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        08-18-2013, 03:00 AM
    Green Broke
    Sounds like Fabs is on his way to being a great therapy horse! Would love to have seen the HULA HOOPIN horse rofl

    That was always my biggest peeve when I was training for the ranch. I could work all weekend with a horse and get them going great then when others would take them for the week, when they weren't actually knowledgeable about riding they would let them gat away with stuff and back to square one we go haha

    Maybe its just me but I DO think that theres some improvement already with miss sassy pants on her Remission. It would be interesting if you got pictures like once a week to show what kind of difference it was making for her.
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        08-18-2013, 05:58 PM
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    ^Right??! Thankfully Fabs seemed to be right on track with me when I worked with him, even after his 'adventure' with the ladies.
    Not sure whether to be pleased or worried that he's on track for being a hellion to everyone but me.....

    I'll try to get weekly pictures! That's a good idea!

    In other news, Lacey's eye is having ANOTHER episode. This one is really scaring me - she has pus-like goop coming out, along with tears [tears = normal], and her eye is way more swollen now than it was even the other week.

    I am so worried about this.
    I'll be having the vet out tomorrow and I really trust her to figure out what's going on. But getting to tomorrow is nerve-wracking.

    Worst case scenario, Lacey needs to get that eye removed or be put down. I'm hopeful that she might be a good candidate for surgery given that she's in really great shape, a good weight, etc. Really the only thing against her in that scenario is her age and my bank account.

    On the bank account front, there are always vet hospitals, right? We're a few hours away from OSU, maybe that would be an option. Finding someone to trailer her/us down there shouldn't be too hard [heck, my boss was like "if you ever want to go on a trail ride, you can borrow my truck and trailer!!" just the other day].

    But anyway. Not really looking forward to that conversation.

    Think her some good thoughts/shoot up a prayer for her, if she crosses your mind. Please.
        08-18-2013, 08:35 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh no!!! Lots of jingles her way. Hope the vet has good news for you!
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        08-19-2013, 12:24 AM
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    Also, as if today couldn't get worse, I showed up to church early to see Gentleman Friend and, with my luck today I accidentally caught the trsin that's one earlier than the one I usually take - got to church at 5 instead of 5:20. I texted him to let him know that I was there, like I always do, and eventually I got a text back saying that he wasn't actually at church tonight, that he thought he had mentioned it, and that he was sorry.

    Today hates my guts. Of this, we can be sure.
    I said it was ok, even though it's really kinda not..,but I don't want to be "that girl" and really, I knew he had stuff this week, just assumed it started tomorrow.
    And he already knows that today had been the worst - what else is he going to say?

    I don't know. At least today is almost tomorrow!!
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        08-19-2013, 12:28 AM
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    I don't know. At least today is almost tomorrow!!
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    Hugs hugs hugs!
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        08-19-2013, 12:58 AM
    Green Broke
    (((hugz))) some days are just trainwrecks chicka. Don't let it harsh your mellow lol. Tomorrow is always a new day so go at it with a positive outlook!

    Ill keep my fingers crossed for good news for you and miss lacey tomorrow!
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        08-19-2013, 03:06 PM
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    Thanks ladies

    I woke up this morning feeling a lot more positive. Come at me, world! I will TAKE you. Ok, maybe hold back a bit, world...but really. No more feeling sorry for myself/feeling sorry for Lacey. That is not an effective life choice. We can handle this!

    Miss Lacey has an eye exam at 3:30 this afternoon [it's almost 11am right now]. Fingers crossed all is well!

    Plus side, this morning her eyes are looking better. That darn right eye is out of it's spasm, finally, and she's holding it a lot more open. I did wash off her face yesterday and ran the hose on it for longer than she approved of, hoping to remove any irritants+get all that eye goop off.

