Pheww.. At last after a week from returning from Sweden I feel that business is running as usual. Our ship arrived to Finland on Monday morning and from the harbour we drove to the forge to unpack all the tools. I had to do some preparing for the coming work week etc. and in the afternoon I drove straight from the forge to work. I had promised to shoe three horses on Monday.
The first pony was just a normal case and everything went smoothly and I drove to the next stable. I was very tired of the competition weekend and at those moments the only thought is to just get the job done and get home. Of course these are also the moments when nothing goes as planned and the next horse was brought to the shoeing straight from a visit to a horse hospital since the owners opinion was that there had been something wrong with the horse for the last couple of weeks.
There was really not much found in the hospital but of course I had to check and think about all that was found and think about the shoeing, if there should be made some changes or not etc. Well, then I started to trim the horse and almost immediately found the probable reason for his problems. There was an abscess on the right hind. He didn’t react much to that, so it hadn’t been very painful but of course it had to be treated and new appointment made later same week. This particular horse is little bit complicated to shoe otherwise too, so all this took almost two hours before the work was finished. Luckily the next horse was just an ordinary case, but on my way home I got a phone call of a suspected acute laminitis case. Vet had checked it but wanted still a farrier to make sure that there are no abscesses. Couldn’t go there anymore the same evening, but then I was there after a short sleep at 7 am next morning. It was laminitis and I took off the front shoes and placed insulation foam under the hooves. The horse was much more comfortable with the pads and seemingly so much more comfortable that when I called the next day to ask how is he doing, I was told that he got bored in the stable and started to paw and took the “boots” off very soon. So now he is standing in a soft sand. Good that they had that opportunity, very often it’s not easy to arrange. After that the week started to work out quite normally, but I was all the time tired of too little sleep.
On the weekend there finally was time to continue a project that I had to cease in the autumn. In the winter it’s just too cold and every way for me too challenging to do anything extra besides the work as usual. My everlasting project is to try to furnish my car a new and better working.
This weekend I built a new shelf into my car. There is still lot to do in the car, but already today it was so nice to work with the new shelf. Probaly all the equipment will fall down if I need to brake suddenly, so the shelf needs still some upgrading but my car was a total mess before this and I’m happy to see how much better I will get it in time. It’s not even nearly ready yet.
The shelf for shoes I built last summer and I have been very pleased with this one. It has been very usable and besides I think it looks good.
I was in the forges backroom picking tools for my car project and heard some noise. I found a poor mouse who had dropped into a bucket and couldn’t get away. I gave the mouse back his freedom, but seemingly there had earlier been also an unluckier one that no one had heard. The remains are seen in the middle.. I disabled this mousetrap by turning it around. I just don’t have anything against the mouses at our forge