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    10-06-2011, 10:37 PM
Oh no! Healing thoughts for a speedy recovery.
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    10-06-2011, 11:03 PM
Thanks so much, we need all the help we can get....
    10-07-2011, 09:00 PM
Day one down...

I was wondering whether or not to wrap Scooby's legs while he is stuck in his stall - Dr. Unrue (great vet) said only if they get big - mild stocking up ok - stovepipe legs not ok - but I guess the bute works great because his legs are tight - no swelling at all.

We were also afraid he was going to act up when we took Whiskey out to ride - so far, so good - we give him an extra flake of hay and a tiny bit of grain (he's cut way back) so he is occupied when she is out. I feel bad, but basically Whiskey is now confined to her stall as well, except for the morning ride when Kellie does her speed work, and the early evening when I take her out for horsemanship practice. Thank God we made those stalls big last month, at least they are in 12x24 stalls. It is all to keep Scooby happy and calm, and she makes him happy.

We put cones and hung empty milk gallons half filled with gravel in the stalls, and tomorrow I am going to get them each an apple toy that you put the treats in ... we also are now feeding four times a day so they can eat to pass the time as well...

I talked to the APHA office today - if Scooby doesn't get better in time we can withdraw him from the classes with a vet note up to the day of his class and get an 80 percent refund - I will lose my stall fee though... it is very hard waiting because he looks so good and moves so well in his stall - going to be a very long few weeks...

We have the vet and the farrier both coming on the 25th, the farrier is moving his appointments so he can be there to look at the xrays and help decide the best way forward - the vet says we might need to put wedges on his fronts to ease the pressure on his deep flexor tendon, he is a little conformationally challenged and that may be why we already see some sidebone and other calcifications on his xrays... I am so thankful we have such a good team looking after him :)

Whiskey did very good today - she is now ridden twice a day, but I keep the afternoon horsemanship drills very short, always looking for a good spot to quit, we are working on light collected lope transistions and good pivots and turns on her forehands - her jog is very nice and her pivot to the right is 90 percent clean, her pivot to the left she doesn't plant her butt - her turns on her forehand are getting better as well... she's looking good.
    10-08-2011, 10:17 AM
Good luck with the healing!
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    10-08-2011, 09:08 PM
I woke up this morning to snow blowing sideways outside... it's Colorado Springs, but even so, still early for snow... it blew out by the afternoon and by 4:30 pm the arena area had melted off so I rode...

Not a great day. It was cold and windy, and Whiskey was full of herself. A green three year old has the right to be ... well, green... but we are really close now to worlds and though I have no concerns about loping through the speed patterns I really don't want to blow the horsemanship class - my goal is a clean pattern. It will be too fast, and I will still be obviously riding her, I can't give her head yet, and have to adjust the reins still quite a bit, but if I can get the correct leads and soft transitions with clean pivots I will be a happy camper...

... the dirt arena was wet, sloppy and soft, so I long trotted around the edges for 10 minutes to loosen her up, then tried to keep it slow and soft and do walk/jog/canter transitions... I worked on jog circles concentrating on keeping my head up and back, body soft and straight, and legs back. It was hard! Then we worked on lope circles, well - we don't have a lope yet, but I am trying to lift her up and slow her a little, if I really push her up into her bridle I get a slower more collected lope, but then I can't let her go or she drops down and speeds up.

She didn't want to push off into a lope, - when I put the leg on and shifted the hip she just kept trotting - so we got in a battle - I backed her hard, she reared up a little, I swatted her, she spun in a circle (which, let me tell you, she can spin quick) and was really worked up. I took a deep breath, got off, and lunged her for 20 minutes in the center, just letting both of us calm down. When she started jogging slowly on the lunge, I got back on and we did a few patterns - ended on a really nice pattern with calm lope pickups - though she does flick her tail when I ask... I was frustrated but proud that that battle didn't turn into a war...

Scooby called from his stall a couple times but didn't seem overly anxious when I brought her back in, and we were out for almost an hour...hopefully the weather is better tomorrow and our ride improves.
    10-10-2011, 12:07 AM
One hour ride today- put Whiskey's tail in, she didn't mind, though it is a little long - I just tacked it in, so I won't bang it until I have it in for real this weekend - there is a schooling show on Sat we will be entering hunt seat eq, halter, and horsemanship.

More and more likely I will be cutting her mane ... probably before Saturday's show.

Did a video, it shows I need to get my legs back - her head set was very consistent today at the jog and trot, still really gets it in the air as she is picking up her lopes/canters - don't want to push that though right now... her pivots were all over the place today too...

She's coming along nicely and I think will be pretty competitive next year at the shows... not sure if that's what I want to do, but if we go that direction she'll be ready - if not, she'll be a really broke, responsive mare, so that's good too...
    10-11-2011, 01:26 AM
Cut Whiskey's mane today, it looks good... have to pull it tomorrow, but I will be ready to band it for Saturday's show -

My neighbor's horse went lame a while back, and she used our stall - she came over to give us some money for caring for her horse - I told her about Scooby and the show and she offered me the use of her nice english saddle - I didn't take her money but did take advantage of using her saddle and rode for an hour english, enough to realize I really suck at english and can't keep my legs back to save my life... Whiskey did ok but kicked out once and threw her head once, here is the head throwing on video -

Kellie gave me this pattern and it had sidepassing ten steps in it - interesting!

I am dying to get Scooby out, but two more weeks until we can even find out how he is going to do! Luckily I am busy with the last month of getting myself and Whiskey as ready as we can get...
    10-12-2011, 08:24 PM
Great day today with Whiskey!!!

She was just a butt yesterday, she was surging at the canters, throwing her head at the stops, swinging her butt out, ignoring her pivot foot, walking too fast, generally being a three year old brat. So everytime she took off at the canter, I one reined her into smaller circles and made her work at the canter - kept looking for a good spot to quit, but after an hour I was just so irritated I got off disgusted.

After a few hours Kellie went out and sent her through the pole pattern and ran the barrels a couple times then put her away...

So today, realizing she has been really pushed this last month, went out hoping for a short, easy ride. Tacked her up english, Kellie warmed her up (she has very soft hands and a great seat) - then I got on and walked and serpentined, practicing my english position ... got a new pattern from Kellie which was:

Walk past A. 90 degree pivot to left. Canter right lead (1/2 circle) to B. Trot R diagonal (1/2 circle) to C. Canter left lead 1/2 circle back to B, trot Left diagonal to A and then 2 point down the centerline to C, back 8 steps.

She was perfect!! Soft canter departures, head very steady, dropped down to the trots and kept her pivot (only 90 degrees, but hey!). I was so pleased I immediately got off, loosened the girth, and took her back in - only 15 minutes ride but it was very, very good!

I also raised my stirrup one position and it puts my leg in a better place, so I felt pretty good and Kellie said my alignment was much better.

Now if only Scooby gets better in time!!
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    10-15-2011, 10:42 PM

:h appydance:

Whiskey's First Show A Great Big Success !!!!!

Put Whiskey in the english classes at our local show - this show is used by the breed folks getting ready for bigger shows so the classes are big and the competition includes lots of the "big kids" - I went hoping for clean patterns.

We got that - and more!

Our first class was Hunter Under Saddle - class had about 10 people in it - we got 4th. Next class was Show Hack - which is a disciplined rail class with lots of speed control within gaits - canter, extended canter, hand gallop, trot, extended trot, controlled trot, etc...
We got 3rd. The two girls that beat us were both APHA Superior hunter horses, so I was totally thrilled with that.
Then we got to Hunt Seat Eq... here is my pattern:

We Won!! I was so excited - almost ready to cry ... the pattern wasn't perfect, I had to wait one extra stride in the second diagonal and peeked down to make sure I was picking it up correctly .. but I'll take it!

Then we went in Halter Mares and took the blue! Came back for Grand Champion Halter class against the winning gelding, mare, and stud and took Reserve Champion Halter!!

So, at that point I scratched her from the horsemanship class as she was happy and had given me her all - it just wasn't worth blowing that on another pattern class.

Really great day with Whiskey!!!
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    10-16-2011, 09:51 PM
Scooby is going nuts. He was a filthy sweaty mess so he got a bath today while Kellie stripped his stall. He danced, jumped in place, tried to rear when he couldn't go forward, just generally acted quite the fool. The good news is he was off bute for two days and he didn't act ouchy at all. Now he is clean and back in the stall and back on bute for the second round - vet comes next Tuesday so definitely hoping for good news.

Whiskey was out in the front paddock today, soaking up the sun and hanging out. Scooby didn't like she wasn't in her stall, but I am sick of the whole buddy screaming/freaking out thing he's got down pat. As soon as his butt gets a clean bill of health and we get back from the show (big ifs, there, I know) he is getting close and personal with a patience pole for several hours each day. He's pissing me off with his attitude.

Whiskey and I worked on showmanship today - forgot to mention we got third in showmanship despite no setting up and half a pivot - so I figure we should get started on that as well... she is doing good. Then we practiced western today, having her drive up and hold her carriage at a walk, and jog - only for a few minutes at a time, then we worked on the horsemanship pattern she would have had yesterday if I wouldn't have scratched her - she did really well and I am pleased.

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