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    04-17-2012, 11:29 PM
Great news! You have every right to be proud -- What a good, good boy he is!
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    04-18-2012, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Great news! You have every right to be proud -- What a good, good boy he is!
Thank you! It was a great night... I even got a little teary eyed when I saw my horse all show ready and shiny, but still with that bloody eye. He touched a lot of people when they were riding. After they heard about his story a complete stranger (to me, but she knew the rider) started tearing up too.

We now have a goal to get them ready for their next level up in two weeks so they can go to state. It's going to be a lot of work, but I think they can do it! I would LOVE to see my horse at state this year

Sad pictures... my heart dropped a little once I noticed how much his eye is starting to cave in.

    04-18-2012, 10:56 PM

Just got back from the barn a little bit ago. Everything is going amazingly. We have two weeks to get ready for level testing, and I think we can do it! Today I worked with my lessee. She's going to start working every single day for two weeks so she'll be prepared as ever! They made major improvements tonight that made me SO happy! (I literally just wanted to hop up and down, but restrained myself so I don't look even crazier)

This Sunday is a local play day close to town I think we'll be going to, since it will be two days after stitch removal I think he'll be ready for his first legit show back. After that she'll have a little over a week to get ready, so lots of pressure! Since I'm too old for 4-H now, I'm sort of living through her achievements with my horse. I want her to make it to state this year so bad! I know my horse can do it, I passed the hardest levels on 4-H with him, but they're a semi-new pair together and still need to get that... clickness. Which I'm starting to see!!

Ah SO excited!! I'll be taking pictures so you all can see how amazing he's being :) I don't think I'm ever going to stop being surprised by this horse... every time I see him riding like before... it is so inspiring!
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    04-19-2012, 10:09 PM

Today was another amazing day! So far he hasn't had a bad day since the injury... he's actually better than he was before (or maybe my perception is a bit skewed, hmmmmm.)

But anyway, we got a trailer ride set up for the show on Sunday so it's all green lights! I am SO very excited :)

My lessee rode again today, and did even better than yesterday (at this rate we're passing this level and making it to state with no problems!) I've been having her ride with a snaffle bit, no stirrups, and no spurs (my horse is a horse where if you don't ride him 100% correctly, he won't do it, even more so without spurs or a curb bit) which is quite a bit for a rider who's only been riding a little over a year! But my goodness, the progress they are making! She is having him round and yielding to the bit in a snaffle (showing she's really using those legs to push him into that bit, which is impressive without stirrups or spurs!) AND she's finally figuring out his buttons and getting him to stop 'testing' her :) she has found how to correct his drifting into the middle of the arena so that he does't keep trying it. Overall I am just SO proud! All of this in two days. After this is all said and done I'm making a before and after video, which I won't post here for her sake but I will show her so we can be impressed together!

Reily's eye update. Today it looked SO much better!! It rained last night and I think that washed a lot of the blood off his actual eye which I've been afraid to touch. His eye is sinking more :( but that can't be helped. Tomorrow morning stitches are coming out! I'll take a camera when I go out tomorrow afternoon.
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    04-19-2012, 11:21 PM
I really am enjoying the updates! Keep them up!
    04-21-2012, 01:04 AM
Mini update!

Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
I really am enjoying the updates! Keep them up!
Thanks LadyTrails! I appreciate your support throughout this whole ordeal.

Today I went to a -big- jumping show in Omaha- probably the biggest we'll ever see in Nebraska! It was amazing, but it meant I didn't get to spend as much time with my boy.

Anyway it's now later than I planned, and I have to wake up at 5 but wanted to get my internet fix and thought I would share a mini update :)

Reily's stitches came out today!! I was at work unfortunately. The vet thought yesterday that we would have to sedate him, and the cost would depend on the level of sedation. Well according to reports, the vet didn't have to sedate Reily at all, and he actually enjoyed it! SO no cost! yay! I took a picture of his eye today I'll add it tomorrow when I have more time.
    04-21-2012, 11:37 AM
Good news - I assume the vet was pleased with how well he is healing? Does he know about the great stories of Reily and his new rider? At some point you should take a pic of Rieily and rider in show tack and give it to the vet to put on his "happy board" in the office! People would love to hear the story!
    04-22-2012, 12:05 AM

Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Good news - I assume the vet was pleased with how well he is healing? Does he know about the great stories of Reily and his new rider? At some point you should take a pic of Rieily and rider in show tack and give it to the vet to put on his "happy board" in the office! People would love to hear the story!
Yes the vet said he was healing quite well! Unfortunately because of my work schedule I wasn't able to make it to the vet appointment and had to have someone go for me.

