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@Knave, are you sure there is nothing in the frog or heel bulb?

@Txshecat0423 that was wicked to tell us about Boo in a sneaky little sentence! He is very cute.

@Ringo-Slater your mini is adorable in the tiny fly sheet.

Today I'm going for my second jumping lesson, so that should be fun.

We sign the papers to close on our house sale Tuesday. Yay!

We are thinking of buying a 4K TV for fun...have not had a lot of extra $$ while paying 2 mortgages the last couple years.

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@gottatrot I thought it looked like that too, but I cleaned it out really well, and then husband did too because he must have thought the same thing. He came away convinced it has nothing to do with the hoof.
 

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Boy I hate this kind of stuff, @Knave , because you don’t know what’s going on. Hopefully isn’t anything too serious🙏🙏.

She is really favoring that leg😰😰
 

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She is @walkinthewalk. She’s keeping that ankle bent too, and she keeps the leg in front of her most of the time, or on occasion picked up like it is with me hosing it. She’ll put weight on it when she walks, but with a huge gimp and then a stop and rest it.

She’s a very tough natured animal too. Never has she taken a single off step, not even a “this rock hurt” step. I’m actually quite worried she may have broken something. I won’t know until the vet can find the time to do X-rays. Since we’ve been on the list for a month, I’m really hoping it will be this coming week. I’d rather know.
 

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She is @walkinthewalk. She’s keeping that ankle bent too, and she keeps the leg in front of her most of the time, or on occasion picked up like it is with me hosing it. She’ll put weight on it when she walks, but with a huge gimp and then a stop and rest it.

She’s a very tough natured animal too. Never has she taken a single off step, not even a “this rock hurt” step. I’m actually quite worried she may have broken something. I won’t know until the vet can find the time to do X-rays. Since we’ve been on the list for a month, I’m really hoping it will be this coming week. I’d rather know.
Follow your gut. Send a picture or even a video to the vet and tell him this can’t wait. On the horrible chance it is fractured, I’m going to text Duncan’s previous owner. Duncan had a splint bone fracture in 2020 and made a full recovery - well he will never jump again but my sports medicine vet took x-rays and said Duncan healed much better than he would have expected.

I am going to ask her what she did initially. You aren’t out anything to try and will be headed in the right direction if there does happen to be fracture. I’ll let you kno2 as soon as I hear back from her but that could take awhile.
 
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Thank you @walkinthewalk! My father came and looked at her (he used to be the person people called before there was a vet), and he says she just sprained it. I hope he is right, but he said I’d know in three or four days, which would be around the time the vet probably will come. Either way, if she’s still lame when the vet comes, I’m doing X-rays. What is $200 in the long run?
 

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I heard back from Duncan’s previous owner.

I quote:

” right when he broke his leg I gave him 10 cc of pain meds he was on stall rest for weeks with his leg wrapped. The vet gave me some cream for the inflammation that helped. Then we slowly hand walked starting with five minutes as long as he could do it comfortably.“

I hope your dad is right🤠. I would rather poultice a sprain, than have the nightmare of a fracture but I’m with you on the $200 for x-rays - better to know for sure😇😇
 

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Everybody's had quite a week!! Wildfires and loose bulls and <3 NEW HORSES! <3 !

The weather has been nice here but it was a bit hot today. It's cooled a bit and I'm out in the hammock because I want to enjoy every possible second.

It was a pretty normal week except for the incident with Ona's eyes and the herbal face wipes. She's doing better today.

I started a Facebook group for local trail riders as soon as we moved here, so I could meet up with strangers for group rides. My sisters kid me about that. It' has 112 members now, and I've met some great people through it. Next Sunday (not tomorrow) I'm going riding with a bunch of people I've never met, many of whom have never met one another. I think I will know one person! They're all experienced horse people though. Cheaper than NATRC! Hopefully some camp sites will be available. If so I'll bring hubby and the camper and the dogs.

