In which there is a ride report and discussion of pink lemonade
|Ears on the Range|
I've ridden at Home on the Range almost every year since 2000. (There were a couple of years I did the trail ride with young horses, including Fiddle).
The ridecamp has changed location three times since I started riding it, but the terrain is basically the same: endless, beautiful stretches of scabland and grass. I didn't expect this year to be much different. And in fact, the terrain was similar to past years...
this year, the condition of the terrain was substantially different.
(insert ominous music)
This was our first clue that the rangeland had gotten a whole lot more rain than usual:
(the loser who speeds by at the end of the video got stuck in the mud about 50 feet after I shut off the camera...and he dug a gigantic trench through the middle of camp with his truck in the process. I deliberately did not look to see who was driving)
|Sunrise on ride day|
|Fiddle is not a big fan of cattle, |
but she followed 'Lupe and Sister into the cows!
and even a railroad bridge to duck under.
|We were warned that "tall" horse/rider combos would |
never fit under this bridge, but we walked under easily.
No trolls here!
The second loop, however was tall grass and CRP Grassland.
|Can you see the flags marking the trail? No? Me either.|
I've ridden this ride so many times that I followed my routine...but although the temperatures were cool, my horse was working much harder than usual because of the wet ground.
|For the work she was doing, Fiddle needed more electrolytes|
|Walking out of the second vetcheck. Her scores: straight-A's. |
However, when we got back to the trailer, she peed "pink lemonade",
which indicates a very early-stage tye-up.
|Fiddle doing one of the things that Fiddle does best: eat.|
As for the mud, it didn't dry up in time for everyone to exit camp without help from the Valet Tractor:
|The SS Illegible gets a tow to high ground|
|Blue sky, pretty mare.|
Not much in the world makes me happier than that.
Here are some online resources and explanations about tying up:
Tying Up: Rhabdomyolysis in Horses. November 8, 2010 (updated) by Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Tying Up in Horses. (Fact Sheet). Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc; reviewed by: Fairfield T. Bain, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC.