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post #1851 of 2580 Old 08-27-2018, 06:54 PM
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I love seeing that the orange "horse hat" is still holding up well. You look so bright and coordinated out there.
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post #1852 of 2580 Old 08-27-2018, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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I love seeing that the orange "horse hat" is still holding up well. You look so bright and coordinated out there.
It is an essential accessory around here- they all wear it Whenever I post pictures on Facebook the first comment from my non-horsey friends is always about the “horse hat!” I remain so appreciative that you took on the challenge!
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post #1853 of 2580 Old 09-01-2018, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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I absolutely love the fall, and the first day of September always feels festive to me . However, I do have to say that I’m always a little sad to see our company’s “summer Friday’s” come to an end. Yesterday was our last. It happens to be the weekend of GMHA’s 3-day 100 mile ride, and yesterday the route went right past the house. The beauty of working from home is that even though I had six straight hours of conference calls, I could drag my phone, computer, and lawn chair out front and wave to everyone as they rode by!

My two favorite endurance Morgan’s (my mentor and her riding buddy)




I got my own ride in later that afternoon. Awhile ago, I bought this nice bareback pad, thinking I might use it with Maggie because she’s a tough one to fit a saddle to. Turns out that Izzy’s saddle is ok for her for the short jaunts we’re doing, so I haven’t used the pad at all. But I decided to give it a whirl on Fizz. It was actually super comfortable! I think I’ll love how fuzzy and warm it is in the winter.

It was a weird feeling riding with only the pad though-I didn’t know what to do with my legs! Do you just let them hang long? Or hold them in place as though you had stirrups? It was a little awkward, so we pretty much just took a pony ride around the field

Today we got out for a proper ride this afternoon. Fizz felt pretty great, and I have to say even that short bareback ride did wonders for helping me stay straight and balanced in the actual saddle today. I felt much more centered and like Fizz was responding to my seat much better. The biggest difference was on the downhills, where she didn’t feel so heavy on the forehand.


My lovely husband was outside working in the yard as we came home, and snapped a couple of pictures confirming that I was mostly in the middle of the saddle and not listing to the right like I usually am!





Our apple trees are starting to have fruit, so lovely husband treated Fizz to a nice big one. Had to pull her bridle off so she could eat it, and rode her back to the paddock in just her halter
Apple concentration face


Have continued to tweak Izzy’s food, and I think she’s looking a little better.

BUT-and it’s a big “but!”- I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it was only last week that I thought to have a fecal done. Her FEC came back at 1200! . Fizz did too, actually. Maggie was around 80. Needless to say, everyone got dewormed and we’ll test again in a couple of weeks. Hopefully taking care of that will help continue to get her condition going in the right direction. I feel so dumb for not starting there though!

And poor Maggie got a nasty dragon mare bite on her side one night She is not a great patient, but so far it seems to be healing ok, though it is still really sensitive for her all along her side; no riding for her until it’s feeling better.
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post #1854 of 2580 Old 09-03-2018, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I spent the day at the last day of the GMHA 3-day 100 mile CTR as a vet scribe. It was my first time scribing and as promised, I learned a ton. The hands on examination at the end was a little overwhelming given how fast things moved, but everyone was patient and helpful. I have to say, one thing that really surprised me was that there is no check of the feet to see how they are holding up. I guess because the majority of people are shod all the way around, you wouldn't actually see the hoof. But still, just an observation, I had expected there would be at least some attention paid there. One mare unfortunately wasn't able to pulse down to get her completion, which was tough for her rider after making it through 3 hard days of riding. She looked totally serene and you'd have no idea she was having trouble. That one was a bummer to be a part of.

Today I had Fizz tacked up early to get a ride in, since it was already 75*F and 93% humidity at 9am. Yuck. Lovely husband and I were trying to go out together again, him running and me riding. We headed towards the extensive mixed use trail system that's just a couple of miles down the road from our house; neither of us had ever actually been on the trail portion before though, so knew there was a chance we might get lost (sneak preview: we did ). We didn't do much better staying together this time- the route we took today was all downhill right from the get-go, and Fizz and I are still walking downhills, so he got out ahead of us. Then we got held up at a stop sign waiting to cross the main road. Then two huge dogs blasted out from the other side of a stone wall and spooked Fizz (and ME!) so it took us a few seconds to get straightened out. After all that, he was just a little orange speck off in the distance, and we eventually lost track of him. By the second mile though, Fizz and I had settled in to a nice trot with a little cantering up hill, and I thought we might have a chance of catching up. When we still didn't see him on the next mile, I figured we were just doing our own thing again. Fizz had really been motoring so I paused for a minute to let her catch her breath as we don't usually go that fast.


We turned onto the designated trail just fine, but it wasn't very long before we came to a three-way intersection I hadn't bargained on. I really had no idea which way to go, and Fizz was fidgety while I tried to read the map on the side of the trail, which seemed to be written in approximately 8-point font...So not very helpful while sitting up on a horse!

Which way? Which way? Which way?


At this point, she was hot and a little antsy, and picking the wrong way was easily going to add another 2-3 miles I wasn't sure I really wanted to do. Instead I opted to just turn around and double back home so I knew we'd get there.

