Saturday, November 18, 2017

Getting the hang of riding at home

So... Danny is behaving at home now! And we're getting the hang of "Jail life". ;) He's being super good. I think it helps that his stomach is feeling better too. 

We had a ride today. We did some walk work and even did a teeny bit of haunches in and shoulders in and one turn on the forehand and one turn on the haunches in each direction. I also asked him to trot for about 10 steps to see if he felt sound. He was perfect and he felt good. He also wasn't back sore today, so.... fingers crossed he's all good and we can get the green light for upping the work in two weeks!
Fleck is getting the hang of it too and was a good boy.  

After our ride we went to the fence line and let the neighbors daughter, Emmy, pet the horses. Dan is good but greedy with her. She's a cute kid. 

Then I gave Dan his stuffed elephant to play with. He liked it!

Twirly Twirly Twirly


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rough Day for Dan

(this post should be before the other one. Oh well, I can't figure out how to fix it). 
Today was a big day for Dan!

First he got dewormed with TWO dewormers!! He had a high egg count (Fleck was zero!) so we had to give him two different types. Then Dr. Diane was coming to do dentals. So I attempted to ride him this morning before then, but she showed up early so I only got about 25 minutes into the ride.  He was being kind of a butt.

So then she looked at him and I got to pick her brain about EPM, the muscle tears, the ulcers, and the tongue thing. She said that his teeth weren't bad but that if he was a wimp, that could explain the tongue thing. We also switched his bit to Fleck's old bit since it was thinner and fit his mouth well. Then she said that she felt like his butt was still super super sore, especially more medial than where the tear was. He kept doing that "popping" thing where he'd almost buckle his pelvis. She's worried that perhaps he has another muscle tear a bit higher/more medial and that's why he's buckling. Great...... that's all we need. Although she felt like his issues were more pain related than neuro and she doesn't think he has EPM. So at least there's that. She did say his ulcer points were still pretty hot. Poor kid. He's only had 6 full doses though. But anyways, he got drugged and got his teeth done. He was a good boy.

So then he got tossed out while I went to work. When I got home I got all paranoid about that muscle spot. So... I worked on him. I did some energy type/masterson type work and got lots of releases. It's interesting because the less I did, the more zoned out and quiet he got. I got a lot of good releases. Then I did some acupuncture and even hooked him up to the electricity. He did great!! 

So yep.. big day for Big D. Hopefully this will help him feel better. And hopefully our trailer will come before Nov 30th, so that we can get to his recheck appointment. I'm going to see if she can ultrasound the spot Dr. Diane was worried about. 

 I'm so very grateful for these two! Today was a tough day. We lost Gramma. She passed away early this morning with Becky and Gwenda there with her. I got to say goodbye to her. I'm so glad that God saw to it that I was able to spend some time with her before she left. And I'm grateful that she went peacefully and is finally back with Papa. And interestingly enough.. when I left the house this morning, I noticed a sun beam shining down at the edge of the pasture on the driveway. I thought for a second that it might be Gramma... and then thought that maybe it was Roany. But 15 minutes later Dad called me tears saying that Gramma had died. I think it was her telling me goodbye. I'm going to miss her. She was such a great Gramma, a kind lady, and just... so good. 

It sure is nice to have these two goofballs to cheer me up some. 

 After visiting with Becky, Hannah and Wes some and then going to the doctors, I decided I needed to do Dans ride. And yay!!! He has been acting life he's felt better since he had his teeth done. He just seems happier... not nearly as grumpy. I don't know if his teeth were bothering him that bad (Dr. Diane said they were really not bad at all), or if it's because the gastrogard finally kicked in, or... what, but he's been happier. And today, when we rode, there was no tongue issues that I noticed!!! Now, I also changed him to Flecks bit since it's smaller and not quite so large. So maybe it's that... who knows?! But I'm glad he's not being such a goober with his tongue. I hope it lasts!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Emotional Day

Today was a tough day. After my ride yesterday I cleaned out my trailer and pressure washed it and cleaned the windows and the carpets. It was all clean and empty. Today a client came and looked at it and bought it. Which is awesome....because I've ordered another one. I decided I wanted A/C and heat and a cowboy shower. Because I'm tired of driving to hotels and having to come back for night check. And for awhile, most of my friends went to hotels but now most of my friends have LQ's, so... I am losing my hotel roommates. ;) And mostly, I'm so tired of getting migraines from being hot all freaking day long. So... I was going to just add it to my current trailer because I can't afford another trailer and another truck. And I was afraid that the minute I bought a new trailer, my truck would die. But then I found out that a friend was getting out of riding and was selling her truck. And it was at a price I could afford flat out. Which meant I could then finance the trailer. So.... after much deliberation, I decided that I wanted more room in a trailer. And that led to lots of researching, but ultimately I decided on a Adam 2+1 so that I can use the DR as my room and the +1 as my tack room. Hopefully it'll pan out how I planned. So.... point being... I am now the proud owner of a 2003 F350 diesel dually! It's in great shape and an awesome beast. (Though the radio is possessed and the turning radius is a bit larger than Bart's). And then I ordered the trailer. So soon I will be the proud owner of Adam, my 2+1. 

