugar and artificial sweetners.

  • Eat dinner at the table, not on the couch. Our menu plan consists of healthy meals, new recipes or revised old ones. I plate the food as if I were on Food Network, making each dinner important and beautiful as well as delicious.

  • Eat snacks at the table and measure them out before eating. Never eat from the bag!

  • Renewed gym membership for 1 year, attend the gym every morning, Monday-Friday, additional exercise at home at night Monday-Friday when I can, and twice a day (morning and night) on weekends when possible. *Minimum exercise rule I've made is 5 times a week Monday-Friday, 30 minutes each time. The additional exercise is desired but does not always happen.

  • I work towards getting bravo stars and other stickers at the Weight Watchers meetings (like a challenge). I've also added foil stars in my journal on the days where I've exercised (one star for each time). These are silly visual things that make me happy. :)

  • I posted a picture of the Hungry Monster on my fridge, on my file cabinet at work, and in my journal to remind me to analyze if I am really hungry (or perhaps just thirsty, stressed, or bored).

  • I take a walk instead of eating out of stress.

  • Working on positive self-talk (probably the most difficult skill for me).

  • I visualize where I'd like to be (and look like) with my horse.

  • I have a "before picture" that I am carrying around in my journal as a reminder of where I don't want to be.

I am very excited to share that yesterday, the start of week #5 on my journey to a better me, I've sucessfully reached my 5% weight-loss target (losing 13 pounds) and have actually exceeded that! I have lost a total of 14.6 pounds since January 9th, 2010. I plan to continue, setting 5% goals until I get to where I am feeling great and looking good. For me, smaller goals are the best as I can celebrate at each small increment until I get where I want to be. My next goal is to reach a 10% weight loss target (26 pounds lost total). I will continue to set goals in 5% increments until I am ready to set a lifetime goal. I look forward to sharing that success with you all. :)

Here is a record of how much I've lost each week.

Week 1: January 9, 2010 Started Weight Watchers, First Weigh-in

Week 2: January 16, 2010 Weigh-in Day, Lost 6.2 pounds

Week 3: January 23, 2010 Weigh-in Day, Lost 1.6 pounds, Started Exercising Regularly

Week 4: January 30, 2010 Weigh-in Day, Lost 3.8 pounds

Week 5: February 6, 2010 Weigh-in Day, Lost 3 pounds *Reached 5% Weight-loss Target

No matter your body shape, fitness level, lifestyle, etc., there is probably one thing you can identify that you could do to make you an even better you! Best wishes if you decide to make a lifestyle change. I'd say wish me luck but I've finally realized that it is not luck, it is hard work, dedication, and motivation. I am dedicated, motivated, have support (Rick, Weight Watchers, and you all) and am willing to do what it takes!

From my Weight Watchers 3 Month Journal,
"Don't trade what you want most for what you want at the moment."

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Pony Games!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or just feeling stuck, try the weekly task as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

My friend Clare who writes the Happy Trails blog (you've all hear about her many times) found this gem and I just had to share! It seemed like a fun resource to form a weekly task challenge around. We are both in agreement that this is not just something for kids and if you are a PNHr, you will love it!

Excerpt from, The Pony Games Book, "In The Pony Games Book, we have compiled a variety of games that address a wide range of topics including: developing a balanced seat, paying attention to detail, using energy constructively,managing speed and gaits, and much more. Included are instructions for how the games are played,methods for varying the difficulty, explanations of what topics a game addresses, and ideas for how to reward the outcomes you desire."

