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post #3011 of 3023 Old 04-03-2019, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Good point @carshon - we just adjusted her on March 4th so I was hoping to wait a few month. I usually get her adjusted about twice a year.

Update:

I talked to BO. She understands my dilemma regarding turnout and had agreed to try her out on the grassy pasture by the manure pile; doesnít sound very glamorous I know, but Ana loves grass and wonít be bothered by the manure. Fingers crossed that this works.

I do recall learning somewhere about how lateral work can be destabilizing to the horse if it crosses midline, so shoulder in and TOFs are probably safest for her; for now anyway. We did leg yields yesterday at quite a steep angle. So hopefully she will just recover from this with rest. I do realize that she will eventually need joint injections again but Iím trying to squeeze as much mileage out of them as I can.

When I start doing rated shows once a year I will make sure that I time joint injections, chiro, saddle fitting and shoeing with each show so that sheís got the best shot at being 100% comfortable.

I shaved her mane yesterday hopefully for the last time and reclipped her bridle bath. That should make her more comfortable in the poll area. She loves it when I rub her between her poll and her ears; definitely an area of tension for her.

The new bridle and bit are scheduled to arrive tomorrow which will hopefully make her even more comfortable.

Trailer lesson number 4 scheduled for tonight. Hoping to make some progress with it.

No news regarding the show yet. If it does happen I will just learn to make the best of it; giving Ana some rest and might bute her if she needs it.

Life with horses I tell ya, itís always something. Just gotta keep my and Anaís chin up and keep riding on

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@flrsgirl I haul a trailer quite a bit (a 18ft trailer with lawn mowers on it and a 3 horse with tack room slant load trailer) here is my advice. Just take a deep breath. The hardest part of backing a trailer is remembering to breath through it. My husband made me all kinds of nervous when I started pulling a trailer. And I started out with the horse trailer with horses in it. I just never backed it in anywhere! Then we started our mowing business and I had to learn to back up a trailer. I am still way better when no one is with me. Good practice is to start really using your mirrors even without a trailer behind you - I never did well with the hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. I do my left hand at 10 and right at 2 most of the time and just take my time. You will get the hang of it!
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Thank @carshon Iím working on it. Just parked this beast at the restaurant.

Ana is still a bit unsure about the new barn routine so I went to visit her and talked her through it. I took her for a trail ride through the fields so she could tell me all about it. We practiced halting and breathing and she finally settled down.
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Update:

Iím touring a potential new boarding place Sunday. I really donít want to move barns as I need to maintain a good relationship with current barn and barn mates.

But, I called yesterday on my way to work to find out how Ana was adjusting to her new turnout and learned that the barn manager had not been informed of this change yet by the barn owner. Grrrrr. Fortunately Ana was in her stall overnight anyway due to storms so she had not accidentally been turned out in the wrong spot.

So I waited a few hours and called back to find out how Ana was adjusting to her new turnout spot and the barn owner says ďshe doesnít like being in the stallĒ so Iím like ďum why is she still in her stall?Ē ďBecause itís too wet to put her in the grassy pasture...unless of course you want me to put her back in the lot with the mares...Ē Grrrrrrrrr!!!
ďOh no, I donít want her out with those mares; no worries Iíll be over there later to let her hand graze for a bitĒ Grrrrrrr!!

So I message my boss at 2pm that I need to leave work early and make a mad dash to the barn in high heals and dress clothes; on the way there I called my BFF who can totally hear the frustration in my voice and suggests that I come watch her show Sunday at this new boarding place that everyone loves.

So I arrive at the barn visualizing Ana doing spins in her stall desperately whinnying for someone to let her out....the barn is silent. The princess is laying down sleeping . She wasnít even interested in going out. I opened the stall door, showed her the halter and she just looked at me like ďumm can you come back later this isnít a good timeĒ So I just drove 30 miles, missing 3 hours of work (unpaid) standing in the mud in my office clothes and it wasnít even a problem or emergency.

She did eventually decide to get up and I hand grazed her for 90 minutes.

Something needs to change...boarding facility or my work schedule, or the weather or???? We are even considering training DH to let Ana out when heís home.

Another option is to do what @egrogan did and quickly finish fencing, throw a run in shed on our land and bring Ana over in a matter of a couple of weeks and then trailer across the street once a week for a lesson/access to an arena.



I donít know; just super frustrated right now.
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Update.

The Micklem bridle and new bit seem to be a good fit.

I toured the potential barn and it wonít work for us. They have a stallion and foals on the property and turnout options arenít any better there.

However Ana seems to be settling into her new turnout routine and everyone is on board with it. She is still doing some pacing along the fence line and she is suddenly super attached to me and a lot more agreeable under saddle.

Canít tell yet if itís made a difference on her mane as I had just freshly shaved her right before changing turnouts. Maybe we will see a difference in a month?

Hope everyone had a great weekend

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They comfort us, and we get to do more laundry.

Sorry you had a rough time, good that things are looking up now!

The other day when you posted the maple syrup photos, it just reminded me of something. I used to staple chocolate freddo frogs to really good assignment efforts, and back in 2000 I had this kid called Fred, in a class of 14-year-olds. During Year 8 and Year 9, the genders usually self-segregate when allowed to choose their own seats - not until around age 15 do some of them start to mix, generally. But, Fred sat at a bench with a girl either side of him. And whenever he got a chocolate frog on his assignment, he'd carefully break it into three and share it with the girls either side. It was so cute to watch them. It was entirely platonic and soooo sweet. I used to have to turn my face away from the class because I didn't want my automatic reaction to draw attention to them. I just really like it when things like that happen!
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Awww that is a sweet story @SueC :)

I wish I could post more stuff and read and respond on other posts; I have a bug on my phone that won't allow me to go to this website. Our internet at home is down so I'm using a jet pack with just a few minutes of juice left before it dies again.

That's one downside to living in the country; it's like going backwards in time. But I can't imagine living in the city again.

I better go before the jet pack runs out....hope to have internet and phone fixed soon.
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Ok trying something out. Using iPhone as a mobile hotspot so that I can use iPad to post on HF as Internet is still down at our house and phone won't let me go to HF directly. How did we ever live without Internet? Did I actually ride my horse if it's not documented online somewhere !?!

All is well in Ana-land. She's getting used to the new turnout routine although she still whinnies to her former pasture mates whenever they cross paths. I do feel a bit guilty for separating her from her BFFs. But we knew this would have to happen eventually anyway. The good news is that her mane is growing back and the dapples are starting to bloom

But she's had a couple of training rides last week and then I rode her over the weekend and we have a lesson scheduled tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a great week!
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Ok trying something out. Using iPhone as a mobile hotspot so that I can use iPad to post on HF as Internet is still down at our house and phone won't let me go to HF directly. How did we ever live without Internet? Did I actually ride my horse if it's not documented online somewhere !?!
Ah yes, if a tree falls in the forest and there's noone there to hear it, does it still make a sound?
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Glad Ana is doing well and adjusting to the new routine. :)
I hope your lesson goes well today!
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