I think I had a moment with the BO yesterday. He told me a story about something Lilly did when he was visiting her in the barn. Her stall door is a half door, but she's not quite tall enough to get her head over it completely, although she tries really hard. He said she's the only one in the barn that comes right over to see him, no matter what's going on in her stall. He said he was standing there with her, petting her gently, and she put her chin on his shoulder. He said they stood like that for a few moments before she moved her head down to see what he had in his shirt pocket. He said she's just so sweet, and he's never known a horse quite like her. He said he would do anything for her, and although he is still harassing me about the shoes, he said he just wants what's best for her. He even said he's going to strip her stall, have some screenings delivered, and build up the stall floor a bit so she can easily get her head over the door.
As frustrating as this place is, I know they're not being annoying just because. I know they just want what's best for the horses in their care, but they're going about it the wrong way. Perhaps they're not used to quite so much push back from horse owners, so they're frustrated with me too... I don't know. I think I turned a page with the BM, and now I'm hoping I turned a page with the BO. We'll see.
Meanwhile, I'm counting the days until my trimmer comes out. Lilly has been outside only during the day for most of this week, and while it's helped a little bit, she's still tender on the driveway. Hopefully I get some ideas from the trimmer, and perhaps we can cast her hooves again or something in the meantime so she can be more comfortable when she's moving around on harder surfaces.
|I could sit here all day...|