Anyways, after spending all day cleaning up Morty yesterday.... a client came today and bought him. It was a bit sad saying goodbye and watching it drive away. We had a lot of good memories in that trailer... Lots of fun times, lots of funny times. He kept me and the boys safe. It also means I lost my appy stickers and my beach stickers. 

And then I went to visit Gramma. And man.... that sucked. She's so weak and still a bit disoriented. She slept most of the visit and seemed so exhausted. And it was painful for her to eat and she kept almost vomiting with every bite. It's just so hard to see her like that. But man I'm going to miss her. So that was really hard...

Back to horses now... cause this is my horsey blog. After visiting Gramma I took the truck to CarMax and they offered me a great price. So... once I unload everything, I'll get Mike to take me back and drop Bart off. Sigh.. it's going to be sad saying goodbye to him too. He kept me and the boys safe too and only stranded me once... and that was right in front of the mechanic. I'm going to miss him too. It's stupid though!! I mean, it's a truck and trailer. But... lots of good memories in those two. Oh well, I'm sure that Sally and Adam will help me create a lot more fun memories too. (I'm debating but thinking Sally for the Ford). 

Anyways.... since I no longer have a trailer, that means riding at home. It was misty and cold and damp and miserable out. And I was feeling blue because of Gramma and the truck and trailer and I almost wimped out. But I didn't. And I'm glad I didn't. I hopped on Dan bareback and we headed out to the front field. We did a good bit of grazing but did some work too. And I tried to keep him walking. We did some dressage and tried the turn on the forehand and turn on the haunches again. I got a decent bit of work from him, some tongue tantrums, and some fussiness, but no naughtiness. And Fleck got to graze. So yep... It made me feel better. And I'm excited about the new rig. Just still sad for Gramma. 

Brrrrr! Finally!!! :)

 Today was a good day. I got up fairly early (for a Saturday) on my own and got stuff done. I fed the ponies first so they could have a little bit of outside time before I rode. Dan was a little fresh as it was chilly. He reared up once or twice on the walk down to the round pen after I fed him. But then he was good once I turned him out. I let him chill for a few while I did some laundry. But then I noticed him starting to roll and he was close to the fence so I yelled at him. Well, that started a whole bucking, bolting, spinning, sliding spree. Doh! And he still rolled, but at least not into the fence.  

So I decided to just go get him and go for our ride. It was still chilly but not too bad. Plus I had to empty out and wash the trailer so I wanted to ride first. We started out okay but he was a bit up still. Not bad considering the antics in the round pen earlier. We headed out on the path along the lake and as we got to the lake I saw the boat. Someone was out fishing. Dan got all interested and "up" but didn't do anything. So... we breathed a bit finally and moved on. Then I saw another rider trotting up the dam. Unfortunately she hit the open XC field right about the time Dan and I were just about to enter the clearing from the path. She didn't see us and picked up the canter and Dan bounced straight up and tried to join them. I managed to keep him under wraps. And then we were able to carry on. I'm actually quite impressed with how easily I can get him under control. (Aside from when it's completely out of the blue, like the fallen tree). :) After that our ride was uneventful.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

More despooking

Georgia Power is out to get me!! Luckily God is on my side.

So.. yesterday I had the new truck (well, new to me, and still not yet paid for) and I took the boys to Ashland to test it out. It drives awesome!!! Anyways, when we left it was chaotic at home... smoke from the neighbors fire, GA power cutting limbs on the road, and what sounded like metal being shredded at the other neighbors. Well, apparently, LUCKILY while we were gone, GA Power came and cut the limbs along our power lines. Which is down the driveway and in the front yard. So when we got home, luckily before Freddie got there, I had to stop the trailer in the driveway and clear all the branches before we could pull in. It took me about 20 minutes! Ugh.... 

So anyways, point being... that this morning, God was looking out for me and the boys again. Luckily I had a later start to my day. Because when I woke up GA Power was back again! And cutting again. They opened the pasture gate, drove right in, left the gate open, and then dropped the shredder and two guys. The two guys were moving limbs over to the shredder and then the truck came back and they started shredding... right between the barn and the arena/round pen. Thank God that I didn't have to turn the boys out (or hadn't already turned them out and left) because they would have gotten silly and Danny probably would have re-injured himself in the mud. I'm a little irritated that they just made themselves at home. I'm going to call and discuss this with them. What if my horses had been out?! And gotten loose? Or hurt themselves because they were shredding right next to them?? But like I said, God was looking out for me, so... it all ended well. They finished before I had to leave so I was able to turn them out. Safely!

Unfortunately I didn't get a ride or even a hand walk in today. :( 


Sunday, November 5, 2017

God is Good!

So today was a good day! Mike and I went sailing this morning and the weather was chilly but it was fun. Then I came home and went to visit Gramma and also got to see Keri, Kate and Matthew. Gramma is looking and acting more like her normal self. 

Then I had enough time to sneak in a short bareback ride at home.