I may do that.... at state

SOO I'm still too lazy to upload pictures... but another great day today! It was a tough ride for him (looots of work!) but he handled it super well.

I lunged him before the ride. I'll video it some time, it really is amazing how fast he learned to lunge on his blind side! He goes off my voice, and responds pretty quickly. He was actually feeling really good today too, he just wanted to canter on the lunge!

We started in a snaffle and he really is responding well and being VERY trusting even with one eye (when I bought him he was so hard mouthed riding him a snaffle was... interesting). Then we went to his super nice, flexible myler bit to get some fine tuning with minimal rein action, and finally went into his show bit to practice for the show tomorrow.

It was fantastic!!!! His lessee is riding him around on the buckle with his head low in complete control. It's amazing to see the transformation! I got on him on the end and I got one of the best lopes I have ever got from this horse! He started loping more... upward (is the word I think I'm looking for) with his head streatched low, but still collected and controlled. It was also the slowest lope we've got- AND it was on the buckle. (He's ranch bred, so we don't get pleasure like behavior often, especially since this vacation he's been on for so long! Though last year when he was in show-shape he kicked butt in pleasure at the county fair ;) )

He then got bathed, tack loaded, everything ready to go for tomorrow! I'm so excited!!
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    04-22-2012, 09:20 PM


Today was SO great!! This whole week has been SO amazing!! I am just SO happy

I think I forgot to mention this on here, but this last week I found out I got a full ride scholarship earlier this week (with the equestrian team, yeehaw!). Yesterday my 90 days at work was up and my work review was great-meaning I get to bring my dog to work with me AND I'm working in daycare Tuesday and Wednesday so I get to be with her all day! THEN my lessee passed her canter portion of her 4-H test last Tuesday, AND I've seen INCREDIBLE improvement from last Tuesday to today. And then the icing on the cake- I had a great show today and got to babysit two of my favorite kids <3 (they were asking about my cowboy boots, and now they might come visit my horse too )

I am SO thankful for how things have been turning up lately... I'm just so blessed and so often I forget that!

Onto the show today. We placed in every class!! There were some tough riders, but we did fairly well :) My lessee placed in her age division and got 4th's and 5th's (placed one under her friend with much more experience and a very expensive horse!) I did pleasure, horsemanship, bareback, trail and working pleasure.

Bareback was his first class of the day... let me start out by saying he was VERY slippery and it was VERY cold (making me tense and shivery) we went on the left side (where he couldn't see the middle) and he got ZOOOMY at the canter, I was slip and sliding, so I decided to school him a little (the judge saw the zoomies but not the correction, which was good) and got a nice slow lope. The other side wasn't a problem (which I thought it would be!) we placed 4th out of 12 riders :) (If those zoomies... we could have done better!)

Then there was pleasure, he was super!! I've been spending more time schooling at home (instead of goofing off which I like to do) so his lope was actually BETTER than when he had two eyes! Pleasure we placed 5th, and in horsemanship (no pattern just based on me) we got 4th. Keeping in mind I'm riding against the older trainers (I JUST made it into this age group and it goes all the way to 35) I didn't think we did too bad! My trainer entered and beat me ;)

Then there was trail... we had a FANTASTIC pattern except for two parts. I royaly screwed up the gate. I do it all the time, but today I decided going butt first was the way to go.... Yeah... I didn't let go of the gate though! Then we got to a creek which my horse did NOT want to pass (he has a thing about water..) but after five minutes of 'persuading' he did it and got over himself. The rest was awesome and we got 4th place out of 12 or more riders :)

Then in the pattern class we did good! Not our best pattern, but not our worst. NAILED the flying lead change, stops and turn around.

I have really high hopes for my lessee right now, they did SO GREAT at this show I KNOW they're making it to state this year!

Anyways overdue pictures...

This is his eye as of today. All is healed except for a little tiny dot that's still draining. Looks SOSOSOSOSOSO (my favorite emphasis) much better! And look at that sexah flowy mane ;)

I don't have many pictures of me.. they're on other peoples phones. But here's us going on the rail (as you can tail we aren't very formal here!)


And just for fun... because he really did look like a dragon :)

    04-22-2012, 11:24 PM
Love it! Wow. All I can say is, WOW! You 'done' real fine, girl!

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