We have two heeler mixes. Our heeler passed away a few months ago at age 13. One of the mixes is 13 and one is 7. The 13 year old can't jump up on the bed very easily anymore so he only sleeps with us if there's thunder, fireworks, or gunshots. The 7 year old sleeps on my side of the bed and freezes me out. I've learned to sleep without blankets rather well.

We went to a church picnic today and it was awesome - "Blocktoberfest." I'm so glad I became Lutheran - lots of beer at the church picnics! I had a bierock and Lance had a brat, and we shared apple pie. There was polka and great games for kids - wish I'd had some kids to bring. IDK what we're having for dinner but I need to stop eating and lose some dang weight!

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Late to the party from a busy week. Big thing last weekend was the swim. Colder than anticipated, enough to feel like a bit of a slog toward the last third (maybe 63F/17C for a water temp? Incoming tide brought the chill). There is a good picture of me from a local photographer, grinning and wrapped up in my "space blanket" post race. I was absolutely not the fastest, but not the slowest, and the weather on land was beautiful all weekend. Lots of fun.

Next big thing: this past week was my last training week, and next week I get launched into my job for real. A little nerve wracking. I feel pretty confident, but also irrationally nervous that I'll freeze up and forget something dumb like how to take a blood pressure.

Rehearsal also started this week, and choir is a comfort after a long hiatus and a wild summer.

Rode twice with Jasper. Wednesday he was Zesty, Thursday he was energetic but less Zesty. Still love him, even when he's a knucklehead.

Upcoming week's plan: working, riding, swimming.
 

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1. @Knave how is Queen doing and di you have a chance to corral the vet when you went into town? Why small rural towns are a good thing👍👍

2. The new farrier came today - his third visit, he loves both of my horses, and he does a BTA job on their hooves, 👍😎👍😎

He is really patient with Duncan, who deals with an old splint bone fracture, and a lot of arthritis in one hock. The farrier appreciates that I have Duncan’s bad legs vet wrapped (sort of like ace bandage support) and give Duncan a Previcox just before he arrives, so he is great about texting me when he’s 20 or so minutes out.

The farrier has ~150 clients and also rodeos - saddle broncs. I asked him if he ever participates in Bull Poker, he said “no those guys are stupid” 😳😂😳😂

3. The critter chiropractor will be here tomorrow, Monday, for both horses and both dogs. I’m broke this week for sure🤯🤯

4. I only know Duncan’s winter coat is coming in because he is changing color - his coat is still too short to grab hold of it. He is probably going to need a coat a few days thru the winter.

Duncan’s size 80 blankets were too big so I had to send them back. He measured at 79, the Rule of Thumb is to go up. Not this time, lollol.

Customer Service at SStack.com is gold. Two of the ladies re-evaluated the side view I had sent of Duncan and decided to still keep him in the same model turnouts but to go down a size. They also sent me, at no charge, surcingle extenders in case I need them.

The size 78’s are a perfect fit, so he is ready for Middle Tennessee’s “winters”, which are colder and sometimes more blustery than winters in his previous home in Southern California 🥴🥴

5. As I speak of winter blankets, we are expecting the coming week to be in the 90’s with Wednesday predicted at around 95 and the Feels Like in triple digits😳😳. No blankets next week but cold showers won’t be out of the question.
 

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@walkinthewalk it was also football, out of town, so no vet. Since my girls aren’t allowed fall sports, I couldn’t figure out where half the teens and their parents were! Lol

Queen is looking a bit better today, but she is still lame and swollen. I’m thinking it probably is a twisted ankle, since there is improvement. Hopefully husband will get ahold of the vet tomorrow. Of course, since it’s taken so long, Lucy seems fine now. He still wants X-rays though before taking her to work. I completely understand.

We weaned Oakley today, and sent Lucy and Bones to another part of the farm to get fed a little better and let her dry up.
 

