Thursday, May 29, 2014

An appointment with the new vet

Tuesday morning the boys had an appointment with our new equine vet, the one who absorbed my old vet's practice.  There are things I like and dislike (or at least, don't like as well in comparison to my old vet), most of which isn't really a surprise to me but is worth noting nonetheless.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Remembering what it's like to learn to trot

I put my friend on Rondo Sunday night -- it was about the fourth time he's ridden Rondo, so he tried trotting for the first time.  I put him on the lunge line so that he didn't have to worry about steering, but let him keep the reins in his hands because I trusted him not to pull on Rondo's mouth more than I generally trust kids when they trot for the first time.

It was the first time I'd lunged Rondo in a couple of years, probably, as I don't generally lunge much once training is over and done with -- unless there is a good reason for it.  Panama gets very bored on the lunge line, and Rondo used to really resent being lunged, as I think he viewed it as being chased -- both of my boys have always much preferred being ridden.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Signs of summer

Less than a week after Mother Nature dumped probably six inches of snow on us (in the Denver area -- the mountains got considerably more), the barn looked like this:


And this weekend it's supposed to get up into the low 80s again.  I think it might be a good time to bathe a couple of very dirty horses...
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Monday, May 12, 2014

May snowstorm, Colorado style

Although I rode both horses on Saturday (which I guess also deserves a post, as it was a very interesting afternoon), I haven't been on them since, partly because of the crazy weather.  May flowers notwithstanding, we had a spring snowstorm roll in late Saturday night, with lots of rain and snow flurries overnight and turning into snow on Sunday.  We got quite a lot of snow on Sunday -- I think I probably cleared at least five inches off my car, total, throughout the day -- and kept getting flurries throughout this morning and afternoon.  It wasn't until late afternoon or early evening that the sun finally made an appearance, but it's supposed to get down to 24 degrees tonight before it starts to warm up again tomorrow.

And all this only days after it was 80 degrees.
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Friday, May 9, 2014

My first time jumping Rondo

On Tuesday I had a riding lesson on Rondo, and jumped him (for real) for the first time.

I say "for real" because back before V. started leasing him, when he was still really green, I hopped him over a jump a couple of times... but it wasn't really jumping.  It was more like kick, kick, kicking to get him over the jump (he wasn't shod at the time and we didn't know yet that he was footsore all the time), and he would either stop right before it and do a little hop over it, plow straight through the poles, or go around.  I don't think I ever did an actual, successful jump on him, and we gave up because he was so green and so obviously uninterested.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My pretty horses!

I didn't ride tonight, but I spent some time grooming my horses and making them pretty.  Panama was insulted yesterday when I chose to ride Rondo during my lesson instead of him -- he waited at the gate, tried to open it without me when I walked past him to get Rondo (after a few kisses, but not the halter he was hoping for), and then walked next to me all the way over to get Rondo and lead him back to the gate -- Rondo likes to walk six feet behind me, so there was plenty of room for Panama to fall in next to me.

So when I got there tonight, Panama insisted that I choose him first:


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Changing vets

A couple of weeks ago, I got the call we horse people never want to get: My vet, the one who has been with my horses since Panama was coming 3 and since my mother-in-law got Rondo when he was a year old, is moving and selling his practice.

I was devastated.  I loved my vet for so many reasons: His prices were reasonable, he was never too quick to suggested expensive and potentially unnecessary treatment, and he knew me and my horses so well, having been with us for so long.
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Friday, May 2, 2014

My horses see the chiropractor

Some of you may remember that my horse Panama saw the chiropractor back in September.  He'd been having a lot of problems picking up his left lead (usually his favorite).  He had also been very skinny most of the year, so I think the saddle fit may have changed and caused him to compensate and hurt himself.  It was his left hip that was the problem -- he was carrying it lower than the other, the chiropractor pointed out, and wasn't moving it as much as the other when he walked.  A single visit from the chiropractor fixed that, though, and ever since he has been happy to canter on his favorite lead again.

A couple of months ago, though, he started acting a little reluctant to pick up his left lead again; and around the same time, he started crow hopping a bit when he would have to switch from his left to his right lead, such as when we had a jump on the diagonal.  I knew it would be time to have the chiropractor out again soon.
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