Animal Updates

I thought that you might like to hear updates on some of the animals.

Tonka had five weeks off to recover from a muscle pull in his shoulder. I wasn’t in a rush. I’d rather use rest than drugs. He’s 100% sound now. My instructor has given me a good rule of thumb – for every week off due to injury, expect to take two weeks of riding work to get back to where you were. So, we have over two months to get back into shape. Lucky for both of us, this is the prime season for trail riding. No bugs. Cool temps. Good footing. We’re heading out tomorrow for a long walk in the woods.

(Here’s Tonka waiting for supper. As you can see, he hasn’t lost any of his gleam or vigor.)



Lily has adjusted to life with a painful and mostly useless rear leg joint. She’s still my shadow, but there’s a lot more lying down on the job. Much time is spent under my desk, where she gives herself permission to nap – not only is the leg injuring tiring, but she’s an old dog who needs to rest – so I’m glad to see her there (and hear her nose whistles.)

Lily under desk


Lily also goes out on the porch, where she remains vigilant from her comfy bed.

Lily on deck


So far, her other three legs are keeping her steady. I try to limit her activity so that they stay that way, but, well, she’s Lily.

The second day after the treatment with ivermectin, the bot fly larvae were vanquished and Caper’s nose was on the mend. He says that it’s all better and that soapy wet washcloths are no longer necessary. If you have a goat that likes to be cleaned up and fussed over, let me know about it. Mine don’t!

Caper nose


Twiggy took a one week break from laying. I thought she might molt, but she hasn’t. She’s back to leaving her large white eggs in the nesting box, however, now it’s every other day, not daily. Still, she appears fine and none of the Gems bother her. I still don’t know why the other flock turned on her.



Pearl, who molted early and dramatically, has grown in tight feathers (see along her back and base of her wing), which contrast with the fluffy older feathers that have yet to drop. I’ll continue to see the molt in members of the flock, at various stages, through November.



Lastly in this update is Jasper. She’s molted, but she’ll never look good. As a chick she encouraged the other hens to pick at and eat her tail feathers. Why is a mystery. This is why it’s so important to know your birds. To a visitor, she looks awful, but it’s normal for her. Jasper will never win a beauty contest, but she doesn’t care, and I won’t either.



  1. My granddaughter and I are daily visitors to your page. It has been a great learning experience for both of us. She particularly likes Phoebe but what 6 year old doesn’t love a bunny.

  2. I love hearing updates on each and every critter. And that Tonka is just a lovely boy, isn’t he? Nice, solid and balanced lines, lovely head and kind eye, and such flashy markings. And a good size for a pleasure horse. That he has a sound mind as well is just the best. You must have looked for him for quite a while.

    • I lucked out. One of the readers of this blog knew someone who knew of Tonk. (The Pony Club mom network!) He hadn’t yet been advertised for sale. It was at the beginning of my horse search, but I know horses and knew that he was the right one.

  3. Thankyou so much for taking the time to update us.
    Tonka is so handsome, you must be so happy to be back in the saddle. Really pleased you decided not to operate on Lily, it went very wrong for us. Glad everyone else is okay. No mention of Phoebe’s, I know she hasn’t had a problem but have not seen much of her except in evenings.. Is this because of your very hot summer and she is wishing for winter to come so she can build a new snow tunnel !!?…:)

  4. Thanks for the animal family update. You’re right, Jasper is just a ‘hard on the eyes’ kinda girl. But as longs she’s happy, that’s what counts. One of my girls has just started molting and leaving loads of white feathers inside the coop, yet she looks perfectly good.