All the horses have started shedding - the early shedders like Maisie continue to drop more fur, and the late shedders like Noble and Dawn have just started a little bit - Dawn is so thin coated that, if she lost too much fur before the summer coat started growing in, she'd be naked!
The skunks are out and around - a constant hazard when I take the dog out so I have to keep a good eye out. I believe they are in breeding season right now. The great horned owls should be breeding as well, but I haven't heard or seen any lately. The willow branches are getting very yellow - they're about the only spot of color out there.
And the afternoon light is much more springlike - I'll try to keep that in mind when our wind chills are below zero Wednesday night!
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And, for all you Blackjack fans, he continues to do very well. He's been off his pain meds since the weekend, and continues to eat and feel well. The vet wants him to eat his senior/beet pulp in preference to hay cubes, as the senior/pulp has more nutritional value. So, every day, we've been slowly increasing his senior/pulp amount back towards normal. If he ate everything in his bin last night, he'll get a little more this morning. It's great to see him doing this well, at least for now, as we thought he was not going to be with us much longer. We're keeping our fingers crossed that it was something temporary and not an underlying health problem.