Someone told me the other day that August in Tennessee is supposed to be hot and dry, with no rain. In fact, last year in August, we actually had a drought! It didn’t rain for weeks; all the grass turned brown, the ground was as hard as rocks, and my friends and I all became very light from being bleached by the sun.
This year is totally different.
This year, the rain has been coming in floods… quite literally! In fact, it’s been raining so much lately that Mommy and I haven’t gotten to work since the last time I told you about it, a few days ago!
Okay, actually, I guess that’s not entirely true. The weather today is nice, but Mommy is sick with a “human virus,” so she wasn’t feeling well enough to ride me today. Which is a shame, because she was fine a couple days ago – the day after our last workout – and actually wanted to ride, but it was pouring down rain by the time she got to the barn.
The next day, Mommy came and got me out again… but it was still raining, so I was only able to stand in the barn aisle and watch the rain… again. Mommy was still feeling sick, though, so she didn’t come back in the evening to get me out and let me graze when the rain stopped.
Instead, she sent Daddy! Even though I missed Mommy, hanging out with Daddy was a really awesome treat.
Daddy and I chilled together for a while, and then one of my best friends, Rocky the Kitty, came over to hang out with us, too!
Rocky likes to hide in the bushes and sneak up on me sometimes. He always follows me around, especially in the afternoons and evenings when Daddy and I (or Mommy and I) are the only ones at the farm. He’s my trusted sidekick!
It took Rocky a while to warm up to me, though. I think he was scared at first because I’m so much bigger than he is. That’s okay, though; now we’re best friends, and I love having him around when we’re hanging out!
Anyway, Mommy came out to see me this morning. Even though it wasn’t raining, she still felt too sick to ride. So, she put me in the round pen for a while so that I could roll in the sand, get out my sillies and stretch my legs. There was a lot going on at the farm today, so I had a lot of fun watching the hustle and bustle.
Then, instead of putting me back into my own stall, Mommy walked me up the hill and put me into one of the dry-paddocks!
I was alone, but she said that there would be other horses coming into the nearby paddocks pretty soon. It felt nice to get to walk around and look at something new; I’ve been in my stall for so long now, I was starting to wonder if I’d ever get to be turned out again!
Mommy gave me some hay in a couple different places, and I had to take a bite from each little pile before I could decide which one I wanted to start with.
After I settled into my new paddock, Mommy told me that I would get to go outside there during the days for a while, before she moves me to a grass paddock. Then, she gave me a kiss and said goodbye!
I hope that I’ll get to work tomorrow, but I’ll let y’all know either way. Stay cool, friends, and have a great weekend!