|Looking back at Mono Lake with the Sierra's in the background.|
First thing in the morning on the 11th, I got a call from the man that helps load the horses asking if I had room for a foal that was brought in with a trailer load of grown horses yesterday. A BABY! Of course I would make room. Yes, let's load her too. He brings the horses in his trailer from the feedlot to the auction lot where we can load them easily and by the time we both arrived it was raining, looks like I wasn't going to be able to avoid bad weather.
|It's pouring rain as we load the horses.|
|Baby on the right, gray pregnant mare next to her and large gelding on the left.|
Once I got out of Fallon and on the road, the rain drops ended and the sun began to shine. By the time I reached Hawthorne, a small military town in the middle of nowhere and the turn off to take one of two routes back into California, the temperature was in the low 40's so I thought I wouldn't run into snow along the Sierras and going that way saves at least 30 minutes to the drive. Another cup of coffee and back on the road.
It's an uphill climb from there to the turn off at Mono Lake and as we climbed the temperature dropped and between Mono Lake and Mammoth Mountain it was snowing from the high clouds next to the mountain yet the sun was out where I was driving. I couldn't see the tops of the Sierra's and the sun was hitting the snow as it was falling making it glisten in prism colored reflections. I was glad I had chosen this route because it was beautiful. By the time I reached Bishop, the snow had stopped and the skies showed no sign of rain.
I know this stretch of road between Bishop and Ramona after many trips over the last few years for work and now hauling horses so it's easy to settle in for the drive and just cruise down the road. Perfect opportunity for me to call my best friend and wish her happy birthday. Hands free of course!
We got to chat for a while and catch up on a few things and she told me all the wonderful things she had gotten for her birthday. Flowers, cards, cup cakes at work, well wishes from friends and all she gets from me is a phone call from the road. Laughing, I told her I would get her a horse for her birthday. While she is one of my biggest supporters, she is not a horse person so that makes the thought rather funny, especially since she has a small back yard with a pool in it.
As I get closer to the city I am ahead of schedule and realize that I can deliver each horse to their owner rather than go to one location and the owners transport from there. While we put the baby on board and her 'bail' was graciously paid by Lisa Bone, she still had no definite place to go yet. Of course had I told Debra and Lisa that she could come home with us if nothing else. So when I reached San Diego county and had still heard nothing, I called Lary and asked him to make a stall for her in our quarantine area because we were adding one more to the group.
|Baby on Board.|
A close examination of the eye showed that it wasn't two colored at all, she had a corneal ulcer - an infection in her eye. Because of the ulcer, she couldn't see well out of the eye and was afraid of movements on that side so we had to be very slow and gentle putting the halter on while trying not to scare her. A sore leg and an ulcer on her eye. Well, she came to the right place. It was just last fall that SHALA came to us underweight, with parasites, cuts, a tooth that needed to be extracted and corneal ulcers in BOTH eyes. Her recovery took monthss but she is in excellent health and a happy horse now.
|The blueish white area is the infection (corneal ulcer).|
She unloaded from the trailer into her new stall and settled in nicely. She was exhausted after the long day in the trailer and who knows where she came from the day before. Based on her teeth, I could see she was at least six months old and underweight in addition to the swollen leg and ulcerated eye. Well she can rest and relax now. She doesn't need to go anywhere until she's fully healed.
It's always a challenge to name the horses. Some names come quickly because of the color, looks or personality, sometimes other people come up with the perfect name, sometimes it takes weeks to find the right name. Thinking about the serendipitous nature of her getting added to the trailer load at the last minute and having no place else to go so she came home with us which is exactly where she needed to be to have her eye treated immediately, I can only think that God definitely had his hand in this one.
She's so pretty, sweet and good natured and she deserves a special name. Well I did promise my best friend I would get her a horse for her birthday and I can think of no better birthday present that naming this little bundle of joy who miraculously found her way on our trailer after my best friend. So meet Miya.
|Feedlot photo of filly #14 4-10-12 now named Miya.|
Home after a long haul. 2 days, 1100 miles, from sea level to 8,000 ft elevation, sun, wind, rain & snow. Two families with two new horses (and one on the way) and a four legged bundle that found her way in our trailer at the last minute and is now in the front stall next to Little Miss (Ari). Four lives saved and I am blessed to have played a small part in it all. LIFE is SO good!