Given that my time and disposable income have been...er...diverted for the next little while, the new feeders are on the back burner. In the meantime I was inspired by the Swedish Hoof School to replace the hose-sheathed rebar in my feeders with two panels from the dogs' 48" exercise pen. It works so well that I cut some bars out of another panel to make a new facing for the goat feeder (and I bought a new ex-pen).
I am watching Raven out our bedroom window as I type. She has been off her feed a little over the past 24 hours, but I guess that's not surprising in a high-strung thoroughbred pumped up on bute and antibiotics -- we are lucky that she is eating at all. Watching her after she gets up from being down is heart wrenching, but once she gets going she is moving quite well. No more bute until tomorrow morning so that Kerstin can honestly assess her degree of lameness when she arrives. It is beautiful outside and I was able to exchange her rain sheet for her fly sheet (why are there still flies in the middle of November?) at least. I am so glad that we are not getting last week's heavy rain through this difficult time.