Wednesday, February 17, 2010

No Good Deed.....

goes unpunished, as it is said. My good deed involved getting new straw bedding for the barnyard. The bad part was that the horses found it DELICIOUS and I don't think it's healthy for them to be eating straw. But being it was a novelty around here, they wouldn't leave it alone. Like they don't have vast quantities of nice grass and alfalfa hay! Two days later I had two horses with mysteriously swollen pasterns. My guess is there was the weed, Hoary Alyssum, in the mix. I had this happen last summer where suddenly both horses had swollen ankles almost up to their knees. It takes a couple days for it to go away with the help of a little bute. Since no one is lame or limping, it makes it very intriguing. And everyone is back to normal today.

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