Thanks Caroline!! I just might have to enter that one. I sure love it!!
Haha, it IS long, gunslinger! I can't believe there are almost 1000 posts. Crazy!
Thanks, meee too. :)
Zexious, I hope Gator does too!!
Awww, Amba. <3 Thank you bunches, I really appreciate that. :)
I think being a children's book author could be so fun! I'm just not sure how one would "break into" a scene such as that. I took a cartooning class once which ended up being a bit disillusioning on that front - the teacher was absolutely convinced that there's no longer room for non-digitally-created art in children's books/illustrated books in general. And since I really couldn't be further from a digital artist...
But then again, I really shouldn't stand in my own way like that. I should at least try!!
Seriously though, do you know how one would go about getting into that? :)
[also, shameless "other blog" plug, I added a link to my "Stories of Public Transit" blog to my signature... if you guys feel so inclined, go check it out. More funny stories, generally updated daily just in case this horse/life stuff one "isn't enough"
On the animal front, I seriously cannot describe to you how wonderful the feeling is to have whether I
want to/have time to ride or not be the deciding factor between riding or no riding. For "so long"...1.5 years, Lacey and whether she's "up to" a ride has been the deciding factor. I so love that she's now game to ride pretty much whenever!!
I can't even wait to ride this summer. We found some sweet new trails back right before she went lame, 1.5 years ago, and never got the chance to really ride them. ONE OF THEM HAS A BRIDGE.
I'm looking forward to increasing her fitness levels and being able to have some nice rides this summer. It's hard to believe how much her fitness is just coming back with the little bit of riding we have been doing [one ride - mostly walk, very little trot (she really prefers canter...and I do too since she has an AWFUL, jackhammer++++, trot), a little canter/gallop- a week for the last month]. She's already starting to get all muscle-y, I sure do love ripped-Lacey.
Which is weird, since muscles are generally not my favorite...but on Lacey!!!!
Hazel has kept putting on weight. I'm SO happy about this. She's not chunky or anything, but she's MUCH more well covered than she was. Yay!! Maybe next winter I'll have finally gotten the "system" down and she won't lose anything. That would be wonderful.
Did I tell you guys about how I shaved the hair around her hooves? She gets a lot of hoof issues and I decided to see if shaving her "pasterns", to about 2 inches above the hoof, would help with things.
1. It totes gives me an outlet for my love of clipping [I used scissors on the longer hair and a pair of handheld, battery operated, clippers to get it really short] and it was so fun.
2. She really accepted it - didn't put up much of a fuss at all!
3. IT TOTALLY SEEMS TO BE HELPING!! Her hooves were a lot "drier" today and less..icky. She gets a lot of thrush/hoof rot and mud fever - all pretty typical for Angoras but STILL. Anyway, I Tea Tree oiled her feet up [the "best" remedy for her mud fever/other skin issues] and doused her hooves with Thrushbuster for the hoof rot. I think she should be all good by the weekend, if I repeat twice a day. [I try to only treat her when she really needs it since she tends to get stressy if I treat her everyday as a precaution = bummer]
4. She's getting her hooves trimmed on Saturday - maybe the trimmer will have an easier time!
Atti...is just being Atti. I trimmed one of his back hooves today - my longstanding method of trimming his front feet at one time and his backs one at a time, on separate days, seems to be "working".
He never had his hooves handled until he was 9+ months old [I could barely touch him before then!] and over 100lbs AND he doesn't get over stress really quickly/easily [food doesn't work, he becomes disinterested in food when he's scared..] so my method has been to just do one hoof at a time to not "overload" his mind and hopefully teach him that he's going to be ok.
So far, he's become great about his front hooves and I can easily do both of them at once. However, that's been helped along by his "front leg tricks" - "bye-bye" and "shake hands", since they encourage him to let me handle his front legs/give me his front legs freely.
However, his back feet are a totalllllllly different story. Since he does stress easily and he just doesn't get over it, it's been a challenge.
Last time I figured out that a more "sneak-attack" approach worked better - if I showed him the clippers first, them tried to gently grab his leg, he would stress more than if I hid the clippers, grabbed his leg out of nowhere, and started trimming.
THIS time, I followed "Sneak Attack Protocol" and he hardly stressed at all! He did a little bit, but not so much that he was trying to scoot away if I tried to pet his patootie after trimming. That's super major improvement! Go Atti-Boy!!
I'll try trimming his other hind tomorrow evening, hopefully that one will go as well.
Doing his hooves is intimidating - he's basically the size of a large mini horse WITH HORNS. I'm sure glad he's good natured!!
I hope you guys are all doing well. <3