Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

I have been negligent in updating this blog for over two(2) years now. Red is doing GREAT. He is doing Jumpers still on the local show circuit and is currently in 2nd place for overall point standings in the Open (1.0 m) division.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 18, 2011

It's been almost a month since I've posted an entry. I've been crazy busy with a new job and the heat has made riding a weekend only activity for me.

Gary has been either lunging or riding Red 4 times a week and riding him on the weekends too. I've been riding Mani on the weekends.

We have finally got a break from the heat. I rode Red for the first time in nearly a month yesterday. He was a dream - super responsive and so much more sensitive than Mani.

We got rain last night so today we're heading over to groom Red (he loves to roll).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 22, 2011

Gary headed over to the stables in the morning and lunged LBR. LBR was glad to have the attention and was the perfect horse. Mani got the day off.

August, 21, 2011

Wow...getting up this morning and getting ready for a lesson was tough after the long day yesterday. I committed to a lesson on Mani, but we weren't sure about Anna being able to ride LBR. It ended up that she had a conflict so Gary had the option to ride LBR in our lesson. He decided to take a break. I couldn't have been happier as it meant he could help with tacking up/down Mani.

The lesson went well on Mani and after we returned him to their paddock, we brought LBR up for grooming. Poor guy - he was so tired that I swear he never shifted in the grooming stall, even when the psycho horse next to him started kicking - LOL.

I haven't complained much lately about the heat. It was 108F degrees yesterday when we drove back from Pine Hills and was 101F degrees by the time we finished grooming LBR around noon today.

August 20, 2011

LBR & Gary - look out eventers:-)

Mani & Me

We loaded up and headed to Pine Hills Equestrian Center this morning. Gary headed over with the neighbor to load her horse up on her three (3) horse trailer and I headed to the stables to feed the boys around 6:30 a.m.

It was a bit of a sad morning as one of our friends showed up around 7:00 a.m. and shortly after that the vet showed up pulling the 'BAD' trailer. Her horse had foundered last month and was going down hill fast. She made the difficult decision to have him put down.

We went ahead with our planned trip and ride after the trainer spent some time with her. I was fine with it all until our neighbor said "It's so sad to see, but I think I'd be upset if I had ever ridden him". BOO HOO, I got all teary because I had ridden. He was a super calm, been there done that horse and when I needed a confidence boost early in my re-riding, I took lessons on Shiloh. I will miss that calm little paint horse.

I dried the tears, helped load LBR & Mani and we headed out. It's about a 2 hour drive to the facility.

We had an absolute BLAST...LBR and Gary are doing so well together and Mani is the perfect confidence builder for me. We both did several jumps, cantered in the field and Mani even went into the water hazard. After a 2 hour ride, we rinsed the horses, put them in their stalls and enjoyed a nice lunch.

We loaded back up, uloaded at the stables and got back home around 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August 8 -15, 2011

This week has been scary. LBR was not feeling well - off his feed on Tuesday morning and laying down so he was given Banamine and put on stall rest.

He seemed to recover nicely so on Wednesday morning he was put back out in his paddock. On Wednesday afternoon, the stable owner found him rolling in his paddock and immediately rushed him to the Vet. He was put on IV fluids as he was mildly dehydrated and kept in ICU.

He was continuing to show signs of stress through the early evening, but improved overnight.

We brought him home Thursday evening and he remained stalled with limited feed through the weekend. As he improved, per the vet, we gradually increased his feed.

On Monday, he was allowed to go back to his paddock.

I've never worried more for an animal in my life.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 7, 2011

LBR had the day off while Mani gave pony rides to the kids.