6-5-14, Valley Falls, OR - To borrow a phrase from Hammersmith (see the guestbook), the trip has been put on a big “Whoa”. There were a lot of unexpected equipment failures, but the clincher was the health and well being of Bill, my 17 year old sorrel gelding. Last year, Bill started “tying up” some on longer camping trips into the mountains. I started giving him a pint of vegetable oil a day, just in case it was EPSM, and it seemed that his discomfort had eased. While training for the trip he was doing pretty good, but was still sleeping while lying down about twice as much as the other horses. After a couple of days on the road, I’m now convinced that he was sore in the hindquarters. He probably has some arthritis in the hips.
After a day of rest, my friend Geren trailered him home from our camp in the National Forest. The next day, Doc and Bob pulled the wagon home.