Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thanks Connie of The Hoge Homestead Blog

1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award
3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

Five blogs that I've been enjoying lately:

Blue Blazes the Trail

The Barb Wire

Princess Witchface

The Gun Divas

Endurance Granny

Its pouring cats and dogs here again, what better day to catch up on some reading!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pinky Gets Her Nails Done

Another trip down to the vet.  We had planned on going Monday but the snow and bad weather forced me to postpone.

Today is was just raining, raining, raining...

It smelled like a nail salon at the vet clinic as Pinky got her special glue on acrylic shoe and an acrylic hoof patch. 

Here are a few photos of the event.

5 weeks since reset of the bar shoe

getting prepped for acrylic and fiberglass.

Someone isn't easy to work on, and requires a little sedation.

wrapped in saran, to get the shoe dry and set.

shoe is on!

After drilling a few small holes, Doc inserts metal "zip ties" across the hoof split.

He twisted the wires together to form a patch.

Wires are on, now for more acrylic.

Some strange "vet cart" here!  Complete with a drill.

More acrylic.

I didn't get a picture after the vet wrap was removed.  It looks awesome, and VERY stable.  She'll stay in this for hopefully 6-8 weeks and then have at least one more glue on reset.

The vet and farrier have a client who is using these shoes on her trail horse and they are working very well.  Pretty cool :)

Off to the PNER convention tomorrow!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


I'm so glad I got my ride in yesterday!  Today, it is snowing (yeah! pretty!), and wet (yuck.)

We did an hour or so in the arena, worked on canter transitions without touching the reins.  Shawn rode Cartman last fall in my bridle and mentioned that he thought I needed different reins.  I've been using my leather racing bridle (its the only one big enough for Cartman's head) and a set of biothane endurance reins with snap ends.

Shawn was working on really light communication on a loose rein and he thought I needed heavier reins, being a roper he suggested a nice set of leather split reins. 

I tried, I actually had the brand new pair hanging over the door to the feed room, all ready to go on the bridle.  But...  those ties strings!!!!! Gack.  And the reins felt oily to boot.  Well, a few days after we brought Bo home from the pound Todd found the dogs playing with that new set of reins (tag still on).  So the dogs took care of it for me, no split reins.

I am hoping that the Hought Endurance tack people will be at convention because I see that they have some reins that might just work for me, and Cartman.  I need something with some weight to it, I think the slobber straps on western reins accomplish this.  I need something with a more definate contact with the bit.  The clip ends move a lot.  I still want the clip end option, for our endurance rides (I'm totally addicted to the easy on/off endurance tack.)  I swear if I could I'd have a Beta/biothane saddle!!! No cleaning tack is GOOD!!!

Yesterday I fully understood why the reins I've been using aren't working correctly.  With Dazzby I always rode with contact, english style.  They were great.  

With Cartman going on the loose rein, these reins are flopping around, no doubt giving him mixed signals through the bit and probably dulling his senses to the slightest communication.  It was really evident at the canter. Flop. Flop. Flop.

Pinky update:
Tomorrow Pink goes back to the clinic again to get a hoof patch installed and a new wrap around cuffed aluminum shoe glued on.  There is too much movement at the top of her foot and it is not healing properly.  Sigh.

Bo update:
Bo was slightly "off" in his right front the day we brought him home from the pound.  I didn't think much of it, sore paw? Dew claw? A little twist from sticking his foot through the god awful kennels?  I was pretty unconcerned.

A few days later, it was the left front.  Hmmm.  Then after our day in the sand he was really sore.  He actually seemed to flop over on his side at one point unable to move his right shoulder.  Uh oh.

I made an appointment at the vet to check out the lameness, get all his shots taken care of, and most importantly get him neutered.

When I dropped him off the vet palpated both legs and thought it was his elbow.

They took a couple of x-rays while he was out for the surgery.  Todd picked Bo up the next day and brought him by the lab for me to see.  I missed him while he was gone.

Bo was wearing the cone of shame.  Appparently he was wanting to lick, or chew his stitches so they fitted him with a huge cone to keep him from causing more problems.

It turns out our pound puppy has OCD in both elbows.  Todd saw the radiographs and it was evident even to his untrained eye there is a problem.  One elbow has a flap of bone that hooks out and is actually catching the joint at times (that explains the floppy leg thing).

I guess when the vet explained to Todd that Bo would need a fairly expensive surgery to fix his issues Todd calmly replied, "Oh, that's nothing.  We have horses I'm used to big vet bills."  I had to laugh at that one.  Sad but true. 

So, after the neutering heals up Bo will be headed back for surgery number two.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Two a Week

Rides that is.   Since Christmas we've upped to two times a week.  I plan on continuing this until C's shoes go back on in the end of January.

Saturday (New Year's Eve) we headed out solo for a little ride in the sand.  These sand rides have to be pretty short unless his feet are up to hitting the 5 mile jogging trail (they weren't this week). 

So we did a ten minute warm up walking.  I'm practicing on the neck reining, stopping, backing, and standing.

The next ten minutes were spent trotting and doing small segments of canter.   I am really hesitant to do too much canter in this footing as I have suspiscions that it might cause hock troubles down the road.  Nonetheless we got a little canter in, and since it is quite deep it was a good aerobic workout.

Lastly we spent 10 minutes walking under saddle and exploring some new areas of the dredge spoils before going back to get a cooler and sheet and doing a bit of grazing.  We were home within an hour this day.

New Years Day was a day of rest and wishing the horses Happy Birthday.  Lots of treats were consumed, for them, and me as well.

Today Jan 2 Michelle and I headed down to the local arena for some arena work.

Cartman and I practiced our walk/trot/canter, neck reining and roll backs (at the walk), and LOTS of transitions.  Cartman is doing well and starting to go nice and round at the trot.  The canter is a somewhat different story.  He does pretty well, for a young long legged dude, but its not what I would call collected, at all.  I pretty much have been concentrating on just getting him nice and forward and ignoring the "giraffe neck" and the flat gait.  The rest will come later, I hope!

The new dog Bo, is doing great here!  Although he is a little "off" on his left front.  I thought he just got stepped on, (he is somewhat underfoot) but yesterday it really seemed to be bothering him.  He has taken to sitting and doing this pitiful whine.  I don't know if he is in pain, or just being needy and obnoxious?  I thought pain at first, but today he seems to feel fine- he will run and play outside.  But here he goes again with the whining while he's sitting next to me.  Perplexing.  I have made a vet appointment for Thursday, hopefully they will be able to tell me what is going on.

Pinky is doing well turned out, her foot is good, except for a little worry about the bit of tissue protruding from the slit at the top.  I will try to attatch a photo.  I fear it might be some proud flesh.  I emailed pics to the vet Friday, but sent them from work so I can't get into that email until tomorrow to see if he's replied.  We may be heading back to the clinic for them to check it out though.

Happy New Year to all!!!!