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post #1981 of 2035 Old 04-03-2019, 09:13 PM
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Driving Gavotte

@SwissMiss I got mad and didn’t go....👏🤣

@SpanishRider lol!! Reminds me of the time my friend was trying to fill the Regional Championships in Carriage Driving. Both of my horses were out for different reasons. She called to ask if I would drive another lady’s 1/2 Arabian Appaloosa stallion. He had been ground driven, but never in shafts....I thought about the arena, and it was concrete sided, and decided that not TOO much could go wrong, so I said, SURE!! Bwahahaha!
She called back a few minutes later, and said, “I don’t know what I was THINKING...I have a stallion standing here in my pasture that was trained to drive (like a Saddlebred....head tied UP, tied DOWN, blindered, to a Jerald cart)....OK. That was when he was THREE. Now he is EIGHTEEN....but I met her halfway, and put that boy in my trailer....we split the classes....me, Champion and Reserve, her, the same, a couple of others below us! It was FUN because it was not my money paying the entry fees.....

What did I do today?? Drove some horses.... Tootsie, who has not been driven in a couple of years.... Gavotte, proof that you cant keep a good German girl down!!

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post #1982 of 2035 Old 04-04-2019, 07:52 AM
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@SwissMiss I got mad and didn’t go....👏🤣

Mad??? At whom? Or mad as in crazy??? Both times a brisk bike ride could work wonders


But if the madness involved driving instead, well, you can guess my pick! I could look at that pretty red coat and mane all day long Please don't tell Raya - she has become quite jealous
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post #1983 of 2035 Old 04-04-2019, 08:38 AM
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"Oh, so you're like a crash test dummy?"
That's what I call DH!
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post #1984 of 2035 Old 04-04-2019, 08:54 AM
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I suppose his facial hair will slow him down while airborne...

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post #1985 of 2035 Old 04-04-2019, 08:55 AM
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You all KNOW how much I HATE beet pulp, right? RIGHT?? Insert primal scream here.....

I went to turn horses out at about 9:15 last night. I get Toosie and Lucy out, hook the leadrope on Alaska, and look at Gavotte to hook her...her head is down and there is foam everywhere!!! GAHHH....I know exactly what THIS is. I tied her up in front of the dog stall, and make sure I had closed the gate, go to the house and call the vet. 9:45 pm.
The vets message says give them 1/2 hour. So I wait, and 10:15, he calls. Can’t come. Has a broken wrist and the kids because his wife is out of town.
I asked about the nice substitute vet that did my Coggins. I could NOT remember her name!! He gave me her name, and I googled and called her. No answer, left a message. Went to check on Gavotte, came back, no return call, so DH called again on HIS phone (sometimes the out of state area code throws people off!!
Called the older vet on the other side of town(he’s old fashioned❤️, has an answering service!), but he is in Nashville, and cannot come.10:50 pm.
I wracked my brain trying to think of the name of the clinic I pass in the middle of town, and finally get it and call. They call back fairly quickly, but have no available vet.....insert another primal scream here!!
Now we are down to ONE clinic, way on the other side of town, so we call them. Leave a message. Get a call back fairly quickly, Thank goodness!! She will be on her way, but she lives a good ways out, so it won’t be immediate. 11:10 pm.
It was close to midnight when she arrived. Gavotte was VERY well groomed, because after cleaned all the stalls, swept the aisle, dumped the manure, consolidated the trash...the last place my nervous energy could go was into grooming!! I wanted to keep her relaxed....🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Yikes @greentree . I assume/hope Gavotte is ok?
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Sorry, needed to go check on her after letting her have a few bites of grass!!

She tranq’ed her, and we filled a bucket of warm water. Tubed to the blockage, squirt the water in, flush the beet pulp out. For an HOUR and and a half. Gavotte was SO good!! The tranq had long since worn off, and she just kept swallowing the tube and blowing the stuff out! At 1:30 am, we decided that the blockage was gone, and what she was feeling was inflammation, so we gave her some banamine and Exceed, and quit.

This morning the mare is her normal, starving, vociferous self, who can only have a few bites of fresh grass at a time, and that does NOT make us Germans happy!!

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Glad to hear that she is better - she may tell you otherwise (how dare you starve me????), but even a mare glare is a good sign.

Sounds like she was a really good girl through the whole ordeal
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@greentree Tillie choked twice last year and it was horrible. I no longer feed alfalfa or Timothy pellets (even soaked) because of this. Glad she is OK
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post #1990 of 2035 Old 04-04-2019, 12:22 PM
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Thanks, @carshon !!

Well, that was SO nice....my regular vet had to come do something at a dog kennel in the area, and he stopped by to see how Gavotte was doing!

He must have heard me thinking, “Should I change vets???”🤔🤔🤫😂🤣😂

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