I actually spend a lot of time in a state of amazement, just a general state in life, but this week has had a number of outstanding opportunities to be amazed. When I got out to do chores, I stand amazed at how much FUN watching lambs is. Where I would normally be impatient with myself for forgetting to buy water filters for the catchment system and grumpy that I have to stand extra long at the water bucket with the trickle coming out of the hose, I was happy I had an excuse to stand out there and watch Hulu and Niele hopping around and bothering all the grown-ups at dinner time.
My white ewe is looking rather large, so I am hoping she is closer to her due date than I thought and not expecting triplets! I am not sure I am ready to sort out lamb legs in a difficult delivery. Therein is another place to be amazed - I didn't know ewes could get that big - she practically has to roll rather than walk. On the other hand, it could just be enormous lambs - because I see them moving around in there, which didn't happen that much with Dodie.
The best, most wonderful amazement is that my paint horse is nearly sound, is picking up weight like a champ - he hasn't been this comfortable is such a very long time. I have tried everything - from bute, to cat's claw, to corn oil (terrible) to rice bran oil (not bad), but finally found beet pulp. I read that beets are considered anti-inflammatory and good for arthritis...and, apparently, whatever causes the paint's inflammation, abscessing, and pain! I am absolutely grateful and amazed. Every time I go out to feed, I have to just double check. I saw an improvement on day 3 of this new feed, and it's just gotten better and better. I would never have guessed. I really thought beet pulp would have too much carbohydrate, but I guess it really does have a low glycemic index. Crossing my fingers that it will continue.