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The L Word

The L Word

Not the TV show, the word no equestrian likes.  Yes folks, my magical ponykins is l-a-m-e. Friday night we had a great ride where he felt 98%, but I figured the missing 2% was due to somewhat sloppy footing and didn’t think anything of it.  Saturday I audited the Bernie Traurig clinic (more on that in another post) and didn’t make it out to the barn.  When I got him out Sunday afternoon, he felt very behind my leg which is…

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Simon Update Told Through Animated Gifs

Simon Update Told Through Animated Gifs

I went out to see Simon pants last night, and he was back in full spirits.  Feeling very fancy and proud of himself, he was quite the demanding horse.  Where are my fans?  Why haven’t we been hand grazing?  This hay is not in a haynet! Needless to say, I was a bit busy tending to his every need in the hour that I was at the barn.  Given how worried I was over the weekend and how sick he looked,…

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A Not So Very Good Weekend

A Not So Very Good Weekend

Sometimes things go swimmingly, and sometimes they don’t. This is a story about the latter. On Friday I blogged about how I was a bit disappointed at Simon’s soundness post injections. My vet said to wait till early next week to check back in so the injections had a full week to take effect. Ok, good plan. Then Friday afternoon he was worse. Walking heel to toe on his RH, and a solid 3+/4 lame on that leg. Thursday night…

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Going to channel my inner positive person instead of whine and worry like I want to. We’re only allowed one negative nancy post per quarter! The Good My new vet is awesome. She told me to email her videos or any questions. This is greatly appreciated, because I am a huge worry wort… I don’t think this fact will surprise any of you. I turned Simon out in the round pen tonight. He acted all chill and “oh yeah, I’m…

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The Skinny on Simon’s Lameness

The Skinny on Simon’s Lameness

If Captain Hindsight were here, he’d say that I should have called a different vet out after my horse was still lame at 30 days stall rest. The initial diagnosis I got of a soft tissue strain wasn’t necessarily wrong, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. The short story of yesterday’s vet visit was my horse’s right hock is a nightmare and it’s not fully fused. He scored a 1/2 (out of 3) on both hind legs for…

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Negative Nancy

Negative Nancy

That’s the best way I can describe me this past week and weekend. It’s a good thing I still have lots of photos and posts about Wellington to blog about, because otherwise I would drive all you great readers away with my negativity. Pre-Simon being very lame (still) lots of crappy stuff happened at work which I won’t get into, and then when I saw that my dear horse who has been on stall rest for three months was still…

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How to Celebrate the Lame Horse’s Birthday

How to Celebrate the Lame Horse’s Birthday

I know, I know – it’s still birthday central around here.  That’s what you have to do when you can’t ride your horse… you dress him up! Yes, that is a crown.  Yes, it does have glitter.  Yes, it does say “Birthday Prince” You also stop to pose for pictures with your beloved ponykins, even though there is grain drool on your boob and it’s a bad hair day. You can try to feed him cupcakes, but there’s a good…

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Soyjoy

Soyjoy

Let me start off by saying that whatever shortcomings my barn has (as all barns do!), I’ve never been around a group of nicer people.  The silver lining to Simon being hurt right now is the incredibly generous people who are letting me ride their horse.  Lately I’ve been able to ride Viper (who will get his own post later) and last night one of the good teenage riders offered her appendix mare, Joy, for me to jump around on….

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Big Girl Pants

Big Girl Pants

It’s been a rather stressful week month career at work lately.  In January I was thrilled to receive a promotion, which has greatly improved my quality of life salary wise but now I am realizing that when people give you more money they expect you to do more work, and we still haven’t been able to find the right employee for me to manage and help out with my task list.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love my job…

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Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

It was another weekend of highs and lows around here, but hey – at least it wasn’t all lows! My trainer had an unfortunate fall two weeks ago and broke her leg in several places.  While she’s been resting and getting the swelling down for surgery this week, I’ve helped step up and teach some lessons at the barn.  Our boarding situation is unique (and awesome) in that group lessons are included with the price of board.  This usually equates…

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Simon’s Recovery Progress

Simon’s Recovery Progress

We are past 1 month of stall rest with no hand walking, and 2.5 weeks of stall rest with hand walking.  We started out with 5 minute hand walks, and are up to 20 minutes.  Next week they are 30 minutes and then we will start with weighted walking. Since there were lots of people around the barn last night, I asked one of the teen girls to jog Simon for me so I could see his progress.  The last…

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How to Survive Rehabbing the Lame Horse

How to Survive Rehabbing the Lame Horse

Rehabbing Simon back from his soft tissue strain has been an adventure, but I feel like I’m at the point where I’m not too horribly whiny and both feel good about our progress and his happiness.  Stall rest, hand walking and all that jazz isn’t super fun but I’ve developed some survival techniques that have helped me cope and make the best of the situation When you can do, you must do I feel like a lot of rehab and…

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