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post #1051 of 2156 Old 05-29-2013, 07:11 AM
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I hope your ear heals up soon and the weather will cooperate so you can get some saddle time in.

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post #1052 of 2156 Old 05-29-2013, 12:45 PM
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Sounds like most of you had a good Memorial Day weekend. Roadyy, love the pictures of the creek...makes me want to take a dip!

I didn't get to ride over the weekend as I went to Maine to visit some family. What I lacked in ride time I made up for by eating too much Lobster

The weather yesterday was beautiful and Selena & I managed to do 8 miles of exploring new trails. She was far from well behaved so our ride ended up being a "let's refresh your manners" training ride, but nonetheless, a much needed one. Too much green grass for the sassy mare!

The Morgan Mile where Figure (later called Justin Morgan or The Morgan Horse) raced down this old Vermont Road defeating two New York running horses in 1796.
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More Morgan Mile
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Old barn on the Morgan Mile
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Watching the sun go down
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Selena dreaming of having all that grass to herself
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Total Mileage 2013 = 145. 69
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post #1053 of 2156 Old 05-29-2013, 01:55 PM
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I could hear her nom nom nom nom as she drooled over those pastures.. Great photos and hoping I can get some more ride time in soon. I want a couple longer than 3-4 mile rides going consistently, but willing to take what I can get.

Hopefully have this trailer done by the end of the week, get a game plan for the neighbor's truck then hopefully haul over to Ecofina Equine trails this weekend some time.

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post #1054 of 2156 Old 05-30-2013, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Leyna - so glad she was ok. Ugh..that wasn't a bit of fun.

Roadyy - oh how I enjoyed those pictures.

Gunslinger - I bet that was a gorgeous ride. Sigh.....

Bloo - hope that ear heals up quickly. Nothing worse than that - ear aches and tooth aches HURT like a son of a gun.

EnduranceLover - wow...gorgeous pictures!

I have gone out to see Biscuit and Sarge and pet them and feed them handsful of clover. Starting after the first week of June I will hopefully start working Biscuit in the arena on a lounge line. He is a chunky bunky and they have cut his feed back at the barn. Lots of nice grass in his pasture. We are going up to Ebenezer on the 14-16 with our riding buddies. I am just going for the camping trip - hopefully the lady that has been riding Biscuit will come up and ride him for the day or weekend.

I am doing better but still wouldn't get on even if the doc said I could. My back started hurting when bending down to tie my shoes so it is not ready yet!

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post #1055 of 2156 Old 05-30-2013, 04:20 PM
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Since you won't be on a horse causing all kinds of shaky photos then I assume we will have some great media evidence of the trip to enjoy?

Glad you are able to start ground work soon and hope it helps stretch it towards a more healed state.

btw, I stop in view your saddle just for the drool factor. I wish I had the extra for a nice one like that, but I will continue on with what I have for now until the money tree finally starts bearing fruit.
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post #1056 of 2156 Old 05-30-2013, 05:17 PM
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Seems like forever since I have been in a saddle, and unfortunately its because it has been!

Snuck in a quick training ride on Dream last week, in the first of the horrible heat we had (from 40s to 90s literally overnight). Lavender was blooming and the wonderful smell hung in the (insanely humid) air.




I am still having a horrible time getting her leg wound to heal. She is sound as anything (and running around in the pasture like a nutcase). Just when I think I have a regime that is working, something else happens (like the plague of flesh-eating bugs that no repellant affects) and I am back to square one. It had dried out enough I was leaving it unwrapped, but the day after the above picture was taken, she came in for dinner with the leg oozing again, as the bugs just ate through the alum-spray.

Went back to wrapping (which Dream hates) and a different medication. That seemed to be working, until the weather changed again. Monsoonal rain is not good for any bandage or medication, so she was jailed for a couple days. Was able to put her back out yesterday, as the weather changed yet again and I think we landed in texas (memorial day monday, I needed a winter coat for the afternoon bbq.. yesterday it was 91, today its 94.. wth).

I have about given up hope that we will make it to the OD next weekend, as I can't imagine it healing up by then unless there is a miracle.

Meanwhile, weather permitting, I have been working with Gamer. She is progressing, though its def slow and steady versus leaps and bounds. Today the farrier came for the first time and she handled it like a champ. Then this afternoon I thought I would take advantage of the heat making everyone mellow and bring out the saddle for the first time:


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She did great. I also used the heat as a good time to introduce her to water by sponging her from the water tank. I have to say, I was pretty tempted to be sponging myself too!!


