Thursday, November 30, 2006

Winter is here........!!!!

It was 11 degrees this morning when we got up. Needless to say all the water buckets were frozen, so we spent all morning getting rid of ice & hauling hot water. Many of our donkeys are older & we worry about colic if they don't drink enough.

On this day last year we woke up to Muriel the mule being down with colic. After 2 1/2 days of round the clock doctoring, with no improvement, we had to make the hard decision to let her go. The Vets seemed to think she might have lipomas, a type of fatty tumor that can strangle the intestines of older equines. I know getting equines to drink enough water in the winter, when the weather is cold & the water icy, is sometimes a problem & have wondered if that might have been part of Muriel's problem. We'll never know, but we are very diligent about them having access to water at all times, no matter how cold it is, or how thick the ice gets.

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