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Gwendolyn’s hock lump.






A few weeks ago, I told you how I had to remove Gwen from the paddock with Finn, Wrigley and BG because she had been kicked in the hock.  Since Gwen is 25 years old now, it was time for her to not have to ever fight or be kicked again.  You can read that post here.

When the vet arrived to look at her injury, he felt we needed to give it time, but that it wasn’t broken.  She could bear weight… so we were probably very lucky.

AFTER THREE WEEKS.

Well, after three weeks of healing, all of a sudden, the area now looks like a tennis ball on top of her hock.  The lump is hard and isn’t sensitive to me poking at it.  Gwen is sound and even trots fine.

I took a pic and showed my vet.  He thinks it is a ‘capped hock’.  He’ll be out tomorrow to determine.

Never a dull moment…

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When the well isn’t working and you have NO WATER for the animals. EASY SOLUTION FOR NEXT TIME!






Long ago, a wise old cowboy told me to fill a new Rubbermaid Garbage Can with water, put the lid on securely and stick it in the corner of my barn – and forget about it.

“It’ll be there if you need it.”

Very wise words.  I think all of us with a well system and animals, should have a clean Rubbermaid garbage bin, filled with fresh water, sealed up somewhere on the property.

This is the kind I have, but you can use any type of Rubbermaid bin.

I say this because the well in Grass Valley stopped working last Thursday.  Our tenant called right away and we tried to work through all the possibilities.  When nothing worked, we called the well guy (who didn’t reply) and then we called the highest YELP rated well guy, and he called back.

In the meantime, I told the tenant about the big green Rubbermaid garbage can filled with fresh water tucked away in the shower stall of the barn.  He informed me that all of his horses are out being boarded (?) and that he was OK on water until the well was fixed.  Our tenant is wonderful.

Eventually, the well guy arrived, told us almost the worst news possible and said he’d come back the next day to pull the pump, replace what was needed and redo all the wiring.  235′.

Which he did.

Tenant now has water and all is well (no pun intended).

HOWEVER, I did feel good knowing that there was enough water , sitting in the green Rubbermaid bin in the shower stall, to hold over any animals for at least a day.

And I wanted you all to know this, too, so that you can get your own.   Once you have it, you’ll probably never need it.

This photo by Kat Livengood has nothing to do with my story – but I needed a photo and I love this one.


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