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        03-03-2007, 03:16 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
    Dreamer gets Gelded


    The vet came out today, and Dreamer got gelded. Thankfully both testicles were dropped and we got everything out.

    Got coggins done on everyone as well.. and found out that my concern over the cloudiness in Joey's eye had merit. He may have cancer in it. Fun stuff.

    I guess I will deal with that whenever I can. I called Jody about seeing what she wants me to do about it, and we will handle it from there.

    Im not really having the best day...
         
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        03-03-2007, 09:48 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Aw, I'm so sorry =(
    On a different subject, why did you decide to geld?
         
        03-03-2007, 10:16 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    I didn't like the way he was turning out as a stallion. He was somewhat underdeveloped and I don't think he was going to end up being all that big in stature. Plus, the registration fell through because the mother's papers were lost.. and I couldn't get much business breeding him without full registered parents. Plus, he was pretty flighty and dashy (though generally laid back) so I didnt want that amplified by the testosterone.

    So, I decided to geld him, and hope that later down the line I find a stallion (or breed one) with a good pedigree, good conformation, and good personality. Plus, the gelding process is an easy "in" for me. Meaning he will bond better with me because I am going to be there for him while he is in pain (lol). I've found that horses bond closer with you if you have worked through a physical illness/injury with them.
         
        03-03-2007, 10:38 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    I think you made a very good choice. I doubt you'll regret it, maybe for .54684 seconds, then you'll find reality again And I'm also sure, you'll find a wonderful stallion one day. I mean, think about it. We're the same age, if we search for the next 50 years, we HAVE to find some sort of decent stallion. Odds are on our side! (They better be, or I'm going to be an extremely depressed 70 year old.)
         
        03-04-2007, 10:42 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    LOL I never thought about it that way! The odds are on our side aren't they?

    One of the other HUGE factors in the gelding (i was going to wait a little longer otherwise) was that our vet is moving in with a private practice across the state, and there was no way I was going to be able to afford a gelding from the local vets.. that, and the local vets absolutely SUCK. They are very quick to offer euthanasia as their first option.. why? I have no idea.. but if a horse gets a problem that looks like it may be chronic, they recommend putting them down.

    Well, the vet who gelded him only charged me 75 dollars.. So that was the huge descision to geld.. LOL. Do that now, or wait a year, be sorry, and pay 200 dollars.. no way!

    Hopefully I will find my perfect stallion one day.. and heck.. maybe he will be a Gypsy Vanner :o a girl can dream right? =)
         
        03-05-2007, 07:14 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Monday, March 5th, 2007
    Trail Ride and Potential New Business


    I slept in today so I didn't get much new stuff in the way of horse fun.. but I did leave the house at around 2:00 with Heather to go to the barn. We took the horses out (I was on Joey, and she was on a draft cross mare she owns named Magnolia) and we walked up the street (literally, the street) to this womans house where I may be working.

    She needed someone to feed her horses while she went away, and she was going to use Corey (the guy I mentioned in the first page of my journal.. the moron) I told Heather I would so do it for free so long as she didnt let him do it, but she said she dropped in a good word for me and would like to meet me to see if I was cool to take care of her horses (if she was going to let Corey do it.. this should be a piece of cake.. LOL) Also found out that Corey had never tied a western saddle's latigo before (he always used the clip) so he just looped it around a bunch of times and got on her old reliable paint horse and slid right off.. dude.. this guy gets money to train peoples horses.. and he can't put a western saddle on? By the way.. this guy is a die hard cowboy.. and knows nothing about english.. so there is NO excuse as to why he can't put that saddle on.

    The lady wasn't there, but she will swing by one day to meet me. She sounds kinda like an english prude.. but since I know what I am talking about, and know quite a bit about english, I should be ok.

    We went over to Heather's other property before the ride and filled up water barrels to haul to the other property. While I was there, I messed with Fancy, her Leopard Appy mare. According to Jennifer (the "trainer" that boards at Heather's place) Corey set ALL her training back to square one and ruined ALL the work Jen put into her. Jen actually never put any work into her, and just used this as an excuse to say why the mare still was not ridable. Jen (you know.. the TRAINER...) cannot catch Fancy to save her life. Felix, Heather's 10 year old son, can walk into the field and grab her no problem... now.. see how the horses pick out the phonies?

    Anyways.. I walked in, grabbed her, and pulled her out of the field and tied her up and brushed her really well, walked her around, and put her back with ease. She seemed very greatful for the attention and very happy. I hope to get her riding in under a month so Jennifer's jaw will hit the ground.. im sure as soon as she sees me in the saddle she will say something to the effect of "Oh, she must have remembered all the training I put into her and that's why you can get on her now" Haha.. bull.

    As a trainer, I will only take challenges I know I can face. If the challenge proves too great or too dangerous, I may pass it up.. but this is why that is not what I do for a living. If Jennifer thought that Fancy was too great of a challenge.. then she REALLY needs to not be working with horses. Fancy is no worse than Dreamer.. and Dreamer is not a challenge at all.

    Dreamer is healing well from his gelding procedure and is being a sweetheart. Rain is growing up swell, as always, and Admiral is dying to be turned out with the other horses again. He was turned out with Joey and all them yesterday and loved it =)

    I guess that's it for now! I was bored so I wanted to post something interesting =)
         
        07-24-2007, 02:24 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Hey all! I just wanted to kick on for a minute to say I am still alive and well (not in a ditch somewhere, LOL) I should be getting the internet hooked up at my house again soon, it got abruptly cut off one day, then I moved, and my husband couldnt find work.. so I was living off of grain, lol! I am on base now using their internet connection to mull around online and check on everything =)

    New news!:

    Dreamer had his first saddle on yesterday, then was RIDDEN :O!! I got on him for the first time and let my husband lead me around. Now that I got the "First Ride" out of my system, I can stop getting so excited about it and focus on the ground work again, LOL. I just couldnt believe he was so chill about the entire ordeal. He has really turned around!

    Rain Had a really deep gash in her shoulder, but now she is fine. It healed alright =) She had the saddle and bridle on but is a little sketchy about me mounting.

    Joey STILL has a crack in his hoof... even after the farrier worked with it. The farrier is habitually late for appointments (by weeks, not hours) which is allowing the crack to maintain its place of honor in his hoof. Joey was a pud on my 21st birthday (June 11th) and I've had trouble with him since then

    Legacy finally has a name! (formerly FTL) he is an awesome horse, good on the trail, and beautiful!

    Admiral has bulked up quite a bit but still has more weight to gain. He is an absolute sweet heart and HUGE... 17.1 and butt high! At THREE YEARS OLD! :O!

    I hope to be on again soon, hopefully the internet will be at my house within the month!!

    -Skippy! <3[/b]
         

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