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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hot Fun in the Summertime

What an amazing group of campers this week!  They have been the best team to start off the summer season at EKF.  Considering they have dealt with a cold, rainy first day -- then had to survive near record heat the last two days -- I am impressed with their excellent positive attitudes!

Of course, we still rode on Monday, despite the rain.  The girls bundled into a few extra fleece tops of mine, which made it look like an army of small Marthas was riding around the ring! We also met Dr. Martha, and observed her giving Pungo and Henry their shots of Legend, a medication that helps treat arthritis in these two 20+ year old horses.  Seeing a bit of blood come back into the syringe during this intravenous injection was either gross or interesting or both, depending on which camper you asked!

Then Tuesday, Mr. David Bourke, the farrier, appeared and we all appreciated his hard labor on a warm day.  You can see from the body language in the photograph, below, that the campers were not entirely convinced he could trim Chubbs' hoof without hurting him -- but of course, he did.

The rest of the week has included setting up a pen and moving the sheep to keep them cool, collecting eggs from the chickens, riding every day (just a little slower on the hottest day), bareback riding, creating clay keepsakes with our favorite horses' names, and getting excited for Big Horse Day.  And Ginger and Clio especially loved getting their baths when the temperature hit over 90 degrees!
THIS JUST IN . . . Martha and Belle, along with two other teammates, won first place in their division at the Farmington Hunter Pace last weekend!  Go Belle!