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    01-13-2013, 02:00 AM
Thank you <3

I've managed to find a place I can bury her, thanks to a wonderful person who has offered to let me bury her on their property, just a matter of getting her there now. It's all getting painfully real now :(
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    01-13-2013, 04:03 PM
That's awful, I'm sorry I can't imagine what it feels like to go through that.
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    01-13-2013, 05:09 PM
It sucks blue, it really does. But you know what? Your filly is so lucky to have someone like you as a owner. You cared for her for so long and then out of her best intrest, you made the hardest decision any horse owner would have to. Not because you want to but because you can't stand to see your filly in pain. So like I said before, she is ver lucky.
    01-13-2013, 11:22 PM
It's harder today to think of going through with it, because she's bolting around like a mad thing and not taking any lame steps - but she's buted up to the eyeballs, and when she stops being stupid she stands like she's hurting. If she's in that much pain on bute that it shows, it's definitely time.

I have asked her what she thinks, sounds kooky but it helps me feel better about the choice I've made because she just looked at me and I knew... she told me she just wants her pain to end.
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    01-31-2013, 11:05 PM
So what has everyone been up to?
    01-31-2013, 11:15 PM
Well... two weeks changes everything. Miss came good again. I stopped giving her grain when I gave up on her [she was still on pasture and had free choice hay] and she came sound.

Feels like a bad dream now. She hasn't taken one single lame step in 9 days, which is a record for her. She actually PUT ON weight, and her coat has a much better shine to it.

All signs point to her lameness being because of her grain intolerance [hindgut acidosis can cause hind end lameness]... I don't doubt there was an injury or something at some stage which spurred my vet to think it was more serious but the ongoing lameness was in the absence of any heat or swelling, and is now gone completely. I am therefore doing the same things I would do with any 2yo TB with her, pushing my luck regarding her soundness, because I don't want to have her sound for 6 months or a year and then have her break down again the moment I start to break her.

I took her on intending that I would have a trainer break her for me, but that I would do as much as possible myself, and if I felt like I was in over my head I would get help. I did get in over my head with some of the groundwork, but I got help, and she's a totally different horse to the one she used to be.
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    02-01-2013, 01:57 AM
Who is miss? And any news about magic?
    02-01-2013, 02:34 AM
Miss is one of Magic's many nicknames, HCG :)
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    02-01-2013, 06:56 AM
I haven't taken a lesson for two weeks because of the terrible weather. Don't mind me dying over here
    02-01-2013, 08:07 AM
Day two walk and trot under saddle, and she's still sound. I thought for sure it would just send her lame again... but no, she's proving me wrong.

Nervous today because I was carrying a whip [so I could back up my leg aids with a light touch if I had to, she knows about whip aids due to a lot of groundwork... I don't like "unseating" myself on babies to get them moving] but very well behaved. We did have a little "whoopsie" moment where I think I must have thrown her off balance or something, and she crow-hopped a few times. Amazing how unseating the little crow hops are, considering how huge of a buck I can stick on!

I ride her in a CC saddle with my XC vest on because I do want to be able to bail out if I have to, and as for the vest, well, it's just good sense lol. She's going really well and SO clever - doesn't really understand what leg aids are for but she's trying her heart out for me. Already today she's easier to get moving than she was yesterday.

And, PICTURES, because I know you love them! Please excuse my "chair" seat; I ride very defensively on babies because you never REALLY know what they're going to do.

Edit; please excuse how far forward the saddle is, I swear I put it on in the right place... I need to have her dressage saddle fitted to her and then she'll be in that but for now, until I'm a bit more sure of her, I'm riding her in Monty's jumping saddle which is a bit wide for her... hence the slipping forward. I might try it with a half pad underneath and see what happens, next time.

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