This is a true story about a pig. I've met her. She's lovely.(and I don't usually say that about pigs)
Early last summer, our friend Mel was working around her place fixing fences and stuff, when all the horses in the pasture suddenly lifted their heads and STARED into the trees near the creek. Horse people know that when one horse does that, it can mean anything--or nothing. But when a bunch of horses do that all at the same time, there is usually a Reason. And there was: down by the creek Mel saw a half-grown white piglet rootling around for food in the vegetation. The piggie had a bum leg, and had obviously escaped from some neighbor's pen--possibly while also escaping whatever critter had grabbed her by the leg. Mel put up signs notifying the neighbors about the pig, but nobody responded. Since the piggie was doing fine on her own, nobody worried much about her until the summer got really hot and dry, and the creek dried up. Then Mel started leaving out bowls …
"It's a beautiful day, let's saddle up and hit the trails....not."
There's been no change to the EHV-1 situation...which is good. No new cases, no new euthanasias (that we know of). This is one of those times when no news is good news--if things had gotten worse over the holiday weekend, there would have been an update from the state veterinarian and there isn't one.
I left the camera and my gloves and my phone and no horse cookies on the fender of the trailer while Fiddle was tied, as I have done about ten zillion times in the eleven years this horse and I have been together.
She wanted cookies. She thought there should be cookies. She knew that she deserved cookies.
She went looking for cookies. Phone is not a cookie. Glove is not a cookie. Other glove is not a cookie. Camera is not a cookie. The cookies must be under all this useless junk. So she moved the junk...onto the ground. The phone and the gloves bounced safely under the trailer.
The camera bounced...right under her foot.
There is no budget this month (or next, or the month after) for a new camera. All the pictures for this post were taken with phone cameras--mostly mine, but also Patty's. *see UPDATE at bottom of the post!
The goal: enjoy the sunshine. The horses are out of shape, so today was for WALKING.