    She doesn't seem to be suffering any ill-effects from her adventure with getting both DC-Y AND Bute. [I gave her DC-Y yesterday morning before checking her eyes = bad choice] I fed her an entire pound of soaked alfalfa pellets along with it, to hopefully buffer the ulcer causing-ness of bute. Fatty loooooved that alfalfa! Haha
    I'm SO glad alfalfa is safe for IR horses! Haha Life saver.

    She's still, obviously, double masking it right now since her right eye is quite swollen still. Poor baby!

    Anyhoo, I'll let you know what the vet has to say.
        08-19-2013, 03:48 PM
    I really enjoy reading about how you think about the training process. Very much in an encouraging and indirect manner, instead of confrontational, and yet still effective. I think I could learn a lot from watching you work.

    Really,. You braided full size hula hoops into the hrose's mane? What if they freaked out? That would be my thought. See ? What a worry wort I am.
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        08-19-2013, 04:27 PM
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    Aw, I'm glad Caroline! And thanks.
    I think we could learn a lot from each other! I know you always make me think of things I had never considered! :)

    Hahaha oh yes, I did! One important detail that I think I forgot to mention was that they were around his neck, like necklaces, and the braided into his mane part was just to make sure they wouldn't come off if he did decide to lose it. Hanging off the side of his neck would have been too much pressure for where he's at...but soon! Haha
    He was tied to a sturdy tree branch high above his head, in a rope halter with a tied in lead rope - if he did lose it, there wasn't a whole lot of damage he could do and he couldn't get away from it. :)
    I guess really the key is feeling how "ready" the horse is for something. For instance, he didn't like having the hula hoops going over his head the first time or two [eyes wide, nostrils flaring], so I kept doing that until he settled. He settled pretty quickly and he settled all the way down, so I moved on to leaving the hoops over his head.
    If he had started moving away from me or continued to not be ok with them going over his head, I would have kept it up until he was more ok [no more moving away or some other "achievable" goal] with it but I wouldn't have left them on his neck like I did.

    Mostly it's just steps. Start small, figure out what gets the absolutely smallest reaction, work on that until there's no reaction, then just keep going. "Baby steps, baby steps", to quote "What About Bob".

    And I made sure that he was already sort of tired [can you ever totally tire out an Arabian?? Haha] before I asked him to do any 'thinking' - that way his body was less primed to panic and more primed to eat, then sleep.

    If that all makes sense? Haha

    There's also a junk ton of "Good BOY!!!"s involved. I try save physical praise for REALLY good work or a extremely brave move. I sort of think of touching as more of a bond-experience. Bond=survival for the horse so, in my opinion, that's probably highest level of "good job" possible. Vocal praise isn't, imo, necessarily related to a bond [oh dear, I think I have that philosophy with people too..........awwwwkward.], for me, it's related to "oh the pressure is off now"-reward.
    I'm pretty sure Lacey thinks her name is "Good GIRL!!"
        08-19-2013, 09:04 PM
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    Lacey has been pronounced "ok"!! No scratches in her eye or anything like that. The two episodes so close together must have just been a fluke. I'm so relieved!!
    Miss Lacey was SO good for the vet. She's just so good in general when this vet has to check her eyes.
    In the past, I've had other vets check her eyes and Lacey throws fit. This vet checks her eyes and Lacey falls asleep. She was literally seconds away from naptime as the vet pried her eye open, did a dye stick thing, rinsed her eye with water... SO. GREAT.
    It's all the attitude though, I think. Other vets have generally acted sort of cavalierly towards Lacey, then get nervous when Lacey fusses. This vet acts respectful towards Lacey and stays calm if Lacey throws sass at her, AND ignores the sass. Lacey demands respect. But really. She truly does.

    My vet. She's the best. :)

    Lacey even nickered for the vet when she realized who was with me and when we let her go, she followed us, nickering the whole way, up to the gate. Adorable. <3

    In other news, turns out my vet is good friends with my boss! And it turns out that she knows Mr. Fabio! Smallllll world.
    Love it!

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