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In response to those who asked what the vet found regarding Skip (and thank you so much to those who asked ), I’m a little put out by that vet visit. Skip was lame in the hind end after the farrier visit. He’s 20, and has arthritis in the right hip, but was really sore on the left. I was concerned about being able to practice today, and our Road to the Horse event this coming weekend. I called for a vet appointment and they said they could not see him until next week. Fine, I started making arrangements to see if I could borrow one of my sister’s horses for at least practice. Vet called back and said they had a cancellation for Friday afternoon, so off we went. Appointment was for 3:00 pm. Got there at 2:50 and checked in. Waited and waited and waited and at 3:55, one of the techs came out and said “oh, sorry, no one up front told us you were here and no one brought the chart back, so we didn’t know you were here”. I was already a little bent out of shape, but whatever. Got him inside, vet starts the lameness exam, he says “oh, he’s dead lame (3/5) on right front, he’s not lame in the back end at all”. I was like “huh? He’s been dragging that left rear for two days!” So of course he says he needs to block him and what am I going to say…No? Blocks him on right front and really not much improvement. Off to x-rays (cha-ching) X-rays show…nothing, absolutely nothing. He calls me back to discuss x-rays and starts talking, then says “Oh, wait, these aren’t even your horse’s x-rays!” Skip’s x-rays show nothing of any note and vet says “This whole thing is the result of him having thin soles. He needs pour-in pads, or leather inserts.” I’m like, “What? He’s had thin soles all his life and he’s shod on the front to help with that”. He said “Well, he’s dead lame and you can’t ride him until he gets these pour-in pads. Stay off him, Bute for seven days” I said “What about practice and my event?” He said “It won’t be on this horse”. So $500 later I have a diagnosis of thin soles.
Called my farrier and he said well I can’t do it until Monday so try to ride someone else at practice. Get up Saturday morning, Skip is hauling butt across the pasture with his pasture mate, not sensitive to hoof testing, etc.
I went ahead and made arrangements to ride my sister’s horse today, but also talked to my BIL, who was Skip’s farrier for 16 years and after asking me a few questions, he said bring him to practice anyway and I’ll hoof test him before you get on him and see how he is. Got there to practice today, no flinching at hoof test, got on him and rode him three hours at practice and he never took one lame step. Horses……ya gotta love them right? So I paid $500 for basically…nothing

On another note, I purchased Boo sight unseen. I saw photos and one of my teammates and my sister did the riding and talking with the previous owners since he was in their area. My teammate is going to keep him and put some time on him for me, but she brought him to practice today and…he.is.stunning. in person. Tail is so thick it looks fake. He is 15.3,
previous owners said 8 years old, Coggins says 9, but looking at his teeth , he’s NOT late teens or 20’s,
so I’m good with whatever age he actually happens to be. I can’t wait to bring him home!

And there’s your bedtime novel for the evening!


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@Knave If it’s anything, I hope Queen has a sprain instead of a fracture. I think sprains take a very long time to improve? Lots of icing or cold hosing.

@Txshecat0423 and that IS quite a bed time story. I still have a pair of rusty pig denutters from growing up on the farm, if you’d like to borrow them to use on the vet🤯🤯

Do you have a lameness specialist or sports medicine vet within your driving area? I think I’d be taking Skip to someone else.

FWIW, my Arab would drag his hind toes (looked like snake trails in the dirt) when his back needed adjusted. I rescued him with vertebra injuries when he was seven. The PT who would work on the race horses where I boarded, found the injury and Streeter saw a chiropractor as needed for the rest of his life.

I don’t know the formal names of the skeletal structure but his injury was right about where the back of the saddle would sit. It caused havoc with his back end and when he would start dragging his toes, I knew it was time to call the chiropractor.

I hope Boo works out for you and Skip can retire - although Skip may not want to retire.

Soooo -you bought Boo sight unseen, I took Duncan in, sight unseen —- we probably shouldn’t publish that since there are people with little-to-no experience who should not do that😂😂
 

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@walkinthewalk, it’s the first time I’ve ever felt dissatisfied with the vet care at that facility. I think they overbooked their appointments, it was close to the end of the day, there were probably ten horses there at the time and all of them were being seen for some kind of lameness. I think he either got confused on what was going on with my horse or was just overwhelmed by that time! Anyway it was a waste of money and time at the end of it all.

