Looks like most everyone had a great holiday in this part of the world.
I wanted to respond to the posts, but would be a book. Lol
I went ahead and loaded the shed up and moved it to the new place. Had help raising it up and blocking it to roll the trailer under, but had to unload and deblock it by myself.
Took my wife to the hospital Saturday night to find out she is ate up with the Flu. She is still trying to recover from that.
Friday we had to call the vet to check out my old man dog, Bud that has been with us since the Feb before my youngest daughter was born in Oct of 2000. We agreed to put him down as she found a mass in his abdominal cavity. White gums and very hard breathing said would still be at this point even if she took him back for blood work. We picked a beautiful spot on the new property to bury him where we can put a park bench and sit next to him. Almost 14 years of the most wonderful experiences with a dog. I've had 3 wonderful dogs in my life and he is the top.
So sorry to hear about the sad duty you served in putting down your beloved dog. It's a heavy duty, but the love makes the bitterness sweet.
These words are so nice to say, "Good Dog!". Tell him "good dog" for me.
Roadyy, so sorry about the loss of your dog. They all hold place in our hearts but that one seemed like a special one.
Koolio, that talk about Ski-Joering is tempting me. I live by a lake: I always thought it would be a great place to practice sleigh/driving with the horses. I'd have to get a horse used to long reins. Sounds like so much fun.
Corgi: congratulations on the trailer, the horses are colorful in your picture, they seemed relaxed about it. Holidays are always a rough time when someone close is missing. Sending you a big hug. Time flies and your mom will be near you in no time, then those worries will be all forgotten.
Rick, I am sorry about Bud. W/all else you've had to deal with & do, that's a hard blow. I still miss my Best Dog; that was Liberty Belle, a German Shepherd who was my best friend during very hard times. I still miss her.
And: for you all: this guy Rick/Roaddy? Going to tell you now.Please recall not not ago, I said I was expecting a parcel via USPS? Rick had sent me an old bridle/bits/reins set to practice reins/softhands, so I could build a horse-head. I built the base, & constructed a rein board to somehow attach, but the parcel never arrived. Got lost in the mail. I worked hard on this end, checking the post ofc, leaving a note for the mailman; it's just disappeared. Rick was unable to get tracking #, as was in the middle of the Huge Move. Rick asked me to let him know if hadn't arrived this past Friday. It didn't.
Our Rick has told me today, via text, that he's sending me a brand-new headstall & reins from Stateline Tack, to be delivered to my work address. He's doing this despite his wife being very ill w/the flu, moving in the new place, & I imagine figuring out fencing for the horses so he can get them home, & God knows what else.
This is my Christmas present, to help me in my difficulty w/hands/reins, from our brother Rick. I can't express how much/what this means to me; it goes beyond the physical gift itself. Sharing this, because Rick said I could, & so you all know the gem of a man we have among us. Just one good, kind person.
Not to leave other men out, of course (Stan, I wrap my head around everything your saying w/getting Bugs to come around), but wanted to gift the gift of Rick's gift. Can't wait to open it!
W/my comp, have to stop here; have HorseMonday itself to relate w/another post.
I had a hard day at work. One of my students passed out, hit the floor, smashed her head, and started bleeding severely. I had to get an ambulance, call campus police, etc. She is going to be ok. I went to the hospital to check on her.
HorseMonday: 60* today, sunny/windy, snow moving in tomorrow for the rest of the week. Only 10 horses pens/stall to clean, the others have moved out. After cleaning helped Janice w/watering & cleaning/overturning the water bins in the unused pens. After my lesson, helped her w/worming, have never done that! She showed me how. I did the horses that are ok w/the process, & she did Beauty & Bailey, who are not. She worked out Bailey fine w/a headstall. Got to watch her work w/Beauty; a little rope-turning & action to get her to settle & get her mind elsewhere. It all was a good lesson. Got to see how to turn the mind elsewhere w/a little work-out, & how to administer the med. After that, I put Addie in his round pen w/his hay, & the horses were turned out to pasture. I helped. (Addie has to be penned for his out-time, as he gets stallion-y, even tho gelded).
Lesson #15: walked round-pen after warm-up, then into arena. After 2 full walks there, did half-arena. Worked on RELAXING; softhands, correct reinging,leg cues (where I got confused; I go "backwords/opposite" but thii9ng I've now got it in my head. Recognized that the nono-second I got tired & lost focus, Tommy moved to Janice & wouldn't behave for me..she explained,again, that my mind/emotions immediately register w/him. That was @ my seemingly 25-30 min "mark". I rested & let Tommy stand for a bit & grab some weeds. Then we started again; Janice said Tommy was in a new "now" moment, & I could be too...so, we did it again, & it was nice. (Janice then tried back-up cues, but I got a bit lost on that, as was already tired & losing focus, but it's all good). I think I did good. Have come to realize I need to have no "agenda"; just want a solid seat & feel safe & do the reins properly. I DO overthink;( Janice said "Stop thinking! Just feel!"). I did my best w/that today.
It was a long day. 5 hrs there, 2 hrs commute. Glad I've taken tomorrow off from work for my last vacation day of the year.
Have not responded to some things I've wanted to, but know I've read every one.
(LOL, be prepared for pics of headstall/reins from Rick, perhaps my horsehead base & rein board thingy).. plus horsehead etc once constructed!
Had to pop back in briefly to respond to Celeste: Gawd, yes scary. You kicked in my EMT response thing, for FYI:stabilize the head immediately (2 forefingers each hand) around ears, holler for 911, holler for someone else to get towels whatever to control bleeding. Am sure you did all that, I'm running thru the "scenario". Just in case, for future reference. Hope your student is ok...
Had to extend that. Any head injury fro a fall has to have spinal immobilization; as for head wounds: they bleed, big-time, but can look far worse than they are.