Courtney made it out last night and was amazed at how much hoof wall everybody had grown, in this monsoon. And frog, lots of frog, some were as much as 1/2 inch longer than the hoof itself. So this morning I'm dealing with sad looks and "my feet hurt" looks.
It's been awhile since Pepper got down on his right side, but this morning he was down in the wash and had been for quite sometime.
Unfortunately there was a pretty good size limb right above him and I was afraid he wouldn't be able to get up with it there. So John cut it off, had to take it off in pieces because of the weight. Didn't want it to fall on Pepper's head.
This is Pepper after he got up trying to figure out if there are any beans close enough for him to get to them. He checked out the limb and you can see in the foreground where he laid long enough to dig a hole with his head and legs. The hole he digs if he's been down for awhile makes it difficult to flip him over. He got trimmed last night. By the time Courtney got to him it was dark, she works with a headlamp. She came in his pen, petted him, picked up a foot and said, "is this Pepper?" He has put on so much weight this bean season she didn't recognize him until she looked at his foot. He is looking really good for him, unfortunately everyone else is putting on weight too. Frijolita is really plumping up nicely, it will probably take all winter to get the weight off all of them, and then we can do it again next bean season.............SIGH
Here is a picture of Miss Reba the mule, with one of the masks Michele fixed. She wanted to try the dangles to see how they worked. They seem to be working just fine and one good thing about the mules, they don't lose their masks.
It looks like we'll be racing Sat and Sun this Labor Day week-end. Weren't suppose to, but the track put out the word to see if the Hornet drivers were interested. Most of them are, I'm not really, putting us on the program with less than a week of warning is a little much. Besides one of our driver's that has to work both days can't come, and she's in 4th place. She suggested having non-point races, which would be fine, then I wouldn't have to go.............BUT..........I don't trust the track not to change their minds about having points once the drivers get there and start complaining because there aren't any points. I'd hate to not show up and then find out later they decided to make them points races.