2013 mileage
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04/27/13 dream 53.8 miles 7.1 mph 346.51 total miles
05/01/13 george 10.08 miles 7.3 mph 356.59 total miles
05/05/13 dream 10.22 miles 5.4 mph 366.81 total miles
05/07/13 george 8.02 miles 5.5 mph 374.83 total miles
05/18/13 justice 24.86 miles 5.7 mph 399.69 total miles
05/19/13 justice 24.86 miles 5.6 mph 424.55 total miles
05/21/13 dream 13.68 miles 5.9 mph 438.23 total miles
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post #1057 of 2156 Old 05-31-2013, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Dawn, Gamer looks like a doll and she seems to be coming along nicely. So sorry about Dreams leg. Have you tried SWAT? Biscuit has had those NASTY little black flies eating a hole in his backbone. I put SWAT on it last week and had to again today because it was all gone. The SWAT seems to really repel the flies and heal it up. It is not an actual wound but feels gritty - maybe fly poop I hate flies!

Sounds hot and steamy there - here in southeast Texas it has been very breezy so it hasn't been too hot but it has been humid. I was out at the barn to see the boys and by the time I left I had little sausage corkscrews for hair. I looked like Bozo's momma. Ugh. Curly hair can be a pain in the butt. But, my horses don't care if I am fugly - they love me anyway.

Roadyy - I will take lots of pictures of the campsite. I am planning on cooking a big dinner for the trail riders and a big breakfast the following day - lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and biscotti for dessert. My killer pancakes, eggs, sausage and biscuits for breakfast...I will make myself useful even if I can't ride.

I still have the saddle....it is waiting and calling for you. I just brought it home and conditioned it - it still looks brand new.

About my saddle.....it seems to be pushing me forward but looking at it tonight it has a very nice rise to it. Biscuit has a slightly roached back. I am thinking it is more Biscuit's build and the lightness of the saddle that is making it seem like I am tipping forward. It has a single girth on a somewhat dropped rigging. What do the experts on here think? I want to put the saddle on Sarge and see how it fits/rides on him. I think it might lay down on him where it doesn't on Biscuit!
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post #1058 of 2156 Old 05-31-2013, 06:43 AM
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Dawn, Gamer looks like a doll and she seems to be coming along nicely. So sorry about Dreams leg. Have you tried SWAT?
I have tried SWAT as well as several kinds of fly spray and my favorite concoction of skin so soft and listerine (yes really.. smells a bit funky but works great normally). A combination of the SWAT and the concoction works the best, but nothing seems to affect the bigger-than-gnats-but-not-quite-flies that are everywhere at the moment.

I tried something the farrier suggested last night, and so far it seems to be the most promising thing so far. I used a paste of alum (a spice used for canning) and the wound is def much drier this morning. I used more again just now, but will be making obsessive trips out to the pasture to make sure the bugs aren't snacking as the day progresses.

Thank goodness Dream takes all the attention with her normal mellow attitude. I can't imagine that wound isn't sensitive to me scrubbing on it and slapping medication all over it, but she doesn't even need to be haltered.


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About my saddle.....it seems to be pushing me forward but looking at it tonight it has a very nice rise to it. Biscuit has a slightly roached back. I am thinking it is more Biscuit's build and the lightness of the saddle that is making it seem like I am tipping forward. It has a single girth on a somewhat dropped rigging. What do the experts on here think? I want to put the saddle on Sarge and see how it fits/rides on him. I think it might lay down on him where it doesn't on Biscuit!
If Biscuit has a roach back, even a slight one, that is going to make a big difference in how saddles fit. Not sure that changing the rigging would really be a solution as that wouldn't change the rocking motion of the saddle if its too high in the middle from the roach. Can you try adding a wither pad and see if you can build up the front just a touch to keep the saddle from rocking?
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post #1059 of 2156 Old 05-31-2013, 09:14 AM
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Denise, your description of the meals alone make me want to load up and come out for the ride.
Looking at the pics of the saddle on him it would seem to push you more in a reclined position with the rise being higher in the front instead of closer to level across the seat. I always had the learning that you want the seat only slightly high in the front rather than as high in the front as that one is on him. I may have misunderstood your meaning of pushing forward and we may be saying the samething in different ways.

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Dawn, if that doesn't work then I would suggest either Dr.Underwoods or check with 6WRanch on here and get the link to their salve. I used the PFWonder salve from 6WRanch on Boo's hind leg and it is healing the wound and keeping the flies off.

This was the wound in the beginning.
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Here it is a few weeks ago.
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It looks even better now. I need to get an updated pic of it and will see if DW can take one to send me.

I hope you find something soon to help get her healed and back in the mix.

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post #1060 of 2156 Old 05-31-2013, 09:19 AM
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Denise, when I first started riding in my saddle, I thought that it put me in a bad position. Now that I am used to it, it is the most comfortable saddle that I have ridden in. The basic form of it looks a lot like your saddle except I have a horn.
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