I took this photo a couple of days ago of blind Bo and blind Rosie enjoying life on a bright green pasture. It was late afternoon, and Alayne and I were heading out to start bringing the horses in. It's still hard for us to believe how green the grass is, especially in late August. In Montana, the grass turned brown in July and stayed that way until the snow came. Our actual "green-up" was from May, when the grass was still too short to graze, only to mid-July -- and that's if we had decent spring rains. That was the duration of the green season. From then on, the grass was brown and dry. So this late summer green here is a feast for our eyes.
You can tell these two horses have had plenty to eat because neither one is grazing ... just hanging out. But Bo has us concerned, because he isn't holding his weight, no matter how much he eats. Bo has always been very lean -- unlike his rather plump girlfriend! -- but we don't like what we're seeing. So our equine vet, Dr. Steve Levine, is scheduled to come out this week to look at Bo's teeth, do bloodwork, and figure out what the problem is.
But meanwhile, they and the rest of the herd are happy to be grazing on this kind of grass in late summer!
Speaking of horses: Every few days, someone somewhere emails us the story about "Molly the Amazing Pony" -- the one with the prosthetic leg. While we've known about her for years, I've often wondered about the follow-up. The story that has been floating around the Internet and that everyone keeps sending us was written soon after she was fitted with the prosthetic. How did she do a year or two later? Well, the Washington Post has a photo essay about Molly today and you can read it here. (Please note ... if the photo gallery doesn't launch for you, I can't troubleshoot it for you.)