Recovering from Opal's loss has been tough, but we realize that animals don't live forever and they cannot tell us what is the issue if they get sick.
We can guess at what happened but cannot be sure unless we would have had a Necropsy done on her.
[That is an Autopsy done by a vet]
So we move on.
I've been riding Siera a little each day. She has been my last 'project' mule now for a while. While she is a dandy mule, she still sometimes has some issues about leaving sight of the herd.
Since my time lately has been limited, I decided to try her out bareback [no extra time wasted by saddling up].
There are very few mules I would ride bareback.
Badger was one, Fred is another, and Opal?
NO never, she would spin out from under me and leave me sitting in the dirt!
She has her doubts about me using a bucket to mount her. But we are working on that. Twice now we have done this.
She actually isn't too bad bareback, I was pretty surprised. Right now I appreciate the long mane to grab onto when we decide to boogie up hillsides.
For some relief over our grief with Opal, Hubby and I are going on a 'memorial' ride for her today. Siera will now step up to the plate and take on more. Sunshine will be moving up into our regular use line up also.
Training with Princess will continue. The Dexter gals Valerie and Annie are getting ready to have their calves at any moment.
So while Opal's passing caused us great grief, we have new life to look forward to.
I have found out that riding Siera Bareback is a great pleasure which increases my balance skills and her attitude at the same time.
I can still ride tall.