For most of the month and particularly during the past week, most of my waking moments (and quite a few of my nightmare sleeping moments!) have been focused on worry about Aitana. Today we have some good news.
A few days ago, level 2 was closed to the donkeys because it was obviously too painful for Aitana to walk down the slope with her laminitis and in her physically reduced state after the dramatic weight loss. Jacobo the farrier said on Thursday I should open the slopes to level 2 because Aitana should practice walking downhill on her slightly re-angled front hooves (we will have them re-trimmed in a few weeks time to change the angle again.)
This morning I put the breakfast feed in the level 2 manger and Aitana was first to come down the slope under the “Twins”, the two big pine trees which are on the level 1 terrace and are, incidentally, two of the tallest pines in the local area. Aitana’s descent was lovely to watch: she is still careful on the slope and there is obvious concentration in her eyes. Her front legs are probably still painful, but since the farrier’s work on her hooves three days ago she shows a growing confidence and return to her routine activity. Well done Aitana.