After what seems like many weeks of rain, at last the sun is shining today and I'm out with my friend Lady with a couple of other donkeys.
I've had a lot to worry about over the past week or so ... you do when your best friend's not very well don't you? Lady's poor feet have been playing her up. Our farrier, Colin, came over to see her with one of the vets because she'd been lying down quite a bit. Turns out she's got something called laminitis which makes her feet very sore. Not only that, she's got something called seedy toe. Colin took her two plastics shoes off and trimmed back quite a bit of hoof on each foot. I did overhear that you have to do this to cut away as much of the seedy toe as possible. She's now got her feet wrapped up in bandages to add a little extra padding when she walks about.
Last week Lady was confined to her stable and being her friend, I went along to keep her company and give an affectionate nudge every now and again. I know I shouldn't say this, but after three days, I really did want to go out and see the other donkeys and run around in the field - even though it was raining.
However, she is a friend in need and this week she has been allowed back out on to the grass for an hour a day. It was so good to be out and have a good roll in the grass!