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        12-29-2013, 11:59 AM
      #2131
    Yearling
    I bet your right. Luckily 2014 is here so I can start fresh from page 1!
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        12-29-2013, 04:10 PM
      #2132
    Yearling
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    phantom - I didn't read all 200 pages of this thread when I joined in what is Dream rehabbing from?
    To start with, we thought she had suspensory desmitis in her RF (she came in for breakfast one morning with a swollen ankle).. but after 60 days of total stall rest with only handwalking, we went in for a recheck. The ultrasound showed a healing subdermal hematoma, with totally normal ligaments/tendons!! Neither of the 3 vets involved in the case (2 of which are extremely experienced endurance vets) had ever seen anything like it. No initial ultrasound had been done to save my pocket book, as the presentation was classic for the suspensory injury..

    That injury has a very specific, rather drawn out rehab process (one lasting 8 months). Since now we didn't seem to be dealing with that, but obviously something had happened, it was decided that doing a modified version of the rehab protocol was the conservative approach (as opposed to just cheering loudly and turning her out and pretending nothing had ever happened). After all, competition season was over, so no point in pushing things and maybe having her injure herself again.

    But the rehab process is nearing its end.. she can go back to full turnout and normal training the first of the year!!!

    Dream and I will also be looking forward to a clean slate in 2014.
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        12-29-2013, 05:46 PM
      #2133
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Roux    
    phantom - I didn't read all 200 pages of this thread when I joined in what is Dream rehabbing from?
    Actually, you really need to go back and read the same post from 2012, just to get all the history....
         
        12-29-2013, 06:06 PM
      #2134
    Trained
    We have had 6 inches of rain this week. It is nothing but a mud hole. Too slippery to ride without being dangerous. Maybe tomorrow will be a little bit dryer.
         
        12-29-2013, 07:56 PM
      #2135
    Started
    No trail riding, but we took the Clydesdale over to my friends' so some of her students could look at her. We got her out of the trailer, I tied the lead rope on the halter, and (after about15 tries to find something tall enough) I got on her and rode her around thier barn bareback. I have never ridden her bareback, never with a halter, but I took the chance. Of course, I had a helmet on. We dug up a bridle for her, and 3 of the girls took turns riding her, even the 6 yr old.

    Hopefully someone will fall in love and buy her! If not, the price keeps going up, lol!!
    This is the little girl on her.
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        12-29-2013, 10:01 PM
      #2136
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Yep, lots of good rides in the How Far Did You Go threads.

    I got out for a ride with The Biscuit this morning. 70 degrees and gorgeous weather today. Biscuit was just a little sweetheart today. We rode approximately 9 miles today - I didn't have my Garmin though so that is just a close guestimate. We tried a little canter on the left side of the bog today and Biscuit just kept dropping to a long trot that was jarring my kinfolk in the Caymans. We rounded the corner and I kicked him into a canter, well, he did his gallop mode, coming up behind Elan, who moved to the right and bucked up and kicked out! LOL thank God he didn't clip my knee. We rode down the opposite side of Willow Bayou that we haven't been down in ages due to overgrowth or just too wet. Tried to blaze a new trail but Biscuit sank down in the soft mud and I had to back him up down a little rise into a ditch which he wasn't too happy about.

    We returned to the trailers and we were within 25' of my trailer when he started having a freaking melt down...backing up, shying at something that I couldn't see, spun around and was going to bolt. I stopped him and turned him around and realized he was spooking at a covered stack of bricks that was no more than 8 feet from where I had tacked him up. He turned around again, all bunched up and about to bolt again. I called Kellie to come hold him because I can't move fast enough if I went to dismount and he took off. He was snorting and blowing, Kellie said his eyes had been ringed in white and he truly was scared. That horse has NEVER tried to really BOLT with me.

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    I led him up to the scary brick thingy and he finally ate a treat off of it. I think if he could have spoke English he would have said "dang, I acted like an idiot over something I saw 2 weeks ago and 3 hours ago!"

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    We had a great time so I think I finished the year with 209 miles...pretty pathetic but hoping next year is way better.
         
        12-30-2013, 01:03 AM
      #2137
    Yearling
    No riding yet (sigh), but I did get out to see the horses today - first time since the accident. Hiked about halfway back to where it happened, as a friend (Crazy Woman #1) was curious - she happens to be an EMT, and of course wasn't along the one time we actually needed her.

    Off to the doctor Tuesday, and with luck will get the cast off, and can start working on some rehab...
         
        12-30-2013, 05:52 AM
      #2138
    Green Broke
    DW and I haven't ridden much this late fall..our last ride was on November 9th...DW has been sick, and the weather patterns have been rain on the weekend for the last 6 weekends or so. It's been a cold rainy fall here in Dixie.

    Total for 2013 is a little over 20% short of my goal of 500 miles and we'll finish the year with 394 miles. We rode a total of 34 weekends and averaged 11.58 miles per ride.

    Highlighting the year, Our week in late September at Cataloochee and the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, a four day trip to Big South Fork, many weekend trips to include the Cherokee and Chattahooche National Forest and Cohutta Wilderness area....as well as in Georgia, The Lula Land Trust on Lookout Mountain, Dry Creek, Pigeon Mountain, Garland Mountain and several rides at the Chickamauga Battle field and a few other local places here in Tennessee.

    2013 has had it's share of challenges for all of us. For me it hasn't been a bad year but it also wasn't a great year. Still I thank god for letting me have the opportunity to enjoy my life with my wife and horses, family, friends and acquaintances. Thank you lord.

    With 2014 comes the hope of health, prosperity, opportunity, and much happiness for all of us. I'm optimistic going into the new year and look forward to what ever it brings.

    Happy New year. God bless all of you.

    Happy Trails!
         
        12-30-2013, 08:02 AM
      #2139
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Gunslinger, you rode in some beautiful places! I looked at my log and I rode 39 rides off of the ranch. I don't add up the arena rides. I couldn't ride for 2.5 months due to surgery and couldn't ride by myself either so I guess I did ok considering how chopped up my year was. So hoping that 2014 is a better year. This year has not been a happy year at all...full of illness, death and sorrow. So glad to see that the New Year is almost here. Hoping for Happy Trails starting right away!
         
        12-30-2013, 04:57 PM
      #2140
    Green Broke
    Denise, your 209 miles is impressive compared to my 30 miles. I am prepping the property now to make more room for the 3 boys then going to do some repair work on the float and put it on the market. I'm wanting to go to a goose neck 4 horse slant load since all 3 of them bounced right up into my buddy's who hauled them together to my new house.

    I can't ride around the neighborhood where I am now as it is in the city, but once I get this trailer sold and a slant load in the yard as well as the dually back running it will be a regular trip to the trails for me. I will hire a lawn service to take care of the lawn if I have to just to free up my time. I've told the wife that is the plan and if she wants to spend time with me then she had better get out there and start getting affiliated with Trusty. Lol

    Talked with a trainer friend about lessons for my 13 yr old daughter come spring so she too could go with us.

    Here are the obligatory pics to go with my post showing the boys and the progress made clearing the property.

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