We're having beautiful weather and I don't even have a horse to ride. Dawn is still off, in a mysterious way. Last night her feet were cool and she was walking fine, although I didn't trot her out to see if she would be sound at the trot. This morning she had heat again in the outside rear quadrant of her right front foot - basically the outside heel area. And when I took her out of the stall and put her on cross ties to look her over, she put the right front down for a moment on the toe and left it there - putting the heel down was clearly a bit uncomfortable. But it's very hard to even see that she's off at the walk, and on a soft surface she looks sound at the walk. I'm still thinking some sort of bruise - either to the heel or the sole - or perhaps there's an abscess brewing, although she's not anywhere near lame enough for one about to pop. The fact that the heat comes and goes is odd too. Her feet are black, so it's hard to see bruising, if there is any. It's also been very hot and dry and she's got some cracks - perhaps she's got a minor infection in there, although there's no clear sign of it. Who knows? I'm not giving her any meds - she's not that uncomfortable - so I can clearly see what's going on with how she's feeling. But in any event I have no horse to ride and I'm feeling rather sorry for myself!
And I just got a phone call from my husband - he's on the road downstate and the F-350 has stranded him by the side of the road. He was driving along and suddenly all the gauges went dark, but the truck continued to run so he kept driving. A few miles down the road the engine quit and the power brakes died - everything died. So he was sitting by the side of the road waiting for U.S. Rider to send his tow along. It sounds like a major electrical problem - we've had minor electrical problems with this truck before - I sure hope it can be fixed easily and not at huge cost. At least neither my daughter or I were hauling horses at the time, although I feel sorry for my husband having to cope with that.
I'll stop whining for now, and hope all of you with sound horses to ride are having a good day with horses!