Unfortunately most of the way home was down all the hills we had already climbed, and that made for some unbalanced moments. Luckily the mean dogs were not by the road when we passed the second time! We got to the last, steep hill about 0.5 from home, and she refused to go down it. I hopped off to lead her down it, and she still would only walk 3 or 4 steps and then refuse to move again. I can't tell if it's her feet, stifles, something else? When she stopped, she'd be standing noticeably under herself and then drag her hind toes with each step. This is not the first time she's done this, so clearly something about it is painful. I really didn't feel anything that seemed off throughout the rest of our ride though, so I'm kind of at a loss. Our new hind boots are on their way, and can't wait to try those to see if that makes any difference.

Given that, and since we were so close to home, I hand walked her the last long, hot, uphill quarter mile home. I popped her bridle off and just let her graze her way up the hill. We were both hot and tired when we got back- though obviously she got the first drink We had done about 5.5 miles, which is the longest we've gone since we've been in Vermont.


I was super surprised to find out that we had beaten lovely husband home somehow. Turns out he did pick a direction at the 3-way intersection (I guess the trail map didn't make any more sense even when you weren't trying to read it from the back of a horse!) but he picked wrong! And he went on some kind of off-roading adventure through mud, prickers, and a big open field- he ended up doing about 9 miles total! Sort of glad we didn't find him. No word on how his pulse and respiration were at the end of it!

After he got his drink of water, he came down to the field to put up some hooks for haynets- won't be too long now before the pasture isn't doing anything for them over night and they'll need extra hay. Fizz performed supervisory duties admirably.
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post #1855 of 2580 Old 09-05-2018, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Lovely husband cracked me up with an early birthday present last night:


He told me, "I know you like animals better than people...plus I imagine you actually standing out in the pasture having that exact conversation with Isabel."

Too funny. And not wrong
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post #1856 of 2580 Old 09-05-2018, 09:22 AM
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Wow a 3 day 100 mile ride! I would be so worried about what happened to that one person who rode all 100 miles and didn't finish. One of our rides has a 2-day 100 but you can also do 2 days of 50 each. Not that I'm anywhere near that level (nor do I have a horse that is) but I think I would much rather do 2 days of 50 than one 2 day ride. At least then if you don't finish the second day you still get credit for the first day.

Izzy is looking much better!

Yay for Fizz and finally getting a long ride in! You guys will be doing rides like crazy next summer! I wish I had trails I could access from my house!
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post #1857 of 2580 Old 09-05-2018, 12:59 PM
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LOL I need a pair of those socks! So true.
Animals really are better than people!

Beautiful pictures! Izzy looks good! Loving all the rides!
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post #1858 of 2580 Old 09-06-2018, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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We've got some mean girl issues going on. Izzy is just being relentless with Maggie. Poor Maggie had another big bite this morning- not just a little scrape but full on skin broken, bleeding, hot and swollen bite mark to the right of her tail. I don't know if I need to separate Izzy for awhile or what. Fortunately Maggie was a better patient this time than last time. She actually came right up to me and positioned herself just right so I could put some ointment on the bite. The one on her flank is healed up though the hair hasn't really started growing back yet.

I've decided Fizz is just an eternal optimist though. She stays clear of Izzy, but she is still hopeful about being buddies with Maggie. I got a kick out of watching her at feeding time yesterday.

Maybe if I stand over here, she won't notice me...


Eeek, mean ears, better back off....


But maybbbbeee if I'm subtle and polite about it, I can take just a little bite from right over here on the edge...


YAY! Now we are friends
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post #1859 of 2580 Old 09-06-2018, 05:56 PM
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I was told a loooong time ago, I forget by who, that three of anything is a bad number. Be it dogs, horses or children. Two tend to pair up, making one an outsider....I have no direct experience with this theory, so I can't comment. I do have three birds, but my tiel detested the budgie when it was just the two of them for a couple of years. So I got the budgie a friend. Now the tiel has two little pests to dislike! (He has me for his buddy.)

Maybe its time to get that fancy goat you always wanted, or a mini, so you can learn driving!
:)
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post #1860 of 2580 Old 09-07-2018, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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I was told a loooong time ago, I forget by who, that three of anything is a bad number. Be it dogs, horses or children. Two tend to pair up, making one an outsider....I have no direct experience with this theory, so I can't comment. I do have three birds, but my tiel detested the budgie when it was just the two of them for a couple of years. So I got the budgie a friend. Now the tiel has two little pests to dislike! (He has me for his buddy.)

Maybe its time to get that fancy goat you always wanted, or a mini, so you can learn driving!
:)
Ohhh.. @Dragoon ...I was told that two is a problem, so get three!!!

Everyone was acting fine this morning. The bites are happening overnight so I can't see what's causing Izzy to get so aggressive, unfortunately. I look out on them a lot during the day, and I don't see anything out of the ordinary.

I think we are at our animal limit for now, and while I am intrigued by goats, I very much don't have the right kind of fencing to keep them anywhere near where they should be.
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