Monday, May 26, 2008

I think I mentioned yesterday that Bella brought her toe down pretty hard on my big toe joint. It's ugly. Literally and figuratively. I can kind of walk now that I'm dosed up on ibuprofen, but it hurts. I can't put on shoes! I tried. It was very painful. I did find that I can slide my feet into my slippers, so I was able to go outside and say hi to the horses and give them their supplements. Except for Bella, who apparently decided the supplements weren't worth having to put up with my company. Either that or she didn't catch on that I had food. I wasn't about to chase her down, so I pretended she didn't exist.

I think I finally got a fairly accurate measure of Tonka's height, and I was very surprised. He's only 15.1 hands. I have to stretch so much to get on, I thought he surely must be taller. I must be getting old.

I used two bamboo poles in a T shape to see how tall he is, and trusted my daughter to tell me when they were plumb and level. Tonka was pretty cool with it. Just didn't quite understand when I asked him to put both of his front feet next to each other. We got pretty close.

Soxy thought I was going to beat her when I tried to walk up with the poles! Poor girl. Coda was probably about 14.1 hands. Surprised me. I think of him as an average height horse, and that's not very tall. I suspect Soxy would be somewhere between the two boys' heights. I didn't measure Mack or Bella.

I'm off to put my toe up for a while and take some more drugs. Hope you're having a more active and fun day than I am!


ARL said...

Hi Andrea,
I hope your poor toe feels better. I had that happen about 35 yrs ago and my toe nail fell off!
Every body is trying to talk me out of getting another mustang. They say Wildairo may stop bonding with me if he has his best buddy here. I called Ramona at the BLM and left a message for her about the sorrel. I still haven't made up my mind for sure. The way my ankle felt yesterday, (ouch) I questioned the wisdom of having just one mustang to train. He's doing so well I'm amazed at the progress.
How old was Tonka when you adopted him and how old is he now?

Andrea said...


You are making excellent progress with Wildairo. I think it's a wonderful thing that he's able to do it on his own terms to some extent, and choosing to be with you. You two are going to have a special bond. Already do, it looks like!

I don't know what to say about the sorrel. It would be nice to see him get a home, but it could definitely interfere with your bonding with your boy. If nothing else, it will take a lot of time away from Wildairo's training. But... I'm not one to talk, I have too many horses here because I couldn't say no. And I enjoy almost every minute of it.

Tonka was 2 when I adopted him. He's 4 now.

Pony Girl said...

Ouch, sorry to hear about your foot, Andrea! For some reason, I have been lucky and have not been stepped on yet, this second time around of horse ownership!
I should measure my gelding. I heard he is 15.2 but have never actually taken a tape to him!