Also regarding Boo…he was priced at XXXX. He was in a lesson barn and I think he was just too much horse for the clientele of that particular barn.
He was for sale a while and then when my sister and teammate contacted
them, they said we need to move him to get another horse in here, so if you can pick him up by Friday, we’ll take XXX, less than one third of their asking price. I called them and confirmed the ridiculously low price, they said yep that’s it, and I wired the money right then. I’m a little concerned there MIGHT be something they aren’t telling us because of the urgency in wanting to move him quickly and dropping the price like that, but the girl who is riding him for me said so far so good. He has some holes in his training but he does W/T/C, load and unload trailer, leads well, picks up all four feet, and does have current shots/Coggins. I’m hoping he’s a true diamond in the rough.

Skip will never retire as long as I’m with LSC. He’ll at least do parades and personal appearances and at least one night at a rodeo as long as he’s physically capable.

I am going to get a chiropractor out for him. He had pretty regular chiro care when I lived near Houston but it’s been a real struggle to find someone up here (much more rural) to actually show up for an appointment. The search continues!

@Knave, hope you get some answers regarding Queen and that Lucy is cleared to work.


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So $500 later I have a diagnosis of thin soles.

I went ahead and made arrangements to ride my sister’s horse today, but also talked to my BIL, who was Skip’s farrier for 16 years and after asking me a few questions, he said bring him to practice anyway and I’ll hoof test him before you get on him and see how he is. Got there to practice today, no flinching at hoof test, got on him and rode him three hours at practice and he never took one lame step. Horses……ya gotta love them right? So I paid $500 for basically…nothing

On another note, I purchased Boo sight unseen. I saw photos and one of my teammates and my sister did the riding and talking with the previous owners since he was in their area. My teammate is going to keep him and put some time on him for me, but she brought him to practice today and…he.is.stunning. in person. Tail is so thick it looks fake. He is 15.3,
previous owners said 8 years old, Coggins says 9, but looking at his teeth , he’s NOT late teens or 20’s,
so I’m good with whatever age he actually happens to be. I can’t wait to bring him home!

And there’s your bedtime novel for the evening!
@Knave If it’s anything, I hope Queen has a sprain instead of a fracture. I think sprains take a very long time to improve? Lots of icing or cold hosing.

@Txshecat0423 and that IS quite a bed time story. I still have a pair of rusty pig denutters from growing up on the farm, if you’d like to borrow them to use on the vet🤯🤯

Soooo -you bought Boo sight unseen, I took Duncan in, sight unseen —- we probably shouldn’t publish that since there are people with little-to-no experience who should not do that😂😂
I think I'd be getting pretty salty with that vet. $500 would buy a significant amoung of hay. That's worse than the vet misreading Snowy's Lepto results. He told me 1200 something and it was 128,000 something, that's pretty dang significant. I got pretty salty about that one for sure. Hoping Skip stays sound for you and it was just a momentary twinge of some kind.

I have bought 2 horses sight unseen. Both ended up being awesome horses though one ended up not being usable. I'm with you though, probably not the best idea, easy way to make a disastrous mistake.

@Knave I hope Queen is all better now!
 

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Well, for XXX @Txshecat0423, you really shouldn’t loose much if he doesn’t work out.

I bought one horse sight unseen, and it was a very bad move. Lol. I didn’t lose much in the end though.

@Dreamcatcher Arabians thank you. She probably will be. I am anxious to see. I am supposed to use her for work tomorrow, but I’ll just borrow Zeus or Bones.
 

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The critter chiropractor was here yesterday, Monday. Last month everyone but the Rottweiler was good and just got massages - can’t say the same for this month. Rusty was leaning so hard into the chiropractor I thought his 1,100+ pound self might push her over, even though she was well braced. I’m sorry I missed that Kodak Moment because he’s never done that before.

The horses are furring up for winter and our temps are in “weather alert” mode for today and tomorrow. Our Feels Like will no doubt hit triple digits both days. I am ecstatic - no - I - am - NOT🤐🤐


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