This week's task is to download the PDF version of the Pony Games Book (or purchase a print copy) from Pony Pros. Read the book, create (write down) a play plan, and then, go out and play with your horse! So, how many games can you play this week? Try to do at least three. This book has challenge points associated with the games, see how many you can earn! Better yet, get a few friends together and have a pony play date! :)

Don't these games sound like fun? How could you possibly resist this challenge?
  • Barn to Pasture
  • Blue Sky
  • Bumpity Bump Bump Bump
  • Cereal
  • Chief
  • Devious Dice
  • Down and Back
  • Geez Louise
  • Great Big Eights
  • I am Thinking of an Animal
  • In the Manner of the Adverb
  • L-E-T-T-E-R-S
  • Mustang, May I?
  • One Word at a Time
  • Pencil in a Bottle
  • Pony Express
  • Reverse!
  • 7 to the Side
  • Sudden Numbers
  • Tough That
  • Two, Two, Three, Four
  • What's a Good Time?
  • What Time is it, Mr. Horse?
  • Who am I?
After play time, be sure to evaluate the session and plan for future fun. Finally, I challenge you to come back to this post and comment on your weekly task accomplishments, share your experience! Have fun, be safe, and keep it savvy!

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Physical Fitness Update...Feeling Awesome!

I was told by someone at work today that I reminded them of Katherine Heigl from Gray's Anatomy and that we looked very much alike. Wow, now that is an awesome compliment! :) Plus, Rick has been lavishing me with praise, compliments, and major support, everyday (not that he was not supportive before this new leg of my journey started). Which brings me to posting this update...I am feeling awesome.

As posted earlier in January, I am on a quest for a lifestyle change in the area of physical fitness (and healthier living overall) not only for myself but for my horses. Well, so far, so good! I did rejoin Weight Watchers like I said, have attended every meeting (Rick even drives me there), and am working through week four (week 5 starts on Sat). I have put both the exercise and meetings on my calendar, I am menu planning and trying new recipes (that Rick and I are totally enjoying), have been journaling everything, going to the gym 5 days a week 9it is addicting), getting in additional exercise on the weekends at home, am losing weight at every weigh-in, and I feel superbly fabulous! I truly am super-motivated and looking forward to great changes for 2010 (and I know my horses are going to be SO HAPPY too).

If any of you are on a similar journey, trying to get your physical fitness in check, feel free to contact me for support and encouragement! I am in a "no one can stop me now" frame of mind!


Monday, February 01, 2010

Sweet Lola

I have to tell you about Lola yesterday. As you know, she is quite a character. She has been testing my leadership and our relationship which I respect and love by the way--she is a character! And, things are going well. Anyhow, yesterday, Rick and I went to get hay and as we were leaving, I fed the horses outside rather than in the barn, everyone was running around, I drove each to their respective dish and all seemed well. We were gone for maybe an hour. When we came home, I was in the barn cleaning up and Rick called me to check on Whiskey, that he didn't look good. I ran out in the paddock right away. Whiskey was laying on the ground (in the upright laying position) and trembling in a very strange way (not like shivering out of coldness). He had a blanket on. He acted very strange and would not get up. I retreived a halter and leadline, still, he would not budge. I was petting him and talking to him but he was just acting very strange. Well, Lola was right there with me, checking on Whiskey, looking at me, and then back at Whiskey. I finally had to ask Rick to come in the paddock and try to make Whiskey stand (it seemed like a good idea). Rick came in and finally got him up by pushing on the off side and me pulling a little and talking to him. He stood and I started walking him around, Lola followed us around. I took him in the barn and got him to drink some water, I put another blanket on him, and gave him banamine. Through all of this, Lola had her head laying over his neck, looking at me. She seemed concerned about Whiskey (if that is possible--maybe anthropomorphic on my part--but I don't care). Anyhow, rather than bully him around like she does, she was acting very caring and adorable with him. I let him go and within a few minutes, he seemed ok. He started eating hay about 30 minutes later, Lola by his side (Fosse now too). (He is fine today by the way.)

Once this was all over, Rick and I went back to unloading hay, getting water, and cleaning and Ms. Lola reappeared, checked in on me, and hung out for a bit while I picked the poo. What a nice girl. :) before I left, she placed her head on my chest and just stood there. I enjoyed this quiet moment very much. :)